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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.

Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Recipe by Judith Rontal

<em>Onigiri</em> (Japanese Rice Balls)

Put down the rolling pin and create a new kind of triangle to enjoy during Purim. Onigiri are Japanese triangle-shaped rice treats featuring hidden fillings. Keep it classic by sprinkling the rice with sesame seeds or furikake, or get creative with your fillings, for example filling with chicken or tuna to make it a meal.

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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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