Israeli 7-Layer Mosaic Spread

2022-05-05T10:07:26-04:00May 5th, 2022|Categories: Appetizers, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian|

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, [...]

Savory Hamantaschen

2022-03-15T11:49:26-04:00March 15th, 2022|Categories: Appetizers, Purim|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 [...]

Challah Dogs

2022-02-24T17:23:58-05:00February 24th, 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 [...]

Zucchini Pie

2019-11-09T11:09:09-05:00May 1st, 2014|Categories: Appetizers, Breakfast/Brunch, Food Columns, Pies, Tarts and Tortes, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Here is a tasty recipe for a quiche-like vegetable pie that lends credence to the saying “easy as pie.” Once you’ve prepped all the ingredients, you simply place them in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until smooth.  The mixture is then poured into a prepared pie plate [...]

Asparagus Mimosa

2019-08-25T18:00:38-04:00April 1st, 2013|Categories: Appetizers, Cooking Light, Food Columns, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: |

Asparagus mimosa is a simple dish of blanched asparagus, sprinkled with the sieved yolks and whites of eggs and drizzled with a lemony mustard vinaigrette.  This dish gets its name from the bright yellow of the sieved egg yolks, which is reminiscent of the beautiful yellow mimosa flower.  To make the asparagus vase, use a [...]

Watermelon Gazpacho and Curried Coconut Chicken Salad

2019-08-13T19:29:29-04:00August 1st, 2012|Categories: Appetizers, Food Columns, Meat and Poultry, Salads, Soups, Vegetables|Tags: , , , |

During the dog days of summer the last thing we want to do is prepare food in a hot kitchen over a hot stove. We seek fare that requires little or no cooking and that can be prepared early in the day, cooled, and then served chilled directly from the refrigerator.  Watermelon gazpacho comes together [...]

Pigs in Blankets

2019-08-13T18:58:24-04:00July 1st, 2012|Categories: Appetizers, Food Columns, Fourth of July|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 [...]