Flat Iron Steak with Tarragon-Cashew Pesto

Even though many people refer to Pesto as a paste/sauce made primarily from basil leaves and pine nuts, the term “pesto” can actually be used to describe any other similar types of paste. 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

Wonton Wrappers with Pineapple-Coconut Milk Duck Filling


Wonton wrappers are a wonderful versatile item that I love using. Once filled, they can be steamed or fried, or turned into quick ravioli dishes. In the recipe here I’ve used them to prepare mini egg rolls and cooked ravioli, filled with a delicious duck filling. 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

Shrimps Rice Rolls with Soy-Tahini Dipping Sauce

Fresh and tasty rice paper rolls are a signature dish of the Vietnamese cuisine. The thin rice wrappers are filled with fresh ingredients and served with a savory-sweet dipping sauce, which is an integral part of the dish, as the filling is not seasoned. All this makes the rolls perfect for summer entertaining. 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

Farro, Corn and Crab Salad

A couple of months ago, I’ve decided it’s time to experiment with Farro, an ancient type of wheat that I haven’t yet used. I bought a package and planned to use it, but, as it happens so very often, I forgot all about it. So when I saw THIS recipe for farro and corn salad, on the excellent “Frugal Hausfrau” blog, it immediately caught my eye. Continue reading

Fennel and Almonds Olive oil Cookies

Olive oil is not the most commonly used ingredient in sweet cookies, but there is really no reason for that, and the following cookies are a good proof of that. Continue reading

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

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

Buttermilk Marinated Chicken Thighs with Almond Crust

Chicken marinated in buttermilk is known mostly as the base for the tasty Southern fried chicken, which is juicy inside and crispy on the outside.
However, the marinade works its wonders with roasted chicken as well, and since I’m not much into deep frying, especially in the summer, I’ve decided on the latter option. Continue reading