Masbia Soup Kitchen: Our Fundraising Event at Lincoln Square Synagogue

  Last night was our exciting fundraising event for Masbia Soup Kitchen, at Lincoln Square Synagogue. The ballroom was filled to capacity. I just can’t tell you how much fun it was, cooking along fellow chefs and cookbook authors Poopa Dweck and Leah Koenig in a Cooking Competition to Benefit Masbia Soup Kitchen. Since LSS is […]

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Nuts About Almonds! My Favorite Almond Recipes

Although I am always tinkering with almond recipes and almond flour, I owe the real impetus for writing a whole post about almonds and multiple almond-based recipes to Nuts.Com. I was inspired by Nuts.com’s “April Showers Bring May Flours” project to create a post sharing all the information about almond recipes. I thought to myself, boy, am I am […]

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Misleading Food Labels. The Food Industry: Friend or Foe?

Photo via pickyeaterblog.com I get into occasional tiffs about my undisguised contempt of many food labels put out daily by the food industry.  The gist of the blame aimed at me by a few readers is, if I really cared, I would be really grateful about manufacturers being kind enough to warn us via food labels, for our […]

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I Remember Bubbie

It’s been just a year since my husband Maurice’s mother Fanya – Bubbie – passed away. Bubbie was Fan for her four boys, Maurice, Avrum, Sol and Sam, the ultimate Em Habanim (sons’ mother). My sisters and I gave her name an affectionate old-fashioned Sephardi twist and called her Freha. I never referred to her as my mother in law, […]

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Moroccan Almond Fillo Pastries Recipe. Make Your Own Almond Paste in a Jiffy!

There is no Moroccan Dessert display without these fabulous fillo pastries, first cousins of  Baklava. Although I am showcasing the glorious almond in the filling of these Fillo Pastries, You certainly could use the walnut or pistachio filling listed in my Baklava recipe link. I have streamlined this great Moroccan favorite confection, doing away not only […]