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Light & Fresh “Everything” Salmon(P) with Yogurt Horseradish Dill Sauce (D) (& Artichoke Latkefritto’s )

  Eighth night of Hanukkah and I’m burnt out as well as deep-fried.  Craving something light and fresh with clean flavor.  The “everything” blend adds a bit of crunchy toastiness and a lot of well-seasoned taste.  The Yogurt  sauce adds a bit of refreshing creamy tartness.  The fresh green dill adds herby-ness, […]

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Crispy Cheddar-Potato Latkes (D)

There are many far-flung fancy variations of the good ol’ latke out there, and even on this website, but  I mean potato latkes for the first night of Hanukkah, right? It’s a no brainer.  These potato latkes are flat and crispy and totally addictive.  The shredded sharp cheddar melts into the […]

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Recollecting Gil Marks

  I  became aware of Gil Marks from a Shavuot baking class he gave at the JCC on the Upper West Side. I had been married for a couple months, and was really trying to figure my way into Shabbat and holiday cooking and entertaining. We lived a […]

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Smoked Trout Pot Pie with Horseradish Caper Sauce (P)

I started working on this Thanksgiving  Smoked Trout Pot Pie around  Rosh Hashana* time.  Because planning ahead naturally  increases the chances of a recipe piece being  published.    I worked it over a few times, parvadapted*  a popular pie dough recipe so that there would be a from-scratch option for those who want it.   Now I flinch when I think about my carefully constructed pitch to ___________magazine, in which I offered the line: this recipe […]

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Maple Cranberry Pear Donut Cobbler (P)

Originally I put this Maple Cranberry Pear concoction in puff pastry, and offered them as dessert pop tarts for adults.   But as Thanksgiving approaches I decided it would be the perfect base for a cobbler-type dessert, easier too!  And the donuts-as-topping? C’mon who doesn’t love donuts? And Kinnikinnik […]

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Onions (P)

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I love this dish.  I love it so much I made it three times in one weekend.  It is adapted from a recipe in Fine Cooking magazine which always has great and do-able recipes. The onions are sweet and slippery and have a slight tanginess to them, which is in pleasing […]

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf (P)

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Pumpkin has its moment in Autumn.  The height of its popularity is around Halloween-time when it finds its way into lattes, sweets and goodies (now overflowing from the candy aisle: Pumpkin Spice– kisses, M&M’s, marshmallows, covered pretzels, candy corn).  As well as into the baked-treat banquets of Pumpkin Spice donuts, brownies, cookies, cheesecake. Pumpkin is a seasonal star […]

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Kimchi Stuffed Cabbage (M)

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  That point where Autumn begins to mellow and cool  is exactly when comfort classics start to sound like the perfect idea.  The time for a big bowl of flavor that’s as substantial and well-seasoned as the burnished leaves outside.  Stuffed Cabbage wasn’t part of my mother’s repertoire, but I would have it at my friends house on Sukkot, aka Feast of the […]

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Taim Israeli Dog (M)

I never really thought much about hot dogs until I read  “Roadfood” by Jane and Michael Stern- the true diner, drive-in, and dives experts.  From it I learned that every region in the US has a signature dog.   I decided to broaden the scope this National Hot Dog Day and make a hot […]

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Mother’s Day Sweet or Savory Pancakes

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Perfect for breakfast or brunch, these pancakes are sure to please mom! Give a look at the recipes here cipro lower immune system

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Glossary

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