Roasted Garlic, Potato, and Dill Soup (P)

When it comes to Passover cooking, I’m obsessed with chasing  flavor.  The roasted garlic head in this thick and satisfying soup provides it with a slightly sweet undertone, the sautéed garlic gives it a  an aromatic kick, and the dill adds another level of flavor and complements the potato nicely.   1 head of garlic […]

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Choco-Coco Macaroons (D or P)

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Those peel-off cans of macaroons that are so ubiquitous during the  Passover season, kinda ruined me for macaroons- until now.  Because I’m on a quest to make Passover desserts that are good enough to eat year-round (why should my sweet tooth suffer for 8 days?), I’m really excited about […]

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Moroccan Quinoa Salad (P)

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The Moroccan spices and flavors in this healthful and bright salad are pleasingly  subtle.  If you’re a Moroccan flavor-phile, by all means ramp up the spices in the dressing.  And replace a quarter cup of the chopped parsley with chopped mint.   Dressing: 1/4 cup fresh lemon […]

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Apple Spice Donut with Dulce de Leche Glaze

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Who doesn’t love a donut to dunk in their morning joe?  Heck, a  fresh homemade donut is great for just about whenever!  This cake donut is subtle in its sweetness and spice, but the caramel glaze is over-the-top awesome in it’s warm and gooey sweetness.  Serving suggestion: […]

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Ivrito’s: Hebrew for Nacho’s (P)

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As the name suggests this is a middle eastern take on nachos, based in part on a couple of salads in Claudia Roden’s very awesome cookbook The New Book of Middle Eastern Food. The flavors and textures of this multilayered dip says Salatim to me; the salad and dips part of […]

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Creamy Coconutty Chicken Noodle Soup (M)

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Retains the comfort qualities of good ol’ Chicken Noodle Soup, but with the added suggestion of creamy, slightly exotic, coconutty flavor. The Habanero chili pepper adds a really nice jolt of heat that cuts through the rich coconutty creaminess. Serves 6 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, […]

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Crispy Veggie Salad with Crunchy Ramen, Hoisin Vinaigrette, & Omelet Spirals (P)

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This is a phenomenal  salad  with lots of  salty-sweet-savory Asian flavor, and a bunch of pleasing textures as well.  It’s great for lunch or as a light dinner.  Feel free to swap-out the veggies for whatever crispy produce you have in your fridge.  Helpful hint for busy balaboosta’s (hosts /hostess with […]

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Birthday Buttermilk Pancakes (D) with Mascarpone Maple Syrup (D)

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Nothing better than being greeted on your birthday morning with a birthday breakfast.   These pancakes are light and fluffy and completely fun thanks to the  festive rainbow sprinkles! The Mascarpone Maple Syrup is the icing on the (pan)cake. Birthday Buttermilk Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 […]

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Dairy-Free Banana-Coconut Coffeecake with Rum-Coconut Drizzle (P)

At first glance this recipe might seem like a balagan (Hebrew for crazy mess) of words, and ingredients, and components, but please take my word for it, it is so worth it.  The texture of the cake is light and soft and fluffy.  The flavors work beautifully together, it’s  sweet, exotic, nutty, and […]

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Sour Cherry-Brie Mini PopTarts (D)

This is a fabulous 3 ingredient appetizer that will make you look like a kitchen genius. These mini-pop tarts are super simple,  elegant, fun, and scrumptious!  Plus they look so cute when piled up on a platter.  This is a recipe that you can get crafty with: go ahead and […]

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack