It takes some skill to know how different ingredients and dishes complement each other, but to save you time we’ve done the hard work for you. My complete meals are your gateway to fresh and homemade suppers, and most of these meals can be cooked in under an hour, and those that do take a bit longer are an easy set it and forget about type of meal. I have covered all the bases, from the main course to the sides and dessert. Leave the planning to me. I provide you with the complete shopping list and easy to follow recipes for the meal, be it a simple weeknight supper or a special occasion. Don’t settle for takeout again, make the home cooked meal you and your family is craving.
Commemorate the wonder and beauty of Hanukkah with my quick & simple Modern Hanukkah Feast Menu. I have compiled traditional favorites like crispy potato latkes with sweet homemade applesauce. The savory brisket is fork- tender and seasoned with aromatic herbs & spices. For dessert, try the tempting jelly-filled sufganiyot. Toast the Jewish Festival of Lights with my delicious sufganiyot-inspired cocktail.
Christmas dinner has been a beloved family tradition for centuries. Like Thanksgiving, it is a memorable time to gather around the table and enjoy food, family and friends. Take the stress out of your next yuletide feast with my complete Classic American Christmas Dinner. Serve your family a scrumptious stuffed pork loin roast with all the trimmings and toast the Christmas spirit with a cool Winter Moscow Mule.
Whether you celebrate with family or special friends, Thanksgiving is an intimate time of food, fellowship and counting our blessings. For a tasty traditional feast without the hassle, try my Classic Midwestern Thanksgiving Turkey Supper. From the creamy caramelized onion & shallot dip to the tempting apple pie finale, you will have a meal that will make everyone feel grateful!
If your family enjoys sampling flavors from around the globe, they will love this delicious Israel-inspired brunch. It has all the classic comfort dishes from the Middle East, like hummus, Baba Ganoush, and shakshouka. Enjoy a yummy chocolate rugelach for dessert with some fresh citrus punch.
Since the early 1800s, Oktoberfest has been a time of food, fellowship and national pride in Germany. Whether or not you have German heritage, you can still rise a pint with friends and family and celebrate the bounty of harvest and friendship. Try my spin on classic recipes that are synonymous with the Oktoberfest buffet.
Although pizza is an iconic Italian specialty, American’s have adopted it as one of our favorite dishes. Celebrate your love of this iconic dish, and turn your kitchen into a pizzeria and try this scrumptious menu.
If you are a coffee enthusiast, you will be thrilled with this innovative menu that uses coffee as a secret ingredient. Whether it is combined in a salad dressing, infused in savory & spicy rub or a spicy red eye gravy, coffee can impart mouthwatering flavor, without being overpowering. This menu is easy to make and best of all utilizes a staple of simple pantry essentials.
Most cultures have an autumn celebration to commemorate a bountiful harvest, such as the American Thanksgiving and the Jewish Sukkot. For Jewish people around the world, Sukkot means creating a beautiful tent that usually hosts al fresco meals. This is the season to pull out your best recipes, like the ones from my tasty Sukkot menu. Let me help you spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends.
In the Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur is a day of fasting during the Jewish day of Atonement. After not eating for over 26 hours, a lighter meal (normally dairy heavy) is served. Even though this menu is meat free – it is still delicious and satisfying.
This year celebrate Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) with festive menu of Sephardi (Spanish Jews) inspired classics. This menu highlights the traditional foods that mean luck & prosperity – pomegranates, squash and pumpkins, carrots, and of course honey. Your family doesn’t need to be Jewish to celebrate with this festive menu, take a moment away from your busy life, and cherish a moment of solace with your loved ones around the dinner table.
This year celebrate Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) with a chicken and rice forward menu of Mizrahi (Iraqi Jews) inspired classics. This menu highlights the traditional foods classic Jewish comfort foods: chicken, rice, pomegranates and beets. Your family doesn’t need to be Jewish to celebrate with this creative menu. This is a perfect menu for a Sunday supper, or a spin on a classic Shabbos supper!
