Practicing Radical Acceptance: 5 Minutes at a Time

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Radical Acceptance aims at removing the judgment from things in our lives that are not working, to make it easier to accept painful realities. The bottom line is that only by accepting the reality as it is and not as we wish it to be can we reduce suffering and to find peace.

Meditations on Moving House, Procrastination and Planning for Success

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

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

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.

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.

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)