Fear of Flying: Ruminations of a Former World Traveler

Fear of Flying, I have often observed, lingers long after some of us have made their peace with flying. On the eve of our departure to Israel, I am reminded of an email my friend Eve sent a few friends after her flight from Miami to Australia,…

Say No to MSG Forever!

The stats about MSG listed in the picture below are nothing short of alarming. It hadn't occurred to me to include this information about MSG before, thinking by now it was clear to everyone they should stay away from MSG (no, not Madison Square…
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Noidue Restaurant: Panini, Coffee and Nostalgia a la carte

There are several reasons Noidue Restaurant tugs at my heartstrings. Some questions come up about it quite often:  I thought sharing my thoughts would make me feel somewhat more at peace with seeing a whole chunk of our lives behind us.... Here's…
Latkas Recipes: Fear of Frying Therapy! Kugel and all Variations. Gluten-Free Friendly
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Frying Tips: Basic Latkas and Variations

I'll bet Frying tips is exactly what you've been hoping for. This is my Fear of Frying Therapy! Ah Frying! The food we love to hate! To make matters worse, taking the quintessential fried treat, potato latkas, courtesy of the alarmist low-carb…
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Trio of Tuna Recipes

 Tuna Handrolls This trio of tuna is always glamorous, and so simple I demonstrated the three dishes as a small part of a whole cooking demo called "intimate meals": Nothing to it! Tuna Tartare: 1 inch piece ginger 3 sprigs cilantro,…
My No-Sweat Thanksgiving Feast: Complete Menu and Recipes!

My Thanksgiving Recipes: Cooking the Perfect Feast

Thanksiving recipes everyone can enjoy! What's the matter? Can't have turkey? Get a Vegan cruelty-free Turkey and make PETA proud! Gravy: Chocolate Syrup! Ta-Da! Thanksgiving is a wonderful day, but it is also cause for much commotion in…
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Exciting New Kosher Restaurant in Brooklyn: Pardes

Image via Crown Heights My friend Chaim Szmidt, of the Kosher Scene and I just love to talk about food, and of course consume it and then excitedly discuss it, as other people discuss their recent cruises or their recent shopping sprees (I…

Plan your Elopement: There will Always be a Chabad House!

Never mind the popular belief: Elopements are almost always carefully thought out. The only people who deny this simple fact are those who were vexed about not having been consulted, or those who were left behind. This summer has been particularly…
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Cape Cod Cold Kugel Recipe

Huh? Cold Kugel? What's going on, have I lost my head? Who needs a cold kugel recipe? Who would even give cold kugel the right time of day? Or was I just playing with alliteration (Cape Cold Cold Kugel: Does sound catchy!)? Seriously: All of…

Strange Fruit, Indeed: Horned Melon

Strange fruit is not just a beautiful song by the one and only Billie Holiday. Strange fruit is also what you might come across before Rosh Hashanah or Tu Bishvat on the produce stalls. This past Rosh Hashanah, as every year, my husband and…

No Name Calling EVER, Stupid!

Mine is a family notorious for bringing every argument to its - hopefully favorable - outcome, no matter what it takes. Sometimes the argument is conducted in installments, court-style. Thank you, we are not considering reality TV. One guest,…

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