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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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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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Green Bean Tehine Casserole (P)

Using the traditional Thanksgiving dish Green Bean Casserole as an inspiration, my version is parve yet creamy due to the tehina mixed into the green beans, and crunchy-due to the toasted slivered almonds on top. Green Bean-Tehine Casserole (P) 16 oz. green beans; washed, trimmed, and cut into bite-sized […]

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Fraiche New Salad (D)

This is good ol’ Bagels, Lox, and Cream Cheese reimagined as a modern composed salad.  Flavor and texture abound with every bite.  Leave out the pumpernickel croutons if you want to keep it Gluten Free. For the pickled red onions: 1 small red onion (1/2 cup), thinly sliced KindOfLife […]

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Korean Pickled Cucumbers

6-8 Persian cucumbers, washed, and sliced into 1/4″ rounds 24 hour payday loans las vegas nv 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 teaspoons guchugaro powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons sesame oil toasted sesame seeds, […]

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Tzpectacular Tzatziki

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  I maintain that a shmear of tzatziki would even make an old shoe taste amazing….This stuff is so great that I’ve been known to eat spoonfuls of it like yogurt (which is what it is).  On  crackers, or as a dip for veggies or chips it’s a dreamy snack.  Dollop it on grilled fish and […]

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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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Ivrito’s: Hebrew for Nacho’s (P)

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As the name suggests this is a middle eastern take on nachos, based in part on a couple of salads in Claudia Roden’s very awesome cookbook The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. The flavors and textures of this multilayered dip says Salatim to me; the salad and dips part of […]

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Superbowl Sunday Highs and Lows

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Today was a great eating day.  The tastes ran from blini, caviar, and smoked fish engagement party finger-food to down-home-and-dirty Superbowl tucker.  I have to submit my complete delight for the late- afternoon  party I visited. There, a blini bar was found, stocked with bottles of ice cold vodka, coin-sized blini’s, layers of […]

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Crispy Veggie Salad with Crunchy Ramen, Hoisin Vinaigrette, & Omelet Spirals (P)

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This is a phenomenal  salad  with lots of  salty-sweet-savory Asian flavor, and a bunch of pleasing textures as well.  It’s great for lunch or as a light dinner.  Feel free to swap-out the veggies for whatever crispy produce you have in your fridge.  Helpful hint for busy balaboosta’s (hosts /hostess with […]

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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