Happy New Year to the Trees with More Pickled Veggies!

This is a re-post, Beautiful People. Tomorrow is Tu b’Shvat, the New Year of the Trees in the Hebrew Calendar, and I thought this post was worth repeating. We are celebrating yet another New Year – the New Year of the Trees. In the old times, in ancient Israel, this day, 15th of the month…

Saving Kids, Animals and Herbs

Today we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, established by the United Nations General Assembly in order to raise awareness, promote empowerment, and help create opportunities for people with disabilities around the globe. For many years, until retirement, I ran a private school for children with special needs, mostly developmental and severe emotional disabilities….

Say CHEESE for Shavuos!

Contrary to all other Jewish holidays, when we prepare festive meals that include both fish and meat, signifying rejoicing in His benevolence that grants us abundance, traditional Shavuos table is laden with dairy dishes, from blintzes to cheesecakes, and anything milky delicious you can think of.  One of the reasons for this unique menu is…

Pickling Time and Chunking Kale

A distressed mother barges into a Rabbi’s study: “Rabbi, my son has gone meshuge (crazy)!” “Calm down, lady, have you taken him to a specialist? What makes you think that?” “Specialist-shmeshalist! Who needs specialists? I am a mother, I know!” “But, dear lady, what does he do?” “Oy, Rabbi, he eats pigs and dances with girls!” “Listen,”…

Pickle Time!

Foodimentary.com tells us that today is a National Pickle Appreciation Day. I think the best way to show pickles that you appreciate them is to make them.  I am repeating three old “pickling” posts. All three recipes, as well as about 100 more different ones, are in my book Kool Kosher Kitchen, only one click…

Say CHEESE for Shavuos!

Contrary to all other Jewish holidays, when we prepare festive meals that include both fish and meat, signifying rejoicing in His benevolence that grants us abundance, traditional Shavuos table is laden with dairy dishes, from blintzes to cheesecakes, and anything milky delicious you can think of.  One of the reasons for this unique menu is…

How To Tell Natural Spices From Fakes

You have noticed, Beautiful People, that I use herbs and spices extensively and prefer natural ones. Here is a very informative, great video shared by The Chronicles of Renard. I hope you find it as helpful as I have, and don’t forget, Kool Kosher Kitchen e-book is scheduled for release on Saturday, available for pre-order…

Pickling Time and Chunking Kale

A distressed mother barges into a Rabbi’s study: “Rabbi, my son has gone meshuge (crazy)!” “Calm down, lady, have you taken him to a specialist? What makes you think that?” “Specialist-shmeshalist! Who needs specialists? I am a mother, I know!” “But, dear lady, what does he do?” “Oy, Rabbi, he eats pigs and dances with…

Listen to Your Wife! Herbed and Spicy NOT Butter

My grandmother used to say that a man is the head of the house, but his wife is a neck:where the neck turns, the head looks. This week’s Torah reading is one of my favorite because in it we read how Sarah asked Abraham to do something, he didn’t really like it, and G-d Himself…

My Shavuos Menu

I am now taking you on a virtual tour of my Shavuos table. As I couldn’t – for obvious reasons! – take pictures of the actual table with food on it and guests around the table, I did the next best thing, rounding up collages of all five courses. Each dish is labeled and links…

Saving Animals and Herbs

I’ve had several people ask, “What’s with fresh herbs? Why not use dry stuff that stays fresh forever?” First of all, those things don’t “stay fresh forever, ” and, unfortunately,  they don’t have expiration dates.  So I don’t know about you,  but I don’t exactly trust products without expiration dates. Secondly – and here comes…