Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding

It’s not often that I get to sample a brand new dish that I’ve never heard of before. That’s exactly what happened at my sister in laws wedding in London last year. Dessert was off the charts. It was…sticky toffee pudding! As an American Jewish girl I never had it before, and I was amazed.

Chicken Fajita Rice Bowls

This chicken fajita rice bowl is packed with spiced juicy chicken strips, peppers, fluffy rice, and your choice of assorted delicious toppings!

Maple Facon Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I think brussel sprouts are one of those vegetables you have a love or hate relationship with, and no in between. I started eating them a few years ago, as my food adventures expanded, and fell in love. This maple facon roasted brussel sprouts recipe came about while I was looking for a way to

Better for you banana bread

“Are you sick of banana bread?” I asked on Instagram a few weeks ago. The majority of you answered no, so this post is for all of you! After running out of every other oil except olive oil, I decided to healthify my whole recipe and here we are with my better for you banana

Weeknight Sausage Frittata

Frittata has been a dish I remember about every couple of weeks or so and I say “Hey, I got no ideas for dinner. Let’s make a frittata!” I usually summon up whatever is in my fridge and serve it with a salad or some roasted green beans. Easy. This weeknight sausage frittata is so

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This pumpkin bundt cake is the perfect introduction to fall! It’s topped with a cinnamon maple glaze that just takes it over the top! Confession: I am NOT pumpkin obsessed. However, I do love a slice of pumpkin pie or the occasional pumpkin spice latte. I decided I needed to have a good pumpkin bundt

Simanim Salad for Rosh Hashanah

I was thinking about what to serve for the first day meal, when this simanim salad for Rosh Hashanah came to mind. We will without a doubt have leftover simanim that we worked so hard to prepare, label, and neatly stack in the fridge. So I thought we should give them one last hurrah with

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Challah

Are you a cinnamon raisin lover like me? I love the toasted bagel version with a shmear of cream cheese. That was my inspiration behind creating a whole wheat cinnamon raisin challah recipe! Why whole wheat? The reason I chose to use whole wheat, is because I like the nuttiness that it brings to the

The Best Monster Cookies

I’ve learned that the kids need entertainment AFTER camp. “What are we doing today?!” My daughter always asks at pick-up time. Uhm, wait why do you still have so much energy?! Yesterday we went to Target, that was fun, but more like a once a month or once a year kinda thing with kids. So

Healthier Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

As I type this post up, I’m sitting here with a steaming mug of hazelnut Taster’s Choice (the only instant hot coffee I will drink) and the last of the healthier banana chocolate chip muffins. Oops. My daughter will not be pleased. She has eaten so many of these muffins already, I wouldn’t be surprised

Cold Brew Coffee at Home

The whole idea of making cold brew coffee at home was first introduced to us when we were in Chicago hanging out at my friend Aliza’s house. She had set up cakes, cookies, and most importantly, a cold brew station complete with flavored syrups and assorted milks. It was delicious. I needed to know how

Buttery Blueberry Crumble Bars

Blueberry season is rolling in and theses buttery blueberry crumble bars are the perfect thing to bake with that big container of blueberries that you just bought. They are easy to put together and oh so delicious! I love that this recipe is made with simple baking ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Crispy Sesame Chicken

I got an astounding vote this past Friday regarding my crispy sesame chicken recipe. I posted a poll late Friday afternoon, as I was cooking, if I should share the recipe. The poll got well over 300 votes for “YES” before Shabbos rolled in at sundown! The people want the recipe! You shall get the

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

Hey there. Hope your all doing well. I’ve been spending a lot of time playing around in the kitchen (who am I kidding, I always do that..) Now I have my 5 year old daughter along for the ride. We’ve been making a whole bunch of “kids friendly” snacks and foods. (Check out my highlight

Easy BBQ Cranberry Meatballs

I made these easy BBQ cranberry meatballs for Purim this year because I needed an easy recipe that I could throw together for the meal we were hosting with friends. I figured I’d make a big pot of them and serve a pan along with the appetizer food we were planning on having throughout the

Passover Chocolate Almond Biscotti

A lot of people are home for Pesach this year, unexpectedly. The trip we had planned to take to visit our family in London will have to take place some other time. As I type up this Passover chocolate almond biscotti recipe, I am simultaneously trying to jot down what kitchen equipment I’ll need to

Beef and Broccoli Ramen

This beef and broccoli with ramen recipe has been a dinner staple for so long, I’ve never actually thought to share it! Which is silly considering we’re all ALWAYS looking for another yummy dinner idea to add to our rotations. It definitely takes a couple pots and a pan to whip this up, but once

