Roasted Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Local asparagus is in!!! To me, this is the real sign that spring is here. We will be obsessively eating asparagus for the next few weeks, it’s one of our traditions… “When they pick it, we will eat it” We also still have some matzoh left over, so I decided to make the romesco sauce…

Escalivada (Catalan Roast Vegetables)

I am in love! I want to put these vegetables on everything! And yes, we were continuing our Spanish theme from Passover. It was so simple. Rub on some oil, sprinkle with salt, wrap in aluminum foil, then bake. Unwrap, peel, chop and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and sherry vinegar. And, ta da! A…

Quajado

Our Spanish Passover continues… Lauren is home, so we needed a vegetarian dinner option and opted for a Quajado, an egg, cheese and vegetable dish. For tonight, we used zucchini, feta and cheddar. The combination was simply delicious. Salty, rich and slightly sweet. To complete the dinner we added a Spanish spinach dish with pine…

Our Spanish Seder

I decided to make an all-Spanish food Seder this year. It started with a Spanish Sephardic Charoset with hazelnuts, pistachios, marcona almonds, walnuts, dates, pears, figs and apples. This made a fabulous Hillel sandwich with my home-made maror (horseradish) The serious eating started with saffron sofrito matzoh ball soup. This was so good, it will likely become…

Potato and Parsnip Latkes

After several days of “let’s make latkes out of anything” including lasagna and mac and cheese, it was time for some “normal” latkes. But not quite normal; parsnips and potatoes are a great combination, so why not potato and parsnip latkes? Parsnips add a nice sweetness that added interest to the latke. It was another reason…

Spaghetti Squash Latkes

Spaghetti squash latkes, who would have thought? Zakah Glaser, that’s who; and I thank her for the recipe I found on Chabad.org. I have to say that these were good the first day, but they were excellent as leftovers.  I have no idea why this was true, but that bodes well for making these in advance for…

Jelly Doughnut Challah for Hanukkah

I saw this recipe about 10 months ago, immediately pulled it out and set it on my Hanukkah to-do list. Last year I made the menorah shaped challah. But really, what say Hanukkah more than sufganyot – jelly donuts? So, what could be more perfect than a jelly doughnut challah?! The recipe calls for strawberry…

Kotlet Latkes – Persian Beef & Potato Patties turned into Latkes!

I really enjoy when I can blend my husband’s Persian foods with Jewish holidays. We found a perfect combination with Kotlets.  Kotlets are a small beef, potato and onion patty that is fried to crispy goodness. As my husband described them to me, his mom made them with potatoes that were mashed. But I have…

Teddie’s Apple Cake

I am on a search for “the” apple cake recipe. I am still not there, but this one comes close – chock full of apples, raisins and walnuts – it is delicious! It is perfect for Hanukkah, since it is an oil-based batter. That helps give it a crisp outside with moist inside. I love…

Sukkot Lulav Challah

My cousin shared a picture of an amazing challah with me, a challah for Sukkot shaped like a lulav and etrog. I took one look and knew I had to try to do it. And I honestly can’t believe how beautiful it turned out! For this much shaping, I used a heavier dough.  Too stiff for the standing…