Once a professional cook, Stephanie Ganz now writes about mostly food from her home in Richmond, VA, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and one excellent cat.
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Chilaquiles, a Mexican breakfast of fried tortillas and salsa, is one of my all-time favorite weekend breakfast options. Something about the combination of a smoky, slightly spicy red sauce with tortilla chips and eggs just always hits the spot. But during Passover, when tortilla chips are off limits, I turn to my trusty box of matzah. After frying the matzah in oil, the crunchy crackers are even more satisfyingly crispy, and they hold the sauce without getting soggy — a Passover breakfast miracle!
Original recipes and a meal plan for Passover
Maybe you’ve seen the jars of fishy orbs suspended in a jelly-like substance in the grocery store and wondered, “What exactly is this stuff?” Gefilte fish has a long history, originating in Germany and following Eastern European Jews to the United States, but the religiously significant dish is often maligned for looking and tasting, well, gross.
In the springtime, grocery stores begin stocking boxes and boxes of matzo alongside cylindrical tubes of matzo meal — two star ingredients in the observance of Passover, a Jewish holiday commemorating the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt.
But what exactly is matzo meal, and why is it so important? Here’s the full rundown on matzo meal...
No matter how many times I use my Instant Pot, it’s always a surprise when I can cook a hefty piece of meat (or four of them, in this case) in about an hour. For these lamb shanks, I clean out the spice cabinet, using cinnamon, sumac, coriander, cumin and garlic powder to deliver big flavor that can stand up to the gaminess of lamb shanks. Creamy polenta, quinoa or mashed potatoes are perfect starchy sides for soaking up all the rich gravy that accompanies the tender, braised meat.
Say, "I'm Fond of You" with Fondue!
Whether you want a clear head at your holiday fête or are making resolutions for a dry January, there are plenty of reasons to skip the tippling this season. But really, you don’t need to justify not drinking to anyone. Thankfully, the growing interest in booze-free imbibing means there’s a new crop of spiritless spirits delivering complex flavors and inspired mixers for sipping and celebrating while still promising hangover-free mornings. Here’s the lowdown on a few women-owned favorites.