Enlarge Image +
Credit: @ Tori Avey
Los Angeles-based writer Tori Avey had always adored Jewish food; in fact, she’d made it her hobby to collect authentic Jewish recipes from her Israeli family and friends. Her fascination with kosher cooking earned her a nickname: “The Shiksa in the Kitchen,” and an idea was born. She combined the two things she loves — Jewish food and writing — into an online “diary” of her cooking experiences, with the name nickname.
The word “shiksa” is often used to describe a non-Jewish woman who is in a relationship with a Jewish man. Although Avey formally converted to Judaism in 2010, she'd be the first to tell you — once a shiksa, always a shiksa! Rather than shy away from the word, Avey chose to let her background empower her. From the beginning, what captivated Avey about Jewish food was not only how delicious it was, but the stories and traditions attached to it. Avey's writing is as much about tradition as it is about recipes; she writes about the historical origins of every dish featured on her website. She specializes in her own brand of “food anthropology,” digging not only into food’s role within Judaism, but also the evolution of kosher cuisine, the history of Biblical foods and the origins of ancient spices throughout the centuries.
Avey is a home-taught cook with no formal training. When not busy writing or cooking, Avey can be found at home in Los Angeles with her family.
The holiday of Tu B’Shevat, also known as "New Year for the Trees," takes place on the 15th of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar (late January to early February on the Gregorian calendar; in 2012, it starts at sundown on Tuesday, Feb. 7). The...
Traditional Sephardic charoset is somewhat different from what most of us are familiar with here in America. While Ashkenazi mixtures usually include apples, walnuts, and wine, Sephardic charosets are generally date-based and include a variety of nuts (...
This super simple matzo recipe is fun for kids to assemble and eat during Passover! It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and kids love the saucy, cheesy goodness of a fresh-from-the-oven “pizza.”
This fun and easy no-bake “cake” was invented because of the Passover restriction on leavening agents, which makes baking tough. It only has 3 ingredients, and it takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It requires no baking because it sets in the...