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It’s Almost Passover but I’m Playing with Flour!

With less than a week and half until Passover, I should be inspiring you with recipes for unleavened, flourless, matzo-based delectables, but instead I am in the kitchen playing with flour. For those of you who know me personally, it will come as no surprise that I am not following the dietary rules or doing […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Birthday, Happy Blogaversary!

In our house, December through February is really just one long celebration – commencing with Hannukah, moving on to Christmas, quickly followed up by @gregorytlee’s birthday, and then crescendoing into my daughter’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. And since I started my blog in February of 2010, we can’t forget my blogaversary, now can we. Well, […]

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Get your Kids in the Kitchen!

Looking back on our two-week holiday break from the normal routine of school, driving, homework, driving, activities, driving and did I mention driving?, I realize my favorite moments of the holiday season revolved around eating or cooking with friends and family (big surprise, right!). But most impressive of all is what my kids and their […]

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An Elegant Vegetarian Entree for your Holiday Meals

I must confess, I almost never have time to read the newspaper anymore but if I make the effort, it’s usually on the day the food section comes out. This strategy paid off for me last year when the San Jose Mercury News reprinted a wonderful recipe from Melissa Clark, food writer for the New […]

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Battle of the Blintz Returns – Russian Grandma’s Recipe Prevails!

Last year, my brave and kitchen-savvy teenage son challenged his uber-talented Aunt Sharon to a blintz-off for our annual break-the-fast meal on Yom Kippur. It ended in a tie with Sharon’s crepes taking the lead but my son’s filling getting top nod. In case you aren’t blintz-aware, a blintz is a cheese-filled pancake usually pan-fried […]

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Braising Brisket – Perfect for Fall and Rosh Hashanah

To be honest, I was not really looking forward to fall – colder weather, school carpools and homework, waning daylight – and then I remembered how much I love braising. Braising is a cooking method that involves long slow cooking of various kinds of meats in some type of liquid. If you love your slow […]

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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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The Battle of the Blintz – Celebrating the Jewish New Year with Food

We just finished celebrating the Jewish New Year, 5771. The High Holidays, as they are called, start with Rosh Hashanah, which means literally “head of the year” and is followed ten days later by a somber holiday called Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, which is an opportunity to clear the slate of wrong-doings from […]

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