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Meat Borekas (Turnovers) and Meeting a Kindred Spirit

Sometimes you meet someone and feel an instant connection. This phenomenon happened to me recently when I met Robert. He talked about his love of cooking and about his most recent undertaking, making borekas, pockets of dough with tasty fillings. I too had been busy in my kitchen making a similar dish, kreplach, which also […]

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Chicken Pad Thai With Broccoli and Peanut Sauce

I love Thai food, and I eat in Asian restaurants as often as I can. One of my favorite dishes is Pad Thai. When I have it in a restaurant, I like to add the delicious peanut dipping sauce to it. I think it’s a winning combination, and I can never have enough of that […]

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Potato and Brisket Kreplach: Sometimes I Go A Little Crazy in the Kitchen

I have a weakness for sinful appetizers. When I saw uber-blogger Michael Ruhlman’s post on homemade kreplach, I had to make them. Kreplach is a crispy dough pocket stuffed with soft fillings like potato or meat. Think of kreplach as a Jewish wonton, dumpling, or samosa. Many cultures have their own version. I have fond […]

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Foil-Roasted Salmon with Fennel and Orange

You know you have a great recipe when the leftovers are just as good cold the next day. That’s what happened to me when I made this whole salmon dish for company last night. This dish really works well for company because you can make one large piece, and it feeds a crowd. Furthermore, the […]

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Pumpkin Risotto with Peas

When it’s winter, I crave warm, comforting food. One of my favorites is this pumpkin risotto. I feel so gourmet when I make it, but it’s not hard to make as long as you can stay by the stove for 25 minutes. I love that I can make this dish in around 30 minutes from […]

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Grilled Asian Beef Short Ribs and Clippings from the LA Times Food Section

My father-in-law Nelson keeps sending me clippings from the Los Angeles Times Food section. I get articles like “Holiday Cookie Bake-Off” and “Best Recipes of the Year.” It’s a hobby we have in common: I like to cook, and he likes to eat. The articles and recipes are always interesting to me, as the LA […]

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