Monthly Archives: September 2007

Delights from the Garden of Eden: Cookbook

Delights from the Garden of Eden is an Iraqi cookbook. The author shares a few select recipes on her site. Check it out: Delights from the Garden of Eden


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Strawberry Mango Mesculun Salad

Great salad – easy and full of great flavour. I would recommend cutting down the sugar content (recipe calls for 1/2 cup – which is WAY too much!) My mom usually subs in orange juice instead of sugar in recipes.  Play around with it. I think I got this from the Netivot HaTorah recipe book, “gatherings.”


  • sugar (calls for 1/2 cup – but that’s outrageous!)
  • 3/4 canola oil
  • 1/3 balsamic vinegar (I like a lighter vinegar with this salad personally)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 cups mesculun mix
  • 2 cups sweet & dried cranberries
  • 8 ounces strawberries quartered
  • 1 large mango – peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Serves 6-8 people.

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Pickled: “Blogging from the Jewish Cutting Board” – on Jewish Food

The crew at put together their own “sub-blog” on Jewish cuisine, called “Pickled.”

“There’s something a-rye in the world of Jewish cuisine. Few can name Jewish dishes outside the realm of matzah ball soup and latkes,” writes Amy Odell of

“Yet Jewish cuisine, stemming from Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern origins, is as richly varied as, say, American nouveau. You won’t find it as often on menus because the culinary nouveau love affair has circumvented Jewish food—which is why Jewish delis are falling like dominoes and the cuisine as a whole feels less and less in touch with the needs of modern diners. “

Click here to read more about Pickled

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Video: How to make Hummus

Loving cute Moti!

Check out his website

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Sukkot & Darfurian Refugees: American Jewish World Service D’var Torah

I have had the privilege of working with American Jewish World Service on their excellent service-learning programs. One of the many excellent things this organization does is engage the American Jewish community in issues of globalization, international development and the way in which they are impacting those in the developing world. With a a top notch Education Department, one of AJWS’s new educational initiatives has sponsored writers for “divrei torah” (‘words of torah’) that explore some of these important issues within the context of Judaism, and the Jewish tradition.

If you are celebrating Sukkot, and even if you’re not, consider taking a moment to check it out. This holiday, we have an opportunity to think about what it means to be a ‘global’ citizen – and as Jews, what might our responsibilities be within that framework?

Chag Sameach!

Please click here to read it: Chag V’ Chesed – AJWS Sukkot

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Chag Sameach – Happy Sukkot

“You shall live in booths [sukkot] seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I am the Lord your God.”

 (Leviticus 23; 42-45)



Today marks the first day of Sukkot (lit. ‘booths’), which began yesterday evening. For the next seven days, Jews all over the world will be eating (and some sleeping!) in ‘temporary booths’ commemorating the 40 years that the Children of Israel wandered in the desert. Stepping out of the more ‘permanent structures’, we remind ourselves of the impermanence of many things in our lives and, a chance to connect with the Jewish historical experiences: with our ancestors who wandered so long in the desert. To learn more Click Here.


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Video: Jews of Iran

With the very controversial visit of the bizarre Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday at Columbia University and yesterday at the United Nations, one wonders about the Jewish community in Iran. Here’s an interesting piece from showing a sliver of rarely heard Jewish community. While this isn’t specifically about cooking, it is of interest to us.

Link to the video

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