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Maia: New and Best Greek Yogurt. My Product Review

In a memorable scene of the movie As Good As It Gets, bigoted, homophobic, irascible pet-fiend Jack Nicholson is actually seen crying about a neighbor’s dog he had previously stuffed into a trash chute and who was pulled out miraculously, saying something like “Can you imagine this? I am crying! about a dog!” My distaste for […]

My Latest Summer Feast Menu and Recipes

  Every year I host a Summer Feast for a few wonderful lady friends at my home. Ladies who lunch: highly recommend! Mine is a wonderful group of about thirty amazingly generous, creative and accomplished ladies. What unites us is, we are mostly current or former Upper West Siders. Do not let the theme of the gathering […]

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California Gourmet Vegan Chocolate Chips Are Here!

Trader Joe recently caused an uproar both in the Kosher Community and the Dairy-Intolerant Community by switching their chocolate chips from Pareve to dairy. When I wrote about the Gastronomic Uproar at Trader Joe’s , I positively clamored for our community to urge chocolate manufacturers to fill the void. My war cry was, exactly as it always […]

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365 Vegan Smoothies Book Review

Kudos to Kathy Patalsky for her beautiful new book, 365 Vegan Smoothies.  I suspect the 365 allusion is fully intentional, and expresses you would do well with a smoothie a day, a different smoothie every day of the year. How exciting is that? Not for nothing does Kathy run a blog called Happy Healthy Life. Whether […]

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I Remember Bubbie

It’s been just a year since my husband Maurice’s mother Fanya – Bubbie – passed away. Bubbie was Fan for her four boys, Maurice, Avrum, Sol and Sam, the ultimate Em Habanim (sons’ mother). My sisters and I gave her name an affectionate old-fashioned Sephardi twist and called her Freha. I never referred to her as my mother in law, […]