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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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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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Korean Grilled Chicken (M)

Ugghh…chicken…   You will not hear this bored poultry lament, if you make this succulent and delicious grilled Korean chicken recipe.  Like many Korean dishes it is salty-sweet-spicy-spectacular!  Next-day  leftovers would be well utilized in a salad. 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts 1/2 onion, chopped fine 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 […]

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Chick Patty Parmesan Casserole (D)

A home-cooked weeknight dinner just could not get any easier than this dish, or more faux-sher… 16 oz. your pasta shape of choice 2 cups tomato sauce, homemade or store bought (divided) 8 chick patties, cut into strips 1/2-3/4 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan 1.  Preheat oven to 350F. Boil […]

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The continuing relevance of chocolate cake

    I appraise the two chocolate cakes in their round baking pans. Taking a kitchen knife I pry the side from one of the tins,  it is rock hard. I prod the center and the knife sinks into a swampy middle. Irritation rises in my chest- and angry thoughts whisk through […]

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Fraiche New Salad (D)

This is good ol’ Bagels, Lox, and Cream Cheese reimagined as a modern composed salad.  Flavor and texture abound with every bite.  Leave out the pumpernickel croutons if you want to keep it Gluten Free. For the pickled red onions: 1 small red onion (1/2 cup), thinly sliced KindOfLife […]

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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