Thursday, December 18, 2014

Still Holding Onto Summer Kale Salad - Guest Post and Improv Challenge

This and all photos courtesy of Nif Leder.

It may be on the cusp of winter in NJ,  but it seems that I am not the only one who tries to hold onto Summer well into the fall.   One of my co-workers does the same thing.  I was in the library's staff kitchen the other day, polishing off the previous night's leftovers while glancing around at everyone else's lunches.  Then my eyes landed on Nif's salad.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Gulab Jamun for Chanukah


Chanukah is the festival of lights, the date based on the Hebrew calendar, usually falling near the end of the western calendar year.  This year it starts the evening of December 16th.  It is an 8-day holiday, the celebrating the victory over evil, and knowledge over darkness.  It is customary during Chanukah to light candles or oil lamps, distribute gifts and gather with family and friends. It is also celebrated by eating fried foods.  This year I wanted to make something else for Chanukah besides the American standard ol' tradtional latkes, those savory shredded potato pancakes or the Israeli sufganiyot, those round jelly donuts.   Then I remembered last week's ESL graduation.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cliff and Buster's Heavenly Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache


I never heard of Cliff nor Buster. Never saw their macaroons at stores like Nieman Marcus.  Not that I had ever gone into one.  But if I did, the hefty price tag of $15 per dozen (in 2003) would have sent me heading for the door.  So when I read that the great Oprah herself liked C&B's macaroons enough to share with her audience, I had to stop and pay attention.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Krackle Crunch Bars - Easy


It's such hard work making candy from scratch.  And by hard work I mean melting chocolate and adding stuff to it.    Such as these mad easy Krackle Crunch Bars. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Voilà! Hallah Reviews


As of this writing, Chanukah is just 17 days away ... eek! So here is a suggestion for a gift you can give someone, or the gift of time to yourself.

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