Tu B’Shevat Tapanade

Tu B’Shevat Tapanade

Here is something different for Tu B’Shevat which begins tonight, a departure from fruit dishes usually served on the holiday.  It incorporates one of the seven species of Israel: fig, pomegranates, grapes, dates, wheat, barley and olives, foods traditionally eaten on Tu B’Shevat. It packs a double dose of olives: olives and olive oil. You can make it in under five minutes and is perfect to serve on cheese and crackers, as a topping for fish, as a sandwich spread or combined with avocado as a dip. Pair with my “Fruits of Israel Fizz” and you you will have a great Tu B’Shevat celebration! Chag Sameach!   The Recipe


Fried Zucchini Logs (For Chanukah or Anytime)


Fried Zucchini Logs For Chanukah or Anytime

These easy and delicious zucchini treats are perfect to serve on Chanukah or at anytime. They are so easy to make and a good way to get your veggies! They are perfect for dipping (see Roasted Red Pepper dipping sauce below) and make a great pareve appetizer. You can even make them gluten-free!

Happy Chanukah! Chag Chanukah Sameach!  The Recipe

J’s Smoked Trout Spread


J'S Smoked Trout Spread

J’S Smoked Trout Spread

Smoked fish dishes are popular with Ashkenazi Jews. A family member served this easy pareve(neutral, non-dairy) spread at a backyard BBQ this summer and I loved it. It’s so easy, great to serve all year round, would be great as an “noshable” (appetizer) for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. You can add or reduce the seasonings based on your taste. 

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Enjoy!  The Recipe

Welcome to Summer Veggie Strudel

Welcome to Summer Veggie Strudel

Just in time for Shavuot, also known as the Festival of Weeks, which celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. It is traditional to eat dairy foods on Shavuot and this delicious savory dairy strudel is perfect to serve as part of the festive meal. It is light and pairs well with different types of salads. You can make this with basic pantry items and it pulls together very quickly. Enjoy this throughout the year, a real winner! Chag Sameach!  The Recipe

Lightning Fast Veggie Potato Latkes

Lightning Fast Veggie Potato Latkes

Lightning Fast Veggie Potato Latkes

Here is a great recipe that is so easy, perfect for the weekday nights of Chanukkah when you are too tired to grate the potatoes. They are light, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside and really delicious. No leftovers on this one, too yummy!
The Recipe

Pea Hummus

Pea Hummus

Pea Hummus

Purim will soon be upon us in a few short weeks. It is said that Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story, ate vegetables and legumes to avoid eating non-Kosher food. To honor her, we enjoy eating dishes prepared with legumes and vegetables. Here is the perfect “noshable”, or appetizer, to start the festive meal. It is delicious, easy and is delicately infused with the flavor of peas . Read on for the Recipe

Tu B’Shevat Crostini Noshable with Orange Date Spread

Tu B'Shevat Crostini with Orange Date Spread

Tu B’Shevat Crostini Noshable with Orange Date Spread

Here is a great “noshable” to serve at your Tu B’Shevat gathering or meal (if you keep Kosher, this should only be served with a dairy meal). It can also be served all year long. I’ve re-purposed the “Orange Date Spread – Filling for Hamantashen” from one of my previous recipes and am now using it to top a crostini spread with goat cheese or on topping a slice of ricotta salata cheese. Enjoy this noshable with “Fruits of Israel Fizz” and you’ll celebrate in style!
The Recipe