Grow Your Own Wheatgrass


Seriously, everyone should grow their own wheatgrass...and yes, it is totally legal. In just 10 days, you can have a delicious and healthy power juice. You might be wondering, why wheatgrass? It has so many beneficial properties! Wheatgrass is packed with chlorophyll which some studies claim is a cancer preventive. It helps blood flow, aids in digestion and promotes the body's natural detoxifying process. All you needs is one small one to two ounce shot! Beware, it is an acquired taste, so for any of you newbies, have a glass of juice handy to shoot it down with!

Step by Step: Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

Morning Day 1: 
In a large bowl, immerse wheatgrass entirely in water.
Evening Day 1:  
Drain and rinse wheatgrass. Leave in colander, and place back in the large bowl. Cover with a towel and let sit over night.
Morning Day 2:
Drain and rinse wheatgrass. Leave in colander, and place back in the large bowl. Cover with a towel and let sit over night.
Evening Day 2:
Drain and rinse wheatgrass. Leave in colander, and place back in the large bowl. Cover with a towel and let sit over night.
Morning Day 3:
Drain and rinse wheatgrass. Leave in colander, and place back in the large bowl. Cover with a towel and let sit over night.
Evening Day 3:
Fill appetizer tray with water and gently place the sprouted wheatgrass in to each section. Fill a spray bottle with water and two teaspoons of baking soda. Make sure to spray the wheatgrass morning and night to avoid mold. Cover.
Morning and Evening Days 4-10:
Spray wheatgrass and remove cover when it has outgrown the container. When ready, use scissors to cut the wheatgrass. Juice and Enjoy!


Falafel, A Taste of Heaven

Falafels are ground up, fried, garbanzo bean balls that are utterly scrumptious. They are popular throughout the Middle East and in Israel are ubiquitous street food. For my recipe, I form them into patties, as they are easier to fry this way. If you are lucky enough to have a deep fry, form them into balls. This meal is not complete without warm pita, hummus and an Israeli salad. Cheers and happy eating!


1 lb. bag dry garbanzo beans, soaked over night
1 small onion
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup cilantro
1 1/4 tspn. ground cumin
1 tspn. coriander
1 tspn. paprika
1 tbsps. salt
1/2 tspn. pepper
1 tspn. baking powder
2 tbspns. bread crumbs
1 tspn. baking soda
4 tbsps. water
4 tbsps. flour 
safflower oil, or any other high temperature oil, for frying.

In a food processor, grind together the beans, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, coriander, paprika, salt and pepper. Make sure not to puree the mixture. We are looking for a coarse consistency. Pulse in the baking powder and bread crumbs. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Dissolve baking soda in water and after 30 minutes add to mixture along with the flour.

Moisten your hands, and form 1 inch balls, or patties, placing them on wax paper. 

Heat at least 3 inches of oil in a deep skillet on medium heat. If the oil is too hot, it might burn the falafel and make them too crispy. You want the temperature to get to about 350 degrees. What I like to do is check the temperature of the oil by frying just one ball. Fry the balls until golden brown on both sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on some paper towels.

Serve with hot pita bread, hummus and Israeli salad.


The things around the house...


Yes, using things around the house is especially delightful when you happen to have lobster tails in your freezer! These recipes are easy to make and, for the most part, with easy to find ingredients. If lobster is not easily accessible, this sauce would go great on any white fish, shrimp, or even scallops. Cheers and happy eating! 

Lobster Sauce
From My Father's Daughter

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

Whisk together the mustard, maple syrup, and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, fold in the chives, and season to taste with salt and pepper. 


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place lobster tails on a greased baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cut top of lobster all the way to the tail. Using your fingers, scoop the meat out and let it rest on the shell. Sprinkle tails with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake.

Baking times vary. I use these times, found at lobsterhelp.com

Lobster Tail Weight
Cooking Time
2 Oz.
12 minutes
4 Oz.
18 minutes
6 Oz.
22 minutes
8 Oz.
26 minutes
12 Oz.
30 minutes
14 Oz. +
35 minutes

Mashed Potatoes

4 medium baking potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sour gream
1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, half and half
1 1.2 tablespoon chives
salt and pepper

Fill a large pot with cold water and place on stove set to high. Peel the potatoes, halve them, then cut them in thirds. Place the potatoes in the cool water and allow them to boil until tender. Drain. Add the remaining ingredients and mash potatoes. If they are to dry, add some more sour cream.

Honey Dijon Carrots

1 mega carrot (or 2-3 regular size carrots)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2-3 tablespoons of honey (depending on how sweet you like your carrots...I used 3, my husband would have like less)
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoons of butter

Peel carrots and then cut on a diagonal to about 1/4 inch thickness. Heat the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan set to medium heat. Gently toss in the carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes.


