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Mushroom Keftes de Prasa (Sephardic Leek Patties)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Mushroom <em>Keftes de Prasa</em> (Sephardic Leek Patties)

A traditional Sephardic Jewish dish, these leek patties are typical of the Balkans and Turkey.  They are eaten year round, but customarily served on Passover, when leeks are in season, and on Rosh Hashanah. Leeks (prasa in Turkish) are one of the ceremonial foods that are part of the traditional Yehi Ratzon seder on Rosh

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Tangy Turmeric Tomato Watermelon Salad

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Tangy Turmeric Tomato Watermelon Salad

Say farewell to summer with this bright and refreshing salad. Juicy watermelon and tomatoes get paired with crispy fried halloumi and a vibrant turmeric-infused oil. The sweetness of the melon complements the spiced oil and salty-creamy halloumi. Feel free to swap in another summer fruit like peaches or plums for a twist on this salad.

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Chunky Chickpea Salad

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Chunky Chickpea Salad

At least once a week, I mash chickpeas with some chopped herbs and a few glugs of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for this simple lunchtime salad, inspired by a chunky hummus that I ate at SoHo House in Berlin a few summers ago. Note: Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Cuban Yuca with Garlic Mojo Marinade

Recipe by Michele Amira

Cuban Yuca with Garlic Mojo Marinade

My godfather is Cuban, and he often makes yuca dishes, including my favorite Yuca with Garlic Mojo Marinade. It’s vegan, gluten-free, simple to make and a perfect Passover side dish. Heavy on olive oil and garlic, two staple ingredients in Sephardic cooking, it celebrates the diversity of the Jewish experience and the wandering Jew. Plus,

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Cauliflower Hummus

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Cauliflower Hummus

Hummus has become a staple in our diets and is perhaps one of the hardest foods to give up for Passover if you don’t eat beans. The versatile dip can be used in so many ways—a dip for veggies, spreads for sandwiches or matzah, stuffed into sweet potatoes and to thicken soups. Instead of giving

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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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Stuffed Mushrooms with Walnuts, Garlic and Parsley

Recipe by Julia Turshen

Stuffed Mushrooms with Walnuts, Garlic and Parsley

I started making these stuffed mushrooms as a Thanksgiving appetizer a few years ago when we had a few vegetarians at our table. I wanted to be able to offer them something rich and warm when they walked in. It turns out that everyone, not just vegetarians, love these. And they’re so simple. If you

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Mushroom-Walnut Pâté

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Mushroom-Walnut Pâté

Food waste is a major problem in many kitchens. I wanted to find a way to use the mushrooms and onions that I had leftover from making the Aromatic Mushroom Broth, without making a complicated recipe. This spread, or pâté, has a short ingredient list, but is packed with flavor!  Use it as a topping

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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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