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Lemon Artichoke Risotto

Lemon Artichoke Risotto

Based on: Cancer Diet for the Newly Diagnosed 4 cups vegetable broth1 cup hot water with a big pinch of saffron4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,divided1 14oz can artichoke hearts, drainedand cut into quarters1 large leek, trimmed and thinly sliced8 asparagus stalks, cut into one inchpieces1 ½ cups arborio rice1 teaspoon kosher saltFreshly ground black …

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Lemon Artichoke Risotto

The Incredible Essence of Mediterranean Flavor: Lemon Artichoke Risotto

There is nothing more Sephardic than rice. When Tamar Rothenberg left her book “Cancer Diet For The Newly Diagnosed” in my front courtyard, my son Ariel brought it into the house with a raised eyebrow. “What is this?” he asked with a touch of worry in his voice. “Just a beautiful  recipe book,” I reassured him.  …

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Burekas

Burekas

1 16oz package frozen large puff pastry squares or 2 sheets Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry2 large eggs2 cups crumbled fetaBlack and white sesame seeds for garnish Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a bowl, beat one egg and feta until smooth and well combined. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place puff …

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A Marvelous Moroccan Mimouna

Spiked Limonana

Serves 4 3/4 cup sugar2 cups water1 cup fresh lemon juice4 cups ice1 cup fresh mint leaves5 oz arak In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Place over medium heat and whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves. Set aside and let cool. In a blender, combine the sugar water, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves …

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The Tasty Comfort of Solda: A Passover Grand Finale

Solda/Sorda Recipe

6 cups chicken broth2 big pinches of saffron½ cup extra virgin olive oilSalt and pepper, to taste4 cups matzah, broken into silver dollar size pieces In a large pot, bring broth to a boil over medium heat, then lower heat. Add saffron, olive oil, salt and pepper, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove …

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The Tasty Comfort of Solda: A Passover Grand Finale

The Tasty Comfort of Solda: A Passover Grand Finale

For David Suissa’s mother, the last day of Pesach is the day she serves solda, an old-school Moroccan dish that transforms leftover matzah into comfort food. By the eighth day of Passover, most of us have grown weary of matzah. It is truly the unleavened bread of affliction (and indigestion). But for David Suissa’s mother, …

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Matzah Farfel Stuffed Cornish Hens With Roasted Baby Potatoes

Matzah Farfel Stuffed Cornish Hens With Roasted Baby Potatoes

Stuffing 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 medium onion, finely diced4 celery stalks, thinly sliced10 ounces mushrooms, sliced2 cups matzah farfel1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped1 teaspoon Himalayan salt1/2 teaspoon turmeric1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth or water2 eggs, beaten In a large frypan, warm oil over medium heat and add onions. Sauté for 3 to …

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A Passover Feast That Will Have You Stuffed

Whatever customs your family follows at the Seder, just know that you are creating moments of joy and pride and lasting memories From my earliest memories of the Passover Seder, the most dramatic and meaningful part was when my father would walk around the table carrying the ke’arat Ha’Haggadah. All of us would be singing Bib’hilu yatzanu …

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Herbaceous Green Sauce

1 bunch Italian parsley, washed and drained 1 bunch basil, washed and drained1 bunch cilantro, washed and drained1⁄2 cup mint leaves, washed and drained1⁄4 cup fresh dill, washed and drained 1 cup extra virgin olive oil3 garlic cloves1⁄2 cup lemon juice1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pepper1 jalapeño or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional1) Trim the …

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Stuffed Artichokes for Sukkot — The Sephardic Spice Girls Way

Stuffed Artichokes for Sukkot — The Sephardic Spice Girls Way This year we will celebrate Sukkot with our wonderful friends and family here in Los Angeles. We will bring the flavors of the Shuk into the kitchen. My son Ariel called me from Jerusalem this week. He told me that he and his wife Rachel …

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Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

Chocolate and Hazelnut Cake

7 eggs, separated1 cup sugar, divided in half1 3/4 cups ground hazelnuts8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped1 cup water2 tablespoons instant coffee granules1/2 cup avocado or safflower oil1 teaspoon vanilla1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Chocolate Glaze4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon oil1/4 cup water Garnish1/2 cup roasted hazelnutsFresh berries, washed and dried Preheat the oven …

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From Vienna, With Love: A Hazelnut and Chocolate Cake Too Good To Passover

Whenever I’m invited for a meal and I ask the hostess what she’d like me to bring, the answer is usually “Chocolate Torte, please!” Being the flower girl at the wedding of my mother’s younger sister Rebecca to Anthony was probably the most exciting night of my five-year-old life. I wore a long white dress …

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