This menu features the spicy & savory notes of classic Vietnamese cuisine. Traditional Vietnamese cooks makes deft usage of herbs and spices, bringing out the already complex savory flavors without being overpowering at all. This complete menu, features a delicate spring roll, a spice forward main course soup, and a decadent Asian inspired doughnut. Give it a try you will love it.
If you want a red wine that complements a variety of flavor profiles, consider pinot noir. It is a popular choice of wine enthusiasts because of its light body, floral aroma, and delightful undertones of vanilla and caramel. We crafted a unique menu that pairs perfectly with pinot noir. Make it a memorable dinner for two and include a couple of your favorite vintages to sample.
Summer is the best season to explore the wonders of the outdoors and gather with family, friends, and delicious food. When you think of picnics, you think of a picnic basket that is loaded with quick, transportable dishes. Instead of the usual picnic fare, try this elevated menu that is easy and can be made in advance.
Are you looking for ways to observe Meatless Mondays? Many scrumptious Low-land menus are vegetarian by nature. These dishes represent the bounty of American gardens and the people who created them. Don’t forget to make a pitcher of sweet tea!
Bastille Day is a French freedom holiday that is celebrated every July 14th. Why not enjoy the French festivities at home? This French-inspired menu features easy recipes for a delicate seafood soup (bouillabaisse), cheesy Potato Galette, and an earthy dish of Peasant Beets. Serve the irresistible chocolate croissants for dessert. Viva la France!
This June, celebrate National Country Cooking Month with this homespun Low-Country menu. The iconic dishes have been modernized, with even more comforting flavor profiles. Spread your table with crispy Chicken Fried Steak, Grandma’s savory Collard Greens, and a generous mound of Southern Mashed Potatoes. For dessert, try this simply delicious version of Red Velvet Cake.
Have you ever pondered what to serve for dessert? Wait until you taste these over-the-top recipes! They are not difficult to make and use ingredients usually found in your pantry. Whether you crave chocolate, something fruity, or a mixture of salty and sweet, these tempting desserts will hit the spot!
Celebrate Summer Solstice on June 21st, with a backyard barbeque. The air will be fragrant with scents of chicken grilled with garlic, lemon, and oregano. The usual potato salad is elevated with grilled potatoes, and everyone will cool down with a fresh sip of lager and lime slush. For dessert, try the strawberry galette!
Are you hosting the annual Father’s Day cookout? Here is an easy menu that amps up traditional favorites, like grilled steak with chimichurri sauce. Enjoy the crunch of bacon in a creamy potato salad, and the smoky flavors of grilled veggie salad. For dessert, treat Dad to a tasty mixed berry tart.
June 15th celebrates Eid-Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan fasting for devout Muslims. For two days, they serve a veritable feast of savory and sweet dishes. Discover the delightful tastes and aromas of Islamic cuisine with roast kabobs, or a filling dish of Iranian rice and fava beans. Try the Bombay Channa Chaat, and the sweet Egyptian Eid cookies!
For the Army’s Birthday on June 14th, show a deployed soldier how much you care by sending a care package with these homemade treats. Fill the box with bags of berry granola, savory snack mix, snowball cookies, and honey-cinnamon nut mix. It is a hug of appreciation with a little taste of home.
The month of June commemorates King Kamehameha I Day in Hawaii; however, you can celebrate the flavors of the islands wherever you live! Treat your family to a traditional Hawaiian menu of tuna Poke Bowl, and succulent Kuala pork made in your slow cooker. Try the creamy Hawaiian pasta salad, and finish with Haupia, a delightful coconut pudding.
Upgrade your recipe collection this season with a tasty spring menu. Get your servings of vegetables in a hearty beef and veggie stew, or a plate of savory sautéed green beans. Toss a classic Caesar salad with homemade dressing. For dessert, try this refreshing fruit salad drizzled with a honey and ale vinaigrette!
