Written by Armand Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

I don’t like tequila.

As someone who preaches about being honest regarding drink preferences, I feel like I must say it: I am not a fan of tequila. It brings back memories from college of one too many shots and falling asleep on the cool tiles of the bathroom floor.

Interfaith Iftar at Char Bar

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Food/Dining

On June 8, my organization, Sephardic Jews in DC, partnered with Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian American community organizer, and Char Bar to bring the Muslim and Jewish communities together over a delicious iftar meal.

Exotic Drinks

Written by Armand Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

After a brief hiatus from writing and a week of sobriety, I can say that I sincerely missed both writing and drinking. It is fortunate that I made my heroic return during the travel issue as exotic drinks are some of my favorite.

Oreo Explosion Cheesecake

Written by Elizabeth Kratz on . Posted in Food/Dining

This is such a huge crowd pleaser, I can no longer even consider making Shavuot desserts without first putting together my easy Oreo cheesecake. The cake always looks great as well, particularly if you use low-fat cream cheese as I do; full fat cheesecakes sometimes crack or dip in the middle. With this simple recipe, you are not as likely to have an issue, and the dessert is so creamy you won’t miss the missing fat. But, if you’re feeling particularly decadent, add a dollop of real whipped cream while serving.

It’s All About the Numbers

Written by Rachel Berger on . Posted in Food/Dining

It’s all a numbers game. How many are home on a given night? How many of those who are home will actually eat what’s for dinner? Tricky calculations. With summer underway, and three out of four kids away for July, the numbers are now in my favor. I now have a little more flexibility in the things I can cook. With no more worrying about allergies, likes, and dislikes, I can actually try something unusual or different. But, ironically, now that I am cooking for half the family, I almost feel like, well… like there’s no one to cook for. It almost doesn’t feel worth it. (No offense to the family members who are still home!)

A Special Sauce Saves the Day

Written by Rachel Berger on . Posted in Food/Dining

Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into a cooking rut. You know what I’m talking about — you make the same dishes over and over again and wonder why no one is eating them anymore.

Finding Your Drink: The 10 Commandments

Written by Armand Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” With this in mind, I realize I owe you an apology: I sent you off into the mixology underground without at least giving you some basics with which to help you navigate the waters. Today, I rectify that mistake and present to you with 10 important and short lessons that will help you go from amateur… to slightly better than amateur.

Finding Your Drink: Healthier Options

Written by Armand Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

A fresh Vodka Salad.Unfortunately, this week’s article starts without a quote. It would seem none of my favorite sources for drinking quotes (Hemingway, Sinatra, and Franklin) were aware of the health benefits of the occasional cocktail. Alternatively, they were drinking regardless of the health benefits which I feel is the more likely option. Most people can agree that binge drinking and drinking too often are bad for you. There are innumerable studies looking at the correlation between binge-drinking and cognitive impairment or binge-drinking and liver disease. There are, however, more recent studies that admit that in small amounts there are some benefits to the occasional cocktail.