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Cooking with Carrots

January 22, 2014, by

When my son was in 3rd grade, he read a story called Bunnicula- A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe. This was the story of a, wait for it, vampire rabbit, that drained all the juice/color out of the carrots he ate to the chagrin (and concern) of the other characters in the story. To say

Grapefruits Galore

January 16, 2014, by

It’s the time of year when I start to bemoan the fact that summer fruits are long gone, the fall apples and pears are going up in price, and the berries – well, unless I want to take out a second mortgage, they are not going to find themselves in my grocery basket. As I

Hearty One-Pot Dishes

January 7, 2014, by

Being told that snowmageddon was on its way, I felt like I needed to batten down the proverbial hatches and start cooking something “hearty” for the men folk. I’m thinking after they finish shoveling and snow blowing and repeating as necessary they might be a tad bit hungry. I received a gift of a great

Egg Rolls

December 24, 2013, by

I happen to really love egg rolls. I know, I can hear the jokes now, Jews and their Chinese food. Still I like making and eating them. I serve them every couple of weeks and my family thanks me for it. I became a fan of the dish as a child when my parents took

Coconut

December 24, 2013, by

The thing about coconut is that you either love it or hate it, and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. It used to be that coconut was that “exotic” ingredient that made its appearance only in a cake, candy bar or cookie. Sure, making macaroons (not the French kind, the Pesach kind) always

Winter Vegetables

December 18, 2013, by

Whoever said that white after Labor Day is a no obviously wasn’t referring to winter white root vegetables. Immediately, potatoes, cauliflower and onions come to mind. But how can we not include celeriac, turnips and parsnips into our list of OMG these are amazing and delicious foods that are actually good for you? Before I

The “Pareve” Controversy (Trans Fats)

November 26, 2013, by

Since the 1980’s, a very popular ingredient in Kosher cooking has been margarine. Margarine can transform kugels, cakes and desserts into creamy, pareve delights. Although margarine and shortening are staples in most Jewish homes, there is an increasing awareness that these man-made products, known as trans fats, can cause serious health problems.  First, a brief

Slice of Life: Pies and Tarts

November 21, 2013, by

The holiday dessert dilemma usually falls into the eat it with your fingers (cookies, fudge, candy) variety or the serve it by the slice assortment (cake or pie). I usually have an assortment of both but the most often requested dessert is the pie. I get at least 10 to 15 emails or phone calls

Guide to Keeping Kosher in Israel

November 20, 2013, by

Planning a trip to Israel? Check out the OU Kosher Israel Guide, a joint effort of the OU Israel Center and OU Kosher. Both organizations understand the complexities of kashrut in Israel. It is important to be aware that there are more aspects to kosher food in Israel than there are elsewhere. The OU Kosher Israel Guide discusses a variety of subjects of interest: what is