{Dairy-Free} Halva and Pistachio Ice Cream

July 16, 2012

Unbelievably, it's mid-summer and I haven't posted a single recipe of the single most important part of the season: ice cream!

No one will argue that ice cream is the perfect way to cool down and treat yourself to something delightful. There are endless flavor combinations of ice creams floating around, but I'm pretty confident you haven't come across this perfect blend of halva and pistachios. I'm excited to introduce it to you. You might have had pistachio halva, but rest assured this halva and pistachio ice cream takes it up a notch. Mainly because the pistachio ratio is dramatically increased and complements the smoothness of the halva against the velvety texture of the ice cream.

What got me even more excited about this recipe is that I was able to make it without an ice cream maker. It's also healthy, naturally sweetened, and dairy-free. That basically means I can have as much as I want, whenever I want. And, I did.

I savored spoonfulls of rich, creamy ice cream that had a hint of a coconutty aftertaste.

I might have shared with the family a little, but mostly two baking dishes disappeared in matter of two days.

I promise, it's that good.

I hope you're enjoying your summer and creating memories.

You can find other ways to keep cool and check out the other links below! A group of great bloggers have launched a Kosher Linkup, and you can check them out here.

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Mediterranean Frittata with Goat Cheese

July 11, 2012

Making frittata has been on my "to make" list every since I discovered it on the cover of a Williams-Sonoma catalog. That was about four years ago, when I was first married and started getting interested in a Williams-Sonoma catalog.

They made the frittata look beautiful, dressed in bright red bell peppers, sprinkled with cheese, and garnished with herbs. But I was apprehensive about using so many eggs, I didn't want it to taste "eggy".

Well, when I saw Jamie's frittata in her Meals in Minutes cookbook, I let myself trust her and tried her recipe. Let me tell you, it tastes just as good as it looks. This frittata is definitely going on my weeknight dinner repertoire.

It turned out light and fluffy and balanced the right combination of flavors. A real savory treat your whole family can enjoy.

The best part about this recipe is that leftovers are your friend. You can enjoy a slice cold the next day. 

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Middle Eastern Salads: Tahini, Roasted Peppers, and Eggplant with Green Onions and Cilantro

July 5, 2012

These are the last of the Shabbat salads. Don't worry, there will be more, eventually. For now, I leave you with this flavorful, colorful trio. The homemade tahini (I really want to scream tchina in my inherited Israeli accent, but I'll leave it tahini for a more familiar pronunciation), has a creamy texture and a hint of garlicky taste.

The roasted pepper, depending on your preference and luck (yes, I consider it luck when you land a batch of seriously spicy peppers), add a boost of piquant, livening any bite from bland to interesting.

And finally, this roasted eggplant salad is something my father-in-law concocted in his own kitchen. Yes, he's an excellent cook and takes his Shabbat salads quite seriously. He has perfected each one and through various experiments, came up with this combination that became an instant success amongst the eggplant-obsessed in the family. Guests are instantly hooked as well.

I hope you will pick one, two or all to make at your next meal. These salads are great starters that are fresh, healthy, and flavorful. The perfect appetizers to nibble on while the meal is taking pace and conversations are flourishing around the table.

Middle Eastern Salads: Beets and Green Swiss Chard

July 3, 2012

I'm sure you've been waiting impatiently for these subsequent Shabbat salads posts. If you don't share that level of enthusiasm, you really aren't aware of what you're missing. I promise. Decorate your table with this Beet and Cumin combination, and a sauteed Green Swiss Chard salad.

They are both healthy and delicious, and easy to make. A perfect way to start any meal.

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