Anything You Can Get Away With, Including Quinoa and Kale

When Oscar Wilde, at the age of 36, published his one and only novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, society was disturbed and the press was outraged. “Unclean”, “poisonous”, and “heavy with the mephitic odours of moral and spiritual putrefaction,” pontificated The Daily Chronicle. In the midst of the strait-laced Victorian age, Wilde calmly responded,…

Spear Your Meat, But Don’t Spare Your Veggies: Shashlik

When you think of meat on skewers, you probably visualize this: Or, perhaps, if you are even slightly familiar with Georgian cuisine (a country, not a state), this: And you will be on the right track: regardless of countless variations of it, shishkebab definitely has a long military history. I couldn’t help but share with…

The Great and Glorious Fake Sauce

Louis XIV of France was a great and glorious king who has consolidated a great and glorious country by forging a centralized government – absolute monarchy. Having been scared out of his wits as a teenager during the Fronde rebellion, when he, his mother Anne of Austria –  the Regent, and Cardinal Mazarin fled from…

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…

The Real Treasure of the Caribbean: Haiti, Part 1. Baked Fish.

I love my Haitian students. Make no mistake – I love all my students, and I reveal in having “the United Nations” environment in my classroom. However, students who come from this tiny, much-suffered, but proud little country have a special place in my heart. No matter the topic of conversation, if there is even…

Don’t Blame the Chard!

Originally posted on Renard's World:
What comes from Sicily? Most people have the answer on the tip of their tongues: the mafia and Mount Etna volcano. Both are pretty dangerous, so if it’s on the tip of your tongue, you better spit it out! But seriously, no other place in Italy has so many…

Squash Thai and I

Originally posted on Renard's World:
Once upon the time, in the magical land of Thailand, there was a crocodile lord called Chalawan who fell in love with a beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant and abducted her. Another merchant, Kraithong, courageously challenged fearsome Chalawan and rescued the young lady. The legend of brave Kraithong…

Seasoned Veterans and Young Chicken

To all veterans: Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service! To all Marines: Happy Marine Birthday! This post is dedicated to Jennifer, a beautiful lady with a huge heart, originally from Jamaica, and a retired Marine. When I ran the school, Jennifer was my right hand, my left hand, and most of the…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 6, Main Course.

The story of Odessa synagogue and the unsavory characters who ran it continues in this chapter (click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 7). *Top of this page was included in Part 5 * 16. Alexander Matrosov – a World War II military hero who sacrificed his life by…

Kitchen Queen

Originally posted on lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown:
Kitchen Queen Her souffles are a marvel and her cakes a work of art. Every single thing she cooks, a product of her heart. Her kitchen full of luscious smells and openness and levity, every disaster solvable and noted for its brevity. She surmounts each…

Counting Beans to Bake Falafels

How many lentils are in a bowl of lentil soup? Don’t start laughing yet, Beautiful People; this was an earnest question posed to my husband by his nutritionist. Well, how does he know? He eats what I put in front of him, and sometimes snacks on what he finds in the refrigerator, which is what…

Fight That Scale With Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!

I am on a mission: my husband has been issued guidelines for a very strict diet that targets very specific weight loss goals. I am now counting every ingredient that could possibly be counted, including lentils in a bowl of soup (if you are curious about my Super Soup, click here), and keeping a Food…