• Chocolate Lava Cakes
  • Avocado, Spinach, and Pickled Jalapeño Dip
  • Lemon Blueberry Cake
  • Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Rolls
  • Dates Stuffed with Roasted Pine Nut Butter
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Chocolate Lava Cakes

Passover, let me introduce you to my newest sweet friend, the chocolate lava cake…wait, what? You know chocolate lava cake’s Italian grandmother? Seriously? Yes, that’s right. Lava, molten, or pudding cakes with that luscious liquid chocolate center might seem like a hot, hot, hot contemporary fad, but the concept has a connection to Italy. In […]

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Avocado, Spinach, and Pickled Jalapeño Dip

A request for a nondairy “green” dip for Passover this year got me thinking about what I could make using as many fresh ingredients as possible—as well as thinking about Passover challenges from previous years. On the Jewish Food Experience Web site, read my featured post and find my new original recipe for Avocado, Spinach, and Pickled Jalapeno […]

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Lemon Blueberry Cake

Years ago, I found a recipe for a clementine cake made with ground almonds. This sponge-style cake (getting most of its body from beaten egg whites) enticed me as a contrast to a Christmas dessert buffet of heavy, creamy, and chocolate-y confections. The way my imagination rendered the recipe, it would be light, fresh, and […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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