Nutella Crunch Cookies

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Nutella crunch cookies combine all of the best things about chocolate and cookies in one delicious bite! I know, I just posted about my new diet, and now I am posting cookies. It's a tough and confusing life I lead, but I sure am glad to have you join me for the ride! Now, let's talk cookies. Wait, first, let's talk about my total obsession with Nutella. A friend of mine with a nut-allergic kid complained to me about my nutella obsession recently, but I just can't help myself. The stuff is delicious. Plus we all know that cookies are delicious. What do you get when you combine the two? Well, let's put it this way: not something you want around when you're on a diet! These cookies are … [Read more...]

Baked Mini Cookies and Cream Donuts

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I have to admit, my feelings about baked donuts used to be very mixed. If you look doughnut up in the dictionary (and I sure did) you'll see that the definition reads: dough·nut noun -(ˌ)nət : a piece of sweet fried dough that is often shaped like a ring Notice the part where it says...fried? And notice how it totally doesn't say "baked"? Yeah, me too. And being a bit of a stickler for things like this, I really didn't like the idea of calling a baked dessert a donut. Or a doughnut. Then I went and did something that irreversibly changed my feelings about this issue. I created these donuts. They may be baked, but they're awesome on a whole new level. A level that kind of … [Read more...]

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Hanukkah Gelt Cookies

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How is it that Chanukah is almost here already. Didn't we just cook up a storm for Rosh Hashanah? Well like it or not, Hanukkah is right around the corner. Luckily, I've got a bunch of new and totally delicious recipes up my sleeve to share with you! I'm going to start off with this fabulous cookie recipe. The inspiration for this idea came from these cookies, which were (and continue to be) a total success. They're delicious and easy and totally scream "chanukah!" So I decided to come up with this new version. I made a melt-in-your-mouth cookie dough - with cream cheese in it, of course. And then I press a hanukkah coin right into the middle of it. How adorable is that? Get on these … [Read more...]

Maple Pumpkin Granola

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There are certain foods which I seem to forget about for a while, then I remember them suddenly. And as I eat said food, I kick myself as I wonder why I don't make it more often. Like, every day, for example. My Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks are a perfect example of this. They are among the most popular recipes on this blog, and for very good reason. And I often forget that I've got such a delicious and easy recipe in my repertoire. Then I make them, and I get all confused as to why I haven't been making them daily since the day I came up with the recipe. Well, it turns out that homemade granola is another such example. I've made homemade granola plenty of times in the past, and totally … [Read more...]

Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup

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If you're going to learn one thing about cooking from me, let it be this. Roasting vegetables brings out the best of their flavors. It intensifies their best notes, makes the vegetables sweeter and more flavorful. Take this soup for example. Carrot ginger soup is delicious. I've made it and enjoyed it many times in the past. But the other day, in the grocery store, I suddenly thought of roasting the combination. I knew I would make a soup ten times better than the unroasted kind. And I was totally right. This soup has the most amazing, rich and delicious flavor of carrot and ginger. It's fall and comfort in a bowl! Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup: By Miriam Pascal, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Butterscotch Cookies

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I wish I had a great story to share with you about these cookies, but sadly, I don't. It was a minute of inspiration, caused by the can of pumpkin sitting on my pantry shelf. I wanted to make pumpkin cookies, but most of the recipes I found were more to the cakey side. I wanted cookies with a chocolate chip cookie type texture, and struck gold with this recipe. Then, I couldn't help throwing in some butterscotch chips, y'know, for some more awesomeness. The pumpkin flavor of these cookies is subtle, but it's definitely there. Add the cinnamon and butterscotch and you have the perfect fall cookie. Don't have butterscotch chips handy? Sub chocolate chips instead for a delicious pumpkin … [Read more...]

Golden Cauliflower and Plum Tomatoes and a Review and Giveaway of Starters and Sides Made Easy

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As you all know, I love cookbooks. Basically all cookbooks. But it's not every day that my good friends and colleagues publish a book, so this one has me extra excited! The dynamic author-duo of Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek have done it again. You may remember my review of their last joint effort, Passover Made Easy, and how much I loved it. Well, they have absolutely outdone themselves in their latest effort, Starters & Sides Made Easy. Ready to read what I thought? (Scroll down past my review for your chance to win your own copy!) At first glance: As with their previous book, Starters & Sides Made Easy is chock full of creative and inventive ideas, beautifully photographed … [Read more...]

Top Ten Healthy Veggie Dishes

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  I don't know about all of you, but after nearly a month of holidays and delicious food, I am *so* ready for some healthy eating! My best diet tip is to fill up on lots of delicious veggies - it makes you totally not miss the fattening and unhealthy stuff! I figured some of you could probably use some great veggie ideas, right? Well, here are my top 10 favorite vegetable ideas! Click around, enjoy, and stay healthy! Spicy Baked Zucchini Sticks: These spicy baked zucchini sticks are the among the most popular recipes on my blog (second only to my Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes) and for a very good reason. Sure, these zucchini sticks are delicious. And yeah, they're easy to make. And of … [Read more...]

Apple and Cabbage Rice

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Can we talk about how apples are starting to show up in grocery stores again? I don't think anyone here is more excited about it than I am. I know I have mentioned this before, but I really love apples. I've got some sweet apple recipes on this blog, but did you know apples make a fabulous savory ingredient too? This rice is totally going to prove that. It's my new favorite. Speaking of favorite recipes, this one is totally easy. And simple. It's perfect for Rosh Hashanah next week, or really for any time you want a great side dish. Who's up for a great serving suggestion? This rice would be perfect stuffed into (and under) a whole chicken and roasted. Or just served alongside some chicken. … [Read more...]

Speculoos (Biscoff) Biscotti

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A trendy cookie like speculoos or biscoff combines perfectly with a traditional treat like biscotti. Intrigued? Read on! If you follow me on various social media platforms, you may have seen that I was just on vacation. And now I am not. Needless to say, I am not happy about that. I want to be at the beach, not in my kitchen waiting for cookies to cool, anticipating another long day of work tomorrow. But that's life. Some things, like the beach, are awesome. Some things aren't. Take, for example, my cookies and cream biscotti recipe. The recipe? Awesome. The pictures? Not so much. The result? Nobody really noticed them. Which is a darn shame, because trust me, they were of the don't … [Read more...]