What’s Your Poison? Almond Cookies

Originally posted on Renard's World:
Once in a while you’ll hear this question from a bartender with a weird sense of humor inquiring about your choice of alcohol. Yet historically, famous people like Socrates would be politely invited to leave this world by selecting their preferred poison. https://youtu.be/rRvP_R654DY Socrates chose hemlock. Cleopatra, exquisitely played…

Out With The Old, In With The New

Originally posted on Renard's World:
As we bid adieu and welcome in the New Year, let’s raise our glasses to new beginnings and a time of reflection. New Years resolutions aside for those of you that make them, it’s important we share joy and do unto others not only during the holiday season but…

The Real Treasure of the Caribbean: Haiti, Part 2. Fried Accra.

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
Slavery started in Haiti with the arrival of Columbus. Met with friendliness, welcoming gifts, and delicious local fritters called Accra or Akra, he described the native Arawak Taino people as “tractable, and easily led; they could be made to grow crops and build cities” (Mellzer, Slavery: A World History, 1971). And…

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

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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,…

Zucchini Soup and the Splendor of Xanadu

Originally posted on Renard's World:
What is in common between zucchini and Xanadu? Both start with a Z, even though the latter is written with an X. This is not Marco Polo’s fault; he had spelled it Ciandu anyway. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of what used to be a summer…

Ukrainian Borsht for Sultana

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
Nobody seems to know where the word borscht came from. The best guess is that it is a combination of schti (Russian cabbage soup) and buryak (beetroot in Ukrainian).  It is first mentioned in the legend about the two-month siege of the Ukrainian fortress Rohatyn by the Crimean offshoot of the Turkish army in the beginning…

Cranes on Your Plate

Originally posted on Renard's World:
The stores are glutted with cranberries – Thanksgiving is coming, and if we believe Bridget Shirvell, one of the authors on https://www.marthastewart.com, cranberry sauce is the only one item on the traditional Thanksgiving menu that doesn’t vary from region to region and from culture to culture. Stuffing is highly…

Sporadically Patriotic Pasta Salad

Originally posted on Renard's World:
My husband detests Floria Tosca. Not the glorious music of Giacomo Puccini, but the lady herself, the main protagonist in the famous opera. Granted, jealous, self-centered, treacherous diva who, in the beginning, hysterically calls out to her lover, “Mario! Mario! Mario!” and at the end causes his death, is,…

Pickle Time!

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
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…