The Nosh Pit

Honey Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

A return to eating meat post-Nine Days

07/26/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Now that the Nine Days is just about over, it is time to get back to eating meat. Well, in this case, chicken. But it's still ridiculously hot out, so I prefer to keep the oven off, as cooking on the stovetop gives off less heat into the room (or at least that's what I tell myself).

Honey Garlic Chicken and Broccoli. Photo by Amy Spiro

Caramel Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

The perfect accompaniment to your dairy Nine-Days meals.

07/19/2012
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This weekend is the start of the Nine Days, when observant Jews abstain from both any meat products or wine. So while you're switching your chicken and steak for mac and cheese or fried tilapia, you can pair your dinner with this delicious, indulgent cheesecake.

The base and crust are super simple, but topping them with both a swirl of chocolate ganache and sticky caramel brings it to a whole new level. This is one dessert you'll want to bring back throughout the year - and of course at Shavuot.

Chocolate Caramel Swirl Cheesecake. Photo by Amy Spiro

Roasted Peach Crumb Cake

The perfect pairing of luscious fruit and indulgent cake

07/13/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist
Whenever I wander through the market near my home in Jerusalem, I'm drawn - both by smell and by sight - to the mounds of ripe peaches and nectarines snuggled up alongside the plums, grapes, cherries and melons at every fruit stand.

Beef Lo Mein

Taste a classic Chinese dish from the comfort of your home

06/27/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I'm a good Jew. And by that, I mean I love Chinese food. Even not on Christmas, I develop cravings for crispy egg rolls, wonton soup and sweet and sour chicken. And while it's nice to order in and line up those little cardboard containers on the table, it's also nice to be able to cook at home sometimes, which is where this recipe for beef lo mein comes in.

Beef lo mein. Photo by Amy Spiro

Mini lemon tartlets

Try baking this refreshing summer dessert this weekend

06/22/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist
I love mini desserts. And I love lemon desserts. It clearly goes without saying (but when did that stop me from talking) that I love mini lemon desserts. And these tartlets really fit the bill. While any dough that you make yourself will taste better than a storebought one, in a pinch you can certainly use frozen pie crusts and make the super-quick filling in the microwave for a still-impressive dessert.
Mini lemon tartlets. Photo by Amy Spiro

Crispy onion chicken fingers

A tasty, kid-friendly dinner idea

06/14/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I may not have kids, but I'm basically a big kid myself, so I like making fun, simple foods that I know children will love. Case in point: these chicken fingers. A little more interesting than simple schnitzel, these strips of chicken are coating in crispy onions which add both a crunch and a nice flavor. Enjoy them by themselves or in your favorite dipping sauce - or even on a sandwich.

Crispy onion chicken fingers. Photo by Amy Spiro

Chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies

Try your hand at these tasty, pretty delights

06/08/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There are times I want to spend 10 minutes mixing up a cake, then toss it in the oven and serve it later straight from the pan. And then there are times I like spending a couple hours in the kitchen, creating a special baked good that will wow people's eyes as much as their taste buds. This is one of the latter times.

Chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies. Photo by Amy Spiro

Sweet potato and chicken shepherd's pie

A lighter take on this comfort food classic

05/31/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Shepherd's pie is the ultimate comfort food. The ultimate meat and potatoes dish - it's heavy and rich and delicious - but not the most waist friendly or summer-friendly food. So here is a lighter version with a mixture of potatoes and sweet potatoes and a tasty chicken base as opposed to the heavier meat version.

It's also a simple dish to make, with just a few ingredients that combine to a sum far greater than their parts. Plus it's a great one dish meal for a weeknight dinner.

Sweet potato and chicken shepherds pie

Strawberry Lime Swirl Cheesecake

Try a tasty twist on the Shavuot classic

05/24/2012
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I'm experiencing a minor obsession with lime these days. Including constant dreams about key lime tart. So I knew I wanted lime in my Shavuot cheesecake, especially since the sweet, tart citrus-y taste pairs so well with the creamy, tangy cream cheese.

Strawberry Lime Swirl Cheesecake. Photo by Amy Spiro

French Onion Soup

Perfect this French classic in your own home.

05/17/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Over a year ago, when I shared a recipe for caramelized onion quiche, I lamented the recipe writers who pretend that you can get truly caramelized onions in 10-15 minutes. Well, turns out I'm not the only one: Slate wrote an article earlier this month about that exact thing.

French Onion Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro
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