Fennel and Carrot Soup

Original recipe by Bonappetit.com, adapted by GKC
Serves 6

6 tablespoons margarine, divided
1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled, chopped
1 small Yukon Gold potato, peeled, halved
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup coarsely chopped roasted chestnuts from a jar
¼ cup Tofutti sour cream
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Heat 4 tablespoons margarine in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add fennel, onion, carrots, potato, thyme, and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally and reducing heat if needed, until vegetables are soft but not browned and have released their moisture, 45–60 minutes (this will give them deep flavor).
Add broth, bring to a boil, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer until potato is falling apart, 8–10 minutes. Let cool slightly. Remove herbs.
Working in batches, purée in a blender until smooth. Strain into a clean pot; season with salt and pepper.
Heat remaining 2 tablespoons margarine in a small saucepan over medium. Add chestnuts and cook, stirring often, until it is browned and chestnuts are toasted, about 4 minutes.
Mix Tofutti sour cream and maple syrup in a small bowl.

Serve soup topped with maple cream and chestnuts.

Do Ahead: Soup can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.

Healthy Butterfingers Bars


Makes 12-16 bars
Orignal recipe by chocolatecoveredkatie.com, adapted by GKC
1/4 cup agave (honey or maple syrup)
1 tablespoon molasses
3 ½ tablespoons sugar
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or creamy) (Almond or cashew butter will work; the flavor just won’t be as close to that of the popular candy bar.)
1 ½ cups bran flakes (or cornflakes or another flake cereal)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chocolate chips or 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil mixed with 1/4 cup cocoa powder and liquid sweetener, like agave, to taste

Combine agave, molasses and sugar, in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil about a minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat. Add the peanut butter and salt, and stir until it makes a paste. Add the cereal and stir very well to coat, partially crushing the cereal flakes as you stir. Make sure the flakes are very evenly coated.
Press into a greased 8×8 pan and freeze until completely hardened.
For the topping: Melt the chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth, or mix the coconut oil with the sweetener and cocoa. Then spread over the bars with a spatula and re-freeze to harden. Store in the freezer. (Cut into bars while only somewhat frozen.

Peach Mango Coconut Oil Poundcake

Original recipe from averiecooks.com. Adapted by GKC
Serves 8 – 10
Super moist and summery.

2 large eggs

1/2 cup melted coconut oil(canola or vegetable may be substituted)

1/3 cup Tofutti sour cream (dairy version use sour cream or Greek yogurt)

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 med/large very ripe bananas)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups diced peaches/mangoes (You can use frozen fruit, thawed and drained, and any combination you choose. Mix and match the ratio as desired or substitute with nectarines, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, for tossing peaches/mangoes

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8x4-inch loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, coconut oil, Tofutti sour cream, brown sugar, vanilla, until smooth. Add bananas and stir. Add 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir gently until just combined; don't overmix.

In a small bowl combine peaches and mangoes with 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and toss to coat. Fold peaches and mangos into batter; don't overmix.

Pour batter into prepared pans, smoothing the tops lightly with a spatula.

Bake for about 45 minutes (if using fresh peaches and mangoes, baking time may be reduced), or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs.

Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving..

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 1 dozen cookies, can be doubled
Recipe by averiecooks.com

3/4 cup melted coconut oil (in liquid state, measured like you measure canola, olive, etc. oil)

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 (3.5-ounce) packet instant vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free and not 'cook & serve'), no substitutions

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a mixer, combine the coconut oil, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well combined, about 2 minutes.
Scrape down the bowl and add the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
Fold in the chocolate chips, until just combined. Mixture will look shaggy and like shredded Play-Doh bits, and is both oily and dry; this is okay.
Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 12 equal-sized mounds of dough, don't be afraid to really squeeze it. If your dough is absolutely not coming together, and is fluffy, or too dry, drizzle in one tablespoon of coconut oil at a time until it comes together. Do this as a last resort because it can make the dough oily in a hurry. The chips are prone to falling out, but just keep pushing them back in.
Place dough on parchment lined or silpat lined cookie sheet. Flatten dough slightly. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for about 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don't overbake. Cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
 with Coconut Oil

Serves 6

3-4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon curry, optional
Pinch of coarsely ground black pepper
Or use spices of your choice like paprika or smoked paprika, parsley

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Line a low-sided roasting pan with aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, mix sweet potatoes with melted coconut oil. Add spices and salt and pepper. Spread in an even layer on roasting pan (you might need two pans).

