Monday, July 6, 2020


Sharon Gomperts and Rachel Emquies Sheff


The History and Heavenly Delights of Baklava

The Greeks and Turks argue over who can lay claim to the origins of baklava.

America the Beautiful: Fourth of July Grill

I was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Fearing rising anti-Semitism, my family moved to Los Angeles in 1973. I was 8 years old and I...

The Best Tunisian Tuna Sandwich

Imagine a crusty demi-baguette smeared with rusty red harissa, layered with flakes of tuna, and slices of egg and potato.

Shakshuka: The Breakfast of Kings

The bright azure and gentle waves of the Mediterranean beckon from beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows but there is a more tempting challenge from where...

A Savory Shavuot Feast With a Sweet Finale

It was a sacred tradition. We would load up our minivans with lots and lots of food and our kids and head to the...

The Amazing Delights of Mezze

With its colorful array of brightly colored salads, savory dips, exotic finger foods and freshly baked breads, the mezze (or maza) is a feast...

In Times of Uncertainty, Try Drinking Tea

Americans are brewing tea. In this time of change and uncertainty, creating a tea ritual is the perfect way to enhance our physical and...

Galette Recipes We Got From Our Mamas

Someone wise once said, “Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” Rachel’s turn: With time, I see how the lessons that...

Am Yisrael Chai Falafel Fest

Is any Israeli Independence Day celebration complete without falafel? Well, not for Israelis who celebrate with a “mangal,” a Middle  Eastern-style outdoor grilling feast. But for...

The Mediterranean Sunshine in a Jar that Boosts Immune System

Our group of young friends was enjoying Shabbat lunch alfresco. Rachel was a newlywed and already proving to be an amazing cook and hostess. I...

Sunny-Side Up: Egg Recipes Packed With Sephardic Flavor

Moroccan megina, Tunisian ma’akoud, Spanish tortilla, Persian ku’kuu, Iraqi aj’a, frittata. Whatever you call it, there’s nothing more delicious than eggs enhanced with sautéed...

Recipes for Mimouna, The Moroccan Celebration of Spring

The mimouna table overflows with sweet treats like orange jam, eggplant jam, marzipan, meringues and, of course, the famous moufleta, crepes served with butter and honey.

A Whole New Charoset Ball Game

In the Song of Songs, an allegory of the love between God and Israel, King Solomon extols the fruit of the land — apples,...

4 Sephardic Recipes for ‘Safer at Home’ Passover Seder

Passover is one of the most cherished dates of the Jewish calendar. It is a celebration of our redemption from slavery in Egypt to freedom...

The Cauliflower Cult

Cauliflower is having a moment. The cruciferous darling of the culinary scene is starring on restaurant menus all over the world — and Israeli chefs...

Yemenite Soup: How to Make a Great Comfort Food

Many years ago, there was an authentic Yemenite restaurant on Pico Boulevard. At the Magic Carpet, you could order the crispiest malawach, the freshest salads...

Sephardic Purim Gifts of Food

For our grandmothers, Purim didn’t mean matching mishloach manot to the theme of the family Purim costumes. Or a basket filled with Israeli wafers,...

Shabbat Stew Two Ways: Moroccan Dafina and Iraqi T’bit

In the five years that SEC FOOD (a project of the Sephardic Educational Center) has been featured on Facebook, our posts on Moroccan Dafina...

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