November 20, 2014
by Mimi Holtz
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Mimi Avocado Shares: Food, Family and Tradition by Lynn Kirsche Shapiro

book cover

As soon as I saw this  book, I knew I wanted to read it.  Food, Family and Tradition  is a cookbook offering family recipes passed down through generations.  It is also a wonderful family memoir, with contributions by children and grandchildren,   telling the stories of their  beloved parents and grandparents.   This remarkable family has  survived the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust,  breaking the continuity of an Eastern European family tree,  but bringing forth the new branches of generations to come in the USA, Europe, and Israel.

 

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In writing her book, Lynn Kirsche Shapiro has collected the history of her cherished family,  told their stories,  explained their beliefs and customs,  and shared their family recipes.  Lynn is an accomplished woman in her early 60’s,  a grandmother, teacher, recipe developer,  business woman, traveler, and now an author.    Her parents were the founders of the largest all-kosher supermarket in the Midwest,  which has continued as a family business to the present day.  As survivors of the Holocaust,  the family carries the memories Continue Reading →

salad with butternut squash

November 17, 2014
by Mimi Holtz
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Harvest Salad with Glazed Butternut Squash, Pearl Onions and Warm Apple Cider Vinaigrette

butternut squash and pearl onions

Butternut squash and pearl onions are having a party in this Harvest Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette to celebrate Melissa’s Produce Fall Challenge with the San Diego Food Bloggers.  The colors of the holidays are already dancing together as the cranberries and pine nuts peek through the lettuce and herb mix like tiny ornaments.

butternut squash and rosemary

 

A group of San Diego Food Bloggers, organized by Barbara of BarbaraCooks.com,  are sharing our recipes today.  Each of us is eagerly wondering what everyone will  come up with for this Melissa’s Produce challenge.  Here’s how it works:  Melissa’s Produce sends us each a box of assorted items to use in a recipe.   We choose at least 3 of the items and add only 1-2 other items to make our dish.

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Those of you who know me well are already shaking your heads, because you know that I have been obsessing over what to make and which items to use for days already.  Thank you, Melissa’s Produce!  I loved everything in the box!  Dutch yellow potatoes for roasting,  a fresh butternut squash, fresh shallots and pearl onions,  peeled and steamed baby potatoes, fava beans, black-eyed peas, and garbanzo beans….plus pine nuts and dried cranberries!  What would you make if you received these items?   Continue Reading →

white sweet potatoes with orange mojo

November 16, 2014
by Mimi Holtz
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White Sweet Potatoes with Orange Mojo

white sweet potatoes

Do you know about white sweet potatoes?  Last year I posted my recipe for Mashed White Sweet Potatoes…something I had not tried before.  Today I tried making a recipe from Rick Rodger’s The New Big Book of Sides: More Than 450 Recipes for the Best Vegetables, Grains, Salads, Breads, Sauces, and More,  This new book arrived in the mail yesterday, and already Continue Reading →

November 12, 2014
by Mimi Holtz
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Butternut Squash Soup with Basil Cracked Pepper Chicken Sausage and Potatoes

soup with sausage and potatoesWe’ve had some nice cool weather lately…good for soup.  By “cool”  I mean in the 60’s.   If you’re not in southern California and the temperatures are in the 20’s or 30’s,  you’re probably rolling your eyes right now.  But I can guarantee that this soup will warm up your tummy and your disposition too!

I roasted some butternut squash with rosemary Continue Reading →

cut Bacon avocado

November 11, 2014
by Mimi Holtz
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Does A Bacon Avocado Taste Like Bacon? And a Giveaway!

Bacon avocado

Whenever the subject of Bacon avocados comes up  the first question is always “Does a Bacon avocado taste like bacon?”

bacon tree

Bacon avocados are named for Mr. James Bacon, who hybridized them in 1954.   This year is the 60th birthday of the Bacon avocado!  That’s plenty of reason to celebrate with a big bowl of guacamole made with Bacon avocados! Continue Reading →

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