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Birthday Buttermilk Pancakes (D) with Mascarpone Maple Syrup (D)

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Nothing better than being greeted on your birthday morning with a birthday breakfast.   These pancakes are light and fluffy and completely fun thanks to the  festive rainbow sprinkles! The Mascarpone Maple Syrup is the icing on the (pan)cake. Birthday Buttermilk Pancakes 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 […]

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Dairy-Free Banana-Coconut Coffeecake with Rum-Coconut Drizzle (P)

At first glance this recipe might seem like a balagan (Hebrew for crazy mess) of words, and ingredients, and components, but please take my word for it, it is so worth it.  The texture of the cake is light and soft and fluffy.  The flavors work beautifully together, it’s  sweet, exotic, nutty, and […]

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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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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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Savory Cheese French Toast (D)

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Savory French toast…perfect for when you’re craving breakfast-for-dinner, or breakfast for lunch, or breakfast for breakfast… or whenever.  Top with fried or poached eggs, and Tomato Jam for extra flavor. 6 1” slices challah bread 1/4 c. your choice of mustard 1 c. lowfat milk 3 eggs […]

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Smoked Trout Brunch Quichecake

Another option for brunch that presents those familiar brunchy flavors of smoked fish, cream cheese in a savory cheesecake form….sounds strange I know- but it is really good, especially with a few spoonfuls of the Really Rad Red Relish . 1 sleeve ritz-type crackers, crushed million mortgagesborrower […]

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Pimento Cheese Shmear Y’all….! (D)

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They call pimento cheese the pate of the South. This Northern version adds cream cheese and a kosher dill to make it a great shmear for your bagel. 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese 1 […]

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Nutella-Mascarpone Stuffed ChocolateChip Bread Pudding (D)

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You know those times when you just need something warm, comforting, and CHOCOLATE? Need it like you need oxygen or sleep. Well here it is. It’s over-the-top, but that’s ok, because so is the overwhelming need for chocolate.   good credit history 1 large egg challah, cut […]

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Smoked Fish Hash (D)

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This is a hearty smoked fish and potatoes brunch dish. Serve with a dollop of horseradish-caper sour cream for even more flavor. Or if you prefer: one cup of sour cream mixed in with ¼ cup freshly snipped dill. 2 tbsp. butter1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil […]

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Apple Cinnamon Tea Bread

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I serve this cozy-comfy-cinnamon-ey cake to my g-friends with tea, coffee, and a bit of dish. 1/2 c. butter, softened fast easy loans online 1 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. buttermilk 2 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. whole wheat flour 1 […]

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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)
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Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack