Braided Lemon Bread

I had not intended to write a post about making this bread.  But once I made the filling, I realized how good this was going to be. So there are only a few pictures…but much enjoyment! With lemon cream cheese and lemon curd fillings, this is basically a cross between a bread and a danish.  Perfect…

Pistachio “Persian” Rugelach

I love when I am able to merge my husband’s Persian culture with my Jewish one. This was a perfect to do so with both Norooz (Persian New Year) and Purim just days apart. I decided to merge the two holidays in one treat – pistachio, cardamom, chocolate chip rugelach. Rugelach is a traditional Jewish…

Ina Garten’s Cranberry and Apple Cake

I feel very lucky, not only to get local eggs, but also to personally know the chickens that lay my eggs. Thank you Farmer Kim for this great picture. They are Wyandottes, a heritage breed from the 1800’s.  My dog was so intrigued by them on our last visit, he tried to go into their…

Dark Chocolate Buckwheat Brownies with Nutella Ganache

These are so delicious, the first thing I need to do is acknowledge Rachael at La Fuji Mama (lafujimama.com) for the recipe.  It was so good and made so many brownies that the first thing I did was give half of them away! To keep myself from eating them, of course. Then I fed some…

Honey Cookies

I love Rosh Hashanah. And I love eating honey: honey and apples, honey in the challah, honey on the challah, honey apple cake, honey on my chicken… honey, honey, honey! Of course that also means local honey. Luckily we have a lot of local honey to choose from. These are just a few that happen…

Blueberry Galette

We were invited to a friend’s house for a 4th of July celebration. What to bring?  I had picked up a lot of blueberries, since they are now in season. so it was going to be a blueberry something.  I decided on a galette, they are easy to make, easy to transport, and they can…

Chocolate Krantz Cake

Ever since I first opened my copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook I have been mesmerized by the chocolate Krantz cake. It looked so beautiful, and so complicated. But I finally worked up the nerve to make it. And, surprisingly, it was really quite simple and….oh so delicious! Chocolate Krantz Cakes From Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem…

Joan Nathan’s Almond Cake with Figs, Orange and Honey for Passover

Passover desserts have never been one of my strengths, but since I was heading to upstate New York for the holiday, I needed something easy to transport.  So, a cake it would be. And I would trust the ultimate Jewish cookbook writer to guide me…Joan Nathan. There would be no wheat flour in this cake,…

Passover Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Cam has been in the mood for chocolate chip cookies, so why should he have to skip them on Passover.  It was tough to find Kosher for Passover chocolate chips in Delaware, so I ordered some online. Once I had the chips, these were so simple, just 5 ingredients:  almond butter, chips, brown sugar, eggs…

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

With Purim coming on Thursday, Sunday was Hamantaschen baking day. I decided to make 2 different types this year, date-filled and Chocolate & Peanut Butter.  The CPB’s came out surprisingly well.  The texture is great, it is like eating a cookie version of a reese’s cup. The dough itself was delicious, just the perfect amount…