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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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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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Matzah Pizza

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Jewcy.com: Delicious for Pesach or year-round, these pizzas convert the bread of our affliction into a platform for fun flavor, pleasing color, and a variety of textures. Read more on Jewcy

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Not Your Bubbe’s Passover Chicken

The respective flavors of my parents’ mixed marriage were never more apparent than during Passover. Usually the holiday dishes of my mother’s Ashkenazi upbringing dominated the dining room table, but during Passover, my father’s Iraqi heritage reigned full-flavor. Every Passover my parents, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts would […]

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Not Your Bubbe’s Passover Dessert: Mini Macaroon Berry Tarts

Baking for Passover is a lot like building a kitchen, that is, it can be difficult and scary if you deviate from the plan. The process requires some imagination and flexibility, and a little faith and hope can go a long way. My kitchen has been under […]

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Fig-Port Brie (D)

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Easy-cheesey-diviney-winey.  In this simple and straightforward recipe dried figs get plumped up in reduced Port wine syrup, and then are lusciously drizzled over a wheel of warm and oozing creamy brie.  Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or fresh fruit.   Every bite is a luxurious symphony of flavor and texture. 1 1/2 […]

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Chermoula Salmon

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Chermoula is a fragrant, spicy, citrusy Moroccan marinade typically used for fish.  This easy recipe yields enough for 3-4 lbs. of salmon but if you are not planning to make that much, save the remaining sauce for another day… because you’ll definitely want to make this exotic dish again.  Or, […]

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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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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