Monday, March 10, 2014

Long Lasting Lilacs

It's simple! Hit the bottom of the stem with a mallet or the back of your knife and add a little 7UP soda to the water. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Truffled Beef Carpaccio

This is a quick and easy appetizer to impress your guests. The majority of it can be prepped in advance and then just pulled out of the refrigerator when you're guests arrive. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Best Challah!

My obsession for challah first began in Boston (Star Market on Commonwealth Avenue, to be exact) where I had my first encounter with the challah from Cheryl Ann’s Bakery in Brookline. It’s cakey, fluffy, egg-y texture morphed my previous impressions of the bland and dry versions I had come to know.  Ever since, I have attempted lots of R&D in an effort to recreate this favorite. The recipe below was given me to by a family friend and she got it from a woman in Israel (ergo - you know it has to be pretty delicious and authentic). This recipe gives you a a crisp shell and a deliciously sweet, moist and mouthwatering interior. Hope you love it as much as I do!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Blueberry Spelt Scones {Egg Free, Dairy Free}

Not only is this recipe both adult and kid friendly (your kids won't even know these are healthy), they are also super easy to make. I've started doubling the batch since they go so quickly!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese and Apples

This is the perfect recipe for people who A) like brussel sprouts and B) are disaster prone when following recipes. It's extremely flexible and all based on taste and technique versus measuring. AND if you follow my trick below for roasting, you will get perfectly oven roasted, crunchy leaved (may or may not be a word) brussel sprouts without frying them (the technique a lot of restaurants secretly use to get their brussel sprouts wonderfully crunchy and tasty...incase you were wondering why yours never come out the same).

Paleo/Gluten Free Muffins

Los Angeles is rubbing off on me. I'm fully into the health food craze, it's happening. I'm the marketers dream. BUT, in my defense, what's wrong with being a little healthier? Especially when the healthier option tastes just as delicious. Below is a recipe for Paleo/Gluten Free muffins.

The muffins in the picture above contain poached pears leftover from dessert the previous night (not paleo) and gluten free old fashion rolled although these aren't technically paleo, you can easily sub the pears with any of the variations described below if you're following a strict paleo diet (or don't randomly have poached pears on hand, which I'm assuming you probably don't. Although dried pears would work too. Okay, I'm done word vomiting now, hope you enjoy the recipe!.