Healthy Vegetarian Main-Dish or Side Dish: Couscous-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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Two of my favorite ingredients are acorn squash and Israeli couscous. For those of you who haven’t tried Israeli couscous, it is a small pearl grain made of wheat flour twice the diameter of regular couscous. You can find it in the grocery stores where couscous and rice are sold. In this vegetarian main-dish or side dish, the couscous is flavored with lemon zest, olive oil and red pepper flakes and stuffed in a roasted acorn squash brushed with honey. This healthy dish is as pretty as it is delicious and very filling.

Fall Cinnamon Apple Cake: Perfect for Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah and Fall Celebrations

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This year, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is next weekend. On Rosh Hashanah, it is symbolic to serve and eat apples dipped in honey to hope for a “sweet new year”. Cakes with apples and/or honey are traditionally served, and this Cinnamon Apple Cake can’t get any better. This cake is so delicious and perfect for any fall celebration. I will be preparing it this Thursday night for a Jewish holiday cooking class in Birmingham, Alabama. See my “Media” page for more information.

Family Favorite: Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I made Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs last night, and my kids went nuts over it. For some reason, they acted like I had slaved in the kitchen all day. They were so impressed! This recipe is a breeze. It’s true comfort food for the first week of school.¬†Feel free to substitute ground turkey if you prefer.¬†

Kid’s Favorite Fall Treat: Pumpkin Maple Cookies

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I just finished up a huge holiday cookie recipe project, and these Pumpkin Maple Cookies were my kid’s favorite. The pumpkin flavor combined with maple syrup, nutmeg and cinnamon is fabulous, and they are moist and not too sweet. School starts next Tuesday, and these are perfect for school lunches, fall, Christmas or anytime of the year.