A Mother’s Day menu

A Mother’s Day menu

For those who want to try preparing a home-cooked brunch for Mother’s Day, Chef Melinda has prepared a menu for the special day: Israeli Couscous Salad, Roasted Beet Salad, Blintz Souffle, Quiche and Limonana Frozen Mint Lemonade. These recipes can also work for...
Chef Melinda’s Passover Matzah Granola

Chef Melinda’s Passover Matzah Granola

Are you looking for another option for breakfast during Passover when you tire of Matzah Brei? Here’s a recipe from Chef Melinda McNeil, which she made with assistance from her 4-year-old sous chef. Yield: 6 cups Ingredients 6 sheets matzoh (2 ½ c crushed)¾ c...
Blau family shares J.O.T. Chicken recipe

Blau family shares J.O.T. Chicken recipe

Back in the 1980s, the Jewish Organization of Tempe (J.O.T.), which was the predecessor of the East Valley JCC, published a cookbook. Aaron Blau, board chair of the EVJCC, shared the following recipe, which has become a family favorite for Passover. (Pictured above is...
Matzah Brittle

Matzah Brittle

When you start craving sweets during Passover, here’s a recipe from Chef Melinda McNeil that should please any sweet tooth. Ingredients 4-6 sheets matzah 6 oz (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter 1 c packed brown sugar ½ tsp vanilla pinch salt ¾ c chocolate chips ¾ c...
Coconut Macaroons for Passover

Coconut Macaroons for Passover

Chef Melinda McNeil shares her recipe for coconut macaroons. Ingredients 2 5 oz bags shredded unsweetened coconut4 egg whites2 T honey1 tsp vanilla¼ tsp almond extract (optional)¼ tsp salt½ c sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350.  Grind coconut in food processor. ...
Cooking with Chef Melinda: Yogurt Cake

Cooking with Chef Melinda: Yogurt Cake

Chef Melinda makes Yogurt Cake with her son. By Chef Melinda McNeil French children learn to make this easy cake by using one scoop to measure the ingredients.  Use whatever citrus zest you have on hand, or substitute extracts to change flavor.  Yogurt can easily be...