Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Potluck – #KosherKitchen – Eggplant Napoleon 2016 by Dolly Aizenman

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Welcome to the  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience. If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/ This…

Zucchini Caviar from Beyond the Sea

Tzar Ivan the Terrible was a cruel tyrant. Everybody knows that. And just like many things that “everybody knows” and thus nobody questions, the sobriquet “Terrible” should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we are in the middle of Pesach (Passover), I recommend Kosher for Passover Red Sea Salt. True, he did accidentally kill his son…

Success Factory

Your brain is busily working for you, manufacturing biochemicals called endorphins. Research has shown that those incredible little hormones infuse your blood stream and circulate through your entire body even when you act AS IF you were joyful, not only when you actually are happy. Think about it, says Rabbi Pliskin: your experience is totally imaginary, yet…

Magical Birds Lay Fish Eggs

Once upon the time there lived a magical bird called Phoenix, AKA the Firebird. If you believe the legends, it is still alive and hanging around somewhere because it self-immolates every 500 years and then rises from the ashes. A Phoenix named Fawkes, nurtured after every immolation by Professor Dumbledore (we do get the joke,…

Mangold Pasta – Feel Like a Roman

I like browsing through recipes online, especially Russian and Ukrainian ones where I sometimes derive comfort from finding old favorites and often learn something new. That’s how one day I came across Mangold Salad. It looked interesting, so I googled it – in English. According to Wikipedia, it was simply Swiss chard. Back to the…

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…

Tropical Appetizer and the Fruit of Love

A legend of true and undying love that emerges from the mango tree is found in old Sanskrit tradition.  Once upon the time, the daughter of the sun, Surya Bai, transformed herself into a golden lotus to evade persecution of an evil sorceress. The sorceress became angry when the King of the land fell in…

Marinated Baby Peppers

It seems that November is not only an all-around-pumpkin-obsession month, but also  a National Pepper Month. Before I get full swing into the pumpkin mode, I am repeating this deliciously festive recipe that will definitely enhance a holiday table. Enjoy! Marinated Baby Peppers

Rangoon Means End of Strife

Burma, remarked Rudyard Kipling, is “quite unlike any land you know about.” Even though today it is called Myanmar, and Yangon, AKA Rangoon, is no longer a capital city, albeit a hot tourist destination, it holds the distinction of being the oldest civilization in Indochina. Historians maintain that the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, also called the…

Exceedingly Flavorful Chaos – Baked Wontons

“Where are the hornless dragons which carry bears on their backs for sport? Where is the great serpent with nine heads and where is the Shu-Hu?” (Zhuangzi ca. 3rd-2nd centuries BCE). The dragon, it seems, is right here, but both Shu and Hu have gone visiting. Their host is none other than Mr Chaos, as Confucius…

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…