Cabbage-Carrot Casserole with Cheese Sauce

cabbage heads

When I see butter and hard cheese in a recipe, I usually skip it. But the recipe asks only for small quantities, and blogger Jenny described how her kids fought over the last piece. My pickier eaters did not appreciate it, but the rest of us loved it. Next time I’m invited to a pot-luck […]

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My Excellent Couscous Adventure

couscous with fava beans, or optionally chickpeas

In advance of a food blogger’s night out with author Gil Marks, I leafed through his book The World of Jewish Cooking. The recipe for Couscous with 7 Vegetables caught my eye both because it was vegetarian (optional) and a special Rosh Hoshanah dish. In the end I was under too much pressure before the […]

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Teenagers and Healthy Eating: The Challenge

This is the first in a series on teenage nutrition and eating habits. How can we guide adolescents toward healthy and practical food choices? One day my teenage son was visiting my sister-in-law, who has small children. My sister-in-law offered lunch to my son. She told me later that he “inhaled” the food! Larger quantities […]

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Rosh Hashanah Menu Planning and the Vegetarian Child

This year, Rosh Hashanah falls on Wednesday night through Friday afternoon, seguing right into the Sabbath.  That means four main meals of the holiday, and two meals for the Sabbath. My teenage daughter and I finally came up with a menu plan for Rosh Hashanah. My daughter doesn’t eat any kind of meat or fish, […]

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Mushroom Soup with Tomatoes

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Mushroom soup is my all time favorite. This one can be vegetarian or not, and contains only a few flavorful ingredients. Thanks to reader Aviva-Hadas for sharing.   Recipe: Mushroom Soup with Tomatoes Ingredients 2-3 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed 2-3 tomatoes (preferably fresh), chopped 1/4 cup olive oil Approx. 2 […]

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Winter Squash Quiche

winter squash quiche with tomatoes, chives, cheese and whole-wheat oil crust

My husband and my littlest one are out of the country, and who wants to cook for only the four of us currently at home? But I decided to make a quiche, since one would do for all of us. I was out of mushrooms, so I used the fresh winter squash I had just picked […]

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Recipe: Brown Rice with Leeks, Carrots and Black Lentils

Black lentils are a wonderful delicacy introduced to me by Yosefa. One day she also gave me some leeks that needed to be eaten, so I made this recipe loosely based on one in Lorna Sass’s cookbook. Recipe: Brown Rice with Leeks, Carrots and Black Lentils Summary: Pressure cooker vegetarian meal-in-one. Ingredients 1 tablespoon oil […]

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Recipe: Mushroom-Onion-Nut Pate

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I made this recipe for the first time last Passover, when I was looking for something new to spread on the matzah. You may want to double this one, as it goes fast. Ingredients: 1-2 tablespoons oil 1 onion 6 mushrooms handful of fresh parsley handful of nuts, like pecans or walnuts. Instructions: Chop onions […]

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Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass

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I tend to flip quickly through new cookbooks, skimming over all of the recipes I know I’ll never make: The recipes are too complicated, I don’t keep the necessary ingredients on hand, or the recipes are just another way of combining foods that we get enough of already. But when Yosefa got interested in pressure […]

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Last-Minute Black-Eyed Peas Chili

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This recipe appears in Lorna Sass’s Great Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure. I can’t say enough about this wonderful cookbook. My full review appears here.  The dish was unusual—sweeter and spicier than I’m used to. Like most bean recipes, the leftovers tasted even better. Last-Minute Black-Eyed Pea Chili Ingredients: 1 tablespoon safflower or canola oil 1 to […]

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