Jun 212008
 

[Translate] Being away for most of May didn’t give me a lot of time to decide what to make for Shavuot this year. I decided to keep it simple and not over do it. My menu was: Salad of baby mixed greens with nectarines Trout stuffed with dried apricots and pistachios Mashed potatoes with basil Steamed broccoli All of the dishes were delicious. I have to admit the trout dish really caught my eye because of the unusual stuffing. I would have never have thought that apricot and pistachios should be stuffed inside of any fish, but it really married well with the trout. The sour apricots and the crunch of the pistachios lent such Click here to continue reading this post

Mar 272008
 

[Translate] I am busy deciding what to prepare for the main dish and dessert for Passover, since most of the other items on the menu are the expected traditional fare. I am considering the following: Roasted Poussins with Pomegranate Sauce Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Spiced Pinenuts (from my friend Chef Farid Zadi) Patatine e Carciofi Arrosto (Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes) Torta del Re Nottingham Nut Cake Lemon, Creme Fraiche and Chestnut Cake (for a dairy meal) Damp Apple and Almond Cake Castagnaccio For more ideas, click here. I will post my menu in a couple of weeks.

Dec 292007
 

[Translate] My 95-year-old Grandmother has not been well lately passed away Saturday 29 December in the USA, which had me thinking of all of the wonderful times we had cooking together. I owe a lot of my cooking skills to her. She encouraged me to take cooking lessons and taught me how to make all of the family holiday recipes. During December, we always baked all of the special goodies for family near and far. Family would always come to visit during the Christmas vacation, and even though we did not celebrate Christmas, we always had special goodies around, such as her chocolate cake, 1-2-3-4 cake, her amazing butter cookies, Rose’s apricot tarts, and her Click here to continue reading this post

Apr 072007
 

[Translate] I tend to do a lot of research when planning a trip. I always buy a guidebook and look for interesting places to visit on the internet. I spent weeks collecting information for our trip to Provence, including printing out maps on the Michelin website. It was quite helpful and we used those maps for our various day trips that we made. One of those places that I insisted on visiting was the village of Villeneuve-Loubet, because it is the childhood home of Auguste Escoffier and his birth home contains the Musee de l’Art Culinaire, or Museum of Culinary Art. This museum is dedicated to Auguste Escoffier, “King of Chefs and Chef to Kings”, Click here to continue reading this post

Mar 182007
 

[Translate] These are the words of an email that I read in shock last April. I received an email via JewishGen from a man from my paternal great-grandmother’s hometown, Giershagen, Hochsauerland, Nord Rhein-Westphalia, Germany. He asked if he could be of assistance and I wrote him back. We exchanged a few emails and after I explained who I was and which relative lived in Giershagen he proceeded to tell me that my great-great-grandfather’s house and the synagogue that he attended are still standing. I cried. I lived in Germany for two-half years, rather close to Giershagen and never went there. Okay, I was young and stupid. Since my job takes me to Germany every 3-4 Click here to continue reading this post

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