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Crispy Chinese Hanukkah-mas Noodle Latkes (P)

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Once the Thanksgiving Leftovers were all done I looked at the calendar to see when the next go around was, and noticed a curious quirk: The first night of Hanukkah and Xmas Eve coincide this year.  Oh the  possibilities!   The recipe ideas started to spin out and before long I was […]

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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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Goat Cheese-Onion Confit Toast (D)

 I call this un-French toast.  Great as a light meal,  appetizer, or hors d’oeuvre.  Goat Cheese Onion Confit Toastini 4 slices sourdough toast (see below) 5oz. container of herb-infused spreadable goat cheese (such as boursin, alouette) Onion confit  (see below) Fresh chopped parsley (optional)   Spread approximately […]

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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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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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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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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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Mediterranean Six Layer Dip (P)

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Go deep with this gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, full flavor Six-Layer Mediterranean-inspired dip.  Layer One: Smooth, earthy, and rich hummus.   Layer Two: Bright, tangy-sweet sundried tomatoes that can be chopped up manually, or made into a chunky paste by a food processor, or it can be purchased ready-made at […]

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Winter Tomato Soup (D or P) with Frico’s (D)

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This is a dead-of-winter comfort soup to curl up around. It’s like that stuff from the iconic red and white tin can (think Andy Warhol) just more wholesome + fresh- and almost as simple! Fresh juicy tomatoes are a distant memory during the cold heart of winter, […]

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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