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Southwest Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chile Oil

Southwest Style Green Shakshuka with Hatch Chili Oil

What to eat on New Years Day! Gather the ingredients you will need and pump up the green antioxidants in this one-pan dish. Healthy and satisfying with mild heat. My favorite Brunch recipe! Also see: Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres , Pick-Up Appetizers & Nibbles for amazing New Year’s Eve ideas! With the surge for global cuisine […]

Natural Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies

Holiday Cookies! Plus NEW: Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies and Gluten Free Double Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies

Get baking with my line up of Holiday Cookies to Eat, Share & Enjoy! You’ll love my new Mexican Wedding Cookies – 2 flavors:  Strawberry or Gluten Free Double Chocolate! Plus 10 more creative cookie recipes. (Press on titles for recipes) For the holidays – do not miss: Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres , Pick-Up Appetizers & Nibbles These […]

Natural Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies

Natural Strawberry Mexican Wedding Cookies

These addictive melt-in-your-mouth cookies are getting a flavor revamp with crushed freeze dried strawberries. Enjoy these powdered sugar-dusted, crunchy, nut-filled cookies ~ a true holiday treat! I have named these cookies ” Mexican Wedding Cookies” yet similar cookies called Snowball Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes and sometime Mexican Wedding Cakes. The cookies have a distinctive tangy strawberry essence without artificial […]

Butternut Squash Latkes - A new twist for your Potato Pancake repertoire.

How to Make the BEST Potato Latkes! & After Thanksgiving Recipes for your Leftovers

Just when we have digested the Thanksgiving dinner (and leftovers the entire weekend) – Chanukah is here! And it’s time to enjoy some crispy latkes. There is still time to creatively use up your tasty leftovers… see below. Enjoy Potato Latkes this week ~ learn the tricks of a crispy yet light potato pancake. There are many interesting flavor combinations. […]

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

After Thanksgiving Recipes with your Leftovers

Here’s what I’m cooking up with the holiday’s leftovers. Soup, Salad, Throw-back Casserole, Tacos, Chef Salad, Frittata and more – create new meals for the week with minimal effort.  After Thanksgiving – besides dunking roast turkey into russian dressing (homemade of course) I crave this soup! It’s zesty lemony flavor with many vegetables mingling in […]

Rosemary & Spice Mixed Nuts

Thanksgiving Appetizers, Mains, Sides & Desserts – I’ve Got You Covered!

Finish writing your grocery lists with some of these classic, inventive and healthy recipes for Thanksgiving!  Appetizers! Some light nibbles while your guests are arriving, drinking, toasting and anticipating the holiday meal. Simple to make – roll mixture into a log – chill, slice & bake! Top with garden herbs for an elegant touch. A […]

Lightened-Up Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Lightened-Up Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée

A cracked caramel-sugar top with a creamy chocolate dessert underneath. Made entirely with milk, not a drop of heavy cream! Lightened-Up: Creamy, decadent and delicious… decadent but not too rich! Ingredients for Chocolate Crème Brûlée ~ Port Wine soaked Cherries optional  I really love all custard-y sweets – there are dozens of culinary desserts based on […]

Sunchoke & Squash Soup

Sunchoke & Kabocha Soup with Fabulous Garnishes

Sunchokes lend a creaminess to warm soups, perfectly paired with the velvety smooth Kabocha Squash for a wonderful Fall & Winter Soup. A great festive yet simple recipe for Thanksgiving. Vegan. I love serving soup on Thanksgiving! Why not try serving a soup with appetizers in individual shot glasses? A simple soup with 6 yummy garnishes! […]

Pistachio Allspice Shortbread - Brits call "Biscuits"

Pistachio-Allspice “Biscuit” Shortbread – Ode to Ted Lasso

A delicious melt-in-your-mouth shortbread you will love! And wouldn’t Rebecca from the Ted Lasso television series approve? Here are traditional British Biscuits, in America they are Shortbreads – revived with nuts & spice. While watching Apple TV’s series Ted Lasso, I would wonder as Ted (Jason Sudeikis) drops off a little pink box of biscuits to Rebecca […]

Kabocha Squash Soup with Apples and Cashew Crema ~ Vegan

Flavors of Fall – 20 Irresistible Squash & Apple Recipes!

