The Quest for the Perfect Challah

Challah

Hey there, Ben here! Rosh Hashanah came and went this past week and this was our first year hosting! Exciting? Yes, but also a bit overwhelming. As you can imagine, Allison and I had to make sure that everything being served was tested and approved by us. :-) While we were able to draw from her repertoire for spinach kugel, sweet potato and apple kugel, and sweet and sour meatballs, there were still some things vital to the meal which had not been perfected. Enter the challah.

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Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

Summertime desserts are hard. At least, they’re hard for me, and for a few reasons: 1) things melt when I don’t want them to, 2) it’s often too hot to turn on the oven, and 3) I prefer portable desserts where everyone can just pick one item off a tray and mosey on their merry way.… [read more]

Summertime Bean Salad

Summertime Bean Salad

Hello all! How has everyone been???? Did you miss me? I missed you all terribly, but truth be told, summer is totally NOT my season, so I’ve pretty much been sprawled out on the floor with a fan blowing on me while Elliot knocks around yet another hair clip he views as HIS personal cat… [read more]

The Day I Murdered a Cream Cheese Pie

Cream Cheese Pie

Upon rifling through my grandmother’s recipe cards the other day, I came across one for a “cream cheese pie.” I was immediately intrigued. After all, I had never heard of such a dessert. And how was this dessert different from, let’s say, a cheesecake? Was there more to this than merely pouring cheesecake filling into… [read more]

Dacquoise – My K2

Dacquoise

Have you ever been so fascinated by something you’ve never seen, touched, smelled, tasted, or even heard of before? For me right now, it’s a dacquoise cake. Heck, I’m not even entirely sure how to pronounce the darn thing, but I’m in love with it right now. It’s a cake made with layers of nutty… [read more]

Some More Thoughts on Salt

Salt

Howdy! I’ve been thinking a lot about salt recently. I know, thrilling stuff, right? The poor stuff is so strongly loved and hated (like cilantro!….but I won’t go there). The culinary world loves it because it makes food taste like food. The medical world hates it because, when eaten in excessive quantities, it can lead… [read more]

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

A while back, Ben purchased about 4 gazillion deli quart containers from an online wholesaler. You know, the kind that chicken soup comes in? Yeah, those. At the time, I was toying with lots of chicken soup testing, and he thought it would be a good idea to have them on hand, and for obvious… [read more]

Gefilte Fish Outtakes

Gefilte Fish Outtakes

As promised, I’m now happy to present you all with the outtakes from my gefilte fish experiment. These were not some of my finest moments in the kitchen, I warn you. But, they include all of the popular favorite numbers you may have come to expect from me, such as: Tweet