Archive for February, 2010

Happy Purim

February 27, 2010

Happy Purim! Chag Sameach!

(above hamantaschen cake was make from the Rose Levy Beranbaum chocolate cake recipe recently featured on Joe Pastry; the frosting was a variation of Julia Child’s buttercream: 4 ounces of margarine, 5 ounces of semisweet chocolate, and 2 ounces of hot coffee. The “mohn” filling is just colored sprinkles.)

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Hamantaschen

February 18, 2010

Purim is around the corner, so time to start baking hamantaschen! I made a slightly tweaked version of Sara Finkel’s recipe from Classic Kosher Cooking (p. 246) (scroll down for the recipe).

Sara Finkel’s current (and also stellar) recipe for hamantaschen (from her new book Classic Kosher Cooking Vol. 2:  Simply Delicious, Targum Press) is available here along with some suggested holiday recipes.  If you are looking for a good hamantaschen recipe, I can highly reccomend both of Sara Finkel’s recipes. My mom just made Sara Finkel’s newer hamantaschen recipe and was thrilled with the results.

Update: If you are looking for a chocolate hamantaschen, I have also made chocolate mint truffle and chocolate peanut butter.

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Israeli Spinach Chickpea Salad with Feta, Olives, and Preserved Lemons

February 18, 2010

This was an improvised main dish salad. (more…)

Pink and White Cookies

February 16, 2010

After making Black and White Cookies, I had a request for pink and whites (plus more black and whites).

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Black and White Cookies

February 12, 2010

The black and white cookie is a favorite of my Brooklyn-born husband, and–under his influence–it is now one of my son’s favorite, as well. To please them, I have worked out a recipe that makes very authentic tasting cookies. (more…)

Goat Milk Yogurt Cheese Balls

February 10, 2010

I love yogurt cheese, especially drizzled with olive oil and zataar. And goat milk yogurt cheese is amazing . . .

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Happy Birthday Mom!

February 1, 2010

Two of my mom’s favorite cakes: chocolate nemesis and coconut lemon layer cake. (more…)