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Esther Schuster

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Esther SchusterEsther Schuster (mom) is a recently retired social worker and the former executive director of Collat Jewish Family Services in Birmingham, AL. She now enjoys having time for grocery shopping and cooking in daylight hours, mahjong and other new pursuits. Esther thrives on throwing dinner parties for 40 + people, which “ain’t no thang” in Alabama. She is the mother of one daughter, three refrigerators and four freezers. Crucial in-stock food items for her include canned tomatoes, shelled walnuts and pine nuts, Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips (she has over 30 pounds in the laundry room freezer right now…seriously), EVOO, black beans and Jarlsberg cheese. She loves Costco and olives.

Fresh Fish in Browned Butter

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Fresh Fish in Browned Butter

I have been shopping, cooking and eating in multiple cycles since Thanksgiving. For a break from the heavy, labor-intensive meals, I go to the fresh fish market and buy the wildest freshest fish they have that day. I have made this recipe with a variety of different white fishes, and they all taste delicious. Throw

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Purple Hull Peas and Sweet Corn

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Purple Hull Peas and Sweet Corn

After picking, shelling, sifting and washing bushels of purple hull peas, I thought I would never want to see them again. The freezer was more than full of quart bags of shelled peas and corn cut off the cob. I had to do something! I put everything in a big pot and ended up with

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Savory Herbed Potato Salad

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Savory Herbed Potato Salad

This is my go-to summer potato salad. It has no mayonnaise, which makes it a little less scary to take on a summer picnic, and takes full advantage of all the herbs growing in our garden. It is very flavorful, and everyone seems to love it. Make it a day ahead of time, and it

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Shaina’s Smoked Cheddar Cheese Grits

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Shaina’s Smoked Cheddar Cheese Grits

These grits make a perfect accompaniment to a Shavuot or weeknight dairy dinner. They can be baked or reheated in a casserole topped with grated cheese when serving a crowd for brunch or dinner. They go well with fresh fish, a crustless quiche or a veggie omelet and a fresh green salad.

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