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Curried Tofu Spring Rolls with Curried Peanut Sauce

I have never made spring rolls and have recently figured out why. While I love myself a good spring roll and order them in Vietnamese and Thai restaurants whenever I dine, I learned this week that I totally suck at rolling those delicate little translucent rolls of deliciousness. That thin rice paper when soaked in water becomes my arch enemy and I fail. Miserably. Maybe I did something wrong or perhaps it’s because I just don’t have the spring roll rolling skill in me, but those damn ends just wont fold in, my filling falls out and well, the saga ends in a bit of a hissy fit

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Dragon Fruit Layer Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Dragon fruit is the most beautiful fruit. Ever. I dare you to try and find something more beautiful then this. It’s so pretty that you may not even want to eat it because you would rather just stare at it instead. The outrageous pink outside leads way to the more outrageous magenta flesh inside spekled with tiny black seeds. Its like mother nature was on acid when she created this flamboyant fruit.  It makes people stop and point and say “what is that?”.

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Creamy Polenta Topped With Truffled Mushrooms

I have a crush on polenta. That cornmeal that hides in the back of most pantries and becomes a big pot of mush when cooked. To me this mush is total comfort food. Even though to most people polenta is a winter food that warms your belly when the temperature drops, I am not a fair weather lover and it graces my dinner table at least twice a week even in these warm summer months. Besides being super easy to make polenta can be the base for a variety of different dishes, can be eaten hot and creamy or crisp with a salad.

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Salted Caramel Popcorn Drizzled in Dark Chocolate

You know those giant bins of popcorn they have around the holidays? You know the ones, they have 3 different flavors of popcorn hiding inside the snowy landscaped tin. They sit on your counter teasing you every time you walk by them. Then before you know it you’re turning the tin upside down to get the last bit of kernels out. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. My favorite was the caramel popcorn, I would eat it by the handfuls. But thats not all. I put M&Ms in the caramel popcorn side of the tin. Yes, you heard me. M&M’s with the caramel popcorn.

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White Cupcake Minis with Lime Cream Frosting

I entered the shuk for the first time since returning to Be’er Sheva from my 6 weeks in China. A wave of happiness washed over me. I missed it. My weekly trips to buy produce and fruits among the before shabbos crowds can begin again. My eyes grew wider and I looked over at Katherine pointing to a vendor. “Are those…?” I said to her. “They look like them” she replied back. We walked over and breaking the skin to reveal the smell we both looked at each other with smiles and said “limes”.

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Middle Eastern Lamb Meatballs with Cilantro Mint Sauce

It’s easy to gravitate toward the foods that you have known the longest, become accustomed to and like the most. It’s an easy rut to get into even if you are cooking and eating different things every night. It is however, more difficult to try and bring new flavors and dishes into your every day life other then the occasional ‘ethnic’ dinner menu. I have noticed that I haven’t been cooking too often with the flavors of my new home in the Middle East. Which is crazy since there are so many amazing flavors and ingredients to be found in the cooking here.

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Birthday Pancakes

Three years ago tomorrow I met my best friend and one year and 3 months ago I married him. Enter Emanuel, the love of my life, my rock and biggest supporter. This post is all about him. Well, him and pancakes.

I often find myself just starring over at Emanuel while we are eating dinner, watching tv, walking the dogs and think “how did I get so lucky”? I never thought there would be someone so loving, caring, smart, dedicated and supportive as Emanuel. His sense of humor always make me laugh,

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Chili Chocolate Chip Cookies

“C” is for cookie. Everyone knows that. It’s one of those things that no matter where you come from you learn at a very young age. “C” is for cookie. Damn you cookie monster for drilling that into our heads and wanting a cookie every time we see the letter “C”.

In honor of back to school and those little ones who are about to learn that “C” is for cookie (or the older ones, like my husband, who are about to learn “C” is for Cardiology) I present to you” C” is for cookie cookies.

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Dumplings For Breakfast

When I sat down at the famous Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant in the Old City of Shanghai it was only 11am. I only had 24 hours in Shanghai and wasn’t about to waste any time on the usual hour long or more lines that form on each level of this 3 story restaurant. Though it was early, skipping xio long bao (soup dumplings) would have been like not buying a slice of pizza in NYC or passing up a dish of paella in Valencia, just couldn’t happen. And, so, dumplings for breakfast it was.

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Lemon and Purple Basil Scones

I have never grown my own anything. I happen to be really bad with plants. I grow them, they die. Seriously, I killed a cactus once. Yeah, a cactus, that hardly needs any attention whatsoever, I killed. Me and plants, it’s a terrible relationship. My husband however loves to garden and finds it therapeutic during study breaks to go out and tend to the plants. Lucky me! This means I can have a beautiful garden filled with wonderful herbs! Wonderful herbs that wont die. Wonderful herbs like basil, purple basil.

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