Spice Mixes: Spicing Up the Everyday with Ease

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Spice Mixes: Spicing Up the Everyday with Ease

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Spice mixes have many roles in my kitchen. The number one thing they do is make weeknight and everyday cooking bolder, in the fastest and easiest way. Yes, spice mixes in my cabinet are usually homemade, and goodness knows, they traverse the globe, but it’s the ease they offer that makes them so handy. I cater many days a week, and cooking for my family often flies out the window on those days. Now that my elderly mom is living with us and I am eating healthy, I have to make sure that I have nutritious, protein-rich food on hand all the time. My mom is a NOLA native (that’s New Orleans, Louisiana for the uninitiated), so spices are her fave, and we all love bold flavors. That often translates… Read More

Rock the Dessert for Passover

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Rock the Dessert for Passover

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Passover is usually a hectic time for cooks, and when you throw in varying dietary needs and lifestyles, what suffers so often is desserts. For most hosts, dessert is simply something you just pick up from the store. You can make do with canned macaroons and plethora of chocolates, you say to yourself. I think otherwise. I like desserts. In my house everyone who has drifted away from the table will gather together again for the array of desserts I like to serve—as if I rang a Pavlovian dinner bell. Yes, my spread includes silly amounts of chocolate candies, but you’ll also find a cake, an ice cream—something homemade is always on the table. Here’s a bunch of recipes for dessert, all Passover friendly, that will make your dessert display… Read More

Spring Is in the Air

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Spring Is in the Air

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Despite the temperature and the huge mountains of dirty, gray snow that can be found hulking on all the streets around here in the Northeast, spring is in the air. How can I tell? For one thing, it gets dark later every night. And for another thing…well, that’s it for now. But that light is enough to buoy me through this final (I hope!) blast of cold, wintry air. Do you feel it, too? A little lightening of the heart, just when we need it most…? I am ready to put away the heavy winter stews in favor of the freshness of spring dishes. Of course, that’s a little hard to do around here, because everything is buried under mounds of snow. But leafy greens await at our grocery store,… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day for Everyone

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

St. Patrick’s Day for Everyone

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It seems to me that this year, St. Patrick’s Day holds more hope and meaning than ever before. Even though it has always been a celebration of Irish American heritage, it has always seemed like a very inclusive holiday. Everyone was invited to be Irish for the day, and we happily accepted that invitation. We eagerly partook of corned beef and cabbage, drank green beer, and even enjoyed green bagels (a fusion food if ever there was one) without much thought. But this year I am thinking about it. The fact that this holiday was started by a bunch of immigrants who wanted to celebrate—and share—the traditions and foods of their native lands has taken on added meaning, at least for me. It’s made me proud to be a daughter… Read More

A Tipple and a Treat for Purim

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

A Tipple and a Treat for Purim

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Does it surprise you to learn that I love Purim? When else does the Bible tell us to feast and make merry (by drinking enough to not be able to tell the difference between the good guy and bad guy in the story)? As a quick reminder of the plot, Esther was the beautiful Jewish girl who won the heart of the king, her cousin was the brave man who saved the king’s life, and Haman was the evil vizier who hated Mordecai and wanted to kill the Jews. Since the story is found in The Book of Esther, I think you can guess who saved whom. So we celebrate. I’ve actually read somewhere that some Americans refer to Purim as “the Jewish Mardi Gras.” I like to cook, but… Read More