Family-friendly cleaning

For Pesach most of us mange to convince even the most reluctant cleaners to lend a hand. And those of us with little ones end up with a few "helpers" as well. That can mean lots of little hands and mouths exposed to some scary chemicals. But the truth is that most household cleaners can … Continue reading Family-friendly cleaning

My 2nd Favorite Fall Veggies

I'm using all my restraint to keep from giving you another pumpkin recipe so that I can give you the fall recipe you have all been waiting for--roasted brussel sprouts. Wait! Don't go yet! I promise I'll make it worth your while. These veggies get a bad rap. Just the sound of them makes your … Continue reading My 2nd Favorite Fall Veggies

If all else fails, we’ve got kale

We've put hours into our garden, mostly because we enjoy it. There's nothing like the satisfaction of picking food off a plant that you planted and nurtured. Nothing tastes as good either. The first few tomatoes are starting to ripen, but it remains to be seen if we'll get a good crop. If all else … Continue reading If all else fails, we’ve got kale

Sick day soup

Never mind the Tiffany's, Saks and Nordstrom now prominent in Columbus, Ohio malls. I remember the days when to find a decent dress in my hometown you had to go to...Cincinnati. And as for fancy restaurants? Not so many. Think Bob Evans, Big Boy, Denny's and Friendly's. So recently when the only food I wanted … Continue reading Sick day soup

Celebration smoothies for Israel Independence Day

My job as communications director at a Modern Orthodox Jewish high school has many advantages, chief among them is that I get paid to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut. Here are some highlights of how we celebrated Israel's 64th birthday today. Granola Baby joined me at work for a lively round of Yom HaAtzmaut dancing, where teenage … Continue reading Celebration smoothies for Israel Independence Day

Pesach desserts that aren’t full of sugar and egg and don’t cost an arm and a leg

Pesach desserts usually fall into one of two categories. 1. Desserts that taste like cardboard, or 2. Desserts that taste almost as good as chometz. The problem with the latter is the amount of eggs, sugar and potato starch they take. So, here's my list of desserts that taste good and let you leave the … Continue reading Pesach desserts that aren’t full of sugar and egg and don’t cost an arm and a leg

Thai cabbage slaw

My whole house filled with the smell of roasted coconut when I made this salad. I closed my eyes and imagined I was smelling tanning lotion at a Pesach hotel instead of cooking in Chicago. A girl can dream, right? I've been making Pesach since I was newly married, only months after I learned to … Continue reading Thai cabbage slaw

Roasted veggies for Yom Tov

I got a new Mark Bittman cookbook recently, which makes me the rare woman looking forward to cooking this week. My first cookbook of his, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, is so full of chometz, it's not even worth cleaning. I use it several times a day. My friend, Eve, had delivered the book as … Continue reading Roasted veggies for Yom Tov

Granola Baby Eats Everything

The newest foodie-mom book is French Kids Eat Everything, where author Karen Le Billon moves her two young American kids to France and encounters a food culture entirely different from home. From school lunches to meals at home, French children eat everything, and most of it is healthy. Snacking between meals is absolutely forbidden, and … Continue reading Granola Baby Eats Everything

Double dinners this week

Pesach is expensive enough as it is; the food alone is at least double what I would normally spend in a week. Add to that the spring clothes and shoes we all need, yom tov gifts, chol hamoed activities and the random gadgets I purchase for the kitchen--and we've just about blown our budget for … Continue reading Double dinners this week