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Once Upon a Kolooschen

   Once Upon a Kolooschen A time honored story offered up with some fresh new flavors I Lights up, theme music fades, the cheering audience responds obediently to the “QUIET, please” cue.  Tight shot on the Tall, Dark, Handsome ( and very rich) gentleman in the center of the stage. “As you […]

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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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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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Caramellow Blondie with Pretzel Streusel (D)

The way I see it, when it comes to dessert, the world is divided into two camps: the Chocoholics and the Caramellows.  Chocoholics are easy to identify.  Chocolate is their dark mistress, and they’re uncompromising in their bittersweet devotion.  Caramellows, as their name implies are a bit more […]

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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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Winter Tomato Soup (D or P) with Frico’s (D)

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This is a dead-of-winter comfort soup to curl up around. It’s like that stuff from the iconic red and white tin can (think Andy Warhol) just more wholesome + fresh- and almost as simple! Fresh juicy tomatoes are a distant memory during the cold heart of winter, […]

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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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A Very Jewy Christmas

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The Zelinsky’s: A Very Jewy Christmas What you get when you mix the Cooking Channel with Fiddler on the Roof, a laugh track,  a visit  from a Holiday Spirit, and a recipe for Salami & Eggs Fried Rice! SCENE 1 ‘Twas the night before Christmas  and something’s cooking […]

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Indian Spiced Chick Peas (P)

This recipe is a version of the Indian chickpea dish Channa Masala.  Very tasty, healthy, and filling. 2 tablespoons olive oil MILLFALLS.ORG/WOODSTOCK/ 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 “ fresh peeled ginger, grated ( 1 teaspoon) 1 small Serrano chili pepper, diced 1 […]

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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