Israeli Couscous and Grilled Tomato Salad

Israeli Couscous and Grilled Tomato Salad

Sometimes there is nothing better on a warm summer night than firing up the grill to cook some fresh summer veggies.  Unfortunately, I live in a small Manhattan apartment with no outdoor space, so a grill is a luxury I don’t always have access to.  So whenever I’m on vacation and there is a grill on premises, I try to take advantage of it as much as possible. I’ll stock up on fresh local corn, summer squash, and fresh local tomatoes right off the vine.  Toss them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, throw them on the grill and within 10 minutes you have the perfect, healthy side dish. Continue reading

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Whenever I ask my Jewish friends what’s on the menu for their Passover Seder, I always get similar responses: meat and potatoes. The dishes may vary, from brisket to a roast. From mashed potatoes to potato gratin. But chances are, these two staples are most likely on the menu.  It makes a lot of sense, when you can’t have bread, potatoes are the obvious choice for a delicious starchy side.  Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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I believe that there are two types of people in this world: people who love Brussels sprouts and then people who haven’t tried roasted brussels sprouts yet.   Sure, there may be some who say they don’t like the utterly delicious vegetable, but they have probably only ever had them after they’ve been turned to mush.  Maybe they were forced to eat them as a child – steamed and tasteless – and never fully appreciated the limitless variations of this amazing ingredient.  I am certain that these people have not yet experienced the delectable, crispy, roasted brussels sprouts. Continue reading

Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage and Thyme

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It snowed yesterday.  Seriously?  I’m just not ready for this.  I haven’t even gotten around to buying a new winter coat, my old one bearing the burden of five New York winters that it’s just not capable of surviving another. But I’m stubborn, avoiding the fact that winter is quickly approaching by unreasonably walking around New York City in a light, fall jacket, while snowflakes clutter the sky and people race by, bundled in down jackets and wool scarves.  Not to mention the fact that every store is now adorned in holiday decorations, blinding us with tinsel and plastic evergreens, an obvious sign that winter is coming. Continue reading

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops and Summer Vegetable Skewers

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Let me start off by saying I hate dislike bacon.  Even the smell of it makes me a bit queasy.  I know, I’m totally weird.  I’ve seen bacon make even the strictest of vegetarians cave.  Even though I have a distaste for the salty cured pork, I understand and accept that I am the vast minority, and to most (normal) people, bacon makes everything better. Since I hardly ever cook for myself, I wanted to cater to the crowds (i.e. my family), so when I saw the gorgeous, fresh scallops on sale at the market, I knew they’d like it better with bacon.  Needless to say, the family was very pleased.   Continue reading