Teriyaki Salmon, Brown Rice with Kale & Greens A La Gwyneth Paltrow

*Read post to learn how you can enter to win a copy of Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook! Entries accepted through August 21, not the 18th like I say in the video! Oops...

I have been harboring a deep, dark, secret for many years. However, as I have gotten older, I realize that it is silly to let it eat me up inside the way it has for so long. It's time to confess to the world, and be proud of it at that.... I have a serious girl crush on Gwyneth Paltrow. There I said it. Am I ashamed? No! Any bitch that calls her grandmother a word that rhymes with runt on national t.v., can rap "Straight Out of Compton," calls herself a lush (when it comes to drinking), and makes witty Tweets like looking for someone to "bang" in order to get an advanced copy of the Coldplay album, is cool beans in my book. And yes, I do secretly wish she would watch this video, read this post, do an adopted British laugh and then ring me up on the tele (that's with an English accent people, but most likely it would be via e-mail) and proclaim that we should be best friend and that I should immediately board her private plane and come to her London home where our kids can frolic in her yard (mine and hers are he exact same age) while we make pizza in her outdoor wood-burning pizza oven, talk about Spelt flour, sugar alternative, Global knives and of course food, and how much we both love it. We will then move in to her living room, admire her hand-painted wall paper and Darren Almond's photos, while the kids bathe in the $17,000 Antonio Lupi Baia tub she has in her bedroom, yes, I said bedroom. Hey, if I was as rich as her, I would certainly indulge in all these things! Unfortunately, if Gwynnie (I can call her that now since we are besties) did ever read this, she would likely be mortified and peg me as some wacko stalker. One can dream though, one can dream....

Ok, enough with my banter. Let's talk about the book for a quick second. A lot of people, professional chefs and foodies especially, were very skeptical when the cookbook was announced. I remember when she graced the cover of Bon Appetit magazine (she looked pretty darn cute) the editor had to defend the move vehemently to readers explaining that she "loves to cook for her friends and family...[is] comfortable and confident in her kitchen....[and] appeal[s] to the savy home cook." As a home cook, I have nothing but good things to say about the book. First of all, it is highly readable! The way she talks about family and togetherness is endearing, and her introduction, where she talks about her father, actually made me teary. Also, I never once felt like she was being preachy in the book and she makes lots of alternative suggestions for each recipe, like how to make it kid-friendly, or vegan and even how to substitute hard-to-find ingredients with ones that are readily available to most grocery stores. Just keep in mind, she most certainly is in a different socio-economic status than you, therefore obviously has things at her disposable that you don't; you can't expect her to pretend she knows what life is like on a teacher's salary. Lastly, the recipes I have tried are pretty damn good. Especially the ones I am sharing with you today!

I have featured a teriyaki fish recipe before, but not one with a home-made sauce and I must say, this rocked! And don't even get me started on the rice. It was sooooooo good! In fact, my daughter loved it so much she asked for seconds. Seeing her eat kale made my heart swoon. Now my kids didn't dig the salmon, but, as Gwynnie suggested, I made it with tofu and they ate it up.

My tofu version

Now for some exciting news! I enjoy this cookbook so much I want to share it with one of you! I will be giving away one copy of My Father's Daughter to one lucky reader. To enter, simply leave me a comment and tell me what things you would like to see more of in my webisodes. Any suggestions are appreciated. Should I keep focusing on recipes? Give food prep tips? Talk about healthy food options? Give it up since I suck? I would love to hear from you, I can take it. Just make sure to leave me your e-mail address so I can contact you! (I promise I won't stalk you like I do Gwynnie.) This give-away will end Sunday, August 21 at midnight. Good luck and I can't wait to hear from you!

*Note, some of the following recipes were adapted from the book and are not exactly the recipe you might find if you purchase it. I always tend to make some variations to recipes.

Baked Salmon with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Adapted from My Father's Daughter

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup of water
1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated ginger
small handful of cilantro (she suggests 2 sprigs)
4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin discarded
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh chives, for serving

Combine the first five ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat. Once it boils, turn the heat to loe and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the saucespan from the heat and let the sauce cool down. Once it's cool, pour into a plastic bag and add the salmon. Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, or you can let it sit overnight. Go back every 15 or so minutes and move the salmon around in the bag, massaging the sauce into it.

When you are ready to get the party started, preheat the oven to 420. Gwynnie suggests to broil the salmon, but I prefer to bake it.

Put the salmon on a baking sheet lined with foil paper. I sprayed the bottom with non-stick cook spray to keep the salmon from sticking. I drizzled some of the sauce on top of it. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how well-done you like it. While it's cooking, you can strain the extra sauce into a clean saucepan, bring to a boil, and let it reduce then drizzle it over the fish. I actually skipped this step and I thought the salmon was flavorful enough. Sprinkle the chives over the salmon before serving!