Hazelnut and Chocolate Granola

As I type this, a batch of this hazelnut and chocolate granola is baking in my oven. I can’t even describe to you how good it smells in my house. Homemade granola in general just gives off such an incredible aroma! I remember baking it one morning and my daughter came downstairs and proclaimed, “Mommy

Rich Chocolate Pomegranate Tart

It’s actully the kids dinner time as I sit down to discuss this rich chocolate pomegranate tart with you. Usually, you can’t catch from 3-6 pm. I’m busy building forts and wiping meatball faces. Today, my baby decided she was SO TIRED she couldn’t stay up a minute longer and promptly fell asleep. While most

Lemony Loaf Cake 2.0

Let’s start off with the name lemony loaf cake 2.0. Did you every have a staring contest with the Starbucks lemon loaf cake? For some reason it’s just the perfect treat to pair with your coffee. Being a kosher consumer, staring is the farthest I got. Until, I made my own lemony loaf cake back

How to build a Winter Cheeseboard

Nothing makes a good party great like an epic cheeseboard, and yes anyone can throw (an amazing) one together! I’ve been making them since 2015, and let me tell you.. they weren’t always so pretty. However, I realized that with a little understanding and research on how to build one, they now are well….you judge.

Fruit and Nut Crisps

Oh it’s been way too long since I’ve posted here (If you’ve missed me, you can find me here everyday) One of my 2020 goals however, is to really take this space to the next level. So hopefully you’ll see me around here more. Now on to the FOOD…truth is, I’ve been looking for these

Potato Leek Soup

Ever wonder how I come up with a recipe idea? Truth is, I’m not always so sure myself. I get inspiration from almost anywhere. Usually I see a dish somewhere, in a magazine, online, or in a restaurant and it gives me an idea. Once I get that idea stuck in my head, I MUST

Apple Crumble Bars

Another season, another crumble bar recipe. I’ve posted this recipe with a few variations including Cranberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Cherry Pie. I actually started this recipe with a batch of blueberry bars I made for a magazine article picnic feature. I guess next summer I’ll add the blueberry recipe to my blog! Here comes fall,

Apple Loaf Cake

It was literally 86 F when I recipe tested this apple loaf cake, but it got me SO IN THE MOOD for fall. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted to make it. So I literally threw it together between the chaos hours of after school and pre-dinner. I usually try

Mexican Chicken Burger

Ground chicken is hardly something I pick up from the grocery store. My most common main dish ingredients for dinner are ground beef and chicken cutlets (my husband is not a fan of chicken on the bone.) So. Boring. Believe me I’ve tried to convert him. I occasionally make a juicy whole roasted chicken and

Honey & Harissa Side of Salmon

Where does time go? It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe on my site, but for a very good reason! We had a delicious little girl a few weeks ago. Life’s been slowly getting back on track, and I’ve officially returned to the kitchen aka my office just in time for the holiday

KFP Lime Cheesecake Squares

I was hanging at my friend Sarah’s house the other week…I mean working. We were totally working. Anyways, she made an amazing lime cheesecake for Shavuos and I was photographing it. She told me to take it home, and I didn’t. (real smart move kid) A few days later, I was literally craving it. Forget

Fruity Grape Juice Sorbet

I tried the original version of this fruity grape juice sorbet the first year Yossi and I were married. We had flown into the UK (my first time) a few days before and now we were sitting around the table at my in-laws enjoying this refreshing dessert. My in-laws don’t eat many processed foods over

Best Pesach Crinkle Cookies

Oh it’s that time of year again. Purim has passed with the blink of an eye, and green patches of grass are popping up all over my backyard. My daughter came home super excited yesterday that she saw some white flowers growing…I don’t know how accurate that is, but spring has most definitely sprung! Every

Blueberry Streusel Loaf Cake

I thought I’d give you something savory next. “Enough with the baking!” I told myself. Then I found myself searching for the perfect cake to add to my mishloach manos. I originally wanted to make my famous copy cat Starbucks lemon loaf cake, but I couldn’t find the lemon extract I usually use in the

Brookies

In my opinion, brookies are one of the best food hybrids to ever exist. What could rival two favorite dessert classics rolled into one? I wonder who the daredevil who created this was. They probably said “Who should have to decide between a brownie OR a chocolate chip cookie?” Spoiled millennial’s we are. Come to

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Turns out, I’m baking a lot this winter. I love to keep a dish on the counter full with something or other…my husband isn’t too happy about this. My 4 year old thinks I’m cool though. Especially when I pack one in her lunch box in the compartment with the flap. One of my weekly