Here to inspire you – what to cook that is in season right now! Comforting & nutritious recipes prepared with seasonal ingredients to warm you up from the inside and make you enjoy the fall season at its fullest. Cook & Bake with confidence with my healthy and well-tested recipes. Press on the green titles for all […]

Crazy Delicious cedar Planked Salmon with Honey, Soy & Ginger

Crazy Delicious Cedar Planked Salmon with Honey, Soy & Ginger Glaze

Tender Fillet Of Salmon gets a smokey essence from the cedar plank – but most of all the texture is outrageous and silky smooth! An easy whisked Asian-inspired Marinade also becomes the Glaze! Don’t be intimidated – this is a quite simple recipe and on you should be making if you are a salmon lover. […]

Tzimmes Chicken with Balsamic- Rosemary Sauce

Braised Tzimmes Chicken with Balsamic-Rosemary Sauce for Passover and Beyond (with 19 more recipes for Passover!)

This recipe has what you are looking for! Roast succulent pieces of chicken, seasoned perfectly with the addition of allspice – with hints of cloves, cinnamon and pepper. Chock full of ingredients – as you can see! Brimming with Colorful Heirloom Carrots, Shallots, Prunes and Garlic and the most delicious Balsamic-Rosemary Sauce… or should I […]

Chocolate Lava Cake with peanut butter truffles - perfectly cooked with an oozing center

Chocolate Lava Cakes with Peanut Butter Truffles

Let Your LOVE Flow this Valentine’s Day with this Yummy, Fudgy Treat! Dark Chocolate Cake – with an oozing filling of swirling chocolate & peanut butter. This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetie to a delicious, rich, dense and fudgy cake – perfect for sharing! A chocolate treat that has a warm, gooey, flowing chocolate-peanut butter center. Who […]

Karen’s Master Dinner Mini Roll Recipe

I’m making these dinner rolls in a circular wreath pattern to serve and dunk into my Classic Cheesy Fondue. Simple and fun to make with a wonderful smell wafting though the kitchen as the rolls bake! See my recipe: Karen’s Cheesy Swiss Fondue with Garlic & Chives

Butternut Squash Latkes - A new twist for your Potato Pancake repertoire.

The Best Butternut Squash Latkes! (an updated “potato” pancake)

A new twist for your Potato Pancake repertoire.Butternut squash with warm spices makes a delicious sweet latke that is perfect for Chanukah or anytime! Gluten Free adaptable. Latkes are that ethereal treat; a potato mixture made by dropping large tablespoons into a skillet of shimmering, hot oil. Enjoy year-round! The trick for a perfect latke is twofold: […]

Veggie Mexican-Style Hard Shell Tacos

Roast Turkey & Veggie Mexican-Style Hard Shell Tacos

Cubes of your Thanksgiving turkey are totally transformed into a fabulous filling for tacos. Assertive seasonings are needed to create just the right smokey and a little spicy infused flavor. I love Mulato Dried Chiles (dried poblano) typically used in Mexican mole sauces with a delicate smoky flavor. The tacos are mildly spicy – adjust […]

Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate

Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

A Creamy Cheesecake made with Cottage Cheese – no cream cheese here!
Decadent and creamy – Make my recipe: Chocolate Peanut Biscotti for the crust and pile on some Honey Peanuts on top ~ see that recipe too!

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!

Chocolate Peanut Biscotti – They’re Gluten Free!

Decadent and Delicious! These bake up crispy with a deep-chocolate flavor. Feel free to use any nuts you like. Gluten Free.. you would never guess. These biscotti are only a tad sweet and can be ground for the crust of a cheesecake!

Karen's Easy Honey Peanuts

Karen’s Easy Honey Peanuts

Delicious Honey Peanuts coated last minute with a little sugar. Simple and fun to make. Caution: These are addictive!! The perfect nosh! Also use as a garnish for a dessert like my Lightened-Up Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Chocolate Biscotti Crust and Honey Peanuts

Natural Candied Yams with Apple Cider Cinnamon Glaze

Natural Candied Yams with Apple Cider Cinnamon Glaze

A must for Thanksgiving! A wonderful thick glaze surrounds rounds of yams with a cinnamon essence. A healthier lightened- up recipe! A beautifully sticky glaze that’s not too sweet. The trick: reduce Fresh Apple Cider!

Incredible Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic

Incredible Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic

These are a weekly staple in my house. Serve them too for Thanksgiving – everyone loves these! Seasoned, Roasted and Tossed in Garlic, Butter and Parsley.

Yummy Pumpkin & Oatmeal Pancakes

Yummy Pumpkin & Oatmeal Pancakes

Delicious and loaded with healthy ingredients with tips on how to cook a pumpkin and make homemade Pumpkin Puree.

