The Nosh Pit

Iced chocolate chip oatmeal muffins

Get your whole grains and your chocolate fix in this treat

05/11/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

When people find out I have a bit of an... obsession with dessert, and that I'm a pastry school graduate, they often have burning questions. They vary, but there's one that comes up again and again: What's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?

Iced chocolate chip oatmeal muffins. Photo by Amy Spiro

Baked Mushroom Wontons

Enjoy a low-fat version of a classic Chinese favorite

05/03/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

I love Chinese food - even when it's not Christmas, I get a hankering for the stereotypical Jewish takeout choice. But not all of the choices are exactly diet-friendly... specifically some favorites like fried wontons or egg rolls. But with a little adapting, you can have your wontons and eat them too!

Baked mushroom wontons. Photo by Amy Spiro

Vegetarian Lasagna

Enjoy this dish you can serve with any meal, dairy or meat

04/27/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

This recipe came about becase of my vegetarian friend, Rachel. I always like entertaining, and having people over to feed them. And while I have dairy Shabbat meals on occasion, my default tends to be meat, which doesn't leave much room for vegetarian main dishes.

Vegetarian Lasagna. Photo by Amy Spiro

Caramel Apple Pie

It's back to chametz with this sinfully delicious dessert

04/20/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

After a week of eating cakes that taste alternatively like matzah or ground almonds, I'm ready to go back to truly delicious - and flour-filled - desserts. This caramel apple pie is just the thing.

Caramel Apple Pie

Cookin' up Candy

Experiment in the kitchen this Passover

04/05/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you've made it this far: Congratulations. The cleaning, scrubbing, scraping and burning is all over. So with the hard part behind you, take some time this Hol Hamoed to have fun in the kitchen and whip up some delicious, and obviously kosher for Passover, candy!

Candied orange peel and peppermint patties. Photos by Amy Spiro

Cooking for Passover

Take the fear out of feeding your family on the holiday

03/30/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

There is one word that inspires the most fear in Jewish housewives across the world: Passover. But Passover doesn't have to be scary, in fact it doesn't have to be that much different than your cooking throughout the year. To prove the point, here are some recipes from the Nosh Pit over the past year that can be made for Passover with little or no adaptation.

Dishes for Passover. Photos by Amy Spiro

Winter Citrus Fruit Salad

Enjoy bright flavors all year round

03/22/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

Winter can sometimes be seen as a quiet season for fruit - none of the gorgeous berries, mangos, watermelons that color the summer months. But there is really tons of fruity flavor to be found in January, February and March - in citrus! Oranges, grapefruits, mangos, lemons, limes - all packed with flavor. The tart sweet flavors are perfect in savory applications, like this citrus green salad. Chunks of fresh fruit pair well with greens and a citrus vinaigrette tops the whole thing off.

Winter Citrus Salad. Photo by Amy Spiro

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Have a healthy snack, breakfast or dessert!

03/15/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

These are really healthy muffins. With things like wheat germ, whole wheat flour, applesauce - this is a dessert you can feel good about. And the best reason for that? You'd never know how healthy they were when you eat them.

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins. Photo by Amy Spiro

Hearty Lentil Soup

Fill up and stay warm with this tasty dish.

03/08/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you (and your teeth) survived the onslaught of sugar that is the holiday of Purim, congratulations! In an effort to stay away from sweets and embrace wholesome, hearty foods, I present one of the most humble of all foods: The lentil. A seemingly quiet, unassuming legume, lentils are super cheap, packed with protein, fiber and vitamins. Oh, and they're tasty.

Hearty Lentil Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen

Enjoy a tasty twist on the traditional Purim treat

03/01/2012
Online Jewish Week Columnist

It may come as no surprise to you that I've eaten a lot of cookies in my day. And that includes a lot of hamantaschen. Unfortunately, what I haven't eaten, are a lot of good hamantaschen. For whatever reason, bakeries tend to churn out dry, crumbly, tasteless version of the three-cornered cookies come Purim time. The reason still escapes me, especially since it is the shape - not any particular flavor or recipe - that defines the traditional treat.

Lemon-Lime Hamantaschen. Photo by Amy Spiro
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