Challah Baking Video

Weekday Lentil Soup

Lentils are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet used as part of a complete protein in vegetarian diets or used as a low calorie, vitamin and fibre rich part of any diet.  There are many different colors of lentils,  with different cooking times and textures.  Lentils are a staple in the Middle and Near East and India, while cooked in some European countries also.  They can be paired Continue reading

Seattle Blackberry Crisp

 While growing up in Seattle, I developed a passion for blackberries and raspberries.  Blackberries grew plentifully on every vacant lot and on every little untended strip of soil all over the city.  On late summer afternoons, we would put on old clothes Continue reading

Yummy Banana Bread


I like bananas.  Is our compulsion to eat bananas an acquired taste that our mothers nurture in us from birth?  Do they truly taste good, eaten straight?  This is a topic for debate.  No matter which side of the issue you come down on, bananas are a little compact package of nutrition Continue reading

Hazelnut Biscotti with Chocolate Chips and Currents

 I love biscotti, as I sit at my desk working I crave one.  For many years, I struggled to make them taste good and be able to slice them into thin enough pieces.  The dilemma was Continue reading

Biscotios de Huevo, Sephardic Tea Biscuit

The first generation of my family to come from Turkey, my grandmothers and my aunties, used to sit and rest a bit in the afternoon.  After preparing dinner and finishing their housework, they traded bits of gossip about the community and themselves (char lashon) with a cup of Turkish coffee and a biscotio in hand.  These circular biscuits topped with sesame seeds Continue reading

Linda’s Chocolate Espresso Cake


Rich, dark, moist with an intense chocolate flavor, this cake is always popular.  It is a large enough cake to serve 12-16 people Continue reading

Homemade Apple Sauce

Applesauce is the essence of apple with a little cinnamon and lemon to enhance the natural sweet-tart flavor.  I make mine super healthy with no added sugar.  I prefer to use a mix of Pink Lady and Fuji apples. This is the simplest recipe but it does take a little time to peel all those apples. 

10 large Pink Lady apples or mix of apples

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 to 2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Peel and core the apples.  Chop the apples into 1 to ½ inch cubes. Continue reading

Chanukah Potato Latkes

Yesterday, as I contemplated the fact that I volunteered to make potato latkes for 17 people Continue reading

Easy Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberries are a delight with their tart  flavor that blends well with citrus and sweet.  The flavor enhances poultry, especially turkey on Thanksgiving.  Continue reading