The Nosh Pit

Turning Veggies Into Fries

As a healthy seasonal side, try crunchy, baked zucchini.

05/09/2013
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Tis the season ... for zucchini. This is the time of year when every food magazine, blog and TV show starts talking about what to do with your "abundance of zucchini."

Healthy can be yummy. Amy Spiro

Pumpkin Year Round

A craving for Thanksgiving finds easy expression in spiced preserves and buttery, homemade dough.

05/03/2013
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Pumpkin? In May? Sure, this sweet treat is associated more with fall and Thanksgiving than spring and fresh fruits. But pumpkin is really one of my favorite dessert flavorings, and with the canned stuff available year round, I can make it year round!

Canned pumpkin is underrated. Amy Spiro

Quinoa: Not Just For Passover

A nutty, nutritious salad features sweet potatoes, lentils and spice.

04/26/2013
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Even though Passover is over, I'm sharing a quinoa recipe with all of you. Why?

Sweet potatoes and lentils are a nice accompaniment to red quinoa. Amy Spiro

As Ever, The Perfect Combination

Amazing: peanut butter-chocolate cupcakes that frost themselves.

04/19/2013
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Even though the Wall Street Journal has declared the cupcake trend to be over, they still seem to be pretty popular anytime I serve them. But one problem I often have when baking cupcakes is that they can be a bit difficult to transport with their mounds of frosting. Plus, despite my sweet tooth, the piles of sugary stuff can be a bit over the top for me sometimes.

A peanut-butter swirl perks up chocolate cupcakes. Amy Spiro

Butter, Garlic, Goodness

With simple instructions, you can bake garlic knots in your own kitchen.

04/12/2013
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If you ever host a Shabbat meal or a dinner party, there are always special added touches that make things extra special. For me, one of those things is homemade bread. Rolls, challah, foccacia, are all nice, but garlic knots? Now those will disappear before your eyes in seconds.

These addictive little rolls will disappear from your table in seconds. Amy Spiro

Back To Babka

Celebrate the end of Pesach with a chocolate yeast cake.

04/05/2013
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I can only assume you've had your fill of matza for about the next year.... I know I have. So to celebrate the return to everything flour and yeast-filled, I present to you a recipe for a rich, indulgent chocolate babka - also known as a chocolate yeast cake.

Indulge in a chocolate yeast cake now Pesach has ended. Amy Spiro

This Holiday, You Won't Miss Noodles

Make your own gnocchi: potato-based dumplings are perfect for Passover.

03/22/2013
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Pesach is just around the corner, so quickly finish up your bread, pasta and cakes! There's still plenty to eat over the holiday, but sometimes its hard to find quick dinners when you can't have spaghetti or sandwiches. In comes gnocchi! The pasta is based on potatoes, so its perfect for Pesach, and it can also be a fun activity - especially the shaping - for kids during Chol Hamoed, or the intermediate days.

Make, don't buy, your own gnocchi. Amy Spiro

Getting In The Passover Zone

Cooking for the flour-free holiday is easier than you think.

03/14/2013
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It's probably the scariest word to any kosher-observant cook in the world: Pesach. Take a diet already restricted - no pork products, shellfish, or mixing meat and milk - and add to it more limitations - no flour, oats, barley, and for Ashkenazi Jews, no rice, peas, corn, soy, peanuts, beans and whole host of other legumes. But if you focus on what we can't have, you miss out on everything we can, and all their potential delicious combinations.

Clockwise from top left: Shepherd's pie; pomegranate and apple chicken; French onion soup; zucchini and leek soup. Amy Spiro

A Different Kind Of Cutout Cookie

Finally, a recipe that's perfect for cookie cutters, but has a boost of chocolate.

03/08/2013
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I've had many a sugar cookie dough decorating party in my house - some things don't get less fun when you get older.

Have fun with all your cookie cutters! Amy Spiro

Veggies And Carbs, All In One Pot

A mushroom, leek and rice soup is a perfect light dinner, and warming on cold nights.

02/28/2013
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Are you guys paying attention out there? Because if you are, you should already be able to guess some of my favorite foods from the recipes I post. And those certainly including leeks, mushrooms and rice.

Mushroom, leek and rice soup is a great appetizer or main course. Amy Spiro
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