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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Easy Weeknight Pasta Sauce (P)

Another one of those old faithful weekday recipes.  On top of pasta with a dollop of ricotta it becomes a healthier kind of pink sauce; Hub likes it with fresh grated parmesan, olives or capers, and shreds of basil.  It’s also good as a pizza sauce. 3 cloves garlic 1/2 […]

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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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Madeleines (D)

My parting gift before I leave for my much anticipated trip to Paris.  These beautiful little tea cakes are  très facile to make.    The madeleine molds that give these treats their distinctive shape and design are not that difficult to find, I got mine at Target.  They taste like mini […]

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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