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

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

Almond butter cake

My father-in-law has a thing for almond butter and sardines.--not together, of course. Sardines are banned from my house because they smell. But almond butter? He used to bring it every time he'd come, and it got to the point where I would have three unopened jars in my cupboard.  That was until I started … Continue reading Almond butter cake

Pesach desserts that aren’t full of sugar and egg and don’t cost an arm and a leg

Pesach desserts usually fall into one of two categories. 1. Desserts that taste like cardboard, or 2. Desserts that taste almost as good as chometz. The problem with the latter is the amount of eggs, sugar and potato starch they take. So, here's my list of desserts that taste good and let you leave the … Continue reading Pesach desserts that aren’t full of sugar and egg and don’t cost an arm and a leg

Ban trans fat?

That's just what Illinois has done with legislation passed in April banning trans fat in restaurants beginning in 2013. The ban, however, doesn't cover pre-packaged foods, and this is what is rampant in the Orthodox Jewish community. Many families cook with margarine, and all the bakeries use shortening. All of the heimishe brands--even their whole … Continue reading Ban trans fat?