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Concerts and holidays Concerts and holidays

I feel elated. I made this concert happen! It was so much fun to be present at sound check time—a producer’s prize. Never in my life had I thought that one day *I* will produce a concert! But opportunity knocked and I took a chance. And it was AWESOME. These two—Aya Korem and Adam ben […]

Surviving Valentine’s Day Surviving Valentine’s Day

Every passing year I get more cynical about Valentine’s Day. Maybe it has something to do with growing up? Or with being middle aged? I believe I see the world more clearly as I get older, that I am becoming wiser, but who knows? I’ve been married for 10+ years and I’ve had kids for […]

Pumpkin "fondue" time Pumpkin "fondue" time

Baked pumpkin “fondue” is as easy as pie. + + + some other ingredients = then it’s time for and… ta-da So, where have I been lately? I have been filling forms with personal information at different locations at different times. You know how it goes… One of the questions is “Occupation” and I’ve been […]

Gingerbread houses in Seattle 2010 Gingerbread houses in Seattle 2010

We almost didn’t make it to see the gingerbread houses in Seattle this year. The exhibit ends in 2 days. But the Sheraton’s Gingerbread House Village had become a yearly family holiday tradition since 2008. In case you don’t know, the gingerbread houses are made with all edible ingredients like candy, sugar, and graham crackers. […]

Red Valentine's Day Red Valentine's Day

Let’s start with flowers…

Food books I love Food books I love

I really did not plan to post a gift guide. But, as I was finalizing my own gift list, the who, the what, the when, and the why, I started thinking about books. How could I not? I love books. I’m always happy to receive a book as a gift. (Or something for the kitchen, […]

Many ways to spell Hanukkah Many ways to spell Hanukkah

So many parties going on… Here’s the story of one of the parties we went to… First, the minute the door got opened, the smell of oil hits you right in the nose. This is why… More about the miracle of Hanukah and a Latkes recipe on MomGrind here. Lots and lots of latkes

Maple pecan cookies & Share Our Strength Maple pecan cookies & Share Our Strength

This is an easy, no mixer needed, mix by hand, kind of recipe, that I made in the speed of lighting with my 6 years old one evening for his dad’s birthday. We got home late and were in a big rush to bake some cookies in time before dad got home so we can […]

Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Seattle 2009 Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Seattle 2009

This is becoming a yearly family tradition. Something fun to do during the holidays, adults or kids, is going to see the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle where local architects and chefs from the Sheraton team up to design, bake, and build gingerbread houses. This is the Sheraton Seattle’s 17th annual Gingerbread […]

Figaro bars Figaro bars

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?! I haven’t posted anything for more than a week… I missed you guys and I missed blogging. I got busy and out of focus as we planned a little Thanksgiving vacation to sunny California. We visited family and went to the beach which was a lot of fun. And […]

Happy: As pumpkin banana cream pie Happy: As pumpkin banana cream pie

You people, you are something else! I don’t know how this happened or exactly why (although I have a clue…), but almost out of the blue I started having thoughts and questions: What’s the point of this blog? Why should I continue writing? For who? Who cares? What do I have to say or contribute […]

Cranberry apple relish Cranberry apple relish

Originally, I had nothing to say about it. Too easy to create, too quick to make, there was no opportunity to blurt a word out before it was done. But it’s beauty too astounding to ignore, I had to share. Its expected tart sweet gorgeous tang, I could not wait until Thanksgiving. Yes, I’m talking […]

Pumpkin banana creamy dreamy dessert Pumpkin banana creamy dreamy dessert

How would you like to have these for your holiday dinner? Remember the Pumpkin banana cream pie? The recipe is here. So this is what you do when you don’t want pie (skip the dough step), or if you do make the pie but have extra custards. I mentioned a shortcut in the pie post […]

Pumpkin banana cream pie Pumpkin banana cream pie

As far as my memory goes back in time, I can count the times I baked with someone on one hand. I don’t get too many opportunities to bake together with family or friends besides my son (who sometimes quits before the process is complete) or an occasional guest. Baking means a lot to me. […]

