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

A Big Ol’ Pot of Jewish Chicken Soup Saves Any Day

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

A Big Ol’ Pot of Jewish Chicken Soup Saves Any Day

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I cook in rather large quantities for a living, but no matter who I am cooking for or why, I always aim to create flavor-intense layers. That often—in fact almost always—takes time. There are few hacks and shortcuts worth the compromise in taste. Even if the cooking time itself is quick, making good food simply takes some time. Time to think about what to make, time to shop, time to prep, and time to cook and clean up. I want to get the most out of my time, and I want you to, as well, so when it comes to making my chicken soup (my version of real-deal, old-fashioned Jewish bubbe-approved chicken soup that satisfies and lingers in memories), I know I will need some serious time. It’s not all… Read More

Sweets for Your Sweetie

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Sweets for Your Sweetie

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My favorite time of year will soon be upon us: Valentine’s Day! As someone who loves me some good chocolate, I always celebrate the opportunity to make something delicious. But a friend of mine shared with me a very sad fact: her husband (who loves dark chocolate, by the way) can’t eat it past mid-afternoon. He’s sensitive to the caffeine found in dark chocolate…and even to some milk chocolate these days. So I found the perfect “alternative chocolate” truffle—one that will meet all those important dietary restrictions, plus they are super-fun to make. These honeyed marzipan and date truffles rolled in toasted sesame seeds are a sweet little bit of heaven.