July 31, 2014 / 4th of Av, 5774
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Mari Levine

  • My roommates and I have started a new tradition called “Chicken Wednesday.” We’re nothing if not creative, and it’s just what it sounds like: One of us whips up a bunch of chicken on the grill and everyone else is responsible for the accoutrements. This week we had our friend Jenny staying with us while she was visiting from New York. To thank us for our hospitality, she brought with her some zucchini from her CSA. (She said she saved them...

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  • Last weekend I made my first trip of the summer to Provincetown for my friends’ wedding. While there, I was told by a coworker that I wasn’t allowed to leave town until I tried his friends’ new sandwich shop, Pop + Dutch. I did as I was told and left the store with one of the most unusual sandwiches I’d had in a long time: smashed chickpeas and arugula on Iggy’s ciabatta bread. The smashed chickpeas had the texture of coarse hummus, ...

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  • Homemade granola is the snack that keeps on giving. It only takes minutes to throw together and will feed you for days. I find that I’m most in need of this kind of grab-and-go food in the summer, when I’m dividing my time between hectic workweek mornings and weekends spent packed with outdoor activities.

    There’s no shortage of flavors and ingredient combinations when it comes to granola, and it’s easy to swap one thing for another. Do ...

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  • If you’re part of a CSA, you know that every week can be like an episode of “Chopped.” The share usually includes easily identifiable staples, like zucchini and peppers, plus a surplus of salad greens that you do your best to use before they wilt. Then there are the less familiar items: garlic scapes, dinosaur kale, chard and cabbage in every color you can imagine. Another ingredient that falls into that category—one you may recognize but ...

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  • These popsicles need little explanation. To me, they symbolize summer and the Fourth of July. When I was younger, the holiday marked the middle of what my siblings and I dubbed the “Wednesday Races,” which were weekly foot races held at a nearby outdoor track after school let out for the summer. We’d compete against kids our own age, collect our colored ribbons, and then cap the night off with a treat from the ice cream truck that was always par...

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  • In an ideal world, I’d have time to plan, prepare and leisurely consume a complete, well-rounded meal. But like most other people, I just can’t find the time. (And I’ve only got one mouth to feed. Parents, I respect you.)

    I often rely on smoothies for a tasty meal on the go, but I quickly became bored of the same old fruit combinations. I needed something a bit more interesting to add into the mix. Enter the lassi, a traditional yogurt-based ...

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  • One indisputable fact is that kids love to get their hands dirty. And what better way to do that than by mixing together the makings of sweet, glaze-y cocktail meatballs and then portioning them into two-bite appetizers? This recipe is inspired by a friend whose fondest Shabbat memories involve these meatballs, which her Aunt Wendy, the owner of a catering company in Philadelphia, served every Friday night. The sauce was usually cooked with the brisket and then repur...

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  • Recently a friend of mine was bemoaning what I believe is a common predicament among parents—she basically said that having her kids help prepare a meal is great, in theory. She has two young children who like to help her cook. She loves that they’re interested, but since she’s constantly checking in to make sure they’re progressing and doing so safely, their help actually ends up being more of a hindrance. (An adorable, endearing hindrance, b...

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  • Recently, one of my coworkers was bemoaning what I believe is a common predicament among parents. Basically, she said that having her kids help prepare a meal is great—in theory. She has two young children who like to help her cook. She loves that they’re interested, but since she’s constantly checking in to make sure they’re progressing and doing so safely, it actually ends up being more of a hindrance. (An adorable, endearing hindrance, but ...

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  • After the 80-degree days we had earlier this week, digging into some soup may not seem so appealing. But not all soups are meant to keep you warm on a chilly night. Some—such as this chilled cucumber soup—can keep you cool on a hot day. My roommates and I have finally gotten around to planting our herbs and vegetables, and soon we won’t have to go out and buy the cucumbers or dill for this recipe; we’ll be able to just walk outside and pick ou...

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Mari is a freelance food writer and an editor for America's Test Kitchen, where she combines her journalism and culinary degrees from Brandeis University and Johnson & Wales, respectively, with her restaurant and lifelong eating experience. When she's not working hoisin sauce into everything she eats or binging on anything sandwiched between two slices of bread, she can be found on her bike, engrossed in a documentary, or playing sports that involve throwing and/or catching a ball (the latest: flag football).

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When I was a little kid, we used to make a tuna-melt variation of these (stuffed with tuna salad and American cheese). It's still a comfort food, and I might just happen to have a tube of crescent rolls in my fridge right now. :) Congrats on your 100th post!
Chosen Eats: Kid-Friendly Shabbat Recipe - Easy Crescent Rolls