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

Suggestions for the “Break Fast” Meal

After the twenty-four hour fast of Yom Kippur, it is customary to eat a dairy meal. Here are some of my favorite dishes for this special meal. You can find all the recipes on this website. Wishing all of you an easy fast and may all of you be written in the Book of Life”, “G’mar Chatimah Tovah”!  The List

Tomato Mozzarella Avocado Toss

Tomato Mozzarella Avocado Toss

Tomato Mozzarella Avocado Toss

What an easy summertime salad! You can make this in five minutes or less and it’s so refreshing. This is also delicious served at a brunch gathering. It contains dairy so bear in mind if keeping Kosher.
The Recipe

Quick Chocolate Bubka (Sweet Bread/Cake)

Quick Chocolate Bubka

Quick Chocolate Bubka

Not exactly a summertime recipe but I couldn’t resist – this will be one that you will keep making and making! In the European Jewish tradition, Jewish Bubbies (grandmothers) have long been making Bubka, a sweet yeast bread/cake which usually has chocolate swirled around inside it. There has been much debate on whether Bubka is a bread or a cake. Whatever your position is or if you have never had it before, now is the time to sample some. Great for brunch or as a dessert, particularly delicious with a cup of coffee.  Now you will able to make it in a flash, thanks to some shortcuts. You can bring this as a gift when visiting friends or when invited for dinner. This version is especially fun to share at the table with others, just pull out the pieces and dunk (make sure you have extra chocolate glaze in a bowl for dunking). I put extra glaze in the middle of the plate so you can dunk as you take a piece!
The Recipe

Lemon Caper Quinoa Salad


Lemon Caper Quinoa   Salad

Lemon Caper Quinoa Salad

Jewish cooking today reflects the times we live in. People want a  healthier lifestyle so it’s easier to find dishes that are lighter which incorporate more vegetables. Here is an example of a light and easy salad that will be a favorite for get togethers and for a lunch option during the week. It is versatile so you can get creative with the different veggies that you use. Perfect for all year round.  Read on for the Recipe

In a Hurry Salmon Salad

In a Hurry Salmon Salad

In a Hurry Salmon Salad

Just in time for the hot days of summer, here is an easy salad you can pull together in five minutes. It’s great at a brunch or for lunch in a sandwich or on top of a salad. It makes a nice change from tuna fish. This is my original recipe for salmon croquettes with a few tweaks. Feel free to add your own herbs. It’s a gem and so easy to make. Have fun!


2   5 oz. cans skinless, boneless pink salmon (I use “Chicken of the Sea”), drained

2 Tbls. mayonnaise

1 Tbls. chopped fresh dill

2 – 2.5 tsp. lemon juice

Zest of almost ½ lemon

¼-1/2 tsp. garlic powder


Combine all ingredients.

Tip:  Feel free to experiment with other fresh herbs.