Sauteed Greens with Onions & Soy Sauce
Adapted from My Father's Daughter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced (I accidentally chopped it, but I think slices would be way better!)
1 pound seasonal greens (kale, Swiss chard, etc...) stems removed and discarded, leaves washed and roughly torn
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Gwynnie suggests 1 1/2)
salt and pepper (Gwynnie omits these)

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until softened. Add half the greens and the water and allow them to wilt for a minute of two. Add the remaining greens and stir for another 3 minutes, until wilted. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper, and cook for a few more seconds.

Friend Rice with Kale & Scallions
Adapted from My Father's Daughter

3-4 large stems of kale
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely minced
3 large scallions, cut into 1/4 inch slices, using only the white and light green parts
3 cups cooked brown rice (*Note-I use
this method to cook my rice. It is the best I have found.)
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Remove the kale leaves from the stem. This is VERY important is the stems are VERY bitter! Cut the leaves in half lengthwise and then cut across into very, very thin ribbons. Steam the kale for 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant, but not browned. Raise the heat to medium and add the steamed kale and scallions. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring. Add the soy sauce and cook for 30 seconds more.


You've Never Had a Quesadilla Like This!

Quesadillas are one of those super simple meals that are easy to put together... but, it is always fun to jazz things up. The marinade is enough to make at least 4, or 2-3 chickens. I made this for myself using shrimp, so feel free to mix it up however you like! Just one quick tip, after you have baked it, set the oven to broil and let the top brown a bit for a bit of an extra crunch! Cheers guys and happy eating!!!

Quesadilla recipe

1 garlic clove
1/4 cup canola oil
3 TB lime juice
3 TB red wine vinegar
2 TB honey
sprinkle of cilantro
1.5-2 tspn cumin
1.5-2 tspn chili powder
chipoltle peppers in adobe, to taste (I use at least one)

Blend all ingredients in a small blender. Use half the mixture to marinade protein, reserve the other half for when you assemble your quesadilla.

1/2 yellow onion (if you are making four, use the whole thing)

Saute in oil with adobe peppers, salt, pepper.

Tortilla shells
Mexican shredded cheese
Gruyere or Gouda Cheese
Chicken, cut into strips
Sprinkle of the marinade
Shredded Cilantro

Start with sprinkling Mexican cheese on one tortilla shells. Add the onion and chicken strips. Add about 2 tablespoons of the marinade, followed with some cilantro and lastly with a generous amount of Gruyere cheese.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 5-7 minutes. Finally, set the oven to broil and let the top brown for a minute.


An Israeli Breakfast...Shakshuka

I first had shakshuka in my early twenties and for about 6 months I couldn't stop eating it; I guess I felt the need to make up for lost years. Many different cultures have their variation of this dish, which I believe originated in Libya, but this particular recipe takes me back to Israel. The longer this dish cooks, the deeper the flavors become so feel free to leave it on the stove for as long as you would like. Though I talk about it being an Israeli breakfast, it really is a serve anytime kinda meal. Let me know what you all think! Cheers and happy eating!


a few swirls of olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, minced (if you are sensitive to spice, use about half, and remove the seeds)
2 red peppers, chopped
2 cans of diced tomatoes (i don't strain them, but you certainly can)
3 teaspoons of tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup vegetable, or chicken, broth (set aside about another 1/4 cup in case the shakshuka gets too dry)
4 eggs
red pepper flakes, optional
pita bread, or a good piece of toast


In a large skillet, that has a lid, heat some olive oil on medium high heat and saute the onions until they soften, about five minutes.

Add the red peppers and jalapeno, and saute for 3 more minutes. Add the garlic, some salt and pepper and saute for an additional 2 minutes.

Add the two cans of diced tomatoes, the tomato paste, the cumin, paprika, turmeric and some more salt and pepper. When the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat to low, cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes.

Add the vegetable, or chicken, stock and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat to low ans summer uncovered. You can leave it cooking like this for hours, but make sure to do it for at least 30-40 minutes! Make sure to come back every 5-7 minutes and stir the mixtures to ensure that the vegetables do not stick to the bottom. If the shakshuka gets dry to fast, add a little liquid. I ALWAYS have to add more liquid!

When ready to serve, gently crack four eggs into the pan making sure not to break the yolks. Cover the pan and cook the eggs till the whites solidify and the yellows JUST turn white. You want the yolks to be slightly, or over easy. On low heat, this should take 6-8 minutes.

Use a large spatula to transfer the portions onto a plate. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the eggs and some red pepper flakes if you are feeling adventurous. Serve with hummus and warm pita. DELICIOUS!!!