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Summer Mezze Spreads: Harissa and Spicy Feta

Recipe by Heather Bien

Summer Mezze Spreads: Harissa and Spicy Feta

If you’re building a summer mezze platter, you can find most of what you need already prepared at the grocery store: hummus, roasted red peppers, tzatziki, seasoned nuts. However, harissa and spicy feta are two simple dip recipes you can add in to give your platter a homemade touch. Both of these spreads keep beautifully,

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Ritual Challah

Recipe by Beth Ricanati

Ritual Challah

I share this recipe with a nod to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan. I have adapted and used this recipe of theirs, which a friend of mine shared with me, since the first time I made challah so long ago. Specifically, she said that it was used in a Mommy and Me cooking

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Sweet Socca with Strawberries

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Sweet Socca with Strawberries

Socca is a crisp flatbread made of chickpea flour that’s popular in Nice, France. It’s usually savory and served as an appetizer with wine, but I like to enjoy it with sweet toppings, like chocolate spread and fruit. Note: Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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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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Black Bean Fudgies

Recipe by Stacey Viera

Black Bean Fudgies

For those who eat kitniyot, these are a more nutritious spin on kosher-for-Passover brownies. They can be made year-round with traditional ingredients, too. What makes this indulgent Passover treat a bit more nutritious is the addition of protein- and fiber-rich beans, using a reasonable amount of sugar and employing neutral-tasting canola oil, which is proven

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Hilba (Fenugreek Relish)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Hilba</em> (Fenugreek Relish)

Hilba (or hilbeh) is the Yemeni Arabic word for fenugreek as well as for the traditional spicy relish Yemenite Jews make from fenugreek seeds to add to soup and some dairy dishes or use as a dip with pita or lahouh, a spongy, fermented Yemenite pancake. Yemenite soup with hilba is comforting and delicious, as

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Nina’s Apple Cake

Recipe by Sarah Newman

Nina’s Apple Cake

For decades, Nina and Leon Merrick have brought not just a freshly baked cake to meals, but also countless stories of Poland, Ukraine, Russia and extended family across the globe—all peppered with the underlying strength, determination and calmness about the calamities they have survived. Despite it all, they exude joy and warmth—just like this modest,

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Charred Broccoli with Capers and Lemon

Recipe by Julia Turshen

Charred Broccoli with Capers and Lemon

This is one of my most reliable side dishes and goes well with just about everything. You can also toss it with cooked pasta, sprinkle some cheese on top and call it dinner. Speaking of cheese, it’s excellent with some scattered on top (especially Parmesan or pecorino), but I didn’t call for any here because

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Simple and Sublime Mushroom Risotto

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Simple and Sublime Mushroom Risotto

Risotto, the famous cooked rice dish from Northern Italy, is labor intensive, but well worth the effort! Arborio rice is the variety most commonly used in this dish; it is a short-grained rice that is very high in starch. When toasted and simmered with an aromatic liquid, the rice becomes creamy, thick and rich. Cozy,

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