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

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,

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 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

Pumpkin Gingersnap Trifles

Well….It’s been around 70-80F outside lately. I kinda wish the air would turn a little bit crisper. I’m ready to cozy up  with a hot drink in exchange for my Rosé and  I already stocked up on canned pumpkin! I know it’ll come soon enough though! Here’s so here’s a really fun recipe with your

Apple Cake with Honey Ice Cream

Have you had your fill of honey cakes yet?! Every Rosh Hashanah I make my mums (Yossi’s mum) apple cake! It’s simple and so moist and delicious. I made it in mini springform pans for aesthetics but feel free to make it in a regular ole pan.  The honey whiskey ice cream is a fun

Apple Rose Tart

This was one of my first recipes ever published in AMI magazine. These beautiful rose tarts will be the perfect way to end your Yom Tov meal. Here’s proof that you can make beautiful things with minimal work! Yes, Yom Tov should be your best efforts, but don’t forget to make sure you don’t take

Blueberry Scones

I didn’t know much about scones until I married my husband. I thought Brits ate crumpets a lot and drank tea. But scones? Nah. Anyways, my first attempt at scones was blueberry.  Bursting with ripe in season blueberries and topped with crunch sugar, it was in my mind, the best thing British I had tasted

Alabama Wings with White BBQ sauce

I like my chicken wings only two ways. Grilled or fried. This is one of my favorite recipes! The baking powder helps give the skin a crunchy texture and the sauce, is not your typical BBQ sauce. It seeps into the chicken and gives it a richness and burst of tang! They sure know how

Grilled Beet Salad

Beets on the grill? Who woulda thunk? They are actually delicious! The grill imparts a slightly smoky charred flavor. We like to top them with a squeeze of grilled citrus and a pinch of flakey salt.    Grilled Beet Salad Ingredients6 red beets 3 yellow beets 1 lime halved 1 orange halved 1 tbsp olive

Mom’s Potato Salad

Summer days and BBQ’s with my family in the park. Every year. It’s one of those childhood memories I will hold onto forever! My mom would always bring her famous potato salad. She would start early in the morning, boiling and chopping so that the potato salad had proper time to chill. There was never

focaccia

We all love flat breads of all sorts. It can be laffa from the Middle East, tortillas from Mexico, naan bread from India, or indeed our Italian favorite…focaccia! Focaccia (fu-cach-uh) could be used as a base for pizza. However, this dough differs from pizza dough mainly because of the fact that there is more levaning

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

It ain’t a pizza party until you’ve had a real Chicago deep dish pizza.  The dough forms a deep thick crust and tucked inside is cheesy flavorful filling.  The  homemade sauce is then spread on top of the cheese with a sprinkle of magic-um Parmesan.  Up your pizza game people.   Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Gnocchi Di Ricotta

Gnocchi. Sounds so…….complicated. I’m sure you’ve had this at restaurants and  thought could never make it at home.  This recipe is a lighter version of gnocchi, made with creamy ricotta cheese. It takes much less time to make as there is no need to cook and mash potatoes before starting. It is a very soft

Watermelon Gazpacho

  There is a certain feeling of excitement when summer fruits first hit the shelves in the seasonal farmers’ markets. Last year, I got a bit carried away and picked out a “full-sized” watermelon for my little family of three. For the next week and a half, we discovered about 700 culinary uses for the

Grilled Corn with Harissa Mayo

One sunny and bright morning I found myself in the Farmers Market picking out corn on the cob for dinner. That afternoon my daughter and I sat on the steps cleaning the corn just like I used to do when I was a little girl. We sat there for quite a while discussing how to

Harrissa and Honey Spatchcocked Chicken

  Winner winner chicken dinner after a full day of activities everyone wants to just sit down with the family and enjoy a good conversation over a delicious filling meal. Chicken on the bone is usually looked upon as the sad boring dinner. When you roast a whole chicken, the problem is that chicken breasts

Spicy Miami Ribs

Miami ribs is flanken sliced really thin. They are super tender (due to the fact they are from THE best part of the cow) and they cook super quickly. Grab a load of napkins. These spicy Miami ribs are every bit of the backyard BBQ food you’ve been craving all winter long. Spicy and slightly

Mini tacos filled with battered fish and topped with salsa.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Here’s another recipe that appeared in the Shavuos issue of the AMI (Also see French Style Cheesecake) The idea  for these Mahi Mahi fish tacos came to me on Pesach as I was browsing Pinterest on my in-laws couch. A few weeks later, I was in Seasons and I saw these ready fried taco shells by

French Style Cheesecake

  This recipe appeared in this past Shavous issue of the AMI magazine. The entire photo shoot took place on a windy and chilly May Day. So windy in fact, one of the glass vases blew over and crashed all over the salad bar. There’s nothing a team of talented ladies can’t do though..ammiright?! We

Sausage Tagine

Wow it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post. I’m not sure what happened there…I got sick for a few days and at that point, just doing laundry became the biggest accomplishment of the day. Then came Thanksgiving, which we went all out on. If your following us on Instagram (@tomatoes_tomahtos) You’ll see

Coffee Halva Mousse Pie

So usually I spend quite a while on my blog posts…you’ll have to excuse me today. It’s Thursday night and I promised I would get this recipe up by shabbos. My house looks like a tornado hit it. I just moved over a bowl of pasta and two cucumber slices to sit down on the

Fall Chicken Salad

Well….the holidays have come to an end (for now) and the washing machine has been viciously spinning for the past 24 hours. Im pretty sure my body still thinks it’s getting fed two insanely large meals a day because I’ve made a generous dent on the new goodies I stocked up on. I can’t say

Pumpkin Apple Soup

I’ve always viewed pumpkins as either a purée in a can for pie or as a decoration. I couldn’t imagine peeling one to make into a soup. Too much work and orange hands. Yuck. Then I saw these cute ones at the grocery store. That got me thinking, this can’t be so hard to peel…and

Lotus Babka

  I had no idea why everybody was stuffing their suitcases with this lotus stuff from Israel. How good could it really be? Is it truly the pareve equivalent of the decadent Nutella? Then people got smart over here. They starting importing it. I finally got my taste- or shall we say 1/4 c full?

Parsnip and Sunchoke Soup

This creamy, velvety soup is a comforting addition to any meal. Sunchokes taste slightly nutty, and they pair well with the earthy parsnips. I love using beef jerky as a garnish to any creamy looking soup—it’s so delicious! The sunchoke is also known as a Jerusalem Artichoke, although it has absolutely no connection to the

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Moroccan cuisine always intrigued me because of its stark contrast to American cuisine. I love the flavors of dates and dried fruits in savory dishes. We did a lot of tagine recipe testing over last winter resulting in some really delicious and comforting stews. Hopefully this dish will get even the biggest Ashkenazi (like me)

Peach Blueberry Bourbon Pie

Juicy peaches. Barefoot. Blueberry stains on your hands & face. Oh summer! How I wish you would never go! I love the abundant summer fruit. So much that often I forget we’re only three people and we really don’t need that much produce! So I pie’ify it! I added bourbon because always add bourbon when you

Chicken With Figs and Olives

I love to make exciting fancy dinners. Sometimes. The problem is, it usually leaves me with a whole pile of dirty pots and pans with a trail of herbs and paper towels on my counter and mysterious bits of food sticking to the floor. That, I do not love. Not one bit. The best part