Parve Ultimate Chocolate Dipped Coconut Honey Macaroons on a marble board

Pareve Ultimate Chocolate Dipped Coconut Honey Macaroons

My favorite Macaroon with a crispy exterior with a chewy and tender interior. The honey gives them a little more golden color while baking. A beloved dessert at Passover ~ also for anytime… A fabulous year-round Gluten Free Cookie.

The Ultimate Coconut Macaroons

The Ultimate Coconut Macaroons

Two Varieties: Chocolate Dipped and Dried Apricot & Cherry Pyramids. My favorite version has a crispy exterior with a chewy and tender interior. A beloved dessert at Passover ~ also for anytime… A fabulous year-round Gluten Free Cookie. Also see my: Parve Chocolate Dipped Honey Coconut Macaroons!  

Pistachio Lemon Bars for Passover with raspberries

Pistachio Lemon Bars for Passover

Bakery-style bars from my kitchen to yours Who can resist tangy, zesty lemon bars? These are that good… especially at Passover – they taste just like the real deal. Adding sweet and colorful pistachio nuts adds a little interest and sophistication. The base of the bars is a short crust made with matzo cake meal, […]

Karen’s Gluten Free Matzo

Karen’s Gluten Free Matzo

In my test kitchen, I used carefully measured gluten-free “flours,” pulsed the ingredients in a food processor, rolled and cut the dough, then cooked each piece for a moment in a hot cast iron skillet until it slightly blackened. Finally, the matzo crackers were baked in the oven at a low temperature, just to crisp […]

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

The Perfect Irresistible Valentine’s Day treat for your loved ones!  Make these delicious treats with healthful ingredients. These chocolate peanut butter cups are super-simple to make, with just a few ingredients. Use the best quality chocolate ~ I like an extra dark type, although, yes – you can use milk chocolate if you desire (has a much higher […]

Healthy Side: Butternut Squash Purée with Ginger and Browned Butter

Healthy Side: Butternut Squash Purée with Ginger and Browned Butter

Delicious and creamy – chock full of nutrients  Simple to prepare, just 3 main ingredients! – plus salt & pepper and parsley. Browned Butter – also called beurre noisette, named because it smells like hazelnuts and has a similar nutty color, plus a nutty, toasted flavor. It enhances the flavor of almost everything!

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

Pecan Pie Bars (with a Secret Ingredient)

The Ultimate Pick-Up Bar ~ Perfect for the Holidays! A press-in shortbread crust with a pour-on-top filling enriched with a crunchy pecan topping. Delish! It seems like all pecan pie/bar recipes call for corn syrup. So try Lyle’s instead – a pure, clean taste with all natural ingredients (no GMOs!) I also add a little pure […]

Haricot Vert with Sliced Radishes and Pan-Fried Shallots with a Miso-Lemon-Maple Glaze

Haricot Vert with Sliced Radishes and Pan-Fried Shallots with a Miso-Lemon-Maple Glaze

The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and the Holidays! Full of color & flavor – can be made early in the day. Sauté Haricot Verts in a hot skillet to blacken the edges. Add Sliced Radishes and a quick stir in of Miso, Lemon Juice and Pure Maple Syrup. All tastes delicious with Pan-Fried Shallot […]

Haricot Vert with Garlic, Almonds, Pomegranate Seeds and Shiitake “Bacon” with Za’atar Seasoning

The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving and the Holidays! Full of color & flavor – can be made early in the day. Vegan. Sauté Haricot Verts in a hot skillet to blacken the edges. Add Garlic Chips, Shiitake “Bacon”, Toasted Almonds, Pomegranate Seeds and Za’atar Seasoning.

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells with Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce

Pumpkin Stuffed Shells with Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce

Taking Comfort Food to a Whole New Level! Italian Pasta Shells Stuffed with Fresh Ricotta Cheese, Smoked Mozzarella, Roasted Pumpkin, Fresh Spinach, Shiitake Mushrooms in a Creamy Lightened-Up Alfredo Sauce. Delizioso!

Acorn Squash and Celeriac Soup for Fall

Acorn Squash and Celeriac Soup for Fall

A Creamy & Chunky Soup with a Coconut Cream Swirl and Hatch Chiles… very comforting and healthy! Perfect for weekdays, special enough for company and holidays. Many types of winter squashes make glorious soups. I recently picked up some Acorn Squash and thought – maybe an underdog squash for soup… is butternut squash really superior? […]

Karen’s Best Matzo Balls with Dill

Karen’s Best Matzo Balls with Dill

My foolproof recipe for tender and tasty Matzo Balls for Passover or anytime!

