Beet and Burrata Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette


I know Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer, but officially there’s still two weeks left and the weather is balmy. Stretch it out with this salad which, I kid you not, is one of the loveliest things I have ever eaten. The roasted beets (yellow if you got ’em) are earthy and sweet, the burrata is creamy and rich, and the orange blossom vinaigrette is just the slightest bit exotic and entirely elegant. I ate the whole plate for dinner and it kept me full through an entire hot yoga class, which is no easy feat. Continue reading “Beet and Burrata Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette”

Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder Recipe

I don’t typically crave soup in the summer, but when I do it’s corn chowder. When I’ve eaten as much corn on the cob as I can handle but can’t seem to pass up those gorgeous ears at the farmer’s market, I get chowder on the brain. I like a corn chowder that is simultaneously creamy and light, with a hint of smoky bacon flavor and some bite left to the corn kernels. Oh, and potatoes. I love me some potatoes. It’s amazing how a hot soup can manage to be so summery. Continue reading “Summer Corn Chowder”

Garlicky White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes

Garlicky, gluten free white beans with spinach and tomatoes

Oh, hey. Remember me? I’m baaaaack. I just had a few things to take care of, like move back and forth between Israel, New York, and Massachusetts a few times. Oh, and have a baby. Who is now a toddler. Time flies, huh? But I never stopped cooking. I was roasting chicken with an infant strapped to me and making peanut butter cups during nap time. I now excel at making scrambled eggs one-handed while a twenty-something pound child rests on my left hip. And I’ve increased my repertoire of quick, easy meals like these White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes, which are ready in just 10 minutes! Who doesn’t have time for that? Continue reading “Garlicky White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes”

Homemade Soda Recipes and a Giveaway

Not So Simple Syrup Giveaway

I have so much respect for anyone who starts their own business. To come up with a product or idea, test it, market it, send it out into the world – it’s exciting and scary, exhausting and exhilarating. Which is why I was so excited when my blogging buddy Heidi from Young Grasshopper told me that her and business partner Barbie were starting their own line of simple syrups, adorably called Not So Simple Syrup. A lover of cocktails and homemade simple syrups, Heidi sought to create an all-natural product in wonderful flavors that could be sold nationwide. After jumping through all the hoops required for selling food products (i.e. FDA approval), Not So Simple Syrup is almost ready to make a splash in the market. Continue reading “Homemade Soda Recipes and a Giveaway”

Tomato, Tomatillo, and Avocado Salad

Tomato, Tomatillo, and Avocado Salad

While I’m beyond excited to experience my first Northeast autumn in three years, I’m always a little bit sad to say goodbye to summer. This week’s heat wave aside, it’s been a pleasantly warm July and August filled with lots of time spent outdoors. In order to have one last hurrah with some of summer’s best produce, I made this simple but incredibly tasty heirloom tomato, tomatillo, and avocado salad lightly dressed with olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Continue reading “Tomato, Tomatillo, and Avocado Salad”

Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah

Honey Cake Recipe for Rosh Hashanah

I’ve barely touched my blog since moving home from Israel to New York – it’s so easy to get swept up in life here! But Rosh Hashanah, which is early this year, is fast approaching and so I’m snapping out of my summer blog hiatus to bring you this incredible honey cake recipe from Cook in Israel: Home Cooking with Orly Ziv (the cookbook that I photographed). Honey is traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah to signify a sweet new year, and honey cake can commonly be found on Jewish tables around the world this time of year. I’m not always a huge fan of honey cake, which can be quite dense, but Orly’s version is light and spongy with lots of wonderful honey flavor that’s not overly sweet. Continue reading “Honey Cake for Rosh Hashanah”

Chinese Fried Rice Recipe and Leftovers Blog Hop

Fried Rice Recipe

Leftovers get a bad rap. It wasn’t until I got out on my own that I realized the value of leftovers, both from an economical standpoint and a creative one. Repurposing yesterday’s meal into something new and appetizing is one of the great tests of a home cook, and many of our favorite dishes the world over originated as just that: a way to disguise and stretch leftover bits of food. Putting leftover rice to good use presents a particular challenge since it doesn’t reheat well on its own. Fried rice is the perfect way to use up leftover rice, with delicious results. Continue reading “Chinese Fried Rice Recipe and Leftovers Blog Hop”

Helba (Semolina + Fenugreek Cake) and a Bethlehem Cooking Class

Bethlehem Cooking Class
Banksy graffiti near the refugee camp; Islam and Ahmad’s daughter

After three years of living in Israel, my husband and I are moving back to New York in just a few days. Everyone thought we were crazy to move here, giving up our comfortable lives to venture off to a place we’d never even visited. But I knew it was the chance of a lifetime, and while there have certainly been challenges overall it’s been an amazing experience. The final item on my bucket list of things to do here was to visit the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem and attend a cooking class through an amazing organization called Noor Women Empowerment Group. I finally had the opportunity last weekend, and it was one of the most worthwhile, inspiring experiences in my time here. Continue reading “Helba (Semolina + Fenugreek Cake) and a Bethlehem Cooking Class”

The Best Homemade Pizza Recipe Ever

The Best, Easiest Homemade Pizza Recipe Ever

I’d heard tell of Andy’s amazing homemade pizzas, and knew firsthand just how passionate he is about food, and pizza in particular. But tasting is believing and the other night I had the good fortune to sit in on Andy’s new pizza making class based out of his home in Be’er Sheva, Israel. Andy, a friend and fellow Anglo in Israel, has spent a lot of time reading and experimenting, all in the name of making the ultimate, Italian pizzeria-quality pizza at home. And he’s succeeded. Using no special equipment and a standard stove and oven, Andy has figured out (with the help of Jim Lahey’s no-knead dough recipe) how to make the best Neopolitan-style homemade pizza I’ve had. And he makes it look so easy!


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Arrested Development Frozen Bananas

Arrested Development Frozen Bananas

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the rebooted fourth season of Arrested Development, seven years after it was canceled. I’m a little late to the viewing party game since it aired earlier this week, but watching the show left me wanting one of their signature snacks – chocolate covered frozen bananas, a la the Banana Stand run by the Bluth family (“There’s always money in the banana stand!”). And it occurred to me that not only would they be easy to make, but they’d be a delicious (and fairly healthy!) summertime treat.


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