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Moroccan-inspired tzimmes (stewed carrot salad)

Tzimmes is one of those staple Ashkenazi holiday dishes — generally made with carrots stewed with honey and raisins. The dish is sweet as are many Rosh Hashanah dishes, and the carrots are diced into rings, making this one of many round foods customarily served for the holiday. But in …

fig-jam

Fig pomegranate-wine jam

It’s not every day that I make fig jam. But it’s also not every day that someone gifts me a kilo of figs and I drop them in the street. I’d gotten to the market late. Really, really late. Like, 5:45 P.M. on a Friday afternoon late. An hour before …

buckwheat-casserole

Buckwheat casserole with roasted figs and grapes

I had a festive holiday meal in mind when I came up with this dish. Really, with seasonal fruits arranged on top, how could it not be festive? And at the base is filling, nutritious buckwheat, cooked up with onions majadera-style. All in all, it’s a parve/vegan dish that’s fit …

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Green rice with chickpeas

Like many people I like to shop in bulk, which means that once so often I find myself lugging my toddler’s weight in rice home from Levinsky market. Sure, I could be buying rice around the corner from my house in the convenient air conditioning of Eden Teva Market — …

edible-dead-sea-salt

Eating salt from the Dead Sea

Many, many years ago, after buying Himalayan salt or Atlantic sea salt or something of the type, I wondered aloud whether you could buy salt harvested from our very own Dead Sea. Why import when you have a product that is local and plentiful, and hopefully high quality, too? My …

cabbage slaw

The surprising tarragon cabbage slaw that everyone will love

This is a recipe that’s due to make your greengrocer run out of tarragon. I had the pleasure of hosting some of our other local food bloggers for Katherine’s farewell evening, and this was a surprise hit. It’s only cabbage slaw, but everyone loved it, and at least one person …

A note to readers using Google Reader

As you probably know by now, Google Reader is shutting shop tomorrow — July 1. If you use it in order to read blogs — and my stats tell me that several hundred of you do — you’ll need to export your feeds in order to continue reading them somewhere …

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A tale of two tahini mills

After a few wrong turns that led us up and down the bleached stone staircases of Jerusalem’s Old City, we’d found ourselves standing outside what looked like a small convenience store. There were no other storefronts in the immediate vicinity. The nutty smell of sesame was everywhere. But where was …

okra

Caramelized okra with tahini mashed potatoes

If you’re going to eat okra, you’ll be eating it stewed in a tomato sauce. For some reason that dictate is observed as if it were religiously mandated. Why is that? It tastes good, of course. But right now is okra season, these itty bitty green nibs are being sold …

roasted-eggplant

Smoked eggplant with sheep’s cheese and radish sprouts

Once so often you encounter a dish that’s really stellar and memorable. This eggplant was one such dish. The setting: A stormy winter night at a seaside restaurant. Low lighting. Dark decor with black leather chairs. An eye-level view of the raging Mediterranean sea, waves the height of a small …