Tag Archives: Special Occasions

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Hi everyone!  I’ve been taking a break from posting as I adjusted to being a mom of 3 (!), but I certainly haven’t taken a break from cooking.  And so now that my littlest one is a little more settled, I thought it was high time I shared with you one of my new favoriteRead More

The Best Broccoli Salad

The Best Broccoli Salad

I am in love with this recipe.  Seriously, it is so surprisingly good, it even got my “but I don’t LIKE broccoli” insisting 4-yr-old to utter words I never expected to hear: “more broccoli please!” So here’s the gist: the broccoli is raw, but tossing it with the hot, vinegar-y dressing is enough to turn it aRead More

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Last weekend we invited friends over for our first barbecue of the season.  Except I was really in the mood for pulled pork, and ended up planning a whole menu that did not involve turning on the grill – oops!  But we did still enjoy our meal outside, and the nice thing about this pulledRead More

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies (Egg-free)

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies (Egg-free)

As part of my quest to find party recipes which are safe for my daughter’s friends who have allergies, I tested this egg-free cookie recipe for a Valentine’s Day party earlier this year and was blown away by how delicious they were!  Moist, buttery, and just sweet enough.  While not healthy by any stretch, theyRead More

Chocolate or Vanilla Egg-Free Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge or Vanilla Frosting

Chocolate or Vanilla Egg-Free Cupcakes with Chocolate Fudge or Vanilla Frosting

As I mentioned in this post about my munchkin’s 4th birthday, in order to make the party more enjoyable for the kids there who have food allergies, I used this recipe for egg-free cupcakes, which also happen to be light and moist and delicious.  And best of all, both the cupcakes and frosting are incrediblyRead More

Onion Dip

I told you all about my love for onion dip when I was a kid when I shared my version of Mark Bittman’s Veggie Dip. I also shared another dip recipe – Spinach Leek Dip – which is also delicious.  But sometimes nothing quite replaces classic onion dip served with potato chips – times likeRead More

Mini Spinach and Cheddar Frittatas

Mini Spinach and Cheddar Frittatas

As I mentioned in my post about the naming ceremony we recently hosted for the peanut, I decided to plan a menu that mixed traditional bagels with some homemade sides that helped round out the meal.  I was serving lox (smoked salmon) with the bagels, but for people who may not be a fan, IRead More

Baby Naming for the Peanut

Baby Naming for the Peanut

Last weekend, we hosted a naming ceremony for our little peanut at our home.  Traditionally, Jewish events like this require a spread of bagels, cream cheese, lox, tuna, and various other cheese, fish, and veggie sides for the bagels.  Sometimes there are also knishes, or noodle kugel, but the basics are the same and catered fromRead More

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Passover is often filled with yucky foods made with matzo meal that do a terrible job of imitating real food.  I have found that dessert are especially tough, as many people try to modify regular recipes to be kosher for Passover, but the result is never going to be quite the same.  My opinion is thatRead More

Charoset, kid friendly and nut free!

Charoset, kid friendly and nut free!

Those of you who celebrate Passover know that the holiday has its benefits (matzo ball soup!) and drawbacks (how long has this seder been dragging on??).  On the plus side for me is definitely charoset – this sweet apple and walnut mixture comes near the end of the seder, and marks the beginning of theRead More