Passover Recipes!

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I know I keep promising you folks some new Passover recipes. I totally didn't forget about that. In all honesty, I am having a bit of a hard time making passover food now. Partly because it's a couple of weeks to Passover and I want to eat every last bite of pasta possible. And partly because I spent weeks living and breathing passover food. A while ago. When everyone else was thinking about starting to plan for purim. It's the life of a magazine writer. Usually it's fun, but passover recipes are a humongous challenge. I am proud to say I came up with a nice variety of passover recipes for my magazine column. Here's a preview:   I made candy...   They look like peanut butter … [Read more...]

Purple Potato Latkes

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Tonight was the fifth night of chanukah. Which means that if you are partying hard in true hanukkah fashion, you have had a lot of latkes by now. Are you bored of the typical? I am. I know that the world is full of people making latkes with all kinds of interesting vegetables, spices and sauces. But I decided to go a different direction, because I care more than I should about aesthetics. Which is how this idea was born. Let's make a pretty latke, I thought to myself. So I bought some purple potatoes. I posted a picture on instagram of my latkes frying, and they were totally beautiful: You can't see it clearly, but the purple potatoes and flecks of green courtesy of the scallions really … [Read more...]

Yemenite Beef Soup and a Review and Giveaway of Kosher By Design Cooking Coach

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Giveaway Closed! I've been getting a lot of questions lately about my thoughts on the new cookbook by Susie Fishbein, Kosher By Design Cooking Coach, and I am excited to finally share my thoughts on this fabulous cookbook with you. I should start by mentioning that if you aren't a kosher cook, don't stop reading. Susie's ideas are amazing, and you don't have to keep kosher to appreciate them! At a first glance: As is the case with all of Susie's previous books, this is a visually beautiful book. I opened it up and marveled at the absolute wealth of information. The book promises to be more than just a list of recipes, and it certainly delivered. Each chapter starts with a "game … [Read more...]

Basil Potato Salad

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Are you sick of hearing about Passover/Pesach yet? Well bad news folks, Passover is not for another week, so y0u've got another two weeks of hearing about my Passover cooking. On the other hand, if you think it's bad, imagine what kind of separation anxiety I am feeling for my best friend, er, I mean my Kitchen Aid. I've been searching the web for interesting Passover recipe ideas, and I definitely am not coming up short. There's a plethora of recipes out there, each one out-doing the next in terms of creativity and non-passover-like qualities. But I think the best Passover recipes are the simple things, the ones you can make by default, because they happen not to contain any grains. (Such … [Read more...]

Garlic and Shallot Topped Smashed Potatoes

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If the name of these potatoes seems complicated and difficult for you to pronounce, you can call them by their other name: Good Sister Potatoes. Why, one might ask, would these potatoes catapult me into the realm of a good sister? Well, that is a very good question, my friend. Y'see, I made these only because my sister asked me to come up with some new side dish ideas for her. And because I had some baby potatoes to cook. And these are delicious. But let's not discuss that now, shall we? In case you haven't noticed, I love making desserts. You haven't? This must be your first time here. Sure, a gal's gotta eat, and I really do enjoy cooking, baking and desserts will always have a soft spot … [Read more...]

Mini Shepherd’s Pies

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What a week. I don't even know where to start. I guess with Sunday, when I worked a full day to make up for the days we were closed last week. Then came Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all of which felt like a day later than they actually were. I got home on average 7:30 each night, and got straight to work in the kitchen. I went to bed after 2 am every night. Now it's Thursday, well after 2 and I am not nearly done in the kitchen. Did I mention that my company will be closed next week, so it's about doubly busy this week? Yeah, I did drink loads of coffee. Why do you ask? Enough complaining about me. Let's talk global issues. I honestly couldn't believe how saddened I was at the … [Read more...]