Strawberry Rhubarb Squares

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Strawberry Rhubarb Squares are a delicious and easy dessert recipe that's perfect for summer! Sometimes recipes don't turn out the way I want. And often, that's a bad thing. Or even a terrible thing (usually depends on how expensive the wasted ingredients are). But sometimes a recipe doesn't turn out as expected, and it's a fabulous discovery. Take potato chips for example. You know the story, don't you? Seems that some aggravated chef dumped some potato scraps in hot oil and when they came out, they were, well, awesome. Chocolate chip cookies were a mistake too. Legend has it that Ruth Wakefield was going for marble cookies. She assumed the chunks would melt and marbleize in her … [Read more...]

Candy Studded Chocolate Cookie Bars

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Candy Studded Chocolate Cookie Bars are an easy, delicious and fun treat that will bring out the kid in all of us! Y'know how they say that "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional"? Well I'm a firm believer in that saying. Kids are awesome. Adults? We want a new car and a 20% raise and we still won't be as happy as a child with a colorful lollypop the size of their face. And a kid can occupy themselves with a cardboard box longer than we can keep busy with an iPad. Well good news folks. You can feel like a kid again if you make these Candy Studded Chocolate Cookie Bars. They're simply adorable, and oh-so-fun. But here's the thing. They taste great. Like, great enough for … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Chicken Burgers

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Flavorful, moist and low fat - three great reasons to enjoy these Hawaiian Chicken Burgers! Ladies and gentlemen! Step right up please and meet your newest favorite supper: The Hawaiian Chicken Burger! I've been dreaming of Hawaiian Chicken Burgers for, oh, about a year now. I've made variations of it before (see my instagram profile from about a year ago!) but finally perfected this recipe. And now I can share it with you. Let me tell you - ground chicken can get pretty dried out in the cooking process, but not when you add all the good stuff that this recipe has. These burgers are moist and full of flavor. Plus they're easy, which I know is so important to all of you. Grill some … [Read more...]

Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies

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Strawberry Chocolate Hand Pies are a beautiful summer dessert that's not hard to make and guaranteed to impress! Are you afraid of making pie crust? I know I was. For years. A perfectly made pie crust is a real thing of beauty. But a badly made pie crust? Ugh. Just ugh. For ages, I was afraid to even try making my own pie crust. "Why should I make one," I reasoned, "when there are perfectly good pie crusts available in the freezer section of the grocery store?" Well let me tell you friends - perfectly good is nice and all, but homemade pie crust? It's perfection. And here's the best part. Once you make a pie crust once or twice, you'll be an old pro at it and you'll feel totally confident … [Read more...]

Pesto Roasted Carrot Fries

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Pesto Roasted Carrot Fries are bright, fresh and summery. Bonus: they have only two ingredients - and they're both healthy! I kinda owe you guys an apology. I've been holding out on you. If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen these awesome carrot fries over Passover. (If you don't follow me on instagram, get on that: @OvertimeCook). I made them as a simple side dish for one of the passover meals, and they were a smashing success. Even my I-hate-cooked-carrots family members were sneaking seconds of them. At first, I was hesitant to share such a simple recipe. Then I was all, "hello? Simple = good!" So then I decided to share these on the blog with you. But life got in … [Read more...]

Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

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Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing is easy to make and healthy - you'll soon be putting it in/on everything! Y'know what distresses me, as a food blogger? Sometimes I have a recipe that gets buried under the awesomeness of another one. Like, when there's a great cupcake recipe, and then it's dreamy frosting recipe gets buries. Shame, especially because said frosting is totally my favorite chocolate frosting. Ever. And then there was the post with mouthwateringly delicious ribs, but nobody noticed the world's best barbecue sauce that goes with it. Or with other food. Slathered over chicken cutlets on the barbecue grill this summer, for example. Oh, and did I mention my favorite salad dressing in … [Read more...]

Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins

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Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins are a great treat for people watching their weight! I know, I know. The last couple of weeks of this blog have been filled with one decadent treat after another. Each one has been a diet killer in its own right. "So what about the dieters?", you ask. "What's a poor soul to do if s/he isn't eating cheesecake, ice cream trifle, cheesecake mousse, delicious cookies, and all those other treats? Good news friend's. I feel for you. No really, I might be cooking, baking and photographing all sorts of fattening treats, but I've been dieting hard. Really hard. Like, one bite to make sure the cheesecake is good. We're in this together. And that's why I made … [Read more...]

Chocolate and Caramel Ice Cream Parfait

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Chocolate and Caramel Ice Cream Parfaits are the perfect summer dessert! As good as they look...they taste better! Raise your hand if you're bored of cheesecake discussion? Nooo! I don't know if we can be friends if you ever get bored of cheesecake! Sorry folks, that was a trick question. When my good friends at Kleins Ice Cream asked me to come up with a great recipe showcasing their delicious products, I immediately thought of an ice cream parfait. You might remember the Fried Ice Cream recipe that I created for Kleins around Chanukah time. That recipe was awesome, but it had to be fried and eaten within seconds of eachother. Well guys, this recipe is the exact opposite. You can … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Pasta and a Review + Giveaway of Dairy Made Easy!

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Sweet Potato Pasta has a unique and exciting flavor, making it a great change from the usual. Recipe part of a review of Dairy Made Easy. The dynamic duo of cookbook writers, Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are back again with the fourth book in their Made Easy cookbook series, Dairy Made Easy.  As I mentioned in previous reviews (See my reviews of Passover Made Easy, Starters and Sides Made Easy, and Kids Cooking Made Easy), the authors are good friends and colleagues of mine, and I am in total admiration of their knowledge of food, their creativity passion for food, and above all, their ability to put forth a creative and exciting cookbook. I'm so excited to have the opportunity … [Read more...]

Nespresso VertuoLine Review: The Best Cup of Coffee I Ever Had

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Nespresso VertuoLine review: it makes perfectly delicious coffee at the press of one button! You know that blissful moment when the first cup of coffee touches your lips? Yeah, I live for that moment. A couple of days ago, just at "that" moment, I exclaimed, "wow, my coffee is so good today!" I thought for a few seconds, then I amended my statement. "Well, actually, it's amazing every morning...ever since I got my Nespresso machine!" Image courtesy of Nespresso Before I go any further, I am going to be really clear here. The awesome folks at Nespresso have sent me a machine free of charge, for a review. It was particularly exciting, because this is a machine I've had my eye on for … [Read more...]