April 20, 2014

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homemade spanakopita with fresh mint

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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April 17, 2014

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camp stephanie

Motorized Lego Merry-Go-Round

I apologize for the lack of posts; it’s not for lack of life. With the beans out of school, Camp Stephanie has been open. Between attempts at teaching them the story of Passover (Wait, you went to Jewish pre-pre-K and pre-K, and still none of this sounds familiar?), and succumbing to Disney’s the Price of […]

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April 4, 2014

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culotte pants & other frenemies

Lace Culotte Pants

“Say Hello to the Culotte.” It was a subject line that bubbled to the top of my inbox this morning. Saks Fifth Avenue wanted me to “Shop Pants,” in particular the Culotte. “Spring’s superstar cut mixes menswear ease with a feminine sensibility.” Why yes, menswear ease (a boxy gray sweatshirt) can be mixed with feminine […]

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April 1, 2014

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april fool (video)

April Fools: Wonderful Reminder to Make the Day Count!

Spoons frozen, mid-air, we’d half-considered freezing cereal bowls filled with milk, sprinkling some fresh cereal atop just to throw them off, but we were already tucked away in bed when the thought had come to us. “Let’s think,” Phil said. I looked at him much the way Eddie Murphy looks directly at the camera in […]

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March 26, 2014

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golden girl friendships

The love of our lives are, ultimately, our friendships. --Stephanie Klein

A few weeks ago, I attended the EAC Network‘s 14th Annual LIGHT OF HOPE Luncheon at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY—an event responsible for raising close to $115k, benefiting the not-for-profit agency’s 70 programs throughout Long Island and the greater NY metro area. Between toothsome bites of fire-roasted chicken, I exchanged hellos with […]

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March 17, 2014

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advice post: Is this really my life?

straight up advice

At the ripe ol’ age of 29, I have lived a life most have only read about in fiction novels. Married at 20, divorced at 24. My ex-husband was physically, verbally and mentally abusive. He had numerous affairs, was an alcoholic and, as I found out later, a drug addict. Five years ago I left […]

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March 11, 2014

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science fair(y) projects for kids

#NetFlixKids

Oh, dear lord no, I thought when I received an email about science fair project ideas. At what age does that start?  The kids may be in the single digits, but we all know I’m nearing my last lap in the 30s. Must my scrapbook of accomplishments now include weird science, aside from hormone replacement […]

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March 6, 2014

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pies and peas

pies and peas

There are some who’d say that all a woman really needs is a good lipstick, that it can lift the face and a mood with just a swipe. While I believe this is truer of blush, I still submit to pie as the great salve to all. You can have a ghastly day, but even […]

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