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Curried Chickpea Sambusak

A Classic of the Iraqi Kitchen: Curried Chickpea Sambusak

Imagine an Indian samosa but with meaty ground chickpeas and caramelized onion perfectly seasoned with cumin and curry powder surrounded by a fluffy, crispy dough. Many Shabbat afternoons of my childhood were spent at the Bondi apartment of my great uncle Nuri and his wife Auntie Tina. We were in Sydney, Australia but we may …

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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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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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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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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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Oh Brothers! A Heavenly Halvah Spumoni Sundae

When Brooklyn-born brothers Gary and Errol Winkler came to Southern California in 1973, they dreamed of bringing refreshing Coney Island-style Italian ices to the sunny West Coast. They opened several brick-and-mortar stores called Brothers Italian Ices Cafe. While the ices sold well, they found themselves devoting more and more of their time creating Italian ices …

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Sharon’s Ba’ba Tamar Recipe

A Date with a Purim Destiny and The Rolled Up Sweetness of Fijuelas

Ba’ba tamar are the best treat you’ve probably never had—a thin four inch round cookie made with a crispy, unsweetened dough and a soft, chewy date filling. “Sharon! Your grandmother’s cookies!!” was the excited direct message from our friend Ruth when she saw our Instagram post about the upcoming Sephardic Spice Girls Iraqi Master Bake …

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