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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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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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Braising Broccolini – a Simple Technique, a Unique Sidedish

Braising Broccolini – don’t you just love how that sounds? I do, but what’s even better, is how it tastes. A few days ago I was putting together another last minute dinner, whizzing through the grocery store at frenetic pace trying to figure out what to buy that was quick to prepare but not a […]

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Surviving the Halloween Junk Food Glut: Ten Snacking Tips for Busy Parents

With Halloween just around the corner, stock up your pantry and refrigerator with some healthy snack foods before the candy and treats take up all the space. You’ll find ten suggestions for some unprocessed, tasty snack choices in my guest post at EatingRules. For the month of October, EatingRules has challenged us to eat only […]

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Roasting Vegetables – Minimal Effort Yields Maximum Flavor

Roasting vegetables at any time of the year yields lots of flavor with minimal effort

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