Passover: Tzimmes

Classic Rosh Hashanah tzimmes on a festive table

Today I’m sharing a family Passover recipe from the archives of Susan Weikers Balaban.  Susan, like me, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in a loving family.  Her mother, who just celebrated her 100th birthday,  enjoyed entertaining at home (like mine!). No doubt some of Susan’s cooking skills and creative table ideas came from holiday gatherings and parties at home. From her mother’s influence, entertaining family and friends has become her passion. Susan now authors a blog called The Creative Table where she shares her ideas for creative table designs.

Susan has spent her life volunteering on behalf of the State of Israel and causes dear to her heart with a loving family at the forefront of her life.  Apparently I’ve just learned that I was her inspiration to embark on her blogging journey!  Most importantly, she was fortunate to have been dear lifelong friends with my beloved mother Judy…..

Susan is revealing her family’s Tzimmes recipe for the holiday. For those unaware, Tzimmes is a sweet stew that is typically made from [Read more...]

Passover: Chremsels


[krem-zuhl; Yiddish khrem-zuhl]

noun, plural chremz·lach [kremz-luhk, -lahk; Yiddish khremz-luhkh, -lahkh]  Jewish Cookery.

a flat cake made from matzo meal, topped or stuffed with a filling, as of ground meat or fruit and nuts.
Also, chrem·sel.
Today, Gloria Kobrin ( shares with us another favorite family Passover recipe: Chremsels.  Here’s what she has to say:

This recipe has been handed down from my Great Great Grandmother Ida who was born in Russia. [Read more...]

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!


Crash Hot Potatoes


Yay!  It’s my favorite day of the month, I get to reveal my Secret Recipe Club assignment for March.

I’m honored to be a part of this diverse international group of food bloggers.  In case you forgot, everyone in the Secret Recipe Club gets “assigned” a blog from which we are supposed to pick a dish to cook.  But, it’s all done in secrecy.  It isn’t until the ultimate reveal day (today) that everyone showcases the dishes and discovers who’s been their secret foodie link.  This club has provided me valuable exposure to blogs I might not otherwise encounter.

My assignment this month is the food blog, Making Miracles.  The blog began in 2006 initially as a way to record the author, Rebekah’s, experiences in surrogacy. Over the years, it has evolved to encompass musing from Rebekah’s day to day life, including  the latest recipes she’s creating in the kitchen.  At Rebekah Rose you’ll find a variety of traditional recipes perfect for family meals.  From Mustard Chicken Pasta Bake to Honey Whiskey Pork Chops to Fruit Pizza and Lemon Sunshine Cake, you’ll have an arsenal of meal options for a long time.

I chose to bake Rebeka’s Crash Hot Potatoes recipe for  different version of the celebrated bakes potato.  I love that these are just a touch crunchy and are bite-sized too! I didn’t add any of the suggested toppings like bacon bits or cheese.  For the first time around, I wanted to keep them plain and simple.  My 8-year old son loved squashing the perfectly-boiled new potatoes and then basting them ever-so-gently with some olive oil. They were the perfect side dish to Mom’s Garlic Chicken recipe.

Hope you enjoy and check out Making Mircales blog for other tasty recipes.

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