Passover: Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread

Most desserts that are kosher for Passover don't seem that appealing.  However, this Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread recipe will make you reconsider. Mandel Bread 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 … [Read more...]

Passover: Red Snapper Fillets

If you're starting to focus on your menu for a Passover Seder, you can take a diversion from your traditional main dishes.  Aside from the ever-so-popular chicken dish, Brisket or Steak, have you ever considered serving fish with your matzoh kugel? This recipe for Red Snapper Fillets (from Kosher by Gloria) is as refreshing as it is tasty.  And, with the crunch and sweetness of the plantains, you'll be sure to win over your guests.  Don't be fooled, this dish is terrific year-round too except, serving it on Passover might impress those … [Read more...]

Nurture Me Nature: First Gluten-Free Mixes without MSG!

Last week I introduced you to Chef Jack, an extraordinary 13-year old chef who's been cooking for the past 7 years to help raise money and awareness for Leukemia research.  This week I'm honored to introduce you to Marina Levitt, the creator of the very first line of dry, delicious, non-GMO baking mixes that are also organic, kosher and gluten free! Marina's personal health struggles and her desire to embrace her challenging dietary condition is equally inspiring: In 2001 she was diagnosed with H-Pylori, and had to go through a year of … [Read more...]