Gingerbread Man Pancakes

imageWhile seemingly the rest of the world flaunted their obsession with adulterating their foods, beverages, and undergarments with pumpkins and their respective spices, I was busy exploring my own obsession; gingerbread. It all started with my son, Max, who demanded readings and rereadings of the story, The Gingerbread Man, as only a two-year-old can. The very first time he heard the story, he stood there, dumbfounded, as the fox ate the gingerbread man in one big gulp. “Fox can’t eat gingerbread man!” He exclaimed. I panicked, thinking I possibly scarred my boy for life; he grew attached to the mischievous cookie, and was probably hoping for the gingerbread man to continue running off into the sunset. I gently asked him if he was sad that the fox ate the gingerbread man. To my surprise, he said, no. Upon further questioning, he offered an explanation: “Fox can’t eat gingerbread man! Gingerbread man DIRTY!” Continue reading

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Major Grey’s Chicken: Old School Slow-Cooked Fusion

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Many credit the fusion cuisine of the 90’s as the seed that grew the Food Network, and gave rise and status to the “celebrity” chef. People began using what they liked, throwing salt in the face of tradition. Many traditionalists rolled grouchily over in their respective graves. But fusion cuisine isn’t at all a new invention. People all throughout history “bastardized” traditional dishes to suit their tastes, or, more commonly than not, the tastes of their masters or mistresses. Many dishes were born from diaspora and the substitution of ingredients. More recent foods of note are hamburgers, pizza, chop suey, and egg fu young. Continue reading

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Fast and Furious Friday Post: Perfect Pita Chips!

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Well, it’s Friday again, and not a lot to report except for the fact that I really have the munchies today! So, it’s appropriate, I think, to post my “recipe” (if you can even call it that) for pita chips that come out perfectly every time. That’s saying a lot, coming from me, because my oven’s a bit of a joke (I promise I will update my kitchen renovation adventures, as soon as things get under way).

Anyway, I LOVE cinnamon pita chips, but hate paying money for them at the store. Besides, these are much better. I used a four-pack of pita from Trader Joe’s, but I realized after making my batch that I probably should have doubled the recipe. A word of caution: these things are highly addictive. You may NOT want to double the recipe for that reason. :) Continue reading

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Shavuot Sweet Potato Blintzes

For many, Shavuot just isn't Shavuot without blintzes.  My son loves these lightly sweetened sweet potato blintzes.

For many, Shavuot just isn’t Shavuot without blintzes. My son loves these lightly sweetened sweet potato blintzes.

In the Jewish tradition, the festival of Shavout celebrates the day that we as a nation received the Torah at amount Sinai and apparently ate dairy products. Lots and lots of dairy products. Many stories exist about how this tradition emerged, from the practical to the mystical. Whatever the real reason, though, Shavout, for many, also became the “Festival of Blintzes” over the years.

Whether or not you identify yourself as a Jew, blintzes became one of those crossover foods; for a long time, quintessential brunch fare. And why not? These lightly sweetened, cheesy filled crêpes are almost like eating a cheesecake burrito!

Blintzes, as I knew them, generally came topped with a sweet cherry sauce, or a hot dollop of sweetened jam. This year, I decided to bring in a tray for my son’s preschool class. Continue reading

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A Bit of North African: Chick Pea Tagine With Moroccan Spices and Brik aux Pommes de Terre

Brik à L'Oeuf with chick pea tagine.

Brik à L’Oeuf with chick pea tagine.

To me, meal times are a beautiful thing. Not all of my friends call themselves “foodies,” but a discussion of comfort foods sure sparks some fun conversations and fond childhood memories. What other topics can you think of that are both so universal and so fondly discussed?

My friend Alia’s eyes lit up one day when she offered me a package of brik, and I shrugged my shoulders in ignorance. Despite my not having any idea what to do with it, and she, professing to not be much of a cook, Alia encouraged me to take it by describing things her mother did with it in Tunisia. She showed me a video. I was intrigued. Continue reading

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Bibimbap

A tasty and healthful combination of marinated beef and lightly sautéed vegetables makes this famous entrée a favorite world wide.

A tasty and healthful combination of marinated beef and lightly sautéed vegetables makes this famous entrée a favorite world wide.

I always said that when Moshiach came, s/he would come ready to feed the world delicious food. Most people dismiss my comment as the ravings of a foodie, but to me, this makes a lot of sense. At what other time are we less guarded, more welcoming, more pleasant, and more relaxed than when things are festive, and food is abundant? If you think about it, there aren’t many acts as intimate as eating with others. It’s also a universal commonality that connects us and brings us together as humans.

Needless to say, I’ve met and made many friends by engaging in this simple act, and as a foodie, you occasionally hit pay dirt when discovering a new food that absolutely knocks your socks off. Let me say this: a good Korean marinade can take your breath away. Continue reading

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Sunday Morning Panckes

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Although anyone can make these pancakes, they never taste quite as good as when Eric makes them.

As you might imagine, writing a food blog requires a lot of cooking, and that’s in addition to the necessary cooking. Needless to say, I always welcome an opportunity to enjoy things others cook for me! One Sunday morning, my husband, Eric, who never claimed to be much of a cook, sheepishly offered to make me pancakes, and set out to work. I certainly wasn’t going to say no to such a thoughtful and loving gesture, but I could’t help but wonder what might emerge from the kitchen. On one hand, Eric is an engineer who excels at precision and detail; qualities one might find in an expert chef. On the other hand, Eric was born without a notable sense of smell…and yes, that sometimes gets him into trouble. Continue reading

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