Chocolate Glazed 1-2-3-4 Cupcakes

May 20th, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Dairy|Tags:

I made these scrumptious cupcakes for my grandchildren for a family celebration weekend.  They were a big hit!  I used my 1-2-3-4 yellow cake recipe to make the cupcakes: 1 cup butter; 2 cups sugar; 3 cups flour: 4 eggs—so easy to remember—you  barely need a recipe.  I left some of the cupcakes unglazed, so the grandkids could glaze and garnish their own.  They were delighted.  For a fun activity with your grandkids see my recipe below.  Enjoy!


Eggplant Parmesan

May 13th, 2021 | Categories: Vegetarian, Dairy, Shavuot

The Jewish holiday Shavuot begins at sunset this Sunday, May 16 and ends at sunset on Tuesday, May 18. Shavuot is also known as the Jewish Festival of Weeks and it commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Torah. There are many traditions associated with this lovely holiday such as reading The Book of Ruth (one of my favorite books in the Hebrew Bible) and feasting on dairy foods. To learn more about Shavuot go to chabad.org/Shavuot. To celebrate this holiday I will be sharing some of my favorite dairy recipes.

We start with eggplant parmesan. I learned how to make this dish during my travels in Italy in the fall of 2016. This is how they make eggplant parmesan in Florence Italy. Enjoy!

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

May 13th, 2021 | Categories: Vegetarian, Dairy, Shavuot

Here’s another tasty dairy option for Shavuot.   Ricotta gnocchi are the faster, easier, and, some would say, tastier counterpart to potato gnocchi. If you’ve avoided making pasta or gnocchi recipes because of elaborate instructions and techniques, you’re in for a treat with this recipe, which will give you the satisfaction of making a home made pasta-like dish from scratch in under half an hour. I like to serve the spinach ricotta gnocchi with homemade tomato sauce (store bought is ok) and grated Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Vegetarian Lasagne

May 13th, 2021 | Categories: Vegetarian, Dairy, Shavuot

Vegetarian lasagna is one of my favorite dairy dishes. Golden brown and bubbling, the finished casserole yields a heavenly commingling of alternating layers of pasta, tomato sauce, sautéed vegetables and melted cheeses—a dairy dish sure to please both young and old alike.

Cheese Blintzes

May 13th, 2021 | Categories: Vegetarian, Dairy, Shavuot

I made these cheese blintzes for Passover.  The recipe calls for potato starch instead of flour. They were so delicious, I’ll be making them for Shavuot and year round.

Cheesecake With Marbleized Chocolate Glaze

May 13th, 2021 | Categories: Vegetarian, Dairy, Shavuot

If you want a showstopper dairy dessert for Shavuot, this beauty fits the bill.  The marbleized glaze does require a bit of technique.  You can simplify the recipe by finishing the cake with a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar or a simple chocolate glaze.

Pizzele Cannoli

May 13th, 2021 | Categories: Vegetarian, Dairy, Shavuot

Here’s another great dairy dessert option. There is no cooking or baking necessary for this simplified and enlightened version of the traditional cannoli recipe.  You can make the pizzelle cannoli shells days ahead of time. Since the filling takes just minutes to whip together, make sure to fill the pizzelle cannoli right before serving so they retain their crispness. The contrast between the crisp pizzelle cannoli and the rich and creamy filling is divine. Pizzelle cannoli is a decadent, yet light dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth on Shavuot.

Non-pareil Hamantaschen

Non-pareil Hamantaschen

March 5th, 2020|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Purim|Tags:

The Jewish holiday of Purim is just around the corner. Beginning at sundown on Monday, March 10, and ending on Tuesday, March 11 at sundown, Purim is a fun and festive holiday observed with much revelry and celebration.

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Braised Garlic Tomato Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Braised Garlic Tomato Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower

February 27th, 2020|Categories: Cooking Light, Food Columns, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: ,

As I write this column it is late January of the New Year and the new decade. Many of us have made some New Year’s resolutions that are still intact. Among the top resolutions is—no surprise here—eating healthy.  If you’re still in healthy eating mode for 2020, then this recipe for baked spaghetti squash is […]

Luzma's Columbian Penicillin

Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin

November 13, 2019|Categories: Food Columns, Soups, Thanksgiving, Meat and Poultry |Tags: ,

Do you know someone in need of some TLC? This comforting soup is sure to cure whatever ails them.  My November 2017 Food Column in the Essex Fells Magazine rhapsodizes about Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin […]

Chestnut Soup

Thanksgiving Menu

November 10th, 2019|Categories: Thanksgiving|Tags:

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and just in case you’re looking for some new recipes and table decor ideas–check out my Thanksgiving menu.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in Bread Bowl

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl

November 6, 2019|Categories: Food Columns, Soups, Vegetarian|Tags: , ,

Fall back–Daylight Savings Time! Ugh! My least favorite time of year. One thing that helps me beat the late autumn doldrums is a bowl of steaming, hearty soup. Check out my article on Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl, which appeared in the October 2015 edition of the Essex Fells Magazine.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

October 29th, 2019|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Rosh Hashanah|Tags: , , ,

Cookie baking season is upon us! If you’re a cookie baking aficionado, you will want to add these to your repertoire. This recipe produces a sugar cookie for all […]



October 16th, 2019|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts|Tags: ,

A family favorite and one of my all time favorite cookies are rugelach–an Eastern European Jewish confection that is a cross between a cookie and a pastry. These crescent […]

Honey Cookies

Honey Cookies

October 4th, 2019|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Rosh Hashanah|Tags:

As always, I baked up a storm for the holidays—lots of round challahs; 3 cakes—Honey, Marble and Apple; two types of brownies—Honey and Dark Cocoa; two types of cookies—sugar […]

Nanny’s Butter Streusel Cake

Nanny’s Butter Streusel Cake

September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Cakes, Desserts|Tags: ,

Since this was the cake that inspired my passion for baking and launched a thousand recipes, it is only fitting that I launch my website with Nanny Fela’s Butter Streusel Cake. My mom baked it often when I was growing up, and I could never resist plucking off the streusel, leaving behind a funny looking pockmarked cake. I could kick myself for not having had the presence of mind to get the recipe from […]