• Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Rolls
  • Dates Stuffed with Roasted Pine Nut Butter
  • Crusty Tagliatelle with Meat and Sausage
  • Baby Chocolate Babkas
  • Mascarpone and Kosher Rye Whiskey Whipped Cream
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Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Rolls

Although they are scrumptious, hamantashen aren’t the only thing to enjoy for the holiday of Purim, beginning sundown on March 4. After all, you need a little something to counterbalance all that sugar, right? According to culinary historian Gil Marks, one traditional Jewish-Italian dish for the holiday is the Venetian Spinach Pasta Roll. This is […]

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Dates Stuffed with Roasted Pine Nut Butter

Spring might seem pretty far away for many of us (I write as a wicked winter wind howls outside my window), but in Israel, the earliest blooming trees are starting to shake off winter. Marking that is the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, or the new year for trees, which begins at sunset on February 3. […]


Crusty Tagliatelle with Meat and Sausage

This recipe pretty much had me at crusty pasta. But then it got even better. The top and bottom crispy layers of thin egg pasta noodles (tagliatelle) give way to a tender interior of soft noodles and beef and sausage—all unified by a broth-based sauce. Besides pasta with crunch, I was particularly intrigued about the […]


Baby Chocolate Babkas

Chocolate babka caught my eye, well, first because of the chocolate, of course. But it also intrigued me because it keeps company this time of year with other sweet yeast breads stuffed with more sweets—the German stollen and especially the Italian panettone usually scented with citrus and filled with dried fruit (and sometimes pine nuts […]


Mascarpone and Kosher Rye Whiskey Whipped Cream

If you’re lucky enough to be bringing dessert (my favorite assignment) to Thanksgiving or another holiday gathering this season, you’ll likely be making or buying a pumpkin pie. And that’s one pie that truly benefits from a dollop of homemade whipped cream (if dairy will be permissible). This year I put together what I think is […]


Just Like Mom’s Stuffing

The Thanksgiving meal is really a gastronomical walk down memory lane for many of us. It’s less about the latest, most innovative or exotic concoction (though those can be fun, too) and more about creating and savoring the best renditions of favorite recipes and flavors from years past. At many tables, the feast wouldn’t be […]

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