Orzo Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables

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The perfect summer side dish: Orzo Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables - it's light and easy to make and absolutely delicious! ***Before we start – have you signed up for my email newsletters? You’ll get new recipes, cooking tips, menu suggestions, kitchen deals  – and more! Click here to signup.*** Wow, it's been a while! Things have been on the quiet side here on this blog, with some guest posts, a few really helpful roundups, and some quick and easy recipes. But I've been racing down the home stretch, getting my cookbook finished, and barely had a minute to cook, much less share a brand-new, recipe with you here. But finally, things have slowed down, my cookbook has been … [Read more...]

Cookbook Update: Behind The Scenes and Revealing the Name!!!

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Well, it's been a while since I told you all that I'm writing a cookbook, and I figured it's finally time for a proper update. Plus, I am finally going to reveal the name - you'll have to scroll down for that! So first, let's talk about the recipes. In case any of you missed it the first hundred times I mentioned it, this cookbook is going to have desserts, baked goods, sweet things, etc. My biggest focus, while working on the book and developing the recipes for it, is to have sweets for every occasion. It's a pretty daunting undertaking  - "every" occasion, but I am really trying hard. Need something quick and easy for an after school snack? I've got you covered. Looking for treats to … [Read more...]

Tomato Basil Brisket in White Wine Sauce

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Tomato Basil Brisket cooked in white wine sauce is really delicious, and totally different! If you're one of my Jewish readers, you're probably kinda bored of holiday food. Rosh Hashanah, then the first days of Sukkot...the food feels like it never ends...am I right?  Well today I'm sharing a totally different brisket recipe. It's one I came up with when I needed something different to serve, so I feel it's pretty appropriate to share today, while you are probably contemplating food for the rest of sukkos. If you're done cooking, no fear! Tuck this gem of a recipe into the corner of your brain, and pull it out the next time you need a delicious roast recipe. And if you don't have a … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Pie and my 3 Year Blogiversary!

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Celebrate my three years of blogging with a decadent treat: chocolate cherry pie! With a layer of gooey fudge, a layer of fresh cherry filling and a chocolate pie crust to tie it all together, this is the ultimate summer treat! Three years people! That's about 2 years and 50 weeks longer than I thought I would be doing this for. Back on August 7th, 2011, when I published my first post, if you had told me that I would still be at it, three years later, I would have laughed. Out loud. This was going to be a fun little hobby that I would drop when I got bored and found a new hobby. Somehow, over the last couple of years, the whole thing evolved completely. It went from hobby into a … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken in Mustard Sauce

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The best supper is the one you can make in minutes! Quick and easy grilled chicken in mustard sauce will become your new family favorite! People often ask me how I became a cook, baker, and most importantly, a recipe developer. Every time, without hesitation, I answer that it boils down to my mother and her creativity in the kitchen. I’m sure that if I had grown up in a house where my mother followed recipes without experimenting at all, that I wouldn’t have ever attempted to experiment, and eventually start creating my own recipes. It’s funny though, that while I completely credit my mother’s creativity for my own kitchen accomplishments, I’ve developed a completely different style in … [Read more...]

22 Simple Supper Recipes to Make Tonight

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If you're stumped with menu planning, here are 22 simple supper recipes to make for supper tonight! You all know how much I love you guys, right? Seriously, my readers are awesome. Every one of you. You also know how much I listen to your comments, right? Like when you ask me for cookies without margarine, so I give you awesome options like Coffee Crinkle Cookies. Or when you ask for healthy muffin recipes and I give you so many choices! Well, one of the things I hear from you all most often is that you need supper ideas. Not Shabbat. Not holidays. Not parties. Just simple supper ideas that you can make...tonight. Well I try to provide those recipes as often as possible (I have 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...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Conclusion + 6 Weight Loss Tips

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When I originally set out to blog about 2 months of weight loss efforts with Start Fresh, I was worried about it on so many levels, but here I am, blogging about the conclusion of those two months! (And make sure to scroll down for 6 weight loss tips!) And the final result: I'm so happy that I chose to share this journey with you. The support I received from all of you, here, on the blog, on facebook, on Instagram, via private email, etc. I'm happy to be down 17 pounds, and I will continue to lose now that this has been completed. So many of you have shared advice with me, supported me, that I thought it would be nice to share some of what I've learned in the last two months. 1) … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Week 8

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As I get ready to start the final week of my second month of my Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh, I'm excited that I lost weight again! Yep, I lost another pound, for a total weight loss of sixteen pounds! While one pound isn't tons (and I will definitely have to step up my exercise game this coming week...) I'm stoked about losing 16 pounds. Slow and steady wins the race, right? 16 pounds is amazing. It's smaller clothes. It's people telling you that you look great and lost so much weight. It's self confidence and improved health. 16 pounds is an accomplishment, and I am so happy that Start Fresh has helped me get there. 16 pounds of weight loss is an accomplishment, and I want to … [Read more...]

Mini Funnel Cakes with Strawberry Citrus Sauce

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Recreate a favorite amusement park treat at home with these delicious Mini Funnel Cakes. You won't believe how easy they are! So it appears that there's been an abundance of fried foods on this blog lately. My apologies to the dieters reading this, but you'll have to hang in there for another day or two. It's still Hanukkah and I'm still here with delicious fried treats for you. Don't worry, I'll be back soon with diet stuff. (Groan.) This recipe came about because as a kid who kept kosher, I would stare at the folks walking around the fairs and amusement parks with funnel cakes with a level of envy that I don't really know how to describe. Sure, there were lots of foods that were off … [Read more...]