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EST. 2011 BY LIZ RUEVEN
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Holiday Honey Cake & Chocolate Honey Glaze

Holiday Honey Cake & Chocolate Honey Glaze

There are some desserts that signal HOLIDAY TIME on our tables. I know, not everyone is a honey cake lover. Does chocolate glaze help? I always vote for team chocolate! This dairy-free Rosh HaShanah honey cake is laced with deep molasses flavor from Savannah Bee Company's sourwood honey. I like the rich c...

Monday, August 27, 2018

4 Ingredient Truffles & Rosh HaShanah Seder

4 Ingredient Truffles & Rosh HaShanah Seder

Nope! I don't have my holidays mixed up. And, Yes! Seders are conducted in celebration of Rosh HaShanah. Read on to learn about Sara Gardner's vision to gather Rosh HaShanah recipes from her adopted Jewish community in Madrid. The Reform Jewish Community of Madrid is a gathering place for residents from a...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer Plums with Minty Cardamom Dressing

Summer Plums with Minty Cardamom Dressing

When C. asked me if I would like her to bake her irresistible dark chocolate cake for dessert on a recent Shabbat we were hosting, I jumped at her offer. Then I wandered through my farmers' market in CT  imagining which summer fruit would be a little unpredictable alongside a generous slice of her rich and d...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Strawberries & Rhubarb are Best Friends

Strawberries & Rhubarb are Best Friends

Anyone else relish food centric summer travels? I love to plan around great meals in vegetarian friendly restaurants, bike rides and picnics, and meeting organic growers at local farmers' markets. Throw in a cooking class using seasonal and local ingredients, like the one where we made these Strawberry Fin...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Easy Creamy Cheesecake Bites

Easy Creamy Cheesecake Bites

I think everything is better in mini, especially enticing holiday desserts that are better eaten in controlled portions. Shavuot desserts, laden and rich with creamy cheese, may be hard to resist, though. I really understood how tantalizing mini cheesecakes are when I taught an animated group of tweens ho...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Cherry Rice Soufflé & A Culinary History

Cherry Rice Soufflé & A Culinary History

When I whipped up Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman's favorite and "quintessential German-Jewish meatless meal" I became teary as the sweet fragrance of simmering whole milk and stewed fruit wafted through my kitchen. This simple baked rice souffle studded with cherries brought this treasure of a cookbook alive for...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Chocolate Matzah Bark with Dried Pineapple and Pistachio Bits

Chocolate Matzah Bark with Dried Pineapple and Pistachio Bits

If baking kosher for Passover desserts is not your forte you might turn to Chocolate Matzah Bark for the easiest sweet treat to hit your buffet. This updated version of the classic is delightfully tropical with chunks of dried pineapple and chopped pistachios. Make it gluten-free and dairy free with easy subs...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lemon Hamantaschen with Swiss Meringue Swirls

Lemon Hamantaschen with Swiss Meringue Swirls

The two things all hamantaschen have in common are their triangular shape and some sort of filling nestled inside cookie walls. Some like 'em sweet and jammy with a crisp exterior. Others love flavored doughs (yes to all chocolate or anything flecked with herbs) as a starting point for imaginative Purim treat...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Joys of Jewish Preserving & Cranberry Applesauce

The Joys of Jewish Preserving & Cranberry Applesauce

The Joys of Jewish Preserving, a new guide to holding onto the best of the seasons’ harvest, is an inspiration for those who well, just can’t let it go. If you love those stacks of ruddy apples at your farmers...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Shape & Flavor these Twice Baked Cookies as You Like

Shape & Flavor these Twice Baked Cookies as You Like

Fall foliage, dropping temperatures and a shift in what's piled high at farmers' markets all point towards autumn and for those who celebrate, the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. The theme of welcoming guests into one's home, or succah, is emphasized during these days of celebration. There's a prolifera...