passover

  • Wed
    Apr 20
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Apr 22
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Joyce Goldstein on Great Taste WED 7pm FRI 7am CT

The New Mediterranean TableFew restaurants have had as lasting an impact on the San Francisco (and beyond) food scene as Square One.  Opened in 1984 by Joyce Goldstein, who served as the iconic spot’s chef/owner over the next 12 years, Square One showcased Joyce’s passion for not only the Mediterranean food of her beloved Italy, but also encompassed dishes from Spain, France, Turkey, Greece, and Morocco.  The menu changed daily, and the focus on the plate was whatever was fresh and seasonal. 

Joyce GoldsteinThroughout the years Joyce has continued to teach and inspire as a consultant to the restaurant and food industries, and as the author of numerous books and magazine articles.  Her latest book, The New Mediterranean Jewish Table:  Old World Recipes for the Modern Home, is an extensive collection of 420 recipes designed to expand the understanding of Jewish food beyond its generally narrow confines of matzoh ball soup and brisket.

Each easy-to-follow recipe is presented in its context as part of the Jewish culinary spirit that thrived in the Mediterranean, the Sephardic, Maghreb, or the Mizrahi cultures, as opposed to the familiar, but limited dishes of the Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jews.

Joyce continues to be one of my culinary heroes.  I look forward to Passover, and the difference some of the recipes in this book will make to our table and understanding of the journey to freedom.

  • Wed
    Apr 20
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Apr 22
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

Pollinators and Matzah Brei-Now that's Topic Diversity!

Bees doing some pollinatingTwo kinds of matzah breiWe've got happy shots adorning this week's blog post. The little guy on the left is taking his life's work of pollinating seriously as he checks out the bloom on a Meyer Lemon tree. It's pretty easy to forget about the role that pollinators play in bringing food to our table. The bottom line is that without them most of the vegetables and fruits we eat wouldn't grow. Wanda Sandfire and Sean Johnson have a website you can check out where the critical role of pollination played by a diverse number of insects, animals, and natural forces is explained.  Tune in as they help us understand and explain how we can contribute positively to the pollinator world.

The other happy face is the guy with the two dishes of matzah brei. The Jewish holiday of Passover started Monday evening, and we'll cook up a version of this dish for everyone in the studio to try. My matzah crackers are in the oven right now. My sister gets the nod as the inspiration for making them, but I changed the ingredient contents. We'll check out how they turned out using this very simple method:

Join us for the first night of the annual Jewish Passover celebration during our in-studio Seder. We'll break the matzot, chant the blessings, and enjoy a grand meal while discussing the ever-changing and ongoing topic of that timeless journey from bondage to liberation. It's not only a Jewish story, it's everyone's road so tune in, drop by, and share some grape juice with Kathy, Pam and Steve. Deeper insights into what really is going on during the Seder will be provided by Rabbi Alan Green via phone from Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Winnipeg.
Don't miss this first time KRUU event! If you do the rebro is Friday from 7-8 AM.