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.

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)

Cookbooks or Cooking?

I still remember my first, a special-issue centennial Gold Medal Flour cookbook available only by mail-order. This is the book that taught me how to bake bread and includes recipes for all of the great American classic cookies and cakes - essentially anything with flour. For those too young to remember the days before Amazon Prime … Continue reading Cookbooks or Cooking?

The Microbiome Diet ABCs: A is for Add Probiotics

This week I would like to go into a little more detail on naturally occurring Probiotics – an important element in your Microbiome Diet to promote great health in your Second Middle Age. As outlined in last week’s post on the Microbiome Diet, consumption of natural probiotics can support the immune system and fight inflammation … Continue reading The Microbiome Diet ABCs: A is for Add Probiotics

The Microbiome Diet

This entry provides a brief overview of the Microbiome and why the Microbiome Diet is important, including Microbiome ABCs. This is a favorite topic of mine; I have been a student of the microbiome and the potential for development of practical tools to advance human health for some time. More to the point, I have … Continue reading The Microbiome Diet

Your 2nd Middle Age: What are you doing for the next 20+ years of your life?

Do you remember that one kid in school who seemed preternaturally grown up, like a middle-aged adult? While life does not start in the middle for most of us, many people see their Middle Age years in retrospect as their most productive stage of life. This Middle Age is generally defined as the years between … Continue reading Your 2nd Middle Age: What are you doing for the next 20+ years of your life?