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Better than Twinkies, Madeleines

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 4:56 PM


I haven't been able to stop thinking about Twinkies and it's Brad Pitt's fault. In Moneyball, one of the year's best films and I'll be rooting for Team Brad on Oscar night, Brad's character Billy Beane eats constantly and mindlessly...

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Clean Start: Almond Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 12:41 PM

I've never been big on New Year's resolutions, probably because they are almost impossible to keep. Sure, I can manage to watch my expenses, read more New Yorker and less In Style, and throw away the take-out menus for awhile. But ultimately, I slip into old,...

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Jewish Girl Guilt Sufganiyot

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 1:13 PM


Happy Chanukah! You might be surprised after my last post, when I confessed to enjoying so much about Christmas, that I am acknowledging the Jewish Festival of Lights -- which is exactly why I am writing about it. You see, I feel...

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Interfaith Gingerbread Cookies

(7) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 1:28 PM


In 1978 my father turned into the Grinch and it was The Year without a Santa Claus. As was every year thereafter. Now, if you've noticed my last name you might wonder what I am doing having any sort of...

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Service With a Smile Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 10:15 AM


Whenever I take the train to visit my sister and her family in Westchester I stop-off at Li-Lac Chocolates in the Grand Central Market to pick up tiny milk chocolate Kiddie Pops for my two nieces. The company...

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Mind Your Manners Apple Tarts

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 3:45 PM


What is it with people and free food? A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to remind myself why I will do anything to avoid the "reception immediately following" portion of any event I attend. I don't mean things like weddings...

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Conquering Concord Grape Jelly

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 4:47 PM

I have this thing I do when I've been really careless and stupid, I force myself to suffer the consequences. Not in a creepy, masochistic way but in a kind of you-break-it-you-buy-it way. Like three years ago I threw out my wallet. Not on purpose of course but a rainy...

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Finding Comfort in a Kugel

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 7:08 PM


The word "comfort" carries a burdensome meaning for me. When you are raised in an environment where anything that smacks of the easy way out is considered the lazy approach to life, you start to judge anything overly comfortable in a negative way. For...

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The Help's Chocolate Pie

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 1:41 PM


Like so many others, I contributed towards making The Help a bestselling book. So, it was with great anticipation that I paid my $13.50 to see the film adaptation shortly after it hit the big screen. The movie does not disappoint. It's...

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Be Prepared Palmiers

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 4:47 PM

Back when I was part of a group beach house we'd plop down on the couches after dinner and play various games--Celebrity, Pictionary etc. One night someone suggested we go around the room and each person name a physical quality about themselves...

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Get Me Out of the '80s Blondies

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 4:01 PM


When Film Forum recently announced that Bill Cunningham New York had broken their box office record, I was thrilled. I saw the documentary last spring at The New Directors New Films festival and have been waiting for the commercial release...

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Child of the '70s Real Chocolate Thin Mint Cookies

(9) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 5:40 PM


Growing up in the 70's I was unfortunate enough to have parents who, with the exception of Upstairs, Downstairs, didn't watch television--which was kind of ironic since my father put food on the table by writing commercials. Regardless, they were pretty strict about...

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"The Best" Cream Cheese Brownies

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 8:15 AM


Are you suffering from award show fatigue? I wouldn't blame you if you were, although I am not. I can't get enough of watching celebrities being celebrated and with the Oscars just around the corner my anticipation for the biggest night in film is...

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Happy (?) Valentine's Day Linzer Cookies

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 1:40 PM

When it comes to Valentine's Day I am of two minds. One mind thinks it's sort of like New Year's Eve--an amateur or cliché celebration of something you should be acknowledging all the time. If you have a valentine shouldn't you cherish him or her everyday...

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Bad Mommy Chocolate Pizza

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 9:34 PM


I've been thinking a lot about the weightiness of motherhood given the combustible reactions received recently by two controversial mommies. As if most mothers didn't already question their competence on a daily basis, leave it to Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the...

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Saying Yes to Cravings Carrot Cake Cookies

(10) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 3:17 PM


Among the many things I would like to change about myself is my inability to say 'no.' The few times I've tried I am plagued with so much guilt and conflict that it hardly seems worth it and instead I say 'sure'...

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Easy to Keep Resolution Granola

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 10:25 AM

So, here we are again. Starting a New Year full of hope and life changing resolutions--filling our minds with platitudes (New Year, New You! Your best in 2011!) and putting our faith in the power of positive thinking. We look to gurus for answers: Dr. Oz? Joel Osteen?...

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Better-to-Give Chocolate Dipped Almond Stuffed Dates

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Gift-giving is the bully of the holiday season. Everywhere you look there seems to be someone you need to thank or an offering you need to reciprocate (or one-up). Not only is it exhausting and annoying, it is also bank-breaking. These presents have nothing to do with the...

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