Food


Rainbow Cheesecake

This one is for the kids (and the kid in each of us)! How cool is it to make a RAINBOW CHEESECAKE! Impress your guests, rainbow swirl it. Rainbow Cheesecake Crust 2 Cups graham crackers, crushed 2 Tablespoons sugar 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 Pinch Salt Cake 2 Pounds Cream cheese, room temp 1 1/3 Cups Sugar 2 Teaspoons Vanilla 4 Large Eggs 1 Cup Sour Cream 1 Cup Heavy Cream 1 Pinch Salt 1 Container Food colors (blue, yellow, green, red) Directions Before you get started with the crust, make sure your springform pan is water tight. I do this by......

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World’s Best Cheesecake (at least her son thinks so)!

This was sent to me by a friend and tweeter. FunJoel says that this is the BEST cheesecake recipe out there. I mean, he might be a little bias since it is his mother’s recipe but I am super happy to share! Oh and, if you ever find yourself in Israel looking for a great tour guide, check out FunJoel. He rocks! World’s Best Cheesecake My mom, Ricki Haber, said there is no specific recipe for the crust. But she mixes graham cracker crumbs, a bit of sugar, cinnamon, ground walnuts and......

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Cannoli Cheesecake

This one is for my dad. Another cool twist on the cheese/dairy theme for Shavuot. And another great recipe from Woman’s Day. Cannoli Cheesecake 1 container(s) (6 cups) whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 3 pounds) 7 large eggs 1 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract 5 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly grated orange peel 1/3 cup(s) semisweet chocolate mini-chips Topping 3 tablespoon(s) apricot preserves 1/4 cup(s) shelled pistachio nuts, skins rubbed off OR more chocolate chips (which is what I use) Directions Fill a roasting pan or a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with hot tap water to......

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Every Holiday Has a Theme!

Okay, I am slightly veering away from the healthy aspect of this blog for Shavuot. On Shavuot, the time when the Jews received the Torah at Mt. Sinai, we traditionally eat dairy products. Now there are a million arguments as to why we eat dairy on Shavuot and I am not going to get into them here. If you want to learn more about why, click here. I thought we could do some fun and unusual cheesecakes and cheese cake alternatives for your Shavuot table. Here is a no-bake Mango Cheesecake option.......

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Pesach Time Is Here!

I know, I’ve just been terrible about posting lately. There are a few times of year when the holidays all collide and everything gets so busy. That’s why I am all over the idea of quick and easy meals. One of the big staples on Pesach is the egg… in my house we always boil way too many eggs for the seder so I end up eating eggs for the week. And while I am an egg fan… they can start to get a bit boring. So here are some options for......

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Need a little something sweet?

Who doesn’t? Especially during Passover. A few of my friends have been making this Strawberry Whip over Pesach and well, when I saw how easy it was I had to try it! So good, so easy and relatively good for you! It’s a very simple recipe but I will say this… I hope you have a stand mixer. But if you don’t, that’s okay… just don’t work on your arms at the gym the day you make this! Strawberry Whip Option 1: (Thanks Meredith) 2 pints strawberries 3/4 cup sugar 2 egg......

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We put the Mon in Hamantaschen!

I know I know, the headline is silly. But here’s something you may not know (unless you speak Yiddish or German), the word hamantaschen means ‘poppy seed pockets’ montashn in Yiddish or mohntaschen in German. Mon is poppy seed and taschen means pockets. They are also called oznai Haman or Haman’s ears in Hebrew. It has become a modern folklore that Haman wore a three-cornered hat and thus we are eating his hat. Whoa whoa, slow down now. Who is this Haman character? Well it’s all related to my favorite holiday, Purim. I could......

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Baking Powder Vs. Baking Soda

It is an eternal mystery. People have questioned the difference for ages… okay maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but in a poll of my friends only 1 in 10 know the difference and why it is important to get the right one! Well, I am here to help! It comes down to chemistry. They are both leavening agents, which means they are added to baked goods before cooking to produce carbon dioxide and cause them to ‘rise.’ Baking SODA Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate. When baking soda is......

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What is Kashrut? Part 1

Keeping kosher is not too scary and it doesn’t have to be overly complex. There are some basic rules and some more complex rulings around keeping kashrut. If you are starting from never keeping kosher before, I highly recommend going slowly and learning the law THEN taking on the action. Over the next few posts, I will lay out the basic definition of kashrut and the rules. We can do this together! Keeping Kosher Does Not Mean It’s Been Blessed By A Rabbi. I get that question all the time… so your......

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Chocolate Hazelnut Double Chocolate Brownies (Under $5!)

Ok, I ‘stole’ this recipe from SCJohnson.com but I just LOVED it! It is simple and cheap and will make you look like a rock star.  Ingredients: 1 store-bought brownie mix (I like Duncan Hines dark chocolate mix… OU Parve) 16 dollops of chocolate-hazelnut spread (i.e. nutella. Now if you are allergic to hazelnut like moi, you can use peanut butter instead or almond butter… lots of options here folks!) 1 cup of chocolate chips Directions: •    Preheat the oven as directed by the recipe or the box. •    Lightly grease an......

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