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Pumpkin "fondue" time Baked Pumpkin “Fondue”

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 […]

Matzo balls soup Matzo balls soup

I was behind to join Twitter, behind with setting up a “fan” page on Facebook (mostly because I dislike to use the word “fan”, but do go and visit me there for updates, OK?), and then behind with making matzo balls… Technology-wise, I wonder, is it an age “thing” that I’m so behind? But matzo […]

Spontaneous brisket Spontaneous brisket

First, a short announcement. I’ve started a new Facebook “fan” page for my blog. I feel uncomfortable saying “fan” so let’s keep it simple and informal. If you like Facebook and you’d like to get post updates there, click here to check it out and join me. Thanks! Now, where were we? Oh, yeah, brisket. […]

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 […]

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… Mini Cognac-Soaked Chocolate Cakes

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…

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 […]

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 […]

Sometimes Life Gives You Breadcrumbs Breadcrumbly Pumpkin Ravioli

Do you have days when you don’t feel like cooking? Even if you are a foodie/chef/a person obsessed with food/can’t think about anything else but food all day and night? Do you always have something fresh in the fridge to cook dinner with? Hhmmm. Well, I don’t. I know, I know, I have posted a […]

Cookie #3: Jam Thumbprint Cookies Cookie #3: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

For cookie #3 The Husband chose Jam Thumbprint Cookies. I made these many times before. When I bake them the house smells so nice from the toasted coconut. Lovely. They are very easy to make and don’t need special equipment or ingredients. Also a wonderful recipe to bake with your kid/s, which I did. Jam […]

Leftovers: Mashed potatoes turned into Light-as-a-feather potato pancakes Leftovers: Mashed potatoes turned into Light-as-a-feather potato pancakes

I really don’t have anything to write about this recipe. Maybe except for – you can reheat leftover mashed potatoes in the microwave, or if you have an extra 20-30 minutes make these pancakes? Light-as-a-feather potato pancakes Makes about 10 pancakes 2 cups mashed potatoes 1 cup onion, small diced 2-4 garlic cloves, minced 2 […]

Thanksgiving-y Chicken Dinner Thanksgiving-y Chicken Dinner

Our friends, the M. family, cook chicken every Friday. What a great idea! I used to drive myself crazy thinking what to cook for dinner every Friday. We like to have a nice dinner to celebrate the end of the week and beginning of the weekend. So, I embraced their idea and was looking for […]

jamie’s dinners by Jamie Oliver Jamie's tender and crisp chicken legs with sweet tomatoes

(The photo is copied from Jamie Oliver’s web site and apears in his cookbook, Jamie’s dinners). My friend T. brought me this cookbook for my birthday. I cooked Oliver’s recipes in the past and didn’t go crazy for them because of their simplicity – they don’t call him The Naked Chef for nothing (In case […]

Jewish Cooking For Dummies cookbook Orange Hazelnut Honey Cake

In the spirit of the Jewish holidays, here is a cookbook where I, and you can too, find wonderful recipes which are easy to make, of course. Some of the recipes I have tried and liked are: Latkes, Oznei Haman/Hamantaschen, Haroset, Sufganiot, Blintz, Cheesecake, Noodle kugel with pears, Cholent, Tzimmes, Yemenite soup, the list goes on […]

Brussels sprouts simplicity Roasted Brussels Sprouts

[donotprint] For many many years I hated Brussels sprouts. I didn’t want to hear about them or look at them. Not think about them eaither. But after a few Thanksgivings and Christmases, I started to have doubts. I thought that if this is a staple at the table during the holidays season, (you see it […]