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June 30, 2020
Irene Saiger

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Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

My paternal family, the Grafs, had an appreciation and love of nature that they passed down to the next generation and, especially now, I am so grateful for that gift. The family came from Warka, Poland, and my father and his brothers often spoke of their childhood home which had fruit trees and a vegetable […]

September 18, 2018
Irene Saiger

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Cod Fish Cakes

It is 2:00 p.m. and Yom Kippur is quickly approaching, never an easy day, physically or emotionally.  But each year, just days before, I wait in anticipation for this small thing that has become as much a part of my ritual as many other small things that I focus on as the holiday approaches.  I […]

April 3, 2017
Irene Saiger

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Chana Chat (South Asian Garbanzo bean salad)

Yesterday, just about a week before Pesach (Passover), my kitchen and dining room table were covered in flour.  Mounds of dough were portioned out around the edge of the table, potatoes were boiling in the kitchen, and salad ingredients were being chopped on every available surface. My daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, is involved in an organization called […]

January 27, 2017
Irene Saiger

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Potato Taquitos

My parents arrived in the United States in 1952 after having spent five years living in Paris, France.  Even at a very young age, I remember my mother’s reaction to being called “greener,” refugee, Survivor, Eastern European.  Somehow I knew that every label was painful, stripping her of her dignity.  I am sure she just […]

September 12, 2014
Irene Saiger

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Moroccan Fish Balls (Boulettes De Poisson)

My daughter Shira and one of her oldest and closest friends Alex, have been traveling through Morocco for the past two weeks.  Shira has sent  detailed e-mails about their adventures, and this one was perfect to share just before Shabbat.  As we begin planning our Rosh Hashana menus, I love the idea of having something […]

July 15, 2014
Irene Saiger

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Oven-Roasted Herb Tomatoes

It was the summer of 1972,  I was 16 years old and I was going to Israel for the first time. The trip was organized by Hadassah, six weeks long, we were to spend a week on kibbutz, a week on Gadna (pre-army training camp) at Sde Boker, and the remaining month touring.  After we arrived, […]

January 12, 2014
Irene Saiger

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Sweet and Savory Hot Wings

Christopher Columbus High School was considered one of the top performing schools in The Bronx, but to be perfectly honest that was not why I chose to go there (although I’d like to think that I wouldn’t have considered it if it had a poor reputation.)   The real reason was that I had just […]