Rustic Sicilian-Style Strawberry Cassata

A rustic but still decadent strawberry dessert for Mother’s Day? Shavuot? Just because? Yes, yes, and yes, please. Ever since seeing a photo last year of a strawberry cassata, a Sicilian-style ricotta cake, it’s been on my list to try. This year’s arrival of spring’s best strawberries motivated me to do it—to create my own recipe for this festive and […]

Gorgonzola-Hazelnut Crostini

Good-quality cheese hardly needs much adornment or tinkering at all, and that’s always welcome on the menu. I think that’s why in leafing through Joyce Goldstein’s Cucina Ebraica (a wonderful collection of recipes from Italy’s Jews), her recipe for crostini with cheeses and hazelnuts kept stopping me. A little piece of toast, some gorgonzola and […]

Ricotta-Mascarpone Hamantashen with Mocha Glaze

No traditional Jewish-Italian hamantashen exists. But don’t worry. One thing I learned early on and I see played out every year in recipe compilations is that these triangle-shaped pastries, like kids in their Purim holiday costumes, can be just about anything. Even deliciously Italian-themed. Hundreds of years ago, that would be hard to imagine. Hamantashen, […]

Cheesy Mushroom Casserole

In honor of holidays in Israel last week (Memorial Day and Independence Day), I wanted to feature a recipe that represents Israel in a more personal way. This one comes from a Jewish woman I met who grew up in Russia. As you might know, life for Jews even in modern Russia was not ideal—besides […]

Ricotta

Although I’ve been Italian all my life, it took becoming Jewish to motivate me to make my own ricotta. Passover, specifically, bears responsibility for sending me down this path. Even though you can find kosher ricotta, getting your hands on kosher for Passover ricotta is a challenge for most people. So if you want to […]

Bialy Pizzas

  Although nothing compares to fresh homemade pizza dough, when people have good bread at the ready, we haven’t hesitated to make it pizza. Pizza pretzels, French bread pizzas, pita pizzas. We love our pizza, and, quite often, we love convenience—pizza done in minutes and on sturdier bread, which can sometimes make it easier to […]