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Tzpectacular Tzatziki

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  I maintain that a shmear of tzatziki would even make an old shoe taste amazing….This stuff is so great that I’ve been known to eat spoonfuls of it like yogurt (which is what it is).  On  crackers, or as a dip for veggies or chips it’s a dreamy snack.  Dollop it on grilled fish and […]

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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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Mini Boston Cream Pies

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I went to college outside of Boston, and really enjoyed my time in the area.  I am shocked and depressed by what happened at the marathon on Monday. Mini Boston Cream Pies are a sweet refutation of the dark bitterness in our midst.  Adapted from a recipe in theKitchn.com. 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 […]

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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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Bahn Mi Sandwich Cali Style (P)

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This month’s Bon Appetit cover story (4/13) was devoted to the art  sandwich-making.  Taking their cue I decided to try my hand at the Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich with some fresh California flavor added for fun.  A firm white fish like Mahi-Mahi or Halibut grills well, tastes great with the other featured flavors, and […]

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French Onion Melts (D)

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  1 teaspoon olive oil oni.co.uk/Live/wp-includes/clear loan 2 large onions, cut in half and sliced  into thin half-moons title loans ohio 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar 1 tsp. fresh chopped thyme (optional) salt and pepper, to taste water or vegetable stock 4 slices […]

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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