The Culinary Connoisseur

Lo-Cal Snacking

If you are like me, you did not waste much time thinking about the calorie count of Yom Tov treats. But now that it’s over and the waistbands of my…

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Coffee Craze

Coffee has taken on a life of its own. Aside from the coffee-based drinks that run the gamut from a basic $1.25 simple cup to complicated gourmet drinks costing as…

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Honey of a Cake

Added to cake or cookies, drizzled on chicken or vegetables, cooked with carrots or used for dipping challah and apples, honey will be at the top of every shopping list…

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School’s In

While our children are stocking up on school supplies and meeting their new teachers, we are poring over cookbooks, planning our Yom Tov menus. Learning the meaning of many culinary…

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Fuzzy Fruit

Kiwifruit originated in China and were originally called sun fruit or Chinese gooseberry. Famers and importers decided that these long names would keep this tasty fruit from becoming popular so…

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Instant Dessert

Everyone loves summertime entertaining. Whether you are enjoying a meal outdoors or at your Shabbos table, dessert is a must. But who wants to stand in the kitchen for hours?…

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Marvelous Mangoes

Known as “King of the Fruit,” more mangoes are eaten throughout the world than apples. The mango arrived in Florida in the 1830s and in California in the 1880s. Today,…

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BBQ Breads

Yes, we all grill beef, chicken and a variety of vegetables. We have even toasted hot dog buns and pita pockets on the barbecue before building the sandwich. But did…

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Man, Oh Man…icotti!

Tired of baked ziti and eggplant parmesan? Try some of our favorite dairy recipes using manicotti. This large tube-like pasta is perfect for holding cheeses, tomato sauce, vegetables and a…

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Snap-py!

Looking for great crunch and lots of flavor? Look no further than snap peas. (Bet you thought I was going to say potato chips!) Snap peas give salads and side…

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With a Cherry on Top

We all know they taste delicious, but did you know that if you suffer from arthritis or gout, cherries can be a much more potent painkiller than aspirin? Anthocyanins —…

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Big Shpritz

The food world is obsessed with sprinkles. Sprinkles are very small pieces of candy used as a decoration or to add color to desserts such as cupcakes, doughnuts or ice…

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Knish Knosh

This uniquely Jewish food arrived in America with immigrants at the very beginning of the 20th century. It was made popular by Eastern Europeans coming from the Pale of Settlement…

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Flower Food

Move over, kale! Cauliflower is the new darling of restaurants and foodies! Just as Brussels sprouts have had their day in the sun, cauliflower is now popping up on menus.…

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Mellowed Out

The original marshmallow was actually taken from the roots of the marshmallow plant and used as a remedy for sore throats. Potions and brews made of other parts of the…

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Chocolate or Not?

Some people will argue white chocolate is not actually chocolate. It certainly doesn’t look like chocolate as we know it, and it doesn’t smell like chocolate. But it is called…

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Smile and Say Cheesecake!

Here are a few tips to make your cheesecake as beautiful as those made by pros: To ensure that the cream cheese will be easy to mix, allow it to…

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Going Dutch

“Everything old is new again.” And Dutch Baby pancakes are exactly that! An old favorite that has now become the darling of food enthusiasts everywhere. A Dutch baby pancake, sometimes…

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Poke Fun

Now now, it’s not what you think! We are not about to laugh at anyone and make snide remarks. Poke (pronounced poh-keh), a raw-fish salad, is one of the new…

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Nosh on Nachos

Nachos originated in Mexico, of course, just over the border from Texas. In 1943, the wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in nearby Eagle Pass were in Mexico…

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