Passover: Haroseth with Pears, Pecans & Figs

This is the best haroseth recipe I've made (or eaten)- and I'm not biased!  Sometimes haroseth can be too nutty with not enough fruit flavor.  This particular recipe strikes the perfect balance. Every spring, when I find myself in the kitchen making a new batch of haroseth for the upcoming seder, I cannot figure out why I only eat this amazingly flavorful fruit dish only two days out of the entire year.  It should NOT only be designated for this holiday. Like many other dishes I’ve tackled, once in the kitchen and confronted with the … [Read more...]

Passover: Apple Matzoh Kugel

While Kugel has been a staple of Jewish cooking for centuries, I tend to only make Mom’s kugel recipe once a year during Passover-- and I'm not sure why. Served hot or cold as a side, or, for the sweeter versions, as a dessert, most people characterize kugel as a type of casserole or pudding made from egg noodles or potatoes.  However, for Passover, I use matzoh as the main ingredient. I know you’re probably thinking there’s no way a bland, hard, cracker-like piece of matzoh could ever replace the smooth soft texture and flavor of egg … [Read more...]

Pesto Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

We're thrilled to have our resident soup expert, Seriously Soupy (aka Serena), reveal her latest original soup recipe: Pesto Cauliflower Carrot Soup. With Serena's help over the past few years, we've come to learn that there's nothing you can't do with soup!  With some creativity and very few ingredients, you can make the most wonderful tasting recipes at very little cost.  Serena herself has recipe-tested and penned a catalog of over 100 soups and has taught soup classes and given tours.  So, if anyone knows soup, it's Serena! Here's … [Read more...]

Dry-Roasted Edamame with Cranberry Mix

It's hard to believe edamame has been around since the 13th century. Edamame's Japanese translation is "branched bean." They're actually young, green soybeans when they're picked, so they're soft rather than hard and dry like mature soy beans.  If you want to get really fancy (and lazy), you can even buy edamame hulled from their skins at Trader Joe's and other specialty food stores.  In fact, we grabbed a package of hulled froze edamame from our freezer to help soothe my son's black eye last week! With just a little sea salt, these beans … [Read more...]