On balancing a balanced diet

It's my daughter's 9-year-old Hebrew birthday today, and while we don't usually celebrate Hebrew birthdays with a frosted cake, for my middle daughter--who rarely demands anything--we did. And like any good kids' birthday cake, it was full of sugar, butter cream frosting and pink sprinkles. Pink, as in food-coloring-red-40-pink. I don't feel one bit bad. … Continue reading On balancing a balanced diet

Pumpkin “Pi” Day

My boarder has turned us all into a bit of a nerd. But, if you consider nerdy as the new cool (as we do), then that makes us fabulous. This "pi" is because we love her. Had I thought ahead (and it wasn't almost Purim!), I would have used white chocolate chips. Those go much … Continue reading Pumpkin “Pi” Day

Whole Wheat Hamentashen

Reposting this from last year because guess what? Hamentashen are back in style again. Whole wheat, margarine-free, easy to form and kid-approved. 'Nuf said. Oh, and try the chocolate filling too. HAMENTASHEN 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for rolling 2 eggs 2/3 cup neutral oil (I use grape seed … Continue reading Whole Wheat Hamentashen

Build Your Own Cookie

It wasn't until I got rid of cookbooks that I started to enjoy cooking. Sure, I still use them a bit, but looking back and forth at a recipe is tiresome. Throwing ingredients in a bowl and coming up with something halfway decent is fun. A little like being a scientist or artist, right? So, … Continue reading Build Your Own Cookie

Baked apples

Anyone with a sweet tooth (read: women) knows it's hard to control. That's because sugar is addictive and the food scientists employed by companies stocking our shelves know it Whether you're reining in your sweet tooth or not, these apples are divine. Kids and adults alike end up licking the bowl. We make them for … Continue reading Baked apples

Last minute edible gifts

Celebrating this week or not, there's hardly anyone who won't be gift giving to family, colleagues or even the cleaning lady. If you haven't gotten something together yet, or if you need to beef up a present you already purchased, there's nothing like homemade goodies. And since you're already running late here, I've sorted through … Continue reading Last minute edible gifts

Cold’s Antidote: Hot Toddy & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This is me, post 8-mile run Sunday morning. Look closely, and there are icicles on my eye lashes. Yes, I am insane. (Read my post on running in winter weather, if you're curious how to manage.) Add to that, the runs I did outside last week in miserable, frigid weather, and I've been feeling chilled … Continue reading Cold’s Antidote: Hot Toddy & Chocolate Chip Pancakes