Heartwarming Comfort Food: Matzoh Ball Soup

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I have been sick for the past few days which is rare for me. My sweet friend, Heidi, offered to make me some Matzoh Ball Soup. Of course, I turned her down, but made every effort to make it on my own (with tons of help from my daughter, thank you Leigh). It’s three days later, and it still tastes great. It’s perfect for the cold weather we’re having and warms the soul. If you’re short on time, use the Manischewitz Matzo Ball and Soup Mix and add the vegetables above. It’s really great too.

Fall Carrot Souffle: Great Rosh Hashanah and Holiday Side Dish

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My sister, Julie, got this recipe from a wonderful cook in town, Ellen Sokol. It’s perfect for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah coming up this weekend. It’s so similar to a sweet potato casserole, and it’s a great substitute for Thanksgiving or Christmas if you want something different this year. To make it a bit lighter, add egg whites for the eggs and cut the butter to 3/4 cup. It’s really delicious, and it’s a great way to get your kids to eat carrots.

Low-Fat Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

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Sometimes figuring out what appetizer to serve is the most difficult part of entertaining, especially during holidays or when you’re having special guests over. I appreciate all the sweet notes from newly married couples as well as college students that are trying my recipes and have asked for appetizer suggestions. I try to serve appetizers that are healthy, but of course, flavorful. These stuffed mushrooms fit that description well. The combination of feta cheese, green onions and parsley create a fresh combination. This recipe is only five ingredients (not counting salt and pepper), so it’s also very economical and extremely simple, perfect for new cooks. Enjoy these Feta-Stuffed Mushrooms when you’re entertaining or anytime of the year.

Easter Brunch or Appetizer-Simple Smoked Salmon Dip

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A lot of my newly married couples and friends have been asking me for Easter brunch recipe ideas. I had to do some thinking because I was trying to come up with a really light, delicious easy recipe that would work for a Easter brunch, lunch or dinner. I also wanted a recipe that would work for Passover. I love smoked salmon so I thought this would be a perfect fit. It’s so quick, delicious and light. I served it as my appetizer for my dinner last night, and it was a major hit.

Fool-Proof Delicious and Easy Passover Brownies

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Every year, my sister, Julie, and her college friend, Toby, have a tradition for baking desserts for Passover. Last year, my daughter and I even helped make sponge cakes, mandel bread, cookies and these Passover brownies. Passover is a holiday about tradition, and this recipe was passed down from Toby’s husbands’ Aunt Marie who made these brownies for years. Toby will never forget when she brought the pan of brownies over. There was always one square missing. Aunt Marie had to make sure they were “just right”.  Feel free to mix the nuts inside the batter as well as sprinkling some on top. This year they made them in muffin cups, and that worked great too!