The Nosh Pit

11/14/2012 - 19:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

Leftover cake - sounds crazy, no? But it can happen to the best of us - so here is a great way to extend its shelf life, create something totally new and have fun while you're at it. If you read any food blogs or magazines you've probably come across cake balls or cake pops in your life, but did you know they're so easy to make?

11/08/2012 - 19:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

There's nothing like a classic bowl of pasta and tomato sauce. But sometimes it is nice to switch things up a little and try a different sauce. Topping your noodles with this rich sauce based on pureed roasted red peppers is a fun alternative. I roasted my own peppers before blending them up with the other ingredients, but you can also buy jarred roasted red peppers and use those.

10/31/2012 - 20:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

Some recipe innovations are just so simple that you wonder why you never thought of them before. That's how I feel about these mini cheesecakes.

Everybody knows that cheesecake and cookie crumb crust go together like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese... you get the picture. But if you could skip the step of crushing up the cookies, mixing them with butter and sugar and pressing it into a pan, wouldn't you? And if you could make super cute mini cheesecakes with even less effort than a whole one, wouldn't you?

10/24/2012 - 20:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

I love to flip through new cookbooks, leaf through culinary magazines, check out the latest food blogs and, of course, tune into the Food Network. Since I keep kosher, I come across plenty of recipes that I can't ever make - but that doesn't mean I can't find inspiration!

10/18/2012 - 20:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

Here in Israel, fresh blueberries are basically never available. You can find extremely expensive frozen ones, or, if you know where to look, slightly less expensive dried ones. Since I don't want to miss out on delicious blueberry flavor simply because I live here, I used the dried ones in these sweet, buttery shortbread cookies.

10/10/2012 - 20:00 | | Online Jewish Week Columnist | The Nosh Pit

I believe there are two types of people in the world, those who bake bread, and those who don't. Those who do know how simple, delicious and rewarding it can be. Those who don't, imagine it a time-consuming, temperamental undertaking, hardly worth it considering the wide availability of store-bought loafs.