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Quinoa-Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage with Rich Red Sauce (P)

  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced (2 tablespoons) ½ onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine (2 ½ cups) 1 cup prepared quinoa 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine Salt & Pepper, to taste 1 head of […]

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Tex-Mex Pulled Chicken Nacho’s (M)

Easy, tasty, and super-bowl appropriate!  Great over tortilla chips or in a taco.   16oz. jar of enchilada sauce 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon mustard 1 teaspoon onion powder Salt and pepper, to taste 1 1/2 -2 […]

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Light & Fresh “Everything” Salmon(P) with Yogurt Horseradish Dill Sauce (D) (& Artichoke Latkefritto’s )

  Eighth night of Hanukkah and I’m burnt out as well as deep-fried.  Craving something light and fresh with clean flavor.  The “everything” blend adds a bit of crunchy toastiness and a lot of well-seasoned taste.  The Yogurt  sauce adds a bit of refreshing creamy tartness.  The fresh green dill adds herby-ness, […]

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Recollecting Gil Marks

  I  became aware of Gil Marks from a Shavuot baking class he gave at the JCC on the Upper West Side. I had been married for a couple months, and was really trying to figure my way into Shabbat and holiday cooking and entertaining. We lived a […]

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Maple Cranberry Pear Donut Cobbler (P)

Originally I put this Maple Cranberry Pear concoction in puff pastry, and offered them as dessert pop tarts for adults.   But as Thanksgiving approaches I decided it would be the perfect base for a cobbler-type dessert, easier too!  And the donuts-as-topping? C’mon who doesn’t love donuts? And Kinnikinnik […]

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Onions (P)

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I love this dish.  I love it so much I made it three times in one weekend.  It is adapted from a recipe in Fine Cooking magazine which always has great and do-able recipes. The onions are sweet and slippery and have a slight tanginess to them, which is in pleasing […]

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Kimchi Stuffed Cabbage (M)

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  That point where Autumn begins to mellow and cool  is exactly when comfort classics start to sound like the perfect idea.  The time for a big bowl of flavor that’s as substantial and well-seasoned as the burnished leaves outside.  Stuffed Cabbage wasn’t part of my mother’s repertoire, but I would have it at my friends house on Sukkot, aka Feast of the […]

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Kalbi-Galbi (M)

Not sure of the correct pronunciation or spelling of this barbecued Korean beef dish, but I know  for sure that this is a delicious recipe to make on the grill at any outdoor summertime event.  Serve on a bun stuffed with Korean Cukes and sriracha for extra layers of contasting sweet-sour-spicy-salty […]

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Mediterranean Six Layer Dip (P)

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Go deep with this gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, full flavor Six-Layer Mediterranean-inspired dip.  Layer One: Smooth, earthy, and rich hummus.   Layer Two: Bright, tangy-sweet sundried tomatoes that can be chopped up manually, or made into a chunky paste by a food processor, or it can be purchased ready-made at […]

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Winter Tomato Soup (D or P) with Frico’s (D)

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This is a dead-of-winter comfort soup to curl up around. It’s like that stuff from the iconic red and white tin can (think Andy Warhol) just more wholesome + fresh- and almost as simple! Fresh juicy tomatoes are a distant memory during the cold heart of winter, […]

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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)
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