Braised Chicken with Apples

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Braised chicken with apples and sweet potatoes is a meal made in one pot, utilizing the best of fall flavors. Remember how in my last post I said that I simply can't accept that summer is over? Well that's changed. No, it's not because it's labor day as I type this. It's because I've tasted my first new-crop apple. I kind of feel like a broken record here, because this is my fourth(!) fall blogging, and thus my fourth time pointing out how crunchy, juicy, fresh from the tree apples are the best, and probably only, consolation for the end of the summer. But oh, what a consolation they are. Don't get me wrong. Peaches, plums, cherries...they're all great. But nothing like my favorite, … [Read more...]

Flourless Carrot Walnut Cloud Cookies

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Flourless Carrot Walnut Cloud Cookies are soft, chewy, spicy and perfect for Passover - or year round! I have to admit, I'm posting all these passover recipes, but in my head...I'm in denial. I don't like cooking for passover. I don't like baking for passover. Pesach desserts are seriously not my thing. I always felt like there are only so many ways you can combine the few basic ingredients to form a new passover dessert. Then I came up with these cookies. Carrot cookies are totally different than the usual pesach treats. The texture is light and airy, the flavor is delightful...These are the cookies that made me rethink my hatred of passover cookies! If you're planning your menu … [Read more...]

Yemenite Beef Soup and a Review and Giveaway of Kosher By Design Cooking Coach

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Giveaway Closed! I've been getting a lot of questions lately about my thoughts on the new cookbook by Susie Fishbein, Kosher By Design Cooking Coach, and I am excited to finally share my thoughts on this fabulous cookbook with you. I should start by mentioning that if you aren't a kosher cook, don't stop reading. Susie's ideas are amazing, and you don't have to keep kosher to appreciate them! At a first glance: As is the case with all of Susie's previous books, this is a visually beautiful book. I opened it up and marveled at the absolute wealth of information. The book promises to be more than just a list of recipes, and it certainly delivered. Each chapter starts with a "game … [Read more...]

Chicken, Vegetable and Barley Soup and a review of The Bais Yaakov Cookbook

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I'm super excited to be reviewing another cookbook today. I've got a bunch of books on my shelf, waiting to be written about, but this one is extra exciting because I heard so much about this book lately! I'm sure that all of my Kosher readers have heard about the Bais Yaakov Cookbook. There's been a lot of hype in the kosher world about it. I couldn't help wondering: was that earned? I finally got a chance to find out! At first glance: This cookbook looks really impressive. It's a large, hardcover book with pictures that are breathtakingly beautiful. There's a wide variety of recipes, all arranged clearly and intuitively. My first thought as I flipped through this book the first time … [Read more...]

Citrus Carrot Salad

Carrot Citrus Salad on Overtime Cook

A while ago, when Borders book stores were about to close their doors, they were blowing out all of their merchandise. Needless to say, I totally stalked the cookbook section, buying a lot more books than I should probably admit to. Most notably, I picked up a copy of Mark Bittman's encyclopedic book, How To Cook Everything. It was only today that I realized that I've never actually made a recipe from it. Don't get me wrong. I read the book (almost) cover to cover. I learned tons and tons from it. I've gotten ideas from it. But today I finally took it down to make a recipe. This is one that intrigued me every time I saw it. I love the combination of carrots, citrus and cumin in this. … [Read more...]

Spicy Carrot Chips


I've been hesitant to post this recipe. Not because it's not delicious, but because they came out of the oven at some ridiculous hour, and I didn't have the energy to get proper pictures. The one I'm posting seriously doesn't do these chips any kind of justice. But I'm going to post the recipe for a number of reasons. Firstly, there's going to be a complete sugar overload on this blog in the next week or so (you have been warned!) so I figured I'd preempt it with some delicious veggies. Because, as we all know, a vegetable plus a cupcake cancel each other out. Right? The other reason is that, as my Jewish readers know, it is traditional to ear carrots on Rosh Hashanah, the upcoming Jewish … [Read more...]

Healthy Orange Carrot Muffins


When I posted the recipe last week for my Healthy Chocolate muffins, I received a far better reception than I'd have dreamed. I mean, post some kind of decadent cookie recipe and you know people will like it, but it's a surprise- albeit a pleasant one, to discover that people are so fond of delicious yet healthy recipes. At work too, people loved my muffins. And why not? They are delicious, and they don't make you want to avoid your scale. So I decided to take those muffins and make some other versions. Why should chocolate get all the fun? Let's invite some other flavors to the party! I'm not sure why, but I've always been tempted by the non-dietetic carrot muffins I made for my family … [Read more...]