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creating the (ch)extraordinary (a giveaway)

March 31, 2015


Chex Giveaway

There are the big moments, calendar worthy, marked with cakes and hearts, circled, assigned with reminders—anniversaries, religious holidays, graduations, TV celebrations from the Superbowl to the Academy Awards—and then there are our every days. We strive to infuse our daily lives with light-up moments, scribbling love notes into lunch bags, or creating savory routines worthy […]

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troop beverly hills (online)

February 6, 2015


Girl Scout Cookie Time

Have Girl Scout Cookies sent to your home, or donate cookies to our Military, so you don’t have to eat them! Please support Abigail’s Girl Scout cookie troop! Yes, I’m the troop leader and fully admit that I joined because of my obsession with the movie Troop Beverly Hills. That, and because of a fight […]

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thanksgiving birth announcement

November 5, 2014


thanksgiving birth announcement

Putting aside the obvious visual imagery of trussing the legs together after removing the bloody signs of life, Thanksgiving is an awful lot like giving birth. It’s a pain you’ll always remember but also somehow forget when you consider having another one. This particular gem of an analogy came upon me last year, at the […]

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homemade spanakopita with fresh mint

April 20, 2014


homemade spanakopita with fresh mint

Below I offer an authentic recipe from the kitchen files of a true Quarterican Jew—My mother is half Greek, half Puerto Rican while my father is half Russian and half Austrian. She was raised Greek Orthodox; he’s Jewish. I spent a million Tuesdays and Sundays in Hebrew school, had a bat mitzvah and can still […]

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all dressed up – thanksgiving edition

November 18, 2013


I‘m married, so I get my thrill for variety sated in food options. I’ll never abandon the traditional stuffing of my youth: apple, sausage, celery, sage and walnuts. Sometimes golden raisins will plump up in wine or stock, that, or the nut might change to a pine nut—crazy, I know. But that’s never enough. Not […]

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thankful for do-ahead thanksgiving recipes

November 15, 2013


Thanksgiving Potluck

Over the past three days, I’ve received more than a handful of random requests for my cranberry sauce recipe, and for the Corn Pudding Pushover. Recipes included below, along with links to prior Thanksgivings, including last year’s video of how I planned a do-ahead Thanksgiving, not days in advance, but weeks! Lots of these are […]

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summer food obsessions

July 16, 2013

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Coconut Corn Soup

Roasted Peaches Split ’em in half, remove the pit, then, with skin sides up, place the peach halves onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. 20 minutes at 400 degrees, and you’ll experience true summer lovin’. I do this in my toaster oven, so I don’t heat up the whole house. One could add […]

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just psycho enough

April 6, 2013

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just psycho enough

Am I the only one psycho enough to bake a Whiteout cake after baking a Blackout cake from scratch, fearing that the dark chocolate cake will be too rich to take? Had I been a planner, I’d have baked the Blackout center (of very moist, dark chocolate cake made with Valrhona cocoa and strong coffee, […]

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