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How to Make Authentic Falafel and Israeli Chopped Salad

Falafel and Israeli Chopped Salad
When my family and I go back to Israel, our first stop is a little roadside falafel stand in Haifa, on the Carmel. Hot, crunchy with a bright green center, it’s stuffed into pillowy pita bread, chopped Israeli salad, pickles and drizzled generously with tangy tahini. It’s possibly my favorite food on the planet and I have finally perfected my recipe. Enjoy it as much as I do! Falafel 1 1/2 cups dried
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New Twist on Classic Summer Dishes

Summer is the perfect time to relax, throw some food on the grill, and casually entertain. I stopped by Great Day Houston to share some tips for summer cooking and show how simple changes can really elevate your game. Pistachio Basil Pesto and Crudite Platter   For the Pesto: 2 cups packed fresh basil 1/4 cup roasted, salted pistachios 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic juice of half a lemon 1/4 cup grated parmesan salt to taste Directions: […]
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Tzaziki Chicken Skewers

Summer Picnic Foods Tzaziki Chicken Skewers Chicken Tzaziki Skewers What could be more cooling on a hot summer day than cold yogurt Tzaziki sauce, slathered on grilled chicken skewers? This is one of my favorite dips, I doubled it to make a marinade for the chicken as well. After grilling, I skewered the chicken with thin slices of Persian cucumbers, and a cherry tomato on top. Perfect for snacking by the pool, and now that Memorial Day is here, […]
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Mediterranean Shrimp Orzo Salad

The Best Shrimp Orzo Salad
This Mediterranean Shrimp and Orzo salad is anything but your standard pasta salad.  Lemony  shrimp, tiny orzo pasta, crunchy cucumbers and plump tomatoes and the creamiest feta cheese give this refreshing salad a delightful flavor. I love to serve it by the pool or outdoors under the patio on warm spring and summer evenings. Hearty enough for a complete meal but light enough to eat two servings and not feel guilty.  
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Simple and Delicious Salmon Burgers

Basil Pesto Salmon Burgers 2 – 8oz. cooked salmon filets 2 tbsp fresh basil pesto 1/4 cup mayonaise 1 tbsp dijon mustard 1 green onion, sliced thin small squeeze of fresh lemon juice 1 cup panko, Japanese breadcrumbs light olive oil for pan frying 4 hamburger buns arugula for garnish Directions: In a large mixing bowl flake the salmon gently, add the other ingredients, and gently toss to combine. Do not over mix the salmon, you want nice […]
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InstantPot Chicken Tikka Masala

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala Chicken Tikka Masala is the ultimate Indian comfort food. Normally it takes hours to marinate the chicken, grill it, then cook it in a creamy tomato sauce. But with the help of the Instant Pot and a cooked rotisserie chicken, this delicious meal can be prepared in minutes. For the tomato soup base, check out this recipe I created because it is equally as delicious. InstantPot Chicken Tikka Masala Half a rotisserie […]
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Ribollita – Tuscan Vegetable Stew

Vegetable StewRibollita This simple and rustic soup, Ribollita, is Superfood for the Soul. It’s comforting and classic, easy to make and so hearty you almost forget how healthy it is. There are many versions of this soup, but I prefer to leave out the bread to keep it gluten free and a little lighter. One of the absolute keys though to its success is adding a Parmesan rind. When I have a block of Parmesan I cut off the rind and keep it in my freezer for dishes […]
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Holiday Meals to Make Ahead and Feed a Crowd

  The holidays mean gathering with friends and family and making meals that feed a crowd! Making some of the meals ahead of time helps you enjoy your time with your guests instead of slaving in the kitchen.  I put together some of my favorite dishes to make ahead for breakfast, lunch and dinner when I’m hosting guests. I love my waffle maker and the smell of waffles cooking in the morning is incredible. The night before I set the waffle […]
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Sheet Pan Steak and Oven Baked Fries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw6J_hx9tac&t=4s Before you even think about going out to eat and spending too much money on a delicious steak, watch this video and learn how easy, and how much more affordable it is, to make your own steak at home. I made it all in the sheet pan, with a tiny bit of help from the cast iron skillet. Sheet Pan Steak and Oven Baked Fries 2 Excellent Quality Steaks (I used NY Strip) 1 tbsp unsalted butter 4 Russet […]
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Brisket Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

After a big Passover Seder, I have a lot of leftover brisket (PS, if you want to see my step-by-step tutorial on how I make it, check out my stories here. One of my favorite ways of reinventing leftover slow cooked meat, like brisket, is to stuff it into baked sweet potatoes. The combination of sweet and salty, smoky and rich is perfect and a dollop of cool sour cream and crunchy scallions brings my food back to like! It’s quite simply, just microwave […]
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