• Hanukkah Fritters (Frittelle di Hanukkah) with Figs and Sambuca Honey
  • Pumpkin Cake (Torta di Zucca) with Orange-Mascarpone Topping
  • Rosh Hashanah Recipe Ideas 2016
  • Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts
  • Gorgonzola-Hazelnut Crostini

Hanukkah Fritters (Frittelle di Hanukkah) with Figs and Sambuca Honey

Like a doughnut, but better. These fritters are less fussy to make, wonderfully chewy and flavorful—and they have a Jewish-Italian connection that I love. Plus, most fittingly for this year of holiday overlaps, in Italy, similar versions are enjoyed for both Hanukkah and Christmas celebrations. In a new piece for Jewish Food Experience (read it with my recipe—which […]






Sweet Noshings Cookbook Giveaway!

Just in time for Hanukkah—I’m thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of Sweet Noshings: New Twists on Traditional Jewish Desserts, by Amy Kritzer, the proflic and fun Jewish food blogger behind What Jew Wanna Eat! The new book is written in Amy’s disarmingly witty style and is full of fun and inventive takes on […]






Pumpkin Cake (Torta di Zucca) with Orange-Mascarpone Topping

Pumpkin and squash were historically favored by Italy’s Jews. You could find these fall fruits in soups, risottos, pastas, stews, fritters, and yes, even cake. I found recipes for Jewish-Italian pumpkin cakes, but decided to develop an updated version. We served samples of this during my talk in September about the culinary history of Italy’s Jews. When I started working […]






Rosh Hashanah Recipe Ideas 2016

Even though I have some favorite recipes for Rosh Hashanah (hard to tear myself away from the brisket with cranberries and mushrooms from Meatballs and Matzah Balls served with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables), the coming of the new year often finds me looking through books, blogs, and Web sites and considering adding some new dishes […]






Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts

At my recent talk about the rich culinary history of Italy’s Jews, I discussed how Sicilian Jews had adopted the combination of raisins and pine nuts (often with spinach) from Arab conquerors. This beloved pairing stuck and became a common dish among Italy’s Jewish communities. We offered samples of this dish at the event, and I […]






Gorgonzola-Hazelnut Crostini

On the Jewish culinary calendar, it’s time for cheese—all thanks to the holiday of Shavuot (starting Saturday night), celebrated with dairy foods. That inspires me to look longingly at cheesecake recipes of all sorts and think that it’s been too long since I’ve made my Nutella Mousse Cheesecake. But I also love cheese that isn’t […]






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