Mother’s Day Lemon Pudding Cake

Lemon Pudding Cake 1

Show mom lots of love with rich and delicious Lemon Pudding Cake, May’s edition of The Recipe Box in Direct Magazine.  A batch of my favorite whipped cream cheese frosting makes both strawberry filling and lemon icing to complement it perfectly. It’s so easy that kids can make it with a bit of help, and Mom will be delighted with this extra-special dessert!


Sweet & Smoky Pear & Onion Pizza

Sweet & Smoky Pear & Onion Pizza 1

Disclosure: OXO provided the featured kitchen tools for me to use and review for this post.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions are my own.

I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t like pizza.  It’s a staple in busy homes and college residences, and more artisan pizzerias are opening everywhere you look.  I’m not complaining, though – bready crust, gooey melty cheese, a plethora of different topping combinations to suit one’s every mood…what’s not to love?  But as much as I enjoy eating a delicious pizza out or having one delivered to my door, I am much more likely to make my own pizza at home now.  I love making the dough with the added flavors of fresh herbs, and experimenting with different cheeses and toppings.  And now that I have some awesome new pizza tools that make prepping and serving super fun and easy, I’m even more likely to skip the restaurant and create my own “U Make – U Bake” pizzas!


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!