Seems not a Purim goes by without seeing hamantaschen everywhere! They are traditional Ashkenazic cookies given out in mishloach manot, gift baskets, to celebrate the holiday. It’s said that their triangular shape is that of the triangular hat worn by Haman, the King’s advisor, as told in the Book of Esther. There are many foods traditional to Purim, but, in the US, these are among the most recognizable. They’re also quite tasty, and come in as many varieties as there are mind of ice cream! Here is my recipe, which will provide a light, flaky base to whatever filling you decide to use.
This is our go to recipe for weekend breakfasts, since it takes so little time to put together and is so easily customizable. Maxtrid like them with mini chocolate chips, while Cadence likes them with Nutella. We all like them with some nice butter and real maple syrup. Bananas, nuts, blueberries,and macerated strawberries are other great choices to either mix in or put on top. However you like your pancakes, give it a try! The wheat germ adds a nice, sweet nuttiness to these pancakes.
I’m not sure how or when or where I acquired this recipe, but it’s fantastic, and makes great holiday gifts. Best of all, it’s pretty easy; you don’t even need a candy thermometer! I especially love mine with cashews and pecans, but don’t feel obligated to add nuts at all… It’s just as addictive plain. Continue reading
If I had a dime for every look of disgust and horror I’ve gotten from drinking this smoothie over the years, I’d be a rich lady! The green tinge to the smoothie comes from fresh kale leaves which I blend very meticulously in my Vitamix blender. I have even, on occasion, substituted spinach.
Don’t fret, though, I was once in your shoes. The thought of putting green veggies into a smoothie made me a little queasy. How you sure you though, that there is nothing to fear with this one. It’s actually really good. Sometimes, I even drink it in lieu of coffee. Sometimes. And if that weren’t enough endorsement, all four of my picky eaters absolutely love drinking this.
“Oh, what healthy cookies!” Somebody would inevitably say. For some reason, cookies made with nuts, coconut, oats, and the like are deemed to be, “healthy.” Not that I would ever discourage anyone from eating a cookie, but let’s face it, the cookie is a cookie. Aside from perhaps maintaining the emotional health of the person eating them, I doubt that cookies really add much benefit anybody’s diet.
As an avid cookie proponent, I must say that cookies most certainly have a place in everybody’s life. These particular are one of my favorites! Yes, there are healthy quantities of oats, nuts, and coconut, but is it a health food? Well, I’ll leave you to judge. To me, I recognize that they are just cookies, albeit with some pretty magical properties; they always make me smile…
People tell me I need to order out more and give myself a break. But, I don’t. Nobody seems very happy with what arrives at the doorstep, least of all me. In fact, the only thing I’m satisfied with ordering is pizza, so I tried ordering from a new pizza place that just opened. I ordered a large, 20” pie. I assumed that would have been a 20″ circle. Instead, I got a 17.5″ x11″ rectangle. And yes, it makes a difference. Pi*r^2 gives us the area of a circle, so I would have gotten 314.16 square inches if it were round and actually 20″ as advertised. Instead, I got 192.5 square inches of pizza. Same price, less pizza. That hardly seems fair, does it? I’d overlook this of it were excellent pizza. However, it arrived cold, the cheese was rubbery, and the crust was tough.
It doesn’t lend strength to your case, though, when everyone’s starving and eats it all right away. So, now we know… Stay away from this place… SMH
In New York City, people are familiar with arepas from street fairs, where they’re grilled and served with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese. In other parts of the country, I’ve learned they go virtually unknown! Most people describe them as being like corn bread, but it’s not exactly like that…think of them more like a baked polenta cake that tastes like a corn tortilla. I had mine last night stuffed with cheese and avocado, topped with tomatillo salsa. Delicious! There are literally three ingredients for a basic arepa: Continue reading