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Tu B’Shvat

I still remember the song we sang in Sunday School, “TuB’Shvat is here the Jewish Arbor Day. Hail the tree’s new year, happy holiday!”  It wasn’t until I was older and researching recipes for my first book, Entrée to Judaism that I learned that the first tree to blossom in Israel, harboring the beginning of spring, was the almond tree. Therefore, the almond as well as the other fruits representing the seven species of fruits found in Israel are traditionally eaten on Tu B’Shvat.

Recipes with almonds don’t have to be relegated to your dessert platter or your garnish for salads. Why not try a stir-fry dish of Chicken with Almonds in Hoisin Sauce to celebrate the coming of spring or anytime you need a quick one dish meal for dinner.



      ENTREE TO JUDAISM FOR FAMILIES, the first  interactive cookbook that teaches children how to identify cooking equipment from linked pop-up photos  and demonstrates cooking techniques using over 30 quick videos accessible from within the recipe. Watch the introductory video on the right.

Entree To Judaism for Families was a finalist for best eBook in the prestigious IACP cookbook awards. 

Sample of Recipes from the Book

Purim-Much More than Hamentashen!

I just taught two classes about Purim pastries and their history recently, one to 2-7 year olds and their parents, and one to the members of Moishe House in Dallas.  Same recipes and stories, same delights in the history and taste of the tradition but quite a bit of difference in the mess in my kitchen! All, however, had a great time.

Hamentashen are not the only traditional cookie for Purim.  French and Alsatian Jews often ate Palmiers representing Haman’s ears (possibly a reference to the custom of removing part or all of a convicted criminals ears starting even before Haman’s time) and Mohnbrodt, biscotti-like cookies made with Mohn (poppy seeds) are commonly eaten in Israel representing the “finger” of accusation that Esther pointed at Haman.

Whatever representative pastry you make, enjoy the holiday and drown out all the evil in your world.

Eat in Good Health!


Come See Me, Hear Me and Learn with Me!

I will be speaking March 19th at Congregation Emanu-El Israel in Greensburg, Pennsylvania  and

March  24-26 I will be the Scholar in Residence at Gates of Heaven in Schenectady, New York

 Booking now for ’17-’18 

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