Monday, August 3, 2020


Sephardic Spice Girls

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.

Simply Splendid Summer Salads

Christopher Columbus set sail in August 1492, three days after the deadline set by the Alhambra Decree for the expulsion or forced conversion of...

The History and Heavenly Delights of Baklava

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

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...

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,...

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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White House Criticizes Twitter for Censoring Trump and Not Iran’s Khamenei Calling for Destruction of Israel

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the administration is submitting a petition to the FCC for proposed regulatory changes to hold social media companies accountable for their censorship.