Aunt Hannah’s Pumpkin Mandel Bread (Gluten Free & Egg Free Options Too)

Aunt Hannah's Pumpkin Mandel Bread

Aunt Hannah’s Pumpkin Mandel Bread

Just in time for Thanksgiving, this recipe combines a traditional Jewish favorite with Thanksgiving flavors. Think of Mandel Bread as “Jewish Biscotti”, crunchy on the outside, but in this version, softer on the inside. The original recipe is from my friend, Marty’s Aunt Hannah, who lived to be 100 years old. This is such an easy recipe to make, it is very healthy and can be made in Gluten Free & Egg Free Versions. Bring this for Thanksgiving, Chanukkah or any holiday that you celebrate and you will have everyone asking for the recipe!! May Aunt Hannah’s memory be a blessing!
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Succot

Fruit and VegsTonight, October 16, 2016, at sundown, the holiday of Succot, will begin and will continue until October 23, 2016. It is one of the three harvest festivals in the Jewish Calendar, also sometimes call the“Festival of Tabernacles” or the “Feast of Booths.”  For the holiday, Jews erect a temporary hut, called a “Succah”, next to their homes. It is a symbol of the forty years that the Isrealites wandered in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt, and simulates the experience of the Israelites. The roof of the Succah is covered with tree branches, allowing some sky to appear.  People may sleep in the Succah, take their meals in the Succah and entertain friends there.  Jews  traditionally eat “Kreplach”, a vegetable, meat or dairy filled light pastry served typically in soup. Below are some recipes that you can make for the holiday of Succot and may be found on this website:

  •  “Easy Veggie Kreplach” (Jewish Ravioli)
  • “Nancy H’s Out of the Ballpark Noodle Kugel (Pareve)”
  • “One-Bowl Kugel” (Dairy)
  • “Apples and Honey Turnovers”

Wishing all of you a Happy Succot, Chag Sameach!

J’s Summer Chicken

J'S Summer Chicken

J’S Summer Chicken

Just in time for the approaching Jewish Holidays, here is an easy recipe that would be perfect for your holiday meal. It’s light, quick to prepare and is gluten-free. You can substitute other veggies but the most important element are the tomatoes. Enjoy!!
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Green and White Bean Salad

Green and White Bean Salad

Green and White Bean Salad

This salad is great to make if you know you will have a busy week. It is so easy to pull together and if you add some cooked chicken, salmon or tuna, you’ll have a hearty lunch time meal! It will keep a few days in the fridge and is great as a cold side dish when it’s hot outside. You can also vary the ingredients by adding things that you like: tomatoes, leftover corn from corn on the cob, the possibilities are endless! This is a real “no patchke, no fuss” salad.  Any leftover dressing can be used on another salad during the week. Read on for the Recipe

Colorful Rice Salad

 

Colorful Rice Salad

Colorful Rice Salad

Just in time for the 4th of July, here is an easy, delicious and beautiful salad that you can bring to a BBQ, celebration or just have it anytime during the summer. It has a very delicate flavor and everyone will want the recipe. It is based on one that I found in an old Hadassah cookbook from Rochester New York submitted by H. Stoler.  The Recipe

Shavuot Cheesecake Parfaits with Crazy-Good Nut Topping

Shavuot Cheesecake Parfaits with Crazy-Good Nut Topping

Shavuot is fast approaching (June 11, 2016) and it is customary to eat dairy foods. For those of you who love cheesecake, you eat this version with a spoon.  Add my Crazy Good Nut Topping (listed below) and you will be in heaven! It is a rich, easy and absolutely delicious way to end your Shavuot feast.  A little serving goes a long way. Chag Sameach, Have a Happy Shavuot. Enjoy!
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