Peanut and Cashew Brittle

If you are looking to give a homemade food gift this year, but don't have too much time, this is the perfect gift to give. A sweet, slightly salty, buttery nut crunch (yes, all that in one!) that is one of the easiest, and quickest candies to make. Who doesn't love candy, especially when it's homemade? Start to tasty finish is done in about an hour. Really. I packed brittle into cellophane ...

Chanukah Sugar Cookies

This is a sugar cookie recipe I make every Chanukah. It's one my youngest son's favorite cookies, mine too. We both love sugar cookies. I would usually bring cookies to my younger three boys' holiday class parties (they all go to different schools). Since my teenager is now in the eight grade, and would be utterly embarrassed, I don’t bring them to his school anymore, but still do bring cookies to my ...

Baked Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Maple Glaze

I will admit proofing dough (twice) then frying for a good long time is not something I look forward to doing after my big batch of latkes earlier in the week, even though it is customary to fry doughnuts for Chanukah. Although, I wouldn't mind eating them (along with the rest of the gang) if a doughnut fairy (or is it donut?) came to make a batch of course ... ...

Zucchini Parsnip Latkes

I cannot imagine Chanukah without frying. It's just what we do. The symbol of Chanukah, without getting all technical here, is about the miracle of how one day of oil lasted for eight days. And so, to commemorate the holiday, we traditionally fry things in oil, reminding us of all the miracles of Chanukah. When Chanukah (and Christmas) are over I usually hope for the miracle of losing the extra ...

Peppermint Bark Marshmallows

It's December and the holidays are near, which means the legendary flavor of peppermint (and chocolate) is all around us in just about every sweet product. The hard part, with all the wonderful treats I see, is that rarely can I bring home something for my family to enjoy. Every ingredient label reads "contains wheat, dairy, soy, egg". So when the holidays (and holiday gifts) come around my kitchen goes ...

Scallion Egg Piroshki (Galette), in honor of my Grandmother Dina

This recipe is in memory of my grandmother, who would make this for most of our big family gatherings. I think she knew they were my favorite. I was pretty transparent about it as I would run into her house straight for the kitchen, barely saying hello, looking for scallion egg piroshki (meaning “dough with filling” in Russian or commonly known as a galette, the French term) fresh out of ...

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I find Thanksgiving day always seems to get a bit tense in the last hour before getting everything on the table. Timing all the dishes to come out at once, last minute prep, and everyone coming into the kitchen asking the age old question “Is it ready yet?” or poking their fingers in the pies, hoping to get a sneak-preview taste. Spotted! But then, when ...

Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This adapted dessert recipe, from the Williams Sonoma Thanksgiving 2014 Catalog, will leave a lasting impression on you. A cake that has the warm seasonal flavors of fall: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.  Okay, I need to stop for a minute because I have to tell you some exciting news! Once a Month Meals featured my blog as Blog Partner Spotlight today (see story here)!!! As a food blogger sharing my ...

Mock Mashed Potato with fried onions and shallots

Okay, so we all love mashed potatoes, I know, but my little twin guys cannot eat potato. It brings on behaviors like night wakings, aggression, and silly eyes (eye tracking) that are just not worth the spuds. So ... instead I make a mock mashed potato from cauliflower! I'm sure you have seen this alternative to potato floating around Pinterest, that you may think boring, but I added loads of ...