Recipes and pondering
December 23, 2020
Guide to 10 Must Have Medicinal Dry Spices for Your Winter Pantry

These are my 10 go to spices for the winter season. I don't want to hurt any spices feelings, after all there is SO much to choose from. This is just a short list, a lot of herbs are still available fresh, but these are the ones I keep on hand. Where do we start? […]

November 28, 2020
Crones and Scones, How it Started

This literally started unexpectedly, as I was making a batch of gluten free scones. This year I turned 65, complete with Medicare bombarding my inbox and snail mail. Age is just a number, and although I believe this to be true, I realized something was different. We were in pretty much lockdown for months. I […]

November 26, 2020
Why It's More Than Just Food

Welcome! Here you see a bowl of soup. But its the spoon that invites us in for a further taste. Food, we need it to survive, but we also can use it to thrive. Our very first connection to another human is through food. Food is in every part of our lives from celebrating a […]

November 18, 2020
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa, Gluten Free

I love winter squashes. And especially acorn squash. I bought these mini squashes but had no idea what I'd do with them. This was a pleasant surprise as I made these sweet and savory. I had no idea how this would work, but how can you go wrong with these ingredients? To begin with I […]

November 16, 2020
Why Online Dinner Companions May Be the Cure For Loneliness

You know I talk about what is Culinary Medicine all the time. But maybe the medicine isn't what we eat, but having someone to eat with.

November 9, 2020
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

We learn to adapt. It's the name of the game these days. In this very odd time in history, it's important to do things we remember we loved. These are the things that ground us and nourish us. when our world spins out of control.

September 20, 2020
Kasha Varnishkas ( Kasha with bowties) The Ancestral Jewish Kitchen

No holiday would be complete in my home without Kasha Varnishkas. It is an acquired taste for some because of its texture and nutty flavor. You could say this is truly Jewish soul food. It's my mothers favorite. My tribute to her is at the end of this blog. I would be remiss if I […]

September 18, 2020
Apple Kugel, My Favorite Jewish New Year Treat from the Ancestral Kitchen

Circa 1990's Tucson, Arizona. My son was maybe 1 or 2. No matter where we lived we were surrounded by friends who embraced us as family. Most friends we met at Shul. Some memories are ingrained in your soul. When I think of the holidays, I think of Linda and Andy Kunsberg. I loved our […]

September 3, 2020
Roasted Butternut Squash and Fuji Apple Soup. Easing into Autumn.

This is usually the first soup I gravitate to making in the fall. I've made many different versions. Its sweet and spicy, and the color reminds me of warmth. I'm like " I get to buy fall veggies now, Hooray !" But its still hot out. This is a good one to file for the […]

September 3, 2020
Figs Glorious Figs, Making Jam, Eating with the Seasons

We often hear, eat with the seasons. There is a reason for this. Having something grown nearby insures freshness and peak nutrients. I can't think of a better way to end the summer than with fig jam. Health Benefits, lets talk about that. Figs Glorious Figs How do I love thee? Let me count the […]

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