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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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Fig-Port Brie (D)

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Easy-cheesey-diviney-winey.  In this simple and straightforward recipe dried figs get plumped up in reduced Port wine syrup, and then are lusciously drizzled over a wheel of warm and oozing creamy brie.  Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or fresh fruit.   Every bite is a luxurious symphony of flavor and texture. 1 1/2 […]

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Indian Spiced Chick Peas (P)

This recipe is a version of the Indian chickpea dish Channa Masala.  Very tasty, healthy, and filling. 2 tablespoons olive oil MILLFALLS.ORG/WOODSTOCK/ 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 “ fresh peeled ginger, grated ( 1 teaspoon) 1 small Serrano chili pepper, diced 1 […]

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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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Green Bean Tehine Casserole (P)

Using the traditional Thanksgiving dish Green Bean Casserole as an inspiration, my version is parve yet creamy due to the tehina mixed into the green beans, and crunchy-due to the toasted slivered almonds on top. Green Bean-Tehine Casserole (P) 16 oz. green beans; washed, trimmed, and cut into bite-sized […]

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Sabich (P)

All the elements in this popular Israeli sandwich are elements that were present on my Nana Aziza’s Shabbat lunch table.  If you really feel like a splurge, fry the eggplant.   Grilled Eggplant with Tehina 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into ½” slices 1-2 tablespoons olive […]

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Winter Sangria (P)

Superbly Sippable is how I describe this wonderful concoction.  Always a delicious hit! The dried fruit in this sangria absorbs the alcohol like a sponge.  You were warned….   ½ cup dried apples general public prefers short ½ cup dried cranberries or dried cherries ¼ cup brandy 3 tablespoons […]

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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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