Shabbos party dilemma

Start the day with a special breakfast, different from a week day breakfast. Follow that up with a treat for davening nicely. Head to shul groups and wash down a plastic cup full of assorted candies with a cup of grape soda. Add a cookie, coffee cake (or two) to your chullent at kiddush and … Continue reading Shabbos party dilemma

Salad with a side of meat

It used to be that Americans, and everyone else for that matter, ate meat in small portions and often as a seasoning. But thanks to modern day industrial agriculture, many families are "heavy on the bassar (meat)." And while the price of meat may be cheap in comparison to the relative price a generation ago, … Continue reading Salad with a side of meat

With feta it’s betta’

Cooking in the summer is for the birds, as they say. So last night we enjoyed a fabulous dish, made in only minutes on the stove, thanks to my friend, Jamie, and her blog, (check it out!). Her Israeli cous cous with pesto (I used basil, but hers call for arugula) features feta cheese … Continue reading With feta it’s betta’

Go ahead and double dip

I would love to be the kind of mother who always has a plate of cut up fruit and veggies prepared when my kids come home from camp or school. But let's face it, I'm not. Once in a while, though I manage to prepare cut up carrots, cucumbers, peppers and even kohlrabi (more on … Continue reading Go ahead and double dip

‘Is gum a carb?’

I was completely bewildered the other day when I heard a woman ask, "Is gum a carb?" My first thought was, "No, and even if it was, who cares?" My second thought was, "Why shouldn't she be confused?" In our melting pot of cultures in America, we lack a food culture. Unlike countries like Italy, … Continue reading ‘Is gum a carb?’

‘Best vacation ever’

As I sat on the silky sand of an almost-empty beach under clear blue skies, with the temperature in the upper 70s, I might as well have been in the Caribbean. Except we only had to drive 5 hours north of our home in Chicago to get there. We just returned from an incredible week … Continue reading ‘Best vacation ever’

Summer soups

On a hot summer Shabbos, I avoid heavy, hot dishes. That makes these two cold soups regular guests at our table lately. They're easy to prepare, delicious and cool. The rhubarb is a spring/early summer crop, so it's getting harder to find these days. If you see it, grab it. STRAWBERRY RHUBARB SOUP 2lb. rhubarb … Continue reading Summer soups

FREE summer fun

As much as I love summer, there comes a time after camp and the family vacation has passed that I start to wonder why are my children still home? They seem to grow crankier and lazier with each passing day. So, for the sake of my sanity (and yours!) here is a list of some … Continue reading FREE summer fun

Raising the next generation of ‘granola’

I really had to embrace my crunchy side for this one. And I wasn't going to tell anyone. But here I am, posting Exhibit A on the right. Let's hope he doesn't taunt me for it when he's older. I'm hoping that by the time my son is old enough to ask me why I … Continue reading Raising the next generation of ‘granola’

Salmon, two ways

If you're anything like me, you're defrosting salmon from Jewel's 9-days salmon sale today. In fact, without taking an official survey, I'd venture to guess that the significant majority of my friends and neighbors will be feasting on salmon tomorrow evening, before the fast of Tisha B'Av. My favorite way to cook salmon (or any … Continue reading Salmon, two ways