Tomato Pomegranate Salad

The Jewish New Year I can’t believe we’re here. Rosh Hashanah, is just ONE WEEK AWAY! Surely that means your ovens are fired up, tablecloths are freshly laundered and you’re ready to cook up a storm for the Jewish New Year. Oh, and don’t call me Shirley. 🙂 As the tradition goes on Rosh Hashanah … [Read more…]

Lemon Coconut Halva Cookies

Halva – the Rachel way! There is something so comforting about Halva.  That rich, decadent dessert made with tahini (ground sesame seeds), butter and sugar. Cue the drooling, and welcome to my no-bake creamy, lemon coconut halva cookies! When I lived in Israel for a year after High School, I remember walking through the Shuk … [Read more…]

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Let’s do a little experiment.  Can I get your attention with just one word?  How about CHOCOLATE!  See, didn’t that do the trick? 🙂 Okay, let’s get down to some chocolate business here. Let’s talk about chocolate avocado pudding.  I know…it sounds bizarre.  But trust me, something magical happens when take ripe, creamy avocados and … [Read more…]

Indian night pop-up event!

Well folks, it’s been a few weeks since Daniel and I tackled our first ever #Meatyourvegetables pop-up food event and the Indian food was a HUGE success and a big hit overall! First off, we have to thank the incredible people at Congregation Ezras Israel in West Rogers Park for their help in getting this … [Read more…]

Baingan Bharta – Indian Eggplant Dip (and Cookbook Giveaway)!

Indian Baingan Bharta

I’ve been on a MAJOR okra kick right now, which works well in this Indian classic. You’re probably thinking, “wait, isn’t this an eggplant dish”.  And you’d be right.  But first let me back up and profess my new found love for okra first. I know okra gets a bad rap – that weird, slimy … [Read more…]

Chickpea Curry

It’s a new week, so that means a new food challenge!  This week’s ingredient is CHICKPEAS!  Or, as I knew them growing up, “garbanzo beans”.  The humble legume made famous in falafel and hummus.  The earthy, creamy beans that are full of fiber!  And although I’ve opted out from eating them lately due to my … [Read more…]

Cauliflower Hummus & Tomato Herb Flaxseed Focaccia – for Pesach!

Hello again readers!  Hopefully most of you can take a break from cleaning for Pesach to read what fantastic recipes Daniel and I have to share with you!  This year, I’m going for something a little different (but for me, this is the type of food I eat all year round).  Nothing too weird and … [Read more…]