Peanut Butter Energy Bites – with Chocolate Drizzle

Peanut Butter Energy Bites – with Chocolate Drizzle

The ultimate healthy pop-in-your-mouth treat filled with energizing ingredients. The perfect Valentine’s Day recipe for giving and enjoying! Simple to make ~ these bites are loaded with nutrients to keep you going during the day, or the perfect not-too-sweet, pop-in-your-mouth treat I love for dessert.

Quick and Healthy Chicken Soup with Ginger and Vegetables

Quick and Healthy Chicken Soup with Ginger and Vegetables

A bevy of vegetables enrich this soup; ginger adds a boost of flavor with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Pure soul-comfort food. Gluten Free with rice noodles. This quick and healthy soup has definite Asian-notes with Rice Noodles (gluten free), Napa Cabbage, Snow Peas and a good dose of Ginger.

Gingerbread Men Cookies ~ Gluten Free!

Gingerbread Men Cookies ~ Gluten Free!

Filled with healthy ingredients and not too sweet – THE Cookie to make and give this holiday season.

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

Greek Lemon Turkey Soup (an after Thanksgiving special recipe)

A Hearty, Healthy & Zesty Soup using 2 cups of diced freshly roasted turkey from your Thanksgiving feast. Make again using leftover chicken!  Instead of classic orzo rice, I have use a medium grain white rice… Calrose rice. It has great natural thickening properties, which is what I love. This soup has tons of vegetables […]

Prosecco Cocktail with Spiked Cranberry Syrup

Prosecco Cocktail with Spiked Cranberry Syrup

A quick syrup that transforms a glass of bubbly Prosecco or Champagne. Made with Cranberry, Pomegranate and Orange juices and warm spices

Creamy Layered Purple & Ivory Mashed Potatoes (Perfect for Thanksgiving)

Creamy Layered Purple & Ivory Mashed Potatoes (Perfect for Thanksgiving)

How amazing are these potatoes? They can be made days ahead and reheated. What I love about this recipe – besides it’s gorgeous presentation is they are not heavy, but light and creamy. But no cream in the recipe. Just the right amount of milk & butter… but not too much. Garlic adds depth and […]

Creamy with a yogurt swirl and spiced pepitas

Simply Delicious Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Celery Root

It’s Fall! Homemade Soup you can easily make… healthy, warming and comforting. Silky smooth with some texture from the vegetables – this soup will warm you up on crisp fall and winter days. Cinnamon sticks add a sweet aura of spice – and a hit of cayenne pepper adds the perfect kick.

Three bite tarts with a Chocolate Heart Decoration with Crushed Pretzels and Cacao Nibs

Black Bottom Chocolate Tarts with a Caramel Pretzel Crust

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Treat: Three bite tarts with a Chocolate Heart Decoration with Crushed Pretzels and Cacao Nibs Add a dollop whipped coconut cream. Say “I Love You” with these homemade treats! Dairy Free and Gluten Free tips!

easy to make Chocolate Heart Cut-Out Decorations with Pretzels and Cacao Nibs

Chocolate Heart Cut-Out Decorations with Pretzels and Cacao Nibs

So easy to make – use a good quality, not too sweet chocolate.. the ultimate finishing touch!

Delicious and Silky Smooth, Dairy Free - add a swirl of Cashew Cream

Celery Root Bisque Soup with Garlic Pita Croutons

A healthy soup with a creamy texture from the celery root (celeriac) and potatoes. Delicious and Silky Smooth. Dairy Free. Add a swirl of Cashew Cream for a decorative touch. Vegan.

Thanksgiving Leftover Chef Salad ~ Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette

Thanksgiving Leftover Chef Salad ~ Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette

Make the most of your Thanksgiving leftovers with this healthy & tasty salad. Use what you have! Drizzle with this Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette (it takes minutes to prepare!)

a luscious vinaigrette made with your leftover cranberry sauce

Cranberry Sauce Vinaigrette

Use your leftover Cranberry Sauce… you know you’ll have some! Make a delicious Vinaigrette, perfect for your salad creations after Thanksgiving.

