Cranberry Oat Bars

Why is it that so many people have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving. I  LOVE cranberry sauce. I can eat it by the spoonful. Is it just me?

Not really a fan of the traditional cranberry sauce recipes with a cup of sugar though. They’re too sweet for my taste, and I don’t want to mask the amazing tartness of the cranberries!

So I cook my cranberry sauce down in red wine, or pomegranate juice, or even apple cider, and I sweeten it with maple syrup or honey, to taste, and THAT, my friends, is how you make cranberry sauce that doesn’t get relegated to the back of the fridge with the tzimmes. IfyouknowwhatImean!

But IF, if you make bomb cranberry sauce and you still have some leftover – well then cranberry oat bars it is. And the pecans add just the perfect amount of buttery nuttiness to top it off for the perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast.

I mean, how. GOOD. does. that. look?
You know you want it.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!!

Related Recipes:

pumpkin pancakes with cranberry syrup
pecan pie lace cookies with raspberry filling
gingerbread truffles

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Chanukah Gift Guide

I’m so excited to share my tops favorites for Chanukah gifting this year! Check out this list and my Amazon Chanukah Gift Shop for even more ideas!

1// Toveedo is a video streaming service that offers a wide variety of educational and fun entertainment for kids in a safe, ad-free space.
From new releases, to your favorite classics, and exclusive originals, there’s always something new to discover.
Stream Toveedo on a computer, Smart TV and our award winning APP! $99.99/year purchase

2//Izzy is a video streaming service that offers 200+ hours of Israeli movies, shows, and documentaries from anywhere in the world. I’m always plugging my favorite Israeli series and now you can stream many of them from anywhere! $4.49 a month or $59.99 a year purchase

3// The Spice House is a purveyor of the finest spices, herbs, blends, and extracts. I visited their flagship store on one of the stops of my book tour and I’m hooked! Be sure to shop their KOSHER section as the entire site is not certified. Some favorites include: back of the yards blend, allepo pepper, chipotle garlic bbq blend, gateway to the North blend Purchase a gift card.

4// ArtscrollPrint is one of my favorite companies to work with because they can take your vision, no matter what it is, and put it into print! And if you don’t have a vision, they’ll help you create one! They’re now offering an array of personalized stationary at affordable prices that make the perfect Chanukah gift! $24.95. purchase

5// Raaka Chocolate I’ve been obsessed with their unique chocolate blends ever since visiting their Brooklyn factory last year! I signed up for their monthly subscription service and look forward to their creative seasonal (limited edition!) flavors. $24.95/month. purchase. (under Natural Food Certifiers kosher supervision)

6// NakiRadio is the first wifi radio player streaming only pre-approved Jewish channels. Their programming includes live streaming channels and library options you can select and play at will. My kids listen to the Jewish bedtime stories every night and we are hooked! $99-$199 purchase

7// Kid in the Kitchen 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks by Melissa Clark. I loved that this cookbook really teaches kids to cook without cooking kid food! I even learned a thing or two and I wanted to make EVERYTHING. $20 purchase

8// Seed & Mill I practically jumped through the roof when Seed & Mill offered a special edition kosher package for the holidays! It includes their raspberry, dark chocolate and pistachio halva, plus Raaka’s tahini swirl and gingersnap chocolate for the season. $50 purchase (please note not everything on their site is kosher certified).

9// NoCrumbsLeft Pottery Collection if you haven’t tried Terri’s marinated onions yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! They became so popular, she created a handmade bowl to with the recipe, which turned into a large collection of beautiful pottery in an array of colors and styles. $48 purchase

10// Fleishigs I can’t get enough of this magazine! It’s the best of Bon Appetit and all your favorite food magazines – except it’s all kosher! Their modern, creative and fun approach to kosher food is so refreshing, plus they help demystify all the cuts of kosher meat which is truly educational and eye opening. Worth every penny! Use code BIB to get 25% off newstand rates (only $49.50/year). purchase

11// World Market Smock my all time favorite apron. It’s comfy, has a big pocket and just looks awesome. $19.99 purchase

12// Bistro Tile S&P Shakers I am obsessed with this entire line from Anthropologie, and have purchased this set over and over again as gifts! $18 purchase

13// Truffle Oil Gift Set if you’re a truffle lover, this set is for you! Certified kosher by KLBD. $34.95 purchase

14// Cashmere Scented Candle most of us are fans of Zara clothes, but did you know that they sell the most beautiful home stuff too? It’s one of my favorite places to shop for props and their line of candles are especially amazing. .$35.90 purchase

