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Sensational Strawberries

 

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Strawberries are my favorite fruit. They are available all year round, but are really only in season in the North and Midwest May and June.

There are roughly 30 different varieties of strawberries, the most common being a hybrid. Most people who love the bright red berry have never tasted a wild berry. Wild strawberries are drought, frost and disease resistant and if you love berries like I do, then seek out wild strawberries at you local farmer’s markets. They are available June through November.


 

Purim Baskets

 

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If you’re the type of person who likes gift giving, especially treats from your kitchen, then Purim is the holiday for you! You probably look forward to the holiday as much as my family. When my kids were young, we would make a whole day out of it. I especially enjoy the making of hamantaschen. Holiday cookbooks are full of poppy seed, prune, chocolate, and even jelly-filled recipes…they’re all good, but I like my own special creations the best!

It’s been years since my daughter dressed up during the Purim Carnivals as Queen Esther and my son as a human gragger. Although we’ve outgrown some holiday traditions, the mainstay for my family at Purim is the giving of shalakh mannes. What a wonderful opportunity to share with your Jewish neighbors and friends a basket full of ready to eat treats from your heart and home. The Megillah instructs us to celebrate the holiday by sharing these foodie gifts. The gift-giving serves as an expression of brotherly love, unity and generosity. For me, it’s an opportunity to share from my own personal kitchen, and not just my Abigael’s kitchen!


 

5 Citrus Recipes to Brighten Up Your Winter

 

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I love cooking in winter. My family, friends and customers are actually hungry. There are no dainty appetites when it is cold outside-everyone is eager to eat. While it is often cloudy and the daylight hours are short it is possible to feel sunny-especially on the inside. Winter is citrus season. All the bright flavors and colors of summer are available in season during the winter months. It is no accident that when most of us are cooped up inside and colds and flu abound that some of our best protection in food happens to be in season. High in vitamin C, loaded with flavenoids and part of the Mediterranean Diet, citrus fruits are incredibly good for you. So, scoop up all the tangerines, grapefruits, blood oranges and Meyer lemons you can-they will help you feel sunny on the inside.

Here I offer my Citrus Extravaganza with recipes and tips for using citrus:


 

Snow Day Cooking with the Kids!

 

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The children are cheering and calling their friends to share the great news. It’s a snow day! No school!

It’s wonderful fun at first, but we all know that the parent who is staying home with them will have to deal with snow-day cabin fever. After the kids have built their snowman, made snow angels, and thrown a few snowballs, they’ll be stomping into your kitchen whining that there’s “nothing to do.” (No, this is not the time to remind them about that book report. When you have a day off, do you want to be reminded about the presentation you have yet to prepare, or the pile of laundry waiting for you?)


 

Chicken Soup for the Sniffling Soul

 

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It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting colder, the kids are in school hanging out with other pint-sized germ magnets and everyone is sniffling, sneezing and wheezing.   Some people pop pills or do cough syrup shots to get through the day.  Others use vitamin C to boost their immune system “naturally”.  Although we all sometimes need an over the counter cure for the common cold, check your kitchen cabinet before your medicine cabinet.  Chicken soup, sometimes referred to as “Jewish Penicillin”, may be all you need. (more…)


 

Quick & Kosher Winter Squash: Fast Facts

 

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Winter Squash

Quick & Kosher Squash Facts & Fantasies: