Easy Passover Layered Cake

I’m assuming most of you are already familiar with Passover. In a nutshell, Passover is a major Jewish holiday, one of the three pilgrimage festivals, that celebrates the Biblical story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. Our family…

Salad Inspired By Mexico City

My husband and I just got back from a trip to Mexico City. We flew down there so I can get a dental implant. It is much cheaper there. It’s not something I would normally do but the dentist was…

Easy To Make Spicy Condiment

One of the most annoying things in my work as a recipe developer is titling the recipes—giving them an appealing name so people will want to make the recipes and eat the food. Nowadays it’s not enough to call a…

Beet and Beet leaves soup 

It’s only 10PM but I am drained and tired. Probably from politics, propaganda and worrying. The computer screen hurts my eyes, but before I crawl into bed with Barbara Kingsolver’s book Copperhead Demon let me give you this recipe before…

Red Lentil Soup with Kale

While most people feel comforted when their fridge is packed with food, I get restless. I love going to the market and buy lots of fresh produce but over-crowded situations – trains, supermarkets, streets, closets – and fridges, stresses me out.…

The Best Carrot Salad Ever

First, say Hi to your new favorite salad. Second, lemon season is around the corner. During the next 10 months, I won’t be buying lemons, I would be picking them from the trees in my neighborhood. I always joke that…

How To Make Herb Salt

Do you write a journal? I do. I write almost everyday. I write almost every day. Why? For different reasons. Partially because I want to leave something behind for my family. Perhaps my offspring would be as curious about their…

Breaking Bread Class

Hi everyone! I will be teaching a class next month at Los Angeles Valley College. If you live in Los Angeles, please join us. It’s going to be a fun and important class. Baking bread is a valuable skill that…

Spanish Sesame Cookies

These Spanish cookies (tortas de aceite y anís) are the delicate sisters of my grandmother’s anise cookies. They taste very similar, but the Iberian cookies are flaky and dissolve in the mouth. Whereas the Moroccan anise cookies are more rustic…