Meditations on Moving House, Procrastination and Planning for Success

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After nearly 3 years and 5 apartments, we have navigated the unknown waters of the local real estate market and found our home here in Zichron Yaakov, Israeli wine country. On Thursday we completed the process (don't ask) and received the keys. So now the fun really begins. Earlier this year I wrote about our … Continue reading Meditations on Moving House, Procrastination and Planning for Success

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Japanese (Rationing) Fruit Cake

This is my favorite fruitcake, from a recipe handed down by my Bubbe Leah (Levy) Weisenfeld (z”l). This cake was a staple in our house when I was growing up. It was many years before I learned that there is nothing Japanese about the cake at all - the name came from the fact that the … Continue reading Japanese (Rationing) Fruit Cake

Black-Eyed Pea Salad aka Aaron’s Appetizer

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Black-eyed peas for New Years are a multicultural phenomenon, eaten to usher in the new year, as a symbol of luck, prosperity, and/or in association with other milestone events, including Emancipation of African-American slaves in January 1963. There is no reason to wait for the holidays to make this delicious black-eyed pea salad as an easy summer salad or nutritious add-on for your Buddha bowls.

Alternative (Vegetable) Piecrust

As an alternative piecrust for vegetable pies/quiches, I have been experimenting with gluten-free, vegan and lower-carb substitutions for the traditional wheat-based crust. In the past, I have used shredded potatoes seasoned with onion or shallot and garlic for a Passover-friendly pie crust, and so I thought I would try using different vegetables for a lower-carb alternative crust.

Leek-Mushroom vs. Spinach-Feta (Pie)

The back story: Last month we started to receive weekly produce boxes from the organic farm that delivers to our neighborhood here in Zichron Yaakov. We do go through a surprising amount of fresh fruits and vegetables and so I was hopeful that the organic produce boxes would work out - I really love the … Continue reading Leek-Mushroom vs. Spinach-Feta (Pie)

Tossed Salad (American Salad)

American Tossed Salad may include lettuces, carrots, cucumbers and red peppers; the possibilities are limited only by your imagination Salad is an amazing source of the Prebiotics that your body needs every day. This is an easy recipe that anyone should be able to make at home and that will be a colorful and delicious … Continue reading Tossed Salad (American Salad)

Meditations on Moving House, Finding Community & the Sellers Market

Yes, we are in our fifth apartment after our second move to Zichron Yaacov. Our first landing here in October 2018 was like a warm bath, and we had looked forward to returning after our sojourn in Jerusalem. Yes, now that we are here and looking in earnest, the market has turned. Earlier predictions of … Continue reading Meditations on Moving House, Finding Community & the Sellers Market