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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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Fraiche Neu Eating

  After a few months of gluten-free, lean-protein, low-carb, whole-grain, raw-food living; the Taste Buds began to cry out indignantly “Why does everything taste the same?! Why do we have to be so healthy? Why can’t we have pizza?  If we have to eat another leafy green […]

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L’Shana Tova

May your New Year be sweet     And overflowing with golden opportunities   May there be love   And connection   And simple moments of beauty     And then every so often something so completely awesome   But don’t  forget the FUN!   And what’s […]

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Favorite Israeli Eats Menu

BREAKFAST: It’s never too early in the day to begin it the taïm way! Challah with Guava Jam and Butter: Sweet, fruity and faintly exotic guava jelly, a thin layer of fresh salted butter slathered on a thick slice of spongy challah that could well double as cake. It’s a simply sweet way to start your bright […]

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Paris From Beyond

            SCENE: A  bustling party in a long hall with a marble floor and mother-of-pearl tinted walls, grand multi-tiered crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling filling the room with incandescent prismatic light.  The space is thick with figures all engaged in pockets of conversation. Enter Rachel, mouth slightly agape, eyes scanning the […]

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My Darling Madeleine

I whipped up the confectioner’s sugar into the eggs, and voila! my thoughts returned to the last time I made madeleines.  I want to be Julia Child.  I want to live in Paris in the 50’s.  Go to le Cordon Bleu, and be an all-around great dame who […]

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Exploring Korean Cuisine

Inspired by two interesting articles, a few memorable conversations, and one great meal- an interest in Korean cuisine emerges. VISITYAZOO.ORG/BIN/ Korean Cuisine: Salty-sweet-spicy, with a deeply pleasing u-mmmmm-ami appeal.  Barbecued meats like galbi and bulgogi provide the basis of the meals, but the variety of side dishes, […]

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Fantasy Baking Project

Creating flavor-bombs for occasions that are destined to be remembered in family folklore and photos, really thrills me. So when I received a text from a friend asking me to create a dessert menu/buffet for her son’s pre-wedding Shabbat celebration, that simply read:  “Do whatever u want. trust u” I was giddy with the possibilities. Some […]

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Smoked Salmon Patties (P) with Egg-Caper Relish (P)

5/30: This recipe is  a cross between a latke and a seafood cake or patty.  It is also a fantastically flavorful way to utilize leftover salmon.  The egg-caper relish is really just a tricked-out über yum version of egg salad, it is not essential to the success of this dish- […]

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Memorial Day Weekend & Other Celebrationist Stories

  I immediately seized on the chance to get away for the long weekend, when Hub floated the idea of renting a cabin outside of Hancock, NY on Thursday morning.   I was eager to take a break from testing and trying out recipes, fretting over deadlines, and the general routine that makes  family […]

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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