Archive For February, 2013

Kitchen Tips: How to cook dried beans

By | February 26, 2013

I gave up on dried beans two years ago. It was just.not.working. In the early months after our wedding, when my enthusiasm over all things homemade was sky-high, I tried my hand at dried chickpeas. Dried kidney beans, too. I soaked them, rinsed them, and cooked them. But after four or five hours of cooking, […]

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Menu Plan: Week of Feb. 24, 2013

By | February 24, 2013

Dare I say it? No. I really shouldn’t…I really, really should not mention the fact that Pesach is now four weeks away. If it’s still Purim where you are (or if you’re in Yerushalayim, and Purim isn’t until tomorrow), forget I said anything. But if Purim has ended in your city, as it has in mine, I […]

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Mishloach Manot 2013: Our little ampersand

By | February 22, 2013

There’s a reason it takes me so long to choose a Purim theme. It has to be cute, and it has to translate well into mishoach manot and costumes. It has to be simple to prepare, because when you’re making dozens of something, there’s no time to potchke. And it also has to be cheap. […]

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Penne a la vodka

By | February 19, 2013

This recipe and story first appeared in the Feb. 18, 2013 edition of “From Tali’s Kitchen,” my biweekly cooking column in Binah magazine. On newsstands now! Purim cooking tends to be all about the hamentaschen, but I think it’s more interesting to find ways to incorporate alcohol into cooking and baking. I’m not a drinker (as […]

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