The Nosh Pit

A Caramel Apple Purim Treat

Try a unique filling this year in your hamantaschen cookies.

02/21/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I have a motto that I like to follow - or at least pretend to - if it ain't broken, don't fix it, but if it is, get to work! That idea is perfectly epitomized in these fun and different hamantaschen for Purim - I've stuck with my classic sugar cookie dough that never fails me for the outside, but tried a fun and different flavor for the filling.

Caramel and apples meld together in these hamantaschen. Amy Spiro

Bake -- Don't Buy -- Purim Gifts For Friends

A bundle of recipes for the holiday, from the classic hamantaschen to candied orange rind.

02/15/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you haven't already started thinking about your mishloach manot packages for Purim this year, you should probably start now.

Mishloach manot ideas for Purim. Amy Spiro

Zucchini and Leek Soup

Get your greens in this tasty dish.

02/08/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

This bright green soup may resemble pea in it's color, but its chock full of the delicious spring flavors of leek zucchini and garlic - it's spring already, isnt it? I don't see any snow here in Jerusalem ...

Zucchini and leek soup is chock full of flavor. Amy Spiro

The Perfect Breakfast

Enjoy a sweet, crumbly blueberry muffin all year round.

02/01/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Sure, you could have cereal, oatmeal or toast for breakfast... but what's better than a sweet blueberry muffin?

Blueberry muffins are perfect for breakfast, dessert or just a snack. Amy Spiro

Elevate The Humble Carrot

Copper Penny Salad: tender carrots, onions and a tangy dressing.

01/25/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Copper Penny Salad? Doesn't sound like something I'd want gracing my table. Of course, once I discovered it was made not of American currency, but of crisp, just-cooked carrot rounds and tender onions in a tangy, tomatoey dressing, I was sold.

Carrots shine brightly in this tasty, easy salad. Amy Spiro

Give The Gift Of Candy

With three ingredients and one hour, learn how to make homemade peanut butter truffles.

01/18/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Homemade candy is basically the best gift I can think of. And that gift only gets better when the candy is these super-simple, super-delicious peanut butter truffles.

You can make peanut butter truffles with just three ingredients. Amy Spiro

A Lighter Take On Chili

On cold days, keep warm with chicken chili and a crusty hunk of bread.

01/11/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I don't know about you, but I can't even think about ice cream right now.

Chicken and white bean chili can warm you up on even the coldest nights. Amy Spiro

Potato Chips, Meet Cookies

Incorporate your favorite salty snack into a buttery, chocolatey cookie.

01/04/2013
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I've always had a thing for the combination of sweet and salty. That's why chocolate-covered pretzels are one of my favorite snacks. So when I came across a few recipes recently for cookies filled with crushed potato chips, I knew I would be making them soon.

Potato chip cookies perfectly balance salty and sweet. Amy Spiro

All Soup Starts With Stock

Collect peels and scraps, then turn them into the base for warming winter soups.

12/27/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There's nothing better on a cold wintry day than a hot bowl of soup.

Vegetable stock. Photo by Amy Spiro

Peanut Butter And Jelly Cookies

Turn a childhood favorite into an upscale, and gluten-free, dessert offering.

12/20/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There are some things that go well together. Macaroni and cheese. Spaghetti and meatballs. Chicken soup and matza balls.

Peanut butter and jelly cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro
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