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EST. 2011 BY LIZ RUEVEN
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Perfect Passover Chocolate Walnut Torte

Perfect Passover Chocolate Walnut Torte

You know that joke about the mother-in-law who shares her son's favorite recipe with the daughter-in-law but leaves out just a few key instructions so that the recipe fails? Voila! The mother-in-law continues to be THE BEST maker of her son's favorite cake. This is NOT that story. Because when I asked Litz...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cherry Cardamom Hamantaschen Sweeten Purim

Cherry Cardamom Hamantaschen Sweeten Purim

Hamtaschen, the triangular cookie treats we eat on the holiday of Purim, are no longer just the classic versions we knew as kids. Sure, it's still easy to find these traditional treats with raspberry, apricot, prune and poppy seed fillings. And we haven't stopped loving them. But I'm more curious about why...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy Birthday Trees & Chocolate Tart

Happy Birthday Trees & Chocolate Tart

We're jazzed to sweeten our favorite holiday around preparing local ingredients and seasonal fruits. Tu b'Shvat, this locavore's favorite winter holiday, is coming right up and we're turning to the Bible's set list of ingredients as a guideline for what to eat. Start planning your feast's dessert by whipp...

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...