Lentil and Squash Casserole

Last week, I had to run out suddenly to bring my son somewhere right during dinner preparation hour. Fortunately my teens were home to take over. This recipe can be easily halved, but like most recipes with legumes, it improves on the second or third day so don’t be afraid of leftovers. I first learned […]


Reader Interview: Emily Segal and the Exploding Cake

Please welcome Emily Segal,  a Holistic Nutritionist living in Kfar Saba, Israel. Four years ago, she and her husband made aliyah (immigrated) from New York with her two sons and Labrador retriever. She writes at Triumph Wellness. What do you remember about family meals and your mother’s cooking style when you were growing up? My mother is […]


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 […]


Mushroom Soup with Tomatoes

fresh mushrooms

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 […]


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 […]


Creamy Parsnip Soup

creamy parsnip soup

Thanks to reader Rivki Locker for contributing today’s recipe. Rivki writes: I pride myself on my healthy eating habits. I eat loads of fresh seasonal produce, and build almost every meal around vegetables. I’m a good role model for my kids, setting an example of balanced and nutritious eating. I serve a wide range of […]


Veganism, Freezing, Cooking with Kids, Food Waste and More:Friday Review #34

red onions

Cooking Manager was recommended by the website, Best of the Web. Here’s a review of posts you may have missed over the last few weeks: Yesterday’s post, Should Vegetarians Warn Dinner Hosts in Advance?, drew out some hosting horror stories in the comments. I help reader Hadassah plan her party, with Ten Things You Should […]


Vegan Response to Dangers of a Vegan Diet

fruit and vegetable plate

Vegan blogger Rena Reich was surprised when I asked her for an interview, because I had just written about the bad experiences of well-known vegan blogger Tasha. Her interview will appear on Monday, but in the meantime she responded to my post, Dangers of a Vegan Diet. I feel very badly for Tasha. I can […]


Dangers of a Vegan Diet?

asparagus and tomato on plate

Veganism, a diet containing no animal-based foods including meat, fish, dairy or eggs, is a growing trend.You can find vegan recipes for just about anything including Thanksgiving turkey. Environmentalists like veganism too. But this week, a popular vegan blogger stopped being a vegan. Tasha of Voracious Eats was always careful to take iron and Vitamin […]


Pomegranate-Quince Relish

yellow quinces

Wednesday is Recipe Day at Cooking Manager. This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, the Well-Filled Microwave Cookbook. This could be something special for your Thanksgiving table, or an unusual holiday gift. This is a flavor combination you don’t often see, and using the microwave means your pot won’t scorch. Ingredients: 2 large  […]