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Crispy Cheddar-Potato Latkes (D)

There are many far-flung fancy variations of the good ol’ latke out there, and even on this website, but  I mean potato latkes for the first night of Hanukkah, right? It’s a no brainer.  These potato latkes are flat and crispy and totally addictive.  The shredded sharp cheddar melts into the […]

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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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Taim Israeli Dog (M)

I never really thought much about hot dogs until I read  “Roadfood” by Jane and Michael Stern- the true diner, drive-in, and dives experts.  From it I learned that every region in the US has a signature dog.   I decided to broaden the scope this National Hot Dog Day and make a hot […]

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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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Sabich (P)

All the elements in this popular Israeli sandwich are elements that were present on my Nana Aziza’s Shabbat lunch table.  If you really feel like a splurge, fry the eggplant.   Grilled Eggplant with Tehina 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into ½” slices 1-2 tablespoons olive […]

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Grilled Falafel Burgers (P) Tzpectacular Tzatziki Sauce (D)

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I knew I had to try this recipe when I saw it in Fine Cooking magazine.  To follow: My version of a really filling vegetarian dish that would be right at home at a summertime barbecue .  Keep ’em dairy-free by serving it with a drizzle of tahini sauce instead of the tzatziki (although […]

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Chocolate Sesame Cookies (D)

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These cookies are unusually delicious, pleasingly tender, and completely cool-looking.  They’re  deeply chocolatey with a warm and nutty edge thanks to the sesame seed coating . These cookies are more bitter-sweet than super-sweet due to the  cocoa powder mixed into the batter.  If you prefer your cookies on the unabashedly sweet side, leave […]

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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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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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Israeli CousCous Salad (D or P)

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2 c. vegetable broth or water corrections 1 c. Israeli cous-cous 1 peeled and chopped cucumber 1 tomato, chopped ½ c. kalamata olives, pitted and chopped 1 bunch trimmed scallions, white and light green portion sliced ¼ c. finely chopped fresh parsley 8 oz. spinach leaves 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)
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