Cream Cheese Rugelach with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

As Hanukkah and Christmas overlap this year, it’s a fine time to share my beloved recipe for rugelach. Before I became Jewish, I had always loved the Christmas cookie baking traditions—from the aromas that filled the house to all the flavors and textures of the different cookies. And all the sampling, of course. Celebrating my […]


Rosh Hashanah Cinnamon Roll Challah with an Italian Twist

Challah for the Jewish New Year is special—round to celebrate the circle of life and sweet (typically with raisins) in the hope of a sweet year. For the occasion, I make what I call my cinnamon roll challah, with rum-soaked raisins (an homage to Italian desserts featuring rum) and a pretty swirl of brown sugar […]

Lemon ricotta pancakes

Jewish-Italian Inspired Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes for Hanukkah

Stay in your PJs for vacation lemon ricotta pancakes