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Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

You may be able to buy canned pumpkin year round, but there is something about pumpkin desserts that just begs to be eaten this time of year. It's a little colder than fall, it's not quite the bitter freezing and constant snowfalls of winter. I've made these muffins from a whole pumpkin and I've made them from a can – and they taste just as delicious either way. And finishing them in 30 minutes instead of 4 hours is quite a perk.

Hagafen Cellars Hit by Cali Wildfires

This week, my thoughts and prayers turn to California whose wine country has been ravaged by ongoing wildfires.

Tamarind Miso Soup

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Tamarind Miso Soup

The addition of sour tamarind paste here creates a sassy, slightly tangy, miso soup that can become the perfect lunch with baked tofu cubes and crispy baguette slices on the side. Alternatively, you can gently clean and reconstitute 2 dried shiitake mushrooms in 1⁄3 cup (80 ml) water, mince them, and add them while sautéing the vegetables in this dish. This’ll do the trick just fine. Be sure to keep the soaking water and replace the same quantity of water needed in this recipe with it. Don’t you just love it when there is no waste?

Smoky Kale and Chickpeas with Miso Peanut Drizzle

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Smoky Kale and Chickpeas with Miso Peanut Drizzle

So quick and easy, this flavor-packed, smoky stir-fry is great served alone. It’s also a perfect match with roasted sweet potatoes to make for a colorful complete meal. Or try it with the potatoes from Harissa Citrus Veggies. While definitely good for you, this dish is quite a treat too.

Red Chana Dal Mujaddara

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Red Chana Dal Mujaddara

Possibly the prettiest mujaddara you’ve ever made, this slightly sweet-and-sour twist on the Middle Eastern lentil, rice and fried onion dish boasts protein-rich chana dal (split baby chickpeas) and umami-filled sun-dried tomatoes. Note that the longer this dish marinates, the tastier it gets, which makes for great leftovers.

 

Making Havdalah The ‘High’ Point Of The Week

Courtesy JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) — Marijuana entrepreneur Catherine Goldberg was working on an event with the Orthodox founders of Mitzva Herbal, a company that makes kosher-certified cannabis-infused edibles, when she shared her dream of uniting marijuana-loving Jews over Friday-night dinners.

“They were, like, ‘Cat, we can’t smoke on Shabbat,” Goldberg, 28, recalled. “So I figured havdalah, instead, was perfect.”

Thus “Chai Havdalah” — in which “chai” is pronounced “high” — was born.

Celebrity Chef Alon Shaya: I Was Fired For Speaking Up About Alleged Sexual Harassment

Alon Shaya: “I do feel like I was fired for talking .. and for standing up.” (Marianna Massey)

Israeli-American chef Alon Shaya says he was fired from the Besh Restaurant Group for talking to a New Orleans reporter about alleged sexual harassment in the chain detailed in an extensive expose published over the weekend.

Twenty-five current and former employees were interviewed for the story in NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune. Shaya, who was dismissed last month, has not been accused of any impropriety.

Wines That Won’t Break the Bank

Entertaining friends and family on Shabbat and holidays can be expensive enough just on the food front; adding several bottles of $30+ wines can easily tip the balance from festive towards extravagance.

To help, I’ve rounded up a handful of affordable options to consider:

Quinoa & Veggies In Acorn Squash Bowls

Quinoa and harvest vegetables, above served in acorn squash bowls. Flickr CC/Meal Makeover Moms

Quinoa & Veggies In Acorn Squash Bowls

Kosher Winery Damaged As Wildfires Rage On In Northern California

The scene at Hagafen Cellars after wildfires raging in Northern California burned land, vegetation and equipment, Oct. 10, 2017. (Courtesy of Hagafen Cellars)

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A kosher winery in Northern California sustained widespread damage from a wildfire still raging along the southern part of the Silverado Trail in Napa County.

Ernie Weir, owner of Hagafen Cellars, the North Bay’s only kosher winery, said Wednesday that all employees are safe and the main winery building is intact, but that the fire destroyed fencing, all of the agricultural equipment, a guest house, nearly an acre of Cabernet Sauvignon vines and all of the property’s trees.