The roasted flavors of cauliflower and hazelnuts, combined with the fresh pop of pomegranate seeds, make this a particularly memorable salad for your holiday table. Cauliflower and pomegranate are popular foods in both Arab and Jewish communities, and the sweet and sour combinations in this dish capture the flavors of the region.

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into small florets (1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large celery stalk, cut on an angle into 1/4-inch slices (2/3 cup total)
  • 5 tablespoons hazelnuts, with skins
  • 1/3 cup small flat-leaf parsley leaves, picked
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds (from about 1/2 medium pomegranate)
  • Generous 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Generous 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Mix the cauliflower with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and some black pepper. Spread out in a roasting pan and roast on the top oven rack for 25 to 35 minutes, until the cauliflower is crisp and parts of it have turned golden brown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool.

3. Decrease the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Spread the hazelnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for 17 minutes.

4. Allow the nuts to cool a little, then coarsely chop them and add to the cauliflower, along with the remaining oil and the rest of the ingredients. Stir, taste and season with salt and pepper accordingly. Serve at room temperature.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

From the new cookbook "Jerusalem" by Yotam Ottolenghi


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (19 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans 1 cup macaroni
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can green beans 1 cup macaroni


  1. Place ground beef in a large soup pot. Cook over medium heat until evenly browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in onion, celery, carrots, garlic, chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, water and bouillon, season with parsley, oregano and basil. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in cabbage, corn, green beans and pasta. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer until vegetables are tender and pasta is al dente.
  4. Add more water if needed.


Lemon Chicken and Potato Bake with Meyer Lemons

recipe by "Cravings of a Lunatic"

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


4 split chicken breasts
2 pounds of baby potatoes, cut in half
2 cups of Italian Salad Dressing (We suggest LITEHOUSE ORGANIC BALSAMIC VINEGRETTE)
2 meyer lemons, sliced thinly
Rosemary, optional
Coarse salt, to taste
Water, add if needed (I added about 1/2 cup around the thirty minute mark)


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Lay the chicken breast down in the dish, I put them towards the corners.
  • Add the potatoes and spread evenly in the dish.
  • Pour the dressing over top of the chicken and potatoes.
  • Lay lemon slices over the chicken and potatoes randomly.
  • If you want rosemary you can add it now, or just use it for garnish later. Some folks like rosemary, some don't. So it's a completely optional ingredient.
  • Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven. Cook for 55 minutes total. (Check the chicken at 30 minutes to make sure there's enough liquid, and stir the potatoes around. If you need more liquid you can add some water at this point. I baste everything at this point to keep the chicken moist. Slide the casserole dish back in the oven and cook for another 15 minutes. Check again by pulling the dish out of the oven and baste again, and move the potatoes around a bit. If you need some water add some. Slide back in and cook for another 10 minutes.) The basting will really help. Don't be shy to add a little water if the dressing cooks off too quickly.
  • Remove from the oven. Discard rosemary.
  • Transfer everything to a big platter and serve family style, or just place the casserole dish on a heat resistant trivet on the table.
  • Serve with a big old lemon chicken loving smile!


You can add water as it cooks to keep it moist and prevent it from sticking to the pan. I added about 1/2 cup at the thirty minute mark. Just keep an eye on it and add as needed.


  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian Paprika
  • 1 pound Beef - cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 - 8 cups Water
  • 2 - 3 cloves Garlic - finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1 tablespoon Caraway Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Marjoram
  • Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
  • 2 - 3 medium Potatoes, peeled and diced


  1. Heat the butter in a large, heavy pot and saute the onion until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the paprika and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the beef and stir until the meat is lightly browned.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except the potatoes and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer covered for 1 hour.
  4. Add the potatoes and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.