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Yom Ha’atzmaut: Blue & White (Cookies) Are My Colors

August 27, 2015, by

“…כחול ולבן הצבע שלי” Blue and white are my colors (and what’s black & white anyway?!), and I’m just seeing one star. So how about some Hummus, eggplant dip, pita crackers and blue & white cookies for a Yom Ha’atzmaut treat. Tamar Ansh is an author, freelance recipe developer, and food columnist. Her articles have

Warning: All Desserts!

August 27, 2015, by

Well, don’t look now but It’s Here: Pesach! So much thought, care, money and work go into this holiday that it’s no surprise that so many of us are obsessed with the holiday. I have literally been thinking for the last several months about Pesach, buying tickets and clothes, thinking about guest lists and menus

Matzah, Matzah… Prunes anyone?

August 27, 2015, by

Passover 1975. It seemed like a good idea. I’d introduce the subject of prayer to my religious school class at my local synagogue (Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton, CA) by asking my eager, precocious teenagers to write a telegram to G-d. I expected thank you’s and gimme’s. Imagine my reaction to this: “Dear G-d stop

Lean Cuisine

August 27, 2015, by

There’s Four Questions. Pick a question, any question… see if you can find it again! Actually, I was hoping you’d pick the fourth of these parables: 4. Why is this night different from all other nights? For on all other nights, we eat either sitting straight or leaning; But tonight we are required to lean!

Haroset, Any Style

August 27, 2015, by

Like most Ashkenazi Jews I grew up thinking that haroset meant grated apples mixed with ground up walnuts and a little Manischewitz wine. Never mind that we read the Haggadah twice during the holiday and discussed its meaning and I learned that we ate haroset to symbolize the mortar spread between the bricks that were

Passover Dinner and the Bounties of Spring

August 27, 2015, by

Listen to Linda’s Food Talk show on OURadio.org! Tonight’s Dinner in Minutes? Grilled Salmon with Olive Tapenade and Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus Grilled salmon with an olive tapenade garnish makes an elegant dish that takes very little effort. Serve it for the family or for guests during this Holiday week. Grill this salmon on a

Meatless Menus for Passover

August 27, 2015, by

During Passover many of us tend to focus on the Seder dinner but it’s good to plan for the holiday’s other festive meals as well. There are Shabbat dinners, brunches and more casual occasions to get together with friends and relatives. After the copious Seder meals, which often include one or more substantial main courses

Passover – Creative Cooking

August 27, 2015, by

Most dishes we think of as “Jewish food” are delicious borrowings from whatever country our ancestors happened to find themselves in, but one of the very few foods that Jews actually did invent is matzah, the unleavened cakes the Hebrew slaves ate in their haste to depart Egypt. Today strict rabbinical rules govern every aspect

Make Ahead Dishes for Passover

August 27, 2015, by

So much to cook. So little time. This year the first night of Passover is April 8th, a Wednesday. Add a second Seder and Shabbat and we have to prepare meals for three holiday days in a row. If you work outside the home or have small children to care for or you’re just plain

Passover Memories Then and Now

August 27, 2015, by

My favorite recipes are those that stand the test of time, especially family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special food memories as food has the power to transport us back in time to life’s special occasions and the holidays from days gone by. When I was

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