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Easy Roasted Fennel & White Bean Dip With a Vegetable Basket

Memorial Day is coming, and it’s the kick off for casual summer entertaining. I like to serve easy, make-ahead appetizers to keep the guests happy before it’s meal time. Dip is universally popular, and I often make guacamole or buy hummus. For a change of pace, I came up with a new dip recipe for […]

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Meat Borekas (Turnovers) and Meeting a Kindred Spirit

Sometimes you meet someone and feel an instant connection. This phenomenon happened to me recently when I met Robert. He talked about his love of cooking and about his most recent undertaking, making borekas, pockets of dough with tasty fillings. I too had been busy in my kitchen making a similar dish, kreplach, which also […]

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Potato and Brisket Kreplach: Sometimes I Go A Little Crazy in the Kitchen

I have a weakness for sinful appetizers. When I saw uber-blogger Michael Ruhlman’s post on homemade kreplach, I had to make them. Kreplach is a crispy dough pocket stuffed with soft fillings like potato or meat. Think of kreplach as a Jewish wonton, dumpling, or samosa. Many cultures have their own version. I have fond […]

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Salmon Mousse Spread and Recipe Notes From the Past

I felt my mom’s presence today, even though she died over twenty years ago. I made her creamy, smoky Salmon Mousse appetizer recipe today for a parent meeting. First, I went to my file box of old family recipes where I found the recipe on a scrap of paper in my handwriting. This recipe is […]

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