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Sour Cherry-Brie Mini PopTarts (D)

This is a fabulous 3 ingredient appetizer that will make you look like a kitchen genius. These mini-pop tarts are super simple,  elegant, fun, and scrumptious!  Plus they look so cute when piled up on a platter.  This is a recipe that you can get crafty with: go ahead and […]

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A Very-Jewy-Christmas: Baked Pastrami Eggrolls (M) with Russian Dipping Sauce (P)

Christmas + Chinese Food+( Movie)= A Very Jewy Xmas…Much has been made how American  Jews traditionally celebrate Dec 25, the birthdate of the world’s most beloved Jew, by eating Chinese food.   Pastrami eggrolls have been around for a while now.  Even getting the hipster-foodie treatment at celebrated Brooklyn eateries.   So here’s […]

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Hanukkah Rewind

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To Do List: B4 end of world – 12/21/12: *Record our Hanukkah happenings. *Do a load (2?  if there’s time) of laundry. * Birthday card for Mom. *Finish the  book I’m reading  Read last chapter of book.   8 Crispy-Fried Hanukkah Nights , or, What Hanukkah Means To Me:  Night #1:Hanukkah […]

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Shakshook-lets (P)

Shakshooka is my favorite thing to eat when I’m in Israel (and one of my all-time favorite words, c’mon say it- shak-shook-a!).  It’s basically eggs poached in a tomato-onion sauce, and  it’s the perfect anytime meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner- it  always works.  My version offers individual shakshookas (shakshooklets) , prepared […]

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Savory White Bean Dip (P)

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This dip/spread is a great alternative to hummus.  I love it on a toasted bagel.  It’s great with pita chips as well. Sometimes I’ll have it in a wrap with salad greens and veggies for a quick and healthy lunch. Savory White Bean Dip/Spread 1 cup chopped […]

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Tasty Tuesdays: Mini Chicken Pot Pies (M)

This pot pie has tons of great flavor and a bit of heat due to the blackening spice used to season the chicken.  Recipe yields approx. 30 mini pies, or, 2 x 9″ pies, if you prefer a more communal pot pie experience. 4 boneless, skinless chicken […]

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Thanksgiving’s Greatest Hits

  This Thanksgiving I allowed myself to experiment and  mess around with several recipes I’d been thinking about for a while.  It is tough to put aside the reluctance that comes with the possibility that the dishes might not work , or, flop spectacularly.  Added to the mixing bowl […]

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Lite ‘n Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Latkes (P) with Horseradish Sour Cream (D)

If eight nights of fried delights is more than you can handle, try these  baked latkes instead. Brush the latkes with olive oil before placing them in the oven to cook, to crisp ‘em up good and commemorate the Hanukkah miracle.   Ingredients Cooking spray or olive […]

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Sandy & A Trip To Texas

I prepared for Sandy’s arrival by searching unsuccessfully for D batteries, stocking up on canned goods and other non-perishables, and baking a Banana Peanut Butter Crumble Loaf.  The electricity cut out at 4:00 on Monday afternoon,  I responded by swinging into Survivalist Cook mode and stirring up […]

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Banana Bread with PB Crumble (D or P)

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I’m not going to lie, this recipe requires a few bowls.  But if you can get past that, it’s  pretty easy. It combines the made-for-each other flavors of banana and peanut butter (and chocolate, if you choose).  It also offers a variety of textures: crunchy topping and […]

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack