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Homemade Burger Buns

Prep time: 30 mins + 1½ hours rising
Cook time: 25 mins (for 12 buns)
Yield: 8 large buns or 12–20 buns for sliders

The burger bun is traditionally an enriched brioche-like bread. A product of the American melting…

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Breakfast Muesli with Fresh Blueberries

Prep time: 5 mins + overnight refrigeration
Cook time: None
Yield: 4 servings

In our house we eat a lot of yogurt. My children love Stonyfield Banilla (banana…

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Homemade Marzipan

Prep time: 5-10 mins
Cook time: None
Yield: 12-15 servings

In Balkan homes, especially Bulgarian ones, homemade marzipan, which is softer and meltier than the…

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Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Yield: 4 servings

It is very possible that our Jewish and African ancestors ate okra thousands of years ago, as it…

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Cooked Eggplant, Tomato and Pepper Salad

Prep time: 10-15 mins
Cook time: 35-45 mins
Yield: 8 servings

The three stars of Balkan cuisine—eggplant, tomatoes and peppers—form a fantastic stew-y salad together. When my mom makes…

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Turkistan Pilavi (Rice Pilaf with Carrots, Raisins and Pine Nuts)

Prep time: 10-15 mins
Cook time: 40-45 mins
Yield: 6 servings

I usually make this pilaf during the high holidays because it is particularly impressive and decadent. The rice is…

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Classic Manhattan

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: None
Yield: 1 cocktail

If you’re a purist and use bitters for your cocktails only, I love to use the classic Manhattan…

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Savory Herbed Potato Salad

Prep time: 15-20 mins + refrigeration
Cook time: 15-25 mins
Yield: 8-10 servings

This is my go-to summer potato salad. It has no mayonnaise, which makes it a little less scary…

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Egg-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Prep time: 15 mins (could take longer if preparing with kids!)
Cook time: 13 mins + 10 mins cooling
Yield: 12 medium-large cookies

Making cookies with your children is a wonderful way to introduce them to the kitchen. I prefer not to…

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Live-Culture Sour (or Half-Sour) Dill Pickles

Prep time: 2–10 days
Cook time: None
Yield: 1 quart jar

Lacto-fermentation is the artisanal method of harnessing live cultures of microorganisms to create lactic acid, a natural preservative.…

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Beshallach Challah

Prep time: 30-45 mins + rising
Cook time: 45 mins
Yield: 2 challot

This is the challah I made on my blog for Beshallach, the weekly Torah portion that…

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Roasted Fennel

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Yield: 6 servings as a side

Roasting fennel brings out the sweetness of the vegetable and mellows the anise flavor. It is great served…