December 16, 2010

To Chocolate or Not to Chocolate

 My mother is personally offended by any dessert that isn’t chocolate. She firmly believes that no non-chocolate dessert can ever be worth the calories. When she […]
January 20, 2011


I learned how to do nothing for seven hours a day. I didn’t think I had it in me. When I was on bed rest before […]
February 25, 2011

Macaroon Marathon

I am dreaming about macaroons.  No, not those canned coconut chocolate ones that serve as snacks on the New Jersey Turnpike while driving to Passover Seders.  I dream […]
March 16, 2011

A Rainbow of Hamentaschen

For most of my life, I had no love for hamentaschen, the triangle-shaped filled cookies eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim.  I always found the […]
April 4, 2011

Farfel and Fortitude – Top Ten Passover Survival Tips

Even for experienced bakers, Passover is the greatest annual challenge.Passover bakers cannot use flour, yeast or even pure vanilla. Very few bakeries make kosher for Passover […]
May 17, 2011

Hot Dogs and Soufflé

I ate my last hot dog at the Kosher stand at Yankee Stadium in 2009.  Hot dogs and I have a strained relationship.  While growing up in […]
June 3, 2011

From Pie to Rabbi: The return to my grandmother’s kitchen

A few months ago, I received an email from Brochi, of the Chabad of Sea Gate synagogue, Brooklyn, asking me to do a baking demonstration.  She had […]
July 21, 2011

A Dessert for Everyone

 Every once in a while, I am reminded that baking is my destiny.  In May it was teaching a cooking class in my grandparents’ former house […]
September 9, 2011

Summer of the Sandwich – Challah Pita

At every speaking or baking event I have done over the past year, the question I hear over and over is “why are you not obese […]