Tuesday, August 4, 2020



Cooking for All the Moms in Our Family

Every Mother’s Day, our family always gets together to plan and cook dinner for me. This year, I decided to surprise them and prepare...

Rosh Hashanah Dessert: Caramelized Apples for Dummies

Sometimes I enter into the Jewish New Year without intention, and just use it as an excuse to eat a nice meal with family...

A Vegetarian Rosh Hashanah

I remember when I was a child my mother spending several days in the kitchen preparing our special Rosh Hashanah dinner. But it wasn’t...

Easy GrainFree Vegan Cheesecake

Spiel written by Meal and a Spiel operational guru Rachel Davidson. This vegan cheesecake surpassed all my expectations. Seriously. I am not a person who...

Viva Banitsa: Why You Are What Your Neighbors Eat

The more I travel, the more I realize that food influences move across borders with astounding efficiency. Take, for example, the Moroccan b’stilla, a chicken...

Chef finds mental health is recipe for success

The emotionally intense chef is a well-worn trope at this point. Gordon Ramsay’s outbursts are the stuff of legend — and ratings — while...

Frozen blintzes are for cowards, so here’s how to make them from scratch

Don't get me wrong. I have at least four boxes of (Streit's?) cheese blintzes gathering a third layer of permafrost in my freezer right now. I bought them before...

Liberate your taste buds with these savory Independence Day dishes

Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, is one of the nation’s most important holidays. Many people celebrate with parties or singing and dancing in the...

Recipe: Apple honey pie for Rosh Hashanah

It’s no secret I have a soft spot for pie, especially apple. It’s a seamless pastry. But in all these years, I’ve never used honey to sweeten an apple pie. The approaching Rosh Hashanah holiday was the perfect inspiration.

Recipe: Arugula sweet potato salad

This is a perfect salad to eat for lunch on a weekday or as a first course for a brunch or even during a holiday like Rosh Hashanah.

Date syrup: New meaning for an age-old sweet

Many ancient sweeteners are long forgotten, overtaken by the simple, clean taste of granulated sugar. Take for instance, date syrup. Also called date molasses, melasse de datte, rub, dibs or silvan, date syrup has a long, storied history for many millennia in the Levant, Ancient Persia and throughout the Middle East.

Eat, drink and be healthy

There is an age-old question about what’s the “perfect” diet.

Italian food that’s good for your taste buds and body

We just returned from another amazing adventure in Italy, one of many since our first visit 40 years ago.

Recipe: Salted S’mores Truffles

Ingredients: 1 pack graham crackers 1 cup of mini chocolate chips 1/2 tsp of salt 1 1/2 cups of marshmallow fluff 4 chocolate bars for melting Sea salt to top...

Recipe: Naturally gluten-free Japanese summer dishes

These days, many are choosing a gluten-free lifestyle.

A friend recalls Wiesel a caring mentor, moral guide

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate, author and Holocaust survivor, who died July 2 at the age of 87, served as an emissary for survivors to the world’s leaders.

Red-hot grilling tips for the Fourth of July

July Fourth begs for a magnificent grill party.

Simply perfect grilled chicken, sure fire summer fun

It\'s hot, you\'re busy and company\'s coming for dinner.

Living off the land

Vegetables from the garden are basis for tasty, nutritious meals.

Easy and cool pasta dishes for summer

Everyone loves pasta, but during hot summer days a bowl of steaming pasta doesn\'t sound that appealing.

Recipe: Pappardelle with long-cooked asparagus and basil

My father, may he rest in peace, was a champion Yankee gardener, as proud of his vegetables as he was of the considerable flowerbeds that surrounded his bayside home.

Recipe: Blast the heat for a charred vegan salad

Going vegan tastes so good when you turn up the heat on garbanzo beans and create a beautifully charred vegetable salad.

Recipe: Fennel granola is a wild breakfast treat

Granola is a marvelous vehicle for foraged seeds.

Facebook for finding family

Who Needs Facebook?   I had my first computer back in 1984. An Apple 2e. So, I'm not exactly a Luddite. But when social networking burst...

Recipe: Bengali lemon coconut fish

This delicate fish dish is traditionally made with the Bengali lime, called Gandhoraj.

Passover dessert: Pistachio and tart cherry chewy cookies

Passover is a Jewish holiday celebrating freedom.

A lasagna for Passover that melds French, Italian flavors

The differences between Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry\'s foodways are clearest at Passover.

The celebrated chef of Sqirl refreshes the Passover meal

On a rainy Friday morning, the weather did not deter the devotees lined up outside Sqirl, Jessica Koslow’s nationally renowned cafe.

“Cook, Pray, Eat Kosher” is the best of both worlds

Mia Adler Ozair’s new cookbook isn’t just about kosher recipes.

Recipe: Passover sweets

Passover is our favorite family holiday — last year we hosted nearly 40 people at our house. It’s also one of the most complicated.

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