July 3rd, 2024|Categories: CakesDessertsFourth of July|Tags: 

What a great experience it was to work with Bud when my Patriotic Cake was featured on the cover of Essex Fells Magazine in July 2011!  It made me realize how very fortunate we are to reside in the beautiful, bucolic borough of Essex Fells and to be a citizen of the USA—the greatest country […]

July 3rd, 2024|Categories: AppetizersBreakfast/BrunchFourth of JulyVegetablesVegetarian|Tags: 

It’s July!  While we’re thinking in red, white and blue, we want to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen and to keep it cool. Here are a trio of appetizers in red, white and blue that are healthy, no bake and quick and easy to make. The fresh tomato and basil topping usually appears on […]

Red White and Blue Balloon Cups

July 3rd, 2024|Categories: DessertsFourth of July|Tags: 

Here are two creative, fun and tasty ideas for a July 4th dessert grand finale.  Family and friends will want to participate in creating the red, white and blue balloon cups.  They will enjoy rocking the blown up balloons in the candy melts and then, after placing the balloons for a brief stint in the freezer, they will perform the pièce de résistance by popping the […]

July 3rd, 2024|Categories: CheesecakesDairyDessertsFourth of July|Tags: 

Velvety smooth, rich and creamy, this cheesecake is divine. Its decadent taste and texture belie the fact that it is relatively easy to make. Cream cheese, sugar, eggs and cream are beaten together and then poured into a cake pan lined with a traditional graham cracker crumb crust.  The cake is then […]

July 3rd, 2024|Categories: AppetizersFourth of JulyMeat and Poultry|Tags: 

Here are some fun and creative recipes to enliven your July festivities.  Pigs in blankets—hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry—add a delicious gourmet touch to the common hot dog in a bun.  For those in a red, white and blue state of mind—the fruit kebabs and potato salad will be sure to […]

July 3rd, 2024|Categories: Cooking LightFourth of JulyMeat and PoultrySide DishesVegetablesVegetarian|Tags: 

We Americans are an independent lot.  Imbued with free spirits, we embrace  individuality, creativity, and self reliance. Since we so admire the self-made, do-it-yourself attribute, a burger bar is the way to go for […]

Cheese Blintzes

June 11th, 2024|Categories: DairyDessertsShavuot

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. […]

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

June 11th, 2024|Categories: DairyShavuotVegetarian

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 […]

Cheesecake With Marbleized Chocolate Glaze

June 10th, 2024|Categories: CakesCheesecakesDairyDessertsShavuot

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 […]

Eggplant Parmesan

June 10th, 2024|Categories: DairyShavuotVegetarian

The Jewish holiday Shavuot begins at sunset this Tuesday, June 11th and ends sundown on Thursday, June 13th. 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 […]