The Holidays Are Coming!!



This time of year every magazine is filled with recipes for Christmas cookies and other treats.

I’m going to write about a treat you see more often in Israel than here: sufganiyot–delicious fried donuts that are traditionally eaten on Hanukkah.

Here’s a super-easy version:

1 can biscuit dough (like Pillsbury)

Whatever jam or jelly you like–grape is good!



Powdered sugar

Take dough out of xan can and roll it with a floured rolling pin until it is about 1/4 -inch thick.

Using a small glass, cut the dough into circles.

Drop about a teaspoon of jam onto one circle. Put another circle on top and pinch the edges together so they stick.

Heat about 2 inches of oil in a skillet  and gently place the jelly-filled circles into the oil. Fry until golden, about 3-5 minutes, turning as needed.

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels or clean brown bags.  Let cool a bit and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Of course, everyone loves latkes (potato pancakes) on Hanukkah too! Don’t worry! Soon I’m going to tell you the secret to making the most delicious and EASIEST latkes you’ll ever have!



Lend me your ears–of corn, that is!

Hello blog readers! Welcome to the Hallowen Countdown Extravaganza! Ten more days and counting! WARNING!!! I’m doing only sweets and treats for the next few days, so for all you weight watchers, stay away!!!

Your famly and friends will swarm over these like flies.

Orange Popcorn Balls (These might really scare your dentist!)

10-12 cups of popcorn (use bagged or microwave or whatever’s easiest)

1 cup dry-roasted peanuts

1/2 cup gummy worms (optional)

3 TBS. butter

10 oz. marshmallows

red and yellow food coloring

1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. In a bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, and gummy worms (if using).

2. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly.

3. add enough of the food coloring to get a nice shade of orange (red and yellow make orange!)

4. Pour the orange marshmallow mixture over the popcorn mixture and mix well.

5. Form balls about 4 inches in diameter.  (Coat your hands with a little butter if the mixture is sticking to them.) Put them on the baking sheet to cool. These can be wrapped up in Saran wrap and tied with a ribbon to give as gifts, but they’re best eaten the same day.