The Culinary Connoisseur

Worth Its Salt

You’ve brought home a beautiful roast but have no idea what to do with it. All year long you might just slather it in barbecue sauce or other prepared ingredients,…

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Eat Dessert First

Pesach is no time to be skimping on dessert. As a matter of fact, we like to make desserts first because many freeze well. We may limit ourselves to certain…

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Potatoes, Anyone?

Of course you’re going to be eating lots of potatoes this Pesach. With no other starches available, potatoes are filling and will accompany most meals. If you are tired of…

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Is It Done Yet?

Knowing just when your food is done is crucial to having your meal turn out right. Experienced cooks rely on their senses to know when foods are done. Taste, touch,…

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Tradition! Tradition!

In every publication and media outlet, there are lots of new-fangled recipes to enjoy this Purim. But we all need one tried-and-true recipe we can count on when preparing traditional…

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Hands-On Purim

Most families spend Purim coming and going from one house to another, bringing hand-made (or store-bought) treats from friends and family. Purim means being on the move. When our family…

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A Sticky Situation

Today is National Sticky Bun Day. Aren’t all buns sticky, you ask — why a special day? Sticky buns are a dessert or yeast pastry that contains a filling of…

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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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