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Creamy Coconutty Chicken Noodle Soup (M)

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Retains the comfort qualities of good ol’ Chicken Noodle Soup, but with the added suggestion of creamy, slightly exotic, coconutty flavor. The Habanero chili pepper adds a really nice jolt of heat that cuts through the rich coconutty creaminess. Serves 6 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, […]

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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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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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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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Salami & Eggs Fried Rice (m)

Salami & Eggs Fried Rice (M) 2 teaspoons canola oil 4 oz. salami (1 cup) sliced into 1/4 inch pieces and then quartered 2 eggs 5-6 cups prepared rice (white or brown) 7 tablespoons spicy brown mustard 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons sesame oil 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 cup soy […]

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Smoked Trout Brunch Quichecake

Another option for brunch that presents those familiar brunchy flavors of smoked fish, cream cheese in a savory cheesecake form….sounds strange I know- but it is really good, especially with a few spoonfuls of the Really Rad Red Relish . 1 sleeve ritz-type crackers, crushed million mortgagesborrower […]

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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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Smoked Fish Hash (D)

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This is a hearty smoked fish and potatoes brunch dish. Serve with a dollop of horseradish-caper sour cream for even more flavor. Or if you prefer: one cup of sour cream mixed in with ¼ cup freshly snipped dill. 2 tbsp. butter1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil […]

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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