I roasted my first chicken this week. I went to the shop on Tuesday morning for the thyme, fennel, carrots, lemon, garlic and onion required for Ina Garten’s recipe. I also bought chicken, just over four and a half pounds. I meticulously cleaned and stuffed the bird, buttered the skin and placed it atop a… Continue reading A first time for everything
We sat on the couch eating platefuls of warm latkes. Their brown, crisp, and lacy exterior in perfect contrast to their soft and mellow insides. The odor of grease, potatoes and onions still hangs in the air, taking form like the memory of Mother’s sweat. She brings comfort, lifts our spirits and fills our bellies with… Continue reading Latkes
Yesterday we packed Piper, a loaf of Challah, and a pan of Tzimmes in the car and headed out to my parents house to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown fond of New Year’s traditions, both those ubiquitously celebrated and those observed on a smaller scale. I love all of the possibility,… Continue reading For a good (and sweet) New Year.
Shorter days and cooler nights have left me yearning for a good book, extra sleep, family time, and mostly–some warm, nourishing food to fill my hungry belly. Fortunately for me, a few weeks ago I rediscovered Liz Steinberg’s blog Cafe Liz, a vegetarian food blog all the way from Liz’s kitchen in Tel Aviv. I… Continue reading Liz Steinberg’s Wheat Hamin
Another quiet Sunday found me in the kitchen proofing yeast and flouring countertops while the little one slept. My heart has been set on baking Challah for some time now, and today seemed as good a day as ever to try something new. The sight of rainclouds kept me inside, where I could nestle up… Continue reading A first attempt at baking Challah
I can recall the crockpot sitting inconspicuously on the counter; the kitchen was dark, though we all gathered around waiting to eat. From the pot, our dear friend ladled a thick, brown substance into our bowls. “It’s Cholent,” he explained, and I was dubious. Yet the first bite of that earthy stew etched itself into my… Continue reading Cholent