Summer’s coming in

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As the weather warms, we look for food that takes little effort and is light to counteract the heaviness of a summer day.

Soup is always a good starter. There’s gazpacho (Fit for the Fourth, 5/5/17), cucumber soup (Cool as a …,  8/1/19) , cucumber gazpacho (Summertime and the Cooking is Easy, 7/26/18) and cucumber pineapple soup (Cool Food for a Hot Day, 6/17/17), of course. But even easier is this versatile gluten and dairy free zucchini soup discovered  by Beryl Hiller on the Allrecipes website. Continue reading

Shavuot Resources

shavuot1Shavuot was frequently called the forgotten holiday. Religious schools had often closed by the time the holiday came around in late May or June.

Shavuot didn’t have the newness of the fall holidays; it lacked the gift giving and competition with Christmas of Hanukkah; and it’s missing the nostalgia of family gatherings that Passover brings.

However, Shavuot is one of the great pilgrimage holidays that along with Sukkot and Passover that drew ancient Jews to Jerusalem for sacrifices. The holiday also marked, for an agricultural people, the summer harvest and presaged the bounty that was to come in the fall. Continue reading

Israeli Flavors for the Weekend

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This weekend is Memorial Day which marks the official start of the barbecue season and unofficial start of the summer.  While there won’t be any parades, you might be able to catch some sort of tribute to our war dead on a webinar or in a classic movie.

But back to barbecue. If you are looking for something different for a Memorial Day meal, try the following recipes with a Middle Eastern twist.

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Quick to Make; Good to Eat

sku_3860_1During these trying days, some of us have more time on our hands for kitchen duties; while others, challenged by new ways of working, have less.

But we all have to feed ourselves and our families, and, in times of stress,  food seems to become more important. What we put on our tables is within our control when much of the world outside our front doors is not. Continue reading

Chocolate Magic

_MG_9149When you get tired of macaroons but want a quick Passover dessert-almost as fast as opening a package- try this from Margaux Laskey of the New York Times. My husband , who is not a big dessert eater, finished the entire cake. This cake would also work at any time of the year. It’s truly magical, gluten-free, and should take no more than 5 minutes from start to finish. Continue reading

Passover: from soup to…

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Passover is just around the corner. This year, of course, the question of “ why is this night different from all other nights?” takes on a new meaning.

One thing I’ve found is that there is more cooking going on. People are creating foods from scratch especially baked goods and soups.

The following recipes are good for Passover and some are great during the rest of the year, too. Continue reading

Kitchen Therapy

90898907_10157093345801370_8068704009566814208_oThese are unusual times. We usually active-even frenetic-individuals are stuck inside. Our calendar pages are blank or filled with strike outs for cancelled events.

We need to rediscover and reinvent ways to make the time pass. Stores report that sales of puzzles and games, personal exercise equipment and craft supplies have risen.

The market shelves are bare of flour, sugar and other baking items. As my daughter, the baker says: when stuck inside, the baking genes become dominant.

We have reverted to the activities that our parents and grandparents used to pass the time.

Here are some easy recipes for when that cooking gene strikes. They can all be made from kitchen staples. Don’t be afraid to substitute if one ingredient is not available. BATAYAVON!

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It’s Hanukkah Tonight

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It’s not too late to plan a special Hanukkah meal with proven recipes from the Shomrei kitchen.

Food for Hanukkah has traditionally been fried in oil to recall the miracle of the small cruse of oil lasting eight days. Today’s more health conscious diets preclude eating a lot of fried food so here’s a “Kosher Southern-Style” oven fried chicken recipe courtesy of Jamie Geller (jamiegeller.com) Continue reading

Cool as a …

imagesMaybe you are some of the lucky ones who live in old houses but have air-conditioning. I’m not.

The last thing I want to do none of these beastly hot, humid days we’ve been having is to do REAL cooking.

Cucumbers seem to be the perfect main dish, accompaniment or ingredient for summer meals.

By definition, gazpacho is a cold tomato based Spanish-style soup made with vegetables and spices. But there’s no reason other vegetables can’t be adapted to the same type of soup. This cucumber gazpacho is refreshing and incredibly easy to make as are most recipes from Jamie Oliver. No cooking involved. Continue reading