mashed potatoes with a flair

Mashed Potatoes with a Flair


Photography by Daniel Lailah This article by EstherO. originally appeared in Mishpacha Magazine Fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, cooked potatoes… It seems as if there are potatoes at every meal over Passover.  Here is a way to add some color to your mashed … Continue reading



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Tic-Tac-Toe Salad Plate


I recently wrote a ten page spread for Mishpacha Magazine Family First showcasing ideas for preparing your own simcha. Included were exciting recipes, garnishing and plating ideas from entree through dessert. The feedback (no pun intended!) was fabulous.  Over the next few weeks, I … Continue reading



english donuts

Crispy and Silky English Donuts


I was talking to my friend Rivky Manies, author of the cookbook “Recipes Unplugged”, a superb and handy recipe collection, that uses no machinery (other than an oven or stove top) and asked her about her favorite donut recipe; Rivky, was thrilled to share … Continue reading



fall tree cookies

Fall Tree Cookies


As we are surrounded by fall’s beautiful foliage outside, how about bringing some color, creativity and fun indoors as well. Perfect for a long Sunday afternoon – you wont  be”leaf” how much your children will enjoy creating these “tree”ts. Supplies: … Continue reading



biscotti with pearl candies

Biscotti with Candy Pearls


Lately, I have been getting a lot of requests for ideas of things to send to a Shalom Zachar and Kiddush. Biscotti seems to be a great thing to send to a Simcha; they are  delicious, easy to make and easy to … Continue reading



rainbow chocolate chip cookies

Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies


Fill your cookie jars with these adorable Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies-perfect for Parshat Noach and throughout the year.(They are sure to make a “big splash”!) For these cookies I used my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and added the colorful chocolate chips. … Continue reading



Apple dipped in honey cake pop

“Dip the Apple in the Honey” Cake Pops


These adorable Rosh Hashana themed cake pops will have you well on your way to a sweet new year! You will need: Cake balls Gefen Wonder Melts – 2 Red, 1 Yellow and 1 green Lollipop sticks Falafel bits super … Continue reading



Granola whole wheat brownies

Granola Whole Wheat Brownies


Photography by Dan Engongoro Here’s another fantastic Back to School recipe. This recipe is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice anything when it comes to sticking some healthy ingredients into your children’s snack bags. Yields 24 large brownies Granola … Continue reading



Whole Wheat Muffins by Esther O

Whole Wheat Muffins


Photos by Dan Engongoro It’s been quite a while since my last post…. I spend my summers as a craft director in an overnight camp, and just returned back to “civilization” a few days ago. And now the rush begins… … Continue reading



grilled mini pepper kaboba

Grilled Mini Peppers on Skewers


My guests were arriving and I still had not decided on a hot vegetable to be served with the main. Obviously, I did not have much time on my hands. Upon openening  the fridge, I spotted a bag of mini peppers I had just … Continue reading