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Balaboosta Borscht

Recipe by Michele Amira

<em>Balaboosta Borscht</em>

My entire family is obsessed with red borscht—the kind that looks almost radioactive in color and conjures up memories of Mother Russia. That’s why I’m here to make a case for borscht this summer. Although it doesn’t get as much hype, this cold beet soup is just as refreshing as its hip Spanish cousin gazpacho

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Fish Fillets with Shiitake and Bamboo Shoots

Recipe by Annabel Epstein

Fish Fillets with Shiitake and Bamboo Shoots

Recipe courtesy of Yuki Turk, a member of the Tokyo JCC. This is Yuki Turk’s grandmother’s recipe. According to Turk, she’s very good at cooking fish, and this is one of her best. Since fish is a popular dish to serve on Shabbat, this is a Japanese spin on a classic Shabbat meal.

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Eggplant “Meatball” Banh Mi Vietnamese Sandwich

Recipe by Pat Tanumihardja

Eggplant “Meatball” <em>Banh Mi</em> Vietnamese Sandwich

The Vietnamese banh mi sandwich has taken the culinary world by storm. This eggplant “meatball” version is a refreshing change from the usual banh mi filled with meat pâté or pork. The extras—sriracha mayo, pickles, veggies and herbs—are just as important as the filling, creating a unique sandwich that’s fun, flavorful, crunchy and fresh-tasting. Did

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Spicy Fried Okra

Recipe by Pat Tanumihardja

Spicy Fried Okra

Infamous for its slimy texture, okra is far from everyone’s favorite vegetable, but this dish just might convert you. Buy okra pods that are evenly green and about 3- to 4-inches (5 to 10 cm) long; avoid pods that look shriveled or are soft when squeezed.

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Homemade Roasted Chili Paste

Recipe by Pat Tanumihardja

Homemade Roasted Chili Paste

This dark, flavorful chili sauce is a wonderful accompaniment to many Southeast Asian dishes. Unsurprisingly, each cuisine has its variations—Indonesian cooks like my mom would add tomatoes and/or red bell peppers. Thai cooks may or may not add sugar. The classic version usually contains shrimp paste. You can choose whether or not to fry the

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Strawberry Lemon Balm Popsicles

Recipe by Tanya Tolchin

Strawberry Lemon Balm Popsicles

Popsicles are almost synonymous with summer. I recently treated my kids (read: myself) to a new set of colorful silicone popsicle molds. They create the push-up-style popsicle, and I like that they are not made of plastic. Popsicles are super easy to personalize with endless variations. We have made a few batches using our own

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Israeli Salad

Recipe by Chef Rossi

Israeli Salad

From Michele Amira: Much like Chef Rossi’s Israeli salad, she is bold, raw and full of flavor. Chef Rossi (yes, she only has one name) has been the food writer of the “Eat Me” column for Bust magazine since 1998, hosts her own hit radio show on WOMR and WFMR in Cape Cod called “Bite This,”

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Stovetop Flatbread

Recipe by Efrat Petel, Shirley Ben-David and Ofrit Barnea

Stovetop Flatbread

Love bread, but looking for a more wholesome option? We’re right there with you. This recipe calls for spelt, one of the ancient grains mentioned in the bible. Nutritionally, spelt far surpasses wheat. A low-glycemic grain that’s high in soluble fiber, spelt is easy to digest and makes you feel full. It is also rich

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