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Okra in Tomato Sauce

Okra in Tomato Sauce /Noah Fecks

Okra in Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower Salad with Lime and Turmeric

Cauliflower Salad with Lime and Turmeric / Noah Fecks

Cauliflower Salad with Lime and Turmeric

Deli talk with the old-timers

At Ben's Deli/ Courtesy Akiva Miller

Who can say no to a good pastrami sandwich, right? So when I got a chance to spend an evening at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant in midtown Manhattan with members of the Workmen’s Circle, I couldn’t resist. The party assembles in the back room of Ben’s, where the attendees, a few Bernie Sanders lookalikes among them, conspicuously outnumber their younger counterparts. The last arrivals settle in to their seats as Ann Toback, the executive director of the Workmen’s Circle, remarks on Jewish food as a cultural foundation to the crunch of pickles.

Turkish Coffee Brownies with Cinnamon Caramel

Turkish Coffee Brownies with Cinnamon Caramel

(The Nosher via JTA) -- I was first introduced to Turkish coffee in Israel. Prepared in the traditional copper cezve, it was served piping hot and in beautiful, delicate cups. I quickly became enamored of its strong flavor and clean, robust taste unmarred by sugar.

In addition to the pure taste of coffee, there was another flavor I couldn’t quite place. When I asked the brewer what it was, he told me it was cardamom. It seemed a strange combination at first, but as I kept drinking I found it was enjoyable — like a stronger, undiluted version of a dirty chai (Indian-spiced tea).

Wine-Lox Pairings

Bagel and lox. Courtesy torbakhopper

A friend recently asked me about pairing wine with some traditional brunch fair. In particular, I was asked, what wine would I pair with gravlax, lox, or smoked salmon?

Italian Style Meatballs and Spaghetti

Italian Style Meatballs and Spaghetti

Quinoa 'Meatballs' with Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Quinoa 'Meatballs' with Spaghetti Squash and Marinara

Slow Cooker Spinach Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

Slow Cooker Spinach Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Meatball Roundup

If you’re looking for a recipe for spaghetti and meatballs and you check out a standard cookbook or look online you’re probably going to find hundreds of variations on Italian-style beef meatballs with pasta strands and red sauce. And that’s fine.

But ask a food professional and you’re in for a surprise. We food writers, recipe developers, personal chefs and so on, are always thinking “out-of-the box.” The term “spaghetti and meatballs” might mean, well, let’s see about that: