Valentine's Day

Beet-Ricotta Ravioli & Strawberry Meringues

What food do you think of for Valentine’s Day? Is it steak au poivre, oysters on the half shell, champagne truffles? While pondering what recipes really fired our creative juices, we first fell down a heart-shaped rabbit hole. Jeannine has made a fabulous heart-shaped meatloaf in the past, while Zanthe has used pretty ceramic molds… Continue reading Beet-Ricotta Ravioli & Strawberry Meringues

Shmini Azret · Simchat Torah · Sukkot

Stuffed Peppers, Eggplant with Lamb & Pine Nuts, and Spiced Apple Cake

The fall season is chock-a-block with harvest festivals, all over the world. Just as new life in springtime is celebrated the world over, so too is the gathering of the summer’s bounty in autumn. For those of us separated from an agrarian life by generations and miles, harvest festivals are all that remain of this… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers, Eggplant with Lamb & Pine Nuts, and Spiced Apple Cake

Cinco de Mayo

Carnitas Tacos, Cinco Salad, Mexican Chocolate Meringues and Spiced Pepitas

Americans may think of Cinco de Mayo as the Mexican version of July 4th or St. Paddy’s Day–it has similar patriotic overtones and party-hearty connotations. In fact, it’s got a far more complicated history than most of us take in, especially after a couple of the margaritas or cervezas often poured liberally to mark the day. First… Continue reading Carnitas Tacos, Cinco Salad, Mexican Chocolate Meringues and Spiced Pepitas

Caramel Popcorn Day

Spicy Caramel Popcorn

Besides the two heavy-hitters of Easter and Passover, spring holidays are pretty thin on the ground. Yet spring is the season when we feel real joy at the milder weather and accompanying return of our outdoor lives. It feels appropriate, therefore, to commemorate baseball’s opening week with a recipe inspired by National Caramel Popcorn Day: surely the return of America’s pastime deserves its own celebration? This… Continue reading Spicy Caramel Popcorn