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Summer Chicken Salad

Picnic classics; potato salad, macaroni salad, chicken salad and egg salad. Pretty much anything smothered in a ridiculous amount of mayonnaise could be passed off as a summertime salad staple. What is it about these classics that have made their way to the table generation after generation? Maybe it’s the easy preparation that could be done a day or two before your guests arrive, or before you leave for an afternoon at the beach, or maybe it’s the idea that they work well as one dish meals.

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Cherry Pie (sugar and butter free)

It felt like big bubbles popping. I laid in bed waiting for the sun to come up wondering what it was I kept feeling. Could it be the feeling I have been waiting for the past 5 months? The feeling of tiny developing limbs pushing on me from inside? My mom told me when it happens I’ll just know. I felt it again and again, the sensation of large bubbles and an uncontrollable twitch moving from one side of my stomach to the other. The greatest feeling ever.

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Ricotta Buttermilk Ice Cream

The desert landscape of brown rugged earth disappeared in the rear view mirror as we drove north. Rolling hills of tall green trees, sunflower fields and fruit orchids whizzed by out the car window. I gave my husbands knee a squeeze as he drove.

While back home in NY our friends and families were gearing up to celebrate Memorial Day with trips to the beach, backyard BBQ’s and boat rides, we were getting ready for our own long holiday weekend in Israel.

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Open Faced Chargrilled Vegetable Sandwich

As we enter June, grill season is officially upon most of the world. Here in Be’er Sheva it seems to be coming to an end as the temperatures are reaching above 90F. Nights are still nice enough to fire up the coals but unfortunately that wont be lasting very long and so here in southern Israel we try to get in as much BBQ time as possible. 

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Garlic Pistachio Pesto

I fear my garlic habit is going to lead way to me using up my 5.5 kilos I have of it drying in my attic way sooner than anticipated. First there was the caramelized garlic tart (which I have made more than once, obviously). Then the garlic knots, and now this. Not to mention the daily use of a clove or two in some dish or other. Perhaps its the pregnancy or maybe its just my undying love for the pungent bulbs, either way, I cant seem to get enough of it.

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Thai Chicken Cucumber Salad

I duck into one of the covered alley ways of the shuk trying to get a small reprieve from the hot desert sun. I walk slowly up and down the narrow walkways, checking out what new items the vendors may have to sell. It’s crowded on this Friday morning with the before-shabbos crowd of people hurrying to get what they need for the weekend ahead. Strawberry season is coming to an end and the last piles of them can still be seen for only 5 shekels a kilo. Fresh garlic is still being pushed on costumers even though the last of the season tend to be small and sad looking.

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Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Spring is here and with it comes bright sunny days that warm your face, white fluffy clouds dancing across a beautiful blue sky, backyard BBQ’s with friends, picnics and walks in the park, flowers blooming and freshly grown leaves swaying on trees in the warm afternoon breeze.

We emerge from our winter slumbers ready to embrace the outdoors once again. Ready to feel the sun, walk barefoot through the grass and enjoy the tastes that come with this wonderful time of year. 

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Passion Fruit Pound Cake

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s times like these being so far away from home is hard. It has been close to 2 years since I boarded a plane with a one way ticket from NY to Israel to begin a new married life half way around the world. I have only been back to the states one time since then when I surprised my mom for her birthday and now I count the days until I visit again this summer.

My mom and I have always been close. Very close.

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Garlic Knots

Yes, I am on a garlic kick. 2 posts in a row featuring this amazing ingredient. Call me addicted but I just cannot get enough of it. I could probably devote an entire blog to just garlic recipes. Seriously. And, with kilos of it sitting in my attic drying out, it could very well happen. Don’t judge, we all have our vices.

In my last post, caramelized garlic tart, I raved about my love for the cookbook Plenty that Katherine had given me for my birthday.

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Caramelized Garlic Tart

It has been an exciting and eventful couple of weeks. My husband surprised me with a week long trip to Paris, I celebrated my 30th Birthday and I found out that I am going to be having a little girl! A girl!! How joyful the idea. The news came as a bit of a surprise as I had convinced myself that I was going to be having a boy. But, I could not be happier. How excited I am to meet my little angel and I find myself wondering what she will be like.

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