Savory Shallots

February 19, 2014, by

I wrote one simple column on leeks and within 24 hours of it being published, I received four emails asking why I had not written about shallots because they’re more interesting, tasty and fun than leeks. It seems that if you like leeks, you LOVE shallots. So, what exactly is a shallot you ask? A

Not Your Average PB&J

February 19, 2014, by

Admit it- there are times when all you really want to eat is a PB&J sandwich.  I know we all tend to relegate peanut butter and jelly to lunch boxes and the under 12 crowd but seriously, the average American child will eat close to 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time they

Cooking with Leeks

February 5, 2014, by

While asparagus tends to be one of the most called upon vegetables during Pesach, sometimes the price and availability make them just one more of the tres tres tres expensive items we have to buy for the 8 day food fest of Passover. I say make the switch to leeks and you’ll be pleasantly surprised

Best Pesach Recipe Substitute List

February 5, 2014, by

At some point during Pesach preparations, we’ve all tried to convert a main stream recipe into a Pesach one only to discover that we don’t have a clue as to what to substitute for a chometz ingredient. This panic moment is why I started compiling my COMPLETE LIST OF PESACH SUBSTITUTES. I’ve added some great

Super Bowl Pizza

January 29, 2014, by

There are certain truths about the Super Bowl. There will be a winner, a looser and food. All the rest is commentary. While submarine sandwiches are great, chili is excellent and hot dogs are just super for my money, pizza is the way to go when you’re watching grown men pounding each other for bragging

Cooking with Carrots

January 22, 2014, by

When my son was in 3rd grade, he read a story called Bunnicula- A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by James Howe. This was the story of a, wait for it, vampire rabbit, that drained all the juice/color out of the carrots he ate to the chagrin (and concern) of the other characters in the story. To say

Grapefruits Galore

January 16, 2014, by

It’s the time of year when I start to bemoan the fact that summer fruits are long gone, the fall apples and pears are going up in price, and the berries – well, unless I want to take out a second mortgage, they are not going to find themselves in my grocery basket. As I

Hearty One-Pot Dishes

January 7, 2014, by

Being told that snowmageddon was on its way, I felt like I needed to batten down the proverbial hatches and start cooking something “hearty” for the men folk. I’m thinking after they finish shoveling and snow blowing and repeating as necessary they might be a tad bit hungry. I received a gift of a great

Egg Rolls

December 24, 2013, by

I happen to really love egg rolls. I know, I can hear the jokes now, Jews and their Chinese food. Still I like making and eating them. I serve them every couple of weeks and my family thanks me for it. I became a fan of the dish as a child when my parents took


December 24, 2013, by

The thing about coconut is that you either love it or hate it, and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. It used to be that coconut was that “exotic” ingredient that made its appearance only in a cake, candy bar or cookie. Sure, making macaroons (not the French kind, the Pesach kind) always

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