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Drug Store Candy Pies

30 Oct

There are certain times  of the year that I look on, as an Orthodox Jew, while people around me celebrate exciting holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Instead of sitting back wrought with jealousy, I decided this year that I would take advantage in any way I could and for Halloween, that meant candy, candy and more candy! I drove to my closest drug store and stood in front of the candy section for almost 10 minutes deciding which chocolate morsels I would pile in to my cart. I finally decided on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Kisses Filled With Caramel, and Dove White & Milk Chocolate Swirl Promises, all candy that I knew would melt well in the oven but would still hold on to their delicious integrity. Next came the question of what to do with all of that yummy candy so I figured I should turn to a cookbook made just for kids, since it’s usually kids who collect the candy on Halloween, right?!? Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen, by Susie Fishbein, was my answer and the Fruit Pocket recipe was my inspiration! I seriously felt like a kid making this desert and I certainly suggest making this with your own kids.  Continue reading

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Crunchy Fig Galette

23 Oct

Every weekend, whether at my own dining room table or by anyone else who is hosting a Shabbat meal, there is usually some form of kugel side dish. For those of you who don’t already know, a kugel is a traditional Jewish pudding or casserole, similar to a pie, and can be sweet or savory. If you asked me what were the first recipes that I learned to make on my own, I would have to say corn flake crumb chicken strips, broccoli kugel and cranberry crunch kugel, which are all fairly typical Shabbos dishes and I have been making them for too long! A little while ago, I vowed to try not making any standard kugels anymore and have been making every attempt to serve unique side dishes or even just updated versions of a kugel. This galette is my newest accomplishment and I can’t wait to try it with every flavor I can think of. There will be a cranberry apple crunch galette and a spiced pumpkin galette in my near future. Continue reading