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 … [Read more...]

Browned Brussels sprouts with Bread Crumbs

  How many kids do you know who like Brussels sprouts? Somehow, Brussels sprouts are at the top of our list (minus the husband).  I should clarify, Trader Joe’s Shaved Brussels sprouts, sautéed with olive oil and sea salt, was what originally put them on our radar. From there, I gained the confidence to experiment with a new dish: Brussels sprouts and Bacon with Maple Syrup.  Another hit.  The irony? There isn’t a shred of Brussels sprouts in any of Mom’s recipes.  In fact, I didn’t even know what they looked like until starting the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Menu

Whether you're hosting a Thanksgiving feast or you're merely a guest required to bring an assigned dish, I've curated some recipes from the blog to help fill in the blanks and take the stress out of the prep. You can take your pick from appetizers to sides to main dishes to desserts.  I promise you'll find tasty, easy to make recipes.  After all, if I can make them, anyone can. So why not plan ahead and get cooking? And remember to celebrate FOOD and family, and to give thanks. APPETIZERS Baked Brie Hot Crab Dip Mexican … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

I have a note on our kitchen bulletin board. The note is the last one my mother wrote to my daughter before she died. Mom secretly stuffed it in her lunch box on the way to day camp.  My daughter, then 6, thought enough of the note to save it and to not throw it away like any 6 year old would in the fury of scavenging for their lunch food. So, you can imagine how my heart raced when a childhood friend posted a handwritten recipe card of Mom’s in a Facebook message to me. The Roasted Red Pepper Dip recipe!  I remember eating it … [Read more...]