• Nutella Mousse Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Lava Cakes
  • Avocado, Spinach, and Pickled Jalapeño Dip
  • Lemon Blueberry Cake
  • Spinach and Ricotta Pasta Rolls
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Nutella Mousse Cheesecake

It’s been awhile since I’ve ventured beyond my usual cheesecake favorites, so seeing Nutella cheesecake on a restaurant menu recently piqued my interest. Could this be a playful addition to my Jewish-Italian repertoire, just in time for Shavuot’s dairy celebrations? On the Jewish Food Experience Web site, read my featured post and find the resulting new […]

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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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