Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Passover Menu & Recipes

It’s been almost ten years since I first hosted Seder. By now I’ve got the planning and preparation down to a science.  One of the benefits of authoring a food blog is having a published list of what I’ve served from year to year to refer back to when it comes time to plan for the holidays. My Passover menu from two years ago is posted here.
The menu doesn’t change too much. That’s the thing about tradition. You can always count on it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ditmas Kitchen & Cocktail

The 6th Borough Cocktail

Deep in the heart of Los Angeles, just south of Beverly Hills, at the intersection of Pico and Robertson Boulevards, more than a dozen kosher certified restaurants vie for dinners with menus ranging from Israeli falafel, shawarma, and hummus to sushi, sashimi and sake. There’s Mexican, Italian, French, Chinese, and a few blocks over, Thai. As of late December, Ditmas Kitchen and Cocktail is the newest restaurant to open its doors in the neighborhood offering Contemporary American Jewish cuisine.

Monday, March 10, 2014


If you are ever given the opportunity to taste a cherimoya, take it. Thought to be native to Central America, the fruit is rich in anti-cancer fighting properties.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Kosher Palate

I’d like to take the opportunity to step out of the confines of my L.A. kosher kitchen and introduce you to another L.A. kosher kitchen. On wheels. Friends, meet The Kosher Palate.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


For the past two weeks I’ve been cooking my way through, Balaboosta, Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love, by Chef Einat Admony. As the title suggests the recipes and accompanying memoirs emphasize the relationship between chef and guests.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Red Lentil Soup

Of the dozens of lentil soup recipes I’ve read, I always go back to this one, given to me by my mother in law.  The kids love it and they are the toughest and most honest critics I’ve ever crossed. Lentils contain protein, which make it a great hearty vegetarian dish.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Shabbat Salads

Last week I posted a full Shabbat menu with recipes and references but neglected to include the details regarding the first course salads. I confess, until now I’ve never measured what I put into the recipes and I didn’t want to give approximations. Our family eats these salads every Friday night and Saturday for lunch. The seven dishes in this post are the staples of our first course. Without them, it just wouldn’t feel like Shabbat.