May 29, 2015 / 11th of Sivan, 5775
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Mari Levine

  • As a former cheesemonger, my girlfriend gets a lot of questions when Shavuot rolls around, anything from how to put together a beautiful cheeseboard (for which you can find great guidelines here) to the best cheesecake recipe to make for dessert. Those are two excellent ways to honor the tradition of eating dairy on this holiday, but here’s another recipe to add to your arsenal: a super simple salsa with feta and olives. “Feta salsa” may sou...

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  • I recently noticed that there is now a recipe on Rolo bags for Rolo Bites, the bite-sized concoction that originated on Pinterest and has taken the party circuit by storm. With only two or three ingredients, you can have a dessert that everybody—and based on its popularity, I really mean everybody—loves.

    I’m always fascinated by recipes as simple as this one that take on lives of their own. So I made one of my own by combining two of thes...

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  • Serving a mother breakfast in bed is a terrific, thoughtful idea. But it has some logistical issues, including stealthily preparing the meal so your light-sleeping target doesn’t arouse, and, if you accomplish that, anxiously watching her try to balance a plate full of pancakes in bed without causing a mess. Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but you don’t want that thought to be tinged with inconvenience.

    This quick recipe satisfies a mo...

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  • Not all of my friends enjoy cooking as much as I do. When they come over for dinner, they know we’ll do most of our chatting in the kitchen, they on a chair at the table and me at the stovetop, putting the finishing touches on our meal. These friends may be perfectly happy being cooked for, but they do still like to contribute. For that reason, I like to keep a few recipes on hand that anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking prowess—or lack th...

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  • I’ve been making my own hummus since college, and over the years I’ve developed an easy go-to recipe. But to keep things interesting, I like to make slight modifications. I’ll add extra-large doses of tahini for sesame richness, whisk in the olive oil by hand for a looser consistency, or roast garlic cloves and smash them into a paste for a hit of spice and caramelized sweetness. And although I’ll try just about any modification once, ...

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  • It’s very easy to overthink recipes, especially ones you’re preparing for a Boston Marathon viewing party to impress your friends. I’m pretty sure for me this is a side effect of graduating from culinary school: You think everything you make has to be a complicated masterpiece that someone without a culinary education could never fathom recreating.

    There are two problems with this: First, simple food can be as good as any complex dish, an...

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  • Thanks to the diverse land and a large community of devoted winemakers, Israel has long been regarded as an up-and-coming wine country. Now wines from that region are starting to get the attention they deserve—both in Israel and beyond. With these wines showing up in shops and restaurants across the country—including many here in Boston—Israel may have truly arrived.

    To find some must-have Israeli wines for this Passover season, I consult...

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  • If one of the best ways to get kids to learn is through their stomachs, then an even more surefire method is to have them prepare the food themselves. Some children might be too young to grasp the seriousness of some Passover themes, but everyone can get behind a cake that illustrates one of the most important events in the history of the Jewish people: Moses parting the Red Sea.

    With a hefty amount of frosting, a cake of your choice and a spatula, any chi...

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  • Search for “Passover snacks” on the Internet and matzah pizza is mentioned in virtually every result. It’s certainly with good reason, as this simple concoction is a creative way to use the bread we’re allowed during Passover. But matzah isn’t the only versatile component that can act as vehicle for other ingredients.

    You may know frico as the cheesy Italian crisps that resemble lacy Florentine cookies and add a delicate crunc...

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  • Snacking during Passover is difficult. Lots of grab-and-go snacks are off-limits, and it’s hard to make something in bulk that doesn’t include any of the ingredients we’re supposed to refrain from eating during the holiday. I always start out with the best of intentions, but a few days in, I’m so sick of matzah that I’m counting down the days until I can reenter the land of wheat. And if I’m having trouble thinking of Passo...

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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).

Latest Comments

Sounds delish! I'm going to have to try making it
Chosen Eats: Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
I'm happy to be that "helpful friend "who wants to contribute. These sound delicious!
Chosen Eats: Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
LOOKS GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT--GREAT WAY TO TEACH THE KIDS!
Chosen Eats: Passover Parting-of-the-Red-Sea Cake
I now can celebrate Passover in contemporary society! Pizza and tacos?! Than you, Mari!
Chosen Eats: Passover Snack - Frico
Thank you! I have been stumped as to what I can pack for snack in my daughter's daycare sack.
Chosen Eats: Passover Snack - Homemade Fruit Leather
This is a pretty easy process. If it's made at night, the long oven time can be sleep time, which is quite convenient. Thanks, Mari!
Chosen Eats: Passover Snack - Homemade Fruit Leather