Breakfast of Champions

Do you like beets? No? Even just a little? If you’re a beet-doubter then I dare you to try this hearty, earthy, eggy breakfast. I have it almost every day nowadays, especially if I’ve worked out in the morning, and I’ve posted it on my Instagram a few times. Several people have asked for the recipe after seeing my (scrumptious, decadent, purple) creation on social media. So here we go.

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Ratatouille, in Theory

Somehow, some way, I have managed to submit a full-length draft of the theory chapter of my dissertation! This (along with the abundance of zucchini I received from our marketshare) calls for ratatouille. But because I am strange, this ratatouille is a bit unusual, too. It’s ratatouille, in theory.

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Maple-Almond Charoset

Charoset is a sweet, sometimes alcoholic spread or chutney served on Passover. As a ritual food it’s spread on the cracker-like bread substitute called matzo, and meant to symbolize the mortar between the bricks of Egyptian building projects in the story of Exodus. As an Egyptologist I find this topic problematic, but let’s stick to the food: Ashkenazi Jews–those of European ancestry–usually make charoset with chopped apples, walnuts, wine, and raisins, while Sephardic Jews–who trace their ancestry to north Africa, Spain, and the Middle East–make theirs with dates, figs, or apricots, and lots of spices. I much prefer a date base for my charoset, and I recently decided that this spread is far too delicious to make only once a year. I’ve been eating it on toast, and sometimes with a spoon. My recipe adds a New England twist–maple syrup–and the balancing tang of salted almonds.

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Creamy Tomato Melanzane

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for ages! It’s my go-to quick lunch nowadays. My friend Miriam and I just spent a long time trying to figure out what to call it: it’s sort of like a stew, since it’s nearly soupy and you can eat it over rice, but it’s more like a curry due to its spice. We came up with Creamy Tomato Melanzane (melanzane = another word for eggplant). Give this a try on its own or over some basmati!

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Accidental Veggie Burgers

Hi, friends. I am not a vegetarian. But I do love vegetables, and I find most vegetarian-friendly foods quite delicious. The thing is, I didn’t set out to make veggie burgers when I accidentally created this wonderful culinary Frankenstein. (Does that description make it sound bad? Because it tastes amazing.) No, friends, I was trying to make my Oma’s veggie pancakes, and neither she nor I could remember what she used to put in them. So I experimented a bit, and a patty-shaped star was born.

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