Cook from the Book: Sister Pie


I have fully committed to mastering pie making this year. Ok, maybe not mastering, but definitely up-ing my skill level. Pie, of any flavor- is by far my favorite treat. I am so excited about Lisa Ludwinski’s book Sister Pie named after her Detroit pie shop. The first recipe I made from this book was the delicata squash, caramelized onion, goat cheese, and sage hand pies. They came out so. damn. good! I’m including the recipe below. Let me know what you think!

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Sister Pie's Caramelized Onion, Delicata Squash and Sage Hand Pies


  • 1 1/2 c delicata squash seeded and cubed
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c minced fresh sage
  • 4 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • All-Butter Hand Pie Dough from Sister Pie
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp flakey sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Toss the squash with salt, olive oil, and freshly ground pepper and bake for 40-50mins until soft and caramelized. Remover them from the oven and let cool.

  2. While the squash is roasting add the sliced onions to a saute pan and slowly begin to caramelize, this will take some time, at least the full 50 minutes that the squash is in the oven. Stir every few minutes to ensure the onions do not scorch on the bottom of the pan. When they are soft, golden brown and sweet, let them cool in a bowl in the refrigerator.  

  3. To make the filling: toss the cooled squash and onions with crumbled goat cheese and sage. Taste the filling and add more salt or pepper if needed. 

  4. Roll out the hand pie dough to approximately 1/4-inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut 4-inch rounds. Line the pastry rounds on a sheet tray between parchment and let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 

To Assemble

  1. Preheat the oven to 450. Remove the pre-cut rounds from the refrigerator, lay out half of them on a lightly floured surface. Brush each round with the beaten egg then place a spoonful of filling in the center of each round. Place the remaining pie crusts rounds on top and press the edges with your fingers to seal. Next crimp the edges further with a fork.

  2. Brush each of the assembled hand pies with the beaten egg and top with poppy seeds and a pinch of sea salt. Bake for 24mins, let cool and enjoy! 

Cook from the Book: Zahav


This month’s cookbook club selection is Zahav by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook. I’ve had this book for a little over a year and have reached for it countless times. Chef Michael shares soulful Israeli family recipes from his Philadelphia restaurant Zahav. Once you’ve made the hummus from this book, you’ll never look for another recipe again. All of Zahav’s recipes are vibrant, flavorful and reliable.

I wanted to choose a recipe to share that I haven’t made before: Fried Potatoes with Harissa Tehina. For many reasons I’m not too big on frying at home, so I decided to instead roast the potatoes until they were nice and crispy! It worked really well!

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Roasted Potatoes with Harissa Tehina

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Harissa, Tahini


  • 2 potatoes, russet or yukon gold
  • 1 c tehina sauce
  • 3 tbs harissa
  • 3 tbs olive oil


  • 1/2 c Aleppo Pepper (or paprika)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • pinch ground coriander
  • pinch ground caraway
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c avocado oil

Tehina Sauce

  • 1 c tehina
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c water, or more as needed


To Make the Harissa

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until combined. 

To Make the Tehina

  1. Whisk together the garlic, lemon juice, cumin and tahini. The mixture will become very thick. Whisk in the water until the tahini is pourable. Season with salt. 

For the Potatoes

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Thinly and evenly slice the potatoes to 1/4in thick. To make it easier, you can use a mandoline. Toss the sliced potatoes in olive oil and salt, and lay on a parchment-lined sheet tray in an even layer, not overlapping. 

  2. Bake for 25-30mins until browned and crispy. 

  3. To serve: in a shallow bowl, pour the tehina and top with the harissa. I like to do a swoop with a spoon to combine the two sauces, but not fully mixing them. It looks really pretty! Serve the warm crispy potatoes on the side and let people dip into the sauce. 

Cook from the Book: Alimentari

I am obsessed with Linda and Paul Jones’ book Alimentari. They share their tried and true family recipes, most of which have been on the menu at their deli since the day it opened. Their recipes are healthy, fresh and packed with flavor. Below I’m walking you through one of my favorites; Pan Fried Salmon with Tahini Dressing and Walnut Tarator.

Pan-Fried Salmon with Tahini Dressing & Walnut Tarator

This recipe is adapted from Alimentari by Linda and Paul Jones.

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Servings 4


  • 4 6-8oz salmon filets skin on
  • 2 tbs avocado oil
  • 2 tbs butter

Tahini Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c tahini
  • 1 c greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c lemon juice
  • 1/2 c warm water

Walnut Tarator

  • 1 c walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 1 fresno chili, seeds removed thinly sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves
  • 1 handful parsley leaves
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 c good quality olive oil


  1. Pre heat the oven to 320F. Take your salmon out of the refrigerator at least 10 mins before you're ready to cook it.  This will result in a more evenly cooked piece of fish. 

Tahini Dressing

  1. Whisk together the crushed garlic and salt, next add the yogurt and tahini. Once combined add the lemon juice. Depending on the quality of tahini you use the mixture may seize and become very thick. Add the warm water a tablespoon at a time until the dressing is loose and pourable. Give it a taste, you may need to add a little more salt or lemon juice. 

Walnut Tarator

  1. In a small bowl combine the chopped walnuts, fresh herbs, and sliced chilis. Dress with the lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt. Set aside until ready to use. 


  1. Pre heat a cast iron pan on med-high heat. Add avocado oil to the pan, season the salmon with salt and place skin side down, cook for three minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven for another 4 minutes. 

  2. Add the butter to the pan. Spoon the butter over the salmon until it is melted and golden brown. Transfer the salmon to a paper towel to drain. 

  3. Pour a little bit of the tahini dressing onto the plate. Top with a piece of salmon. Garnish with the walnut tarator.