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A Very-Jewy-Christmas: Baked Pastrami Eggrolls (M) with Russian Dipping Sauce (P)

Christmas + Chinese Food+( Movie)= A Very Jewy Xmas…Much has been made how American  Jews traditionally celebrate Dec 25, the birthdate of the world’s most beloved Jew, by eating Chinese food.   Pastrami eggrolls have been around for a while now.  Even getting the hipster-foodie treatment at celebrated Brooklyn eateries.   So here’s […]

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Shakshook-lets (P)

Shakshooka is my favorite thing to eat when I’m in Israel (and one of my all-time favorite words, c’mon say it- shak-shook-a!).  It’s basically eggs poached in a tomato-onion sauce, and  it’s the perfect anytime meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner- it  always works.  My version offers individual shakshookas (shakshooklets) , prepared […]

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Savory White Bean Dip (P)

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This dip/spread is a great alternative to hummus.  I love it on a toasted bagel.  It’s great with pita chips as well. Sometimes I’ll have it in a wrap with salad greens and veggies for a quick and healthy lunch. Savory White Bean Dip/Spread 1 cup chopped […]

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Tasty Tuesdays: Mini Chicken Pot Pies (M)

This pot pie has tons of great flavor and a bit of heat due to the blackening spice used to season the chicken.  Recipe yields approx. 30 mini pies, or, 2 x 9″ pies, if you prefer a more communal pot pie experience. 4 boneless, skinless chicken […]

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Lite ‘n Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Latkes (P) with Horseradish Sour Cream (D)

If eight nights of fried delights is more than you can handle, try these  baked latkes instead. Brush the latkes with olive oil before placing them in the oven to cook, to crisp ‘em up good and commemorate the Hanukkah miracle.   Ingredients Cooking spray or olive […]

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Lahmagine Pizzas (M)

I describe Lahmagine as a Syrian meat pizza, or,  meatza pizza.  Ground lamb is the more authentic  ingredient, but if you are not a fan-of-lamb, ground beef works fine too. 1 lb. ground lamb or ground beef 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 red onion, diced 1 […]

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From the South to the Mouth

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  I can’t get the Low Country out of my head- or my food.  Last night it was my turn to host book club.  This summer’s selection was Kitchen House by Katherine Grissom.  Excellent read, set in the Post-Revoluntionary war South. Still riding on the memory of […]

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Pimento Cheese Shmear Y’all….! (D)

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They call pimento cheese the pate of the South. This Northern version adds cream cheese and a kosher dill to make it a great shmear for your bagel. 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese 1 […]

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Cheddar & Tomato Jam Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Cut these trumped up grilled cheese sandwiches into quarters and serve as an appetizer, or scarf one down all for yourself. The tomato jam goes great with sausages and sauerkraut on a crusty hoagie roll. 3 medium sized tomatoes, cored and stemmed east personal loans uk 1tbsp. […]

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Pomodori Al Forno (p)

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On a cheese plate these flavorful tomatoes are well placed. ½ c. + ½ c. extra-virgin olive oil 2 lbs. fresh ripe tomatoes (4-5) 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. sugar ½ tsp. salt 2 garlic cloves, minced payday loans market  Heat oven to 250F. Pour 1/2 […]

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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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Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack