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Former Suns star launches new Israeli line of Passover wine

Former Phoenix Suns star star Amar’e Stoudemire effused over his new line of kosher-for-Passover wines, grown and produced in Israel.

Wednesday 02/21/2018
How to use the leftover stuff from your Super Bowl party
Posted: February 21, 2018

Like football fans the world over, we provisioned generously for Super Bowl Sunday. As a result, we have a surplus of things that we normally do not overstock, including a glut of beer, several slabs of cheddar cheese and a large jar of mustard.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
A toast to toast
Posted: February 07, 2018

While toast might be the most commonly prepared food, it can be tricky.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
Israel’s wine industry grows better with age
Posted: January 24, 2018

Israeli winemakers say that, just like the beverage they produce, their industry is growing better with age.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
How to enjoy winter produce
Posted: January 17, 2018

As the January doldrums arrive, we crave hearty, warming meals. Soups roasts and stews abound, but these heavy dishes can make us feel sluggish and want to hibernate even more. I’m all for warming from within, but don’t forget the veggies.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Afternoon tea: elegant yet easy
Posted: January 10, 2018

There is nothing cozier than inviting friends for afternoon tea. It’s a stylish way to host book clubs, bridal showers and people who like chatting. Admittedly, tea rituals are more popular with women than with men.

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
One-dish meal
Posted: January 03, 2018

Chili is a true one-dish meal. It contains protein, vegetables, fiber and loads of flavor. But even the most Spartan of us likes a little variety on the table. With that in mind, I offer the following suggested accompaniments to a steaming bowl of chili:

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Chili, three ways
Posted: January 03, 2018

As Old Man Winter moves in for the next few months, I’ll be on the lookout for simple ways to stay warm. Chili in most any form does the trick.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
Spotlight on cheese: beyond the cracker
Posted: December 27, 2017

Everyone loves a cheese plate.

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Wednesday 12/27/2017
Toasting the New Year with kosher wine
Posted: December 27, 2017

When people think of a fancy evening party, they might picture a fine bottle of wine, but it probably isn't kosher.

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Wednesday 12/20/2017
Belly up to the (cookie) bar
Posted: December 20, 2017

As the baking season is upon us, I am attempting to streamline my recipes and techniques. This year, I have discovered the bar cookie.

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
Ricotta cheese adds a new twist on latkes
Posted: December 13, 2017

By the middle of Chanukah’s eight days, I’ve made traditional potato latkes at least twice, so I’m looking to stretch my imagination and the latke’s potential.

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Wednesday 12/06/2017
Traditional Israeli dishes: healthy, versatile, flavorful
Posted: December 06, 2017

When restaurateurs in the U.S. want to serve an authentic Israeli hummusiya, they go to Israeli chef and restaurateur Micha Moskovich.

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Wednesday 11/29/2017
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Latkes
Posted: November 29, 2017

Enjoy this twist on a traditional Chanukah dish.

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
Ginger-rific flavors for fall
Posted: November 22, 2017

I’ve been playing around a lot with ginger these days. This spicy root gives an energetic kick to food and has many health-giving properties besides.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Leftover turkey: beyond the sandwich
Posted: November 15, 2017

Following the Thanksgiving feast, many hosts will likely be left with a glut of turkey.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Ricotta cheese: super ingredient
Posted: November 01, 2017

I recently found myself holding a surplus of ricotta cheese in the fridge. My daughter had come home for fall break and requested a laundry list of local and homemade foods that she had been missing over the last six weeks.

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
Master of the chefs: the kosher culinary world’s unsung hero
Posted: October 25, 2017

Do you recall what you were eating in kosher restaurants 10 years ago? Had you tried sous-vide dishes? Homemade sausage? Fresh, cured gravlax made with only salt, sugar, peppercorns and dill? Shaved black truffles on fresh pasta, tossed with roasted porcini mushrooms? Fried chicken so crisp and tender that you’d almost swear it was soaked in buttermilk?

