Plum Tomatoes With Cumin-Cornbread Crumbs


8 medium plum tomatoes salt and freshly ground pepper Topping: 3⁄4 cup cornbread stuffing mix, crumbled with fingers 1⁄4 cup finely chopped pecans 11⁄2 teaspoons chopped dried basil 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin 3-6 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried For topping: In a medium bowl, stir together all topping… Read More

Rice Pilaf With Fideo (Angel Hair) Nests


6 tablespoons nondairy or regular margarine or butter 6 angel hair pasta nests 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice 2 cans (101⁄2 ounces each, preferably beef consommé, undiluted) 11⁄2 cups chicken broth 11⁄2 cups water Melt the margarine in a large nonstick skillet. Add nests, and sauté over moderate heat until golden on each side, carefully… Read More

Traditional Chicken Soup With An Asian Twist


Remember when Bubbie’ s chicken soup had circles of yellow fat on top? Here’ s a new healthier version to try. 3-4 packages Ramen Noodle chicken soup mix with curly noodles 2 cups homemade or canned chicken broth 1 cup canned carrots, drained and thinly sliced 1 cup cooked spinach, drained about 2 cups cooked… Read More

Little Red Corvette


As a child, Steven Lesser dreamed of having a Corvette to call his own. His father wanted to help him reach that goal and offered him an incentive the year he turned 16. If he made the dean’s list and the football team at Baltimore City College High School, he would buy him any car… Read More

Volunteering Overseas: A Journey of Meaningful Engagement

By Jen Grossman Vice-chair, JVC It wasn’t until I was midway over the Atlantic Ocean, that it hit me that I was really en route to Israel. The planning had been in the works for months, but the reality of it hadn’t seemed tangible until this moment. I hadn’t been to Israel in 21 years… Read More

Power For Power?


A panel of conservative political activists, writers and former military officers convened last week at the National Press Club to sharply criticize President Barack Obama’s nomination of Samantha Power as permanent ambassador to the United Nations. The event served as an announcement that those concerns had been laid out in a letter to Senate Majority… Read More

Kudos to Egypt

Critics who call the recent coup by the Egyptian army “undemocratic” are placing form over substance and forgetting that the election of Mohamed Morsi was itself arguably undemocratic. Because his Muslim Brotherhood party was the only organized political force running for office, there was little chance of meaningful political competition emerging in the mere six… Read More

Have The Conversation

What an encouraging article (“Fusion of Faiths,” June 21). As you know, Messianic Jews have generally been considered outside the Jewish community, even though we’ve maintained all along that we are Jews. We follow Torah, we celebrate the holidays, our services are on Shabbat, our children have bar/bat mitzvahs, Israel is our land, etc. Yet,… Read More


On June 27, 2013, MELVIN; beloved husband of Susan Blatt (nee Bratman); devoted father of Lisa (Tony) Gallina, Donna (Stuart) Kazanow and Heidi (Chip) Poakeart; loving brother of Goldie Blatt (Bill) Lechter and the late Bernard Blatt; cherished grandfather of Benjamin Sine, Zachary Sine, Maxwell Kazanow, Adam Kazanow, Nicholas Gallina and Danielle Gallina; also survived… Read More