beef cheeks
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Beef Cheeks Stew with Mushrooms Recipe

Beef Cheeks: Sounds weird, doesn't it? For the sake of these beef cheeks with mushrooms, I just spent hours picking some fellow bloggers' brains, about how to rename beef cheeks. The name bothers me no end. When I say cheeks, I imagine something…
flan
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Coconut Cinnamon Flan Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

Flan is the Sunday treat of my childhood. My mother made the greatest flan and was my inspiration for this version. I tinkered with a dessert that would be a nutritionally ... hmm not exactly lean, but much more affordable and no less delicious…
dacquoise
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Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise Recipe

Dacquoise is that dreamy French classic! It is made up of alternating layers of meringue and fillings. I have made the fillings much lighter, healthier and much simpler to make, but no less delicious, with the help of my staunch ally tofu:…
salade nicoise
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Salade Niçoise Recipe. Honoring Julia Child

 Salade Niçoise In Honor of Julia Child JC100 Anniversary: Salade Niçoise is one of my all-time favorite salads, especially when made with fresh, not canned,  tuna. I was honored to write a review of Julia Child's biography, Dearie,…
Almond Macarons with Chocolate Coffee Filling Recipe. All Variations
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Almond Macarons Recipe. All Variations

Much ado about Macarons! You will never think of macarons as institutional fare after you taste these elegant and easy treats, close cousins of the amaretto cookies, and distinct from the often institutional coconut-based macaroons. Gluten-free…
onion soup
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Vegetarian French Onion Soup Recipe

My onion soup recipe is in my first cookbook, Levana's Table I always thought I made a good onion soup, if I may say so myself. Mine lists Swiss cheese, provolone and parmesan. But I recently received from my daughter Bella a magnificent wheel…
pot au feu
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Crockpot Pot Au Feu Recipe

My recipe for Pot Au Feu is included in my first cookbook, Levana's Table: Kosher Cooking For Everyone. Pot au Feu is the perfect crockpot recipe! Pure poetry in a pot. The ingredients going into Pot au Feu being so perfect and making such…
roast beef
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Roast Beef with Wild Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Roast beef is at its greatest when made with ribeye. Only for festive occasions, as it is more expensive than I like my dishes to be. But it will be the best roast beef you will ever have! Plus, the wild mushroom sauce is to die for. I find…
asparagus soup
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Asparagus Soup Recipe. Hot or Cold

My asparagus soup has a lot going for it! My choice of vegetables guarantee me a wonderful soup: Asparagus, zucchini, celery root, leeks, tarragon: How can you miss? Making stock for soup? Never heard of it. Celery root gives the soup not…
mock crab cakes
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Mock Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Coulis Recipe

My mock crab cakes are a staple at my house. Crab cakes and other seafood goodies were always verboten in the world of kosher dining as well as that of all diners who frown at eating seafood. But recently some inspired professional foodie…
ratatouille
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Ratatouille Recipe. French Style, and Moroccan Style

Ratatouille is not just the delightful movie! I don't think Julia Child would object to a little tweaking of the French Classic Ratatouille, taken in a Moroccan direction. Besides, all things Eggplant are a huge favorite in North African and…
watercress soup
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Cold Watercress Soup Recipe

Watercress Soup is a great way to use watercress. I love the spicy and pungent bite of watercress: It's perishable, so I try my utmost to use it on the same day I buy it: did you know it's the secret ingredient in my gazpacho? Cold soups…