Passover sweets: Brownies and cookies from alternative flours provide comfort during these tough times
At sundown Wednesday, Jewish families will celebrate the first night of Passover by retelling the story of the exodus from serfdom, the promise of redemption and the decades of the Israelites’ desert wandering.Although Passover will be occurring in a much different world this year, Jewish people do have a history of one long narrative of resilience. Whether you are interfaith, just Jewish, Jewish adjacent, celebrating solo, or with a bare minimum of family seated far apart, we all need grounding. And so we move on, recasting a holiday that has been upended by COVID-19.The first of the four que...
Savvy Sips: Sakura Sayonara
Who needs a drink? We do. Join us in our monthly Savvy Sips and become the best home-bartender ever. This month, we unwind while sipping a delicious and terribly simple to make sakura-inspired cocktail.These days, fancy cocktail bars, and magical mixologists are getting almost as famous as TV chefs. But we don’t have to wait to only have delicious—and expensive—drinks on weekends at a luxury bar: we can make Instagram worthy, refreshing and enjoyable cocktails at home.Learning to cook at home, creating new dishes can be fun and satisfying, and certainly so can DIY Home Bartending! My years in ...
Spice up salmon with this roasted recipe
Add a touch of Indian flavor to your salmon with this simple curry sauce. Pan roasting is faster than oven roasting and gives similar results. The salmon is served with basmati rice. Basmati rice has a distinct flavor and smells like popcorn while cooking. It now comes in a microwaveable package that takes only 2 minutes in a microwave oven.Curry powder is a blend of several spices. A true curry powder is freshly made each time it is used. Although not authentic, prepared curry powder, found in the spice section of the supermarket, works well in this recipe. It doesn’t keep long, about 2 to 3 ...
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How to help your marriage through the stress of quarantine
MINNEAPOLIS — “I was thinking we could adopt a puppy while we’re all at home,” said Joanne Moffitt, with a teasing tone in her voice.“Uh, that’s a no,” replied her husband, Les.Had the coronavirus not erupted, the Burnsville, Minn., couple and their two children would be on a spring break trip to the Grand Canyon. Instead, they’re home, spending more time together than they have in 15 years of marriage.“I think this is great. Now I have a sous chef,” said Les, who does most of the cooking.“I do know how to chop, “ said Joanne, adding, “I cleaned the oven yesterday. That’s a first.”Typically th...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
8 at-home activities that don't involve TV or books
We’re going to have to figure out more ways of having fun and being productive while practicing social distancing. It’s easy to binge watch a TV show or plow through some books, but when you want a break from those things, here are eight activities to try.—Do a puzzlePuzzles are not only fun, they’re also a great way to get your mind to focus on something else. I know I’ve found it hard to pull away when I’m in the puzzle zone, and in a time with so much anxiety and uncertainty, it is important to unplug here and there. Puzzles are also the perfect activity to do while listening to a podcast o...
The Seattle Times
Family travel five: Virtual vacations at home
At home with the kids? If we can’t travel to a favorite hotel, resort, restaurant or ranch, we can always pretend. Here are five ways to create a virtual vacation in your own home.———1. Go CampingWhether you set up a tent in the backyard or the bedroom, with a little imagination you can enjoy all the fun of a real camping trip without spending travel time! Create a campfire using flashlights under a towel or thin blanket. Listen to the sounds of your own backyard or create an alternate sound track featuring birds, waterfalls, streams or trees rustling via a music or meditation app. Tell storie...
Vegan, gluten-free pancakes from Bakerita cookbook
San Diego recipe developer and photographer Rachel Conners started her baking blog, Bakerita, while still in high school. When her sister was diagnosed with Lyme disease and adopted a diet free of gluten, dairy products and refined sugar, Rachel began developing recipes that her sister could still enjoy. Then she adopted a gluten-free diet herself and discovered that her headaches disappeared and her mood improved.When she shared her new baking recipes on her blog, she found there was huge interest from people struggling with autoimmune disorders.Now, more than 100 of her recipes are collected...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Diabetes Quick Fix: Meatball Minestrone
Meatball minestrone is a hearty soup. This recipe can be doubled easily. If you have time, make extra and use it for another quick meal.Fennel seeds and oregano flavor the meatballs. The fennel seeds are oval, green-brown seeds that come from the common fennel plant. They have an anise taste and are used in many liqueurs. They can be found in the spice section of your market and will keep for 6 months.Helpful Hints:— Cannellini beans or chickpeas can be substituted for navy beans.— Minced garlic can be found in the produce section of the market.Countdown:— Prepare ingredients.— Make minestrone...
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How to make Japanese curry then serve it three different ways
While packing up our house of nearly 20 years, I found the bin with all my travel journals. For every vacation, I record our journeys in a small notebook. Actually, they mostly contain detailed notes on every food market we visit and the meal and snacks sampled there.Wow. The documents prove incriminating. We eat a lot. I star all the dishes I want to recreate at home. I hope I live that long.Tonkatsu, crispy fried pork cutlets, first enjoyed on a family trip to Japan, regularly graces our table. All of us now embrace the three-step breading process that yields the perfect results.I encountere...
Spice things up with this pizza-flavored chicken burger recipe
Two of America’s favorite foods, pizza and burgers, combine in this pizza chicken burger. This quick dinner takes only 10 minutes to cook.The burger uses ground chicken. Make sure the package says made from chicken breast meat only. If it says ground chicken, then skin, fat and dark meat can be used.Helpful Hints:— Other pasta sauce can be used instead of pizza sauce.— Any type of cheese slices can be used.— Any type of olive can be used.Countdown:— Make salad and set aside.— Make burgers.Shopping List:To buy: 3/4 pound ground chicken breast meat only, 1 bottle pizza sauce, 1 package part skim...
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