Easy Homemade Dinner Bread

If you've never made bread, this is where to start. It takes moments to make and tastes amazing. Plus, it's pretty much foolproof. Most times, we eat it with soup, and there's rarely any left for the next day. HOMEMADE HERB BREAD 3.5 cups whole wheat flour 1/3 cup gluten (this is optional, but it … Continue reading Easy Homemade Dinner Bread

When Life Hands You Lemons…

Last Shabbos, we counted 20 things that broke in our home this year, totaling some $20,000 in repairs. Ouch. The latest mishap was when we installed a flood control device in our front yard only to find out that the entire pipe under our home needs replaced. The next day, when the oven broke (for … Continue reading When Life Hands You Lemons…

Pizza bites

Whether next week will find you as the football party type or the bake-with-your-kids-on-vacation type, this recipe is for you. The dough is easy to make in a food processor, and you can use your slave labor little people to make the stuffed balls of dough. You just might want to double the recipe, though. … Continue reading Pizza bites

Cornbread cakes and chili

Last week's "polar vortex" wasn't just cold. It cost us a fortune. At first it was just frozen pipes. And then it became burst pipes. And then, the final blow was when the furnace died. Permanently. One week later, we've got running water and heat, and for that we are quite grateful. We've also got … Continue reading Cornbread cakes and chili

Thanksgiving round up

I'm happy to report that I am not making Thanksgiving this year. I can't remember the last time I didn't make it, but this year I managed to pass the torch. I can't help but be amused by the flurry of panic across this country, though. Anyone who makes the equivalent of Thanksgiving every week … Continue reading Thanksgiving round up

Vegan pesto pizza

Our garden is heavy on basil these days, which is a good thing because we love pesto. I make it in big batches and freeze portions for the winter.But the truth is, that you can make pesto with just about any herb or nut--even the greens popping out of garlic bulbs. Cut these garlic scapes … Continue reading Vegan pesto pizza

Garbage for dinner

I know what you're thinking. After a week of winter break with the kids, I've lost my mind and served dinner from the frozen food aisle. Fear not! We ate literal garbage for dinner, not figurative. Last night's dinner featured French onion soup, made almost entirely from food scraps that most people throw out. Nothing … Continue reading Garbage for dinner

Choose your own dinner adventure

They say rice and beans is a poor man's meal, but 24 hours later, I'm still patting myself on the back for this one. Because as far as I'm concerned, last night's dinner was perfect. 1. It was delicious--everyone ate it. 2. It was cheap--under $5 for the ENTIRE family. 3. It was quick and … Continue reading Choose your own dinner adventure

Moist corn bread + corn bread stuffing

Try as I might, I've never managed to make a decent corn bread. It's dry every time. I know what you're thinking. Corn bread is supposed to be dry. Better for dipping in gravy or chili. Sometimes, though, I want to eat the corn bread, just because--without smearing it with butter or chili (and does … Continue reading Moist corn bread + corn bread stuffing

Disappearing Pumpkin Cake

On Friday I had a half-full, forlorn can of pumpkin sitting on my counter, begging for a home. Pumpkin cake for Shabbos would be perfect, right? Silly me. My kids decided there was no need to wait for Shabbos to inhale it. And see this knife? Apparently it was a mere suggestion. I admonished my … Continue reading Disappearing Pumpkin Cake