Rivka  Mujaddara

We’ve had our fun. We’ve made dozens of cookies, we’ve carved many a roast, we’ve downed cocktails and punches. With a new year comes hopes, promises, detoxes, and water. It can look drab, cold, and bleak out there: winter, in every sense of the word.

Luckily, we have Rivka, an avid cook and food blogger with almost half a dozen wins up her sleeve. Her recipes are exactly what we’re looking for this year; they are satisfying and flavorful, healthy food at its finest. Shot through with color, amped up with spice, these are dishes we’ll make week after week, for breakfast (Granola with Tahini), lunch (Yam, Zucchini, and Chickpea Salad), and dinner (Mujaddara with Spiced Yogurt, pictured above). Rivka makes us excited to eat healthy, inspired, ready to spend some quality time with our vegetables without feeling deprived. 

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And, happily, Rivka’s weaknesses are chocolate, cookies, and braised hunks of meat. (We’re so on the same page.) She satisfies our sweet tooth with her Cocoa Pear Crisps, her Maple Yogurt Pound Cake, her Chocolate-Dunked Pistachio Shortbread -- all while making us feel healthful, virtuous. Thanks to Rivka, we’ll be kicking off our new year right -- no complaints (or bacon) in sight.  

Read our profile Q&A with Rivka below, and check out her beautiful blog here.

  • What's the strangest food you've ever eaten?
    stinky tofu

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    shakshuka (eggs baked in tomato); spinach, feta, and tomato panini; polenta; soba with vegetables; kimchi fried rice

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    a tie between my kitchenaid and my not-at-all-expensive Forschner chef's knife

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:


Kitchen B. January 5, 2012
Hi Rivka, I love your Mujaddara. Great to see you featured - have a wonderful 2012!
dymnyno January 4, 2012
Congratulations for being in the spotlight. I am a big fan of your recipes!
hardlikearmour January 3, 2012
Congrats on a well-deserved spotlight! Your mudjaddara is phenomenal. I've served it to vegetarians and omnivores and have gotten rave reviews from all.
BlueKaleRoad January 3, 2012
Congratulations, Rivka! It's wonderful to see you spotlighted. I love your recipes and blog! Happy 2012!
fiveandspice January 3, 2012
Yay Rivka! Great spotlight!
cookinginvictoria January 2, 2012
Congrats on a wonderful shout out and spotlight, Rivka! Love all of your recipes. Your mujaddara recipe especially is perfection. I make it at least once a month. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Your maple yogurt pound cake is next on my list!
WinnieAb January 2, 2012
Ah, love Rivka!!! Great spotlight :)
gingerroot January 2, 2012
What a great spotlight to kick-off 2012! Cheers, Rivka!
lastnightsdinner January 2, 2012
She's a star - yay, Rivka!
mrslarkin January 2, 2012
so nice to see you in the spotlight, Rivka! I've got mujaddara on the menu this week, too!
drbabs January 2, 2012
So nice to see you here, Rivka! I made your maple yogurt pound cake yesterday, and we're having your mujaddara for dinner tonight! Happy New Year!
Bevi January 2, 2012
Your maple yogurt pound cake is a staple in our world. Thank you Rivka!