No Bake Energy Bites

1 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup coconut
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 c ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey or agave
1 T chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir all ingredients until combined.
Cover and chill in refrigerator.

Roll into balls. Store in airtight container and
refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Editor’s note: these are tasty little treats that are surprisingly filling.


Angel Food Cake

Making Babka with my mother’s recipe leaves behind many egg whites. Mom never really cared for Angel Cake so it was not something we had very often growing up. However, once I started making babka it seemed like a good use for the egg whites. When I was doing the baking, Mom found Angel Cake acceptable. This is the first year I made an Angel Cake since Mom left us for that great pinocle game in the sky. In her honor, I think we will have it drowned in frozen peaches in a heavy syrup and whipped cream.

This recipe is adapted from Joy of Cooking. I don’t sift the flour and sugar as many times as the original directions and that works for me.

Angel Cake

Angel Cake

Preheat oven to 350F

1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup cake flour, sifted before measuring
1 1/4 cups egg white (about 10 whites, I use the seven left from Babka)
1 Tbsp. water (optional)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (optional)
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Sift sugar, set aside

Sift (again) together:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of the sifted sugar

Whip egg whites, water and lemon juice until foamy.
Add 1 tsp cream of tartar.
Whip until stiff but not dry. Fold in vanilla and almond extracts.

Gradually whip in remaining sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time.

Sift in 1/4 cup of flour mixture, gently fold into whites. Continue adding flour and folding in until all the flour is incorporated. Pour the batter into an ungreased 9-inch tube pan (ok, I only have a 10-inch pan and that also works for me).

Bake 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool upside down.

Creamy Artichoke Dip


2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
18 oz. marinated (or not) artichoke hearts, drained and coarsest chopped
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 tsp. minced jalapeƱo chili

Beat first 8 ingredients in an electric mixer.

Fold in remaining ingredients. Spread into an 11x7x2 glass baking dish.

Bake at 400F until bubbly and browned on top, about 20 minutes. Serve with pita chips.

May be made one day ahead, cover and refrigerate before baking.