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Easy Recipes – Only 15-Minute Prep!!


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So I may have mentioned this 1 or 100 times but the kids have off for three weeks, THREE weeks, between camp and school. That’s a lot time to occupy, not easy when you are working full-time. So I have to think of fun things to do – and I am not at all creative on the fun front – that don’t require me taking extended periods of time off.

California Roll Salad


New Video – The Best Challah Dough


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Introducing the first video of our new series: Quick and Kosher “in the Raw”. In this new series you will learn how to make Jamie’s challah dough, how to braid it, how to form a crown challah, how to make onion pockets and garlic knots, cinnamon buns…. The list goes on! Look out for a new video every Monday!

Pull up a chair – and watch how easy it is to make challah – you’ll be a pro at it in no time!


Chilled Summer Soups


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I love soup.

I really love soup.


30 Minute Pizzas


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It all started about 7 ½ years ago when I met Hubby. As a bachelorette on a perpetual diet, my go-to foods were salad, fruit and yogurt. Bachelor food looks more like a slice (or 2 or 3) of pizza daily — could be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three.

Onion Lovers Pizza


Two Summer Salad Recipes


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Do I have a perfect summer salad recipe for you!

Actually, there are two – so take your pick!


Afternoon Tea Recipes


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Most of us have some relationship with tea. For many Jews with ties to the “Old Country,” a “glezel tay” – hot tea served in a clear glass — is one of life’s untainted pleasures. The experts knew how to sip it through a sugar cube held between the teeth. Surely it’s impossible for anyone born in the USA, or at least that’s what I like to tell myself.

But I have a totally different relationship to tea and it is firmly grounded in a fantastic childhood memory. My family was known to frequent some pretty posh hotels across the United States and my mother introduced me to Afternoon Tea as a rite of passage. (This custom was imported from England about 300 years ago, but I’ll tell you a little secret about that at the end of this article.) No, we didn’t wear big floppy hats, white gloves, or speak with snooty accents. We didn’t sit too primly either, though I tried. What I loved about it was that it was special, delicious, and just for us ladies. (Daddy didn’t go for the tiny sandwiches or tea; his style is more the all-you-can-eat buffet.) But I just adored those soft mini-sandwiches with the crusts cut off, scones slathered in creamy butter, a touch of jam and, of course, the tea!


Summer Sundae Party


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Ice cream is not just child’s play. Though I do have the sweetest memories of sucking the last drops of ice cream out of the bottom of a sugar cone, I’ve graduated to sundaes. And when I do a sundae, I do it big — with tons of toppings which would never fit on a cone anyway. So I guess it’s all good.

I am a firm believer that you can mix, pour or sprinkle anything onto a sundae. I can get totally obsessed with sweet and salty combinations, like my Salty Sweet Sundae. Pretzels, peanuts and ice cream – here I come!


No-Bake Desserts PLUS Smiley Cookie Giveaway


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You should know by now that I am not a baker (nor a butcher or candlestick maker) Actually, my grandmother was baker, but the gene skipped me entirely. I really don’t like to patchke (fuss fuss fuss) too much in the kitchen. But you knew that already. It’s what I’m all about.

But I do love desserts, especially the baked kind. Think pies, cakes, cookies, soufflés, people. Next, of course, you think of your oven.


Summer Smoothies


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It’s summer, time to dust off that blender and whip up some cool, healthy, icy drinks. Nothing like the sound of ice being crushed to send goose-bumps up your spine. It also puts my mind in RELAX mode; I start looking around for a chaise lounge and a floppy straw hat.

Pina Colada Smoothie


Father’s Day Hot Dog and Burger Topping Recipes


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Father’s Day is coming up. I look forward to hosting a backyard barbecue for my dad on a sunny, cloudless day. Hubby is grilling. I sit poolside, sipping a pina colada as the kids splash around. After the party’s over, I’ll lounge a while with a novel.

Spicy Fried Onions


Father’s Day Unique BBQ Sauces


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Let’s get real. We all know how uber important good BBQ sauce is to the success of your grilling. If you’ve got the right one, it’s all the seasoning you need; if you’ve got the wrong one, ain’t nothin gonna save your meat.

There are great bottled brands on the market, and “best” is a matter of taste. But if you are feeling a bit adventurous, why not try your hand at an easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe? I admit I never thought of creating my own BBQ sauce until I was inspired by the “DIY (Do-It-Yourself ) Diva” columnist, Felisa Billet, in my Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine. It turns out there are some DIY recipes which are easier than you or at least I thought.


The Perfect Shavuos Menu


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Shavuos is just around the corner. Quick – what do you think of first? Me too. Images of cheesecakes start dancing before my eyes, calling my name as they do every year. I love them and they love me so much they just plant themselves on my hips, forever – now that’s love. This year Shavuos begins the evening of June 7 and ends the evening of the 9th. I wonder, how many cheesecakes I can squeeze into 48 hours?

Creamy Polenta


Jams, Salsas and Chutneys **GIVEAWAY**


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Jams, salsas and chutneys add zing to even the most boring foods. Though they originated in different parts of the world (England, Mexico and India respectively), they are all essentially sauces made from fruits, vegetables or herbs and/or spices. It seems that in every culture there’s a need to spice up food with something gooey. They all belong to the same family, so to speak – and I love family (even more than I love food).


Comfort Food – Chinese Style!


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Is there any cuisine more traditionally American-Jewish than Chinese food? American Jews have embraced far eastern foods to such an extent that it seems just as natural to run to the Chinese takeout as the kosher deli. Once considered an exotic and rare alternative, today most cities with a significant Jewish population can boast at least one Chinese restaurant.

And why not? I, for one, was born with a penchant for Chinese food. There’s a reason, of course. Legend has it that when my mother was expecting me she had a crazy craving for Chinese food and my father would take her out to the Chinese place every night! It was my favorite food until I was 5; even after I was introduced to other cuisines it remained one of my childhood comfort foods.


Light Version of a Deli Roll


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Just like the color black, the classic shoe and cashmere – deli meat never goes out of style. Add mustard (or mayo, depending on your preference) and the deli craving is satisfied whether you go with rye or go bun-less.

To the best of my knowledge, the traditional deli roll is only traditional in a kosher kitchen, sort of like gefilte fish. G-d bless the balabusta who invented this little bit of heaven: take a bite of the layered deli meat rolled in flaky, savory puff pastry with a shmear of mustard – and you’ll know what I mean.