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…

Antipasto Caesar Salad

Over the course of a recent weekend, I felt like I ate a lot of carbs (pizza, bagels, sandwiches). I just can’t eat the same amount I used to – I’m getting old. I’m not gluten free, but I’ve noticed I reach carb overload a lot sooner! To counteract the carb-bomb feeling, I adapted a…

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

When I first offered James a bite of these awesome/addicting cookie dough bites, he looked at me skeptically, took a bite, and then said no thanks. Once I told him they were in fact “raw” cookie dough bites and had no raw egg (ironically), but only ground up nuts, oats, honey and chocolate chips, he…

Lentil Quinoa Salad

Summer is around the corner and everyone’s always looking for a good salad to bring to their next picnic. Or this is great to make on Sunday and eat for lunch the rest of the week. It’s filling, fresh, healthy and really good. You could adapt it a but by adding sauteed eggplant, chopped tomatoes…

7 Layer Greek Dip

This is what you call addicting. I made this first for a bachelorette party and it was gone in a hot second. Then I made it again for James and I. Once again, gone. It’s fresh, refreshing and total crowd pleaser. It’s very versatile in terms of doubling the proportions, substituting or excluding an ingredient….