Oops, I did it again… Oops, I did it again…

Remember the cognac/whiskey-soaked chocolate cake? Well, my mother-in-law baked that cake and sent me photos. And then, I just had to make it again. I had to! However… since Valentine’s Day was approaching, I thought I’ll try to make it CUTE. Hmmm…

Flaky and Creamy Flaky and Creamy

No, I am not going to give you another decadent chocolate dessert recipe for Valentine’s Day. They seem to be all over the place as it is. You don’t really need another one. Do you? On the other hand, what are you going to have for dinner before the dessert? Or is it going to […]

A Cake For the Weekend: This One Is Not For the Kids (or young at heart) A Cake For the Weekend: This One Is Not For the Kids (or young at heart)

I’m in love with this cake. Can you tell? I think I already had 3 pieces today. And it’s only 8:26 pm… The night is young. Pphhh, forget about new-year’s-dieting- resolution. The first time I saw the recipe for this cake was a few weeks ago on Orangette blog, and then a few days ago […]

Cranberry Cake for the New Year Cranberry Cake for the New Year

I want to dedicate a cake to you. To celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. You deserve it. It has been tough lately. But it will get better, right?! It has to. I usually don’t fuss over a change of digit when a year ends, but this year […]

11 Tips for Eating Out (with Kids) While on Vacation 11 Tips for Eating Out (with Kids) While on Vacation

Eating out while on a trip or vacation, with or without kids, can become a stressful event. Going out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and maybe snacks too, every day throughout your vacation, can be tiring. Choosing a restaurant, driving, parking, waiting to be seated, reading the menu, consulting, deciding, ordering, waiting, paying, waiting… add […]

More than a Weekly Meal Plan – December More than a Weekly Meal Plan – December

The last weekly menu plan for 2008. Posted recipe for December were… Party times – Holiday (or Birthday) Party Food – Appetizers Entrées: Breadcrumbly Pumpkin Ravioli – Sometimes Life Gives You Breadcrumbs Upgraded/dressed-up Pizza – Sometimes it’s Pizza for Dinner Surprise – Time to Tell You What It Is Amazing, but simple, Chicken Wrap Linguine […]

Holiday (or Birthday) Party Food – Appetizers Holiday (or Birthday) Party Food – Appetizers

Holidays season means… party time, and if you’re lucky, then it’s parties. Here are a few ideas to make your party stress free. What you see in the pictures is what I served for my birthday party in August. That was outside in the backyard… But, regardless of the weather, all the ingredients I used […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Who Cook Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Who Cook

When my son was 3 years old, he got a Home depot tool box from Toys R Us for his birthday. That was one of the best gifts ever. He played with it a lot, by himself or when he was “helping” his dad build things. It was a wonderful imaginary toy as well as […]

Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Downtown Seattle Gingerbread houses at the Sheraton, Downtown Seattle

If you are looking for something fun to do for the holidays, go see the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Local architects and chefs from the Sheraton Seattle team up to design, bake, and build gingerbread houses and creations with a superhero holiday theme. Time: Mon-Thu, Sat 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Ongoing […]

Halloween Pumpkin Muffins Halloween Pumpkin Muffins

I made four batches! of pumpkin muffins in the past 24 hours for all kinds of school fall festivals. I was hoping to share a WOW recipe with you, but the one I used from Gourmet magazine was just OK, so I won’t post it. Since I didn’t have a Plan B recipe and has […]

Pumpkins Seeds Roasted With Curry Seasoning

Sarah, a mom I know from my son’s school, gave me a little bag with roasted fresh pumpkin seeds she baked at home. They were very very tasty. Pumpkin seeds make a nutritious and tasty snack, and have an extra oomph during the holidays. They make a good treat to serve to your holiday dinner […]

Will You Kill a Spider on Halloween?

I was at the grocery store this morning buying ingredients to make pumpkin cupcakes for all kinds of fall festivals.As I was imagining how I will photograph the cupcakes, looking at all the Halloween stuff around me, a thought came to my mind – what if a real live big spider was crossing by the […]

Beef Goulash Beef Goulash

Here is a winner recipe for beef goulash by one of my favorite top chefs, Wolfgang Puck (you will find more recipes on his web site if you click the link). I make this Goulash very often. The recipe is adapted from the one in his cookbook, one of my favorite cookbooks: Other recipes I […]