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Patriotic Cake

2024-07-03T13:31:50-04:00July 3rd, 2024|Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Fourth 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 [...]

Pigs in Blankets

2024-07-03T13:24:28-04:00July 3rd, 2024|Categories: Appetizers, Fourth of July, Meat 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 please.  To make [...]

Grilled Hamburgers and Fireworks Coleslaw

2024-07-03T13:25:49-04:00July 3rd, 2024|Categories: Cooking Light, Fourth of July, Meat and Poultry, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian|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 your July Fourth festivities.   Essentially, you will provide your guests with burgers and all the fixings, so that they can create [...]

Patriotic Cheesecake

2024-07-03T12:57:58-04:00July 3rd, 2024|Categories: Cheesecakes, Dairy, Desserts, Fourth 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 baked in a [...]

Cheese Blintzes

2024-06-11T08:53:20-04:00June 11th, 2024|Categories: Dairy, Desserts, Shavuot|

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. Crepe batter ½ cup potato starch ¾ cup water 2 eggs ½  tablespoon butter or margarine, melted pinch salt Filling ½ cup farmer cheese ½ [...]

Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

2024-06-11T08:52:14-04:00June 11th, 2024|Categories: Dairy, Shavuot, Vegetarian|

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 [...]

Eggplant Parmesan

2024-06-10T15:19:33-04:00June 10th, 2024|Categories: Dairy, Shavuot, Vegetarian|

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 as reading The Book of Ruth [...]