Faith Gorsky
http://www.anediblemosaic.com/
Hometown:
Upstate NY
Location:
Kuwait

About Me: Faith Gorsky is the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind the blog An Edible Mosaic, and the cookbook author of An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair (Tuttle Publishing; November 2012). She was born, raised, and spent most of her life in Upstate New York, and she currently lives in Kuwait. When it comes to cooking, her favorite thing to do is go into the kitchen hungry, open the fridge, and start creating. She loves to travel, especially to places steeped in rich culture and history. She also enjoys reading (cookbooks mostly), vintage shopping (especially in old markets), watching movies (of all genres), and is enamored with ancient cultures (especially Rome and Egypt).

Recipes Posted by Faith Gorsky:

If you’re looking for decadent, dessert-style pancakes for a special occasion brunch or even dessert, these are a must-try! I’m always tempted to order things like Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes or Ice Cream Sundae Pancakes when I see them on a menu, but these Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes are easy enough to make at home, come together in under 30 minutes, and rival anything you’d get at a restaurant. When serving, you could also add a handful of chopped toasted hazelnuts on top to highlight the flavor of hazelnut.

The name of this dessert comes from the fact that all ingredients are literally dumped into a dish and baked – no stirring required! Somewhere between a fruit cobbler and a cake, it’s delicious and surprisingly addictive. In addition to the classic components of crushed pineapple and cherry pie filling, this version also includes peanut butter and bananas, drawing inspiration from a banana split. Serve this cake warm topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, and for nutty crunch, you could add a sprinkling of chopped honey-roasted peanuts.

These cookies are a hazelnut spin on a classic peanut butter favorite; they’re a little more elegant with the flavor of hazelnut, and a little more grown-up with the addition of a crunchy layer of salted caramel brownie brittle crust.

If you’re looking for a fun and festive cookie to surprise the kiddos (and kids at heart) at your next holiday party, these Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies are it! They whip up in about an hour from start-to-finish, and are absolutely adorable. I like to make these cookies on the smaller side using 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, Snack Factory® Pretzel Crisps® Original Gluten Free Minis for antlers, chocolate pearls or mini chocolate chips for eyes, and mini red M&Ms for noses. If you prefer bigger cookies, you can use 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie, regular-sized Pretzel Crisps® for antlers, regular chocolate chips for eyes, and red peanut M&Ms for noses (and slightly adjust the cooking time if they need another minute or so in the oven). Either way, these cookies are sure to be the cutest addition to your cookie platter!

This is the first and last peanut butter fudge recipe you’ll ever need. I know that’s a big claim, but make it for yourself and decide for yourself! It whips up in just 30 minutes without any crazy hard-to-find ingredients, and it literally melts in your mouth. Pretzels add crunch factor, and a ridiculously easy two-ingredient chocolate ganache goes on top to not only add flavor, but also to make it look deceptively fancy. Bring this to any party and it will no doubt be the star of the show – be ready for people to ask you for the recipe!

Truffles are always so much fun to bring to a party or serve for dessert. You’ll hear endless ooohs and aaahs, and it’ll be our little secret that these beauties can be whipped up in 30 minutes using just three ingredients! They’re rich and decadent, sort-of like a slightly more grown-up spin on chocolate peanut butter cups, and they’re a hit with kiddos and adults alike. You can also keep a stash of them in the fridge for anytime a chocolate craving strikes.

Along with the star of the show (turkey!), there are usually a few side dishes that always grace a holiday table and some form of sweet potato dish is usually one of them. Sometimes they’re candied, sometimes they’re mashed, but if you’re really lucky, marshmallow topping is involved. Here that classic casserole gets a slight update with the addition of almond and cashew butter, which adds rich, nutty flavor. A splash of vanilla is optional, but it really pulls out the subtle natural sweetness in this dish. For a fun switch up (and slightly sweeter version) of this recipe, omit the Bestie Almond & Cashew Butter and the pumpkin pie spice mix, and use 1/2 cup Peanut Butter and Co. Pumpkin Spice peanut butter instead!

My inspiration for these cute little pastry muffins came from my favorite coffee shop where they are always so hard to resist; that is, until I realized just how easy they are to make at home! Thanks to store-bought puff pastry, they require minimal effort and come together so quickly. Plus you can adjust them as you like to suit your own tastes! Next time I think I’m going to add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the filling as well.

