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Our Passover Vacation: Honeymoon at the Fairmont Scottsdale

 Lynda and I at a Wild West BBQ at the Fairmont In nearly thirty five years we have been married (that’s right, my marriage predates my electronic Facebook marriage announcement by about thirty-three years, but thank you all anyway for your recent and misguided avalanche of heartfelt good wedding wishes: bring them on down anytime!) […]

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Truffle Oil: The Dark Side of Labeling

This bottle of “Truffle Oil” was part of a gorgeous Mishloach Manot/birthday present basket I received from my daughter Bella. Reading the ingredient list created an uproar among my guests. Not a single drop of truffle oil. Intrigued, I looked online for the price, which created some more consternation….I am hoping this image and the […]

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If I had a Hammer….I Would Eat my Veggies More Often!

In answer to the very frequent question: “how did you get the idea to use a hammer in the kitchen?” You may find the use of a hammer in the kitchen somewhat odd and unbecoming, but you will quickly change your mind when you see how many thankless tasks it performs in a jiffy. A […]

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Learning to Cook with a Sephardi Mother

My Sephardi Mother is the original master. I am always asked whether I have received formal cooking training, and the answer – Machane Imma: I learned mostly from my mother – at first seems somewhat ambiguous, until I introduce her in earnest: My Sephardi mother, known as Maman to the whole family and even to […]

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Levana Cooks with Osem’s Matzah Products

Osem often comes to the rescue of people who seek to expedite dinner preparation. I have always chuckled at the old joke that in Israel, every child’s first words are “Ima, Abba, Bamba”. Bamba is a peanut-butter snack manufactured by Osem that children in Israel and beyond seem to be connected to almost surgically: Can’t leave […]