almost a foodie

Easy Spiced Chicken and Garlicky Rice

I have had a superscription for Cooking Light for years, its a great magazine if you cook. I tend to tear out recipes all the time — we all do that — but do we really make them? I did — with this chicken because it is easy — they say to use only chicken […]

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Balsamic Flank Steak

As the summer winds-down and BBQ season is ending I have a Flank Steak EASY (a given) recipe. If you are like me and have not used your Grill in years — just broil it! Sorry all you Chefs out there. 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar 1T Worcestershire Sauce 2 tsp. dark brown sugar (I use […]

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Watermelon Watermelon Watermelon

  A few summers back I was into Watermelon, I do not have the recipes I used but I found 2 online— BOTH easy and fun. Last hurrah before the summer is gone! Vodka-Infused Watermelon     1 bottle (.75 liter) of vodka 1 large watermelon 1 If your watermelon doesn’t have a flat side […]

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Grilling Vegetables

It takes talent to cook vegetables properly. I have zero patience or cooking talent–so I came up with a Toby solution: -Olive Oil, Trader Joe’s (https://www.traderjoes.com/) -Salt, Himalayan: purchase one that is already in a grinder -Coarse Pepper Use all three ingredients on the vegetables of your choice. Keep them all separate. I found out […]

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Tisha B’Av: What Not To Do

Years ago, I was really into paninis. Mozzarella with pesto and tomatoes on all kinds of bread. I even went to Target (my favorite store in the world) and bought a panini machine. Eight years later, I still have it! As you might have figured it out, I have very little patience for most things. […]

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“Let them eat cake”

Hi, my loyal friends. In the past, we have talked about what I do and, more specifically, what I don’t know. Now, I want to talk about what I used to do. Let’s start with my favorite thing in the world, CAKE. Growing up, anything store bought was a treat: snacks, soda, pizza. We always […]

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SIMPLY — just get SUSHI

We are big fans of sushi, so instead of gefilte fish for our first course, we start our Shabbas meal with sushi.  I noticed that no one in my family ate after the sushi. So, when it’s just the family and friends (which you all are now), the first course of sushi is also the […]

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Spicy Chocolate Jalapeño Cake

One of my daughters does not love cake. I’m not sure she is mine. But she does love red hot sauce–the spicier the better. One year, when her birthday landed on a Friday, I happened to be having six couples over for Friday night dinner with all their kids. (As you can guess, this was years ago. This […]

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Red, White, Blue and GREEN

Green is my favorite color but that’s not why I’m posting this. It’s summer and July 4th! BBQ season has arrived. What better time to post the best guacamole recipe? Ok, if you don’t like cilantro, skip this post and come back next week. BUT…I suggest you try it! Just like myself, my kids don’t particularly […]

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Shavuot Re-Cap

So…sometimes, I practice what I preach. This is one of those times, so take note my loyal readers. Here’s the rundown of my pre-Shavuot cooking. Ok, so I made all three. Penne ala vodka, two batches. Perfect! Mushroom lasagna. I used a bit too much sauce but no one seemed to notice. Proof? There were […]

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