Romaine Lettuce Salad with Halloumi Cheese

On a hot summer day, a fresh salad with some filling additions is all that is needed for lunch or dinner. This colorful salad is full of flavors and textures, and is the perfect example for such a dish. Continue reading

Crispy Asparagus with Saffron-Garlic Mayonnaise

Fresh asparagus is always a delight, and when I saw this beautiful bunch at the store, I immediately grabbed it. Continue reading

Lobster Rolls

When it comes to lobster rolls, there are two main approaches: the purist one, originated in Connecticut, which refuses to add anything but melted butter to the warm lobster; and the one originated in Main, which serves the lobster cold, with mayonnaise and other seasonings. Continue reading

Watermelon-Strawberry Chilled Soup and Popsicles

Buying watermelon is always a kind of gamble – even with all the suggested methods for choosing a good one, once you get home and cut it – it’s always a surprise. Continue reading

Grape Leaves Stuffed with Rice and Herbs

Stuffed grape leaves are known all over the Mediterranean, where they are mostly stuffed with rice and herbs, and in the Middle East, where a meat filling is more common. Continue reading

Blue Cheese, Rosemary and Pecan Crackers

Homemade crackers are so much better than any store bought ones. Not only that when you’re baking them at home you can control the quality of ingredients used, you can also prepare them exactly to your liking. Continue reading

Burekitas with Zucchini-Tomato filling

Burekitas de Handrajo Ronit PensoThe Sephardic cuisine offers quite a few versions for Burekitas, small hand pastries, with various types of dough and fillings (check THIS post for more information about them). Continue reading

Crab Salad Appetizer

Crab Salad Appetizer Ronit PensoEntertaining doesn’t have to mean working hard on elaborated dishes, and the following simple dish demonstrates exactly that. Quick and easy to assemble, this salad is always popular with guests.  The seasoning is fresh and fairly mild, so that the crab flavor is not overshadowed. Served in different ways, it is a perfect dish for brunch or finger food buffet. Try it and enjoy. Continue reading

Sephardic Tomatoes-Peppers Sauce with Fried Eggplants

Sephardic Tomatoes-Peppers Sauce with Fried Eggplants Ronit PensoTomatoes-peppers sauce, or “Salata Kocha” (i.e. “cooked salad”), as it is known in Ladino, is a condiment that can be found in any Sephardic household at any given time. Continue reading

Burekitas – Sephardic Savory Pastries

Burekitas – Sephardic Savory Pastries Ronit PensoBurekitas are a type of small hand pies that are well known in any Sephardic household. Continue reading

Corn and Shrimps Cakes

Corn and Shrimps Cakes Ronit PensoWith wonderful abundance of fresh corn from the farm stand, I can’t help but buy and cook it often. On top of enjoying the corn on its own, I also end up incorporating it in assorted dishes. Continue reading