Almond Spice Granola

“Thirty seconds!” “Thirty seconds what?!” I assumed Howard wanted me to be in his office in 30 seconds.  Or answer one of his emails. “Thirty seconds is the longest message you can leave on my voice mail, Hannah.  Longer than that and I press “erase”!  And the same, by the way, goes for the other Managing
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Loquat Jam

I am not sure what I love more about loquat– the name or the fruit. Actually, there was one thing we, Simpson kids, loved even more about that fruit.  We loved shooing away those scoundrels who tried, on their way back from school, to pick loquats from OUR tree (OK, OK.  The Simpson boys were
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Savta’s Famous Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

These meatballs were one of the staple foods of my childhood.  All other meatballs recipes are bench-marked against them and usually rank much lower. We used to have them as a forshpeis (an appetizer in Yiddish) on Friday nights, in rotation with other winner Friday night specials such as spicy fish, sauteed liver, puff-pastry shells
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Two-Toned Hazelnut-Chocolate Butter

It took an unplanned trip to France to help me overcome my psychological barrier of Nutella.  Yup. That spread that’s been around in its commercial form since the 1960’s.  The same one I smear on some of my kids’ sandwiches once a week (a pre-weekend treat on Fridays).  The starring player in oh so many
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Do It Yourself Gift Bag from Newspaper

There aren’t many things Better Half and I do agree on. He likes meat, I love vegetarian and dairy (appetizers, as he calls them). He’s always hot and I’m always cold (how I miss that summer when the AC wasn’t working). He is messy (to put it mildly) and I need order. I love Kieslowski,
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