Ice Cream Cake

June 27th, 2022|Categories: CakesDairyDessertsDessertsIce Cream and Frozen Treats

My all time favorite cake to make during sultry summer months is Ice Cream Cake. Its main ingredient—ice cream—is America’s most loved dessert.  An ice cream cake is no bake, easy to make, and you can prepare it weeks ahead of time and keep it in your freezer until ready to serve.  With the wide variety of ice cream flavors […]

Baked Onion Rings

June 22nd, 2022|Categories: AppetizersBreakfast/BrunchCooking LightSide DishesVegetarian

Here’s a healthy version of the traditional deep fat fried onion rings.  These are dipped in egg whites instead of a rich batter, then they are baked instead of fried. They bake up crisp and golden and are almost as addictive as the original high calorie […]

Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Stacks

June 17th, 2022|Categories: VegetablesVegetarian

I love ratatouille, a classic vegetable stew hailing from the Provencal region of southern France near the Mediterranean Sea. To make these colorful and healthy veggie stacks, I used many of the seasonal vegetables and flavorings you would find in a ratatouille—eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and onions, infused with olive oil […]

Pizzelle Cannoli

June 3rd, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDairyDessertsShavuot

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 […]

Cheese Blintzes

June 3rd, 2022|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  […]

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

June 2nd, 2022|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 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 […]

Cheesecake With Marbleized Chocolate Glaze

June 1st, 2022|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 […]

Eggplant Parmesan

May 31st, 2022|Categories: DairyShavuotVegetarian

The Jewish holiday Shavuot begins at sunset this Saturday, June 4, and ends at sunset Monday, June 6. 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 […]

Salade Nicoise

Salade Nicoise

May 9, 2022|Categories: Cooking LightFishFood ColumnsSaladsVegetables|Tags: 

A Salade Nicoise is a classic French composed salad.  The salad has its origins in Nice, a city in the Provencal Region of southeastern France. Many of its ingredients such as tuna, tomatoes, green beans, olives, anchovies and capers are indigenous to the region. Because Salade Nicoise is composed and not chopped or tossed, its ingredients are arranged aesthetically and make for a lovely […]

Israeli 7-Layer Mosaic Spread

May 5th, 2022|Categories: AppetizersSide DishesVegetablesVegetarian

This Israeli Seven Layer Mosaic Spread has become my new go-to dish when I’m looking for an hors d’oeuvre or appetizer that’s fun and festive and visually appealing.  It features two popular Middle Eastern spreads:  Hummus—made with mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic—and Baba ghanoush, made with baked or grilled eggplant, olive oil and various […]

Veggie Burgers

May 2nd, 2022|Categories: Cooking LightFood ColumnsPasta, Rice, GrainsVegetablesVegetarian

Here’s a great recipe for veggie burgers.  Composed of healthy veggies, grains, and beans, these burgers are sure to please the vegetarians.   Tasty, wholesome, and filling burgers, the meat eaters may come around and enjoy one of these as well.  I like to serve my veggie burgers on […]

Banana Chiffon Truffles

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsDessertsPassoverPassover Desserts

These are one of my favorite Passover confections.  You bake a scrumptious Kosher for Passover banana chiffon cake, then pull off pieces of the cake and roll them into balls that are approximately 1 and 1/2 inches.  After a short stint in the fridge you […]

Chocolate Filled Macadamia Crisps

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsDessertsPassoverPassover Desserts

Here’s another perennial Passover cookie family favorite—chocolate filled macadamia crisps. If I could only have one cookie for Passover, this would be the […]


April 12th, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsDessertsPassoverPassover Desserts

I developed these Passover Oreos—aka oreovers—over 20 years ago when my beautiful daughter, Sally, asked if I could make a kosher for Passover version of Oreos. They were a huge hit, and […]

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsDessertsPassoverPassover Desserts

Everyone loves these Passover chocolate chip cookies. They are my most requested Passover cookie recipe. Reminiscent of the year round Toll House cookies, these are addictive and […]

Matzo Meat Pie

April 12th, 2022|Categories: Meat and PoultryPassover

This matzo meat pie is a real showstopper and it tastes as good as it looks.  Make sure to have four 4-inch round spring form pans on hand for the recipe.  You can find the pans in kitchen stores or […]

Nanny Fela’s Epic Chicken Soup With Matzoh Balls For Passover

April 12th, 2022|Categories: PassoverSoups

Nothing says the holidays like a big pot of my mom’s epic chicken soup–AKA Nanny Fela‘s Epic Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls.  Here’s my Passover friendly version of Nanny Fela‘s Soup, along with some scrumptious […]

Passover Waffles Matzo Braffle

April 10th, 2022|Categories: Breakfast/BrunchHolidaysPassover

Before you begin, make sure to have a waffle iron on hand.  Preheat the waffle iron according to […]

Passover Granola Treats

April 6th, 2022|Categories: Brownies and BarsDessertsDessertsHolidaysPassoverPassover Desserts

For Passover 2016 I used my homemade Passover granola recipe to make these Passover granola treats, the Passover version of Rice Krispie treats. These tasty treats were a huge hit and I’ve been making them for Passover ever since. I’ve provided a recipe for my homemade Passover granola, but you can use store bought Passover granola to save some time.  For a Sweet Passover make sure […]

Passover Mini Omelet Soufflés

April 3rd, 2022|Categories: Breakfast/BrunchCooking LightFood ColumnsPassoverVegetarian

A few weeks ago I wrote a food column for the Essex Fells Magazine about mini omelet soufflés, and posted them on my Instagram account and my website.  Since the ingredients for these mini omelet souffles are Passover friendly, here they are again. They are low fat, low calorie, vegetarian, healthy, yet tasty and […]

Pineapple and Honey Glazed Corned Beef

March 31st, 2022|Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and PoultryPassover|Tags: 

Looking to impress on Passover with a great main course? I’ve got you covered with my Pineapple and Honey Glazed Corned Beef.  I posted the recipe last autumn for Rosh Hashanah, and it has been one of my most popular and requested holiday recipes.  With just a few […]

Pizzele Nutella Hamantaschen

March 16th, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsPurim|Tags: 

Not a baker, but you’d like to make some quick and easy hamantaschen? I’ve got you covered with these! […]

Savory Hamantaschen

March 15th, 2022|Categories: AppetizersPurim|Tags: 

Here’s a great recipe for savory hamantaschen.  To make these tasty treats, I use a store bought puff pastry to cut out the circles, fill them with a grated melting cheese, brush the pastry triangles with an egg glaze and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  These golden brown beauties are quick and easy to make and bake.  Get ready for oohs and aahs […]

Hamantashen Hugs

March 14th, 2022|Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsPurim|Tags: 

Since I can’t seem to get enough of these rugentaschen—here’s another fun recipe that uses Hershey’s Hugs […]

Peanut Butter Cream Rugentashen

March 13, 2022 | Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Purim|Tags: ,

One of my all time favorite cookies is rugelach—a scrumptious crescent shaped cookie made from a cream cheese dough.  I decided to use my rugelach dough to make hamantaschen and eureka!  This recipe for hamantaschen made with a rugelach dough, may be one of my favorite hamantaschen yet.  I call my hamantaschen made with cream cheese dough rugentaschen. Here’s a recipe for rugentaschen filled with […]

Non-pareil Hamantaschen

March 11, 2022 | Categories: Cookies and BiscottiDessertsPurim|Tags: 

The Jewish holiday of Purim is just around the corner.  Beginning at sundown on Wednesday, March 16, and ending on Thursday, March 17 at sundown, Purim is a fun and festive holiday observed with much revelry and celebration.  Dating back to the Persian Empire of the 4th century b.c.e., […]

Challah Dogs

February 24, 2022 |Categories: AppetizersMeat and Poultry

These challah dogs are always a huge hit.  I get hot dog specials from my butcher, whip up a batch of my challah dough, roll handfuls of the dough into strands, wrap the strands around the hot dogs in a spiral, then bake till golden brown.  The combination of thick, juicy hot dogs and fresh challah spirals is simply divine!

Streusel Topped Banana Nutella Bread

February 23, 2022 |Categories: BreadBreakfast/BrunchCupcakes and MuffinsDessertsFood Columns

Happy National Banana Bread Day!  My recipe originally appeared in the March 2017 edition of Essex Fells Magazine.  Enjoy!

I recently found my kitchen redolent with the aroma of two bunches of overripe bananas, which I knew were headed for the trash bin in another day or two if I didn’t do some quick thinking.  With “quick” being the operative word here, banana quick bread came to mind.  I have a great go-to […]

Mini Omelet Soufflés

February 7, 2022 |Categories: Breakfast/BrunchCooking LightFood ColumnsVegetarian

A few years ago, I posted this recipe for mini omelet soufflés on my Instagram account to rave reviews.  I was on Weight Watchers at the time and most of the ingredients for this recipe were 0 points.  The whipped topping made from fat free cottage cheese and low fat sour cream added 1 or 2 points per serving.  They are low fat, low calorie, vegetarian, healthy, yet tasty and […]

Marble Chiffon Cake

February 1, 2022 |Categories: CakesDessertsFood ColumnsValentine’s Day

Here’s a sneak peak at my February 2022 food column. Enjoy!

Streusel Topped Coffee Cake

January 19, 2022 |Categories: Cakes, Desserts | Tags:

I recently made this scrumptious streusel topped coffee cake to rave reviews.  I used my basic coffee cake batter and topped it with streusel before baking.  Who doesn’t love a cake with streusel?  Enjoy!

Chestnut Soup

Thanksgiving Menu

November 22, 2021 |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.

Sweet Potato Banana Casserole

Sweet Potato Banana Casserole

November 22, 2021 |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 […]

Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup

November 22, 2021 |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 calories.  For a real showstopper, serve the soup in a hollowed out fresh pumpkin soup tureen, or serve in individual hollowed out acorn squash shells.  Best wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving […]

Turkey Roulade

Turkey Roulade

November 22, 2021 |Categories: Food ColumnsMeat and Poultry,Thanksgiving | 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 dishes that I serve on Thanksgiving, the huge whole turkey monopolizes most of my oven space.  I also find it impossible to get the whole turkey cooked to proper doneness.  If the drumsticks are well cooked, the breast is overdone and vice versa. And the stress of having to carve the turkey, while juggling the remainder of the courses is enough to make me seek out an alternative.

Turkey roulade to the rescue! It is tender, tasty and cooked to perfection. It serves 4 to 6 people, but can easily be doubled, tripled or quadrupled.  You can make it up to three days in advance.  No carving necessary!  Simply slice the roulade […]

Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Roasted Vegetables

Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Roasted Vegetables

November 22, 2021 |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 has a beautiful array or autumn tastes, textures and colors and is a great accompaniment to turkey, chicken or beef.  And, with its combination of carotenoid (sweet potatoes and carrots) and cruciferous (Brussels sprouts and cauliflower) vegetables, this dish is actually healthy, so feel free […]

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

November 22, 2021 |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 is delicately spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, while the pecan layer incorporates maple syrup, vanilla, rum and lemon.  Both layers are poured into a pie crust that bakes up to golden brown flaky perfection.

So, as the days get shorter, and the air get crisper and cooler and we are dazzled by nature’s stunning display of color in her final blaze of glory […]

Turkey Sugar Cookies

Turkey Sugar Cookies

November 22, 2021 |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 […]

Luzma’s Colombian Penicillin

Luzma’s Columbian Penicillin

November 18, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Soups, Thanksgiving | Tags: Chicken, Columbian Penicillin

For a soup that will soothe the soul and chase away the cold weather doldrums, check out my November 2017 food column for the Essex Fells Magazine, below.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

November 4, 2021 |Categories: Desserts | Tags: Cakes, Dairy

This scrumptious cake is a family favorite and my most requested recipe.

Sfinge (Italian Doughnuts Filled with Ricotta)

October 22, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Desserts, Dairy, Doughnuts

Sfinge are Italian fried pastries similar to doughnuts.  They are rich and indulgent and take some time to make, but I think they are well worth the time, effort and calories.  Check out my December 2016 food column to learn more about sfinge.


Those of you who have been following my columns these past 6 years, may have noticed by the disproportionate number of dessert articles in the magazine, that I have an insatiable sweet tooth.  It should come as no surprise then that I’ll be capping off My Year Of Italy with—well—something sweet.  Sfinge, also known as Zeppole, are Italian fried pastries similar to doughnuts […]

Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu

October 21, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Pasta, Rice, Grains

This recipe for potato gnocchi with a scrumptious sausage (kosher sausages are available) and tomato sauce takes some effort–but is definitely worth your time.  See my November 2016 food column for the Essex Fells Magazine (below) to learn how to make these tasty dumplings.


This 5-star recipe for Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu is from Davide Odore, Master Chef at the Castello di Guarene, a magnificent restored 18th century palazzo/hotel overlooking the Langhe hills in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy.

Potato gnocchi are tiny potato dumplings.  They are light, pillowy and delicate in flavor—a perfect […]

Vegetarian Lasagna

October 20, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Pasta, Rice, Grains, Vegetarian, Dairy

This veggie lasagna is much lower in calories and more healthy than the traditional version that uses a tomato and meat sauce.  This is my favorite way to make lasagna–I think it’s more tasty than the traditional version.

Please see my recipe below as first published in the October 2016 issue of the Essex Fells Magazine.


The year of 2016 has been zipping by.  I just realized there are only three more months left for My Year Of Italy, and I have yet to write a column on lasagna.

We can trace the origins of lasagna back to the Middle Ages to Naples, Italy.  Traditional Neapolitan lasagna is made with layers of […]


October 19, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Vegetarian, Dairy

Your kids will love to help you make this pizza. You start with store bought pizza dough, which the kids will enjoy rolling and shaping. Then they ladle on some tomato sauce and make some fun designs with veggies and cheese on top of the pizza. See my Essex Fells Magazine September 2016 food column (below) to learn more about this recipe.


Since 2016 is My Year of Italy, and September is back to school month, and kids LOVE pizza, we’re going to have some fun with pizza–rolling, spreading, sprinkling, decorating and getting some veggies into the mix.

I’ve provided a kid-friendly basic pizza recipe with a […]


October 18, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Desserts, Dairy

I just love this enlightened version of cannoli which are usually deep fat fried. I use pizzelle to make my cannoli–no baking or frying required. My column on this tasty and refreshing treat appeared in the August 2016 issue of the Essex Fells Magazine.


Cannoli are Italian pastries originating from the island of Sicily. A staple of Sicilian cuisine, they are also popular in Italian-American cuisine.

Cannoli get their name from the Italian word “cannolo” which means “little tube”.  They consist of tube shaped shells of pastry dough which are […]


October 17, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Desserts, Dairy

Biancomangiare is a cool, smooth and creamy Sicilian dessert.  Check out my June food column (below) which appeared in the Essex Fells Magazine to find out more about this scrumptious dessert.


Biancomangiare is a traditional Sicilian white pudding. Dating back to the Middle Ages, biancomangiare, literally means “white food” or “white dish”, and derives its name from […]


October 15, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Desserts, Cookies and Biscotti, Dairy

Here’s a great recipe for cantucci (aka biscotti) that is easier and less time consuming to make than traditional biscotti, because these are baked only once, while biscotti are by definition twice baked.  This is a fun recipe to do with kids, as the ingredients can be mixed together by hand. See my article, below, for the May 2016 edition of the Essex Fells Magazine for a description of how this recipe came into my baking repertoire.

Cantucci are Tuscan dipping cookies.  They’re also known as biscotti in other regions of Italy as well as here in the U.S.  I learned how to make these almond studded beauties from […]

Ruvidelli With Pesto Trapanese Style

October 14, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Vegetarian, Pasta, Rice & Grains

Ruvidelli with Pesto Trapanese style has become my family’s favorite pasta dish. I wrote a column about it for the April 2016 issue of the Essex Fells Magazine. Enjoy!

True story: I learned how to make this scrumptious pasta dish from a Duchess! Early one morning, last October, a group of about ten of us met Duchess […]

Eggplant Parmesan

October 13, 2021 |Categories: Food Columns | Tags: Vegetables, Vegetarian, Pasta, Rice & Grains

I learned how to make this scrumptious authentic Eggplant Parmesan from a Tuscan chef in the fall of 2015.  Below is my March 2016 food column on the dish that appeared in the Essex Fells Magazine.


Last October, during our travels in Tuscany, Italy, my husband and I boarded a train in Florence and headed 29 miles southeast to the charming medieval town, Figline Valdarno, to take a private cooking class with […]

For the next 10 days I’ll be sharing some great Italian recipes collected during my travels in Italy in the fall of 2015.  Based on my travels, I wrote 10 food columns on Italian cuisine for the Essex Fells Magazine in 2016.  I hope you enjoy these stellar recipes!
My first article appeared in the February 2016 Essex Fells Magazine.  It was the month of Valentine’s Day, so my recipe was geared towards the holiday. 

Hazelnut Semifreddo with Gianduja Ganache

October 12, 2021 |Categories: Desserts, Food Columns | Tags: Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Treats, Valentine’s Day

In the fall of 2015, my husband and I took a three-week trip of a lifetime to beautiful Italy.  We started our adventure in Rome, then flew south to Sicily and north to the Piedmont region; we then journeyed east to Venice, west to the Tuscany region and concluded our extraordinary voyage […]

Jeweled Fruit Compote

This colorful and festive fruit compote was one of my first food columns in the Essex Fells Magazine. Add a couple of tablespoons of honey to the poaching liquid to make this a Rosh Hashanah dessert.

Jeweled Fruit Compote

September 3, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Food Columns, Rosh Hashanah | Tags: Cinnamon, Fruit, Honey

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 the compote accompanied by […]

Honey Cookies

Honey Cookies

September 1, 2021|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Rosh Hashanah | Tags: Honey

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 […]

Sugar Cookies

Kids just love these fun Rosh Hashanah sugar cookies. Use my recipe below to make these treats which first appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Essex Fells Magazine.

Rosh Hashanah Cookies

September 1, 2021|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Food ColumnsRosh Hashanah | Tags: Baking, Cookies, Sugar, Sugar Cookies

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, snowflakes and menorahs for winter, butterflies and flowers for spring, ice cream cones and a smiley face sun for summer, just to name a few.

I’ve developed this easy recipe with great flavor and texture, that is sure to get an enthusiastic two thumbs up from all your cookie fans.  The dough is pre-rolled and […]

Apple Tarte and Caramel Apples

Here’s a quick and easy recipe for an apple tarte for Rosh Hashanah.  I first wrote about this delightful apple tarte for the October 2012 issue of the Essex Fells Magazine.

Apple Tarte and Caramel Apples

August 31, 2021|Categories: Desserts, Food Columns, Pies, Tarts and Tortes, Rosh Hashanah | Tags: Apples, Autumn

In celebration of autumn’s apple bounty, here are two quick and easy recipes.  The apple tart takes about 15 minutes to prep and then another 20 minutes to bake in the oven.  It is delicious as is, but it becomes sublime when served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  The caramel apples are fun to make with children.  Get creative with the toppings!  In addition to the toppings recommended in the recipe, consider dipping the apples in […]

Honey Chiffon Cake

Not a fan of the dense and cloyingly sweet honey cakes? You will love this lighter, tastier version for Rosh Hashanah,  For the recipe, see my October 2013 food column in the Essex Fells Magazine for Honey Chiffon Cake, below.

Honey Chiffon Cake

August 29, 2021|Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Food ColumnsRosh Hashanah | Tags: Autumn, Cinnamon, Honey

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 is baking, an ambrosial aroma of warm honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves wafts through the house. This scrumptious cake tastes as good as it looks and smells as good as it tastes. To my mind, it  is the quintessential […]



August 30, 2021|Categories: Side Dishes, Vegetables

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 […]

Braised Short Ribs in Barbecue Sauce

I wrote an article about these succulent ribs for the March 2014 Essex Fells Magazine.  They make a great main course for Rosh Hashanah.

Braised Short Ribs of Beef in Barbecue Sauce

August 30, 2021|Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Rosh Hashanah | Tags: Comfort Food, Short Ribs

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 […]

Sweet and Sour Chicken

It’s been over 10 years since my recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken appeared in the Essex Fells Magazine. Sweet, tender and delicious, it is a perfect main course option for Rosh Hashanah.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

August 29, 2021|Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Rosh Hashanah | Tags: Chicken, Dinner

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 dinner guests. I like to serve Sweet and Sour Chicken accompanied with […]

Pineapple and Honey Glazed Corned Beef

I first wrote about this scrumptious glazed corned beef for the March 2013 issue of the Essex Fells Magazine. I have since made it for Rosh Hashanah and many other family holidays and get togethers.

Pineapple and Honey Glazed Corned Beef

August 29, 2021|Categories: Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Rosh Hashanah | Tags: Honey, Pineapple

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 […]

Nanny Fela’s Chicken Soup With Matzoh Balls

This year Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Monday, September 6. Make sure to check in over the next couple of weeks for some of my favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes and some festive ideas for presentation.

Nanny Fela’s Chicken Soup With Matzoh Balls

August 27, 2021|Categories: Rosh Hashanah, Soups | Tags: Chicken, Family Favorite, Matzoh Balls

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 […]

Veggie Chopped Liver

Veggie Chopped Liver

August 25, 2021|Categories: Appetizers, Rosh Hashanah, Vegetables, Vegetarian | Tags: Liver

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 […]

Signature Challah in the Round

My Rosh Hashanah dinner always begins with a freshly baked round challah which this year will be served along with the Star of David Challah of my previous post.

Signature Challah in the Round

August 25, 2021|Categories: Challah, Bread, Rosh Hashanah

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 placed into the center of the challah for a lovely […]

Star of David Bundt Challah

August 23, 2021|Categories: Challah Recipes, Rosh Hashanah |Tags: Challah

Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner, and I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holiday recipes over the next couple of weeks.  I always make a variety of round homemade challahs for the holiday.  This year, I’ll be adding this gorgeous Star of David challah to my repertoire. My husband and I were cleaning out a pantry, and a Nordic Ware Star of David Bundt pan (which I had ordered online some years ago and forgot about) was discovered in back of food props and stacks of dishes.  My husband suggested I use the pan to make a Star of David challah.  I was skeptical about baking my challah dough in a bundt pan, but I gave it a try and was delighted with the result.  I sliced the challah horizontally to keep the beautiful star shape, and used some of the leftover star slices to make French toast that got raves from my family. If you’re looking for a showstopper challah for the holiday, find my recipe […]

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 […]

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 […]