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until all the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork or toothpick. Turn off heat and let the potatoes sit in the baking dish for at least ten minutes to cool before serving warm.

Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Walking around farmer’s markets you will see an abundance of tomatoes, all types, and fresh basil. This combination is easy to grow in most summer climates and the most commonly home grown combination. Both my mint and basil and growing wild in my amongst the roses and black-eyed susans. What to do with farm fresh tomatoes and basil? These great recipes below with both tomatoes and garlic, are great for mid-week or for Shabbos.

Tomato Peach Salad
Poached Salmon with Fresh Basil Mayonnaise
Spaghetti with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with No-Cook Tomato Sauce


Serves 6

½ cup blanched almonds
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
12 ounces spaghetti or linguine
1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup basil leaves, divided
2 small zucchini (about 8 ounces), coarsely grated
¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

Place cherry tomatoes in a large bowl; season with salt.

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, purée beefsteak tomato, garlic, red pepper flakes, ½ cup basil, 3 tablespoons chopped almonds, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor until smooth; add to bowl with salted cherry tomatoes. Add zucchini, spaghetti, pasta cooking liquid, ¼ cup oil, and remaining ½ cup basil leaves and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper.

Divide pasta among bowls, drizzle with more oil, and remaining almonds.

Poached Salmon with Fresh Basil Mayonnaise

Ina Garten of the Barefoot Contessa makes this mayonnaise. I love it and make it both with and without the cheese. I serve it alongside grilled or poached fish or as a sandwich condiment.

Serves 8

Poached Salmon
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise:
2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese,optional
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil, at room temperature
1/2 cup good olive oil, at room temperature

Make salmon as per recipe link above.
For the mayonnaise: Place the egg yolks, lemon juice, Parmesan, mustard, basil, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process for 20 seconds, until smooth. Combine the vegetable oil and olive oil in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. With the processor running, slowly pour the oil mixture through the feed tube to make a thick emulsion. Taste for seasonings -- the mayonnaise is a sauce so it should be highly seasoned. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use; it will keep for up to a week.

Serve salmon drizzled with basil mayonnaise and topped with chopped tomatoes.

Tomato and Peach Salad

Serves 4

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Generous pinch flaky sea salt
Generous pinch freshly ground black pepper
4 large heirloom tomatoes (about 2 lb.), cored and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
3 cups peaches, sliced
4 medium fresh mint leaves, torn
4 basil leaves, torn

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, sugar, rosemary, olive oil balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange the tomato slices on 4 plates or a platter, top with the peaches, and drizzle some of the vinaigrette over the top. Season lightly with salt and pepper and garnish with the mint and basil.

Summer Time Salad Time

The requests for new salads come fast and frequent all summer long. Whether for weeknights, Shalosh Seudos, or for Shabbos day, people are hungrier for salads during the summer and definitely craving new recipes. This week I have two versatile summer vinaigrettes (and salad suggestions to go with the vinaigrettes) that will brighten your palate and your table. These are both fresh, light and easy.
Lemon Vinaigrette
Blueberry Vinaigrette

Blueberry Vinaigrette

Makes ½ cup, can be doubled

¼ cup blueberries
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce) or Sriracha sauce
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Sprinkle black pepper

In a small saucepan, mash blueberries with sugar and lemon juice and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Cook until thickened about 8 minutes. Cool.

Whisk in oil, vinegar and adobo sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve on mixed greens with blueberries, toasted nuts, and avocado. Or add some goat cheese for a dairy side dish.

