Traditional Matzo Kugel for Passover

Traditional Matzo Kugel for Passover

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What is Matzo Kugel?
Matzo Kugel is a pudding made often during the Passover holiday.  Although most people eat a sweet version of Matzo Kugel, prepared with fruit, eggs and nuts, they can also eat a savory version featuring vegetables.

 
Why do we eat Matzo during Passover?
During the eight days of Passover, observers should avoid eating five types of grains which rise:  wheat, rye, spelt, barley and oat.  The only exception allowed during Passover is eating one of these grains in the form of an unleavened flatbread, today known as matzo, matza or matzah.

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Dandelion Pesto

Dandelion Pesto

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Why make Dandelion Pesto?
Dandelion pesto has brightened up many springtime dishes in past years.  In Belgium, I sometimes gathered the leaves of this wildflower from my backyard lawn to add to salads, soups and other dishes.

 
Dandelion greens grow wild
Picking dandelion greens are an annual tradition that marks the arrival of spring.  Although you can find dandelions all year long, the peak of their growth is during springtime.  Most dandelion greens go unnoticed, except to gardeners who get annoyed by the stubborn growth of this weed as it spreads across their…

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Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic – Yummy and Healthy!

Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic – Yummy and Healthy!

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Pasta with Fennel and Fresh Garlic Makes a Quick Yummy Meal
 
Is Fennel an Acquired Taste?
Not everyone enjoys the strong-licorice flavor of fresh fennel.  It can be a bit overwhelming if you eat a lot of it in one sitting.

Fennel offers many health benefits, making it worthwhile to find ways to include it in your diet.  Full of good intentions, I often buy fennel at the grocery store and farmers’ market, hoping to find a way during the coming days to use it.  Chopped fennel with some slices of orange and a vinaigrette dressing makes an easy salad.

However, wh…

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Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

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Wild Garlic Pesto on Pasta is a Springtime Favorite
 
Memories Triggered by Wild Garlic
The sense of smell can trigger strong memories, no matter how faraway they may be.  Wild garlic, also known by many other names, such as ramps, spring onion, ramson, wild leek, bear’s garlic, and wood leek, is probably my most faithful olfactory trigger.  Wild garlic is not actually a variation of garlic, but rather a variation of leek.

At 16 years old I lived on a farm in Belgium as an exchange student.  Farm life was different in almost every way from my life in Los Angeles….

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5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day

Looking for ideas for a vegan breakfast for Mother’s Day?
Here are 5 Easy, Tasty and Vegan Recipes for Mother’s Day that you and/or your kids can make without needing to know how to cook.

These recipes provide a variety of traditional breakfasts with vegans in mind.  Your mom will love any of these breakfasts, and especially the thought that goes into it.

You may adapt each of these recipes to suit the tastes of your mother or wife.  Feel free to be creative and make substitutions (especially of fruit) as you like.

These 5 recipes are not presented in any special order, as all of the…

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Pollo al ajillo (Garlic Chicken)

Pollo al ajillo (Garlic Chicken)

Walk in the Park
Alley of trees
Today I took a long walk in the park behind my house with a good friend. The park is quite large and has many different areas, each with their own characteristics. As this area is a former marsh area, there is fantastic wildlife to see, in particular in the spring when it all erupts into full action. We saw baby rabbits, ducklings, plants starting to blossom, and people jogging and walking. As we walked past the open park area where the new open river bed is being built to help prevent floo…

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Yogurt Spread with Radishes and Green Onions

Yogurt Spread with Radishes and Green Onions

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Spring was in the air on my lunch table
A couple days ago I was home for lunch on my own and wanted to make something special yet easy. I had a few eggplants, carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, green onions, and much more.

I was really in the mood to make a typical Belgian spread made principally with fromage blanc, green onions and radishes.  You add a little salt and pepper to these ingredients and you basically have your spread.  I also wanted to make baba ganoush with the eggplants. So what did I do?

I made both! Here I share the recipe for the Yogurt Spread with Rad…

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Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic

Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic

How to turn a basic Leek Quiche recipe into a special Springtime dish
On Easter Monday four generations of my Belgian family gathered at my niece’s house for an afternoon pot-luck spread and egg hunt for the kids.  Everyone brought a dish.  There were cakes, pies, brownies, tartes al Djote (a local specialty pie from Nivelles, Belgium), flammekeuche, chocolate truffles presented in a cake-pop style, a raspberry Charlotte, and other goodies.  I brought a vegetarian Leek Quiche with Wild Garlic, which was easy to make and quite tasty.

When I make a quiche, I follow a basic formula of 3 eggs …

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