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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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Caramel Dip (D)

caramel dip

A sweet dip is something a little different from the usual party dippin’ fare . 1/2 stick of butter global payday loan 1/2 c. packed brown sugar 1/4 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 16 oz. container mascarpone 2 tbsp. bourbon (optional) In a heavy saucepan […]

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Chocolate Lover’s Bundt Cake (D)

choc lovers bundt

This cake inspires a moment or two of satisfied silence from the chocoholics I know and love. 2 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 box of chocolate pudding mix 1 tbsp. baking powder 3/4 c. salted butter 1 1/3 c. sugar 3 eggs 1 […]

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Apple Cinnamon Tea Bread

apple tea cake

I serve this cozy-comfy-cinnamon-ey cake to my g-friends with tea, coffee, and a bit of dish. 1/2 c. butter, softened fast easy loans online 1 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. buttermilk 2 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs 1 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. whole wheat flour 1 […]

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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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Stacked Blintz Cake: A New Spin on a Shavuot Tradition

Blintz

Seven weeks after Passover, just as spring begins to bloom into summer, the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (in English, “weeks”) is celebrated. It originated as an agricultural festival, marking the end of the grain harvest and the beginning of a new agricultural season when the first fruits […]

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Cake-a-rama

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 Last week, in honor of our tenth anniversary Hub and I decided to throw a dessert party on Saturday after services. I gave myself the goal of 12 cakes in 3 days. I ended up with 11 and a batch of cookies. To me, those three sugar […]

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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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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