Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict and a Mother’s Day Blog Hop

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, but I wanted to have a Mother’s Day blog hop today in order to give plenty of time for menu planning and inspiration. Back home Mother’s Day is usually one of my favorite days of the year. Usually my mom, sister, and I use it as an excuse for a girls’ day out. We go to the zoo or botanic gardens, get mani-pedis or enjoy a leisurely brunch, stroll through a museum or go shopping (and yes, we’ve done all of those things on Mother’s Days past).

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

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Guest Post: Strawberry Tart and an Easter Blog Hop

Strawberry BunnyTart from Cravings of a Lunatic

Oh do I have an exciting post for you. While I am in Istanbul (cue song: Istanbul not Constantinople) I have a very special guest: Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic! You may recall that I did a guest post for her back in December. If you read food blogs then chances are you know Kim, but if not head on over and check out her blog. I promise you will leave with a smile on your face. Not only does Kim come up with the best recipes (allow me to site this, this, and this as evidence), but she’s funny as all hell. And just the sweetest! Ok, enough gushing. I’ll allow Kim’s post to speak for itself: Continue reading “Guest Post: Strawberry Tart and an Easter Blog Hop”

Guest Post: Spinach and Feta Turnovers

I have a special surprise for you today: I am so honored to be guest posting over at Just One Cookbook! Although Nami and I have never met I feel like we are friends. Even through emails and blog posts I can tell that she is a warm, kind soul who always tries to make time for everyone. I always enjoy emailing with Nami about blogging and food, and I want to try every single gorgeous dish that she makes. I feel so lucky to have Nami as a blog friend.

Living in Israel, I’ve been exposed to so many new cuisines. Bourekas, a kind of savory turnover, have become a staple of my diet and are the inspiration for this recipe. They are common throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean, and North Africa and come with all kinds of fillings, from potato to “pizza.” Spinach and feta is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and it works perfectly here. These are great for brunch, but work just as well as a breakfast on the run. I like to freeze some to reheat them for an easy snack.

Spinach and Feta Turnovers

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Announcing my Cookbook: Puff Pastry at Brunch

Puff Pastry at BrunchI have some exciting news to share with you. I’ve been keeping it under wraps for months. Waiting. Sitting on my hands. Impatient for the day when I could tell you: my first cookbook has just been published! I’m trying to stay calm, cool, collected, but the truth is I can barely contain my excitement. Of course I could have told you it was coming, drummed up excitement and shown you previews. Call me superstitious, but I couldn’t believe it until I saw it on Amazon (you see, I’ve had a few projects in the pipelines that either never got started or have been delayed dramatically, so I’ve learned to be cautious). But yesterday it was published. For real. In living color. Here, see for yourself:


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Guest Post: Bacon, Vegetable, and Ricotta Quiche

When Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic asked me to do a guest post on her lovely blog, there was only one answer: Of course! I’ve admired Kim’s blog for some time. It’s written in a funny, candid voice and is full of inspiring recipes. Having recently become blogging buddies, I can also tell you that Kim is a thoughtful, supportive individual, the kind that you’re lucky to have in your corner. We spent some time considering what recipe to include and settled on one that Kim herself would never post: quiche. Kim hates eggs and is lactose intolerant so this egg-based quiche with ricotta is definitely a recipe her readers wouldn’t otherwise get from her! It’s just too bad she can’t try it (head to her blog for the recipe). Continue reading “Guest Post: Bacon, Vegetable, and Ricotta Quiche”

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Chicken pot pie? In this weather? I know I complain about how hot it is, cry for no cook dishes that won’t heat up the house, and then keep giving you baking recipes. And here, after cauliflower mac and cheese, lemon poppy seed muffins, and fig and brie-stuffed chicken I’m giving you the fourth recipe in a row that requires turning on an oven. I do apologize. But if you’re thinking of the heavy, cream-filled chicken pot pies of your childhood (or Paula Dean’s restaurants), this is not it. Comfort food, yes, but a lighter, more sophisticated rendition. Continue reading “Individual Chicken Pot Pies”

Curry Puffs: A Take Out Mainstay, At Home

At home in New York, I was accustomed to ordering Thai food on any given night when I was too tired to cook, rainy evenings, lazy Saturday afternoons, you name it. Curry Puffs and Pad See Ew have developed into serious comfort food for my husband and I. Now, living in Israel, Thai food is hard to come by. In Be’er Sheva there isn’t a single Thai restaurant, and I’ve been known to lug home Thai take-out from a reputable restaurant in Tel Aviv (which is an hour and a half away). Continue reading “Curry Puffs: A Take Out Mainstay, At Home”

A Summer Tart, Just in Time for Winter

Though I arrived at the end of summer (yes, September 26 still constitutes summer in Israel) I didn’t see any fresh berries. Not in the shuq, not in the supermarket, not in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. I resigned myself to having to wait until next summer when I can have fresh farmer’s market berries in New York. But suddenly, strawberries are everywhere. And not just any strawberries – some of the sweetest, freshest strawberries I’ve ever had. Continue reading “A Summer Tart, Just in Time for Winter”