Grilled Potato Salad with Black Beans and Goat Cheese

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.

Posted on May 26, 2015

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Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake on a Stick

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.

Posted on May 8, 2015

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My Mother’s Ultimate Chocolate Babka

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.

Posted on May 7, 2015

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Chocolate Chunk Cranberry Cookies

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.

Posted on May 5, 2015

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