A warm night, a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, and a big bowl of watermelon with feta cheese: if we had to take a guess, that would be our mom’s definition of the perfect summer dinner. If you’ve never tasted watermelon and feta together before, it may sound like a strange combination. But give it a taste, and you will certainly be hooked. The sweetness of the juicy watermelon meets the rich, salty feta creating an explosion of flavor on every perfect bite.
Photo from Chef Einat Admony’s instagram @chefeinat
In celebration of National Hot Dog month, we thought it would be the perfect time to dig into history to find out more about everyone’s ballpark and summer BBQ favorite–the kosher hot dog.
I am in Los Angeles this week visiting my family, checking out some fun kid-friendly activities (sidenote: Kidspace Museum is awesome) and, of course, eating. My daughter always make sure to hit up our favorite ramen joint as soon as we arrive, as well as Porto’s Bakery in Burbank for Cuban coffee and pastry.
Have you ever stared at your delicious Friday night challah and thought, “Wow, I bet this would be delicious stuffed with cheese, brushed with melted butter and parmesan and then dipped in tomato sauce”? Well, I did and the results were absolutely delicious.
I come from a family of hunters and gatherers, and the younger generations are no exception. My grandfather owned and operated a farm in Cuba, and to this day, enjoys reaping what he sows. This love of farm-to-table delicacies doesn’t end in the garden, either. Some of my fondest and earliest memories are of our family fishing trips. We’d each have our own special fishing chairs, and our rods would line the lake like saber arches, saluting the swimming fish. In the evening, dinner always included the catch of the day. Fortunately for me, I married someone whose family traditions also included spending quality time with a fishing rod in hand. Despite growing up clear across the country, my husband often shares stories about his experiences fishing with his grandfather.
Every summer, I experiment with refreshing iced teas and herbal concoctions to beat the heat. Of these, my favorite happens to be kombucha–that effervescent fermented tea that took America by storm five or so years ago.
There’s nothing quite like a pastrami sandwich and a Dr. Brown’s black cherry soda. To me they go together like peanut butter and jelly and bring me back to my childhood when we would visit my aunt Harriet in Queens and stop by the deli for dinner. My dad would always order the same thing: chopped liver and tongue sandwich with a Cel-Ray soda. My poison of choice was pastrami, and a black cherry.
With an elegant photo of white bowls filled with lemons, eggs, and limes, our favorite Jewish celebrity chef, Ina Garten, announced on Instagram that she’s filming new shows.