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Turkey Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole Cream

Whoops. Looks like my big plans to be cooking all summer for my family and friends while visiting the States for 7 weeks has been completely squashed by large delicious seafood dinners on the water, meals with old friends and long days shopping for baby, that leave me way too tired to start cooking dinner.

I promise I haven’t deliberately neglected the blog or forgotten about my favorite food blogs out there. I have no excuse other than I would just rather dig into

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Papaya Nectarine and Cabbage Slaw with Curry Dressing

Stepping off the 12 hour plane ride from Tel Aviv to New York never felt so amazing, for many reasons. Being 6 months pregnant and having to walk around every hour made sleeping any leg of the trip impossible and the small seat on the plane made travels a bit more uncomfortable then usual. However, it was well worth it. Seeing my moms face as I walked out of passport control was priceless. She hasn’t seen my growing belly since I got pregnant and though pictures were sent, nothing compares to seeing it in person. 

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Corn and Watermelon Salsa

If he touched another piece I would have cut off his hand. I was on corn cob number 2 and there were still 3 more fresh off the grill, sitting on a platter charred and ready for me to devour. My husband kept quiet with a smile on his face watching me slather the corn with butter and salt. Cob after cob I ate until there were none left. A slight wave of embarrassment came over me as I picked up my head after looking at the bare cobs scattered in disarray on the table. 

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Chia Granola with Almonds and Dried Fruit

Stretching my legs after the long drive from NY to Tennessee felt amazing. The 17 hour drive and 5 hours in a crowded car just waiting online to get onto the grounds made everyone antsy. The sun was beating down on us as we set up our tents and unpacked our car. Tired, hot and hungry we sat around waiting for the sun to set or rain to come and reprieve us from the Tennessee heat. As my friend strummed his guitar I passed around a large container of homemade granola.

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Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

June indicates another school year gone. My husband and his classmates finishing up their second year of medical school with one last exam. But, there will be no rest for the weary as they are thrown into a summer of intense studying preparing to take the step 1 of the USMLE. Many are staying in Be’er Sheva to hunker down with no distractions and others are off to their respective home towns in the States to prepare for what may be the biggest exam of their career. No one said becoming a doctor was easy. 

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Birthday Cupcakes

I have a confession. I love funfetti. Yes, funfetti, that blue box of Pillsbury cake mix with the little specks of color in it. I never grew out of that phase of loving that particular cake mix and I am not ashamed to admit it. It’s pretty awesome. I am not sure what it is about funfetti that makes me stop and contemplate buying a box every time I am in the baking aisle at the supermarket, but, I just cant help myself.

Here in Israel there are no ‘from the box’ cake mixes. Which is usually fine since nothing beats homemade,

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Chilled Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Chowder

It’s 7 am and I just drank 100 grams of glucose. For the next 3 hours I will be poked and prodded as I complete the glucose tolerance test. Not my idea of how I want to spend any morning. I am sitting in a small doctors office that they are allowing me to use as I wait for my next blood test. Exhausted, unable to eat and completely grossed out from the pure sugary drink I had to down, all I can do is whine to my husband who so graciously came to sit here with me.

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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Mango

I would sit at the bay window in the den each night waiting for the car lights to shine on the driveway signaling that my dad was home. It was a tradition I had started before I can even remember. There is something special and unique between fathers and daughters. Maybe it’s that us daughters will forever be daddy’s little girl and in the back of our minds, no matter how old we get, we know that. As father’s day is right around the corner I remember back to little things in my childhood that have stayed with me till this day and secure the ever changing bond I have with my father. 

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A Feast Through Northern Israel and the Beautiful Casa Caesarea

We called it our ‘babymoon’. Not my husband and I, but rather my best friend Katherine and I, because as we saw it, best friends need time before baby arrives too. We had a little two day adventure up to Northern Israel to discover Caesarea, Acre and Tsfat, three spots that steal my heart each time I visit. And, we spent the night in the most lovely bed and breakfast, Casa Caesarea.

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Spelt Pancakes with Caramelized Peaches

The alarm clock buzzed at 5am and my husband wearily climbed out of bed as I hid my head under the covers shielding the sunrise from my eyes. It was comfy in our large bed and the room was cool with the breeze from our fan. Our dogs laid lazily in their bed barely lifting their little heads to see if it were time to wake up. I didn’t envy my husband one bit that he was about to meet his friends and take a long bike ride through the desert from Be’er Sheva to Mitzpe Ramon. I closed my eyes and drifted back to sleep fully taking over the now empty bed. 

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