Plated Roasted Garlic Caprese Latkes

Roasted Garlic Caprese Latkes

These latkes are perfect for a Jewish Italian family celebrating Hanukkah, or for any family that loves a good Caprese salad. If you’re attending a holiday party, this is also a great recipe for sharing your Jewish culture with a colorful nod to Christmas.

mochi latkes

Mochi Latkes with Asian Pear and Persimmon Relish

Mochi latkes bring a Japanese spin to Hanukkah

Hanukkah doughnuts

Loukoumades (Sephardic Greek Doughnuts)

Given the connection between the Jews and the Greeks in the Hanukkah story, in this recipe we celebrate the centuries-long culinary traditions of Greek Jews.

kabocha challah

Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin) Challah

This kabocha challah is infused with in the taste of the Japanese pumpkin and has a beautiful orange glow


Pecan Pie Babka

A babka is like challah dressed up for a black-tie event.  It is rich and glamorous with swirled layers of filling and a syrup-enhanced shine. This Jewish dessert is so decadent that it often only comes out for special occasions. This babka is filled with the flavors and gooey-ness of pecan pie just in time to start dreaming about your Thanksgiving spread. The dough itself infuses this recipe with the flavors of early Native American cooking from cornmeal and a molasses and maple syrup glaze.


Roasted Tomato Soup with Ricotta Matzo Balls

A delicious Italian twist on matzo ball soup

Havdalah spread

Seven Species Cheese Spread for Havdalah

Want to host friends for end-of-Shabbat Havdalah? Here’s an easy cheese spread you can throw together.


Kabocha Squash Soup with Garlic Challah Croutons

Since Sukkot menus are all about the autumn harvest, what could be more festive than starting off the meal with a comforting bowl of pumpkin soup? When I was growing up, one of my favorite recipes was my grandmother’s stewed Kabocha: a Japanese variety of pumpkin or squash. It wasn’t until I went off to […]


Blueberry and Apple Borekas with Honey Tahini

It’s probably a bit of a stretch to call these borekas because I originally introduced them to my readers as one of our favorite savory Turkish bites. And it’s not every day you think of sweet borekas. Truth be told, I am a savory lover at heart. But this once city girl, who now lives […]


Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread with Applesauce Glaze

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals because every dish has a comfort food vibe. For Yom Kippur, I love preparing a “break fast” meal with some family favorites like noodle kugel and bagels and lox. We make dishes that are easy to digest and gentle on the stomach after a day of fasting. I also […]