15// YesChef I first learned of YesChef when Chef Erez Komarovsky, whom I so admire, shot a series for them. YesChef offers exclusive online video cooking classes where you can discover the secrets, techniques and dishes of the best chefs. $9/month purchase

16// Dinner Done the rockstar group of women from the popular site Between Carpools brings the best of their site (and more!) to their new cookbook, which is expertly designed with beautiful photographs and quick and easy dinners for the busy mom. $31.30 purchase

Thanksgiving Grazing Board

Thanksgiving 2020 is upon us and it’s looking different than usual. Many aren’t able to celebrate with family and the traditional Thanksgiving feast seems excessive for small groups and gatherings.

But it’s still Thanksgiving. And as hard as this year has been, just being here means there is what to be thankful for. Even if that means we don’t get to feast with family. Or we’re feasting over Zoom with a turkey sandwich.

So we adapt. And if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how to do that. We do the best we can. One day at a time. We do with what we have. And who we have.

This year Thanksgiving might mean putting out a snacking board and playing a game of Kahoot over Zoom. And that is more than ok. We can all celebrate something. Somehow.

This board was inspired by Abeles & Heymann all new cabanossi that come in natural kosher casings in both regular and spicy flavors! The mini’s are super fun, just warm them up for a few minutes at 350 degrees to give that casing some extra snap!

Wishing you and yours a very festive and Happy Thanksgiving!

Related Recipes:

stuffed dates with chestnut cream
baklava pumpkin pie
acorn squash with wild rice stuffing
cookie butter pumpkin pie
Mexican hot chocolate pecan pie

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Election Day Cookies!

I have to admit that I like to stay out of politics. Especially this year, with Covid, the BLM movement, and the Biden/Trump campaigns, it’s a LOT. Most days I’m just struggling to get dinner on the table and my kids into bed!

But I definitely recognize that as a proud American, I have the privilege to VOTE. It’s my patriotic right, no, duty, to have my voice heard!

I’m thankful to live in this country, with all it’s craziness these days, and even though I steer clear of politics, and I definitely don’t believe in pushing a political agenda on a food-related platform, I still encourage you to go out and V-O-T-E.

So in honor of election day, which only comes around every four years, I thought it would be fun to bake up some black and white cookies, but patriotic. How fun?!

I had a blast making these and after researching a whole lot of recipes, I really kept it simple without any cake flour or lemon extract – just simple ingredients that you have at home so you can whip these up easily. Sour cream is necessary though, for that tender crumb, but you can easily go pareve with vegan sour cream.

Feel free to use this recipe for class black and whites, just stir some melted chocolate into half the glaze and omit the food coloring!

Related Recipes:

Fourth of July tartufo
patriotic kettle chips
mixed berry frozen yogurt bark

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Bubby’s Marble Cake

I think about my Bubby a lot this time of year. Oh how I miss her. 

On the eve of Yom Kippur, just as we finished the first pre-fast meal, we’d walk over to her house to ask for a piece of lekach, or honey cake. This custom was instituted as a means of asking for something, in case it had been decreed that during the year one would need to resort to a handout from others, the decree would be satisfied with the asking for honey cake.

(Bubby’s recipe cards for Marble Cake)

One by one, my siblings and I would walk over to Bubby and whisper in yiddish, “Biteh ken ich huben lekach“, or “Please can I have a piece of honey cake”. We didn’t speak yiddish from home, but it was customary to ask in the yiddish language, and Bubby would wait patiently until we said it before handing us a piece wrapped in a white napkin. She would bless us with a myriad of blessings for the year, kissing our foreheads as the line to retrieve her cake wrapped in blessings continued to grow with cousins, aunts and uncles.

When my Zaidy was still alive, we were lucky enough to be blessed by his holy hands, as he cried and patted us on on the forehead in the way only he knew how.

On Sukkos, our house was permeated with the smell of Bubby’s stuffed cabbage and there was nothing like it. Her secret was adding ketchup to the meat mixture to keep it soft, sweet and juicy. And it was the BEST.

But really, Bubby was known for her cakes, and when my mom was growing up, she would always come home to a freshly baked cake after school each day. There was Bubby’s chocolate cake, her honey cake, blueberry pie cake, and of course, her marble cake. And I’m so proud to share a little piece of her with you all as I think of her this holiday season.

Chag Sameach!

Related Recipes:

Bubby’s challah kugel
Bubby’s cabbage soup with flanken

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