Which Festival of Light Is Celebrated the World Over?

It’s New Year’s Eve of course – with 24 hours of celebrations around the globe! Back in the day of the Concorde – a supersonic jet built by Great Britain and France in the 70s, you could celebrate New Year’s Eve in London listening to Big Ben chime, then fly to the Big Apple in […]

Christmas Traditions: December 24 to January 7 and in Between!

The second Festival of Light this month is Christmas on December 25, however, in Orthodox Christianity it’s celebrated on January 7, observing Christ’s birth according to the Julian calendar. But, did you know that in many cultures, Christmas Eve is a celebratory holiday as well, complete with unique foods and traditions? For Christians around the […]

Carrot Muffins

Ingredients: 2 cups shredded carrots 1 3/4 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cups plain yogurt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1 egg To Make:  Preheat oven to 375. In a large […]

Champagne Cupcakes

Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup unsalted, room temperature, butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup champagne 6 egg whites   To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake/muffin tins with liners. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift in the […]

Apple Cake

Ingredients: 5 medium apples 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided in half 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground ginger 3 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup matzo cake meal To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8″ baking dish, set aside. Mix together the walnuts, […]

Cherry Lemon Tea Bread

Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cherries, coarsely chopped 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup cornmeal 6 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 egg Zest of 1 lemon To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 8×4 loaf pan. Whisk together the […]

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas 1 cup rolled oats 1 tablespoon butter, melted 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choosing 1/4 cup raisins To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas, combine with oats, melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop tablespoons of mixture on parchment-lined […]

Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

Ingredients: 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup buttermilk 1 egg 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder Olive oil Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tin with liners (recipe makes 6). Stir […]

Cinnamon Spice Cookies

Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup molasses 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup sugar To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, whisk together […]