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In the Kitchen
Posted: October 25, 2017

I’ve never been one to celebrate Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival held every fall in Munich and many other places around the world. But my husband and son went apple picking in early October and afterward visited a brew pub. In addition to enjoying a swell lunch, they brought home a bunch of interesting beers.

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
An apple (or 10) a day keep the doldrums away
Posted: October 18, 2017

My husband and son recently reprised an annual fall ritual: apple-picking.

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Wednesday 10/04/2017
Brining: A quick way to flavor and tenderize the humble chicken breast
Posted: October 04, 2017

At dinner with friends one night, I was shocked when one of the foodies at the table ordered chicken.

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Wednesday 09/27/2017
Table settings, inventive game enliven festive gatherings
Posted: September 27, 2017

Food is always my focus when it comes to planning a get-together, and the holidays amplify that emphasis.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Local residents advocate vegan diet, Vegan Challenge
Posted: September 20, 2017

When Valley resident Helen Jaffa had open-heart surgery for an aortic aneurysm nine years ago, she knew she needed to do something big to improve her health. After years of pestering from her vegan daughter, Jaffa made the decision to go completely vegan, becoming part of a trend that’s on the rise.

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A Yom Kippur break-the-fast buffet
Posted: September 20, 2017

The general rule of a break-the-fast meal seems to be simple, relatively light and requiring minimal day-of preparation.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Simple meals for the grill
Posted: September 13, 2017

As fall fast approaches, we continue to enjoy time outdoors, and simpler, grilled meals are the order of the day. My family recently enjoyed a meal that was cooked 100 percent on the grill — even dessert — which meant minimal cleanup and no hot, steamy kitchen.

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Say hello to these unique Rosh Hashanah drinks
Posted: September 13, 2017

Tradition dictates a glass of champagne on the secular New Year. But what can give you a nice buzz to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

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Wednesday 08/23/2017
Giving the humble Rosh Hashanah staple gefilte fish its due
Posted: August 23, 2017

The first course of the Rosh Hashanah holiday meal is often fish. Fish is symbolic of fruitfulness — “may we be fruitful and multiply like fish.” Fish is also a symbol of immortality, a good theme for the New Year.

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Creating a kosher kitchen just in time for High Holidays
Posted: August 23, 2017

In today’s world, keeping kosher and maintaining a kosher kitchen can be quite a challenge. That’s partly because our relationship with food has become increasingly complex through generations. We now have access to more sources of food than ever before, and more technology and tools to cook that food. Ingredients come from all over the world — a simple plate of lasagna might have meat from South America, tomatoes from California and spices from Southeast Asia. The diversity of options can be dizzying.

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Wednesday 08/16/2017
Four great ways to get connected and engaged with your community
Posted: August 16, 2017

Social interaction is part of being a happy, healthy human being. But all too often, we get caught up with family and work. We forget to go outside and get connected to our neighbors.

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Wednesday 07/26/2017
A surprising recipe for the nine days
Posted: July 26, 2017

As we near the end of the nine-day period leading up to Tisha B’Av, when it’s customary for Jews to refrain from eating meat, keeping dinners interesting, delicious and nutritious can be challenging.

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Wednesday 07/19/2017
Inspiration for healthy meals
Posted: July 19, 2017

Each week, North Scottsdale Organics delivers a different variety of certified organic fruits and vegetables, which offers an opportunity to try new recipes. Here is one example from its website, northscottsdaleorganics.com.

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The J makes eating organic foods easier
Posted: July 19, 2017

Eating healthy often involves a strong dose of organic produce, and the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (The J) is making it easier for the area Jewish community to access such food offerings.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Cool treats for a hot summer
Posted: June 28, 2017

As temperatures continue to rise, there is nothing like a cold treat to keep the heat at bay. As we approach the long Fourth of July weekend, I’d like to share a few recipes that are healthy and easy to make, while being deliciously cool!

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Wednesday 06/21/2017
Recipe: Scallion pancakes, a popular street food in Shanghai
Posted: June 21, 2017

These tasty pancakes are often cut into triangles and dipped into sauce. Allow yourself a bit of prep time as it takes some muscle to roll them.

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