Is Bubbe's Eastern European Diet "Kosher" for Your Health?

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Israelis come from a variety of countries and their diets tend toward the eclectic. My own culinary heritage is staunchly eastern European. But while my mother rendered chicken fat from time to time, she preferred adapting traditional foods to make them lighter. Alternet‘s Terence McNally  interviewed Michael Pollan, ecological food expert and best-selling author of […]

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Vegawarian Dinner

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Last night, my roommates and I hosted a dinner party for twelve. Out of the eight dishes, only the stuffed peppers had meat; the others were majadara (rice and lentils), garlic-mint carrots, and goat-cheese stuffed eggplants simmered in Hamutal’s amazing pepper sauce. This morning I considered the carbon footprint of the meal. Although the dinner […]

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Crops Safe, No Frost for Now, Reports Jordan

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(Does this guy look worried about the frost? A smokin’ vegetable vendor in a Petach Tikva market, Israel. Credit anyalogic) While North Americans in the higher latitudes are sipping hot cocoa, and have Jack Frost nipping at their noses, farmers in the Middle East pray that the frost won’t come. Last year, sub-zero temperatures wiped […]

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Why Baby's First Gift Shouldn't Be Formula From the Hospital

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Soft drinks. Fast foods. Cigarettes. Companies that market these products are well-known for targeting children and teens in order to develop “brand loyalty.” But the campaign to capture the taste buds of future consumers begins even earlier–in the hospital nursery, where formula companies use aggressive methods to ensure that babies’ first taste of artificial milk […]

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Breastfeeding and Judaism: Why Moses' Mother Didn't Put Bottles Into The Ark Of Bulrushes

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The Torah doesn’t talk much about breastfeeding, as it was taken for granted in ancient times. Moses’ mother doesn’t put bottles into the ark of bulrushes she sends down the Nile to save him from Pharaoh’s evil decree (Exodus 2). According to the midrashic commentary Moses refused to nurse from an Egyptian nursemaid, so the […]

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Turning Back The Clock With A DYI Bread Oven Helps Gazans Cook In Difficult Times

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Green Prophet welcomes the first post of our new Palestinian writer Rami Almeghari. A contributor to The Electronic Intifada, IMEMC.org, and Free Speech Radio News, Rami is also a former senior English translator and editor-in-chief of the international press center of the Gaza-based Palestinian Information Service. We first found Rami through a story he’d written […]

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Tel Aviv’s Dancing Camel Brewery Holding a Fundraiser for the Zalul Environmental Association

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Dancing Camel, one of Tel Aviv’s great small, local breweries, makes absolutely delicious beer. From Pomegranate Ale to Cherry Vanilla Stout… they know what they’re doing.  Coming from a female non-beer drinker, you can take my word for it.  I would never drink the stuff unless it was good. They offer a great local product […]

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