5 Jun, 2020

How to Bake the Perfect Treat for Strawberry Season: German-Style Strawberry Shortcake (Erdbeerkuchen)

June 5th, 2020|Tags: , , |

When I was a kid, my mom always made Erdbeerkuchen, i.e. German-style strawberry shortcake for my birthday because it falls at the beginning of strawberry season. Erdbeerkuchen was pretty much [...]

6 Mar, 2020

A Favorite Recipe for the Jewish Holiday of Purim: Chocolate-Poppy Seed-Filled Hamantashen

March 6th, 2020|Tags: , , |

It's the time of year again! The Jewish holiday of Purim is around the corner. I have shared why it took me a while to get into giving Mishloach Manot [...]

20 Dec, 2019

Sharing a German Grandmother’s Recipe that Became a Jewish Family’s Favorite Treat on Chanukah

December 20th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Snippet of my grandmother's original handwritten recipe For Chanukah it was become a tradition in my house to make one of my German grandmother's recipes, Gebackene Mäuse. The [...]

27 Sep, 2019

My Family’s Favorite, Tried-and-True, Easy Honey Cake Recipe That I Bake Every Year for Rosh Hashana

September 27th, 2019|Tags: , |

This is the season of honey cake, one of my favorite things in the world! And so I am happy to find myself in the kitchen today, baking honey cake, [...]

19 Apr, 2019

My Grandmother’s Original Recipe for Hazelnut Torte Which Happens to Be Kosher for Passover

April 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Every Passover, I bake my German grandmother's signature Hazelnut Torte. In my family, it wouldn't be Passover without it. I included the recipe in Jumping Over Shadows because it is [...]

15 Mar, 2019

How I Got into the Purim Custom of Giving Mishloach Manot

March 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Purim is coming up — this year it begins on the evening of March 20 — and I’ve been busy planning what to put in my Mishloach Manot, the small [...]

7 Dec, 2018

Easy Cut-Out Cookies for Chanukah or Christmas

December 7th, 2018|Tags: , , |

I baked cookies for Chanukah on Monday, all by myself. It was odd to cut out cookies without my kids, but I missed nibbling on our traditional cookies when my husband [...]

18 May, 2018

My Grandmother’s Rice Pudding Recipe (Reisauflauf)

May 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

For this weekend's Jewish holiday of Shavuot (celebrating God's giving the Ten Commandments and the Torah (five books of Moses) to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai) it is customary [...]

30 Mar, 2018

Passover Recipes

March 30th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Passover is, after Rosh Hashana, my favorite Jewish holiday--mainly because it is all about home and family--and I love it despite, or maybe because of, all the work involved. Hosting [...]

11 Apr, 2017

Book Companion Post – Chapter: Haselnusstorte (or: A Flourless Hazelnut Torte for Passover)

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

  "The next time we visited her, a hazelnut torte would be waiting on her kitchen counter, glazed in glistening dark chocolate." Story and recipe on page 166 of Jumping [...]

2 Apr, 2015

Happy Passover with my German Grandmother’s Hazelnut Torte

April 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , |

I'm in the midst of getting ready for Passover, but I wanted to share that my grandmother's signature Torte made it to Tablet Magazine. Story and recipe here.

25 Mar, 2013

A Family Tradition: Hazelnut Torte (Kosher for Passover)

March 25th, 2013|Tags: , , |

My version of Oma's Hazelnut Torte on its very own cake stand, used only on Passover For every birthday of my childhood, there would be my German grandmother's Haselnusstorte (hazelnut [...]

15 Feb, 2013

Chocolate Pudding

February 15th, 2013|Tags: , |

Isn't chocolate pudding the perfect little comfort food? Easy and quick to make, and good in any season? Yesterday I made some in preparation for tonight's Shabbat dinner. We don't [...]

28 Sep, 2011

Fall Recipe: Zwetschgendatschi

September 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

I don't plan to turn this into a cooking blog, but in my September 27 post I promised the recipe for this tongue breaker of a cake: Zwetschgendatschi (click here for [...]

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