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Fig-Port Brie (D)

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Easy-cheesey-diviney-winey.  In this simple and straightforward recipe dried figs get plumped up in reduced Port wine syrup, and then are lusciously drizzled over a wheel of warm and oozing creamy brie.  Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or fresh fruit.   Every bite is a luxurious symphony of flavor and texture. 1 1/2 […]

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A Very Jewy Christmas

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The Zelinsky’s: A Very Jewy Christmas What you get when you mix the Cooking Channel with Fiddler on the Roof, a laugh track,  a visit  from a Holiday Spirit, and a recipe for Salami & Eggs Fried Rice! SCENE 1 ‘Twas the night before Christmas  and something’s cooking […]

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Indian Spiced Chick Peas (P)

This recipe is a version of the Indian chickpea dish Channa Masala.  Very tasty, healthy, and filling. 2 tablespoons olive oil MILLFALLS.ORG/WOODSTOCK/ 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 “ fresh peeled ginger, grated ( 1 teaspoon) 1 small Serrano chili pepper, diced 1 […]

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Elegy for my Narrow Galley Kitchen (2002-2013)

My narrow galley kitchen has finally worn itself out. My starting point, my launching pad, my comfort zone, my cooking lab. Site of several  triumphs, and  many moments of doubt. Once it was new and sparkly.  Now broken-down and drab.   I first entered the kitchen seems like  a lifetime ago Newly-wed, newly-preg’d, not really sure what I was good […]

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Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie in Pretzel Crust (D or P)

Demolished in under 10 minutes at our Thanksgivukkah feast.  It is a greatest hits of sweet, salty, nutty, chocolatey, boozy in one unforgettable dessert.   Yields 8-10 slices   Pretzel Crust 1/3 cup (6 tablespoons) coconut oil spread or butter, melted 1/4 cup brown sugar 1  cup  pretzel crumbs […]

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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