confessions of a modern mom

Passion for Food

Not Your Bubbe’s Gefilte Fish

Not Your Bubbe’s Gefilte Fish

Let’s say this right off the bat: I love gefilte fish. Smothered in spicy horseradish, this appetizer that has been made by generations of grandmothers in my family makes me feel connected to my past. I have hosted Passover in my home for over a […]

Light and Fresh Corn Soup

Light and Fresh Corn Soup

I must confess, I have a corn obsession. I love corn – raw, boiled, in a souffle, as a soup. I love it. I know, we’ve heard alot about the evils of corn. And yes, when it is processed down to its parts for corn […]

The Chocolate Cake for Everyone

The Chocolate Cake for Everyone

More and more, I hear from friends that they have a food allergy or that their child does, which makes playdates, birthdays and dessert-time very challenging. The other day, we had a friend over. Her mother hadn’t mentioned any food sensitivities, but it got me […]

Opening Alert: American Cut Bar & Grill

Opening Alert: American Cut Bar & Grill

It’s been a few years since we moved out of New York City and we are still discovering the New Jersey dining landscape. To say it doesn’t compare to NYC is hilarious, I mean who are we kidding??? In a one block radius, NYC beats […]

Holy cow! I mean, chicken…

Holy cow! I mean, chicken…

Call me crazy, but I was afraid of roasting a whole chicken. I had different reasons not to try it – it is just as cheap to buy a roasted chicken at Fairway/Wholefoods/Other grocery store as an uncooked one; roasted chicken is dry; I was a […]

An Asian Twist to an Old Classic for Chanukah

An Asian Twist to an Old Classic for Chanukah

There has been a frying fiesta going on in my house. Chanukah celebrates the miracle of just a tiny bit of oil lasting for eight whole nights. It is only appropriate to give oil a central role in this holiday. Therefore, the two cardinal foods of […]

Falatke: The New Holiday Tradition

Falatke: The New Holiday Tradition

I don’t know if I invented this or not, but I have never seen it nor heard of it, so I’m taking credit. It happened a few days ago as I was driving to meet a client. I had some quiet time in the car…I […]

Video Tutorial: Best Chicken Soup Ever

Video Tutorial: Best Chicken Soup Ever

I’m hoping that this video will be the first of many…Lots of readers have asked for more pictures of food preparation and more recipes. I decided to start making short video tutorials to help everyone get into the kitchen to make great food and delicious memories. […]

Apple of my (p)Eye

Apple of my (p)Eye

Yesterday, I spent the morning with my daughter’s Pre-K class (as well as the Kindergartners in her school). A few weeks ago, they had been read a book (How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman). Afterward, the teacher asked […]

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

Shana Tova! Happy New Year!

Wishing all who celebrate a very happy and sweet New Year. May you all be happy, healthy, renewed, refreshed and joyful. I made this layered dessert for this evening. I wanted to bring in the various symbols of the holiday – honey, apples and pomegranates. […]