Peanut butter and chocolate is that timeless flavor combination that everyone is crazy about, and here we use two kinds of chocolate – white and dark – to amp up the flavor even more. This cake is moist and tender-crumbed with a rich peanut butter aroma. Here’s a tip to ensure your cake is flavorful and tender every time: add 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to the milk and let it sit for a couple minutes before using!

My all-time favorite broccoli dish is super simple: broccoli sautéed in olive oil with lots of garlic, a healthy dose of crushed red pepper flakes, and a squeeze of fresh lemon. One day at a Thai restaurant I ordered a broccoli dish that had a very similar flavor profile, but with chopped peanuts sprinkled on top. It was an epiphany for me and these fritters are my twist on that dish.

I don’t know many people who don’t love the chocolate and peanut butter combo; it’s the salty/sweet fusion that’s completely satisfying and addictive. If that’s your thing, you’ll be all over these chewy granola bars that are chock full of whole grain oats. As a complete bonus, these whip up fast and don’t require any baking!

I love recipes that are healthy enough for breakfast, but indulgent enough for dessert. They make breakfast feel like a special treat and dessert a lot less guilty! That was the inspiration behind this Peanut Butter Date Frozen Yogurt Shake; based on taste alone, you’d think you were indulging in an ice cream parlor treat. The surprising thing about this shake is that its flavor is reminiscent of a malted milkshake. It’s thick and rich, with the perfect amount of tang from Greek yogurt, a hint of natural caramel-like sweetness from dates, and a lovely nutty flavor from Mighty Nut Flax & Chia powdered peanut butter.

There is no better snack than a rich chocolaty brownie with a glass of cold milk…except maybe a chocolaty peanut buttery brownie. These brownies were inspired by Alice Medrich’s celebrated recipe for Best Cocoa Brownies. They’re fudgy and moist, and pretty much everything a brownie should be. In my humble opinion, the only way to improve on that lovely recipe was to add peanut butter, which adds a nutty complexity.

If pumpkin pie is always the star of the show on your holiday dessert table, you won’t want to miss this fun twist on that classic. A nutty maple peanut butter crust and maple peanut butter whipped cream on top take pumpkin pie to the next level, and maple syrup in the filling ties the flavors together beautifully. And here’s a tip if you don’t have all the spices for the filling on hand: feel free to substitute 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice mix instead!

This vegan pie is a bit of a surprise, but in a strange way it just makes sense. Anyone who loves apple slices paired with peanut butter will go crazy for it. The filling turns into a sort of peanut butter/apple custard consistency, which is not only delicious, but a nice contrast in texture to the flaky crust. This is a great recipe to try for a fun switch up on a classic apple pie.

Pumpkin spice, that epic favorite fall flavor combination, gets a fun new twist with the addition of peanut butter in these pretty streusel-topped muffins. Here pumpkin spice-flavored peanut butter not only adds delicious nutty flavor, but it also incorporates all the spices you’ll need for this recipe, which definitely helps keep it easy! These muffins make the perfect fall breakfast or snack.

When nights start to cool down and fall feels like it’s in the air, many of us look forward to our first pumpkin spice latte of the season. I love this seasonal rite of passage so much I’m lucky if I can make it through August without having my first one! This homemade decadent Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Latte is every bit as delicious as anything you’d order from your favorite coffee shop, and the nutty flavor of peanut butter really takes it over the top.

One way I like to keep dinner fresh and exciting is by combining ideas from different cuisines around the world. Carnitas, which is classic Mexican fare, is made by braising meat until it’s so tender it falls apart when you go to cut into it. Instead of using traditional Mexican spices to flavor my carnitas, here I went with ingredients reminiscent of a Thai curry.

A nice balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, the flavorful peanut butter sauce literally makes this dish. Mango salsa provides bursts of fresh flavor and a nice sweet contrast to the sauce, and crushed peanuts on top add texture. I served my Peanut Butter Beef Carnitas open-face on toasted slices of sourdough bread, but of course you can roll it in any kind of flatbread you like or even serve it on a bed of rice. It’s fusion food at its finest.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic favorite with most kids and even several adults I know. There’s just something about the combo of slightly salty, nutty peanut butter paired with sweet fruity jam that is sandwich perfection. So I thought why not take those same great flavors and bake them right into a loaf of bread? When snack time rolls around, instead of a pb&j sammy, slice a piece of this beautiful bread and enjoy it as-is, or take it to the next level by toasting it and topping it with whatever you fancy. (Butter or more peanut butter and jelly, perhaps?)

