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Are we friends yet?

Today is a big day for me! I've reached 4,900 fans on Facebook  - I even got to watch the dial change from 4,899 to 4,900! Are you a fan of my page yet? If not, please hit the "like" button on our page - you'll be pleased to see and participate…

Nobo Teaneck Tasting Menu Do not Order: Trust Chef Josh!

Our last Nobo Teaneck Tasting Menu was amazing! Once in a while when I know the restaurant is great, and the chef perfectly knowledgeable and perfectly at home with his creations, I call the restaurant and tell the chef, make us what you like.…
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Rosh Hashanah Menus and Recipes

Rosh hashanah is here! Cooking up a storm for Rosh Hashana and beyond? I got you covered for the whole month of Tishrei, with no end of exciting dishes, including My Favorite Apple Recipes Although you will find my Rosh Hashanah menu and…
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Fruit Salad Recipes. All Variations

For Fruit Salad and all salads: Please do not find me too finicky if I tell you I treat all salads, whether fruit salad or vegetable ones, just the same way I would a flower assortment. I always look for a short and sweet selection of colors…

Shopping in a Heimish Store

I got such a kick out of this one! A trip to the suburbs always includes a trip to a Heimish Store. Make no mistake, some of those affectionately called Heimish store are the size of a small ball park. We New Yorkers shop mostly local, and…

New Children Book in Town! Anita and Juanito

  Oh I know I'm too old to still read a children's book, but when it's so much fun, and I can enjoy it with a grandchild or two, I'm there! Especially when I get lucky enough to meet the author personally: Jackie Theibert: writer,…

Eating Out: Good Example of Bad Service

  What my order most decidedly didn't look like! This is My Seared Tuna. Nothing like Bad Service to put a damper on a date. The other day I and a couple ladies I was meeting to discuss a cookbook project had dinner at a restaurant in…

A Dinner to Remember at Pardes Restaurant

Still enjoying the glow of our dinner at Pardes Restaurant. For almost twenty years,  we at Levana Restaurant hosted, indeed pioneered, annual wine pairing dinners. Magnificent dishes, with wines to match them in full measure. The memory I…

Cheese Cheese Cheese. Natural and Kosher

I'm a cheese fiend, all resolutions for restraint notwithstanding. This morning I received a message from Chani Vogel, who with her husband Moshe manage Kosher and Natural Cheeses, requesting I sample some of  the cheese products from their…
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Para Español, Oprima el Dos!

Para Español, Oprima el Dos! As a language enthusiast I have often deplored the fact that languages, against all wishes, are not contagious or transmissible by any means. In the absence of some reliable formal base, except for some language…
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My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe: CCC? Si si si!

My Chocolate Chip Cookies are famous! We all think of eating cookies as a short-lived and vaguely illicit pleasure. Except I honestly think, and you can ask anyone, there’s no cookie in the world more worshiped and more baked than my smart…
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Welcome to our Venus and Mars Home!

Venus and Mars are not just planets, they are often the distance that measure the distance between a man's and a woman's reasoning. I came home late one recent evening, and found my husband uncharacteristically agitated. “I just put out…