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Judith Rontal

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Judith RontalJudith Rontal hails from wintry Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she grew up in a family that always managed to eat dinner together. She’s continued that connection between food, family and culture in her blog, Aluminum Foiled Kitchen, and in her daily life in DC. When not in the kitchen working on a new recipe, you can find Judith sweating it out at yoga or on the Rock Creek Park trails. Follow her food adventures on Twitter and Instagram.

Za’atar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Recipe by Judith Rontal

<em>Za’atar</em> Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Forget the cinnamon and add some Mediterranean flair to your sweet potatoes this fall. Za’atar (available at Middle Eastern and kosher food markets, as well as online) is a blend of hyssop, salt and often oregano and sesame seeds that complements the sweet, earthy flavor of fall’s favorite potato. Serve these with your Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving meal or

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Quick Zucchini Pickles

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Quick Zucchini Pickles

Save your cucumbers for Israeli salad and turn your end-of-summer zucchini bounty into your winter pickle collection. While the classic dill pickle is always a favorite, you can pickle almost any vegetable or fruit with a simple brine. Once you master the basics, go ahead and try out different vinegars, spices and herbs. There are

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Vanilla Peach Preserves

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Vanilla Peach Preserves

It’s not a perfect summer unless you’ve had more than one shirt ruined by a fresh, juicy peach. While peaches may be making their way out of the markets, you can still enjoy their sweet flavor all year long by turning them into jam. With the magic of the slow cooker you can chop up

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Pickled Peaches

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Pickled Peaches

Get a head start on your holiday parties and make something that will add a burst of flavor to any spread. These pickled peaches are a great way to savor summer’s fresh fruit all year long. Serve them either sweet or savory—add to a cheeseboard, serve with roasted meats or veggies or enjoy with a

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Japanese Simmered Kabocha Squash

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Japanese Simmered Kabocha Squash

Tired of pumpkin spiced everything? Take a trip to Japan this year and add some new flavors to your favorite squash. Kabocha squash gets simmered with a light sweet dashi broth that adds an umami punch to kick off the fall harvest. Enjoy this dish warm or cold.

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Watermelon Rind Kimchi

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Watermelon Rind Kimchi

Watermelon is a summer staple, but you find yourself with lots of scraps after eating the juicy inside. Instead of throwing away your rinds, turn them into kimchi! While traditionally made with cabbage, the white part of the rind makes a delicious fruity side dish that has a hint of sweetness and big burst of

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