Archive | 2010

Pie Dough for Dummies — Top Tips for the Doughaphobic

Acrophobia, claustrophobia, doughaphobia. I have successfully faced the demons of the first two phobias but am embarrassed to admit that leading into my 47th Thanksgiving, I was still doughaphobic. I’ve alluded to this debilitating anxiety in previous posts (How Did Bubbe Bake It – Part 1) and now feel that if you are all to […]

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How to Make Award-Winning Rugelach: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide

In my Bake for the Memories post, I mentioned our rugelach and how proud we were that our favorite baker awarded these tasty gems her esteemed stamp of approval as equaling, or perhaps even besting her best effort. So now I share with you our journey over the last few days of making 16 dozen […]

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My Unwanted Hannukah Gift or How I Lost My Bid for “Mom of the Year”

I was a terrible mother last night. (Yeah — I know what you all just thought – “only last night?”) It was the last night of Hannukah and it was the kids’ turn to exchange gifts with each other and my son gave me a gift as well. Dad will have to wait for Christmas. […]

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Bake for the Memories

A Loving Tribute to a Fabulous Woman and Prolific Baker Laughter, family, friends and home-baked goods. Does a human being really need anything more to live a joyful life? Last October, my dear friend’s mother –  my most favorite cookie baker of all time –  left this world far too soon. When she died, we […]

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OMG! It’s Already Hannukah, Chanukah, Hanukkah, Channukah!

Just as we all are recovering from the procrastination, preparation, gluttony, and good times with family and friends that is Thanksgiving, Hannukah (sundown Dec. 1 thru sundown Dec. 9) is right there staring at those of us who celebrate. If you’re not familiar with the holiday, it is the 8-night Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorating […]

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miso marinated cod

Melt-in-your-Mouth Miso Marinated Cod or How Not to Prepare for Thanksgiving

How I procrastinated on Thanksgiving planning but made the best miso marinated cod in the process! Minimal ingredients, slow marinade, huge flavor.

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Blending Cultures and Food for a Great Fall Dinner

Last Friday night we had two families over for dinner. The families originally met through work so we were hoping to provide a relaxing comfortable environment for the spouses and children to enjoy a home-cooked meal and get acquainted. Our menu took inspiration from the windy, crisp days of fall but also the rich cultural […]

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Whole Foods Opens in South San Jose!

In certain parts of San Jose, especially near where I live, there is a dearth of great restaurants and healthy, gourmet grocery stores. So when a Whole Foods store opens up, it’s big news in this town, especially to me. Though it is 15 minutes from my house, it is on my way home from […]

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