In Appreciation

12 Dec 2012 In: Baking Friends, Holidays

This season of miracles, I’m feeling compelled to express publicly my wonder at the The Parve Baker‘s longevity and gratitude for the unexpected satisfaction it’s given me in opening my kitchen to the world.


I started writing about dairy-free baking almost 5 years ago never imagining that kosher food blogging would attract a wide audience or that so many people would be using my favorite recipes.

One of the things I’ve most loved is how, from the very beginning, you’ve made these recipes your own and shared your challenges and triumphs with me and each other.

I’m not baking at home so much these days, though with the help of two friends, one a trained chef and the other an adventurous omnivore, pulled off the annual, single-run frying of the sufganiyot (see above) the other night. To call these light, airy creations “jelly doughnuts” would be a small, but true slight. We made many more than we could eat just because we could and ate many more than we should have because they were delicious. I’m not going to post the recipe here. It’s dairy. I haven’t found a good way around that yet. Come by during Hanukkah next year and we’ll make them together!

Sometime this winter, The Parve Baker will become more closely connected with my full-time project of the last 2-1/2 years, 12 Tribes Kosher Foods, as that site gets redesigned and expanded. I’m not sure yet what this will look like, though it will include a professional services page where you’ll be able to “Ask the Rabbi Chef.” You always have great ideas! What would you like to see happen?


Where We Are Now

8 Mar 2011 In: Baking Friends

12 Tribes' chicken tagine on the stove.

Dear Friends,

As you’ve probably noticed it’s been more than a year since I’ve added new content to The Parve Baker. I’ve been working on other projects, but decided to  keep the recipes and other good things posted here available to the world. I’ve also continued to welcome your comments and answer questions. There hasn’t been time for much else.

The big news is that I started a kosher food company last summer to make delicious, seasonal eating accessible and easy for everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area. 12 Tribes is really taking off! We’re getting great press locally, like this recent article in j. weekly, and our growing community has asked us to list on yelp (coming soon – like, today!) so that they can write fantastic reviews.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact us directly at