I didn’t grow up with spices like turmeric, curry or even cumin, but the more I have tried experimenting with these flavors, and losing my fear over cooking with “exotic” spices, the more interesting dinner has become.
I am lucky. I grew up in a family where both my parents cooked. In fact, my dad’s borscht was deemed to be the best in the family, and that’s saying quite a lot. Food was always a way to show love and hospitality. I’m not sure whether that’s a trait of all Russians or all Jews: I’m both. The first thing you do when someone comes into your home is offer them something to eat and drink.
Quinoa is not one of my go-to foods. In fact it’s one of my least favorite foods right up there with frisee lettuce and tomato sauce baked fish. Generally I find quinoa pretty tasteless, boring and far too healthy to actually enjoy.
The humor in this dessert is that macarons are considered a very light and low fat dessert. Cheesecake on the other hand is full fat, and honestly one of the more rich and sinful desserts. Once sandwiched, these desserts paired absolutely beautifully together.
I basically made myself speechless with this recipe…and anyone that knows me KNOWS how much I love to talk! I mean, it’s chocolate rugelach and it’s cheesecake and it’s bread pudding and it’s absolutely heavenly.
Shavuot is just over a week away and we have had cheesecake on the brain for weeks now. But cheesecake is not the only dairy treat to enjoy during the holiday. Blintzes are also a beloved and traditional Ashkenazi dish to enjoy this time of year.
I’m sure you read that title and blinked twice. I did. Because decadence has a name and it is most certainly cheesecake dipped in chocolate, covered in candy and nuts and served on a stick. This recipe is so delicious and creative that I would love to take credit for it. But in truth I was inspired to create this recipe from a post I saw on @batteranddough’s Instagram account last year.
My mom grew up in New York and went on the hunt for the perfect babka she remembered from the Jewish delis and bakeries that used to be all over the city. Now there are barely any great bakeries left, so, other than perfecting her golf game, she enjoys retirement by experimenting in the kitchen. If you don’t know, babka is a beloved cake with Eastern European roots, made famous by a Seinfeld episode at Zabar’s Market in New York. This babka is the one that consistently generates rave reviews from all of our family for its irresistible combination of rich chocolate and other indulgent flavors, and I love that we can honor my mom this Mother’s Day by sharing her original recipe with you.
I’m a busy mom with three little girls and I love to cook. When I found out that two of my daughters had severe food allergies, I had to rethink all of my recipes, but that didn’t stop me from making beautiful, yet delicious and simple dishes. In fact, it gave me the creative push I needed to come up with a whole new repertoire of dishes that use healthy ingredients and simple techniques to produce spectacular results.