Marbled Vanilla and Quark Cheese Cake

Cheese cakes are on top of my favorite cakes, but as they take a while to bake and set, and as they are quite heavy and sweet, I end up rarely making them.
Yet, the crave for the wonderful tangy flavor of baked fresh cheese is always there, so I came up with a fairly quick “fix”, in the form of the following cake. 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

Freezer Butter Cookies: One Dough, Three Flavors

Freezer Cookies: One Dough Three Flavors Ronit PensoThis simple and easy cookies recipe goes a long way and is extremely versatile. I start with basic dough, divide it into three portions and add different flavors to each. Continue reading

Green Falafel (Chickpeas and Herbs Fritters)

Green Falafel Ronit penso These little chickpea fritters are known around the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and other countries, as a tasty street food. Every country has its own version, but aside from Egypt, where the dish is made with Fava beans, all others use chickpeas as the base for the dish.
The recipe here follows the Israeli version, which was introduced by Yemenite Jews. To this, other flavors were added with time, such as the spicy Moroccan Harissa (red hot peppers paste) and other seasonings.

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Pumpkin Seed and Parmesan Cheese Crackers

Pumpkin Seed and Parmesan Crackers Ronit PensoThese tasty and easy to make crackers, have unique color and abundance of flavor.

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Beet, Orange and Apple Muffins

Nutty Beet, Orange and Apple Muffins Ronit PensoWith the cold weather and grey colors outside, bright colors can help uplift the spirit. These muffins are bursting with all-natural colors and are full of good things – just perfect for a gloomy winter morning.

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Cranberry, Orange, Almond and Banana Breakfast Muffins

Cranberry, Orange, Almond and Banana Breakfast Muffins Ronit PensoFresh cranberries can be now found in the market, and I’ve been playing with ideas for using them other than in the traditional cranberry sauce. In the muffins here, the cranberries are pureed whole, along with other good ingredients like almonds, orange and bananas.

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Roasted Beets and Orange Salad + Savory Beet greens Cheese Patties

Roasted beets and Orange Salad Ronit Penso
When you see at the store a bunch of beets with the greens still attached to them, you know they are as fresh as it gets. Nevertheless, the fresh greens are not just an indication for the beets’ freshness; they are also edible and tasty on their own right, so it makes even more sense to buy the bunch.
Here, I have used the bunch to create two dishes: a colorful roasted beets salad and savory beet greens cheese patties.
Both dishes go great together, but you can, of course, serve each on its’ own.

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Cheddar Rosemary Fingers

Cheddar Rosemary Fingers Ronit PensoThe following cheddar fingers will delight anyone who loves cheese crackers, but doesn’t want to munch on the commercial ones (they actually hardly have any real cheese in them!)

The amount given here may seem like a lot, but these tasty morsels are fairly small and on top of it, they are alarmingly addictive and tend to disappear very quickly, so it makes sense to have more… Continue reading

Lime and Dried Apricots Cupcakes Ronit Penso

Fragrant Lime and Dried Apricots Cupcakes with Lime Icing

Lime apricot cupcakes ronit pensoIf you want to fill your kitchen with citrus fragrance, these easy to make cupcakes are the answer: they are loaded with lime juice and zest, and topped with lime icing. The result is light and refreshing cupcakes. The perfect treat for anyone who loves citrus cakes. Try them and enjoy.

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Two Oven-Roasted Chicken Wings and One Dip

lemon rosemary chicken wings ronit pensoWhile chicken is the most common poultry around the world, in many places chicken wings were not considered a separate food item. They were usually thrown into a stock, or thrown away altogether. There are many theories about who first transformed this formerly boring part into a tasty snack. Most probably, all the theories are correct, as so often happens in the culinary world. Continue reading