When gatherings take on new meaning

One of the last formal writing assignments I worked on as the pandemic set in last March was reviewing the cookbook Open Kitchen by Susan Spungen. The cookbook was designed for entertaining a crowd and my copy was filled with sticky notes of recipes I planned to cook for my next dinner party. I had…

A Super Bowl spread without the guilt

For many, the end of January signifies relief as we’ve made it through a month dedicated to resolutions, self improvement, goal setting, or quitting one vice or another. Hopefully our efforts have spurred new habits and genuine commitment to an overall healthier lifestyle. Yet just as soon as January passes, February comes along and throws…

Time to reclaim breakfast – no recipes required

Breakfast is one of those meals that can easily be overlooked. For many people it’s just about convenience, grabbing handfuls of cereal or a yogurt as you’re rushing yourself or kids out the door. Even even worse it can become picking at office treats, regretting you didn’t take the time earlier in the morning to…

What’s Cooking this Hanukkah

For the past several years we have hosted an annual Hanukkah party/gift exchange. This is one of those holidays that is meant for grazing, we’re starting out early on a Sunday afternoon which just calls for a casual spread, the centerpiece being a big appetizing board (see inspiration below). I’m also brining brisket back on…

Home for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in our family has evolved over the years to become a holiday hosted by my dad and stepmom who married four years ago over Thanksgiving weekend, a few short years after each lost their own spouses to cancer. Together, they have built a home to host our newly blended family including six children (plus…

Best Birthday Brownies

It’s hard to believe my oldest baby turns 8 today! We celebrated over the weekend with a sleepunder party. Think all the best parts of a sleepover (pajamas, movie, games, popcorn, ice cream sundaes, flash light tag) but then got to send the girls home to bed for a good night’s sleep. I found these…

Rosh Hashanah Traditions Old and New

This year marks the fourteenth year that my husband and I have hosted Rosh Hashanah together. Our tradition started in Boston, where I was in grad school at the time. It was too hard to fly back to be with our families in the middle of the week with our busy schedules so we gathered…

What’s on my Rosh Hashanah Menu

I don’t usually post my menus before an event but I am so excited about this year’s Rosh Hashanah dishes that I wanted to share before the holiday in the hopes it inspires others to try something new. I’ll be tripling most of the recipes but like all good Jewish mothers woke up this morning…

The Road to a Wedding Cake!

A wedding cake was never on my bucket list of culinary accomplishments. However, I was so touched and honored when my greatest mentor, whom I’ve worked closely with throughout my entire professional career, asked if I’d make her wedding cake. I of course jumped at the opportunity and welcomed the challenge. Baking for big occasions…