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Susan Barocas

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Susan BarocasSusan Barocas is passionate about family, friends, food and film. She helped launch the Jewish Food Experience® as its first project director following several years as director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Susan writes, teaches and talks about food as well as catering and organizing special events. She was honored to serve as the guest chef for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 White House Seders. When not in the kitchen, Susan writes and produces documentary film and consults with film festivals.

Eggplant Salad

Recipe by Susan Barocas

Eggplant Salad

This dish is also known as eggplant caviar, Ensalada de Berenjena a la Grega (the Ladino name for the Greek version) and Patlican Salatasi (in Turkish). I have found similar recipes for this garlicky dip or spread among Greek, Turkish and Israeli Jews. For me, it all started with my little (under five feet tall) Russian grandmother,

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Sephardic Almond Macaroons

Recipe by Susan Barocas

Sephardic Almond Macaroons

Macaroons are one of Passover’s go-to sweets, whether delicate puffs of unadulterated egg whites and sugar or chewy mounds of shredded coconut. These almond macaroons bake up more like a cookie with a slightly crisp outside and satisfying chewy texture. The combination of no flour and no leavening makes these cookies perfect for Passover, although

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Fesenjoon

Recipe by Susan Barocas

<em>Fesenjoon</em>

Recipe contributed by Ellie Ashoori. Fesenjoon (also known as fesenjan) is a staple at Persian Jewish simchas—weddings and engagement parties, b’nai mitzvot and brits. There are two reasons. First, turkey is considered a more luxurious and gamey meat in Iran, and second, walnuts have always been considered a more pricey and festive ingredient (as is pomegranate

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Vegetable Lasagna

Recipe by Susan Barocas

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna doesn’t need to be a time-consuming dish to prepare. In this recipe, store-bought sauce works well with no guilt as all the vegetables and cheese add lots of flavor. Slice or grate your own fresh veggies or buy them already prepped, but make sure they are sliced thinly so they will cook through. And

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