Raspberry granita

Like Italian gelato This raspberry ice has a serious raspberry flavor. It reminds me of Italian gelato, very intensely raspberry and not very sweet. How to make Raspberry Granita: Heat one cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves, a few minutes, and let it cool. Puree […]


Alpha House cheesecake In Ithaca, drug addicts were frequently remanded to a place called Alpha House where they were supposed to be rehabilitated. The addicts were supposed to support themselves during the process, and learn to work a steady job, by baking lots of cheesecakes. Alpha House cheesecake was ubiquitous all over town, and it […]

Sautéed spinach

Bagged spinach or bunch spinach? Sometimes I do buy the bagged spinach, because it’s so much easier. But bunch spinach is better, really. It’s a little bit cheaper, but mainly it’s better because fewer people handle it, and so it is less likely to have nasty germs than the bagged spinach is. Also, if you […]

Haroset (and haroset pie!)

What is haroset? Haroset is a mixture of chopped apples and nuts that plays a part in the traditional Jewish seder meal at Passover. By March, it’s hard to get the kids excited about more apples, but they love making and eating haroset. Ashkenazi or Sephardic? Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe, like my Lithuanian ancestors, […]

Grated carrots

I miss the charcuterie In Paris, when you want a take-out dinner, the easiest choice is the neighborhood charcuterie, where you can get all kinds of ready-cooked meals, but also appetizers and side dishes. Grated carrots is one of the most common appetizers in all Paris charcuteries – healthy, simple, cheap! How to make grated carrots: […]

Cranberry sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce versus The Mold At our house, some people like homemade cranberry sauce, but for other people it’s not Thanksgiving without the kind of cranberry sauce that dumps out of the can in one piece and stands up in the bowl in one quivering glistening cylinder. So we always have both on the […]


Something fresh and tasty in winter Coleslaw only takes a few minutes to make, and it’s very good for you, and most people like it. It’s excellent with any kind of fish. How to make coleslaw: Get out the food processor. Cut the tops off two carrots and cut them into quarters. Put them in […]

Beet slaw

Looks like jewels This beet slaw is a super easy side dish, goes with lots of different dinners, and shines like a bowl of precious stones on your table. Also, it’s delicious and unexpected. Be careful, though, what you touch while you’re working and serving beet slaw. Beet juice stains really badly. Watch out for […]