The Paschal Offering

It’s the season of the Paschal lamb, hearkening back to that seminal sacrifice on the eve of Passover as the Israelites fled from Egypt. The ancient custom of sacrificing an … More…

March 22nd, 2012 Food, Recipes

The Guava Debate

It’s guava season. And as those who have ever been around a guava know, it’s a difficult period. The guava, it must be said, has an intense scent that is … More…

October 27th, 2011 Food, Recipes

Fire Up

As Israel celebrates its 63rd birthday, locals dusted off their barbecue grills, known locally as a mangal; sought a shady spot in the park or perhaps a highway median; and … More…

May 16th, 2011 Food, Recipes

Nana’s Boys

Ofer Vardi and his brother were Nana’s boys, cared for by their Hungarian grandmother, Rozsi Varidi, nearly every day. She would make stuffed red peppers after long hot days at … More…

September 6th, 2010 Food, Recipes

Winter Treats

Given Israel’s rainy winter days, most folks tend to forego ice cream during the cold months. There were years, in fact, when you couldn’t find ice cream at all during … More…

March 4th, 2010 Food, Recipes

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