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  • Italy’s top court acquits Amanda Knox of murder

    March 27, 2015 | 3:01 pm

    Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge.

    The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict to have been passed on Knox, 27, and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the lethal stabbing.

    It had been widely expected that, even if the court overturned the previous convictions, it would order a retrial.

  • Tzav: Sharing with others

    March 26, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    This week’s parsha, Tzav, includes more details about sacrifices, including the Korban Todah (Thanksgiving offering). Again, I wrestled this week about what the sacrifices mean to me and how to translate the parsha into a recipe...

  • Chaos and Charoset: A story of Pesach

    March 25, 2015 | 12:47 pm

    The Persian seder begins the same way every year: A plate of matzah, veiled with an ornamented white cloth, gets passed around the table until everybody has sung the schedule of the seder. While whoever holds the tray sings, the remaining audience claps or slaps the table in unison...

  • Raspberry swirl chocolate torte with pecan crust

    March 24, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    Passover desserts can really be the worst. Canned macaroons. Dry cake. And while I know many people who love it, super rich flourless chocolate cake is just not my thing. I don’t enjoy how dense it is, even if i love chocolate. And I do love chocolate.

    Instead of the traditional,...

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  • 6 arrested after forcing their way into London synagogue

    March 23, 2015 | 11:24 am

    Six men were arrested after they forced their way into a synagogue in north London.

    The men, who were drunk, attempted to enter a synagogue in the largely haredi Orthodox-populated neighborhood of Stamford Hill late Saturday night, the BBC reported Sunday. Synagogue security...

  • Persian Food is Very Sexy

    By Elana Horwich

    March 19, 2015 | 9:00 am

    As many of you know, several months ago I committed to studying Persian food. What I discovered totally took me by surprise. Persian food is very sexy.

    Think about these ingredients: Syrups made from pomegranate, thick dense creamy yogurts, salty green and pink pistachios, rose...

  • The Best Parve Chocolate Mousse (For Passover Too!)

    By Elana Horwich

    March 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

    My objective when teaching extra-healthy cooking classes, like my recent New Year’s Detox Makeover is to give my students weapons to combat even the deepest cravings. Chocolate, sugar, fat...let’s face it, we can’t appease those longings with carrot sticks and hummus.

    Don’t trust...

  • Gourmand travelers to Baltimore: eat more adventurously!

    By Tamar Alexia Fleishman

    March 17, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    If you're headed to Baltimore -- or perhaps you're already here -- no doubt you'd like to explore the gastronomic possibilities. Do you look at some of the local menus, wondering how some of the off the beaten track foods would be? Possibly, you check out cuisine-oriented food or...

  • Power greens matzah ball soup

    March 17, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Although I love tweaking traditional recipes, especially around Passover, (hello White Wine Braised Chicken or Manischewitz Ice Cream) there are some foods I never thought I’d touch. Such as my Bubbe’s matzo ball soup.

    The rich homemade broth and with light and fluffy matzo balls...

  • Masala lamb stew with creamy coconut quinoa

    March 17, 2015 | 11:24 am

    Passover is the holiday I plan for all year long, partially because I hate it so much. I loathe giving up my beloved bread and pastry for an entire week, though usually my thighs thank me for the brief respite. Nevertheless I seek inspiration everywhere: in cookbooks, online and...

  • Schmaltz is gluten free

    By Marty Kaplan

    March 16, 2015 | 11:11 am

    If the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is saying that Kraft Singles are good for us, surely schmaltz is next.

    The metaphoric meaning of schmaltz is sentimentality – a heart-tugging moment, accompanied by real or virtual violins.  The literal meaning of schmaltz is rendered...

  • Recipe: How to make harira

    By Rob Eshman

    March 12, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    When you learn to make traditional Moroccan harira from Meme Suissa, you're not learning to make harira from Meme Suissa. You're learning to make harira from her mother, from her grandmother, and so on. You're learning a recipe that goes back centuries.

    But of course Meme uses no...

  • Oatmeal lace cookies

    March 10, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    I am over the snow and so is the rest of Boston where I live. Each morning I wake up hoping that just a little bit of the snow melted and maybe, just maybe there would be one strand of grass in sight. Each morning I wake up and I am disappointed that not only has the snow...

  • Homemade Pita Bread

    March 9, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    In the ancient world, bread was usually made by using a type of sourdough starter. A little bit of raw dough was set aside, unbaked, in a cool, shaded place. This dough was then used as the leavening agent for the next week’s bake. Preparing leavened bread required the use of...