Karen's Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

Roast Thanksgiving Turkey Basted with Fruit Juices and Marsala Gravy

How to cook the perfect turkey, stuffing and gravy. I have developed this recipe after years in the kitchen. You will use this recipe over and over again!  Karen’s trusted Turkey recipe. Detailed instructions that are easy to follow. Isn’t it all about the gravy? Aromatic roasted vegetables on the bottom of the pan, with […]

Kabocha Squash Soup with Apples and Cashew Crema - Vegan

Kabocha Squash Soup with Apples and Cashew Crema – Vegan

Perfect for Thanksgiving! See my easy way to peel a Kabocha Squash. You’ll love the Cashew Crema with hints of maple & cinnamon ~ the Spiced Cashews make a terrific, crunchy garnish A universal soup all and your Vegan guests will adore! Can make the soup ahead and freeze for a hassle- free Thanksgiving soup. […]

Carrots caramelize with the figs with a delectable just-sweet-enough glaze… all roasted in one pan

Roasted Carrots with Fresh Figs ~ Pomegranate Glaze and Pistachios

The perfect side dish for late summer ~ early fall. Carrots caramelize with the figs with a delectable just-sweet-enough glaze…  all roasted in one pan. A Vegan recipe. Here is a colorful, balanced side-dish that excites the palate rather than weigh it down. The perfect combination of roasted veggies & fruits with nuts, herbs and a zippy (well….zesty!) […]

Making Gluten Free Matzo Balls: Scoop the matzo balls for poaching; use an ice cream scoop for uniform size

Karen’s Gluten-Free Matzo Balls – Large and Mini

Make these for the Passover holiday (or year-round!) all will enjoy, they are delicious, fluffy and tender. The only ones I make!

A bevy of vegetables enrich this soup, ginger and garlic add a boost of flavor

Chicken in the Pot Soup with Many Vegetables, Rice Noodles and Fresh Ginger

Comfort Soup in a Bowl. Gluten-Free.

Make these special cookies for Valentine’s Day – your choice of two fillings. Red walnuts make them special.

Brownie Sandwich Thins ~ Heart Shaped Cut Out Cookies

Make these special cookies for Valentine’s Day – your choice of two fillings. Red walnuts make them special.

Learn how to make the most delicious homemade caramel from scratch. The ultimate Valentine’s Day treat!

Chocolate Turtles with Homemade Natural Caramel

Give your sweetie these delectable candies and learn how to make the most delicious homemade caramel from scratch. The ultimate Valentine’s Day treat!

Pumpkin Scones with Pecans, Cranberries and Coconut

Pumpkin Scones with Pecans, Cranberries and Coconut

Bakery quality scones! Barely sweet and irresistible – made from your pantry ingredients… with a secret ingredient: coconut milk.

Karen's Beet Cured Gravlax on a Potato Latke

Karen’s Beet Cured Gravlax

Gravlax is quite simple to prepare – brined with Vodka, Citrus Juices, Grated Beets, Dill, Sugar, Salt and Pepper. Weighted down, the gravlax is ready in two days – slice when ready to enjoy.   

These perfectly spiced capons remain juicy with a crisp skin and will add a flavorful and festive touch to your buffet! Try my Za’atar Seasoning Blend – a versatile Middle Eastern / Mediterranean mix.

Roast Za’atar Capons with Za’atar Seasoning Blend

Holiday Entertaining? These perfectly spiced capons remain juicy with a crisp skin and will add a flavorful and festive touch to your buffet! Try my Za’atar Seasoning Blend – a versatile Middle Eastern / Mediterranean mix.

Your Go-To Recipe After Thanksgiving! Leftover Turkey and Vegetables are tossed together and baked into a hearty main course casserole. Lightened-up and delicious!

Gluten-Free Turkey Tetrazzini

Your Go-To Recipe After Thanksgiving! Leftover Turkey and Vegetables are tossed together and baked into a hearty main course casserole. Lightened-up and delicious!

Karen’s Marsala Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving

Karen’s Marsala Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving

Just the most magnificent gravy – with a deep, rich mahogany- brown color, and luscious flavor. Learn how to make a dark, caramelized and flavorful gravy – and it’s not difficult… just need to follow a few steps. It will make your Thanksgiving celebration a hit!

A creamy and rich caramel custard, perfect with poached pears ~ especially for the holidays.

Caramel Zabaglione

A creamy and rich caramel custard, perfect with poached pears ~ especially for the holidays.

Spiced, beautiful pears swimming in a ruby syrup with a creamy zabaglione custard - perfect for the holidays

Poached Pears in Spiced Red Wine & Pomegranate Juice (with Caramel Zabaglione)

The perfect ending to a holiday meal (Thanksgiving!) Spiced, beautiful pears swimming in a ruby syrup with a creamy zabaglione custard.

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