Do you want to host a party to celebrate June’s National Pride Month, and do not have a lot of time? Try this fast and easy cocktail party menu! The appetizers are simple and economical and are bursting with flavor. Instead of an open bar, make a couple pitchers of these yummy cocktails.
Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Jewish Torah and the spring harvest. This year, it is celebrated May 19-21. During the three days of Shavuot, Jewish families come together for a complete night of reciting passages from the Torah. They decorate their homes with festive floral themes and share delicious dairy-based dishes like these.
During the Islamic month of Ramadan, devout Muslims fast during the day. At sunset, they may have a light snack. After the evening prayer, they have Iftar, which literally means “ break the fast”. Iftar is a joyous time of traditional foods, family, and friends. These meals are often served as community potluck dinners. Ramadan 2018 is from May 15th to June 14th. Here are some tasty international Iftar recipes to consider.
Each May 5th commemorates the Mexican victory over the French Empire in 1862. Cinco de Mayo continues to be a festive occasion in Mexico and among Mexican-Americans. Colorful decorations and delicious food are part of the traditions of over 150 years. You do not have to be Mexican to join in the fun! Have a fiesta with family and friends at your place with this fabulous Cinco de Mayo menu.
Lag B’Omar is a festive Jewish holiday which falls between Passover and Shavuot. It also commemorates the life of 2nd-century sage Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Jewish people around the world celebrate with outdoor activities and delightful picnic meals. It is also traditional to sing and dance joyously with family and friends around a bonfire. Consider some of these yummy dishes for a Lag B’Omar picnic.
Do you need inspiration for a spring menu? Some of the tastiest ingredients are only available during this season. Delight your family and dinner guests with this delicious menu suggestion that incorporates spring’s bounty. The complex flavor notes of each course complement each other well.
For Polish people and Polish-Americans, spring celebrations do not stop on Easter Sunday. Monday is also a holiday for them, known as Dyngus Day. It means “worthy”, and goes back to Christian Easter traditions of the first century. Throughout Poland and among Polish-American families, Dyngus Day is a time of enjoying the forbidden activities of Lent, such as feasting, dancing, and drinking. This year, Dyngus Day falls on Monday, April 9th. Here are some exiting Polish recipes to try.
This year, Eastern Orthodox Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 8th. It is the highlight of the Eastern church calendar, which ends the Lenten Fast. Everyone gathers with friends and family for sumptuous feasts, which usually includes a lamb dish. For dessert, Orthodox families share a sweet Paskha bread cake, baked with dyed Easter eggs. Consider some of these easy recipes for an Orthodox Easter brunch.
It has been 130 years since Easter Sunday fell on April 1, like this year. Easter celebrates the new life of spring, and is a time of spiritual reflection and festivities. Forgo the crowded restaurants and prepare an Easter brunch at home for family and friends. Since ham is the traditional Easter main course, your family will love this scrumptious menu! Pair with your favorite beverage and welcome spring!
The Passover fasts is one of the most revered holidays for Jewish people around the world. It is a time to celebrate family, freedom and life’s blessings. This modern Passover menu is quick, healthy, and uses standard pantry staples, it is also budget-friendly, which is even more reason to celebrate.
St. Joseph's Day is a feast day that falls on March 19 each year, and is observed by the Catholic and Lutheran churches. Saint Joseph is the husband to the Virgin Mary and the foster-father of Jesus Christ. In some Catholic countries including Italy, Saint Joseph's Day is also Father's Day. Why not celebrate this feast day, with a menu of Dad’s favorite Italian classics with a great bottle of wine.
Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland, with a pint of stout and some delicious and traditional Irish food such as the Irish Guinness Beef Stew, this tasty stew is perfect main course for a Saint Patrick's Day celebration. Pair with creamy Champ and a crusty loaf of Irish Soda Bread.
