Voila! Birthday Celebration Cake

Here’s the celebration I told you about earlier this week … a monster cake with retro flare (I kind of love that the freeze frame in the video looks like the cake is my face!): Here are a few close ups of the cake and that cake box from the ’70s…. and now a close…

Cherry Pie and Thanksgiving

Is everyone getting ready for Thanksgiving? All the traveling, eating, family, eating, friends and eating? I know I am! This year we’re having Thanksgiving at my parents’ house with 23 other people. I’m in charge or the cranberries, two pumpkin pies and pecan pie. As you prepare your recipes, here’s a new possible recipe and…

Pumpkin Challah

This is a new seasonal staple. What an excellent way to celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new season. This pumpkin challah is truly delicious. It’s not too sweet, with just the perfect hint of pumpkin and cinnamon. It makes amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; and I just can…

High Holiday Recipes

Happy 5771! I love Rosh Hashanah. While there are many times throughout the year to reflect on the year past and the year ahead, the High Holidays are the most meaningful to me. So, the year past: One year ago I was working at the Washington Post, taking the GREs, anxious about transitioning into a…

Sweet Potato Pie

My book club recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Hokey sounding name, light read, but excellent discussion. Who knew an often-called “chick lit” could result in revealing conversations about marriage and relationships, letter writing and war. In honor of the book, I made this sweet potato pie and boy, was it…

Homemade Matzo

Who knew that anyone beyond the Manischewitz company could make matzo?! Now we know it can be done. It’s not like what you get in the box. It actually tastes totally different, but in a completely great way. Ingredients Source: New York Times 2 cups flour 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup…

Passover 2010

Passover ties for my favorite holiday. Rosh Hashanah shares the top spot, but for different reasons. For those wondering, Thanksgiving is second. I love Rosh Hashanah because that’s where I reflect most on the past year and look ahead to the adventures ahead. I look forward to Passover every year because with it brings a…

Hamantaschen

Happy Purim! So I’m a day or two late, but we still enjoyed these magnificent little hamantaschen. Beware: they are smaller than the usual huge deli versions so it’s very easy to keep poppin’ them in your mouth. The cookie is a perfect balance of crunch and chew, and the filling is whatever you want…

Best Birthday Cake

Happy 2nd Birthday Voila! Two years of great recipes, failed recipes, new cooking gadgets, new foods, good food photos, bad food photos, lots of laughs and really, really fun times. It’s time to celebrate with some birthday cake! I usually bypass yellow birthday cake at the store since it’s often too sugary and fake tasting….

Valentine’s Day Ideas

This Valentine’s Day (our second as husband and wife!), we are going out to an Indian restaurant called Delhi Club. We were supposed to go camping in a yurt for our friend’s birthday. Then three feet of snow fell across the mid-Atlantic and you know, that kind of puts a damper on the whole camping…

Mama’s ‘Made with Love’ Brisket

Before I posted this recipe, I asked my mom for permission. This is her recipe that she makes every year at my parent’s Hannukkah party and maybe it was supposed to be a secret! But no, she was very generous and only had one stipulation: if I post it, it has to be called ‘Made…

Featured on Foodista!

Check out that badge of honor! The editors at Foodista have kindly featured my blog, and more specifically my challah post! My mama is so proud! Foodista is a very awesome wikipedia-type site for cooks everywhere. You can explore, edit, contribute and learn about food, techniques, tools and recipes. Check it out! Today in food…