And heads up, this bread also makes killer French toast, which is perfect for a special occasion breakfast or brunch!

Even though they’re almost like a cross between chocolate chip cookies and brownies, blondies are unique in their own right. They should be rich – dense instead of light and cakey – and as far as mix-ins go, the sky’s the limit. Here I went with a peanut butter base for the batter, mixed in chocolate chunks and butter toffee peanuts, and topped it with pretzels and more peanuts. The resulting blondies are rich and gooey, sweet and salty, and completely irresistible.

Anyone who’s a fan of chicken satay, Thai Massaman curry, or African peanut stew knows just how well the flavor of peanuts meld into savory dishes. This recipe isn’t like any of those other dishes except for the fact that the flavor of peanuts also plays a big role.

This dish is actually very loosely based on Creole gumbo. Celery and onion are classic gumbo veggies, and I used carrot instead of bell pepper. Smoky sausage and a few spices add dimension of flavor, and instead of roux as a thickener, I went with peanut butter. It’s a really fun play on classic Louisiana fare, and as a bonus, it comes together much quicker than most gumbos.

When I think of holiday cookies, cut-outs always pop into my head first. My mom has been making regular cut-outs for as many Christmases as I can remember and they’ve always been a favorite. Maybe it’s the cut shapes or the pretty decorations; I don’t know, but there’s just something about this kind of cookie that is so festive.

Here I took cut-outs to the next level with a peanut butter makeover! These cookies are crispy outside, chewy inside, and bursting with peanut butter flavor. After eating them you might never want a regular cut-out cookie again (which is really saying a lot!). If you’ve never made cut-outs before, don’t worry because the dough is pretty easy to handle; I think once you see how painless they are to make, these might just become your go-to cookie.

Topped with a simple glaze and colorful sugar or sprinkles, these cookies are perfect for getting into a holiday mood!

Are you one of those people who makes turkey the same way every year? Maybe you swear by roasting it breast-down or deep frying it, or maybe you’re of the mindset that the cooking method doesn’t matter as long as the turkey was brined (side note: I highly recommend brining too!). Whether or not you change up the method that you use to cook your turkey, there is still the question of how you want to flavor it. You can stuff it, fill it with aromatics like lemon, onion, and carrot, season it under the skin, or give the outside a rubdown with herbed butter or oil. But this year why not try something new? This turkey brings something completely different to the table!

A savory blend of herbs, spices, and peanut butter brings a whole new level of flavor to this turkey. It’s a unique take on turkey, and the perfect way to spice up your holiday table.

Once people find out how quick and easy it is (and so much more delicious!) to make homemade cranberry sauce, they never go back to the canned stuff. Cranberry relish is just as easy to make and even more unique.

Don’t let the ingredient list fool you here – the flavors mesh unbelievably well. In fact, they blend so well that people have trouble guessing what’s in there unless you tell them! I had four people guessing the ingredient list for this relish for 20 minutes and the only items they guessed correctly were cranberries and apples. Salted peanuts and sweet raspberry preserves are the two secret ingredients that pull everything together, but unless you tell them, people will never be the wiser.

This relish is a fun new twist on cranberry sauce for your Thanksgiving table, and be sure you don’t forget about this relish when it comes to leftover turkey sandwiches! It takes a turkey sandwich from great to absolutely amazing.

If you ask most people to name one side dish that’s always present on their Thanksgiving dinner table, you’re likely to get one of three answers: potatoes, stuffing, or green bean casserole. There are plenty of ways to change up potatoes and stuffing, but that green bean casserole never seems to change much. Why not reinvent it and give it a fresh flavorful twist?

With a little inspiration from classic Thai flavors, this dish turns the old-fashioned version of green bean casserole on its head. Cream of mushroom soup is replaced with a flavorful creamy sauce made from coconut milk, peanut butter, tamari sauce (instead of soy sauce to keep this dish gluten-free), and fish sauce (just omit if you want to keep this dish vegan). Onion, garlic, and ginger up the flavor even more, and using fresh mushrooms and fresh green beans makes all the difference in the world. And don’t worry, even though I ditched the fried onions, I would never forego that wonderful crispy topping so I used toasted coconut flakes and salted peanuts. This dish is a little sweet, a little salty, full of flavor, but nicely balanced; and yup, it’s even better than the original!

