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…
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Chocolat à Toute Heure. With Recipes!

Chocolat à Toute Heure: Which means, chocolate anytime. That's right, not only in minor emergencies such as an attack of the munchies. You can have it for dinner too, as in this fabulous bean dish and chicken dish: how liberating is that? Of…

Hannah Kaminsky: Vegan Desserts

You will all love Hannah Kaminsky's luscious new Vegan Dessert Book: The girl can not only bake, she can also take fabulous pix, as you can plainly see above. I had the pleasure of working with her when she did the food styling for the…
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Lag Baomer Pre-BBQ Super Brunch: Perfect for Shavuot

We had a great dairy Lag Baomer brunch with our friends yesterday, a sort of antidote to Lag Baomer BBQs, only in reverse. Here is what I served, and it's ALL in my new cookbook, coming out any day. I hope it gives you some ideas: When I described…
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Have Tea Mug, Will Travel!

Recently I bought myself a great overnight bag, and decided my spiffy and capacious new purchase would be the  bag to end all bags: I would give away all others, but I decided to check into all the pockets first, to make sure nothing valuable…