The Culinary Connoisseur

Rosemary, Sage, Parsley and Thyme

You may have grown up with just paprika and garlic powder in your mother’s kitchen cabinet, or possibly cumin and turmeric if you’re of Sephardic heritage. Herbs like rosemary and…

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This Day in History – 2 Adar/February 7

2 Adar In 4313/553 the Byzantine Emperor Justinian ordered that under his jurisdiction, instead of reading the Torah on Shabbos, the Greek translation must be read. He also prohibited Rabbanim…

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Comfort Cookies

Cold winter days when you don’t want to step outside are the perfect time to bake cookies. The aroma of freshly-baked cookies will bring smiles to your children’s faces as…

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No Need to Knead

Does your family get together for melaveh malkah this time of year? Long Motzoei Shabbos evenings are the perfect time for fun and food. But no one wants these get-togethers…

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In the Sauce

Asian cuisine is most famous for all the sauces used to flavor dishes. These sauces are used alone or in combination to create tasty meals that we have all come…

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Dried and True

Not too long ago Tu B’Shvat was equated only with dried fruit. Every good balabusta prepared fruit during the warm months, either by preserving or drying, so there would be…

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Just Pearfect

Juicy and sweet, with a soft, grainy texture, the pear is one of our best sources of dietary fiber. And the good news for the pear lovers out there is…

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Choose Chickpeas

Don’t leave the chickpeas for your shalom zachor because there is now plenty of evidence about garbanzo beans and their health benefits. Garbanzo beans (like most legumes) have long been…

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Comfort Food

Cold winter nights seem a little warmer when your family comes home to delicious food. First among dishes that come to mind when we think of comfort food is macaroni…

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Quite a Cumber

While cucumbers are not as famous in the health world as some of their fellow vegetables, it would be wrong to underestimate their health benefits. In addition, cucumbers are now…

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Eda-who?

  Not who, but what. Edamame are young soybeans, usually still in the pod. Because the beans are young and green when they are picked, edamame soybeans are soft and…

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Chanukah Traditions

Of course we are all going to be frying (or buying) basic jelly doughnuts and flat potato latkes — after all, it’s tradition! Over the years we have given you…

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Fried!

With our Ashkenazi heritage we are most familiar with doughnuts on Chanukah. Of course, doughnut recipes may vary from Poland to Hungary to America, but the general ingredients and methods…

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EVOO [Extra virgin olive oils]

As plants native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, olive trees have one of the longest food histories among all known foods. In addition, olive oil was not exclusively…

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Flavors of Fall

Maple syrup, like many delicious natural products was discovered by accident. Most legends claim that Native Americans thought the liquid dripping from trees that had been cut by their tomahawks…

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What’s in Your Pot?

Once upon a time there was a single brand of cookware that every kallah bought. It was so universally popular that the very name became a household word. It featured…

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Move over Quinoa

The new kid on the block is actually an ancient grain that has made a comeback. This Italian-born grain dates back to ancient Rome. While it’s sometimes confused with barley…

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Overnight Oats

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start out right and you will be more likely to stick with a healthy routine. YomTov may be…

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Round and Round

Some people are under the misconception that challah baking is a time-consuming, messy job. On the contrary, with today’s heavy duty mixers, handy gadgets and easily cleaned pans, challah baking…

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Honey Do

It’s honey season! Remember when your grandmother told you to put honey in your tea to treat your cold and sore throat? Guess what, she knows what she is taking…

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