Yogurt bar & pancakes on Shavuos

As far as I'm concerned, for all that the upcoming holiday, Shavuos, lacks in detailed laws, it makes up for it in delicious foods. I'll take a buttery, broiled filet of fish over a roast any day. Our main course on Shavuos always features fish, coupled with a salad of greens, topped with feta cheese. … Continue reading Yogurt bar & pancakes on Shavuos

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Cinco de Mayo pudding

Before I even heard of Mark Bittman, I was making this NY Times recipe for Mexican chocolate pudding. And while I spent most of today thinking about Yom HaShoah, Cinco de Mayo tends to better lend itself to a recipe post. Besides, I could use a chocolate pick-me-up. MEXICAN TOFU PUDDING (from a NY Times … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo pudding

Channeling the inner caveman

The Paleo diet--a nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans--is all over the place lately. The idea is based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, around 15,000¬†years ago, and that modern humans are still adapted to the diet of the Paleolithic period. Since I'm … Continue reading Channeling the inner caveman

Rethinking vegetables

My kids eat brussel sprouts and pretty much any other vegetable. Part of this fact, I realize is just plain good fortune. Plenty of moms try every trick in the book, and their kids won't touch a lot of vegetables. Besides luck, I have a few tricks of my own, and I do think that … Continue reading Rethinking vegetables

Bumper crop of sunchokes

Remember Jack and the Beanstalk? We had sunchoke plants so tall this year that more than one passerby wondered when the Giant was coming. I'm not sure what is the best part of growing sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes): the nutty-potato taste that melts in my mouth, the yellow flowers at the top of … Continue reading Bumper crop of sunchokes

Chocolate frozen berries

See this chard? We watered it this morning. It's too darn hot. But if outside isn't hot enough, imagine sitting on a school bus today. I can count on my kids coming in drenched and crabby today. Good thing kids tend to be more resilient. And good thing this frozen treat took 2 minutes to … Continue reading Chocolate frozen berries

What I learned from gardening

I was 20 when I tasted my first garden tomato. That's right, 20. I was visiting a friend in Indiana, and she sent me home with two pints of fresh-off-the-vine cherry tomatoes. Three hours later, I had no more tomatoes and a stomachache to prove it. But, at least I'd been bitten by the gardening … Continue reading What I learned from gardening