As I write this column it is late January of the New Year and the new decade. Many of us have made some New Year’s resolutions that are still intact. Among the top resolutions is—no surprise here—eating healthy. If you’re still in healthy eating mode for 2020, then this recipe for baked spaghetti squash is [...]
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 no time. 3 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces 1 banana, mashed juice of 1 lemon 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 egg 2 [...]
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.
Fall back--Daylight Savings Time! Ugh! My least favorite time of year. One thing that helps me beat the late autumn doldrums is a bowl of steaming, hearty soup. Check out my article on Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a Bread Bowl, which appeared in the October 2015 edition of the Essex Fells Magazine.
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…and the corn is sweet and bountiful. As residents of New Jersey, we are blessed with some of the best corn in the country. New Jersey’s sweet corn is one of the reasons for its well-deserved “Garden State” moniker. Sweet corn is in season from May to September. While the [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Caponata is a classic Sicilian eggplant relish. It has a delightful medley of flavors—sweet and sour, salty and nutty--and is refreshing and delicious especially when it is served during the hot and hazy days of summer. There are as many variations of this dish as there are cooks and recipes may include such ingredients as [...]