Fabulous Hamantashen

 These delightful triangle shaped filled goodies are cookie-like with a filling of jam or prune or even chocolate.  We eat hamantashen traditionally for the festival of Purim in March, which recounts the story of the heroic Queen Esther Continue reading

Ava Frescas con Anjinaras or Fava Beans with Artichokes

Last week while I was doing my early Wednesday morning walk through the famed Santa Monica Farmers Market, I spotted something new for sale.  On several vendors’ tables, there were mounds of large, verdant green, puffy, yet crooked beans.  In a word fresh fava beans had arrived for early spring.  I have a memory in my head of a prized dish Continue reading

Weekday Lentil Soup

Lentils are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet used as part of a complete protein in vegetarian diets or used as a low calorie, vitamin and fibre rich part of any diet.  There are many different colors of lentils,  with different cooking times and textures.  Lentils are a staple in the Middle and Near East and India, while cooked in some European countries also.  They can be paired Continue reading

Cheese and Potato Borekas

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Consumed in great quantities, loved by all, the flaky dough and flavorful fillings beckon you to eat yet another one, the irresistible Boreka.  Borekas are usually a savory but occasionally sweet filled turnover.  There are many kinds of dough and infinite variety of fillings.  Various versions can be found in Turkey, in Israel and throughout the Middle East.Sephardic Jews or broadly speaking those with Spanish origins, from Turkey and the Greek Island of Rhodes traditionally eat Continue reading

Seattle Blackberry Crisp

 While growing up in Seattle, I developed a passion for blackberries and raspberries.  Blackberries grew plentifully on every vacant lot and on every little untended strip of soil all over the city.  On late summer afternoons, we would put on old clothes Continue reading

Lasagna per Cousin Paula

Once in a while, a big baking dish of lasagna, smelling of cheese and tomatoes, crispy edges of lasagna noodles sticking up in the corners, Continue reading

Boreka Video

Take a look at my first attempt at a food instruction video.  It is a funny, but instructonal video showing how to make cheese borekas.  Enjoy.