Leonardo Was a Blog-aholic (Sweet Potato and Spinach Bisque)

No, not Leonardo di Caprio; the real Leonardo, born in the little Italian village Vinci, the Renaissance Man. Since Internet did not exist, and neither did the blogosphere, he wrote – a lot, and on a multitude of subjects, including food. Had he thought of inventing it, together with a bicycle and a helicopter, he…

Pumpkin Spinach Soup

I have heard from lovely Carol who runs a great blog with a funky name Retired? No one told me! that October is a Pumpkin month; she also asked me to share my pumpkin soup recipe. I am repeating my old post, with two changes: the first one is in INGREDIENTS, and the second in…

Kugel: Where East Met West

At first, Jews had it good in the Roman-administered land which is now France. Having lost their own homeland, they have dispersed throughout immense Roman Empire, settling mostly along trade routes. Even though they were still not allowed to own land, nor practice law or hold any administrative positions (restrictions are nothing new to us!),…

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…

When Two Plusses Equal a Minus

A while ago, we had a chance to visit with my cousin and his wife in New Jersey and take them to dinner at a lovely Kosher Italian restaurant. Imagine my surprise, when my cousin Leo, normally a healthy eater with a robust appetite, had only a few leaves of lettuce (no dressing), and a…

Only Good Words for Savory Cupcakes

In a wonderful Russian play of the 60’s about love, kindness, and caring, there was a line that bothered me: “Even a cat appreciates a good word.” I could never understand the word “even” in this phrase – why “even a cat”? What about dogs? Birds? People, after all? My grandmother, may she rest in…

Florentine Omelette for an Unlucky Queen

I hope you had a hot breakfast this morning, Beautiful People, as https://foodimentary.com informs us that February is a National Hot Breakfast Month. If you didn’t, you can start by making this delicious royal breakfast for lunch! What an unlucky queen Mary Stuart was! Having lost her father when she was only six days old,…

Pumpkin Boats

Since https://foodimentary.com/october-holidays informs me that today is a National Pumpkin Day, I am repeating one of our favorite pumpkin recipes. Enjoy, Beautiful People! Every day, around five in the afternoon, there is a traffic jam on the bridge (AKA causeway) connecting Miami Beach to the mainland. Locals are used to it, we explain to worried guests,…

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 Inevitability of Change: Sambar.

This story starts with a song so well known around the world that even Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon’s first wife, made a recording of it. Very few people know, however, that it was written in 1926 for a famous Russian emigre artist Alexander Vertinsky, “the Black Pierrot,” as his stage persona was known, a melancholy…

Only Good Words for Savory Cupcakes

In a wonderful Russian play of the 60’s about love, kindness, and caring, there was a line that bothered me: “Even a cat appreciates a good word.” I could never understand the word “even” in this phrase  – why “even a cat”? What about dogs? Birds? People, after all? My grandmother, may she rest in…