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Danielle Crittenden Frum
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Danielle Crittenden Frum is Creative Director and CEO of Fig Tree and Vine, an online Jewish lifestyle and e-commerce site launched in April 2015. She is also a Contributing Editor to the Huffington Post Media Group and longtime blogger for the Huffington Post. Her numerous articles and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, and the Ladies Home Journal, among other publications. A former columnist for the New York Post, she has appeared on NBC's Today show, The O'Reilly Factor, ABC's 20/20 and Nightline, and network news shows, as well as numerous programs for CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, Fox, NPR, CTV, and CBC. She is co-author of the cookbook, From a Polish Country Kitchen (Chronicle, Fall 2012), with Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum, and the author of three previous books: Her non-fiction book What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman (Simon & Schuster, 1999; Touchstone 2000), resulted in Vanity Fair describing Crittenden as “one of the most important new thinkers about women and family”. She also has written two works of fiction: The President’s Secret IMs (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007), originally published on the Huffington Post; and Amanda Bright @ Home, the first novel ever to be serialized by the Wall Street Journal(Warner Books, 2003). Crittenden was born in Toronto, Canada. She is married to journalist and author David Frum, a former special assistant and speechwriter to President George W. Bush, and contributor to CNN and Daily Beast/Newsweek. They have three children and live in Washington, D.C. and Wellington, Ontario. You can email her at Danielle.Crittenden@huffingtonpost.com

Entries by Danielle Crittenden Frum

The Next Ottolenghi: How Philly's Michael Solomonov Is Globalizing Israeli Cuisine

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 5:04 PM

Many friends have urged me to visit Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia. Zahav is well-known for its Israeli-themed cuisine, especially its hummus, which is considered by many to be among the best outside of Tel Aviv.

So I put Zahav on my travel to-do list -- who can...

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How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 4:25 PM

My family's thrown an annual holiday party for at least a decade. I can't quite remember how it started, except that it was once small. Now as many as 200 people will pass through our front hallway -- and half as many will pass out in our front hallway. Because...

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The Best Latke Recipe. Ever. Thank You, Julia Child.

(8) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 6:04 PM

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Julie Child's potato galette. Photo by Renee Comet for Fig Tree & Vine.

I've been collecting latke recipes for many years. Most of those described as "traditional" require numerous ingredients -- onions, eggs, flour etc. -- and impose complicated tasks on the cook:...

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Beautiful and Inspirational Ways to Decorate for Hanukkah

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 9:38 AM

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Google "Hanukkah Decorations" and you'll come up with only a slightly less lame selection of foil Stars of David and plastic dreidels than you'll find stashed sadly in the back corner of your local pharmacy.

I don't say this resentfully. Jews tend to...

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How to Transform Your Kit Sukkah Into Something Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 3:16 PM

2015-09-28-1443458072-8529815-FigTreeandVinesummer30.jpg Building my Moroccan sukkah. Photograph by Johnny CY Lam.

We built our first kit sukkah many years ago, when our eldest two children (now grown) were attending a Jewish nursery school. Up to that point, my husband and I had been unaware of...

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The Israeli-Arab Hummus Wars

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 9:28 AM

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Mmm hummus at Abu-Hassan. Photo by the author.

"In Israel, everything is political, including the hummus."

My guide, Yuval Zelinkovsky, said this as he tore off a piece of pita and expertly folded it into a small, origami-like boat -- a technique that,...

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On the Last Day of Matzah: Zucchini 'Pasta' With Turkey Meatball

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Each day of this Passover holiday I've posted a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Today is the last day. Enjoy it!...

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Eight Delicious Ways & Days with Matzah: Spring Pizza with Asparagus, Potatoes and Goat Cheese

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Previous days recipes include: Porcini-Stuffed...

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Eight Delicious Ways & Days with Matzah: Porcini-Stuffed Chicken Breasts in Red Wine Sauce

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Previous days recipes include Matzah-Crusted...

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Eight Delicious Ways & Days with Matzah: Mustard-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Previous days recipes include Salted...

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Eight Delicious Ways & Days with Matzah: Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cake

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Yesterday I offered matzah squares...

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Eight Days and 8 Delicious Ways With Matzah: Matzah Brie With Carmelized Onion

(6) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 6:32 PM

Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Yesterday was was the tasty...

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Eight Delicious Ways and Days With Matzah: Shakshuka

(2) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 6:12 PM

Each day of this Passover holiday I'll post a gourmet way for Jews to honor the commandment to eat matzah, aka "the bread of affliction": eight easy recipes that are friendly to modern tastes and diets, and with a little less added affliction. Today it's the tasty North African egg...

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Eight Days and 8 Delicious Gourmet Ways With Matzah

(6) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 10:00 AM

So we Jews are looking at eight whole days of eating the "bread of affliction." The matzah companies have gone to some lengths to ensure that we will experience eating their products as an affliction too. Even if you manage to find an artisanal, whole wheat, spelt or other version...

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Remembering Peter Worthington, a Year After His Death

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Peter Worthington was once asked by an interviewer what he'd like to come back as in another life. He replied, "One of my dogs."

Certainly it would've been great to have been a Jack Russell of Pete's. He famously admired and doted upon his fierce and -- as he...

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What Marcella Hazan Taught Me About Marriage (and Incidentally, Cooking)

(10) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 7:08 PM

I "discovered" Marcella Hazan, who died Monday at age 89, shortly after I got married. It was the autumn of 1988; I was 25 and a typical post-feminist bride in that I would look shocked at any suggestion from my new husband that I knew the right side...

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¡Camarero, un Martini seco con un tampón!

(42) Comments | Posted May 25, 2013 | 5:10 AM

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Reconozco que no suelo beber vodka. Mi bebida es la ginebra en los meses más cálidos, y el whisky escocés en invierno. Soy muy maniática sobre el vaso en el que me sirven. Me parece que, para saborear y disfrutar la...

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What I Learned About Life From my Father's Death

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 11:25 AM

This is adapted from a eulogy I gave for my step-father, the Canadian journalist and Toronto Sun founding editor, Peter Worthington, at his funeral on Wednesday. His ashes will be interred today.


In "Four Quartets" T.S. Eliot wrote:

What we call the beginning is...

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Hope, Change and Traffic Jams

(4) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 9:09 PM

It was Sunday afternoon, a time when downtown Washington, D.C., is generally empty, save for museum-going tourists. Not this past inaugural weekend. My son and I sat in grid-lock traffic, stretching the seven miles from our home to Union Station. He was supposed to catch a 4 p.m. train back...

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Introducing The School Lunch Project

(12) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 9:32 AM

Every weekday morning at 7:45 a.m., I make my 11-year-old daughter's school lunch. It is something I generally complain about doing. My daughter attends a public elementary school in Washington, D.C., at which a hot lunch is served everyday. She won't eat it. I insist she's being too fussy.

Each...

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