Ponce de Leon, Diamond Lil, and the Secret of Eternal Youth

There is a quaint little town on the East Coast of Florida called St Augustine. It is considered the oldest continuous European settlement in the continental United States. But that’s not what makes it famous. Tourists flock to St Augustine because they are dying to stay young forever. According to the official Fountain of Youth…

Pollo Fritto Artistico

Before presenting to you, Beautiful People, a unique Chanukkah recipe originating in Italy and inspired by non-Jews, it is my great pleasure to share a lovely poem composed by a non-Jewish blogofriend Jonathan Coswell who chronicles every day events in limericks. Please click on the link to enjoy the poem and come back for the…

Kitchen Queen

Originally posted on lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown:
Kitchen Queen Her souffles are a marvel and her cakes a work of art. Every single thing she cooks, a product of her heart. Her kitchen full of luscious smells and openness and levity, every disaster solvable and noted for its brevity. She surmounts each…

My Grandmother’s Recipes: Part 3, Appetizers.

We are up to holiday appetizers and Part 3 of my story, Beautiful People (click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7).   3. Hassidic Jews – from Hassidism, a religious movement originated in Southern Poland in 18th century 4. Reds – supporters of the Red (Bolshevik, later Communist)…

Penicillin, Honey Ginger Whiskey Cocktail

In response to the Daily Prompt IRRELEVANT I am sharing this delicious and extremely healthy recipe with you, Beautiful People, because it seems totally irrelevant to anything, but in reality, it isn’t: we are in the month of High Holidays when honey is always prominent on the table and in all our recipes. In fact,…

Mandarin Chicken Without a Hat

Let’s get some things straight. Some mandarins are oranges, but not all oranges are mandarins. All tangerines are mandarins, but not all mandarins are tangerines. Mandarins are called oranges because of their color, but not the color of the fruit. Enough riddles? Wrap you head around them as you watch this incredible dance. When the…

Pollo Fritto Artistico

Tonight is the first night of Chanukkah. I am repeating a Florentine Chanukkah recipe that I published quite a while ago. Happy Chanukkah – enjoy! I have a long-standing love affair with Florence, Italy. It is my second favorite city in the world, after Yerushalayim, or course, and on par with my native Odessa. Listen…

Florentine Omelette for an Unlucky Queen

What an unlucky queen Mary Stuart was! Losing her father when she was only six days old, the baby queen was sent off to France at the age of five, to be married to a three-year old Dauphin Francis, the heir to the French throne. The actual marriage between the two little kids had to…

Sesame Chicken Bites and Quote #1

I’ve been challenged! I’ve been nominated by a Purple Person for the ubiquitous three-quote challenge. I am unable to resist any challenge, so yes, Beautiful People, I’ll take it on. The gauntlet was thrown in my direction by a funky and unpredictable Melinda of https://purpleslobinrecovery.wordpress.com/.  You will enjoy stopping by her blog; she is wacky and…

ChoCo Cookie Sandwiches

Happy National Chocolate Day, Beautiful People! I propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will declare a Chocolate Day at least once a month! Really, as everybody knows, the healthiest food regimen should incorporate beans (protein) and greens (salad). Chocolate comes from cocoa beans (there!),and cocoa beans come from trees, so chocolate is plant-based,…

Blog Party: Eat, Drink, and Play Charades

I am throwing a party, Beautiful People, and you are invited! A few days ago I realized that this blog has gathered 300+ followers. I decided right there and then to celebrate it by having a blog party.  I thought I would get that cute Bing! from the WordPress telling me about it, but it…