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Ruth Stroud
Ruth Stroud's newsletter about food, recipes, and Jewish family history. Ruth is a blogger and Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal and Orange County Register alum.
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  • Green Chile Stew & Biscochitos
    13 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    I couldn’t wait to make this recipe for Green Chile Chicken and Chicos Stew that I learned at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. If you read my recent posts from our road trip to New Mexico (you can see ...
  • Where Are the Workers?
    06 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    The lunch counter at Taos Trading Co. has been closed since March 2020. (Photo by Jefferson Graham) A curious thing happened on our recent road trip to New Mexico. Everywhere we went, we heard woeful ...
  • Tasting New Mexico
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    A string of red New Mexican peppers, called a ristra. They’re ubiquitous in the state—and in the cuisine. We’ve visited Santa Fe and Taos through the years, but it had been a while, so we decided to t...
  • Bagel Mania, Part 2
    21 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Poppy seed bagel from Wise Sons in Culver City. (Photo by Jefferson Graham) When last I wrote about bagels, my husband Jeff and I had fallen madly in love with the slightly burnt, Montreal-style varie...
  • Baking Away the Blues
    10 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Jackie investigating some peanut butter cookies created for a holiday-themed post in December 2020. I’m dedicating this post to our beautiful cat Jackie—aka Jinx—who sadly passed away this week at the...
  • What a 🐊 Crock (Pot)!
    27 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    My Rival Crock-Pot may not look like much, but it makes a mean beef stew! I’m not particularly sentimental about my Crock-Pot. Until I learned this week on NPR that the Crock-Pot was celebrating its 5...
  • On Yom Kippur: Fast, Repent, then Eat!
    15 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur, by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878) When I was growing up, Yom Kippur, which this year begins on Wednesday night, Sept. 15, was definitely not my favorite holiday. ...
  • Plum Crazy
    31 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    There’s a certain plum that sometimes turns up at the market at this time of year—if you’re lucky. It’s the Italian prune plum, also called the Empress plum. I have always associated this egg-shaped r...
  • Tales of a Coffee Geek
    18 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    ☕ I love a good cup of coffee as much as the next person. Who doesn’t? Okay, my husband Jeff won’t touch the stuff, not even when it’s in mocha form blended with one of his favorite foods, chocolate, ...
  • Grilled Cheese: A Comfort Food Classic
    31 Jul 2021 • 4 min read
    On one of our first dates, my husband Jeff wooed me by serving up an open-face grilled cheese sandwich: cheddar cheese on toasted rye bread, one of his favorite snacks. I was duly charmed. Many guys h...
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