Pizzelle Linzer Hearts

February 14th, 2024|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDairyDessertsValentine’s Day|Tags: 

No time to bake cookies for your sweetheart?  No problem! With a package of Reko Pizzelle on hand, you’ll be able to whip up these gorgeous and tasty treats in no time. Wishing all a Happy and […]

Black and White Heart Cookies

February 13th, 2024|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsValentine’s Day

Looking for something special to make for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?  Since cookies are a surefire way to just about anyone’s heart, why not show your love with some sugar cookies?

While sugar cookies have a long and distinguished history […]

Heart Coffee Cake

February 13th, 2024|Categories: CakesDessertsValentine’s Day|Tags: 

One of my family’s favorite and most requested cakes is a scrumptious coffee cake that I make in a loaf pan.  For Valentine’s Day, I bake the cake in a 9 x 2-inch heart pan with great results.  I love […]

Red Fondant Heart Cake

February 12th, 2024|Categories: CakesDessertsValentine’s Day|Tags: 

On February 14, we celebrate Valentine’s Day.  It is a day for lovers and sweethearts, but also a fun day for children and family.  Valentine’s Day traditions abound. We exchange cards and small gifts, chocolate, candy, jewelry, and […]

Everything Soft Pretzels

February 11th, 2024|Categories: Appetizers, Bread, Breakfast/Brunch, Holidays|Tags: ,

Looking for the ultimate Super bowl snack? You will love making this soft pretzel recipe. It’s fun to make, flavorful and delicious, soft and chewy on the inside with a golden […]

Nanny Fela’s Chicken Soup With Matzoh Balls

January 29th, 2024|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 other holiday meals […]

Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin

January 29th, 2024|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultrySoupsThanksgiving|Tags: 

You’ve heard of Jewish penicillin, but did you know that a Colombian version exists, as well? To tell you about Colombian penicillin, […]

Something For Everyone Challah

January 19th, 2024|Categories: BreadChallahHolidays

I truly enjoyed making this Something For Everyone Challah tutorial with my grandson Isaac. Follow my recipe for creating a delightful twist on the traditional Jewish braided challah, offering a unique and interactive experience perfect for gatherings […]

Nanny Fela’s Bubbeleh

January 5th, 2024|Categories: Breakfast/BrunchDairyHolidaysPassoverVegetarian

Nanny Fela was the quintessential Yiddishe Bubbe to my children, Lawrence and Sally, who are now grown and married with children of their own.  They have the fondest memories of Nanny Fela’s bubbeleh, which they always […]


December 21st, 2023|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDesserts, Thanksgiving

Gingersnap cookies are a timeless treat, perfect for creating warm, nostalgic moments during chilly evenings or festive gatherings. Each cookie offers a delightful crunch, followed by a chewy burst, all harmoniously blended […]

Something For Everyone Challah

December 21st, 2023|Categories: BreadChallahHolidays

Pull-apart Something For Everyone Challah is a delightful twist on the traditional Jewish braided challah, offering a unique and interactive experience perfect for gatherings. Follow my recipe for creating a […]

Sfinge: Italian Doughnuts Filled with Ricotta

December 11th, 2023|Categories: DessertsDoughnutsHanukkah

These gorgeous pastries are zeppoles aka Italian doughnuts.  They are filled with chocolate chip ricotta cream.  Perfect Hanukkah fried dessert!  Happy Hanukkah![…]

Baked Doughnuts in Record Time

December 11th, 2023|Categories: DessertsDoughnutsHanukkahHolidays

For those who prefer baking to deep fat frying, you will love these doughnuts which use Pepperidge Farm prepared puff pastry.  The doughnuts bake up in 20 minutes.  You can then decorate them with various glazes and toppings.  They are beautiful, tasty, and fun to make with kids.  Happy […]

1-2-3-4- Potato Latkes

December 11th, 2023|Categories: HanukkahSide DishesVegetablesVegetarian

There are so many variations of potato latkes–zucchini, carrot, beet, sweet potato, celery root–just to name a few. But my favorite latkes are the classic potato latkes.  I call my recipe the 1-2-3-4 latke recipe. The numbers make it easy to remember the amounts of each ingredient. These are the BEST […]

Hanukkah Doughnuts in Record Time/Fried

December 7th, 2023|Categories: DessertsDessertsDoughnutsHanukkahHolidays

No time to make doughnuts for Hanukkah? No problem.  You can whip these beauties up in no time, using Pepperidge Farm Puff pastry.  These are much easier to make than sufganiyot and they look and taste amazing.  Happy Hanukkah! […]

Turkey Sugar Cookies

November 23rd, 2023|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsRosh HashanahThanksgiving|Tags: 

If you’re an avid cookie baker, you will want to make these turkey sugar cookies for Thanksgiving.  Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving surrounded by your loved ones.  Praying for Israel–the safe return of the hostages, the safety and protection of our IDF heroes and all of our Israeli […]

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

November 22nd, 2023|Categories: DessertsFood ColumnsPies, Tarts and TortesThanksgiving|Tags: 

Pumpkin or pecan?  That is the question.  I adore both pies and when I can’t decide which to bake, I make one pie with a layer each of pumpkin and pecan, and a whole new taste sensation is born.  The pumpkin layer […]

Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Roasted Vegetables

Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Roasted Vegetables

November 22nd, 2023|Categories: Food ColumnsSide DishesThanksgivingVegetablesVegetarian|Tags: 

I am often asked for suggestions for Thanksgiving side dishes.  This recipe for roasted  autumn vegetables is one of my favorite side dishes to make for Thanksgiving and other festive autumn and winter get-togethers.  It […]

Sweet Potato Banana Casserole

Sweet Potato Banana Casserole

November 23rd, 2023|Categories: Side DishesThanksgivingVegetablesVegetarian|Tags: 

This Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole with a Secret Ingredient is a great Thanksgiving Day Side Dish. It’s make ahead and you can whip it up in […]

Turkey Roulade

Turkey Roulade

November 21st, 2023|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultryThanksgiving|Tags: 

I must confess—I am not a big fan of the roasted whole turkey. At a time when I need as much oven space as possible for the multitude of […]

Traditional Roast Turkey

November 20th, 2023|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultryThanksgiving|Tags: 

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday enjoyed and celebrated by all Americans.  It is a time when we gather with family and friends to […]

Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup

November 20th, 2023|Categories: Food ColumnsSoupsThanksgiving|Tags: 

I make this delicious soup once a year at Thanksgiving.  It’s a bit of a production and quite rich, but well worth the time, effort, and […]

Luzma's Columbian Penicillin

Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin for Sukkot

October 6th, 2023|Categories: Meat and PoultrySoupsSukkot|Tags: 

You’ve heard of Jewish penicillin, but did you know that a Colombian version exists, as well? Here’s a recipe for a great soul-satisfying soup to serve […]

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Braised Garlic Tomato Sauce and Roasted Cauliflower

Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Tomato Sauce and Cauliflower

October 5th, 2023|Categories: Cooking LightGluten FreeSukkotVeganVegetablesVegetarian|Tags: 

Spaghetti squash is known as a vibrant fall/winter vegetable, but it really is a fruit.  Botanically speaking, spaghetti squash as well as other squashes such as pumpkin and zucchini are fruit since they develop from flowers […]

Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl

October 4th, 2023|Categories: SoupsSukkotVegetarian|Tags: 

One of my favorite soups to serve during Sukkot is Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl. As the cool weather settles in, and we acclimate to brisk mornings and chilly evenings, our thoughts turn to warm, comforting […]