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If you’ve never eaten quinoa because it sounds too new-agey or unfamiliar you’ve got to get on the bandwagon with this grain. It is fast to cook, full of flavor, and it’s nutritional values will knock your socks off.

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A few weeks ago I had a lovely walk and picnic lunch with my friend Amy. The heart of that lunch was a simple sauteed broccolini that she made. It was so good it’s been haunting me ever since.

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A lot of people think of fruit salad as just being fruit cut up in a bowl. To be honest, that can be pretty darn good. But when we think of vegetable salads we tend to assume there’s some kind of dressing on it. Why shouldn’t a fruit salad have the same treatment?

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I have two rules when it comes to feeding my kids. The first is that since I know that when they are hungry they eat and when they aren’t hungry they don’t eat I don’t stress about how much or little the eat on any given day. The second rule is that when they request […]

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This was a recipe that I stole from Mark Bittman. His dishes are always so easy to prepare and take no time at all to make. That is, after all, part of why his column in the New York Times was called The Minimalist. His recipes aren’t fancy, just good to eat.

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Adam and I have argued over the years about the eternal question, “what is kugel”? My first exposure to kugel was a savory dish with broccoli and potato. He insisted that when people think of kugel they imagine sweet egg noodles and raisins. After doing some research we decided in the end to compromise and […]

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Gefilte Fish

Yep, you heard me: Gefilte Fish. I suspect that my readers are more worldly than I am and that the idea of a light, fresh, and delicious gefilte fish is neither strange nor novel. I, however, spent most of my life with my only exposure to this being the horrifying gray floating globs in jars […]

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Charoset

Charoset, an essential part of any Seder. “Charoset symbolizes the bricks and mortar used by the Hebrews in building store-houses and cities for the Pharaoh in ancient Egypt.”* At one point in the Seder a little sandwich is made from small pieces of matzo, charoset, and the bitter herb. So, of course, the first Seder […]

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I was making a marinated London Broil recently and decided that I was just going to go old school and serve baked potatoes. But then after I got home with them I couldn’t bear the thought of serving something so plain. I know, I’m a pain in the tush when it comes to serving “boring” […]

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