3-Day Yom Tov Plan

There's a lot to do to get ready for Rosh Hashana. Fall clothes to purchase, food to buy, menus to plan and--oh, yeah--teshuva to do. After all that, there's little time to plan more, but I'd like to humbly suggest one more plan to make all these days of cooking and eating leave us fulfilled … Continue reading 3-Day Yom Tov Plan

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Kosher food on the road

There are three kinds of kosher travelers: 1. Those that head to big cities with lots of kosher restaurants. 2. Those that visit all-inclusive kosher resorts. 3. Those that shlep their own food cross country. These are the Hoi Palloi. AKA: us. The thing about bringing food on the road is that it's not nearly … Continue reading Kosher food on the road

7 weeks to a healthier home

Never mind the 10 (!) Yom Tov meals you just finished and the Cinnabon you stuffed in your mouth the minute Pesach ended. Today our kitchens are back to normal and our stomachs will be too. And if there ever was a time for a fresh start in how we feed ourselves and our families, … Continue reading 7 weeks to a healthier home

Stocking the pantry

I informed two friends last week that Trader Joe's opened in Evanston, four miles away from my house. It's so close that I pass by there on Sunday morning runs, and yet there are still plenty of people nearby who have no idea that this less-expensive-full-of-kosher-food-grocery is right under their noses. So, in their honor, … Continue reading Stocking the pantry

Cheaper, easier & healthier Sukkos

Folks, throw away your excessive Yom Tov menus--I got your back. Here's the plan, plain and simple: 1. Go to the produce store/the farmers' market/the shuk. Buy every single thing that looks the slightest bit interesting to you, and then some. If it grows from the ground, buy it. But if you live in a … Continue reading Cheaper, easier & healthier Sukkos

A typical Wisconsin farm stand

Why I don’t eat everything organic

We recently returned from a 24-hour date to Lake Geneva--our first escape from the kids in more than a decade. We hiked, kayaked and shopped in all the cute little stores that our kids would dread. And like every time we drive through Wisconsin, we followed one important rule: always stop at farm stands. This … Continue reading Why I don’t eat everything organic

Can’t beat the local farmers’ markets

Try a peach from the farmers’ market, and you’ll know why I have to ration them. They look similar to the peaches you might find at a grocery, but pick it up and it screams for you to eat it immediately. The smell is so strong, you feel like you’re walking through an orchard. And … Continue reading Can’t beat the local farmers’ markets