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…

Honey Date Cake

We had a delicious honey date cake for dessert during Rosh Hashanah.  I usually don’t like honey cakes, but I actually made a big mistake while making the cake and added twice the honey than I was supposed to.  I made other adjustments to the recipe to counteract the extra honey and the cake was…

Sweet Potato Kugel

We had a bountiful sweet potato harvest this year.  Not only are they plentiful, they are huge! So I guess you will be seeing a bunch of sweet potato posts this fall and winter. To start off with, I made a sweet potato kugel for Rosh Hashanah.   I loved the flavor, but the cayenne…

Broccoli Cheese Latkes

The groundhog had attacked my broccoli, ate all the best parts, but left some leaves. So I left the plants in the garden.  Two months later, I have broccoli! These latkes are delicious! I can’t wait to make them again for Hanukah. Tonight we had them with eggs – one of my favorite ways to eat…

Creamy Sunchoke & Asparagus Soup

After many nights of heavy Passover foods, I was craving soup. Plus, I had stopped at one of our local orchards on my drive home from a client meeting and picked up some just-picked asparagus. Asparagus and my Jerusalem artichokes…a happy combo! The soup looks rich and tastes rich, but is so light and healthy!…

Lemon-roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Potatoes

Although I did a lot of cooking and baking for our Passover Seder, only one ingredient came from my garden (other than my dried herbs) –  my good ole Jerusalem artichokes. Roasted with some baby yukon potatoes and lemon, it made a really tasty side dish. I decided to go with roasted vegetables since I already was making…

Salad Olivieh

I remember having Salad Olivieh in Iran in restaurants when we travelled into the center of the country.  When I asked my husband if he would like me to try making it, he jumped on the idea.  Unbeknownst to me, it is one of his favorites. So, the pressure was on. As seems to be…

Banana Maple Matzoh Brei

By the end of Passover I am always scrambling for some way to excite my family, and myself, about one more matzoh meal.  Last year, I saved Martha Stewart’s Banana Maple Matzoh Brei for the last lunch of Passover. And what a treat is was! But be careful, our bananas were almost over-ripe so it…