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Goat Cheese-Onion Confit Toast (D)

 I call this un-French toast.  Great as a light meal,  appetizer, or hors d’oeuvre.  Goat Cheese Onion Confit Toastini 4 slices sourdough toast (see below) 5oz. container of herb-infused spreadable goat cheese (such as boursin, alouette) Onion confit  (see below) Fresh chopped parsley (optional)   Spread approximately […]

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Tex-Mex Pulled Chicken Nacho’s (M)

Easy, tasty, and super-bowl appropriate!  Great over tortilla chips or in a taco.   16oz. jar of enchilada sauce 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon mustard 1 teaspoon onion powder Salt and pepper, to taste 1 1/2 -2 […]

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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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Kalbi-Galbi (M)

Not sure of the correct pronunciation or spelling of this barbecued Korean beef dish, but I know  for sure that this is a delicious recipe to make on the grill at any outdoor summertime event.  Serve on a bun stuffed with Korean Cukes and sriracha for extra layers of contasting sweet-sour-spicy-salty […]

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Kuku Sabzi French Toast (D or P)

I’m kuku for Kuku Sabzi, and you will be too once you try this savory french toast recipe! Kuku Sabzi is a beloved Persian herb frittata. Adding thick slices of leftover challah to the herbalicious egg batter is a great savory Sunday brunch twist.  Sprinkle with Feta […]

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Mediterranean Six Layer Dip (P)

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Go deep with this gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, full flavor Six-Layer Mediterranean-inspired dip.  Layer One: Smooth, earthy, and rich hummus.   Layer Two: Bright, tangy-sweet sundried tomatoes that can be chopped up manually, or made into a chunky paste by a food processor, or it can be purchased ready-made at […]

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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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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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Glossary

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