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Zen and the Art of Canning

September 3, 2015, by

As a kid, I remember indulging in delicious foods like homemade pickles, apricot and strawberry jam, and probably my most favorite, and most coveted amongst my family, cherry liqueur (I wasn’t allowed to have the alcoholic stuff until I was much older, so a non-alcoholic and cloyingly sweet syrup of cherries was my favorite digestif

Fresh Tuna, Refreshing Dinner

September 3, 2015, by

Seared Fresh Tuna Salad Looking for a cool salad for a hot summer evening? Seared Fresh Tuna Salad is not your ordinary tuna salad. The wonderful flavor and texture of just-cooked fresh tuna gives a new meaning to tuna salad made from canned tuna. Add lettuce, sugar snap peas, corn and grape tomatoes for a

Getting In Tune with Tomatoes

September 3, 2015, by

It’s been said that “a world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.” So true. Just as a violin (or fiddle, if you will) is essential in classical, klezmer or country music, the tomato is integral to many a home cook’s repertoire. They add color to our salads, are the basis for many

In Search of the Perfect Potatonik

September 3, 2015, by

A question came in to the KITCHENer Rebbe, after reading the column Seeker of Lost Recipes, Restorer of Dreams asking about ‘potatonik’. I was inspired. I myself had never heard of Potatonik until I moved to Toronto where I found out it is another name for potato kugel (or kigel, depending where your ancestors came

Pasta Salad and the Ghetto

September 2, 2015, by

(with a brief shout-out to the humble anchovy) For anyone who knows New York’s Lower East side, a visit to Venice’s Ghetto is an oddly familiar experience. At least that’s the way it felt to me when I first crossed the Guglie bridge, the neighborhood’s main entry point, some twenty years ago. I was living

Steak with Mango Salsa and Brown Rice Salad

September 2, 2015, by

It’s mango season! Ripe, sweet Florida mangos are at the height of their season and are available throughout the US. If you haven’t tried a mango, this is the year to start. It’s been a bumper crop. Mangos are second in popularity throughout the world to bananas and coconuts. Here’s a great way to use

Craving Mama Hinda’s Challah

September 2, 2015, by

I hadn’t looked at my grandmother’s challah recipe since her death in 1975 at age 91, which she had dictated in Yiddish to my mother during her final hospitalization in intensive care. But with Rosh Hashanah approaching, I longed for my grandmother’s turban shaped loaf, the centerpiece of our holiday table. I grew up downstairs

‘Tis the Season… To Fire Up The Grill

September 2, 2015, by

Barbecued Southwestern Chicken Burgers with Quick Slaw It’s the season—time to fire up the barbecue. Call it barbecue or call it grilling, it’s become America’s favorite way to cook. Texas barbecue expert, Don Strange, gave me some great tips for barbecue success in a recent interview. He helped to solve one major problem I have

Hello, Pudding, My Old Friend

September 2, 2015, by

When I was growing up, pudding meant something that came from a box. My grandma opened a package, poured out brown powdery stuff into a pot, stirred in some milk, cooked it until it was thick and hot, then spooned it into glass serving dishes. She never called it pudding. She just always said she

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

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