A Letter to My Children

Dear R, A, Z & C: We Jews have a history of writing letters to our children, from Yaakov to the Ramban to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. I can't pretend to impart nearly that level of wisdom, but when a friend and past colleague asked that I write my own version to you, I decided … Continue reading A Letter to My Children


Your 4-Part Plan for Passover Sanity

There are lots of four's prevalent in this upcoming holiday--four sons, four questions, four cups--you get the idea. And in that spirit, I present your four-part Passover survival guide. Don't get me wrong, this holiday is one of our favorites, but it's not easy. There are a few too many meals and a total overhaul … Continue reading Your 4-Part Plan for Passover Sanity

Lessons Learned in Silence

Today marks the first day I can talk after two weeks of post vocal chord surgery voice rest. It was hard, it was frustrating and above it was all annoying. Try figuring out Purim costumes for four kids, including a teenager, without talking. You know those late talking, two year olds who act out, hitting … Continue reading Lessons Learned in Silence

Purim Bannontashen

Once upon a time there was a buffoon of a king who had a tremendous amount of money. He also had a big ego, so he was convinced he was, like, a really smart person. Despite his foolishness, many of his countrymen loved him, and even some Jews attended his bigly party. He ruled over … Continue reading Purim Bannontashen

My Month Without Sugar

My husband and I joined (presumably) thousands of New York Times readers who went cold turkey on sugar this January, after reading David Leonhardt's column. I've never been a fan of sugar, as anyone following this blog knows, but I've never avoided it completely. My typical sugar (which includes honey and real maple syrup) intake … Continue reading My Month Without Sugar

Moosewood brownies, 2 ways

It's #NationalBrownDay! Because brownies. Below is the real Moosewood Cookbook brownie recipe. They're gooey and taste incredible--like Dunkin Heinz without all the chemicals. I use whole wheat flour, but no matter because there's hardly any flour in them. They're pretty much sugar and chocolate.  They're heavenly. But on any ol' day, I generally steer clear … Continue reading Moosewood brownies, 2 ways

Homemade Hummus

With the recent Sabra hummus recall, there's no better time to start making homemade hummus. This recipe takes minutes to make in the food processor and tastes better than any store-bought version. Betayvon! HOMEMADE HUMMUS 2 garlic cloves 1 15-oz can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (save the liquid), or 1 cup soaked and cooked … Continue reading Homemade Hummus