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Homemade Potato Salads

September 1, 2015, by

Potato salads are one of the most popular items on summertime picnic tables. Supermarkets sell them by the bucket but if you are nutrition conscious, you might find that the store-bought varieties often have too much sugar, vinegar, salt or fat. With homemade potato salad, you have control over the taste and you can make

Whole Grain Salads

September 1, 2015, by

Whole grains are among the most useful ingredients, for many reasons, but now that warm weather is here to stay for a while, you’ll find them the perfect foundations for summer salads. All you have to do with barley, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa and bulgur, to name just a few, is cook them and moisten

Going Bananas

September 1, 2015, by

Puttering around the kitchen at my Back to Nature restaurant, I’ve been studying the health benefits of different foods and the banana really surprised me. Continue reading and you might never look at a banana the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives

Summertime – and the Salads are Easy!

September 1, 2015, by

Chef’s Secrets for Super Salads I Be Leaf: Experiment with different varieties of salad greens. Try arugula (rocket), bibb, Boston, endive, leafy field greens (mesclun), radicchio, romaine, spinach or watercress. The darker the greens, the better! Note that even pre-washed packaged salad greens should be washed in cold water and dried in a lettuce spinner.

Rhubarb Season

September 1, 2015, by

The word is out in culinary circles that rhubarb is making a comeback, but as far as I’m concerned it never went out of style. I cook with rhubarb whenever I see it in the stores, starting around late April, when it is easy to find the crisp, red stalks at farmers’ markets and even

Say Cheese-Cake! And Let The Calories Begin

September 1, 2015, by

Everybody has their favorite cheesecake. Cheesecakes are a delicious and popular choice to serve for Shavuot along with cheese kugels and blintzes. You can either buy or bake cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, from plain, marble, strawberry, sugar-free for diabetics, even dairy-free cheesecakes for those who are lactose-intolerant or to serve with a meat

Think Shavuot, Say Cheese

September 1, 2015, by

When we think of Shavuot, we think of cheese, but how did this tradition begin? I asked Gil Marks, whose fascinating cookbook, “Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World” (Wiley Publishing), won the prestigious James Beard award for best vegetarian cookbook. “The use of dairy to celebrate

Shavuot – Simple Recipes for Family and Friends

September 1, 2015, by

Shavuot will soon be here. It’s a happy holiday and one where dairy foods and honey shine. So, why dairy on Shavuot? Many people mentioned that they weren’t sure or didn’t remember. Some reasons given deal with the numerical value of milk corresponding to the number of days Moshe was on top of Mt. Sinai;

Shavuot: French Dairy Delights

September 1, 2015, by

During the years I lived in France, I realized that Shavuot is a perfect time to enjoy such luscious French dishes as cheese soufflés, quiches with creamy fillings and sweet cheese tarts for dessert. Alsace and southern France are regions in which Jews have lived for centuries. These areas are also known for their tasty

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