Filling But Not Fattening: Dishes for Pesach

October 8, 2015, by

Many of us think that because we can’t have bread, rice, pasta or grains on Pesach, we need to stuff ourselves with starchy side dishes. Why not try a healthier alternative? Simply include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables when planning your menus. CREAMY CARROT SOUP Makes 6 servings Simply dill-icious! 1 tablespoon olive or

The Enlightening Olive

September 30, 2015, by

Fruit ripens and then we eat it, right? Not always. The ripe olive is hard, bitter and inedible. The olives in the jar we bring home from the store have undergone weeks immersed in a brining solution, a process essential to bringing out the unique taste and texture of the particular variety of olive. Similarly,


I was chef at our synagogue’s fundraiser a couple of weeks ago, and I’m told I came up with a good and inexpensive Kosher sangria. The sangria at our synagogue’s Purim meal, was just OK, with the sangria preparers using standard sangria recipes calling for sugar added to dry wine. For Purim we bought good

Oreo Cheesecake

This is far and away the best Shavuot recipe I have. It is very rich but if cheesecake is your once a year indulgence, this is the one to go all out for. Enjoy! Oreo Cheesecake 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (about 20 cookies) 2 tablespoons butter, melted ¼ cup brown sugar 2 lbs. cream

Gather Around The Grill

September 17, 2015, by

The incredible aroma of food cooking on the grill is a sure-fire way to spark your appetite. Here are some ways to sneak some nutrition onto the plate the next time everyone gathers around the grill. Make burgers with lean ground beef, veal, chicken or turkey. Add finely minced carrots, celery and onions to the

Drink Your Fruit

It’s smoothie season again. Here are some easy favorites to get your day started – or for any other time in fact. Peach-Mango Smoothie: ½ cup sliced peaches (frozen or fresh) ½ cup mango pieces (frozen or fresh) ½ cup peach or mango nectar 2 teaspoons sugar 1 (6 ounce) container peach or vanilla yogurt

Baby Spinach with Sundried Tomatoes and Feta

Here is a nice, fresh, summery recipe. It tastes delicious and since it is spinach, you feel virtuous while you eat it! 2 teaspoons minced garlic 4 (6 ounce) bags baby spinach 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped 2 teaspoons balsamic

Passover Dessert Recipes

Parve Strawberry Ice Cream 1 egg white ½ cup sugar 1 pint strawberries (washed and sliced) 1 container Passover pareve whipped topping Using an electric mixer or balloon whisk, whip the egg white while gradually adding the sugar until soft peaks form. Slowly add the sliced strawberries while mixing and beat for 5 minutes. In

Latkes…Lots of Luscious Latkes

September 9, 2015, by

Although potato latkes are a traditional Chanukah treat, why not experiment this year by making latkes with other vegetables? With the recipes below, you can enjoy a different kind of latke every night of Chanukah! I prefer to use russet potatoes because they are higher in starch and have a lower water content. However, you

Breaking the Fast with a Fast Trip Across the Street, Chicago Style

September 7, 2015, by

You think you have a big crowd coming to your house to break the Yom Kippur fast? Not compared to my friend Marsha, you don’t. This September, Marsha and her husband, Brian, along with another couple, will be co-hosting the Ninth Annual Easy Access Break-Fast for the families of her Chicago shul. Marsha lives across

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