Lamb and Fennel Stew

Lamb and Fennel Stew Ronit PensoThis quick and easy to prepare stew is the perfect dish for this season, when spring somehow refuses to fully arrive, yet the heavier winter’s stews are not as happily accepted.

Fennel is a wonderful vegetable, with a distinctive anise flavor, which is one of my favorites. Its fresh flavor pairs wonderfully with the relatively heavy lamb cut. To enhance this anise flavor, I’ve added fennel seeds and a bit of Ouzo, the Greek anise flavored liquor. Continue reading

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Honey, Lime and Ginger

Coconut Milk Panna Cotta Ronit PensoPanna cotta (“cooked cream” in Italian) is a popular Italian dessert. The basic form contains very few ingredients: heavy cream, sugar and gelatin. It doesn’t require baking and is easy to make and serve, as it can keep in the fridge until ready to serve. No wonder it became such a popular dessert all over the world. Continue reading

Ossobuco with Red Wine and Citrus Gremolata

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Ossobuco, a wonderful braised veal stew, is one of the best dishes for festive entertaining. It is easy to make and tastes even better after a day in the fridge.

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Candied Quince with Honey and Rosemary

Candied Quince with Rosemary and Honey Ronit Penso

The Jewish New Year is celebrated today, and this brings back memories of traditional foods, even to an agnostic such as me. One of the culinary traditions for this event, 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.  Candied quince is one of these dishes in the Sephardic table, and it is so tasty, it is well worth preparing, regardless of any religious practices.

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Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts Compound Butter

asparagus with sun dried tomato butter ronit peno

Compound butter, a combination of butter and seasonings, is a great way to add flavor quickly to many dishes. Continue reading

Salmon Fillet with Dill-Mustard-Honey Topping

Salmon with dill mustard topping Ronit PensoI have created this dish for my book, which is all about quick and easy meals. This dish here has an added bonus – you can prepare it in advance and bake just before serving. Continue reading