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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.

Butternut Squash and Corn Soup

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Butternut Squash and Corn Soup

I am starting my Thanksgiving preparations with soups because they can be frozen and easily resurrected. I always make mushroom-barley soup plus another soup. Our neighbor showed up with some excess butternut squash from his garden, and I couldn’t help but pause my cleaning and start cooking. The result was this hearty fall soup, which

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Naomi’s Chocolate Streusel Bars

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Naomi’s Chocolate Streusel Bars

This rich chocolate-y dessert often appears at family gatherings when my niece Naomi is in town. It will satisfy the most die-hard chocoholics and even those that aren’t. Now that Naomi is living in Israel, I thought I would try and pick up the slack. It seemed like the perfect ending for the Yom Kippur

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Basil-Marinated Corn on the Cob

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Basil-Marinated Corn on the Cob

It’s the end of the summer, and I am making the most of the last of the fresh summer crop. I have been overdosing on peas, tomatoes, okra and fresh sweet corn. This recipe is a great way to use up already steamed leftover corn. It makes a great cold dish and can be made

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Kale and Freekeh Salad

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Kale and Freekeh Salad

I made this salad when I had leftover freekeh and some kale in the refrigerator that I had to use. Freekeh has become one of my favorite new grains. It is a high-protein roasted green wheat product that cooks up like rice, has a nutty flavor and adds a chewy texture to any dish. This

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Grilled Chicken Salad

Recipe by Esther Schuster

Grilled Chicken Salad

I have been on a chicken salad kick this year. I love reinventing leftovers, and chicken salad is an easy transformation. My Passover chicken soup chicken got transformed into tarragon chicken salad with toasted slivered almonds, and my leftover Shabbat grilled chicken was calling to me to try some new chicken salad flavors. With my

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