Fig Tomato Arugula Salad

Two weeks ago we spent the week at the beach. This past week we spent the week at my parents because construction unexpectedly began in our house after some other unexpected flooding two months ago. We finally “moved back in,” as it were, to our place tonight and it felt so good to be home….

Kale Soba Noodle Salad

When I told James I was joining a Mahjong group he asked, “What are you, the Future Old Jewish Grandmothers of America?” We like to start early. We meet once a month and each person who hosts the game also provides the food.  As a group of Jewish women, we take the food part seriously….

Blueberry Yogurt Cookies

A friend of mine sent this recipe to me months ago and I don’t know why I waited so long to make it. These “cookies” are more like fluffy muffin tops. I’ve only made these once and I used fresh berries. The blueberries would burst with freshness and sweetness when you bit into one of…

Thai Grilled Tofu Kale Salad

The first time I heard about a “massaged kale” salad, I didn’t believe it to be true. What do you do? Massage the kale? [Pause] Yes, in fact, that’s exactly what you do. De-stem it, chop it and massage. Kale – in it’s many varieties – is a tough, leafy green that is packed with…

Moroccan Braised Lentils + Lamb Meatballs

Summer is here! My first vacation of the season started last weekend in Miami at the Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa with my mom. The resort, the spa, the breeze, the food – everything was amazing. We sat by the pool for lunch and overlooked the ocean at dinner (and of course, we started with…

Food Blogger’s Food

What do food bloggers eat? On our blogs you see carefully constructed photos of food bathing in natural light. Maybe you imagine we eat lavishly every night. Or maybe you think it’s all a scam because we often post about our successes and not necessarily our failures – although I try to post it all!…

Portland Food Review

I got back from Portland a few weeks ago and have ever since been A.) Dreaming of the delicious pastrami sandwich I had and, B.) Dreaming of telling you about the delicious pastrami sandwich I had. That’s what sticks out in my mind so we’ll start there. Kenny & Zuke’s! If you’re in Portland and…

Citrus Pound Cake

April is a busy month at work. There are teen art competitions to jury, pop up exhibitions to hang and events to organize. Plus the usual deadlines and meetings. This all usually happens within a two week period. We’ve all been there. We all have busy lives, busy workdays and, ideally, relaxing weekends. But sometimes…

Passover 2013

The last time I hosted a big Passover was in 2010 when we lived in Washington DC. Three years later, I’m in Durham, NC, with a new career,  a new dog, and a new niece or nephew on the way!  My whole family, plus James’ parents and grandparents are coming to our Seder. We will…

Fig, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Challah

Ever since I started making challah about four years ago, I’ve used the same recipe.  I got it from my mom who learned from her friend. The loaves are golden brown and busting at the seams with warm dough. Spread a little butter and sprinkle a little salt and we can all call it a…

Three Types of of Hamantaschen

I like hamantaschen when they are free formed and overflowing. One of my pet peeves is biting into a dry, under-filled hamantaschen. As you can see, I took “free formed” quite literally. Buzzfeed recently posted a list of 32 crazy hamantaschen flavors. Up to a couple weeks ago, the only flavors I knew could go…

5 Year Blog-aversary

I have officially owned this blog for 5 years. 5 years! I’ve ranged from posting 3 times a week to once a week. I’ve posted videos and photos. I’ve tried vegetarian months. I’ve goofed on recipes and I’ve been successful. My parents published a cookbook of my recipes. My hair has gone from short and…