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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Every bitter has its sweet

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Ever have a week where you feel like you lived a lifetime within its confines. Well not quite a lifetime but maybe a few years? I moved into Monday April 15 and attended to its usual needs: Article and meal planning, supermarket run. Carpool.  The Boston Marathon […]

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Mini Boston Cream Pies

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I went to college outside of Boston, and really enjoyed my time in the area.  I am shocked and depressed by what happened at the marathon on Monday. Mini Boston Cream Pies are a sweet refutation of the dark bitterness in our midst.  Adapted from a recipe in 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 […]

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Los Angeles: Words, images, and flavors.

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  Winter was dragging on in a small town outside New York City.  A lowness was settling in.     A craving for a  brilliant change of scene took hold and inflamed the desire for something new, bright, and warm.   A plan was consrtucted.   A trip home […]

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Apple Spice Donut with Dulce de Leche Glaze

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Who doesn’t love a donut to dunk in their morning joe?  Heck, a  fresh homemade donut is great for just about whenever!  This cake donut is subtle in its sweetness and spice, but the caramel glaze is over-the-top awesome in it’s warm and gooey sweetness.  Serving suggestion: […]

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GoNuts for Donuts Diary

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I started out with the full intention of making Cake Truffles.   I visited The Momofuko Milk Bar @ midtown, nyc  a year  or so ago.  It was dark and sleek and compact and professional.  In contrast the gorgeous sweets they sold were homey and warm and slightly nostalgic of afternoon baking projects […]

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Superbowl Sunday Highs and Lows


Today was a great eating day.  The tastes ran from blini, caviar, and smoked fish engagement party finger-food to down-home-and-dirty Superbowl tucker.  I have to submit my complete delight for the late- afternoon  party I visited. There, a blini bar was found, stocked with bottles of ice cold vodka, coin-sized blini’s, layers of […]

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Hanukkah Rewind

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To Do List: B4 end of world – 12/21/12: *Record our Hanukkah happenings. *Do a load (2?  if there’s time) of laundry. * Birthday card for Mom. *Finish the  book I’m reading  Read last chapter of book.   8 Crispy-Fried Hanukkah Nights , or, What Hanukkah Means To Me:  Night #1:Hanukkah […]

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Thanksgiving’s Greatest Hits

  This Thanksgiving I allowed myself to experiment and  mess around with several recipes I’d been thinking about for a while.  It is tough to put aside the reluctance that comes with the possibility that the dishes might not work , or, flop spectacularly.  Added to the mixing bowl […]

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Sandy & A Trip To Texas

I prepared for Sandy’s arrival by searching unsuccessfully for D batteries, stocking up on canned goods and other non-perishables, and baking a Banana Peanut Butter Crumble Loaf.  The electricity cut out at 4:00 on Monday afternoon,  I responded by swinging into Survivalist Cook mode and stirring up […]

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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