Vegetarian Recipes

Braised Artichoke Hearts

December 5, 2011
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Artichokes are an essential Sephardic vegetable.  When I was a child, artichokes were only available in the spring.  Basically the California coast harvest period was from April to June, and then, you had to wait until next year. 

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Brown Rice Mejedra

November 30, 2011
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Mejedra, Majadra, or even Enjadra are various spellings for a Middle Eastern, Sephardic comfort food. Warm and earthy, the slightly sweet and toasty flavor of well done caramelized onions with rice containing lentils is very satisfying.  It is often eaten plain, as a side dish, or sometimes with yogurt for a quick lunch. 

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Persimmon Salad With Butter Lettuce

November 28, 2011
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Some years ago I had the pleasure of eating at a local restaurant here in Los Angeles called Table 8.  Although Table 8 has unfortunately since closed, Chef Govind Armstrong continues with a new restaurant.   One salad I enjoyed was with butter lettuce and persimmons. 

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Roasted Fall Root Vegetables

October 26, 2011
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Fall harvest colors of fiery orange, garnet, pale silver green, and creamy yellow tossed together with shiny jewel like grapes and velvety bits of fresh sage make a dish perfect for the season.  A combination of slightly sweet root vegetables roasted to caramel perfection is delicious served with a garlicky drizzle of balsamic syrup.

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Rodanchas with Kalavasa

September 19, 2011
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Hearing about an alternative to pumpkin borekas used to fulfill the simanim of squash for the Rosh Hashanah dinner blessings (Yehi Ratzones),  I endeavored to find a picture or recipe.  I have no memory of my mom or Nona making these.  I am not sure which Sephardic people made these or what towns they came […]

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