Spicy Beans with Coriander and Garlic

Remember those black beans I posted about recently? And how I planned to keep a container of beans in the freezer? Well, I defrosted the container in the refrigerator overnight Thursday. On Friday, my vegan son came home, and added beans to the rice and mushrooms he cooked for the Sabbath. He took the leftovers with him for […]

Review: Vegan Start Passover Cookbook

I’ve been stressing about Passover cooking. My 18-year-old son became vegan a few months ago, and I’m afraid my usual menu plan might leave him hungry. Because of the prohibitions against seeds and legumes (kitniyot) in the Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish Passover tradition, vegan staples like lentils, beans and sesame are off the table. Fortunately, my friend Rena Reich came […]

Easy and Elegant Herbed Turkey Breast

I was looking for something different for the holidays, when a friend suggested turkey breast. Turkey breast is easy to slice and serve, and leftovers can be stored in small containers for quick leftovers. It tends to dry out, so be careful not to overcook. To keep the turkey moist, I slathered it with a […]

Homemade Chumus with Coriander and Parsley

My vegan son asked me to make chumus. I’ve failed numerous times. The recipe below, unlike others I’ve seen, does not include additional water. I also spent five minutes removing the skin from the cooked chickpeas. I happened to have fresh parsley and coriander on hand, so I added them both. They definitely took the chumus to […]

Vegan Cholent (Sabbath Stew)

Cholent is the Yiddish word for the stew traditionally served on Sabbath mornings in Jewish homes. Most Jewish communities throughout the world had their own version, using local ingredients. Before people had their own ovens, they brought the cholent to the communal oven on Friday afternoon. There, it would cook overnight, because starting the cooking is forbidden from […]

My Vegan Son Cooks Vanilla-Scented Orange Soup

My son became a vegan just a few weeks ago. After graduating high school last spring, he decided to spend the year volunteering in a town with a low socio-economic population. He and the other teens in his program volunteer during the day, and cook together in the evening. My son helps weak students in a high […]

Sourdough Oatmeal Walnut Bread

The first sourdough bread I made was from  Miriam Kresh’s recipe at Israeli Kitchen. Since then I’ve made it numerous times, especially when I am hosting a meeting or party. I’ve recently made some healthy adjustments including cutting out sugar and substituting olive oil. I often add nuts, and substitute spelt for some of the […]

Recipe: Unstuffed Rutabagas or Turnips

Thanks to US reader Tanya who sent me this original recipe back in February, writing: I hope spring has come to Israel. Here we are still buried under a foot of snow and the ground is frozen hard. Rutabagas are still quietly sitting in the basement, nice and firm and ready to sustain us for […]

Whole-Wheat Pretzel Recipe

Summer vacation is here and I am always looking out for fun activities. Yosefa called yesterday and suggested we do a baking project with the kids: pretzels! This recipe calls for conventional yeast but when I have more time I will attempt to make it with sourdough. The kids enjoyed kneading the dough and molding […]

Chicken with Carrots, Sage and Black Lentils

I don’t usually cook chicken during the week but I was in a rush one day last week and had a fresh whole chicken on hand. This came out so good I had to share! The sage and the black lentils lifted the chicken onto a whole different plane. If you’ve never had black lentils, […]