Serve on baby spinach lettuce with radishes, blueberries, red onion, and toasted sweet nuts.

Double the dressing, and pour over mixed cabbage, purple and green, with blueberries, red onion, parsley, and cilantro.

Lemon Vinaigrette

Makes ½ cup, can be doubled

2 tablespoons minced shallots
½ teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a small bowl, mix shallots, zest, juice, vinegar, and thyme. Whisk in olive oil until fully blended. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve on mixed greens or kale, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives. Or atop boiled potatoes with grilled vegetables and fresh basil for a great potato salad.

Mason Jar S’mores

5 whole graham crackers
2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

3 cups whole milk
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

50 miniature marshmallows
2 graham crackers, broken into large pieces

Special equipment: Six 5-ounce jars and a kitchen torch or broiler

For the graham cracker crust: Pulse graham crackers and butter in a food processor until crushed into crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs to each of six 5-ounce jars. Press the crumbs down to the bottoms with the back of a spoon. Reserve the remaining graham cracker crumbs.

For the pudding: Heat the milk until hot but not boiling in a saucepan on the stove or in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave (1 minute on high). Beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl and add the hot milk, slowly at first, stirring constantly so the eggs do not scramble. Continue until all the milk is incorporated.
Add the sugar, cornstarch and salt to a medium saucepan. Whisk until there are no lumps. Slowly whisk in the hot milk mixture in a steady stream so lumps do not form. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to bubble and has thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the semisweet and unsweetened chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract. Distribute the pudding among the jars and refrigerate until fully set, 2 to 3 hours.
For the toppings:
Remove the jars from the refrigerator 2 hours before serving to come to room temperature. Just before serving, top the pudding with another layer of the reserved graham cracker crumbs. Add the miniature marshmallows to cover. Use a kitchen torch to brown the marshmallows (or carefully place under the broiler for 15-30 seconds). Top each S'mores in a Jar with a large piece of graham cracker.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Serves 6

1 ½ cups mint, chopped
4 large English cucumbers, peeled and chopped
2 1/3 cups seeded and diced watermelon
1 cup plain Greek yogurt or Tofutti sour cream
1/2 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt
1/3 cup crumbled feta
1/2 cup pepitas, toasted

Reserve 2 tablespoons of the mint. Place the remaining mint in a large bowl along with the cucumbers, 2 cups watermelon, yogurt, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, ginger, cayenne pepper and 2 teaspoon salt. In small batches, puree in a food processor until smooth. Place in a pitcher or large bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Taste the gazpacho before serving and season with additional salt if needed. Divide the soup among 6 chilled bowls and top with the feta, toasted pepitas, remaining watermelon, and reserved mint.

Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies


Need a summer or beach snack? Want to liven up regular chocolate chip cookies? How about make an incredible ice cream sandwich with crispy, soft, and flat chocolate chip cookies? These cookies are a great spin on regular chocolate chip cookies and have become a late afternoon treat for the kids playing in the yard. Malted milk powder is the secret ingredient and it adds a smoky, sweet, flavor to these cookies. They spread on the baking sheet so don’t cook too many at the same time, and this makes them awesome in homemade ice cream sandwiches too.

Makes 3 dozen cookies

2 sticks unsalted margarine/butter, softened
3/4 cup golden brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup malted milk powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
One 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream the butter, then add both sugars and cream until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat slightly, then add the vanilla and beat until combined. Add the malted milk powder and beat until combined.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture, beating gently until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir in gently.

Drop by teaspoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving plenty of space between the cookies (they spread out quite a bit). Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. The cookies will be very flat and very chewy. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan with a spatula.

Optional: Allow to cool completely, then use 2 cookies to make an ice cream sandwich. Add sprinkles to the sides of the ice cream, then wrap individually in plastic wrap.

