July 28, 2015 / 12th of Av, 5775
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    If you’re hosting a Halloween party this weekend, forget the spiced pumpkin Yankee Candle; the aroma of roasted pumpkin seeds fills a kitchen with the scents of fall. And those scents can vary depending on your tastes. Chances are you’ve roasted pumpkin seeds before. Simply... Read More
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    The meat sweats are real. I know this after spending my summer on an unplanned quest to eat as much beef jerky as I could get my carnivorous hands on. It started with a hiking trip with my friend Eric, who ordered the protein-packed, lightweight snack in bulk from Amazon before our... Read More
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    Earlier this year, one of the hotly debated topics in the food world had to do with a certain one-ingredient dish. Some people enthusiastically believed it was high time this item got the recognition it deserved, while others expressed outrage over its exorbitant price tag on menus in... Read More
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    A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure—nay, the honor—of judging one of the events that earns Somerville its quirky, eccentric reputation: the cooking contest at the city’s Fluff Festival. During this annual celebration presented by Union Square Main Streets,... Read More
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    One serving of this hearty Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew provides more than half of your fiber needs for the day. Fiber provides many benefits: it helps stabilize blood sugar, keeps digestion moving, and lowers cholesterol levels. When in foods like fruits and vegetables, fiber can even help... Read More
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    There are lots of ways to incorporate pomegranate into a Rosh Hashanah meal, and not all of them take the time or forethought of turning it into, say, ice cream, which I did last year. This time around, I’ve created a versatile recipe that uses the sweet-tart flavor of this “new... Read More
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    Mia Scharpie and Gabe Fine are passionate about community. In their day jobs, Mia’s position as a landscape designer involves researching colleagues who work for social impact, and Gabe works on community-based health care in addition to managing a Boston food truck. Their love for the... Read More
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    The High Holidays fall right on the cusp of fall, which means the summer staples are being replaced with cooler-weather vegetables, such as butternut squash. Squash and fennel are two of my favorite vegetables because they get so sweet when you roast them at a high heat. Puff pastry... Read More
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    While my Ashkenazi family dips slices of apple into bowls of honey on Rosh Hashanah, Sephardic families feature these two ingredients in mansanada. This rustic compote couldn’t be simpler or more versatile. You simply simmer apple pieces in water, honey and spices, then remove the... Read More
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    Honey cake is the Jewish equivalent of fruit cake; it’s on holiday menus because of tradition, not because people actually enjoy it. The problem is that the whole is usually less than the sum of its parts—slick honey, warm spices and all the components of a sweet, moist cake... Read More
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