Lotus Biscoff Milkshake

This week, the unimaginable happened. We hit 65 F smack mid FEBRUARY. I know, I still can’t believe it. I got a little spring fever and took my car to get a good cleaning. I sure was not the only one. As I sat on line waiting my car’s turn, watching the man in front

Blender Green Juice

I woke up one of these past wintry mornings craving something fresh. My favorite juice is a kale one that I occasionally pick up at my local juice shop. There is something so crisp and wholesome about a good green juice. I’ve been wanting a juicer for a while now (hint hint husband), but the

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I didn’t expect to become addicted to these cookies. I thought they would be good, and i’d eat a few…not practically the whole bag. Ooops. You would know if you saw me on Instagram stories Thursday on @tomatoes_tomatoes. I remember oatmeal cookies as being a whole LOT of oatmeal. Like oatmeal is cool, but i

Blender Banana Oat Pancakes

Happy Sunday! How are you holding up with the new year eating resolutions? In my last post, I told you that my focus this year is to eat foods that make me feel good, but with a balance. I AM going to have that slice of cake for dessert. I really think you can have

Winter White Bean Soup

This soup should really be called “the soup that’s too easy for it’s own good” Got a can or two of white beans? Good. Some onions, celery, and garlic? Cool. We’re basically done here. Told you. It’s the perfect soup for a snowy winter’s day…heck any winter’s day. It’s the kind of soup you want

Cranberry Crumble Bars

HELLO winter. Yup, that’s official this Friday. My daughter keeps asking me when it’s going to snow around here. I can hold off on that part a little longer…. I feel like cranberries don’t get the spotlight they deserve. Let’s face it, winter can be….well depressing. At the surface, winter fruit seems kind of depressing

Fluffy Ricotta Donut Holes

Donuts  are arguably the best food on Chanukah. I’m more than happy to celebrate each night with these delectable balls of fried dough with jelly oozing down my fingers, and a puff of powdered sugar on my nose. Making them is fun, but tedious. I’d prefer to watch you make them and eat them. I

Classic Pumpkin Pie with Hawaij Coconut Cream

Growing up, we always made a thanksgiving style feast on Friday night, the night after Thanksgiving. My mom served classics like cranberry sauce, turkey, and of course….pumpkin pie! We never really experimented much, and that was fine. This year,  I gave the classic pumpkin pie a little twist by adding a hawaij spiced coconut cream

Hearty quinoa and white bean soup

It’s been cold, wet, and rainy the past few days and I’ve been sipping hot drinks and starting up the fireplace on repeat. It’s acceptable to serve soup for dinner these days, along with a big chunk of bread. I made this hearty quinoa and white bean soup one night last week, and it was

Bloody Mary Wing Snack Board

Chilly Sunday’s spent watching the game call for a plate of wings!!  I took everyone’s favorite football app and turned it into an ultimate bloody mary wing snack board. Hostesses beware, you’r guest will keep coming back for more! There is something so totally addictive to me about wings. Maybe it’s because they must be

Butternut squash rice stuffed chicken capons with a sweet and tangy apple butter sauce. On a white plate with gold cutlery.

Butternut Squash Rice Stuffed Chicken Capons

Butternut squash rice stuffed chicken capons are the first real food I’ve added to the blog in a while. I only heard of capons when I moved to the east coast. It wasn’t really a thing back home in Chicago. In Israel, they were pergiyot. Something deliciously moist you could order at a fast food

sheet pan with two spoons and a glass with two scoops of ice cream and caramel popcorn.

Rosh Hashana Caramel Popcorn Sundae

I used to hate autumn as a kid. Obviously, because that meant school was here. I came to the realization last year that I actually adore autumn, with it’s crisp fresh air and warm spicy flavors. The Rosh Hashana caramel popcorn sundae recipe that your about to dive into, is the perfect end to summertime

Dish with two peach halves and a scoop of ice cream with a sprig of thyme.

Maple and Thyme Roasted Peaches

What’s with the combination of Maple  and Thyme Roasted Peaches? The funny thing about certain flavors, is that they transport you to a specific time or season. Maple makes me think of autumn and the smells of thyme transports me to the pot roast days. That’s what I LOVE about mixing up flavors of different

Spiralized hot dog in a bun topped with sauerkraut, grainy mustard, and everything bagel spice on a piece of newspaper.

Grilled spiralized deli style hot dogs

  What the what?! Grilled spiralized deli style hot dogs is quite a mouthful. Get this, so is the actual hot dog. Sooo the history between the classic hot dog and myself is quite long…and frequent. They were basically my most favorite food until I grew up. (or until the calendar said  I did…) I

A bowl of This light spring minestrone soup on a plate with bread, water glass, and salt dish in the background.

