MONSTER ChoCo Squares

We don’t do Halloween, but we have our own monsters. One of them is world famous. You see his heavy footprints throughout the world literature and arts, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to The X- Files.  You hear his eerie voice in Karel Capek’s R.U.R., where the word “robot” comes from, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, recognizable as Gollum, and in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The…

More Traveling Food, but No Adventure

The great adventure has been postponed. We are literally “sitting by the sea” (the ocean, in our case) “and waiting for the weather” (that’s an Odessa saying). So far only one of you, Beautiful People, has figured out my disappearing act. Well done, dear Carol of Retired? No one told me! One more beautiful and…

Chocolate on Chocolate with Extra Blessings

Happy World Chocolate Day, Beautiful People! Jewish people are obligated to say one hundred blessings every day, and observant Jews are making every effort to do it, well, religiously. There are two reasons for it. First, in Deuteronomy, Moses poses a rhetorical question to the people:”What does G-d ask of you?” Says the Talmud that the word…

Of Hats, Pockets, Ears, and Hidden Messages

These pastries are called Hamantaschen. We can no more imagine the holiday of Purim without them than without the graggers – noisemakers gleefully shaken by children and adults alike to drown the name of the evil villain Haman. That’s the story of Purim in a nutshell. Once again, the Jewish people, marked for wholesale slaughter, were saved through…

The Infamous Pirate Queen and the Traveling Rations

Was there a pirate ship called The Black Pearl that roamed the Caribbean? And was there a flamboyant, dashing Jack Sparrow who captained it? No and no! The main lie, of course, is that Jack Sparrow never existed, and the real pirate, on whom Johnny Depp’s character (largely composite) is loosely based, was oh! so…

MONSTER ChoCo Squares

We don’t do Halloween, but we have our own monsters. One of them is world famous. You see his heavy footprints throughout the world literature and arts, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to The X- Files.  You hear his eerie voice in Karel Capek’s R.U.R.,where the word “robot” comes from, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, recognizable as Gollum, and in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The…

Patriotic Fruity Pizza

Happy Independence Day, Beautiful People! I’ll take independence any day; to quote Janis Joplin, Here is a fun patriotic dessert for you, offered by https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes. INGREDIENTS   Flour, for the parchment 1 (16-oz.) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough 2 tbsp. Strawberry jam 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 lb. strawberries, hulled and cut into pieces 1 1/2 c. blueberries 1 (8-oz.) package…

Elizabeth, the Jumbal Queen

The Great Elizabeth, the last Tudor, had a major sweet tooth. To be fair, she was not the only one. Food has always served to demonstrate and affirm status, and the royals of all times have asserted wealth and power by consuming the most luxurious and exotic comestibles of their epoch. Luckily for Elizabeth the…

Light the Bonfire of Love with Chocolate Logs!

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Lag b’Omer, Beautiful People! Our sages said, “Who is wise? One who learns from every person” (Ethics of Our Fathers, 4:1). The first person in our lives we have a chance to learn from is MOTHER. From her we learn kindness, caring, and most importantly, unconditional love. Sometimes, it’s not…

Cats, Roses, and Triple Chocolate – a Few of My Favorite Things

A cute and lovable Ladybug of https://ugurbocegisite.wordpress.com/ who blogs in several languages came to the party with some of my favorite things, cats and red roses. Thank you, my sweet Ladybug! I am thrilled that so many friends are coming to my party, but I am running out of cookies! So I whipped up a batch of…

A Big Party for a Big Number

Dear Beautiful People, it’s party time again and you are all invited! Please come celebrate with me the big number: By the time I got around to throwing the party, I’ve already had 1025 followers, and I am grateful to each and everyone of you for your interest, your support, your kind and thoughtful comments,…

December 2016: Share and Inspire Others! Entries by The Recipe Hunter

I am delighted to introduce a great blogger and dear friend who works tirelessly on behalf of the entire blogging community, Esme The Recipe Hunter. The following is a great collection of recipes gathered and presented in her post. While some of the recipes in this collection are dedicated to holidays other than Chanukkah, I…