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Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Hamantaschen is something you should definitely have fun with.  Experiment with different fillings, be creative – see some of our ideas below:

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 c oil
1/4 c orange juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
Mix above ingredients together.  
Add 3 1/4 cups flour - if dough is too sticky add up to another 1/4 cup of flour.

Dough is best when refrigerated several hours - overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Working in batches roll out dough and cut into rounds using a glass. Stuff with desired filling, fold into hamantaschen and bake 20 minutes until golden.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Lemon Curd
Smores – fluff, chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers
Apple Pie

Monday, June 5, 2017

Flatbread with Mediterranean Burgers

My son has spent the last 10 months in Israel studying his gap year abroad.  When went to visit him and January we ate our way thru the country.  One of my favorite places to stop while in Israel is at the shuk at Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem, where you can buy different spice blends and bring home a taste of Israel with you.  This dinner is reminiscent of some of those flavors and even if you don't go to the shuk to buy spices you can still buy these at your local grocery store.

Flatbread -

3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. dry yeast
2 tsp. sugar
2Tbs Olive oil
1 1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp salt

Mix together the flour, yeast and sugar.  Add in the oil and slowly add the water.  Lastly mix in the salt. Mix together to form dough.  Allow to rise covered for 30 minutes.  Divide dough into 10 balls.  Roll each one into a small round and allow to sit for another 15 minutes.  In a hot frying pan (no oil) fry each round for 1-2 minutes per side.

Mediterranean Burgers

1.5 lbs chopped meat
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tsp Baharat - a middle eastern spice blend - you can buy at most kosher groceries of make your own using corriander, allspice, ginger, cloves and nutmeg
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients together.  Shape into oval burgers and grill in a grill pan or on the BBQ until done.

Serve with Israeli salad for a complete meal.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Quinoa Salad with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Does it Feel like November?? 

Quinoa Salad with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Meal in a bowl!
Everyday is Thanksgiving!
Love this combination!
Easy to Prepare!

Win -Win


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 (large) Granny Smith apples, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 (medium) red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups (packed; about 6 ounces) spinach leaves 

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the quinoa and toast over moderate heat, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add 3 cups of water, season with salt and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer the quinoa for 16 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff the quinoa, spread it out on a baking sheet and refrigerate until it is chilled, about 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, on a baking sheet, toss the sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, stirring once, until golden and softened. Let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 6 tablespoons of olive oil with the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Add the quinoa, sweet potatoes, apples, parsley, onion and greens and toss well. Serve right away.