Chocolate Date Cake with Chocolate Sesame Halva Glaze

This tasty and easy to make chocolate cake has some interesting added flavors, other than the dominant chocolate. Continue reading

Individual Frangipane Pithivier Pastries

Pithivier is a classic French dish, made of two discs of puff pastry with a filling (traditionally Frangipane, a sweet almond paste) between them. Continue reading

Pistachio and Orange Cookies

Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts, and I’ve decided to use them as the main ingredient in these easy to make cookies. Continue reading

Dried Fruit and Nuts Rolled Cookies

These tasty cookies are another version of rugelach, the traditional Eastern-European-Jewish rolled cookies, that combine flaky dough with dried fruits and nuts filling. Continue reading

Cranberries and Blueberries Almond Cake with Cranberries Lemon Zest Compote

I baked this cake last year after Thanksgiving, with leftover cranberries and blueberries. It came out so tasty and festive, that this year I plan to make it for Thanksgiving dinner itself. Continue reading

Hazelnuts and Dried Cranberries Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies are a favorite of mine: quick and easy to make, they can have a chewy or crispy texture, and can include many additions, such as dried fruits, chocolate chips, nuts and more.
When I was asked to develop a gluten-free version of these tasty cookies, I’ve decided not to include any unknown flour substitute mixes, and instead, experiment with an “all oats” version. Continue reading

Lavender, Pistachio and Lime Cake

Lavender has been used since ancient times for medicinal uses, herbal baths and perfumes. However, the flower buds were also used in the kitchen, for both savory and sweet dishes. Continue reading

Quince in Spiced Red Wine

Quince is one of my most favorite fruits, even though it’s not the kind of fruit you can just grab and eat as it. Continue reading

Apple, Honey, Almond and Rosemary Muffins

The Jewish New Year is celebrated on Wednesday, and this brings back memories of traditional foods even to an agnostic such as myself. One of these culinary traditions is to dip a slice of apple in honey, and eat it as a symbol for a sweet New Year. Plenty other sweet dishes are added to the table as well, in order to emphasize this hope for a sweet New Year.
The muffins I have created here were inspired by this tradition. Continue reading

Savory Scallions, Red Pepper and Olives Muffins

If you get up in the morning and feel like having some fresh bread that doesn’t require lots of work, these quick “all in one bowl” savory muffins are the answer. Continue reading

Pineapple, Coconut and Rum Galette

Galette is a French term used to describe a rustic, free form tart, that doesn’t require a tart pan for baking. Continue reading