Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes with Red Wine Glaze

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The classic pairing of red wine and chocolate combine to form these decadent Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes. I feel like I should start with a warning here. This blog is going to get a little dessert heavy in the coming weeks as we lead up to Purim. Too late, you say? I know, I know. I've been posting a lot of purim goodies lately, and I've got more of them up my sleeve! Starting today, with these crazy awesome cupcakes. We all know that drinking on purim is a tradition - wait, a mitzvah - so that makes these cupcakes downright righteous. If you're making these for kids, opt for a non-alcoholic glaze (like this insanely delightful chocolate glaze). Don't worry about the alcohol in the … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Filled Brownie Hamantaschen

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A cross between a hamantasch and a peanut butter cup, these Peanut Butter Filled Brownie Hamantaschen will be the most delicious cookie you've tasted! I don't say this lightly, but I've invented the most delicious hamantaschen ever. I know, it's a big claim to make, but let's talk about the awesomeness of these cookies. Nowadays, everyone is scrambling to invent the cutest, prettiest, most exciting hamantaschen ever. And the ideas keep exploding. But here's the thing. I like pretty food. I like exciting food. Hey, I even like cute food. But for me, that's always secondary. First, in my book, will always be taste. If it tastes great, it's great. If it looks awesome - that's a … [Read more...]

Ultimate Hamantaschen Recipe Roundup

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Get ready for purim with my ultimate Hamantaschen Recipe Roundup! I may have mentioned it once or twice or ten times but the Jewish holiday of Purim is coming. And you know what that means! Hamentaschen! Lots and lots of Hamantaschen! Sweet Hamentaschen, savory hamantaschen. Any kind, really. Well, because I love you guys, I gathered the best of the hamantaschen recipes from around the internet into one convenient list. So click on over to these delicious looking recipes, then come back and tell me what you're going to make! Traditional Hamantaschen:  Perfect Hamantaschen Guide Traditional Hamantaschen Savory Hamantaschen: Savory Deli Hamantaschen Meat Pie … [Read more...]

Pecan Pie Hamantashen

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Pecan Pie Hamantashen are a perfectly delicious twist on the traditional favorite.  Don't hate me people, but we're kinda going into Purim mode here. I know. I know. I don't want to face it either. Mostly because Passover is a month after Purim, and I really don't want to face that. But what can you do? It's all around us! Seriously, the purim mania seems to start earlier and earlier every year! I've been busy lately creating some amazing recipes for my column in Ami magazine, but today, I am sharing one of my favorites from last year's column: Pecan Pie Hamantashen! If you're one of those people who appreciates tradition, but doesn't actually love hamantaschen, this recipe is for … [Read more...]

Purple and Silver Themed Party {Purim 2013}

Firstly, my apologies for my week long absence. Apparently staying up till 3 am too many nights in a row can cause a person to reach a level of exhaustion that I was previously unaware existed. I slept off my lack-of-sleep hangover, and now I'm back with a recap. Next up: recipes! Believe it or not, I forgot to bring my camera with me to my sister's for her Purim Seuda (party), but I got lots of question about the pictures I posted on Instagram, twitter and Facebook, so I decided to share my iPhone pictures of the party in case any of you want some tips and/or inspiration for future parties! First off, just across from the door, when people walked in, there was the dessert … [Read more...]

Soft Frosted Vanilla Sugar Cookies and a Review and Giveaway of Pure Vanilla

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I know it's been a while since I did a book review, but this one is super fun, and I love this recipe for Purim (or pretty much any time. Ever.) The frosting is vanilla flavored, but add in some food coloring to match your color scheme and you're all set. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a giveaway of this book! Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever is a super fun and creative book that aims to change your impression of vanilla from a minor side ingredient to a star of the show. Here's what I thought of it. At a First Glance: I never thought of vanilla as such a starring ingredient before. To me, vanilla means no other flavor. But this book spotlights it in the most amazing ways! There's … [Read more...]

Savory Meat Pie Hamantaschen

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It's 1:30 am and I am sitting at my computer thinking about hamantashen. But it isn't my fault, really. Blame it on... Oh forget it. It's totally my fault. I can't help myself. Not only do I imagine myself to have hoards of anxious fans waiting for my brilliant purim ideas yeah right but I also need to impress people at my own purim seudah (feast/party). It's hard, let me tell you. No matter how much pressure you might feel at parties, think about what it's like when you are a food writer. Exactly. Well I kinda wish I could invite each and every one of you to my purim party, because I am serving these meat pie hamantaschen as the appetizer and they are seriously delicious. But sadly I … [Read more...]

Purim Recipes and Ideas Roundup

One of the super fun things about being a blogger is reading your search engine traffic hits. Occasionally, however, it reminds me of things. And over the last week I have noticed an increase in traffic from people searching for purim overtimecook or purim 2013 or overtime cook hamantaschen, which serves as a good reminder that I need to start posting some purim recipes and ideas. You will see some fun ideas here over the next few weeks, but first, some ideas that have been featured on OvertimeCook in the past: First off, we have traditional hamantaschen, plus a guide I wrote on CookKosher on shaping beautiful hamantaschen (that stay closed!) Next, I made some delicious savory hamantaschen … [Read more...]