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...]

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Margarine or Butter

Chocolate Chip Cookies with no margarine or butter

Perfectly chewy and delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies without margarine or butter! I couldn't just let you keep subbing oil in chocolate chip cookies when I knew that if I put my mind to it, I could come up with a recipe meant for the oil - that's far better than simply subbing. Well ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to say that I've done it. These cookies are perfect. Chewy. Delicious. And they are made with no margarine. No butter. Just oil. You're welcome. {I know. This is super short. I feel like I should apologize for not being more chatty, but y'all know how overworked and overtired I am! Anyway, I promise there will be more chit chat coming up. Soon. Well, soon-ish. Don't … [Read more...]

Fruit Tart Cookies and Top Ten Fruity Recipes!

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Amazingly soft and chewy cookies are topped with a luscious creamy topping and fresh fruit - fruit tart cookies! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you! It was originally featured in my summer article for Ami Magazine on using fresh seasonal fruit, but I figured that with Tu B'shvat coming up this week, there's no better time to post a recipe for Fruit Tart Cookies! These cookies are soft, chewy and totally addictive. Top them with a layer of creamy frosting - and they are even better! Then add a layer of fresh fruit, and you have the most beautiful little cookie that's elegant enough for a fancy occasion, yummy enough for any occasion, and of course, perfect for Tu B'shvat! Oh, and … [Read more...]

Coffee Crinkle Cookies

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These coffee crinkle cookies have no butter or margarine, but they do have an incredible texture and they're packed with flavor! Have we discussed recently just how much I adore coffee? Seriously, I like to say that it's coffee running through my veins - not blood. And while part of what I love about my beloved coffee is the caffeine, the buzz, the liquid energy, I also love the flavor. No, I really do. So much so, in fact, that I've even had decaf coffee a couple of times in my life. I know, crazy, right? But what can I say, coffee is just so awesome. So. Naturally, for a flavor this good, this beloved, I needed to come up with a rocking cookie...because, cookie. And boy did I come up … [Read more...]

Roasted Green Beans with Onion Garlic

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Roasted Green Beans are a delicious side dish that's perfect for someone who's eating healthy! You know how I said in my last post that I find myself eating lots of the same foods, turning to old favorites, and keeping my food under my new diet pretty simple? Well then I started to think to myself...maybe some of these old favorites are simple, but who's to say y'all wouldn't enjoy some of these recipes? Well I took an informal poll on Instagram and Facebook, asking if you folks were interested in the recipe for these roasted green beans. Turns out, lots of you wanted it! So tonight I am sharing one of my favorite veggie recipes. And by that I mean, this is how my mother always … [Read more...]

Healthy Apple Spice Muffins

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Healthy apple spice muffins are so delicious, you will forget that they are good for you! I'm going to make a confession right now. You'd think that being on a diet and trying to eat delicious food that's still healthy, I would be coming up with all kinds of delicious new recipes to share with you. But sadly, that is just not the way it's been going. I am trying to make plenty of healthy food in minimum time, and I find myself lacking time, inspiration and motivation to play. I find myself turning to all of my old favorites, instead of creating new and exciting recipes. Don't worry, I'll get my creativity back soon. In the meantime, I decided to share one of my favorite healthy muffin … [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...]

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...]

Fill Your Freezer: 40 Freezer Friendly Starters, Soups and Sides

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So, my Jewish readers who are feverishly starting to prepare definitely know why this is coming. For the rest of you, bear with me for a bit, but the Jewish high holidays are rapidly approaching, followed almost immediately by the Holiday of Sukkot. For Jewish housewives all over the world, that means a whole ton of cooking to be done. And for those who like to prepare ahead, the freezer becomes your best friend. (Of course, there are many times when pre-made meals in your freezer will make life easier, so keep this list handy all year round!) I personally love to have my food ready in advance, in the freezer. Most of the cakes and cookies on the blog freeze really well, but I figured I … [Read more...]

Baked Apple Pie Wontons with Caramel Dipping Sauce

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These apple pie wontons are crispy on the outside, but soft, hot and cinnamony on the inside. Best of all? They're baked, not fried! I know I've been a bit heavy on the desserts here lately. I have an excuse though. Not a good one, but an excuse nonetheless. I've been working really hard on my holiday desserts for my magazine column. Seriously, really hard. You'll start to see the results soon, but stay tuned, because there's a second feature of mine coming up after the first! Anyway, baking up a holiday storm for weeks on end doesn't leave all that much room for cooking. Hence, no real food recipes. I do have some new ones coming up soon though, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I … [Read more...]