Strawberries and Oranges in Brown Sugar-Citrus Syrup

This is one of my favorite fruit salads. It’s elegant, refreshing and such a nice change of pace from the standard mix of pre-cut fruit from the supermarket. I usually serve it with brunch — it dresses up the table and pairs nicely with savory quiche and casserole dishes ...more

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

I’m in charge of dessert for Passover every year so I’ve made my fair share of flourless chocolate cakes. This one, adapted from Maida Haetter’s...more

Pancetta Wrapped Asparagus

This is one of my favorite ways to serve asparagus because it’s big on flavor yet incredibly simple to make. All you do is wrap big, thick asparagus spears with pancetta and sauté them in a hot pan until nice and crisp. Even though the spears are wrapped, they cook perfectly and take on the salty, “porky” flavor of the pancetta, which is delicious! ...more

Amish-Style Baked Oatmeal with Apples, Raisins & Walnuts

Baked oatmeal is a traditional Amish breakfast casserole. Unlike traditional oatmeal, which is made on the stove-top and has a porridge-like consistency, baked oatmeal is made in the oven and has a consistency similar to that of bread pudding. There are endless variations — the recipe is easily adapted with whatever fruits and nuts you have on hand — but this version filled with tart apples and plump raisins with a crunchy walnut topping is one of my favorites ....more

Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp

This is one of my go-to recipes when I have to hit the kitchen running. It takes all of twenty minutes to make, I always have all of the ingredients on hand, my kids love it as much as I do, and there’s barely any clean-up! ...more

Copycat Recipe: Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

I love Chipotle’s Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette so I came up with this homemade version by fiddling around with the ingredients listed on the Chipotle website. It tastes almost identical to the original and is delicious over romaine lettuce, beans, corn, avocado, grilled meats or any combination of the above. The key ingredient is canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce –...more

Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup

If you’re in need of a little winter pick-me-up, this soul-satisfying soup is just the ticket. And here’s what else I love about it: you can make it with ingredients you likely have on hand; it’s ready in 30 minutes yet it tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen making it; it’s vegetarian and healthy; and it’s hearty enough, along with a salad and loaf of good bread, to be a complete meal. Before we get started, a few words about the ingredients ....more

Dried Cherry Buttermilk Muffins with Almond Streusel

Studded with tart dried cherries and topped with a crisp almond streusel, these are — quite simply — the loveliest little muffins you ever met. To make them, begin with the streusel topping: in a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your fingertips to rub in the cold butter until the mixture is moistened and clumpy ....more

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

When you roast chickpeas at a high temperature, they become deliciously golden and crisp on the exterior but still creamy on the interior. To me, they’re as addictive as french fries (thankfully, with none of the guilt) and I’ve been known to eat the entire batch standing at the stove straight from the baking sheet. They are also wonderful tossed over a salad ....more

Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

When my kids were babies, I started a home-based baking business making special occasion cakes and cupcakes, mostly for children’s birthday parties. Before I opened, I spent weeks testing every vanilla and chocolate cake recipe under the sun, often baking into the wee hours of the night while my family was sleeping. My husband would wake up in the morning to find the countertops (and, oftentimes, the trash can) littered with cakes and cupcakes ....more