Sharing Food and Memories with Friends and Family


November 21, 2017
Irene Saiger


Shira’s Cornbread

As a child what I remember wanting  most was to be as American as Apple Pie.  I wanted my parents to speak English without an accent, I wanted to have an American style turkey (no idea what that meant) for Thanksgiving dinner, and not one prepared in the same way my Mom made roast chicken […]

January 27, 2017
Irene Saiger


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 […]

February 22, 2016
Irene Saiger


Ranchero Sauce

The purpose of the trip was the wedding of close family friends, the destination Mexico City.  Never having ventured farther into Mexico than Ensenada, and because of assumptions based mainly on movies and media, we were somewhat apprehensive.  To our great surprise the trip could not have been more wonderful.  The city is draped in […]

January 3, 2016
Irene Saiger


German Pancake

It was a combination of my 60th birthday celebration and a trip down memory lane.  We chose to have a family vacation in Palm Springs, the place we travelled to six weekends a year, for a period of 20 years, visiting my in-laws, snowbirds who came from Toronto to soak up the sunshine and be […]

April 6, 2014
Irene Saiger


Asparagus in Bell Pepper Coulis

Sitting in my backyard for hours on Shabbat morning is one of my greatest pleasures.  I usually have a magazine or book in my hand, cookbooks and crossword puzzles stacked next to me on the table, and a hot cup of French Press.  But when Spring arrives, it’s hard to sit still and I find […]

March 28, 2014
Irene Saiger

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Dina’s Herb Dip (Passover)

I’ve had some requests to post what I plan to cook for the Seder.  Though it always is a work in progress, and there may be lots of changes over the next few weeks, there are some standard dishes that we seem to have every year.  Unlike the seders of my childhood where we were […]