Vegetarian Chili

The temperature is (slightly) dropping here in D.C. and that got me in the mood for some autumn comfort food. I also just got notice that the vegetarian cookbook I pre-ordered back in spring is finally on it’s way! It’s called the ‘The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes Carnivores Will Devour‘ by Kim O’Donnel….

Roasted Tomato Soup

“Baby, it’s cold outside…” but it’s the perfect temperature for a tomato soup and grilled cheese. I realize that the song is actually about a girl needing to go home so her parents don’t worry and the neighbors don’t raise an eyebrow, and the guy is trying to get her to stay, but I promise…

Matzo Ball Soup

I’ve talked a lot about matzo ball soup. It’s at (almost) every Jewish holiday dinner and so homey as the evenings get colder. We ate this three nights in a row — mainly because we had so much of it — and enjoyed every bite! Ingredients Source: Me, my mom, tradition 1 packet matzo ball…

Winter Warmth: Beef & Barley Stew

Beef and barley stew is not the most photogenic dish. The colors tend to be brown, dark with just a few hints of orange poking through from the carrots. And since this stew was mighty delicious, I don’t want to turn any of you off by taking a bad photo of it. Therefore, no photo…

Roast Chicken Redemption

About a year and a half ago I tried to roast a chicken. Long story short: it took 4 hours to partially cook a 3 lb. chicken. I’ve since shied away from trying anything resembling a roast chicken. To this day I have no idea why it took so long to “cook” the chicken! But…

Yom Kippur: Break the Fast Feast

From 6:00 Wednesday night to 6:00 Thursday night I fasted. I had a little bit of water throughout the day, but that’s it. It’s not easy to fast and cook at the same time! Talk about challenging my will power. I was making a video but mid way through my energy levels were low and…

L’Shana Tova! It’s Rosh Hashanah

I’ve talked about Rosh Hashana in this space before, but that was just talk. Tuesday we walked the walk. We went to services, taschlich and had a Rosh Hashana feast of matzo ball soup, kugel, honey cake and challah. A quick background on Rosh Hashana: It’s the Jewish New Year marking the year since the…

A Coming Home Feast

We’re back!!! And I don’t just mean the blog. James and I have been on the go in Denver, St. Paul and D.C. these past two weeks covering the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. I went to Denver and returned to D.C. to work the night shifts during the RNC. With James out of town…

Homage to the South: Biscuits

We recently returned from a fabulous family trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. At the end of our lazy beach days, margaritas and shuffleboard games, we cleaned up and feasted on she-crab soup, fresh seafood, crab cakes (my favorite!) and other Southern specialties. I grew up in North Carolina and although I never favored the…

Jewish Apple Cake

To continue with the brunch theme…we turn to a recipe from my mama. An heirloom can be anything with significant importance passed down within a family. In this case, it’s a recipe. A moist, delicious bundt apple cake that can be eaten anytime of day. This recipe also takes me back to Rosh Hashana and…

Buttermilk Baked Chicken, Cumin-Coleslaw and Cottage Cheese Pasta

The chicken and coleslaw come from Everyday Food: Great Food Fast By Martha Stewart Living. This is an excellent cook book with quick, easy recipes based on foods that are in season. The pictures are beautiful and the recipes delicious. The cottage cheese part of this post is a family recipe that comes down from,…

Orange Chicken

My mom’s recipe. This also gives me a chance to write about mama’s cookin’ Ingredients 1/2 cup orange juice 2 T. dijon mustard 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce pepper and garlic powder to taste 1/2 cup parmesan cheese 1/2 cup bread crumbs* 1 tsp. paprika 3 chicken breasts dash of rosemary or thyme * simple bread…