Parve, Rosh Hashana

Sweet Potato Soufflé: Make Ahead Side Dish for the Holidays

sweet potato souffle

It’s no easy feat preparing for a two-day holiday like Rosh Hashana. That’s why it’s good to cook whatever freezes well, in advance. Sweet potato soufflé fits the bill. You freeze it in the baking pan without the streusel topping. Thaw it overnight in the fridge. Add the streusel and bake. Easy peasy. Not to …

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Hungarian Plum Cake

Hungarian Plum Cake

Now is the time that well-prepared Jewish households are busy baking and freezing in advance of the holidays. Here’s an easy plum cake that is very appropriate as a delicious holiday dessert for Rosh Hashana or any other of the High Holiday yom tovim. The cake, double-wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, freezes well, …

Desserts, Parve

Parve Molten Lava Chocolate Cakes

molten chocolate cake

Back in the 1990s, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created the original molten hot chocolate cake, with that center that just oozes hot chocolate all over your plate. You have to be doing hardcore penance to pass on dessert when this amazing chocolate treat is on offer. But if you keep kosher, you know the frustration that …

Main courses, Rosh Hashana

Chicken with White Wine and Scallions

Have you started thinking about the holidays, yet? Looking for something different, a little festive, but not too much work? This chicken dish with white wine and scallions is nice, because you do it on the stove, freeing up precious oven real estate. It’s terrific served over wild rice. Chicken with White Wine and Scallions …

Technique

Technique: How to Sauté Mushrooms

Mushrooms, sauteeing in a pan

Sautéed mushrooms can change an entire dish. From time to time, this simple kitchen staple can even save a dish on the brink of ruination. Take this past Shabbos: my family loves rare roast beef. But when you reheat it on the hotplate it loses its ruddy color and turns into undercooked (read: tough) pot …

Easy, Main courses

Recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes Can Be Lunch!

stack of partially eaten, fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Everyone loves my buttermilk pancakes. So much so that my kids have been known to have them for lunch or even dinner. And when I’m short on time or budget, that’s a perfect choice, especially if you set out some fruit or a raw veggie tray to make sure you’ve covered all the food groups. …

Easy, Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food

A Cool Treat: Watermelon With Bulgarian Cheese

Watermelon with Bulgarian cheese

For a change, I offer no true recipe, as it is too hot to type! Well, thanks to a/c, that’s not really true. Nonetheless, we are not in the mood for heavy, hot foods at this juncture. Which is why we have been rediscovering the summer Middle Eastern pleasure of watermelon served with Bulgarian cheese. …

Good for You, Healthy, Israeli food, Parve, Sephardi, Shabbos, Technique

Matbucha: The Summer Bright Tomato and Roasted Pepper Salad

Matbucha garnished with cashew nuts

Now is when we finally get those beautiful, summer-ripened tomatoes. That is when we can rejoice in the flavor of a truly remarkable ingredient that is at its peak. And we need something like that in the summer heat. A salad like this matbucha just perks up your taste buds. Great with challah at the …