Friday, January 22, 2021


Sharon Gomperts and Rachel Emquies Sheff


Moroccan Olive Lemon Chicken With A Modern Twist

Olive Chicken is a traditional Moroccan dish that is slowly simmered in a ceramic tagine.

Hearty Lentil Soup

Lentils pair nicely with a range of flavors and spices and are most often found in soups or stews.

Spanish Saffron Arroz Con Pollo

Ma'amul is traditionally made with pistachios or a mix of nuts, like pistachios, almonds and walnuts.

Making Ma’amul: A Middle Eastern Dessert

Ma'amul is traditionally made with pistachios or a mix of nuts, like pistachios, almonds and walnuts.

Don’t Smoke! The Edible Moroccan Cigar

Crispy, golden and delicious, Moroccan cigars are a traditional favorite of the Moroccan kitchen.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa: The Mexican Magic of Lenny’s Casita

Chef Leonardo Nourafchan oversees a dozen busy cooks chopping and grilling for Lenny’s Casita and Lenny’s Bazaar, the latest stars of the Los Angeles kosher culinary scene.

Crispy Creamy Iraqi Aruk

Aruk are golden-green fried Iraqi herb and potato patties.

The Joy of Hanukkah Cooking

Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the little crucible oil that lasted eight days and nights in the rededicated Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Bright Winter Salads

Sharon’s Turn: I started reading Seventeen Magazine as a young girl in Sydney, Australia. I was fascinated by the glimpse into American culture, American...

Giving Thanks for the Yummiest Holiday Ever

Little 7 year old me arrived in Los Angeles from Casablanca one week before Halloween. My uncle took me to get a costume and...

Glorious Gobbling: Whiskey and Oranges Make for a Juicy Bird

My best friend’s wedding was a joyous celebration. Friends and family were thrilled that two such amazing people had found each other. The bride...

The Not So Humble Chicken Soup

Every culture has a great recipe for chicken soup, but nothing beats a really fluffy matzo ball floating in a rich golden chicken broth....

Marvelously Magical White Beans

White beans cooked in a tomato broth and served over rice are the quintessential Sephardic comfort food. And they are the perfect food to...

Rice Is Nice With Everything

Someone once said that rice is the food equivalent of khaki pants—it goes with anything. Anthropologists are divided over whether the popular Asian rice we...

The Shepherd’s Pie Tradition

Every Friday morning, my phone would ring. “Boker Tov!” my grandmother would greet me. “You’re coming for dinner?” “Of course,” I would reply. “You’re making Shepherd’s Pie?”...

The Robust and Zesty Soup You Will Fall In Love With

Recently, when Rachel and I did a Zoom cooking demonstration for the young women of the Jewish Federation’s Emerging Philanthropists group, I was really...

A Simchat Torah Menu Everyone Can Love

If you lived in New York in the ’80s, you experienced a city on steroids. From the hit Broadway shows “Les Miserables,” “Dreamgirls” and “Phantom...

The Star of the Sukkot Party: Stuffed Grape Leaves

The highlight of the Sukkot holiday has always been nabbing an invite to the Sheff family’s sukkah party. Every year explored a new theme,...

The Sweetness of Yom Kippurs Past

Sharon Gomperts: My family is visiting the apartment building in Israel where my uncles and their families live. I awake in the middle of...

Mothers and Daughters, Honey and Joy

We hope you try it with the future cooks and bakers in your lives. And we wish you a new year as sweet as Honey Joys. 

An Abundance of Blessings

We hope you enjoy the creative way we cooked the simanim and that you try these little amuse-bouches at your seder.

A Sugar-Coated Wish for a Sweet New Year

We baked these in the hope that they portend a year of good fortune. 

A Moroccan Feast for the New Year

The centerpiece in the cuisine of Algerian, Tunisian and Moroccan Jews, couscous represents happiness and abundance, prosperity and blessing.

Perfecting a North African Kitchen Staple: Moroccan ‘Tortitas’

A crisp bite of Moroccan galette with a steaming cup of fresh mint tea: This is the definition of a simple pleasure, a pick me up

An Unforgettable Asian Noodle Salad

One of the simplest recipes, Asian Noodle Salad, has proven to be one of the most popular, loved equally by adults and children.

The Perfect Fit for Shabbat: Meat-and-Potato Croquette

In the Sephardic world, this labor-intensive food was reserved for Shabbat and holidays.

From Iraq, With Love: How to Make the Perfect Sabich

Our family still eats this meal every Shabbat and even if my mother is hosting, I make the eggplant and butternut squash.

The Allure of the Onion: Perfectly Piquant ‘Pizza’

Every roast, every chicken, every stew, every soup starts with onion. It’s engraved in stone for a Sephardic cook. 

Sourdough: The Bread for the Soul

Sourdough is a combination of art and science; the ingredients are simple — flour, water and salt — but the nutritional benefits are great.

The Kingly Roots of Kitchri: Lentils With Love

The combination of rice and lentils gives a nutty depth and makes this dish a source of complete protein.

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