Category Archives: Cooking

A new recipe for Holiday Brisket


In our house, we typically have brisket for dinner twice a year.  Every New Year on erev Rosh Hashanah, and every 1st night of Pesach (Passover).  Jori prefers a recipe using onion soup mix, onions, cranberries and ginger ale, and … Continue reading

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Egg Me On–Make Great Egg Foo Yung


  I really enjoy Egg Foo Yung (or Young).  Literally meaning “Hibiscus egg,” this omelette is found in  Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, British and Chinese-American cuisine. However, in the States, most of the time, it is poorly made, and served with a … Continue reading

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Another series of thoughts on that perennial favorite, the classic chocolate chip cookie


Ok, so I haven’t posted anything about chocolate chip cookies for at least 6 months.  After all, I thought I had written the quintessential article on the subject with my post The without a doubt absolutely very best chocolate chip cookie! … Continue reading

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What is Chicago Style Pizza?


There is extensive research to point to the ancient Pompeiians as the creators of the first pizza, who formed a coarse bread dough in a round or rectangular shape and baked it in crude but effective wood fired ovens. Naples … Continue reading

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How about a Tiki Cocktail?


Mai Tai–Roa Ae.  In Tahtian this means “out of this world–the best Well, the weather is starting to show signs of spring and that makes me think of drinks with umbrellas in them.  Or, at least, drinks with a fruity … Continue reading

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It’s summer, time for some chilled soup and a nice salad!


I wrote a blog about gazpacho in August of last year, but I didn’t include any recipes for non-tomato variation or melon soups.  We had dinner at a friend’s house this week, and she made a wonderful watermelon gazpacho, and … Continue reading

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Weeknight elegance in 3 hours


Years ago, I made a recipe from Jacques Pepin’s great cookbook, La Technique for a dinner party.  It was chicken that was deboned and stuffed with a chicken forcemeat, and covered in aspic.  Served slightly cold, it was a fantastic … Continue reading

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HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT INTELLECTUAL FRAUD?


  And by that, I mean plagiarism, to my mind one of the worst kinds of frauds, as it steals someone else’s ideas to present them as your own. The particular example I found while researching a recipe for tomato … Continue reading

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Gazpacho—A Summer Delight


Tomatoes are now at their best, especially if you can get them fresh at the farmer’s market.  And what better way to highlight some of the best of summer than to put these wonderful fruits to use to create one … Continue reading

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The without a doubt absolutely very best chocolate chip cookie!


Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. Whether it is the original creation of Ruth Wakefield at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass or the infinite numbers of attempts by commercial bakeries and home cooks to make variations on the primal … Continue reading

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