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Roasted Shallots

When on holiday I always like to come home with something reminiscent of my trip: an artifact, a sculpture, some pottery, a blanket. Something. This time I came home with the idea to reproduce these delicious roasted shallots. That's something. Not exactly worthy of a place on the mantel, but definitely worthy of a place at the table.

Veggie Cheese Bowl

My father-in-law used to make two dishes especially for me whenever I came to visit. I'm sure he also made them for others in the family, but he always made a point of having them ready and available when I arrived.

Swimming Upstream

If ever I have the chance to eat whole grilled fish, I do - every Mediterranean restaurant I eat at - but at home I often go another route: oven roasting.
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Chocolate Matzah Crunch

Why do we seem to crave chocolate at this time of year? Not sure, but it seems that we do. Maybe it's the notion that chocolate can make almost anything taste better ... especially bland matzah?!

Spinach-Egg Patties

Sitting at the airport waiting for an early morning flight, I was so thankful to have a few of these spinach-egg patties in my bag ...

Roasted Green Beans

Between the green beans, shallot, garlic and olive oil a caramelization occurs, which turns this dish candy-like.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

We started by roasting the vegetables to get a deeper, more intense flavor - and as a way to entice a two year old to participate. She thought it was great fun, and the resulting soup was hearty and delicious!

Homemade Gravlax

Start curing your salmon on Wednesday and it will transform into gravlax for brunch by Sunday ...

A Chill is in the Air

A week ago we were complaining that the air conditioner no longer worked. This morning I was hunting for scarves and sweaters and autumn-weather coats. A beautiful time of year, with the leaves beginning to change and explosions of yellow and orange and red debris blowing up from street's edges in accordance with the ever changing wind.

Baked Versht / Baked Salami

Fanned out with deep scores and slathered with mustard, the versht was covered with tinfoil and cooked to crispy perfection. I'm not a salami eater yet I could never get enough ...