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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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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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Everything-Bagel-and-Lox Dip with Bagel Chips

Recipe by Heather Bien

Everything-Bagel-and-Lox Dip with Bagel Chips

A few months ago, I was at a Restaurant Week dinner at one of those hip places that is known for taking those classic old-fashioned dishes that make up our culinary memories, deconstructing them and turning them completely upside down and inside out. On the menu was an appetizer that did just that: a deconstructed

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Tsukune “Matzah Ball” Soup

Recipe by Kristin Eriko Posner

<em>Tsukune</em> “Matzah Ball” Soup

When learning about reducing kitchen waste a few years ago, I read the book Waste Free Kitchen Handbook. There is a suggestion to keep food scraps like chicken bones, onion ends, carrot, turnip, celery and other vegetable peels and scraps in a bag in the freezer. When the bag fills up, you simply toss everything

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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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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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Peperoni Ripieni (Stuffed Peppers with Eggplant)

Recipe by Marcia Friedman

<em>Peperoni Ripieni</em> (Stuffed Peppers with Eggplant)

A beautiful package of Italian garden flavors, these peppers feature a smooth basil-spiked eggplant filling elegantly draped with melty, creamy cheese and a bite of tomato. Use the time when the eggplants are broiling to prep all the remaining ingredients and your baking dish. Inspired by a recipe by Joyce Goldstein in Cucina Ebraica.

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Springtime Sautéed Asparagus & Peas

Recipe by Jennifer Segal

Springtime Sautéed Asparagus & Peas

There’s a useful adage: what grows together goes together. In other words, if fruits and vegetables grow in the same season and region, they’ll taste great together. Think tomatoes and basil, strawberries and rhubarb, bananas and coconut, and—in this case—peas and asparagus. Plus, I always think combining vegetables in a side dish dresses them up

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