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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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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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Smoked Salmon Patties (P) with Egg-Caper Relish (P)

5/30: This recipe is  a cross between a latke and a seafood cake or patty.  It is also a fantastically flavorful way to utilize leftover salmon.  The egg-caper relish is really just a tricked-out über yum version of egg salad, it is not essential to the success of this dish- […]

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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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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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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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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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Choco-Coco Macaroons (D or P)

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Those peel-off cans of macaroons that are so ubiquitous during the  Passover season, kinda ruined me for macaroons- until now.  Because I’m on a quest to make Passover desserts that are good enough to eat year-round (why should my sweet tooth suffer for 8 days?), I’m really excited about […]

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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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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