  • Mozzarella and Tomato Caprese Blintzes

    March 9, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    I’d like to think this caprese blintz is the epitome of my background. A blend of cultures, colliding different upbringings and introducing new memories.

    I grew up, like many Brooklyn Jewish girls next door, on blintzes and bagels, on latkes and matzah balls and so did...

  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

    February 27, 2015 | 11:10 am

     Italian lawmakers backed a non-binding resolution urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, the news site repubblica.it reported on...

  • Peanut Allergy:  Eat Peanuts Early Like Israelis?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 25, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Deadly peanut allergies are on the rise, not just in the United States but around the world.

    Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy when compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry in the United Kingdom.  Israelis consider the popular peanut-flavored Bamba their...

  • Bibi’s hamantashen

    February 25, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Finally, there is a hamantashen that goes well with cocktails.

    Owner Dan Messinger of Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood has devised a savory recipe for the Purim pastry.

    The traditional Purim treat is usually made with a sweet cookie crust and an even...

  • Shots fired at Copenhagen synagogue

    February 14, 2015 | 8:28 pm

    Three people were reportedly shot in an attack at a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    The shooting occurred just hours after a fatal shooting at an event featuring a Danish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who is under police protection because of his cartoons caricaturing Mohammed. It is...

  • Purim recipe: Taco Hamantaschen

    February 13, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    This recipe originally appeared on Kosher in the Kitch!

    Taco Hamantaschen (meatless dairy tacos) for Purim!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 12 oz. package of Mexican Style Veggie Crumbles (Lightlife Smart Ground)
    • Frozen ravioli dough pre-cut into circles, defrosted (or wonton wrappers...
  • Mishpatim: We are all strangers

    February 9, 2015 | 10:14 am

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Mishpatim, twice God tells the Israelites not to oppress a stranger because they were strangers in the Egypt. (22:20 and 23:9). This is central to Jewish identity. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes, “To be a Jew is to be a stranger.” ...

  • Delicious linguistics “The Language of Food”

    February 4, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    It’s not so often that a book significantly changes the way I look at the world. But that’s just how I feel about Dan Jurafsky’s book “The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.” After reading it, I can’t look at a menu or a bag of potato chips without thinking about how the...

  • New Year for trees: Savor fruits of the earth, consider their journey

    January 27, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Sarah Newman writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food

    Tu B’Shevat, which translates literally as the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the Jewish New Year for Trees. Mentioned in the Talmud, the holiday marks the tithing of fruits...

  • Vaera: Maror salad

    January 15, 2015 | 2:32 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Vaera, we read that Pharoah digs in his heels, hardens his heart and refuses to liberate the Israelite slaves, thus launching plagues against the Egyptians. “Even from such hardened sinners as Pharaoh and the Egyptians, God did not...

  • Once upon a wine: A winter tale of winemakers

    January 12, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    Once upon a time, in a land far far away, a wintery season brings a chill to the people.  To ease the dark evenings, imaginative winemakers of the land share delicious winter recipes with great wines, adding a touch of magic to the dish. A glass of wine with a delicious supper by a...

  • Fried food is good for you! Spanish eggs with fried potatoes [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    December 18, 2014 | 4:27 pm

    Fried food is good for you.

    I always suspected as much, and I certainly have lived my life as if it were true. Even in the dark days of the nonfat cabal, when entire lives were wasted ordering nothing but ”toast, dry” and “steam-sauteeing” skinless chicken breasts, I continued to...

  • Vayeshev: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Stew

    December 9, 2014 | 10:11 am

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Vayeshev, Jacob returns to his home to “settle.” But, there is not any internal or external settling for him. Jacob’s sons are upset by the arrogance of his favorite son, Joseph. The brothers strip Joseph of the elaborate tunic...

  • Make your Chanukah party one for the ages with these recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 5, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Chanukah is not just for children, but usually they have most of the fun. They open presents, light candles during the eight days of the holiday and get more than their share of cookies and potato latkes. Our Chanukah party will be shared by four generations this year because our...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2014 | 1:45 pm


    How many times have you promised yourself that "the diet starts tomorrow," but couldn't keep that promise? Sometimes it seems that no matter how much we want to live and maintain a healthier lifestyle, temptations around us prevent it from happening.

    A new Israeli startup,...

  • Vayishlach: Wrestling to Righteousness

    December 1, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Vayishlach, Jacob wrestles with an unknown force in the night. At dawn, Jacob’s foe wants to leave. But, before letting him go, Jacob  demands a blessing from him. He replies by asking Jacob his name and responds, “your name shall...

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