Lamb with dried fruit

Lamb with dried fruit

*Tu B’Shvat (“New Year of the trees”) is one of the minor Jewish holidays.  This winter holiday marks when to calculate the agricultural cycle for the purpose of biblical tithes.  Each year on Tu B’shvat, Israelis eat a feast of dried fruits in...
Rasberry squares

Rasberry squares

Ingredients 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ¼ cups quick cooking oats 1/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup light brown sugar ¼ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup chopped pecans 1 and ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 cup rasberry preserves Directions 1. Preheat the oven to...
Watermelon and feta salad

Watermelon and feta salad

*Every year at Ben Gurion University of the Negev they have a day called Yom Hastudent (Student Day).  Student Day is a glorious event when classes are canceled and the students take over the university lawn.  There are concerts, water slides, games, vendors of all...
Banana Nut Torte

Banana Nut Torte

With the close of Passover, I imagine by now you have restocked your pantry with flour, baking soda, and your other baking needs.  I eat my fair share of chocolate covered matzah during Passover but I’m still ready for a nice baked desert once the season of...
Easy strawberry mousse

Easy strawberry mousse

Ingredients 10 ounce package of frozen strawberries, unsweetened 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 teaspoon lemon juice Directions 1) Mix all ingredients in a blender and freeze. *Recipe by Shelley Neese, vice president of The Jerusalem...
Hamantashen

Hamantashen

*The hamantashen is the classic purim cookie, served in every classroom party across Israel.  In theory, the idea of the cookie is a little gross.  The cookie’s three-cornered shape represents Haman’s clipped ears.   Move past the fact that a poppy-seed...
Hot fruit dish for Sukkot

Hot fruit dish for Sukkot

*Sukkot is also known as the “Feast of the Ingathering.”  This agricultural festival was connected to the time of year when farmers in ancient Israel harvested all of their crops from the field.  Since Sukkot is linked to the harvest it is tradtional to eat lots of...