Happy New Dishes

Happy New Dishes

Happy New Dishes Every year my mother reminds us of the rules that she learned at the table with her grandfather Yosef Chai—that we wear white, that we greet each other cheerfully and that we be especially careful not to break anything. Photos by Alexandra Gomperts Every Rosh Hashanah, my mother, my daughters and I…

Tomatoes: A Summer Romance

Tomatoes: A Summer Romance

Tomatoes: A Summer Romance We can’t imagine anything more perfect than tomatoes to eat on these hot summer days, so we thought we’d share our all time best tomato salad recipes. Fresh, juicy, grassy, aromatic tomatoes are abundant and at their peak right now. So many different varieties—Roma, plum, heirloom. So many different colors—red, yellow,…

Hurry and Make Some Curry

Hurry and Make Some Curry

The spices that are featured in this Thai vegetable curry—turmeric, cumin, paprika, cinnamon and ginger—are common to the Sephardic kitchen. This is just that recipe that we go back to time after time, year after year. This is just that recipe that doesn’t require a lot of thinking. This is that recipe that is a…

The Earthy Delights of Figs

The Earthy Delights of Figs

Fresh figs are a deliciously romantic addition to desserts, cheese boards, tarts and salads. Lovely and luscious, figs are one of those ephemeral delights of the summer, only in season from June to October. With their dark and dusky, soft velvety skin, their honey-sweet, berry-flavored, silky pink flesh filled with tiny seeds, their syrupy nectar…

A New Beef In Town

A New Beef In Town

We Jews love our brisket. But there are some amazing butchers that provide the kosher consumer with cuts of meat from the rear half of the cow. Can there be a Jewish holy day or Friday night dinner without a brisket? It’s the quintessential cut of meat that’s great for a crowd, perfect for leaving…

Potato Kubbah Days

Potato Kubbah Days

Kubbah is the crowning glory of Iraqi cuisine and there are many different kinds. There were days when she’d take my brother Rafi and I for a swim in the crystalline blue waves of Bondi Beach. Afterwards, she would buy us Heart ice creams, crispy chocolate coated vanilla ice cream popsicles in the shape of,…

Mystical Mikvah: Old Traditions for New Beginnings

Mystical Mikvah: Old Traditions for New Beginnings

Every community has different traditions surrounding the Mikvah, but I really loved this Syrian Mikvah ceremony because it included everyone. On the morning of my son Sam’s wedding in Cancun, all the female guests woke up bright and early and dressed in white to accompany Estrella, his beautiful bride to the mikvah.  We drove away…

The Strength of Symbolism: Lamb Shanks with Apricots and Prunes

The Strength of Symbolism: Lamb Shanks with Apricots and Prunes

Passover is often referred to as Hag HaMatzot (the feast of unleavened bread) and matzo, the bread of affliction, is definitely the star of this holiday. The prohibition against eating chametz has us cleaning our homes and ridding our kitchens of anything and everything that contains grain, from alcohol to vinegar, from cereal to cakes,…

Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil Soup

One of the greatest treasures I possessed as a child was a brightly colored book called Bible Stories for Jewish children. It faithfully recounted every Parsha of the five Books of Moses. And I faithfully read each story from the Torah over and over. The illustrations by Laszlo Matulay were captivating and distilled the essence…

Spanish Saffron Arroz Con Pollo

Rachel’s Family Arroz Con Pollo Recipe 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided1 3 1/2-4lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces1 large onion, diced2 garlic cloves, finely diced1 cup finely sliced celery2 medium carrots, diced1 medium zucchini, diced1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced1 cup long grain rice, rinsed and drained1 1/2 cups saffron water (or 1 teaspoon…