Dukkah Hamentashen

And here are the Dukkah Hamantashen. I’ve been obsessed with dukkah ever since I discovered it about a year ago. I use it on my challah, I add it to roasted chicken, and obviously to runny eggs. It’s such a versatile, delicious spice blend. It really shines in this hamantashen as well, against the freshness of the cheese and the crispiness of the dough.

When it comes to Purim, I look for the easiest recipes that come together quickly, since the day is already packed and time melts away. These hamantashen come together quickly, with minimal prep and make for a beautiful and delicious appetizer. Serve it with
middle eastern dipping sauces like matbucha, schug, harissa, and babaganoush.

Purim Sameach!

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Mexican Pizza Hamantashen

Things have been busy in our house. Not because my purim mishloach manot are done, nor is my house spotless for pesach, rather everyone has taken turns being sick. But now that Purim is a minute away, I had to come and share these amazing savory hamantashen with you!

These Mexican Pizza Hamantashen were inspired by the vibrant Mexican influence in food found in LA. They are packed with flavor and come together easily. Best of all they make for a beautifully colorful presentation.

I also included the easiest, 5 minute homemade tomato sauce, so you can be sure to make these in a short amount of time with things you probably already have at home.

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fresh mozzarella winter orzo salad with roasted grapefruit and tangerine

I feel the passing of each season by the produce currently in stock. The fruit bowl has been overflowing with juicy oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and clementines. Family has been dropping off freshly-picked-from-the-tree lemons, and I'm relishing each passing winter day. 

When it comes to fruits in season, I love nothing more than to simply eat them raw. They’re at their peak, dripping with juices, and filled with perfect deliciousness; but roasting does come second best. The juices caramelize, the edges brown, and somehow the flavors transform into something deep and magical and positively addicting. These roasted grapefruit and tangerine are nothing short of that. You can use them on yogurt, on your a.m. toast, and even in this warm orzo salad. And of course coupled with fresh mozzarella, it makes for a worthwhile salad.

This salad is infinitely versatile, with a simple dressing that can accommodate any topping. Add nuts, different vegetables, or even a soft-boiled egg. But you must keep the fresh mozzarella, it adds a lightness and freshness that makes everything tasty and perfect.

Juices + Smoothies / Health + Detox

I've been on quite a health quick these past few weeks. I'm not a resolutions-type of girl, and I don't quite hooray at the turn of the Gregorian calendar, but this health resurgence happened conveniently around the time many people resolve similar endeavors. I love eating healthy, and I as far as I can remember I'd crave succulent fruit as snack. Unfortunately I'd fall for decadent chocolate bars just as much. So, like many, I slowly nurtured a pattern of healthy eating along with convenient, processed food eating. I'd alternate between a phase of green-filled salads and one of sugar-filled cereal bowls for three meals a day. 

Ultimately nothing can compare, I just feel so good when I eat healthfully, and as a fringe benefit I love my closet so much more. The lethargy dissipates; I smile brightly even at 6am. The cravings stop, the sugar rush disappears, and instead of staring at a cupcake longingly, I almost get repulsed when I imagine the tooth-achingly-sweet cake and the subsequent bloating. Key word here is almost. Almost. Somehow some confections make it back into my repertoire eventually but instead of total annihilation, I'm working on being more mindful. I'm into the 80/20 rule, where 80% is clean eating and 20% is a party.

Many of you might be curious what "diet" I'm on. With so many eating lifestyle in vogue there are many options to choose from: vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten free, herbalife, etc. I don't really subscribe to any one, but rather over the years I've learned what works for me and my body. A few years ago, I did the Clean detox here, and I loved it. It was approachable and I completed it successfully. Since then I'm more aware of the messages my body is sending me and I know what I need to avoid in order to feel my best.

One thing that always works is juicing. I totally fell in love with juicing. After I drink a juice filled with vegetables I literally feel my skin beaming. It's the best, most efficient and natural way to get a boost of micronutrients. I've made so many variations, and some I've shared on instagram. There's one juice I made that stood out. I combined some beets, carrots, celery, pear, and ginger. I then decided to turn that juice into a smoothie, so I blended it with spinach, almonds, and frozen pineapple. It turned out interesting. It tasted, you know, healthy. The smoothie addition thickened the consistency of the beet juice, and as much as I love smoothies, it wasn't my favorite fusion. I did it mainly because my smoothies usually contain more fruit than vegetables and I wanted to balance it out with the juice. It was an interesting experiment nonetheless.

I still have a few more juicing combinations I want to try. My brother-in-law once told me about a carrot, ginger, and cayenne pepper shot he had. I imagine it's lethal, and an efficient boost instead of a caffeine shot, not that I'd drink coffee. Anyhow, come to LA, you'll find many to converse on juicing with. For now, here are some of the things I've concocted.

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