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

Sourdough oatmeal bread slices

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

basket of rutabagas

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

homemade pretzel children craft

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

black lentils for chicken and sage recipe

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, […]


Unstuffed Rutabaga or Turnip Casserole

raw turnips in open air market

Reader Ms. Krieger was experimenting with rutabaga, and developed this recipe for Passover. She thought it would work equally well with turnips, and suggested I add it to my links for turnip recipes. Recipe: Unstuffed Rutabaga or Turnip Casserole Ingredients 3 large turnips (or 2 large rutabagas) 1 lb. (1/2 kg.) ground beef 1 cup […]


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 […]


Apple-Oat Muffins


I recently met a young woman named Allyson, who just moved to my neighborhood with her husband and 11-month-old son. When she started making healthy apple muffins for her son, her husband found they made a good breakfast to eat on the way to work. They contain no added sugar. I added some variations at […]


Recipe: Debbie’s Shepherd’s Pie

shepherd pie recipe

My friend and neighbor Debbie Gold Hadar recently shared this delicious Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It calls for fresh ground meat or poultry, but you can substitute cooked meat or beans as well. Just add them after cooking the other vegetables.  Don’t be put off by the lengthy instructions, as this is not a complicated recipe. […]


Cookbook Giveaway and Beets with Ginger and Garlic

Welcome to the first ever Jewish Holiday Blog Party, hosted by Jessie of Taste and Miriam of Overtime Cook, and sponsored by Kitchen Aid! As you may know, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year is coming up, and Jewish bloggers from all over the world are celebrating with all kinds of twists on traditional Rosh Hashanah foods. To kick off the […]