pasta, vegetarian, vegan, summer, salad

warm pasta salad

big bowl of pasta salad

Now that tomatoes are finally coming into season, it's time for some pasta salad that really makes the most of summer produce. It also has the advantage of being a dish that only requires boiling a pot of water, but no other cooking, which is going to be welcome to…

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vegetarian, vegan, stews and soups, ukranian food

hot Ukrainian borscht

bowl of hot borscht with sour cream drizzled on top

Given what's going on in Europe right now, it seemed like time to share a Ukrainian recipe. Ukrainian, at least, courtesy of my great-grandmother the Ukrainian Jew, who emigrated to the US as a young child fleeing a Tsar-ordered Russian Cossack pogrom. Hmmm, seems familiar somehow. Of course, me being…

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pottery, jewish food, shows


photo of candle holders, mezuzzot, hand washer

As a Jew from an observant family (although I'm not), I noticed that there don't seem to be any other Portland area potters making Judaica for sale. So I figured I'd fix that. Having borrowed some designs from my mother, I now have a few things on offer for fellow…

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