FOOD FOR THOUGHTS

Recipes and pondering
February 8, 2021
Vegan Smoky Collard Greens

There are few things that this Yankee girl enjoys more than collard greens. These are the bomb. These have a little kick. My first experience with homemade collard greens was with my friend Chance, who showed me how she made them with a smoked turkey leg. I hope you are watching me from heaven. No […]

January 30, 2021
Shepard's Pie, The ultimate Snowstorm meal, your way.

Its is a whole entire 18 degrees out. BRRR. I think you know where I'm going with this. I don't know about you but I'm making Shepard's Pie. The first time I tasted this I was in Salisbury, England. Also referred to as Cottage Pie, I was swept away, as I have been from day […]

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 […]

July 21, 2020
Gluten Free Knishes

The very first knish hit the streets of New York In 1910. An Ashkenazim ( Eastern European ) pastry filled with mashed potatoes, onion and chicken fat for flavor. I guess you could call it the Jewish version of Pizza. These days we don't use chicken fat so I substituted broth in the potato mixture. […]

July 4, 2020
The Importance of The Ancestral Kitchen. My Grandmothers Bowl

There is no time like now to explore the Culinary history of our ancestors. With rich Black history literally being unearthed from the depths of a deliberately silenced history book, I see a lot of my friends turn to the women in their families and community that led the way in the kitchen and beyond […]

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