Passover: Mandel Bread

I'm making Mandel Bread today, which, in Yiddish literally means twice- baked almond bread.  It's made by forming dough into a loaf, baking it, slicing the loaf into oblong cookies and baking again. Apparently these crunchy cookies were popular in Eastern Europe among Jews and merchants as a staple dessert that kept well. Mom's recipe, as I imagine most, is extremely easy to follow and only allows for 30 minutes baking time.  While many people like to add nuts or raisins to the mix, I played it safe and used chocolate chips. Just two … [Read more...]

Passover: Apple Matzoh Kugel

This weekend I'm preparing for the first night of Seder and kugel is always at the top of my list. 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 … [Read more...]

Matzoh Bark

With Passover around the corner, try this recipe for Matzoh Bark (aka Chocolate Covered Matzoh). It's the perfect activity with your children as who doesn't like pouring melted chocolate over salted matzoh. You can even get creative with your "toppings."  We've used dried cranberries, pistachio bits, shaved coconuts in our past batches of our favorite Passover snack that will last well beyond the 8 days of Passover. Simply place your  finished pieces in an airtight container and refrigerate until serving and after serving. Once you try … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Chick Pea Soup

With whipping winds and cold temperatures here in the northeast, I've set my thoughts to warm, hearty soups.  As we approach the #Thanksgiving holiday,  you know that you'll be inundated with stuffing and meats and vegetables and pies so, soup could be a welcomed diversion. As I've been making soups over the past few years, I've found that often the simplest ingredients make the best tasting soups. This recipe for Cauliflower Chick Pea Soup (from my favorite soup expert Seriously Soupy) offers wonderfully nutty fall-like flavors from the … [Read more...]