Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

Tofu Chickpea Stir Fry

Ingredients: 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed 8 ounces firm tofu, pressed for 30 minutes 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/4 cup tahini 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 teaspoons honey To Make:  Stir […]

Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients: 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1/4 cup red onion, finely minced 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1 egg, lightly beaten Salt and pepper To Make:  In a bowl, lightly mash the beans (think half mash, half beans). Then mix in the onion, garlic, […]

Baked Stuffed Artichoke

Ingredients: 2 artichokes 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped Salt and pepper To Make: Preheat oven to 400. Prepare the artichokes. Peel off the bottom few layers of leaves, cut the tops off the artichokes, cut in half, scoop out the […]

Ratatouille Made Easy

Ingredients: 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced 1 red, 1 green, and 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 2 eggplant, cut into approx. 1/2 inch cubes 2 zucchini, cut into approx. 1/2 inch cubes 2 pounds tomatoes, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil […]

Portobello “Burgers”

Ingredients: 4 large Portobello mushroom caps 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons spicy mustard 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise Salt and pepper 4 rolls, toasted Lettuce, tomato, and red onion, sliced To Make: In a shallow dish combine the olive oil, vinegar, and mustard. Add a teaspoon each of […]

Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart

Ingredients: 2 sheets puff pastry, defrosted 1 large tomato, thickly sliced 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 tablespoons white wine 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 ounces goat cheese 4 ounces fresh grated Parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped To Make: Preheat oven to 425. Cut two 6-inch […]