Sweet Corn Soup with Imitation Crab or Smoked Salmon

Serves 4
Refreshing and sweet and perfect as a first course for Shabbos! Use any type of fish, imitation crab, smoked salmon, sushi-grade salmon or tuna, or omit and serve with microgreens as a garnish.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
5 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 6 ears)
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups water
1/3 cup non-dairy creamer, pareve whipping cream or soymilk
1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 pound imitation crab, or other fish, chopped

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add corn, salt, and pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 6 minutes. Place corn mixture and non-dairy milk/whipping cream in a blender. Be careful blending hot mixture, allow some steam to escape. Blend until smooth.
Place peas in a small bowl; mash slightly with a fork. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil, basil, and imitation crab; serve over soup.

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Celebrate Dads and Grads with these adorable and delicious cupcakes. They scream bright, fresh, adorable and happy! Perfect for BBQ time too. The frosting is so decadent and these have a showstopper presentation.


Makes 18 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup pareve creamer (non-dairy milk), soymilk, or whole milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the meringue:
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the glaze:
2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon limoncello or other lemon-flavored liqueur (optional)
6 to 7 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners (or bake one batch and repeat with same pan). Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl until combined. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, pareve milk, vegetable oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Whisk the flour mixture into the egg mixture.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling them ¾ of the way to the top (not more or they will bake too high). Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 24 to 28 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Make the meringue: Beat the egg whites and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase the mixer speed to high and gradually beat in 2 tablespoons granulated sugar; beat until stiff shiny peaks form, about 3 minutes.

Combine the remaining 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, the corn syrup and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture registers 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 6 minutes; remove from the heat. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg whites; increase the speed to high and beat until the meringue is fluffy and cool, about 6 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Transfer the meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and pipe onto the cupcakes; set aside at room temperature to firm up, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: Whisk the confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, limoncello and food coloring in a microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Microwave 1 minute, then whisk again until the sugar dissolves; let cool about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dip the meringue-covered tops of the cupcakes into the glaze, letting the excess drip off. If the glaze gets too thick, microwave 20 seconds.

Mocha Ice Cream Pops – Pareve or Dairy

I saw these delicious and fun summer treats in Food and Wine magazine. I made them for a BBQ and they were a big hit and definitely scream, “Summer is here!” I made them pareve but they are certainly creamy and good in the dairy version too.

Serves 10

2-1/2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup ground medium-roast coffee (3 ounces)
1 cup heavy cream or pareve whipping cream
Chopped toasted hazelnuts, toasted nuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips

Line a sieve with cheesecloth. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of the sugar with the coffee and 
1 3/4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 4 minutes, stirring. Strain the coffee over the chocolate; whisk until melted. Let cool, then refrigerate for at least 
2 hours or overnight. In a medium bowl, using 
a hand mixer, beat the cream with the remaining sugar at medium speed until soft peaks form. Whisk the chilled mocha mixture until smooth, then fold in the whipped cream. Pour the mocha mixture into the ice pop molds and freeze for at least 4 hours. If using hazelnuts, press the frozen 
ice pops into the chopped nuts and return to the freezer 
for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Classic Cucumber Salad

Serves 8 -10

2 English cucumbers, sliced thin
1 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh chopped dill

In a large bowl, mix cucumbers (don’t peel them, the color is nice). Add water, sugar, vinegar, salt and dill. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve. Best prepared a few hours or a day ahead of time, so that the flavors have time to meld together.

BBQ Desserts

BBQ season has officially begun. This means not only great meats, marinades, condiments, and side dishes but also special desserts that pair so well with BBQ. For me, that is either poundcake, strawberry shortcake, fruit crisps, or brownies and blondies. These are all big hits on GKC. What are your BBQ dessert favorites? I’d love to share your BBQ recipes, please SHARE your recipe with us! Or take a pic of it and send it to us.

Super Terrific Poundcake
BBQ Strawberry Shortcake
Cherry Berry Crisp
Crunchy Chocolate and Pareve Nutella Brownies

Cherry Berry Crisp


Serves 8

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks cold margarine
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Three 12-ounce bags frozen tart cherries
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon almond extract
To Serve:
2 cups pareve whipping cream
Pareve Vanilla ice cream, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare the crumb mixture: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.

Cut the cold margarine into pieces. Add to flour mixture and with a fork or pastry blender, cut it into the flour mixture. The mixture should resemble a moist, coarse meal. Add the slivered almonds and combine thoroughly.

Place the still-frozen cherries in a bowl, add blueberries, the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch and almond extract and gently stir the cherries to combine.

Pour fruit into an oven-safe baking dish or divide fruit between 8 ramekins (about 1/2 cup each). Top with the crumb mixture, pressing it slightly onto the fruit.

Bake until the topping is crisp and golden brown, about 45 minutes. If the topping appears underdone, continue baking in 10 minute increments until it's done.

To serve: Whip the pareve whipped cream in a standing mixer. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve the individual crisps warm or at room temperature with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or pareve vanilla ice cream.

BBQ Strawberry Shortcake

Serves 10

1 Super Terrific Poundcake
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup pareve whipping cream or heavy cream, whipped until soft peaks form

In a small bowl, mix strawberries with sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Slice poundcake in 1 ½ inch thick slices and place on a dessert plate. Spoon berries and juices over slice. Top with whipping cream.

Alternatively, slice cake horizontally. Spread whipped cream over center of cake, top with berries and juices. Place other half of cake on top of fruit and whipped cream. Chill. Top cake with any additional fruit, berries and whipped cream. Slice and serve.

Super Terrific Poundcake

Serves 10

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup pareve whipping cream or heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Do not preheat the oven. Grease and flour the bottom, sides and tube of a 9-inch tube cake pan.

Cream the margarine/butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition, but do not overbeat. Set the mixer on slow speed and stir in the flour and cream alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Add the vanilla and stir well.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and put the cake in a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Begin timing now and bake the cake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. The toothpick should be clean when it is removed. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to continue cooling.

2 Weekday Dishes, So Easy Peasy

We just finished a beautiful Yom Tov, lots and lots of cooking and serving and great meals shared with special people. I’m a bit tired though and in need of some quick and light dinners to get through the next few, very busy, weeks before summer. Luckily, a guest bought me an interesting and useful new cookbook, titled, Sheet Pan Suppers, by Molly Gilbert. She brings a whole new perspective to the art of weeknight cooking. Everything cooks right on a rimmed baking sheet, quickly and with little cleanup. Try these two from her book.

Broiled Salmon and Asparagus with Crème Fraiche
Sweet and Savory Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Summer Squash

Sweet and Savory Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Summer Squash

Serves 4

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for cooling rack
6 medium yellow squash or zucchini, or both (about 1 1/2 lbs. total), sliced into 1/2-in. rounds
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1-1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken thighs (5 to 8 pieces)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat broiler with oven rack 3 to 4 in. from heat. Set a metal cooling rack in a 12- by 17-in. rimmed baking sheet and coat lightly with oil.
Remove cooling rack and put squash on baking sheet. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the pepper; toss to coat. Spread squash in a single layer and set cooling rack on top, nudging squash aside as needed so rack lies even.
In a large bowl, combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt with the curry powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne. Set aside 1-1/2 teaspoon spice mix.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the chicken thighs to large bowl and toss chicken to coat. Place spiced chicken smooth (skinned) side up on cooling rack over zucchini.
Broil chicken and squash, turning chicken once, until starting to char at edges, about 16 minutes total.
Meanwhile, make glaze: Whisk together reserved spice mix, honey, mustard, and vinegar in a small bowl.
Remove chicken and zucchini from oven. Generously brush chicken with glaze. Return to oven and broil, smooth side up, until nicely charred and an instant-read thermometer registers 165° when inserted in thickest part, about 4 minutes. Remove rack of chicken from baking sheet and set aside.
Return squash to oven and broil until most pieces are charred, 2 to 3 minutes more. Lift squash from juices and serve with chicken.