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Lamb Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

 

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Spring is officially here and the warm weather is finally coming out to greet us. The birds are chirping, the sound of lawn mowers is filling the neighborhood and the picnic baskets are coming out of hiding. I’ll take any opportunity to eat in my backyard with my family when the sun is shining and it’s always a fun challenge to come up with new recipes to enjoy outdoors. I like recipes I can prepare in advance so there’s no stress as we sit down to eat. I also love side dishes that we can eat cold or room temperature so there are a few items at the table that didn’t come off the barbecue. A little variety is the spice of life, right?!?

Lamb Bacon


 

Chocolate Falafel with Fruit Salad and Parmesan...

 

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This blog post is all about reinventing Israeli cuisine in honor of Jamie making Aliyah. With Yom Ha’atzmeut around the corner, I don’t think there’s a better time to introduce it! When you think about Israeli foods, I think that there is nothing more Israeli then falafel.

Falafel is the quintessential example of Israel itself, not just its cuisine. Its flavors are loud, obnoxious, and loved by all; this dessert rendition is the same. You have the rich fried chocolate falafel balls paired with the fresh and sweet fruit salad and perfectly balanced with the salty parmesan tuile.


 

Easy Asparagus Recipes

 

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Shakespeare didn’t have asparagus in mind when he wrote,

Now is the winter of our discontent


 

Eating In Season – Spring Sides and Salads

 

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Pineapple is great eaten fresh, added to fruit platters or salads, grilled on its own, or cut into tiny chunks with hot pepper for salsa.  Peel pineapple by cutting off both tops. Stand the pineapple on a cutting board. Run your knife along the sides of the pineapple to remove peel completely. You can use a melon baller or edge of potato peeler to remove any remaining parts of the peel.

 


 

Passover Recipes From Down Under

 

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An Aussie Passover.  There is not much difference between American and an Australian Passover recipes, but I am The Aussie Gourmet and these are my favorite Passover recipes.

Passover is a busy holiday for me.  Enjoy some of the most requested Passover dishes from my home to yours.


 

Dinner Tonight with Kitchen Tested

 

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My family loves to be adventurous in the kitchen, and I’m lucky to have two young children who will try just about anything. This rarity allows me the freedom to try new recipes and even create my own. Whether your families are picky eaters or not, there’s something for you in my kitchen!

Spicy Chicken and Garlic Pasta

Spicy Chicken and Garlic Pasta


 

Homemade Chutney For Your Friends

 

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When I grill a perfect (and perfectly expensive) steak and I see my husband pouring ketchup onto his plate so he can dip that perfectly grilled steak into it, I am absolutely horrified.

Ditto A-1 Sauce.


 

10 Winter Comfort Food Meals

 

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In the cold of the winter nothing is better then coming home to a warm, hearty and mouthwatering meal. The smell and taste of the various recipes listed are enough to make everyone forget the chill and gloom associated with winter.

Mocha Brownie with Mocah Caramel Center

Mocha Brownie with Mocah Caramel Center


 

4 Quick Family Dinners

 

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The following recipes are great to have on hand for those days when you do not have the time or patience to spend hours in the kitchen preparing dinner.  Some recipes take minutes to prepare but require you to be at home while the food is cooking; making you feel like a slave to the kitchen.  The following recipes are quick to put together and dinner will be on the table in no time yet taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen.

spaghetti bolognese


 

Eating in Season – Cauliflower and Sunchokes

 

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Cauliflower is in season right now and we want to help you get more of it. Here are our tips on choosing, cooking and getting the most of this versatile vegetable.

How to select cauliflower: Select cauliflower that is firm and tightly packed and make sure that the heads are purely white with no brown spots.


 

Crisp Winter Salads

 

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Make-your-own-salad bars have sprouted up almost everywhere and introduced the idea that almost anything goes when creating a salad. Vibrant fresh produce doesn’t always come to mind during the winter months. However, surprisingly enough there are amazing seasonal winter produce that can be combined to create crisp, fresh, crowd-pleasing salads.


 

Haute Chocolate – DIY Hot Cocoa

 

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What can be better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day?
A mug of hot chocolate—and make that the haute kind.

Not to be confused with cocoa powder mixed with milk, real hot chocolate is made by melting solid bars of chocolate, preferably a dark variety containing a high percentage of cacao, with cream and milk.


 

Dinner Tonight at June Hersh’s

 

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My children are grown and on their own, so my husband and I eat like it is Friday night almost every night of the week. I’ve been known to roast (and eat) an entire duck for myself, or to braise a 5-pound brisket because it looked too good to leave behind at the butcher’s and we had a yen for a pulled brisket sandwich.

smoky chicken and sausage stew

Smoky Chicken and Sausage Stew


 

The Story of The Killer Cheese

 

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The tradition of eating cheese on Hanukah pre-dates latkes, sufganiyot and other more modern traditions.

The story is the stuff of a Hollywood drama. Judith, a beautiful Jewish woman fed salty cheese to Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians general Holofernes. The cheese made him thirsty and he drank too much wine which caused him to fall into a drunken sleep. Judith cut off his head and the Israelis rallied and attacked the Assyrian armies who then fled.


 

Jeff Nathan Clears His Freezer and Makes a Goat...

 

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This time of year is a bit of a mixed blessing for a foodie like me. It’s great to begin planning all the meals I’ll be serving to family, friends and customers over the next few weeks, but it’s a little daunting, too. After all, we’ve been on a holiday spree for the last couple of months!

This past August, while I was being a glutton in France, my fridge bit the dust. I came home to find what was once a well stocked, fairly organized chilled pantry now just an empty shell awaiting the curb. Rosh Hashanah was first on the feasting calendar. And this was a chance at a fresh start for the upcoming New Year. I was intrigued with the possibilities of it all… should I replace everything that was in there?, would I miss, or even need every last ingredient?, if I hadn’t eaten those watermelon rind pickles by now, shouldn’t I be glad they were gone?