Blueberry Muffins with Oat Streusel Topping

  These Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins contain: Juicy purple bombs of flavor and color A subtly sweet and tender cake crumb Crunchy granola topping   1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/3 cup sunflower oil 1 egg […]

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Crispy Chinese Hanukkah-mas Noodle Latkes (P)


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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Quinoa-Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage with Rich Red Sauce (P)

  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced (2 tablespoons) ½ onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine (2 ½ cups) 1 cup prepared quinoa 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine Salt & Pepper, to taste 1 head of […]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf Silences Mary Gulland

  Mary Gulland is one resentful, angry, slave-driving wench. This Thanksgiving she had me on a particularly brutal and joy-less schedule. Constantly hissing about the” ingrates and blasphemer’s, gluttons, devil’s handmaidens, rogues, villains, and Lucifer himself. All expectin’ to be stuffed like pigs on the day of […]

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Recollecting Gil Marks

  I  became aware of Gil Marks from a Shavuot baking class he gave at the JCC on the Upper West Side. I had been married for a couple months, and was really trying to figure my way into Shabbat and holiday cooking and entertaining. We lived a […]

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Once Upon a Kolooschen

   Once Upon a Kolooschen A time honored story offered up with some fresh new flavors I Lights up, theme music fades, the cheering audience responds obediently to the “QUIET, please” cue.  Tight shot on the Tall, Dark, Handsome ( and very rich) gentleman in the center of the stage. “As you […]

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A Very Jewy Christmas

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The Zelinsky’s: A Very Jewy Christmas What you get when you mix the Cooking Channel with Fiddler on the Roof, a laugh track,  a visit  from a Holiday Spirit, and a recipe for Salami & Eggs Fried Rice! SCENE 1 ‘Twas the night before Christmas  and something’s cooking […]

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Elegy for my Narrow Galley Kitchen (2002-2013)

My narrow galley kitchen has finally worn itself out. My starting point, my launching pad, my comfort zone, my cooking lab. Site of several  triumphs, and  many moments of doubt. Once it was new and sparkly.  Now broken-down and drab.   I first entered the kitchen seems like  a lifetime ago Newly-wed, newly-preg’d, not really sure what I was good […]

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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