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Lemon Verbena

By Rob Eshman

April 25, 2012 | 12:14 pm

Louisa. Photo by Rob Eshman

When I was in my mid-20s, I fought a long, messy and entirely internal struggle over whether to move to Israel.

Many young Jews living in the Diaspora — more than you think — face this... read on

  • The Rest of Passover - Sixth Night [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    What, you’re thinking, STILL no bread?  No pasta?  No BEER!!!  Yes, Passover continues until Saturday evening.  Because the rule of thumb on Jewish holidays is to take something fun and exciting and do it over and over and over until you say, “Dayenu!”  Which is Hebrew for... read on

  • The Rest of Passover—Fifth Night [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    April 11, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    When you’re searching for how to create dinners during Passover that avoid all the no’s, you can’t go wrong sticking to vegetables, fruit, fish and meat—and that leaves a lot of possibilities.

    Today’s menu is as simple as a trip through the Farmer’s Market.  Spring means fresh... read on

  • The Rest of Passover Cooking- Fourth Night

    By Rob Eshman

    April 10, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    It’s coming up on Dinner #4 in the “What to Eat the Rest of Passover” series. Are we even at the hump yet?  There are still a few days of Passover left to go.  This is no time to fall back on hackey “cheese ‘n matzo pizza” recipes that pop up every time you Google “Passover... read on

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  • The Rest of Passover—Third Night

    By Rob Eshman

    April 9, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    This week I vowed to supply you with a Passover’s worth of dinner ideas beyond the seder.

    Today’s Passover recipe comes from a rainy July night in Amsterdam.

    It was pouring, and we were hungry.  There was a café near our bed and breakfast, Inn Old Amsterdam,  in the Nieumarkt... read on

  • The Rest of Passover Cooking [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    April 6, 2012 | 12:34 am

    The food challenge of Passover is not the seder.  It’s the seven days that come after.

    After all, you know what to make on seder.  Torah and tradition are right there by your side, cooking: matzo, charoset, chicken or brisket, kugel if you’re Askenazi, something people actually... read on

  • Sex and the Single Chicken

    By Rob Eshman

    April 4, 2012 | 11:11 pm

    The New York Times is late to the backyard chicken trend story, which has appeared for years in every paper from The New Yorker (three years ago) the Petersborough Examiner (4 days ago) to the Intermountain Jewish News (this week).  Google News lists 302 results for “backyard... read on

  • Drinking with the Booksteins

    By Rob Eshman

    March 29, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Rabbi Yonah Bookstein and his wife Rachel stopped by our house last week bearing two perfect pre-Passover gifts.

    The first was a bottle of Shirah Wines 2009 Power to the People, a Syrah blend from Santa Barbara county grapes that The New York Jewish Week picked, out of 200 wines, as... read on

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