Why not start a delicious new Thanksgiving tradition?

My inspiration for this beautiful brunch dish was classic Eggs Benedict: an English muffin topped with ham, poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce. This egg-free version makes fun use of apricot instead of poached egg, and a deliciously creamy peanut sauce instead of Hollandaise. Be sure to taste an apricot from the bunch you’re using to make sure they’re sweet; otherwise, to make the dish a bit sweeter, you could spread a layer of Peanut Butter & Co. Awesome Apricot Preserves onto each English muffin half before topping with roasted apricot. And if apricots aren’t in season, you can use canned, drained apricot halves instead (no need to roast them!).

What I absolutely love about a classic Monte Cristo sandwich is the delicious sweet/savory combination of flavors. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s traditionally a ham and cheese sandwich dipped in egg batter, pan-fried, and then served with a dusting of powdered sugar on top and a side of preserves for dipping. This version adds both a smoky component (with turkey bacon) and a salty component (with peanut butter), which really takes it to the next level. A sprinkling of roasted, salted peanuts on top along with the powdered sugar makes it perfect.

This dish is Asian fusion food at its finest, with a balanced flavor profile borrowed from Thai cuisine, cooking techniques borrowed from Chinese cuisine, and noodles from Japanese cuisine. A complex and perfectly balanced peanut sauce adds sweet, sour, salty, and umami flavors, and serves double duty as both a marinade for the meat and a sauce to garnish the dish.

If you’re adept with chopsticks, this dish is the perfect time to use them. Otherwise, a fork will do nicely to help you twirl your noodles. But don’t forget to drink the broth that’s left – it’s full of flavor and nutrition!

This soup was inspired by the classic French potato and leek soup, Potage Parmentier. In that dish, the flavor of leek and potato stand out clean and simple; likewise in this soup, the flavors of cauliflower, onion, and garlic prevail. This soup, which isn’t spicy until you stir in the spicy peanut butter crème, is taken to the next level by the addition of the crème and a few fun garnishes.

In warm months, there is nothing better than a cooling treat. If ice cream is your go-to to cool off, I think you will love these popsicles. They’re healthier than ice cream and they couldn’t be easier to whip up. With two kinds of peanut butter (White Chocolate Wonderful and Dark Chocolate Dreams), they are full of peanut-y flavor, and chocolate chips are the perfect addition!

Everyone I know loves a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich (including me!), and it’s always fun to reinvent this classic. Scones, which are like biscuits but are a bit more flaky and delicate, are a traditional part of afternoon tea; they are often served with jam and clotted cream. Here the clotted cream has been replaced with Brie cheese and the rich, peanutty scones serve as the “bread” portion of this elegant version of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Couscous might not be the first thing you would typically think of when it comes to breakfast, but this dish definitely changes that. This creamy porridge-like bowl of couscous is the perfect way to switch up your usual breakfast routine. It’s hearty like a bowl of oats, but is uniquely scented with warm spices and flavored with peanut butter, coconut, and vanilla.

I’ve always loved peanut butter in savory dishes, especially paired with bacon (bacon, peanut butter, and fried egg sandwiches might sound weird, but believe me when I tell you they are out-of-this-world amazing!). Like peanut butter and bacon, bacon and leek also have a natural affinity for each other; combine the three and you really have something special. These little bites have their flavor kicked up even more with the addition of garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes.

If you like peanut butter cookies, these tartlets are for you – the crust is basically a peanut butter cookie! For a nice balance of flavors, the peanut butter cookie shells are filled with apricot preserves and drizzled with white chocolate. Since these tartlets are two-bite-sized, they’re the perfect little treat for serving at a party or cookie exchange. Prep time: 1 hour Cook Time: 15 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Yield: 30 tartlets Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon […]

The great thing about breakfast is that both savory and sweet inspiration work well. Carrot cake inspired this dish, but even so, it’s full of healthy things and only subtly sweetened; really I based it on carrot cake just so I could get an extra veggie in at breakfast.

For this recipe I made coconut milk by blending shredded unsweetened coconut with water. I left the coconut bits in the milk (to give the pudding more texture)

Peanut Butter & Oat Carrot Cake Breakfast Pudding with Candied Oats