I couldn’t be more last-minute with this being it’s Christmas week and now, only now, am I sharing this chocolate peppermint bark (!). Sigh. I know, I know… snail mail pace … but hey, the good news is this super fast & easy for your last-minute homemade gift giving. Yesss.
A possible, just maybe, Christmas week scenario: It’s Christmas week and you still have last minute gifts you need to give but you want to make them homemade because you don’t know what your dear ones would like or want because they are more of an acquaintance from work, or your hair dresser, or your super or the mailman (who always makes sure you get your packages from Amazon safely and securely); and who wants to go to the mall and look for parking for an hour when you have too many things to do before Christmas, so you search for a quick and easy food gift that doesn’t look quick and easy and all without baking a single thing because you baked enough cookies and are cookie-ed out. With that, we also need to make it gluten free, dairy free, grain free, nut free and vegan to cover all your allergen bases.
I heard about the 5th Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap back in October, on a blog somewhere – I can’t remember – where bloggers are given three names to send each a dozen cookies and also receive cookies in exchange, all through the mail. This caught my interest for obvious reasons and the idea of raising money for charity.
Coming from first-generation Russian Sephardic Jew immigrant family, we didn’t have homemade fried Israeli-style “sufganiyot” jelly doughnuts. Then again, we weren’t a very traditional “Jewish-food” kind of family. Eating Russian food like plov (lamb and rice pilaf with carrots) and a savory cabbage stuffed with ground beef, instead of brisket with sweet glazed carrots was the norm at the family holiday gatherings. But I do remember my Mom buying ponchiki (Russian for doughnuts and a close cousin to the Israeli version) from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Underfilled (never enough filling) with cherry jam or vanilla creme, is how I remember them – and usually coated with sugar. Albeit untraditional with our Chanukah table, doughnuts always made their way to the table.
Hey there, I’m back with another pie brimming with cranberries and pears!
Cranberries are burst of color in the late fall and could not come at a better time of year. It’s one of my favorite ingredients this time of year. Just when produce is beginning to pale in color, lo and behold, the festive cranberry for cakes, cookies, muffins, jams, dressings, and of course, the iconic sauce on Thanksgiving…and pie…SO good in pie.
Thanksgiving is almost here! You didn’t think I forgot about the most important part, did you? Never. I’m usually thinking about pies before anything else. Gosh, do I have a major crush on pie as you can tell looking through my dessert recipes. If you love pie as much as I do and have a soft spot for pumpkin, in particular, then goodness is this going to make you squeal with delight.
I’m a fair weather Halloween friend, I must admit. Sorry, Halloween lovers out there, I don’t care for the skeletons and crossbones or all the scary stuff, but still love you anyway. Hope we can still be friends.
What I do love is chocolate, and candy … and stuffing my face with sweets. C’mon I know you do too. 🙂
I’ve been thinking about chocolate.
Not chocolate bar chocolate, more like chunk-of-fudge chocolate to dig my teeth into. Not something easily attained, as you know, when gluten, dairy, and soy free. So when I saw this fudge recipe last week on Alisa’s Go Dairy Free blog I thought this just may be what my fudge tooth is looking for.
A couple of weeks before moving day last month I bought baskets of blueberries (’tis the season!) to make a galette for Friday night dessert after an exhausting week of packing. I’m happy to finally (!) share this because I think you will love it.
Every sweet blueberry bite of it.
Most of the past four weeks have been all about our move. More and more boxes to tape up. More and more boxes to label and color code. More and more … it felt like preparing for our move would never end. And then there was the actual move July 1st. Having a few celebrations squeezed into the ruckus was a much-needed reprieve. Laughter, company and dessert is the best remedy for times like this. We had a middle school graduation, twins’ 11th birthday, and father’s day to celebrate. Thank goodness for celebrations, because packing is a pain in the ass. Strategically fitting all the odds and ends that one (ahem) accumulates requires some serious Tetris skills and patience. For those of you who move often, I feel for you.