Pizza Ebraica Cookies with Dried Fruit and Wine

Pizza Ebraica - King Solomon's Table

“Driven by a passion for discovery, King Solomon is said to have sent ships to all corners of the ancient world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures that continues to bear fruit today.”  Celebrated author Joan Nathan traveled to about 30 countries while writing King Solomon’s Table, sometimes following a specific recipe there (chocolate salami in El Salvador, for instance), always in search of Jewish recipes and Jewish people. The resulting cookbook is a treasure containing more than 170 recipes spanning thousands of years from around the world, accompanied by stories about those recipes and an introduction that gives a history of how Jewish food began.


Simple and Savory Slow Cooker Dinners

Slow-cooking makes hearty and economical winter meals a snap to make, and I’ve shared two of my favorite recipes in my column, The Recipe Box, in the March issue of Direct Magazine. Investing a little time to do some advance prep the evening before allows you to quickly combine everything to cook in the morning. Your reward? Delicious dinners waiting for you at the end of the day, with plenty left for quick meals through the week!


Tropical Zucchini Bread

Y’all know that I have quite a fondness for sweets and baked goods ~ my belief that “diet” equals lifestyle means that balance and moderation are the keys that allow me to enjoy both.  I’m definitely open to using ingredients that will make my favorite treats healthier, as long as I don’t feel that the flavor and texture are compromised.  And if some additional healthy benefits get thrown in there – metabolism-boosting fatty acids, anti-oxidants, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties – well, all the better!  I’m excited to share a great product with you that I think is going to be a favorite in my kitchen because it fits into my lifestyle philosophy perfectly: CoCoNana Coconut Oil from a brand new company, Nana Solutions.


Cozy Campfire Crisp

Disclaimer: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles provided the Trefoil Cookies and Melissa’s Produce provided the produce and nuts for the recipe in this post.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are mine.

I’m not sure how I wound up in a camping mindset when creating my Girl Scout Cookie desserts this year, but I’m excited about both recipes, so I’m rolling with it!  I love teaming up with my friends at Melissa’s Produce and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to make fun desserts using great produce and Girl Scout Cookies…my Glampfire Bark using the new S’mores cookie is easy and delicious…and I think I may like my Trefoil Campfire Crisp even more!