Beginning at sundown on Friday and continuing until sundown on Saturday, Jews around the world gather with their family and friends to celebrate their faith. Regardless of how the family chooses to spend Sabbath, they all have in common is the remembrance, observance, and a beautiful family dinner. The following are some inspired recipes that you can share with your family and friends for Sabbath.
Our first featured menu is a classic Israeli meal. This flavorful and delicious meal is also super healthy. Homemade hummus isn't as challenging to make as you might think, and the difference in taste is out of this world. Here we're recommending a garlic, lemon hummus – a perfect combo. The baked chicken coated in hummus comes out of the oven tender and moist, and the chicken lends an incredible flavor to the veggies. Top it all off with the bright, tangy spice of the homemade Schug and this dish is absolutely irresistible. Finally, round it all off with a classic Israeli couscous salad to provide a fresh crunch to the meal.
Each spring brings with it the festival of Holi, also known as, the “Festival of Colors.” Widely celebrated in India and Nepal, this festival that honors the triumph of good over evil. During the festival there are bonfires, dancing and roughhousing with colorful powders. During the festival, fried sweet and savory snacks are enjoyed. Indulge in these traditional dishes enjoyed during Holi.
The residents of New Orleans celebrate two patriotic holidays in July—Independence Day and Bastille Day (French Independence Day), which is July 14. This French menu will let you and your guests' party like true bon vivants! Pair with a nice light red, such as Moulin-a-Vent Beaujolais or imported Orangina soda.
Not every country celebrates the new year on January 1. It begins on February 16 for the Chinese. In 2018, they celebrate the Year of the Dog. Along with lavish decorations, parades, and gift exchanges, Chinese New Year features traditional foods for "good luck".
Love and romance should be celebrated every day of the year; however, Valentine's Day is even more special. Instead of waiting in long lines to get a table at a fancy restaurant this year, consider an intimate dinner at home.
Here is an excellent Tu B’Shvat menu, which is traditionally vegetarian. Each dish features some of the seven revered foods in Judaism, such as olives, wheat, barley, figs, dates, grapes and pomegranate. The simple ingredients create an exciting experience in taste. Enjoy this deliciously healthy meal, and plant a tree in honor of the day, which is another Tu B'Shvat custom.
This menu has tasty spicy ham croquettes, and a delicate Spanish-style seafood soup. Your main dish is a succulent Andalusian-style lamb roast with potatoes. Celebrate the sweet prosperity of the new year with a tempting Spanish flan. It is a meal fit for a king!
Other than Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner is one of the most celebrated meals of the year. Here are some delicious suggestions. If you are having trouble finding a goose, a turkey would work nicely as well.
The leaves are changing and fall is in the air. Why not celebrate in German style with a hearty Oktoberfest feast? Start out with a traditional appetizer of homemade pretzels with beer cheese. Once you see how easy it is to make your own scrumptious pretzels, you will wonder why you ever bought them at the supermarket. Grill some brats and top them with homemade quick sauerkraut and a savory homemade whole grain spicy mustard.
Out of all the Jewish holidays, many consider Yom Kippur to be the most celebrated one. Yom Kippur means the “day of atonement”, and it comes eight days after Rush Ha’Shana (Jewish New Year). It is a sacred time to forgive and to be forgiven. On the first day, observant Jews fast from food and water for 25 hours and do not work. They spend most of their time attending special services in their synagogue.
When the day of fasting is over, they have a delicious break-fast dinner with family and friends. Yom Kippur menus call for lighter fare, since everyone has not eaten or had water for a whole day. Dairy-based foods are traditional favorites. Try our scrumptious Yom Kippur menu this year.
Just about everyone has their own version of meatloaf. This recipe tweaks the classic version and makes it a whole new dining experience. Pair it up with a crisp corn salad, and mashed sweet potatoes. We highly reccommend pairing this with a crisp Marzen beer.