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Passover Wrap Up 2011

April 20, 2011
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Our house was filled with conversation, laughter, the Ah ha of revelation when someone tastes something sublime, or grasps some pearl of new knowledge.  We gathered in the family, kid’s friends, our friends to conduct a very traditional Seder. For weeks ahead I write lists, shop and shop and shop yet again. 

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Easy, Fresh Shabbat Dinner

February 11, 2011
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After our visits to the kosher shops on Pico Boulevard and the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, we drove out to the Desert and area of small towns about 2 hours (if no traffic) east of Los Angeles on Friday morning to spend Shabbat relaxing in the sun.  The Desert includes, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, […]

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Veal Chops With Chanterelle

December 26, 2010
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Wednesday’s Santa Monica Farm Market yielded some fantastic surprises to get my culinary juices flowing.  My finds included, rose fleshed, creamy textured,  fingerling potatoes; large sweet grape tomatoes, juicy limes, and best of all chanterelle mushrooms. The chanterelles only happen when the weather and humidity conditions are right in the fall and winter. How about […]

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The Eighth Night

December 9, 2010
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Dinner for the eighth night of Hanukah was just going to be the four of us. I was looking for inspiration.  I considered the many nights of heavy eating, what about some fish for a lighter take, then I thought about the few zucchinis still left in the refrigerator along with some squash.  I settled […]

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Grilled Family Dinner

October 15, 2010
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Last week, Wednesday as I contemplated the deluge of rain that descended on Los Angeles, I was inspired to create a dinner menu of strong and complimentary flavors.  The washed out, grey landscape needed a counter balance.  The week before, records were set in the low 100’s, temperature wise and this day was pouring and […]

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