Surviving So Much Food

With all the joy and family time approaching this month of holidays comes a lot of food. Pretty much any time with Jews brings a lot of food. It takes a lot of discipline to keep from overeating when we're surrounded by food for days at at time. And, it takes a plan. While nothing's … Continue reading Surviving So Much Food

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

White chocolate chip & PB granola bars

If you're solely a chocolate lover, you're not going to get this. Just be quiet and use chocolate chips. But if you love vanilla ice cream better than chocolate and white chocolate chips better than chocolate chips, you are salivating right now. True, white chocolate is not sophisticated, and it's mostly made of sugar, but … Continue reading White chocolate chip & PB granola bars

Easy pumpkin waffles

Pumpkin waffles might seem like fall-season foods gone overboard, but then you must have never made a recipe with canned pumpkin. Rare is the pumpkin recipe that uses more than half a can of pumpkin, leaving lonesome cups of pumpkin puree regularly in my fridge. Just the sight of them begets creativity. And once in … Continue reading Easy pumpkin waffles

Surviving 3-day Yom Tov (x3!)

There are three 3-day Yom Tovs this month. And yes, there were three 3-day Yom Tov's two years ago. Did I mention it's the same schedule next year too? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about Yom Tov, a time of simcha. Just sayin' it's a challenge to cook and eat all those meals. … Continue reading Surviving 3-day Yom Tov (x3!)

School lunch plan

Not sure what I dread more when a new school year comes around: homework or packing lunches. Both take up time I don't have, and neither seem to do much good for my kids. For the homework, my plan is to pass off the problem to two high school kids--one who I am hiring to … Continue reading School lunch plan

Soft pretzel shopping cure

Don't ever go to the mall on the Sunday before school starts no matter what your kids need for the new year. Not even if your kids will have to go to class barefoot. And not even if Rosh Hashanah starts the week after school begins. You know that Shabbos dress your daughter's been wearing … Continue reading Soft pretzel shopping cure