Roasted Beets, Avocado and Mesclun Salad

We’re happy to have Gloria Kobrin, a resident Jewish foodie, on the blog this week to share some favorite Passover recipes as we gear up for the holiday. Gloria is a mother and grandmother and has cooked her whole life for groups ranging from four to 100. She specializes in creating delicious gourmet food that is approachable to the home cook and that also happens to be Kosher. Gloria is the author of the Kosher Cookbook App for iPhone and iPad  and she has just launched her new website:

Here’s what she has to say about her latest salad creation: The sweet beets, tangy clementines and creamy avocados tossed with lemon vinaigrette are a delicious and refreshing combination. Add some toasted pine nuts or almonds if you want some crunch.

This dish is the perfect appetizer in between your Matzoh Ball soup and your Gefilte fish!


Valentines: Chocolate-Drizzled Kale Chips


Valentine’s Day is only a few days away so I figured why not create a simple, sweet, tasty recipe combining two ingredients I love to eat: crunchy kale and bitter dark chocolate.  Yes, you heard me correctly… I made Chocolate Drizzled Kale Chips.

Take a detour this Valentine’s Day.  Forget about those sweetheart  conversation hearts and the endless heart-shaped boxes filled with meltable chocolate candies.  Bake something for your loved ones that truly combines ingredients that directly serve your heart well. [Read more...]

Artichoke Squares

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It’s our annual pilgrimage south to visit my big sister who lives in Miami.  While the weekend is always a blast, it’s definitely wrought with emotion as well.  In the mornings we wake to take long walks so we can catch up on our fast-paced lives and safely reminisce about our mom and the huge gaping hole she’s left in both of our lives since she died, over 5 years ago.  It’s certainly nice, albeit sad, to have someone who can completely  understand not having their mom, our mom.  Actually, there’s no one else in the world who can understand me and my situation as much as my sister.

Since I’ve started spending a lot more time in the kitchen, it’s become tradition for my sister and I to cook together over this weekend holiday.  We’re focused on creating a home-cooked meal, made with love and devotion– the way mom used to cook.  We found a recipe of Mom’s for Artichoke Squares that looked easy and delicious.  I was particularly excited because I don’t think I’ve ever cooked a recipe with artichokes. Of  course, we also had to pay our respects by baking Mom’s most celebrated meal, Garlic Chicken for the main course.

Like so many of Mom’s mad scientist recipes, her Artichoke Squares recipe was written on a random sheet of old accounting paper and about 1/3 of the instructions were missing.

artichoke recipe

Lucky for me I’m more comfortable in the kitchen and can fill in the holes with much more ease and confidence these days.  Her instructions are mere fragments, seemingly written in code for other skilled chefs to decipher.

The prep for this dish is very easy.  And, the finished product tasted amazing, almost like an artichoke egg quiche.  IN addition to adding an additional 10 minutes to Mom’s cook time, next time around, I would definitely sprinkle breadcrumbs over top the mixture before baking.  Otherwise, this recipe is near flawless and the Artichoke Squares are a perfect addition to any breakfast, brunch or as an appetizer before dinner.




Best TV Watching Appetizers

With many highly-anticipated television events on the horizon in the new year,  tasty finger food recipes are a necessity.  From the Superbowl to the Grammy’s to the Academy Awards, chances are you’ll be hosting or attending a tv viewing party.

Whether an informal sports gathering  or a fancy dinner party, these appetizers are reliable crowd pleasers!  Enjoy…

Judy’s Baked Brie:

A deliciously warm and sweet appetizer to compliment any party.  No one expects the “kick” provided by the honey mustard and ginger snap combination.  Mom made this all the time and graduated from using little wheels of brie to one large wheel since it’s gobbled up so quickly.  You can also top the brie with anything from brown sugar to raspberry jam. This is served alone in little triangular pieces.

click here for brie recipe

Seven-Layer Dip:


Offer a big bag of tortilla chips to help scoop up all seven amazing layers of this dip.  There’s no heating or reheating involved, just add the layers and serve immediately.

click here for seven-layer dip recipe

Hot Crab Dip:

A must for all crab lovers! This dish tastes best if you splurge for the  lump crab meat versus imitation, pasteurized meat.   It’s best served very hot (until it’s literally bubbling in the oven) with crostini rounds and lots of Old Bay spice sprinkled on top. Bet you just can’t have one.

 click here for hot crab recipe

Broccoli Cheese Dip:

I made this dip the first time this weekend.  My family loves Mom’s broccoli casseroles so I figured this would be another hit. It’s brilliantly cheesy with just a mild hint of broccoli.  I served the dip with pieces of sliced fresh Italian bread and flatbread.


Spinach Artichoke Dip:

I made this dip for the first time this weekend.  I was surprised it was voted second best behind the crab dip.  Apparently its muddled green color and the fact that it contains two vegetables were not deterants for my kids.  Served hot with colorful tortilla chips, it’s fab!

Homemade Hummus


We’re a blue corn loving, chip-eating family.  There’s rarely a time when there isn’t a bag of chips open and some sort of dip on the table while we’re watching a show on the television.  Last year I decided to make some hummus at home instead of buying our favorite store-bought variety (Sabra).  It was amazing and quite simple to make.  Check it out here:

 Hope you enjoy your new “apps”…..Happy New Year….

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