Contest to Celebrate 30,000 Facebook Friends

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To celebrate hitting 30,000 “likes” on Facebook, I’ve decided to thank all of my loyal readers by launching an exciting new contest this week. By popular request, this …

A Tribute to Gil Marks

A Tribute to Gil Marks
… came to me when I was traveling the east coast on business. It was not a shock; Gil had always been upfront about his illness, and his close friends knew he was in the end stages. …

To My Readers on Yom Kippur

To My Readers on Yom Kippur
… got to call my husband, he’s not going to believe this.” Then I realized, “With what phone?” Yeah. It’s just been that kind of month. Whenever a major Jewish holiday …

The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals

How exactly do you cook a Mongolian Death Worm? Authors Ann and Jeff Vandermeer ponder just these kinds of absurd questions in their recent book, The Kosher Guide to

A Thanksgiving Potluck To Remember

Thanksgiving Potluck 4
… going to be quite a shindig. And that it was! The event featured some amazing culinary talent, including: Patti Londre, Worth the Whisk Denise Vivaldo, Food Fanatics …

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #5

Who Knew? Kitchen Tips #5: Are your fingertips stained from peeling roasted beets or handling berries? Rub a slice of raw potato on your hands to rinse color away. Click through for more tips!
Category: How To
… hands to rinse color away. 2. There’s a reason why cake, bread and pie recipes call for eggs, butter and other dairy at room temperature.  At room temperature, these items …

The Old Fashioned Way: The Basics of Poultry Keeping

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to canning and preserving to making your own ginger beer. I recently asked my friend Sharon Biggs Waller, a historical novelist and regular contributor to my site, to

Natural All Purpose Homemade Citrus Cleanser

Natural All Purpose Homemade Citrus Cleanser - Make Your Own Organic Citrus-Infused Liquid Cleanser for Kitchen, Windows and More! Economical, Natural and Effective. Ditch Chemical Cleaning Products for Good!
Category: How To
… the old to make way for the new. I was also recently diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, which is really not a big deal but it has changed the way I look at my environment. My doctor …

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #2

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #2
Category: How To
… you need to add more oil to your skillet while sautéing, stream it in along the sides of the pan. This gives the oil a chance to heat up before it reaches the ingredients you’re …

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #4

Who Knew? Kitchen Tips #4 on Stop ice crystals from forming on the surface of your ice cream by placing a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the top of the ice cream, then seal with the lid. Voila! No more freezer burn on your favorite summer treat!
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… start to bubble and fizz right away, you’ll know it’s time for a new can. 3. Keep champagne, or any carbonated beverage, bubbly by placing the handle of a metal spoon into …

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #7

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #7. Retain the strength and flavor of vanilla, dry brine meat, softened butter and more!
Category: How To
… exposure to heat. Extend the life of your vanilla by storing it in a cool, dark place like a pantry or spice drawer. 2. The next time you plan to cook meat or poultry for dinner, …

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #6

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #6
Category: How To
… is equal to 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs. 2. Instead of flouring your pan before baking a cake, try using some of the dry cake mixture instead. This method will eliminate white …

Escape with Ghirardelli Intense Dark: Pairing Chocolate with Wine

Escape with Ghiradelli Intense Dark - Pairing Chocolate and Wine #escapewithdarkchocolate @ghiradelli
Category: How To
… us look to chocolate and wine as forms of indulgence and escape, yet some believe they should never be enjoyed together. It’s not difficult to understand where those naysayers …

Bakeware – What Should I Buy?

Bakeware - What Should I Buy?
Category: How To
… up to a previous post, Pots, Pans and Cookware, today I am diving into the wild world of bakeware. I often have readers ask me which baking dishes and pans I recommend, …

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #8

Who Knew? Helpful Kitchen Tips #8
Category: How To
… oven to 300 degrees and place bananas on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake large bananas for 40 minutes and smaller bananas for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off you’ll …

Brave, Curious, Bright & Fearless: A Tribute to Julia Child

Julia Child
… here to read. This past weekend, I took my first Zumba class. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zumba (or the silly infomercials it inspired), it’s a Latin-style …

A Journey from Shiksa to Shakshuka

to Judaism and the role that food has played in my spiritual journey. Here is the link: A Journey From Shiksa to Shakshuka: A Modern Conversion Story Hope you enjoy it! …

Why I Switched to Whole Organic Milk

Why I Switched to Organic Whole Milk by Tori Avey
… folks to eliminate the chance of mixing meat with dairy, etc. I’ve tried taking milk out of my diet a few times in the past, but I’ve never found a great substitute and I …

Hebrew National – Answering to a Higher Authority?

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to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, ConAgra Foods Inc. (the maker of Hebrew National products) is accused of using unhealthy and unclean animals to make …

Andy’s Angel Food Cake – A Tribute to Andy Griffith

Andy's Angel Food Cake
to Hollywood history, was as American as apple pie. The mythical town of Mayberry, North Carolina played backdrop to a cast of quirky, simple, and lovable characters. Sheriff …

Contest Giveaway – Welcome to Zabar’s Gift Box

Welcome to Zabars Prize
To celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway with Zabar’s this week. Check out this fun prize! (gotta love that world famous rugelach…)   Get a taste of Zabar’s …

My Conversion to Judaism

Making my Declaration of Faith (photo by Peter Halmagyi)
… me to Judaism. My fiancé was born in Israel; several years ago, he took me to visit his homeland for the first time. I was exposed to the incredible Israeli food culture, and I …

Have You Been to VeggieGrill? $100 Giveaway

Veggie Grill Spring Menu Tasting and $100 Gift Card Giveaway - Embracing a Veggie Positive Lifestyle with Seasonal Spring Menu Offerings @VeggieGrill!
… Grill to go behind the scenes of their Hollywood location with CEO Greg Dollarhyde (he is now officially one of my favorite people—so passionate about his work!). It was a fun …

The Old Fashioned Way: Clotted Cream and Scones

The Old Fashioned Way: Clotted Cream on The History Kitchen #British #vintage #recipe
to “a cream tea.” This, I believed, was tea with cream in it until I reached the part where the characters tucked into scones and clotted cream. When I first traveled to