Category: Parve

Parve, Shabbos, Technique

Don’t Ditch That Starter: Make This Flavorful Challah [Recipe]

Napkin covered challahs on table set for Shabbat

Those of us whose parents lived through the Depression, have an aversion to throwing away food. That makes it difficult if you’re into making sourdough bread. In order to keep a sourdough starter going, you throw some out and feed only a small portion each week. Otherwise, it would grow enormous and you’d never use …

Parve, Technique

Picnic Ready! Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits

sweet potato biscuits

Gearing up for a recent family celebration to be held as a picnic in a public space, I wondered what to serve to accompany my famous fried chicken. I didn’t want to schlep plates and utensils. I wanted everything to be stuff you can eat with your hands. Then it hit me: the perfect accompaniment: …

Good for You, Healthy, Main courses, Parve, Technique

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Thyme

Salmon roasted with thyme

After all that heavy holiday food, we could all stand for something a little lighter on the tummy. Something that says spring, like, for instance, salmon. This slow-roasted rendition leaves the fish mouthwateringly juicy and full of bright lemon flavor. Slow-Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Thyme Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive …

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Passover

4-Ingredient Passover Chocolate Torte

4-ingredient passover chocolate torte

This chocolate torte has been our Passover Seder dessert several years running. I like to make an icing for it, as it is not too sweet, but very dense and fudgy and satisfying. But a sprinkle of powder sugar, some berries or a mint sprig make a simple but beautiful garnish without the patchke. 4-Ingredient …

Easy, Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi

Going for the Crunch: Fennel Salad

2 fennel bulbs

For some people, giving up carbs is difficult because it means giving up sweets, while for others, it’s about giving up crunchy, salty snack foods. One great low-carb solution to the need for crunch is fennel, with its celery-like texture, and mild licorice flavor. Because the taste of fennel is so subtle, like chicken, it …

Easy, Healthy, LCHF, Parve, Sephardi

Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce

roast cauliflower with tehina sauce

During a recent trip to Israel, my wife and I sampled a wonderful local dish, roasted cauliflower with tehina sauce. It was rich and saucy and piqued the taste buds something fierce. I immediately knew I’d have to reproduce this dish at home. Here is the result: Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Sauce Yield: 4 servings …

Easy, Good for You, Parve, Shabbos

Recipe: Roast Chickpeas with Sumac

Chickpea spiced with sumac

Chickpeas are a traditional treat to serve at a Shalom Zachor, a sweet little party given in honor of the birth of a baby boy, held the first Friday night after the birth, with or without the guest of honor. Sumac, a Middle Eastern spice unrelated to the poisonous plant, offers an herbal piquancy to …

Easy, Healthy, Israeli food, Main courses, Parve, Sephardi

RECIPE: Easy Shakshuka

Shashuka in a black skillet

Shashuka is a full-flavored Mediterranean poached egg dish. You make a quick sauce with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and garlic, with lots of olive oil, of course. Then you poach the eggs right in the skillet, just before serving. Marvelous with good bread to mop up that amazing sauce. You don’t need anything else. Easy Shakshuka …

Desserts, Parve

Lemon Squares for a taste of summer in your mouth

lemon squares and lemon on black background with bowl of powdered sugar

Our Meyer lemon tree produced a bumper crop this year. There was no worrying about having too many of the bright-smelling precious yellow globes. There are never enough lemons in our home and they keep refrigerated for a good long time, besides. Some of them we turned into preserved or pickled lemons, but we naturally …

Desserts, Easy, Parve

Recipe: Double Chocolate Brownies

woman cuts double chocolate brownies into squares

Everyone needs a no-fail, moist and fudgy brownie recipe and these fit the bill. Use butter for dairy, margarine for a neutral, pareve, and most decadently chocolate dessert. Double-Chocolate Walnut Brownies Makes 2 dozen. Can be doubled. Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup butter or margarine 1 cup cocoa (not Dutch Process 2 cups sugar 3 eggs …