Something from nothing

We just returned from a family bar mitzvah in Cherry Hill, NJ, where my kids had what they described as the "best time of their lives." Aside from enjoying hours running around giggling with their cousins, my girls partied until nearly 1AM. See Exhibit A. A weekend away, though, meant that my fridge was pretty … Continue reading Something from nothing

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Cous cous in a flash

It's 5:40PM, and I haven't given dinner a thought. Thank God for cous cous and tofu--two ingredients I always keep in stock. I grab the tub of grain from my cupboard (no wimpy box with seasoning will feed this family of six), stir fry any veggies I find in the fridge and dinner is ready … Continue reading Cous cous in a flash

Start with soup

We've started every Yom Tov meal this year so far with soup (12, for those who are counting) and plan to start with soup for the upcoming six as well. Aside from gefilte fish, which we don't eat, soup is just about the easiest and cheapest first course. After the pumpkin soup in its shell, … Continue reading Start with soup

A handful of spinach

Let's face it. Not every night around here is as nutritious and delicious as I would like. Sometimes, pasta and ready-made marinara sauce is the best I can do. But, I have a secret ingredient that makes me feel better and even tastes good: spinach. Before you wrinkle your nose at this leafy green, try … Continue reading A handful of spinach