Pasta with Ricotta and Brussels Sprouts

Although I didn't grow up eating Brussels sprouts, as an adult I've fallen in love with them. And, while I make them often, I've only posted one Brussels sprouts recipe on the blog. I knew I had to change that. Fortunately I came across this easy and delicious pasta with ricotta and Brussels sprouts recipe from Culinary Adventures with Camilla, my assigned blog for this month's Secret Recipe...
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Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya

I had Jambalaya on the brain for weeks before I made it. The idea was stewing, marinating. It began with the andouille chicken sausages that Evan's parents brought us from the States. Not exactly something that is readily available in Israel (why oh why haven't kosher chicken sausages caught on here?). I hoarded them, doling them out slowly, a few to go with pasta for a quick meal here, a few for...
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Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Chicken pot pie? In this weather? I know I complain about how hot it is, cry for no cook dishes that won't heat up the house, and then keep giving you baking recipes. And here, after cauliflower mac and cheese, lemon poppy seed muffins, and fig and brie-stuffed chicken I'm giving you the fourth recipe in a row that requires turning on an oven. I do apologize. But if you're thinking of the heavy,...
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Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Cupcakes may be a bit cliche, at least in the States, but they're still fun. Irresistible, even. It was a friend's birthday - her thirtieth to be exact - and so cupcakes were in order. The last time I tried to make cupcakes in my fickle oven was back in December for Evan's birthday. They sank, had an odd texture, and ended up in the trash. So much for making Magnolia cupcakes at home (a recipe...
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Pasta Meets Risotto

I've had this recipe bookmarked for some time now. It was part of Mark Bittman's Minimalist series in the New York Times, so I knew it would be reliable. It makes logical sense - why wouldn't you be able to cook pasta in something other than water? And yet, pasta cooked like risotto just didn't sound right. Finally, though, this week was the week. There were gorgeous mushrooms as the shuk and...
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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

It's doesn't get much simpler than this. Pancakes. Fun to make, even more fun to eat. They're not particularly time consuming yet still evoke images of lazy mornings. The best of both worlds. I made these one weekday when Evan started class a little later than normal. And honestly they're not any more work than adding eggs to a box mix. Once you get the basic batter down - just a mixture of...
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Fennel Baked in Stock

Fennel is clearly in season in Be'er Sheva; it's in abundance at the supermarkets and the shuq. High in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and calcium, this anise-flavored vegetable is incredibly versatile. A member of the parsley family the whole fennel can be eaten, from the bulb to the feathery fronds (which are great to season soups and stocks). Thinly sliced fennel adds a crisp component to any...
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

When I used to work near Union Square I would occasionally treat myself to the tortilla soup at City Bakery when it was available in the colder months. It was something I enjoyed immensely but never considered making. Although I am in the desert, I'm also on the tail end of a cold and I was craving a hot bowl of soup. And I appear to be on some kind of Mexican kick. Of course Tortilla Soup is an...
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Homemade Chicken Stock

I know I should have been making my own stock all along. But it took moving to Israel, where all they have are overly salty bouillon cubes and soup mixes to light a fire under me. I was going to make soup, so why not start with the broth? I found a recipe for Quickest Chicken Stock  in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything that looked unbelievably simple. And it was. I had to make some...
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