Category Archives: sweets

Happy Birthday, Trees!

Giveret David is shaking a little blue and white box with the letters JNF on the side. “Tzedakah!” We hear stories from her many years spent in Israel, about kibbutz life, halutzim draining the swamps, planting trees, and singing “zoom … Continue reading

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Apples to Apples(auce)

Today, the apples were calling me. It’s not their fault. They didn’t mean to make trouble. As usual, we’ll blame it on the baby. Continue reading

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Lite Chocolate Date Nut Cake

One chilly evening, ten years ago, I sat in a cafe in Jerusalem with my parents and brand-new husband, taking a quiet night off from sheva brachos celebrations. When the waiter, dressed in crisp black and white, glided over to … Continue reading

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Energy Bites, 3 Ways (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Fasting on Yom Kippur is one of the most widely-observed Jewish practices. Polls conducted in recent years have revealed that 73% of Israelis fast on Yom Kippur. Whether it is for religious reasons, or an affiliation with tradition and Jewish … Continue reading

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3 Ingredient Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten Free)

Taste can be a strong memory trigger. Even in our adult years, we find ourselves comparing drinks to medicine our mothers made us take as toddlers or reaching for “comfort foods” that remind us of home when we are feeling … Continue reading

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No-Bake Fresh Cherry Pie

The first time I tasted a no-bake fresh fruit pie was two years ago when I was visiting family in the United States. A guest brought my parents two fresh blueberry pies. Fresh fruit loses a lot of its nutritional … Continue reading

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Easy 5-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake

There are some childhood flavors that stick with you no matter where you move. For me, it’s peanut butter that’s stuck. This easy, 5-ingredient cheesecake brings together the nostalgic flavor of a classic American sandwich and a popular Israeli no-bake … Continue reading

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Granola-Crust Cheesecake Fruit Tart

As the holiday of Shavuot nears, the smell of cheesecake is in the air. Well, not just yet, but at least the recipes are already flying around the internet and the playground benches. We eat cheesecake on Shavuot because it … Continue reading

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Citizenship, Stalactite Caves, and Star Cupcakes

Twelve years ago, on May 3, 2005, I became officially Israeli. I had already been living in Israel for a year and a half, but I updated my status to “citizen.” The whole thing was rather anti-climactic–no Nefesh B’Nefesh hats, … Continue reading

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Pesach 2017 Round-Up

Pesach, Passover, is the holiday of freedom. Our ancestors were released from bondage in Egypt, and ever since, we slave away cleaning for a month before the holiday. šŸ™‚ When applied to the kitchen, freedom could me explained in more … Continue reading

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