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Matcha sheet cookies

It seems like all we’re eating over here is cookies, doesn’t it? To judge by my son — who gets up in the morning chanting cook-ee cook-ee cook-ee — that would be about right. In any case, we’re having lots of fun making them, which is what drove me to …

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Gingerbread cookies for toddlers (and adults)

This gingerbread recipe produces impressive looking cookies, and is a great recipe for children — the cookies hold their form in the oven, meaning you can make highly detailed cookies, and your kid can craft works of art that keep their shape after baking. Plus, the dough contains no eggs, …

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Artfully crafted Moroccan sweets

One of the things that deeply impressed me during our trip to Morocco three years ago was the finely crafted pastries, specifically marzipan — bright little bite-sized sculptures, each piece crafted with individual attention. Adorned with itty bitty flower cutouts and edible beads, they were almost too pretty to eat, …

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Savory green bean-fennel stew

This green bean and fennel stew contains a burst of bright flavors, from sharp ginger to savory tarragon to the fennel itself. The combination of flavors is a bit unusual in a way that will make you wonder why you don’t eat this more often. This is a great way …

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Broccoli with balsamic onions and pine nuts

Does broccoli have an “image problem”? So declared the New York Times in a fascinating piece two months ago, examining what it would take for an ad agency to turn broccoli into a trend. The article makes a convincing argument to the effect that many people simply don’t like broccoli, …

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Beet-leek mini pancakes

Sure, I suppose you could consider this a Hanukkah dish. But I consider this an all-the-time dish that suits anyone from toddlers to dinner party guests. These beet patties had very humble roots in my kitchen: They started out as a way of repurposing old vegetable soup. I blended the …

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What we spend on food in a month

How much does the average family spend on groceries in Israel? It depends who you ask, but figures seem to vary widely. The question was recently raised on several online forums. Some people claimed their families couldn’t get grocery expenses under NIS 3,000 or NIS 4,000, while others said they …

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Making lahoh like a professional Yemenite baker

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say this is the most difficult recipe I’ve ever written about. I have tested it literally 50 times over the course of three years, and my family has eaten hundreds of mediocre flatbreads as I attempted to crack the secret to perfect, bubbly lahoh …

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Leek ptitim with caramelized pumpkin and sheep’s cheese

Sounds good, right? This was a relatively simple weeknight dinner. Salty, sweet and savory all in one, against the backing of soft comfort that is ptitim. Also known as Israeli couscous (though only abroad — an Israeli would never recognize that name) or mograbiyeh (another name people here wouldn’t recognize), …