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Hazelnut thumbprint cookies

If it looks like we've been making lots of sweets around here, well, that would be about right. I have no problem letting my son eat vegetable sticks dipped in peanut butter or tahini at least one meal a day. Baking cookies, however, falls into the general category of "toddler entertainment," not necessarily cooking per se. In this case, I made the dough circles and he made the thumbprints. Squoosh. Squoosh. More ...
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A family day on the farm

If there’s something that compares to the joy of a toddler shoving a slice of apple into a chunk of freshly harvested honeycomb, I’m not sure what it is. We were out in the countryside, pretending to be farmers for an afternoon, alongside a few dozen other families who had …

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New Israeli beers for a new year

Good things have been happening in Israel’s boutique beer industry. It’s been close to two years since the last beer expo. The annual expo is only in its fourth year, and it’s coming into its own. This year’s expo, held last week, took place outdoors in the late summer among …

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Breaded broccoli-tofu fritters

There was no duplicity involved in serving these broccoli-tofu fritters. My son, who has reached his picky toddler phase, knew that these contained broccoli and tofu, and he ate them anyway. Yup, even I struggle to get my son to eat various vegetables. Maybe it’s a texture thing. Maybe broccoli …

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Deviled eggs with horseradish filling

Everyone is ready for Passover, right? Because, like, it starts tomorrow. Well, just in case you’re looking for a little something to upgrade your seder table, you can check out these deviled eggs with horseradish filling – an attractive little dish that combines a few of the Passover symbols into …

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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, …