Tomato, Tomatillo, and Avocado Salad

While I’m beyond excited to experience my first Northeast autumn in three years, I’m always a little bit sad to say goodbye to summer. This week’s heat wave aside, it’s been a pleasantly warm July and August filled with lots of time spent outdoors. In order to have one last hurrah with some of summer’s best produce, I made this simple but incredibly tasty heirloom...
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Sope de Albondigas and a Cinco de Mayo Blog Hop

With Cinco de Mayo approaching, it’s time to celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American culture. I wanted to do something beyond tacos to demonstrate the country’s rich and varied food culture, and so I present Sope de Albondigas, or Mexican Meatball Soup. In Spain albondigas are often simmered in tomato sauce and eaten as tapas. Because of Spanish colonization in the Americas,...
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Chipotle Chicken Burritos, Avocado Crema + an Avocado Blog Hop

We don’t always get the best avocados in Israel, but lately I’ve had some great ones. So I’ve been eating them like crazy. For lunch I have slices of avocado and tomato with nothing more than a sprinkle of salt and drizzle of olive oil. And, wanting to highlight them in dinner as well, I made avocado crema to go with chipotle chicken burritos (which also, of course, have avocado slices...
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Shredded Beef Tacos and a Taco Blog Hop

I adore tacos but living in Israel they’re not particularly plentiful. Luckily they’re easy to make at home and open to endless variation. I’ve already shared my vegetarian tofu tacos and my light and healthy fish tacos, but today I’ve got something a little more substantial and comforting for winter (although it would be equally delicious any time of year). These braised,...
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Vegetarian Fajita Wraps

Whether you’re looking for simple lunch recipes, vegetarian lunch, or a light supper, these fajita wraps fit the bill. They’re perfect for when you want to quickly throw something together that’s light yet filling, healthy yet delicious. I make variations on this easy lunch recipe often, sometimes adding chicken or tofu, throwing in some avocado or salsa, or even topping it with...
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Smoky Cashew Salsa and a Nut Blog Hop

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had something so extraordinary that it haunted you? That happened with nearly every dish we ate at Empellon, the upscale Mexican taqueria in New York opened by WD50′s former pastry chef, Alex Stupak. Although the restaurant came with high praise from good friends, I admit that I had my doubts as we stood in the crowded dining room on the stormiest...
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Black Bean and Corn Salsa and a Bean Blog Hop

With the weather heating up (and it is scorching here already!) I’ve got light, bright, fresh, raw salads, salsas, and sauces on the brain. I whipped up this delicious Black Bean and Corn Salsa to top the fish tacos that I just posted about, but I was also eating the leftovers with tortilla chips as a dip. It would be great with grilled chicken or fish as well. In addition to the black...
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Guest Post: Fish Tacos

I am very happy to be guest posting at My Jerusalem Kitchen today. If you haven’t visited Lauren’s blog, then head over there right now and check it out! She has all kinds of delicious, often Mediterannean-inspired recipes that I know you’ll love. Lauren lived in Jerusalem for two years before moving back to San Francisco to attend law school. We met virtually through our blogs...
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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Round-Up and Blog Hop

With Cinco de Mayo just over a week away, I thought I’d throw a little Cinco de Mayo fiesta here on my blog. Although the holiday (which translates to the fifth of May) technically memorializes the victory of Mexicans over French at the 1862 Battle of Puebla, it has become by and large an American holiday to celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American heritage and culture. Whatever your reason...
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Southwestern Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries

If you think you don’t like black bean burgers, then consider this a challenge. These are so much better than any veggie burger has business being. Forget the dried out hockey pucks you’ve had before, the strangely spiced, frozen, sad excuses for burgers. These are everything you’d want any burger to be: flavorful, moist, cohesive, filling. What makes them Southwestern? Black...
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