Category: Parve

Easy, Parve, Shabbos, Sides

Luscious Zucchini Kugel (P)

parve zucchini kugel

Looking for a new, parve side for Shabbos? Trying to find a way to get your family to eat more green vegetables? This kugel is for you, Dear Reader, raising boring old zucchini to fabulous new heights. Bonus? It’s easy to prepare, especially if you use a food processor for slicing the zucchini. Zucchini Kugel …

Desserts, Easy, Parve, Shabbos

Homey Applesauce Cake

applesauce cake

Our go-to dessert when we want something easy and homey is this simple applesauce cake with its moist and tender crumb. After many years of experimentation, we decided to leave the raisins out and substitute cornstarch for some of the flour to lighten the texture. The result is a cake that practically melts in one’s …

Main courses, Parve

Recipe: Swiss Potato Pancake (Rösti)

Rosti

With the cold comes that natural instinct to bulk up on heartier food, which somehow seems more warming. In our home, sometimes nothing else seems to hit the spot quite so well as the Swiss potato pancake known as Rösti. It’s basically a large, skillet-sized potato pancake with a texture and taste similar to hash …

Healthy, Parve, Shabbos

Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms make an elegant starter or even a side for any Shabbat or festive meal. They are a lot easier to make than you might suspect. I like to use frozen chopped spinach to save time. I just thaw and squeeze out the excess liquid before continuing with the recipe. If you have leftover …

Easy, Parve

Recipe: Thanksgiving Craisin Slaw

Purple slaw with cranberries

Nothing goes with turkey and all the fixings of Thanksgiving like a sweet and tangy slaw with craisins. This one fits the bill, though it cannot be made more than 6 hours in advance or it goes all soggy and loses its crisp, crunchy, and craisin-chewy charm. A guest once described this slaw as “So …

Ashkenazi, Desserts, Parve

Nut Rolls to Fill That Empty Freezer

Nut rolls

Now that the Jewish high holidays are over, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The cooking marathon is over. Alas, our freezers are empty and we have nothing to serve our guests and grandchildren when they come to visit. Enter nut roll cakes to the rescue. The cake rolls aren’t difficult to make, and …

Ashkenazi, Easy, Parve, Rosh Hashana, Sukkot, Yom Kippur

Makeahead Parve Apple Noodle Kugel

Apple Noodle Kugel

Rosh Hashana is all about apples and hey, why not? It’s apple season. While we are sad to say goodbye to summer fruit, we are happy to welcome this new friend, which pairs so well with cinnamon. This kugel calls for a full tablespoon of this warm spice, so it is really for cinnamon lovers. …

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 …

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 …