Latkes with a Twist

December 17, 2014, by

It’s Chanukah time! A time to celebrate, spin dreidels and overload on oily fattening foods. Wait…Is it possible to eat more health-consciously on Chanukah, to enjoy the “oil” factor of the miracle while increasing our nutrition panel at the same time? In terms of latkes, potatoes are a good vegetable with a profile of Vitamin

Slice of Life: “C” is for Chanukah Cookie

December 10, 2014, by

Chanukah and cookies are two words that always seem to go together (along with latkes and sufganyot, of course). We all have family favorites that, if not served, will cause a minor thermonuclear meltdown by those expecting them. While my chocolate chip cookies and mud bars never fail to make an appearance I try, every

Slice of Life: Mac & Cheese

December 4, 2014, by

Regardless of how old my kids get, mac & cheese is still one of the first things they want me to make when they are hungry. And to tell the truth, I kind of like it too. For most, mac & cheese is a “made from a box” kind of dish. While those pre-packaged, ready-made,

Slice of Life: Root, Root, Root for the Veggies

November 10, 2014, by

It’s a scientific fact that no matter how much food you make for your large family gatherings (Thanksgiving alert!) you’ll have too much. This anomaly is, of course, directly related to our constant application of the “law of company’s coming” theory. The theory states that no matter what we do, something will burn, we will

Slice of Life: Vive le French Toast

November 6, 2014, by

Jews have a habit of incorporating the foods of the counties they’ve found themselves in to accommodate the laws of kashruth. So it’s not surprising that many of the foods we eat have names associated with a specific country. However, many have absolutely nothing to do with the county tied to their name. Danish don’t

Cashew Crazy

November 5, 2014, by

Great to munch on as a snack, as a crunchy topping in salad, or as a thickening ingredient in recipes, cashews add many nutrients to our daily palate. These little nuts are known for their good and healthy oils and fats that fuel the body with energy and promote healthy skin and hair. They are

Slice of Life: Don’t Sell These Ribs Short

October 29, 2014, by

Like many, my family has cut down on red meat consumption. However, every now and then the need for beef overcomes my self-discipline I give in to my craving and head right for the ribs. No, I’m not talking about putting them in a cholent, but beef ribs as a standalone main course. Typically I

Slice of Life: Meatballs

October 22, 2014, by

I’m not a huge fan of the meatball. Nor is anyone else in my immediate family. But when I got an email from a reader asking for a post-Yom Tov, had way too much meat but it’s still Shabbos so meat needs to be on the menu meatball appetizer, I thought, ok, challenge accepted and

Edible Parsha Project: Sukkot

October 7, 2014, by

Shabbat fun for children is given a fresh and tasty twist with Edible Parsha projects. These easy to create, hands-on treats are based within context of weekly Torah portion for children of all ages and stages. Edible Parsha is a creation by Batya Jacob, director of the International Jewish Resource Center for Inclusion and Special

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

October 7, 2014, by

A traditional food for Simchat Torah, stuffed cabbage provides a hearty and sustaining meal full of nutrients such asvitamin C, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, potassium, and fiber. This dish is a tradition handed down from generation to generation, some saying it is eaten now because the shape resembles a Torah scroll while others argue that the dish

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