The Finnishing Touch

Last week, my husband was catching up on Facebook, and remarked upon a photograph a friend posted, of a magnificent-looking loaf of festival bread. He asked what the bread was, and was told that it was Pulla, a traditional Finnish holiday bread, sweet, rich, and infused with cardamom. As bread-heads, we knew right away that […]

Review – Moroccan Lentil Soup

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to receive a gift from a very sweet friend. The totally unexpected package contained a cookbook I had not previously seen, Lévana Kirschenbaum’s recent publication, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen. I immediately sat down and started poring through page after page of mouth-watering recipes, making mental notes about […]

Tea for Two… and a Few

Every year, one of my husband’s cousins has a big family get-together in December. With all the holidays, it is almost always possible to find a day when everyone is free, and it is a lovely time to get together with people we don’t see often enough. This year, however, the ice storm messed up […]

After the Storm

The year 2013 decided to go out with bang and not a whimper, as we got hit by a devastating ice storm last weekend. Much of the city lost power, and ours was out for two days. We are fortunate enough to have wonderful friends who invited us to stay with them until our power […]

Ice-covered twigs

We are expecting an ice storm tonight. It has been drizzling all day, and now the rain is getting harder and the temperature is dropping. The city is like a skating rink, all under a sheet of treacherous ice. However, the ice also coats the ends of twigs and branches, and creates these gorgeous, ephemeral […]

Spinach Lasagna

Every so often, someone asks me for my spinach lasagna recipe. I feel guilty taking credit for this, since it’s such a simple recipe, but I’m also thrilled – and proud – that it is so popular among my friends. B’tei avon – bon appetit – enjoy! Spinach Lasagne 2 TBSP olive oil 1 large […]

The Cookie Jar

Mission Cookie was a success! Cookies were baked, delivered and consumed, and the recipients seemed happy. Here are some photos, with recipes. Cappuccino cookies:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-cappuccino-cookies-10000000258637/ The cinnamon chips are hard to find, and I think the overwhelm the other flavours, so I use white chocolate chips in the cookies, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. […]

Mushroom Soup

A couple of weeks ago I had a hankering for mushroom soup, but not any mushroom soup I’d ever had before. I’m not a big fan of cream of mushroom soup, and many other recipes I’ve found have more of an oriental flavour than I was in the mood for right then. I scoured my […]

The Weekly Kvetch: take a hike!

I am a strong supporter of public amenities. I believe in publicly-funded health care, I believe in a good public school system (even though my kids attend private Jewish schools), I believe in a government that takes care of its citizens. And I believe in public transportation. At least, I try really, really hard to […]

Cookie Madness

Twas three weeks before Christmas and all through the house / Every creature was stirring, yes, even that mouse! What are we all stirring? Why, cookie dough, of course! Yes, it’s that time of year, the time when I break out the butter and cocoa and chocolate chips and go into my cookie-baking frenzy. Being […]