Mandarin Orange Passover Kugel

This year I signed up to the bring a fruit kugel to Passover. Before I saw my family’s shared Google Spreadsheet, I didn’t know there was a “Passover-safe” fruit kugel. There are seemingly endless options for savory kugels but in my search online for ‘fruit kugels for passover’ or ‘sweet kugels for passover’ I only…

Dill Salmon Patties

Imaginary conversation that took place in my head while making these: Imaginary person: Look at those great appetizers! Me: They would make great appetizers — except I made them for my son. Imaginary person: Wow, how old is your son? Me: Almost 14 months. And he LOVED them. — End Scene — Obviously that didn’t…

Brie with Honey

Brie makes a great addition to any party spread. It’s a creamy crowd pleaser with lots of flavor (it’s most flavorful when at room temperature or warmed in the oven), it’s easy prepare and hard to mess up. Although sometimes, plain brie is not enough. You need to add some spark, some new flavor profiles,…

Lentil Goat Cheese Bruschetta Dip

Remember that time back in March, a few days after we brought Max home, I wrote in this space that I thought I had time to work on a few side projects while on maternity leave? Welllll…… if my lack of posting on this blog in the last two months is any indication, almost none…

Blueberry Cranberry Ginger Compote

This can be used anyhow, anywhere, anytime. Want to stir it into your breakfast granola or top it on pancakes? Do it! Want to add it to ice cream or brownies? Yes! Let the natural sweetness of these berries shine through with a hint of ginger for some extra punch. I added 1/2 tsp. of…

Black-Eyed Pea Cakes

Happy Twenty thirteen! Celebrate with black-eyed peas and collard greens. At least that’s what we do in the south. A tradition which grew out of starving Confederate mouths. Confederate soldiers lived on black-eyed peas while they were waiting for the Civil War to cease. Now we eat them with greens, tomatoes or corn bread, hoping…

Applesauce

Happy Hannukah! You can’t celebrate Hannukah without a bite of latkes + applesauce. This year, instead of getting store bought applesauce, treat yourself to this deliciousness. It takes no effort and you’ll have plenty for all eight nights, and beyond. Even if you don’t celebrate Hannukah, this would make a great side dish around the…

Baba Ghanouj

It’s probably wrong to love a shmear as much as I do. Hummus is great, but baba ghanouj seems more special. At it’s simplest, it is pureed eggplant with seasonings. At it’s most complex, it is refreshing yet substantial in its flavor. I was surprised at how easy it was to make, and how strange…