I have lived outside of the US since 2005. I've lived and worked in India, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland, and now, Cambodia. (How I arrived in Southeast Asia is a long story,…but the short version is that my husband and I started an international school here.) As I moved around the globe, the food culture of each country in which I lived influenced me. In Afghanistan, I got into a habit of drinking green tea at the office, and munching on yellow raisins and nuts, as… >> Read More
Right after Thanksgiving, my husband made a major announcement: He was going on the Whole 30 Diet. Needless to say, this did not go over well.
For those of you that don’t know me, hi. My name is…Shannon and I am a food writer, cookbook author, and avid baker. In short, I’m a serious carb lover. So a new, restrictive diet did not at all sound like the cookie, latke, and hot chocolate-laden December I had been planning. Don’t get me wrong: I am 100 percent committed to real food and healthy… >> Read More
On Hanukkah, it’s customary to eat foods fried in oil because it recalls one of the main miracles of the holiday: When Maccabees cleaned out and rededicated the Jerusalem Temple, they found oil…enough to light to menorah for one day that miraculously burned for eight days. You’re probably familiar with potato pancakes, or , and jelly doughnuts, or sufganiyot. (The Nosher has easy-to-follow videos on making both of these Hanukkah classics.) But these are hardly the only holiday delicacies you should know about. Eating cheese on Hanukkah… >> Read More
We all love food. Considering that we need to eat to live, why not enjoy what you're consuming?
That's why we're giving away a copy of Nosher Editor Shannon Sarna's cookbook, Modern Jewish Baker.…If you want to know how to bake challah or babka, this book is for you. And let me tell you, Shannon's babka will send you to heaven--so if you can make it for yourself, you'll be in heaven pretty constantly. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a free copy of her… >> Read More
This whimsical babka recipe is a cross between funfetti birthday cake, coffee cake, and a traditional sweet babka. It is decadent, delicious, and my daughter’s favorite.
Yields 3…loaves Ingredients For the dough: 1 tablespoon dry active yeast ⅓ cup + ½ teaspoon sugar ½ cup lukewarm water 4 ½ cups unbleached all- purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla ½ cup whole or 2% milk (or almond milk) ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter (or margarine), melted 2 eggs For the filling: 12 ounces cream cheese,… >> Read More