posts tagged "purim"

Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again –Purim. Which means time for Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. This year because so many of you requested it on my Facebook page, I’ve developed Hamantaschen that are not only gluten and grain-free, they are nut-free as well.

Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar took quite some time to perfect. While I typically use almond flour to make cookies here, I use coconut flour –a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, and baked goods. This is the first time that I have developed a gluten-free cookie recipe using coconut flour.

Mishloach Manot

Posted on March 18, 2011

Image by koshercom on flickr

Mishloach Manot?  Shalloch Manos?  No, I am not speaking in tongues.  I am just speaking in Hebrew.  And Yiddish.

Every year to celebrate Purim, we have a little party (with Hamantaschen of course) and give mishloach manot to our friends.  Here’s Wikipedia’s official description of this “festive gift basket:”

Mishloach manot (Hebrew: ????? ?????, pronounced “mish-LOH-ach mah-NOTE,”, literally, “sending of portions”; also spelled mishloach manos and sometimes shortened to shalach manos), and also called a Purim basket, are ... read more →

Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen

Posted on March 15, 2011

I’ve been on a gluten free Hamantaschen rampage the last few days and these are my latest and greatest.  I’ll be serving them at today’s Purim party for my younger son’s Chavurah.  We’re having 7 families over in a little while to celebrate Purim and the story of Esther.

I hope you all enjoy these gluten free Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen!

Purim Roundup

Posted on February 26, 2010

Purim is here! One of my favorite festivals (it’s not a holy day) Purim is a wonderful time to gather together with family and friends.

For those that aren’t familiar, Purim, (like so many other Jewish holidays and festivals) involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent redemption to “freedom” and much feasting. Hooray for freedom and feasting! Hooray for Jewish celebrations!

Yesterday afternoon, we had a Purim Party at our house during which ... read more →

Mounds Candy Bars

Posted on February 23, 2010

These healthier mounds bars are a quick and easy homemade chocolate and coconut candy.

We will be making these yummy gluten free candy bars for Purim which is coming up this week.  Of course, we also plan on making Hamantaschen as well, which is one of the boys’ fave treats.

These mounds bars are easy to make and rich with dark chocolate and a coconut filling consisting of shredded coconut, coconut oil and agave.  My older son downed them and thought ... read more →

Raspberry Hamantaschen

Posted on February 27, 2009

Recently I was paid a visit by the lovely Eve who not long ago gave up gluten and white sugar.  We had tea in my kitchen and chatted about things, oh, I don’t really remember what, just that we had such a pleasant time together.  It wasn’t really the content of our conversation (that was great), it was more about making a connection.

Eve emailed me yesterday asking for a gluten free Hamantaschen recipe.  While I do have this one from ... read more →

Sesame Truffles

Posted on November 7, 2008

These Gluten Free Truffles my final installment of the trufflemania series.  At least for now.

These super nutritious little bites of sesame sweetness remind me of the halva I used to devour as a child.  They’re easy to make, vegan, dairy-free and of course, gluten-free.  Don’t let all those labels scare you though, more than anything else, they’re just plain old delicious.

Sesame Truffles

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½ cup (raw) cashews
¼ cup tahini (I used roasted, though raw will probably work just as well)
¼ cup ... read more →

Macadamia Caramel Clusters

Posted on July 11, 2008

We have a big all star game tomorrow, though unfortunately I will be missing it. One of my parents was hospitalized this week so I am flying back to California for a weekend visit.

As I tucked my older son into bed tonight he said, “I want extra snuggles since I won’t see you until Sunday.” He was very disappointed that I would be missing his game and couldn’t completely understand how a hospital visit could take priority over ... read more →

Hamantaschen

Posted on March 15, 2008

Purim is this Friday, March 21st, less than one week away.

For those who aren’t familiar with Purim, it is a festival as opposed to a major holiday or “holy day.” Purim involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent escape to “freedom” and much feasting, a set of themes that run throughout many of our celebrations.

Purim is recorded in the Book of Ester and dates back to 600 BCE. At this time, Jewish exiles ... read more →

Black and White Cookies

Posted on February 9, 2008

Today was a big day –I taught the first in a series of cooking classes that I will be offering quarterly.

The theme of this class was Valentine’s Day –we made the Cranberry Apricot Truffles that I have previously posted on this site, a new experimental flavor of truffles (to be revealed someday soon) and the black and white cookie recipe below, of course using heart cookie cutters, given our theme.

The class was held in the spiffy little commercial kitchen at ... read more →

Chocolate Bark

Posted on December 16, 2007

Perfect for holiday parties and potlucks, this chocolate bark is a favorite of mine. It’s another gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan dessert that doesn’t taste it. And for those with no food restrictions whatsoever? Who can say no to candy, let alone chocolate? See for yourself, try some.

Chocolate Bark

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3 tablespoons grapeseed oil or palm shortening
6 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
2 cups pecans
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups chocolate chunks

In a large skillet, heat oil ... read more →