Loads of dairy for Shavuot

If the dairy meals on Shavuot scare you, let me make this simple. Start with butter, add some veggies, salt, pepper and a bit of lemon, cook them until they are just cooked and voila! You've got the best tasting food in town. If you need a bit more specific recipes, here's a few. You … Continue reading Loads of dairy for Shavuot

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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

Pizza bites

Whether next week will find you as the football party type or the bake-with-your-kids-on-vacation type, this recipe is for you. The dough is easy to make in a food processor, and you can use your slave labor little people to make the stuffed balls of dough. You just might want to double the recipe, though. … Continue reading Pizza bites

Cornbread cakes and chili

Last week's "polar vortex" wasn't just cold. It cost us a fortune. At first it was just frozen pipes. And then it became burst pipes. And then, the final blow was when the furnace died. Permanently. One week later, we've got running water and heat, and for that we are quite grateful. We've also got … Continue reading Cornbread cakes and chili

Thanksgivukkah Latkes

First thing's first. In case your head's been under a rock the past few months, I'll be the first to inform you that Thursday, Nov. 28 is both Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukkah--aptly named by the blogosphere, "Thanksgivukkah." What's pretty cool about this holiday mashup is that it hasn't happened since 1888. And … Continue reading Thanksgivukkah Latkes

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

Surviving 3-day Yom Tov (x3!)

There are three 3-day Yom Tovs this month. And yes, there were three 3-day Yom Tov's two years ago. Did I mention it's the same schedule next year too? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about Yom Tov, a time of simcha. Just sayin' it's a challenge to cook and eat all those meals. … Continue reading Surviving 3-day Yom Tov (x3!)