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Macaroni & Cheese

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This was definitely the best loved dish from all of the kiddie cooking classes I taught. So good it inspired poetry: openiam.com/docs/idm-2_3/apidocs/com/bad credit direct lender payday loans 1 lb. elbow macaroni 2 c. 2% milk 1 8oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes 3 c. shredded […]

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Blue Cheese Dressing (D)

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This dressing dripping over an ice cold wedge of crisp iceberg or romaine lettuce, with some halved grape tomatoes is a great summer-time appetizer or lunch. I know that not everyone loves blue cheese, but if you do, this dressing is for you. 1/2 c. sour cream […]

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Lemon Cornmeal Cookies (P)

lemon cornmeal cookies

Not to knock cookie-jar standards, like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin…but sometimes I want something different –this crunchy lemony cookie is yummy especially with a cup of tea. 1 c. all-purpose flour http://www.bedcraftersbymichelle.com/ssfm/ ½ c. yellow cornmeal ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. ground ginger 6 […]

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Brie Brei with Marmalade

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When approached the right way, Passover cooking can have a Top Chef quality to it: Make a delicious and flavorful meal using eggs, matzah, and marmalade in fifteen minutes or less. Go! As in quickfire challenges, a little creativity and lots of flavor go a long way […]

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Sambusaks: An Iraqi-Jewish Tradition for Purim

Sambusaks

Hamantaschen have been granted an exalted culinary status in Jewish cuisine—of which I’m not sure they are worthy. They are an overrated yet underachieving holiday cookie whose main claim to fame is their triangular form. Perhaps I am being too hard on the hamantaschen, but this is only […]

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Uncommon Hamentaschen

Hamentaschen

As a devoted, dessert-first, dentally-challenged lover of sweets I have often been disappointed by the hamantaschen. This iconic Purim cookie seems to me like a baked good whose main concern is its shape. The sweet center hardly ever extends itself past its expected core of apricot, prune, […]

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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