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 […]

Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

Filled Strawberries with Chocolate Topping

Ingredients: 1 pint strawberries, fresh 8-ounce package of cream cheese 1/2 TSP vanilla extract 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup chocolate chips To Make: Leave cream cheese out of the refrigerator for half an hour or until softened. Remove the center and tops of the strawberries. Use an electric beater to mix the confectioners’ sugar, […]

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tablespoons honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk Pinch of sea salt To Make:  Add the flesh of the avocado, followed by the rest of the ingredients, to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer mix to a bowl and refrigerate about 2 hours, […]

Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/4 cup wheat germ 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, chopped To Make: Preheat oven to […]

Chocolate Chip Scones

Ingredients: 3 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 cups heavy cream 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups chocolate chips To Make: Preheat oven to 375. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips and heavy cream until just combined. […]

Chocolate Mud Pie

Whether it’s mud season or chocolate season, this dessert will put a simle on your face. Have your kids (or grown up kids) help you assemble this decadent–and 100 percent edible–chocolate mud pie. CRUST: 2 1/2 cups chocolate wafers (about 1 9-oz. box) or chocolate graham crackers 6 tbsp. melted butter FILLING: 1 qt. chocolate […]

Marbled Goat Cheese Brownies

Ingredients: 7 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped 2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed 4 eggs 1 3/4 cups light brown sugar 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 3 ounces softened goat cheese 5 ounces softened cream cheese 2 eggs 1/4 cup honey 1 cup fresh raspberries To Make: […]