March 2016 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 one of the great chefs of Tuscany--Claudio Piantini. It was just the two of us with Chef [...]
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 [...]
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 not too "fussy".
My family just loves this veggie chopped liver, which I like to serve in apple flowers. I’ve made some changes to the recipe, which is from The Kosher Palette, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy.
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 presentation.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. Graham Cracker Crumb Crust 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ [...]