Jeweled Fruit Compote

September 23rd, 2022|Categories: DessertsFood ColumnsRosh Hashanah|Tags: 

Here’s a recipe that will chase away the fruit salad doldrums. The kitchen smells heavenly as the pears simmer in their poaching liquid, redolent of vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and Amaretto. I like to serve […]

Honey Chiffon Cake

September 22nd, 2022|Categories: CakesDessertsFood ColumnsRosh Hashanah|Tags: 

As the days get shorter and the air is crisper and cooler, I am back in my kitchen baking after a summer hiatus.  One of my favorite cakes to bake during this season is Autumn Spiced Honey Chiffon cake. While this cake […]

Sugar Cookies

September 21st, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsRosh 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 seasons. You can use just about any cookie cutter on the dough—autumn leaves and turkeys for fall,  […]

Honey Cookies

September 21st, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsRosh 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 and honey; 2 quick breads—banana and applesauce.  I can go on and on—but you get the drift—I like to bake—I probably bake too much—but, it’s a passion—I find it […]


September 20th, 2022|Categories: Rosh HashanahSide DishesVegetables

This is my version of Tsimmes–a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish of stewed vegetables and dried fruits.  It has sweet overtones to evoke a Sweet New Year.  “Tsimmes” is Yiddish for “fuss”.  This Tsimmes comes together quickly and is […]

Sweet and Sour Chicken

September 19th, 2022|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultryRosh Hashanah|Tags: 

Here’s my version of the ever popular Sweet and Sour Chicken. This dish evokes fond memories of the days when my children were still living at home. It was my family’s most requested meal. A hit with children, this recipe doubles as a delicious entree to serve your […]

Pineapple and Honey Glazed Corned Beef

September 19th, 2022|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultryRosh Hashanah|Tags: 

This delicious dish is my husband’s culinary claim to fame.  The first time he cooked this corned beef for one of our family holidays, it was such a hit with our immediate family, that there was nothing left to serve our guests.  We have since doubled the recipe to ensure that we have enough to go around.  I like to serve Steve’s corned beef with […]

Braised Short Ribs in Barbecue Sauce

September 18th, 2022|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultryRosh Hashanah|Tags: 

Here’s a real meat and potatoes treat for the holidays. Braised short ribs in barbecue sauce are tender and succulent and full of flavor.  For the ultimate comfort food, I like to serve the ribs on a bed of  […]

Nanny Fela’s Chicken Soup With Matzoh Balls

September 18th, 2021|Categories: Rosh HashanahSoups|Tags: 

This is my Mom’s epic chicken soup.  Served with her fluffy, ethereal matzoh balls—this is my family’s most requested soup.  Nanny Fela’s chicken soup is a mainstay of my Rosh Hashanah and […]

Veggie Chopped Liver

September 16th, 2022|Categories: AppetizersRosh HashanahVegetablesVegetarian|Tags: 

My family just loves this veggie chopped liver, which I like to serve in apple flower cups for Rosh Hashanah.  I’ve made some changes to the recipe, which is from The Kosher Palette, […]

Signature Challah in the Round

Signature Challah in the Round

September 15th, 2022|Categories: BreadChallahRosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner.  Make sure to visit my website over the next couple of weeks to check out my favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes.  We start with Challah in the round. My signature challah recipe is braided and then formed into a circle.  Honey is poured into a hollowed out apple or a small round dish which is […]

Polka Dot Cheesecake

July 30th, 2022|Categories: CheesecakesDairyDessertsDessertsShavuot

The recipe for this showstopper cheesecake comes from Maida Heatter, aka “Queen of Cake”. She passed away in 2019 at the age of 102.  A prodigiously gifted pastry chef and cookbook author, Maida Heatter wrote more than ten cookbooks, many of which are treasured baking resources that I refer to time and again.  Her recipes are beautifully written, precise and […]

Vegetarian Lasagna

July 29th, 2022|Categories: Food ColumnsPasta, Rice, GrainsVegetarian

My recipe for lasagna is vegetarian. I use spinach and mushrooms and part skim ricotta and mozzarella to make a lighter, healthier dish. With a rather lengthy list of ingredients and several components to the instructions, this is not a quick and easy recipe. Yet, no intricate techniques are required, and there is […]


July 24th, 2022|Categories: AppetizersBreakfast/BrunchSide DishesVegetarian

I first sampled shakshouka during my travels in Israel.   Widely popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions, it hails from Tunisia in North Africa.  The word “shakshouka” is Arabic for ”all mixed up.”

Shakshouka in its most basic form is a toothsome dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce.  You may be familiar with […]

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 […]