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Muhammara Red Pepper Spread

People LOVE this muhammara dip! I first had it while doing a week long meditation retreat the the Insight Meditation Retreat Center in Barre, MA. I was so amazed by the interesting combination of tastes that I made sure to get the recipe before heading back home. Muhammara is originally from Syria, and traditionally made with pomegranate molasses. Out of convenience I often use honey, and it works perhaps not quite as well, but certainly good enough. You will likely need to play with the amounts a bit as the taste of the red peppers varies quite significantly and will effect the overall balance of tastes. 

10 ounces canned roasted red peppers, or 2 fresh red peppers roasted and peeled         1 cup almond meal or 3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup walnuts – lightly toasted
4 cloves garlic – minced

1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey or pomegranate molasses 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp red chili flakes
1 cup olive oil


Mince garlic.
Put garlic in food processor along with all other ingredients except olive oil and feta cheese.
Blend until smooth. Add olive oil gradually.
Serve with pita bread and feta cheese.

Tumeric Tea

This is one of my favorite warm drinks. I came across this recipe in the NY Times a few years ago. It is sweet, warming, and a great winter tea to heal what ails! I have sometimes made it with black tea, sometimes with Rooibos Chai. Enjoy!


Kombucha Home Brew

Kombucha Home Brew, Kombucha is a fermented food, which is a great thing to have in ones diet in moderation. I recommend drinking no more than 1 cup per day. The origins of kombucha are unclear, but it most likely dates back thousands of year to ancient China. While I question some of the wilder health claims, like that it can cure cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, I do believe that if you enjoy how it tastes, it is a wonderful alternative to soda or to that afternoon Starbucks. Personally, I find it gives me a slight, steady increase in energy and focus. 

After a year of experimentations I’ve finally figured out how to make great kombucha (most of the time). I use this recipe as a my baseline. Below I've added a few things I've figured out to make the brew a success!

1. First Round of Fermentation Tips 

Boil half the water add all of the tea bags and sugar and let it cool for 10 minutes. Next, add the rest of the water and let it sit until it comes to room temperature. 

2. Second Round of Fermentation Tips:  

I use the bottles she recommends because a tight seal is vital to getting a good fizz going. My favorite flavor combination is ginger, lemon, honey. In the beginning I would grate and press my own ginger juice. If you have the time and patience to do this I applaud you! I have started to use 1 teaspoon of ginger juice (by either The Ginger People or Santa Cruz). I also add 1 piece of ginger candy cut up and   1-2 teaspoons of honey. In the fall I add a splash of apple cider and slightly less honey. In the summer I add pureed blueberries or other fresh fruits. 


Simple Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup

As it is named, this soup is simple to make, yet at the same time it is a crowd pleaser!

1 cup red lentils
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated or cut into very thin slices 4 cups water
1/2 cup mild salsa, chunky style, or 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1 small onions, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 -1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 tablespoon dulse flakes (optional, but highly recommended)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk


Sprig of fresh mint or coarsely chopped cilantro


1. Place lentils, water, salsa, sweet potato and onion in a medium soup pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until lentils are soft.

2. Stir in the spices, dulse, coconut milk and salt. Simmer for another 20-30 minutes. 3. Garnish individual bowls with fresh mint or cilantro just before serving.


• If you are using store bought salsa my favorite brand for this soup is Green Mountain Gringo.
• Dulse is a sea vegetable which contains minerals that are wonderful for calming the nervous system. Dulse also gives that umami flavor which adds a welcome, somewhat mysterious and satisfying complexity to this simple soup. You can find it at most health food stores including Whole Foods.

Umeboshi Scallion Dressing

Umeboshi Scallion Dressing, Umeboshi is a traditional Japanese fruit used to treat just about any imbalance in the body. It is especially supportive of good digestion, and treating fatigue. Umeboshi vinegar, (sometimes called ume vinegar), is delicious in salad dressings. I love this recipe because of it’s amazing flavor and it’s simple list of ingredients

1 1/2 cups chopped scallions

3/4 cup avocado oil

2 tablespoons umeboshi vinegar

1/2 cup water

Optional-black paper to taste

1. In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

2. Use immediately or refrigerate until serving. This dressing can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for one week. 


Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Strawberries are ripe in New England for only a short time in June. There is no comparison between fresh in season strawberries and what passes for strawberries the rest of the year.

For many years I belonged to the Lindentree Farm CSA in Lincoln. I have memories of picking strawberries there in my 20's with good friends and then in my 30s with those same friends, alongside all of our kids, the sweet strawberry juices sticky on our finger tips, our mouths, and in the case of my son Nadav, his whole body! I encourage you to pick some strawberries this June. Or find some at your local farmers market. And check out this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.

Asparagus Soup


Asparagus Soup, Serves 4-6.

This is the perfect early spring soup. It is seasonal, and the color is that of new spring growth.



10 medium or 20 thin stalks of asparagus (remove the tough bottom end of each stalk)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium leeks, white part plus an inch of green, chopped
2 small shallot bulbs, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 - 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped                                                             
1 teaspoon sea salt
vegetable broth or water, about 3 cups
black pepper and lemon juice to taste
chopped fresh dill or chives for garnish


1. Heat the oil in a soup pot. Sauté onion, leek and shallot with a pinch of sea salt at medium heat until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes and continue to sauté for 8-10 minutes more. 

2. In a separate pan, blanch asparagus until it softens and turns a bright spring green color, about 2-3 minutes, and then set it aside. 

3. Add garlic and enough vegetable broth  to completely cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are soft.

4. Add asparagus. Purée soup in a blender, or in the pot with an immersion blender.
Season with salt and black pepper.

5. Serve the soup hot or cold, sprinkled with dill or chives. Add a splash of lemon juice to each bowl just before serving.


Whenever possible, I use Magic Mineral Broth by Rebecca Katz,  as a base for this soup. 

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