Quick & Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin. Although the truth is that I cook with pumpkin year-round -- from pumpkin soup to pumpkin bread to mini pumpkin muffins for Shabbat. Last week, I had the crazy idea to turn my regular pumpkin bread recipe … [Read more...]

Easy Kosher BBQ Beef Recipe in the Slow Cooker

I used to love puttering around the kitchen -- dicing, mixing, measuring, making roux. (Yes, I made roux.) Sometime between the first kid and the third, I gave up my love of puttering. Now I love easy. Quick. Simple. Of course, I don't want to … [Read more...]

Sufganiyot (AKA Homemade Jelly Donuts)

I can't believe it's almost Chanukah! Didn't we just put away our sukkah?! When we moved to Israel, we adopted the tradition of making sufganiyot for Chanukah instead of latkes (levivot). One year, my friend and I offered to make sufganiyot for the … [Read more...]

7 Kitchen Appliances I Can’t Live Without

Originally posted in 2011. Updated with two of my new favorite appliances. Back in my great grandmother's day, she could whip up a mouth-watering feast with nothing more than a pot, a cutting board and a decent knife. These days, however, we … [Read more...]

Easy 3-Ingredient Baked Orzo

Sometimes I wonder if it's redundant of me to put the word "easy" in a recipe title on my blog. I mean, by now, you guys know that I'm all about easy recipes. I just don't do complicated anymore. Once upon a time, before I had kids, I embraced … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashana Simanim “Tapas”-Style Menu Plan

Okay, you guys, I got a CRAZY idea in my head -- but I'm super excited about it. I sure hope my family will love it and that it will become a new tradition! For Rosh Hashana dinner the second night*, I've decided that instead of having a third … [Read more...]

Delicious Rosh Hashana Side Dish Recipes

Not sure what side dishes you are going to make for Rosh Hashana this year? I hope that this post will help! I've scoured the web and here are the most interesting, mouth-watering and seasonally-inspired side dishes I found. Perfect for your New … [Read more...]

Easy Shabbat Lunch Menu

When we moved to Cleveland last fall, we were blessed to find ourselves in a very special community -- one that graciously reached out to us as a new family and invited us into their homes for many, many Shabbatot in a row. These meals … [Read more...]

36 Apple Recipes for Rosh Hashana

Apples and honey are the ultimate Rosh Hashana tradition. But if you want to spice things up this yomtov, why not try one of these 36 mouth-watering apple recipes? I'm reprising this post two years ago, since it's still the best source I've got for … [Read more...]

Homemade Falafel Mix

A year ago, a dear reader shared with me this amazing recipe for homemade falafel mix. I made it the very next week -- and wow! So simple! So delicious! I actually tried making falafel once from scratch - like from actual dried chick peas. OMG, … [Read more...]