Baking with strawberries

While strawberries are the essence of summer, they are as fleeting as the season. Once you buy strawberries, you must consume them in a couple of days or they turn from crisp, plump ruby berries to soft, withered, watery specimens. But there are ways to prolong the lifespan of strawberries. Before buying them, examine the… Read More

Can good barbecue be kosher? You be the judge

PHILADELPHIA — A Styrofoam box full of smoked brisket is being eyed by a line of people. To the uninitiated, it looks like a to-go box. But to the 26 participants of the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) certified judging class, it adds up to an abundance of questions, concerns and critiques. In typical Jewish… Read More

Dropping acid (from your diet)

We had a recent dinner guest who, after confirming his arrival time, advised us that he is on a low-acid/high-alkaline diet. This diet gained some popularity when Victoria Beckham tweeted about it a few years back as a health and weight-control program. It has spread to help those suffering from reflux and associated stomach woes,… Read More

Slow cookers: For cholent and much more Food

Enter a house where a slow cooker is infusing the air with tantalizing aromas and you’ll understand immediately why the Crock-Pot has been a staple in American homes for more than 40 years. Cooks love this appliance because they can prepare the evening meal after breakfast and not lift a finger until dinner. Slow cookers… Read More

Bread: the staff of life

Bread has been a food staple for thousands of years in one form or another, so I am perpetually stunned by people who say, “I don’t eat bread.” Life is too short to deny such a simple pleasure. Whether for weight control, health reasons or staying on trend, people seem to avoid bread — or… Read More

Rosh Hashanah via the deep freeze

Here is my post-Labor Day routine: I start madly cooking for the holidays while scrambling to catch up with everything that lapsed during the summer. But erev Rosh Hashanah falls on Oct. 2 this year. This allows me, and everyone else who is hosting Jewish New Year meals, a month to get organized. While I’m… Read More