Light Spring Minestrone Soup

  Happy Memorial Day weekend! If you’r living on the east coast you know we’ve already had our fair share of springtime showers. This weekend is no exception. On these days, I feel like having a cozy meal, but I still want to embrace spring! That’s where this light spring minestrone soup enters. So instead of

container with newspaper filled with macaroni cheese & ketchup balls

Macaroni Cheese & Ketchup Balls

  Okay let’s stop for a second. Macaroni cheese & ketchup balls? What. even. is. that. Also, like why? Well……see it’s a staple meal over here. Right, right, I know you all think i only cook gourmet meals and stuff. Spoiler alert. I do not. Especially when i’m starving! It’s the quickest to whip together

Strawberry Rhubarb crumble bars on a piece of parchment paper with fresh strawberries and mint

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Bars

  Is there a happier moment then seeing the trees start to blossom and turn green? For me it ties with the spring and summer fruit and vegetables that slowly trickle in and fill up my grocery’s produce section. This strawberry rhubarb crumble bars recipe is perfect for celebrating Spring! It puts the spotlight on

Sliced bread next to cast iron pan

No Knead Bread ( Plus croutons!)

  No knead bread has been all the rage for some time now. It’s a really hands-off method to making beautiful bread at home. All you need, is a little time. ( anywhere from 15-21 hours total to be exact) I started making it months ago, for Friday night dinner. Turns out, we all loved

Oreo Rice Krispies Treats

  Hi all. I hope your finding some peace and quiet between all the Purim and Pesach prep.  Whatever it may be that gives you a moment to drink it all in and enjoy the moments, minus stress. I found it today,  dropping off my daughter at school. The rain was dancing on the roof

Tu BiShvat Fruit Tart

  Every dish has it’s little story, wouldn’t you agree? I really really wanted to make a Tu BiShvat fruit tart, and fill it with silky pastry cream. Relive my culinary school days for a few. I found myself feeling a little lazy. I didn’t want to spend hours over a perfect little fruit tart.

A bowl filled with rice and popcorn chicken.

Baked Pomegranate Chicken Poppers

    Who doesn’t love a good sticky batch of chicken poppers? When I was coming up with the concept for the pomegranate chicken poppers, I told my husband I want to make wings. He said, “Wings? Why would you make wings if I don’t like them? Make poppers!” Oh poppers. Duh. I hadn’t made

A small jar filled with trail mix decorated with a twine bow and fresh thyme sprigs

Turkey Jerky Trail Mix

This turkey jerky trail mix comes with purpose. My husband runs a busy after work schedule. Many nights, you’ll find him training hard at the gym. For the most part, I like to keep his meals healthy with the occasional pizza or burger….gotta live a little you know?! Snacks are basically limited to veggie straws,

a grey bowl with chopsticks and Asian Chicken noodle soup bowl

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl

Asian Chicken noodle soup bowl, also known as a ramen bowl, is the perfect clean eating winter comfort food. It’s packed with all things good for you. Starting with the bone broth base, which is rich in minerals and collagen. It’s also super good for gut health. Next, you generally add an assortment of veggies,

Sumac Roasted Carrots with Tahini Sauce

These sumac roasted carrots with tahini sauce are the perfect side dish.  It’s no secret that Israeli cuisine is super hot right now,. Middle Eastern/Morrocan cuisine is already predicted one of the big food trends for 2018. It seems almost funny, since many of us have been eating tahini and hummus for years at our

Jelly Sufganiyot in vanilla sugar in a loaf pan

Jelly Sufganiyot Rolled in Vanilla Sugar

, . Let’s talk about these Jelly Sufganiyot rolled in Vanilla Sugar. When it comes to fried doughnuts,  I’ll take jelly every single time.  I don’t really eat jelly.  But what is Chanukah without a jelly doughnut????? Trust me, I’ve tried, in fact I made 4 other fillings before I said hey, forget this. I’m

Bowl of Creamy Butternut Squash soup garnished with a swirl of coconut cream, beef bacon bits, and pepitas

Best Ever Butternut Squash Soup

  I made this best ever butternut squash soup recipe during Sukkos at my parents house. They couldn’t stop raving. I laughed! It was the easiest most simple soup I had ever made. My secret weapon? Vegetable stock. From the box! Hubby has requested this soup 2-3 times since we got back. Funny how the

Bowl of minestrone soup on a napkin

Beef Winter Minestrone Soup

This beef winter minestrone soup is like a warm hug after spending the day raking leaves in the cool autumn sun or back to back meetings.  It’s a meal in 1 bowl. A concept that I’ve really taken a liking to lately. It’s nice to make dinner 1-2-3 that you know will prove a wholesome