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Norene Gilletz

Say Cheese-Cake! And Let The Calories Begin

May 21, 2009, by

Everybody has their favorite cheesecake. Cheesecakes are a delicious and popular choice to serve for Shavuot along with cheese kugels and blintzes. You can either buy or bake cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, from plain, marble, strawberry, sugar-free for diabetics, even dairy-free cheesecakes for those who are lactose-intolerant or to serve with a meat […]

You Won’t Believe These Are Passover Desserts!

March 25, 2009, by

The Passover cakes I remember from my childhood were almost always sponge cakes. The number of eggs in the cake would depend on whose recipe my mother would decide to try that year. Her biggest challenge was to create a cake that would reach the top of her tube pan. She might use anywhere from […]

Pesach Onion Kugel

March 19, 2009, by

6 eggs 2 cups chopped onion 1/3 cup oil 1/2 cup matzah meal 1-1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Beat eggs until light. Stir in onions, oil, matzo meal, salt and pepper. Pour into a well-oiled 14 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Serves […]

Passover Memories Then and Now

March 19, 2009, by

My favorite recipes are those that stand the test of time, especially family recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Each family has their own special food memories as food has the power to transport us back in time to life’s special occasions and the holidays from days gone by. When I was […]

Secrets For a Simply Delicious Purim Seudah

February 19, 2009, by

Preparing for a Purim Seudah is always a challenge, especially when you’re preparing for a large crowd. So many people, so little time! I received the following request a few days ago from one of our readers: “I have taken it upon myself to make a Purim Seudah for 40 people BE”H. I’ve never done […]

Hamantaschen Fillings

February 19, 2009, by

Hamantaschen (literally, “Haman’s Pockets”) are an age-old pastry that remind us of the Purim miracle. Sara’s family makes this recipe year after year on Purim and it consistently yields fantastic results. ½ cup margarine 2/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 2½ cups flour (part whole wheat flour may be used) 2 teaspoons […]

Celebrating Sukkot With Culinary Stars’ Favorites

October 6, 2008, by

Starry, starry nights, eating meals in the Sukkah with its leafy roof partly open to the star-studded sky, and enjoying a variety of vegetables and fruits from the final fall harvest is always a memorable and spiritual experience. The Sukkah symbolizes the temporary shelters in which our ancestors lived during their 40 years in the […]

Simanim: Special Food As Signs For a Sweet and Healthy New Year

September 25, 2008, by

From the time I was a young child, I’ve known that Rosh Hashanah was associated with apples and honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. My mother would make her special apple cake and always served her carrot tzimmes sweetened with honey, a big favorite in our family. In addition to the traditional wine […]

Shavuot: A Dairy Delicious Feast

May 10, 2007, by

Shavuot is the festival that commemorates the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is customary to eat dairy dishes, especially sweet ones such as cheese blintzes and cheesecakes, which symbolize the sweetness of the Torah. Blintzes are a traditional treat because they also represent the shape of the Torah. Other traditional dairy dishes […]

Creative Gift Baskets For Purim

February 22, 2007, by

If you feel like a basket case as Purim approaches and are searching for interesting items for your mishloach manot gift baskets, read on! You’ll find lots of tasty treats that are sure to please family and friends. Your baskets will runneth over! The best-known treat for Purim is hamantaschen, those scrumptious three-cornered pastries shaped […]