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Lemon-Strawberry Brioche Toast (D)

  Helllloooo Gorgeous! It would be impossible not to think bright and yummy thoughts when faced with this fresh beautiful concoction! A perfect breakfast in bed for that special someone…. 4 slices challah or brioche toast (below) lemon curd (below) 8 large strawberries, stemmed and sliced width-wise […]

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Hamantaschen Sandwich Cookies

      Hamantaschen are to Purim, as latkes are to Hanukkah, and Pumpkin Pie is to Thanksgiving. That is to say they are a flavorful and beloved part of the celebrations.   Preparing, eating, and gifting hamantaschen are a fun and traditional part of the Purim festivities for many […]

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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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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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Caramellow Blondie with Pretzel Streusel (D)

The way I see it, when it comes to dessert, the world is divided into two camps: the Chocoholics and the Caramellows.  Chocoholics are easy to identify.  Chocolate is their dark mistress, and they’re uncompromising in their bittersweet devotion.  Caramellows, as their name implies are a bit more […]

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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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Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake (P)

When you’ve had one -too -many latkes and are yearning for something new, this Olive Oil cake keeps  celebrating the miracle of the oil.  Made with olive oil (non-extra virgin yields moister results), with layers of bright citrus bursts  and warm cardamom spice, this cake tenderly celebrates both flavor and […]

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Lemon Blueberry Maddies (P)

Here’s an American and dairy-free spin on a French classic.  One of these days I’m gonna substitute the lemon for orange and the blueberries for mini chocolate chips, et le voila- Choco-Orange Maddies! 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour small business bad credit fast loansdirect lender no credit […]

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Madeleines (D)

My parting gift before I leave for my much anticipated trip to Paris.  These beautiful little tea cakes are  très facile to make.    The madeleine molds that give these treats their distinctive shape and design are not that difficult to find, I got mine at Target.  They taste like mini […]

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Mini Boston Cream Pies

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I went to college outside of Boston, and really enjoyed my time in the area.  I am shocked and depressed by what happened at the marathon on Monday. Mini Boston Cream Pies are a sweet refutation of the dark bitterness in our midst.  Adapted from a recipe in theKitchn.com. 1 1/2 cup all-purpose 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)
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