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…
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Trio of Tuna Recipe. Salmon Variation

Trio of Tuna 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 handrolls, Tuna tartare,  and seared tuna. Three winners! Trio…

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…
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Strange Fruit, Indeed: Horned Melon

Strange Fruit! It is not just a poignantly 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. I could cook up a storm on Tishrei…

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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Renewing Vows, the Virtual Way

Renewing Vows Recently I said to Sara, who helps me and tutors me in all things technical, I should have more of a profile on Facebook. My list of friends was expanding, G-d bless, and so it would be a nice idea. So we edited the profile to…

NYC Hick Goes out to Queens

I have been living in the United States almost two generations. I have lived in an apartment structure my whole life, in big cities only: Casablanca, Paris New York, etc.... you get the picture. I am a complete city mouse, don't drive, and cannot…

A Lovely Thing Happened on the Way to Birdland

First read this email I sent to the ticket office, it will tell the first part of the story: I am so sorry I made a very stupid - but a very honest - mistake. Next week is my daughter's birthday and my gift to her was Birdland-and-dinner.…
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Converting a Rabbi to Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Gluten-Free Pizza? Yeah, Right, nice try! https://www.levanacooks.com/recipe/gluten-free-pizza-recipe/ What an adventure it was, trying Gluten-free Pizza on my bread-chomping son Yakov! Reb Yakov is the poster child for the meat-and-potato-and-lots-of-ketchup…