Like so many around the world, the brutal assault on Ukraine by Vladimir Putin has been on my mind a lot lately. For me and my family, one of the effects of the conversation about Ukraine has been to think about our own connection to this country, which, like it is for many Ashkenazi Jews, …


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Gramma Betty

This past January, my 97 year old grandmother passed away. On one hand, when very elderly people pass away, it is never a huge surprise, and we have time to prepare ourselves mentally. On the other hand, when someone who has been a presence on Planet Earth for nearly 100 years disappears, it is so … Continue reading Gramma Betty

Chana Masala

The first time I ever tasted Indian food was when I was probably 12 or 13 and working at a soup kitchen for the afternoon. A restaurant in Pittsburgh called Star of India was providing the food that day, and one the dishes was a chickpea curry. I remember that many of the recipients turned … Continue reading Chana Masala

Quick Veggie Burger

In honor of Memorial Day, I’d like to post a simple vegetarian burger recipe. The recipe is an adaptation of a vegetarian meatball recipe I’ve seen circulating around the web, and that I’ve enjoyed making over the last few years. I have made more complicated veggie burgers that are also delicious, but this has got … Continue reading Quick Veggie Burger

Roasted Sweet potato and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

Lately I have a newfound passion for tahini, that luscious sesame butter that is used across the Middle East.  In the US we mainly think of it as an ingredient in hummus, but after listening to an episode of the podcast Unorthodox which you can find here, I was inspired to expand my tahini … Continue reading Roasted Sweet potato and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing