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Polka Dot Cheesecake

2022-07-30T19:15:39-04:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Cheesecakes, Dairy, Desserts, Desserts, Shavuot|

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 [...]

Vegetarian Lasagna

2022-07-29T09:17:36-04:00July 29th, 2022|Categories: Food Columns, Pasta, Rice, Grains, Vegetarian|

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 nothing inherently [...]

Shakshouka

2022-07-24T11:02:43-04:00July 24th, 2022|Categories: Appetizers, Breakfast/Brunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|

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 [...]

Challah Dogs

2022-07-20T10:45:00-04:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: Appetizers, Meat 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! 6 - 12 hot dogs [...]

Patriotic Cheesecake

2022-07-03T10:26:55-04:00July 3rd, 2022|Categories: Cheesecakes, Dairy, Desserts, Fourth of July|

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 baked in a [...]

Ice Cream Cake

2022-06-27T14:53:04-04:00June 27th, 2022|Categories: Cakes, Dairy, Desserts, Desserts, Ice 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 [...]

Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Stacks

2022-06-17T15:18:49-04:00June 17th, 2022|Categories: Vegetables, Vegetarian|

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 and fragrant with garlic [...]

Pizzelle Cannoli

2022-06-03T08:55:22-04:00June 3rd, 2022|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Dairy, Desserts, 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 [...]