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Matzah Pizzas and Beyond….(D)

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When it comes to matzah, it’s all about the toppings.  Matzah pizza is a standard, that definitely gets me through the matzah munching blues.  Here are a few ideas to jazz up your matzah pizza creations and concoctions.  Get creative and mix and match, chase the flavor […]

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Matzah Lasagne Florentine (M)

This matzah lasagne recipe will feed a crowd, can be made ahead,  and is pretty darn delicioso! I love how the matzah layers soaks up the liquid and the sauce and is almost like  lasagna noodles in it’s soft and chewy consistency, the spinach provides a nice bit of green to this carnivorous delight.  […]

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Roasted Garlic, Potato, and Dill Soup (P)

When it comes to Passover cooking, I’m obsessed with chasing  flavor.  The roasted garlic head in this thick and satisfying soup provides it with a slightly sweet undertone, the sautéed garlic gives it a  an aromatic kick, and the dill adds another level of flavor and complements the potato nicely.   1 head of garlic […]

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Los Angeles: Words, images, and flavors.

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  Winter was dragging on in a small town outside New York City.  A lowness was settling in.     A craving for a  brilliant change of scene took hold and inflamed the desire for something new, bright, and warm.   A plan was consrtucted.   A trip home […]

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Choco-Coco Macaroons (D or P)

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Those peel-off cans of macaroons that are so ubiquitous during the  Passover season, kinda ruined me for macaroons- until now.  Because I’m on a quest to make Passover desserts that are good enough to eat year-round (why should my sweet tooth suffer for 8 days?), I’m really excited about […]

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad (P)

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The Moroccan spices and flavors in this healthful and bright salad are pleasingly  subtle.  If you’re a Moroccan flavor-phile, by all means ramp up the spices in the dressing.  And replace a quarter cup of the chopped parsley with chopped mint.   Dressing: 1/4 cup fresh lemon […]

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack