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What's in a Name?

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Three of my four high school years were spent in an Israeli school. Of course, one of my biggest struggles was learning the language and communicating with my new friends. Sometimes things got lost in translation—like when I was sent to the market to buy an eggplant. I thought I was so smart and clever, as I used my New...

Nicole’s Lemon Mushroom Chicken

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You know how there are recipes that are like mesorah? They are handed down and passed around… and recreated and tweaked along the way. Like the ubiquitous cranberry crumble or carrot muffins or crunchy cabbage salad. These dishes appear on everyone’s table, and we love them. Everyone has a different version and considers it their own. Or at the very least they belong to the first-degree person from whom it was received.

Sometimes, the inherited recipe just gets called by the name of the person who gave it to you. Like this cake my grandmother used to make. In our house it was called “Dutzie Cake.” It was a classic. My grandmother made it all the time. And a stash of frozen...

(Brussels) Sprout-ing New Tastes

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You are what you eat, right? It’s no wonder that children have such an aversion to things like broccoli, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Why would anyone want to eat something green that smells weird, reminiscent of sweaty socks?

The child in me hated Brussels sprouts.  Thankfully I was able to overcome that childish stance and eat one, and since then my tastes have matured.

For such a small and unassuming vegetable cooking these took a long time for me to master.  Scores of Brussels sprouts later, I’ve finally figured out the way to enhance their sweet flavor so that even the people who think they’re gross find themselves taking seconds. One cruciferous vegetable conquered...

That Is One Hot (Dog) Chanukah Menorah

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Abeles & Heymann and koshermoms.com have gotten together to share some fun and delicious ideas for Chanukah this year. You can substitute regular Abeles & Heymann hot dogs with uncured hot dogs or their low-fat and low-sodium varieties. Here’s the edible menorah recipe. Enjoy!


 2 packages Abeles & Heymann franks*1 package/roll of frozen puff pastry dough1 egg, slightly beatenSesame seeds for toppingKetchup/spicy brown mustard for flamesCookie sheet lined with parchment paper



Let the dough thaw slightly on the counter or in a microwave on its recommended setting, just enough to loosen the dough from the plastic backing. Cut eight franks in half as your...

Sabich: The Ultimate Israeli Sandwich

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Sabich—no idea what it means, but years ago I saw it on a menu in a restaurant in Hollywood, Florida. An Israeli, Middle-Eastern style restaurant, of course. I had no idea what it meant, but the description sounded delicious—fried eggplant, hummus, slow-cooked hard-boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, salad, amba (don’t get me started on amba! Yum!) and for those who like spicy, add some zhug. Or a lot of zhug. All of this would be stuffed in a pita.

So, I ordered the sandwich. I was mostly embarrassed for mispronouncing it and being corrected by the waitress who looked at me like I was an idiot. It was ok. The sandwich, I mean.

Although I’ve been to Israel dozens of times (and...

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