Rye Sourdough Crackers

Sourdough Rye Crackers

Those of us who bake bread at home are constantly looking for ways to utilize the excess bread starter. I personally believe that there should be no “discarding” of the starter. If you are in a good baking rhythm and the starter is mature and vigorous, there is no need to feed your starter daily, only […]

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Sausage & Spinach Pasta Hack

Sunday Hack: Sausage & Spinach Spaghetti

Sunday is supposed to be a lazy day for me — no or little cooking. We go out, enjoy each other’s company and don’t worry about the dishes afterwards. Nothing wrong with that. Except last Sunday my husband was on-call. To avoid being interrupted mid-meal at a restaurant (trust me, it happened to me before, […]

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Mad Dane

Partying With Cheese: Three Festive Dishes for a Crowd

[Sponsored post] With holiday season just around the corner, party food has been on my mind.  Holidays put pressure on a cook because in my mind the traditional menu is so limiting. Not that there is a shortage of good recipes out there, but some of the traditional dishes are not something one would cook the rest of the […]

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Borscht: ready to eat

Borscht Borscht Borscht Borscht

If there is one item that puts Ukrainian cookery on the map of International Yum, that would be borscht.  I would love to tell you that there are poems and songs written about it, borscht cook-offs and Borschtfests are held around the world, but, sadly, I can’t report any of this; apparently the rest of […]

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Cheese Swirls: meat, eggs and cheese filling

Cheese Swirls: One Dough, Two Fillers

Here are just two wonderful renditions of the no-fail party snacks: one savory, one sweet.  Fillings are not set in stone, naturally. Feel free to offer your own. The main focus here is the versatile and delicious flaky cheese-based dough.  It’s so easy to make, it’s almost ridiculous.  Because the dough is not sweetened at […]

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Apple Challah With Raisins

Phantom Nostalgia: Apple Challah With Raisins

With Jewish New Year just around the corner, I feel a bout of phantom nostalgia coming on. Why phantom, you may ask? Because my family never really kept any of the Jewish traditions.  Sure, my aunt made Gefilte Fish every fall, along with some other staples of classic Jewish cookery. She’d invite the family over, and we […]

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Summer Squash Two Ways

Squashed Under Zucchini? Deal With It!

Are you sick of the squash yet? You know what I am talking about — the abundant never-ending crop of zucchini and yellow crook-necks have most certainly made it to your kitchen by hook or by crook.  If you didn’t plant it this year — I didn’t — one or more of your neighbors or […]

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