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Last New Year’s Day, my friend Elka invited me to watch her make banitsa, a phyllo-crusted pie—similar to a borek—that she grew up eating in Bulgaria. It’s an everyday food there, available with several fillings, but on Christmas and New Year’s banitsa holds special significance. As Elka explained it to me, during the 40-day Advent […]
Harry is six. He’s in first grade. And he has no idea how lucky we are. I do. Which is why blogging about holiday foods and parties and whatnot just feels weird to me right now. So rather than pretend everything is normal, I’ll wish you and yours every possible good thing for the […]
Last night my family gathered for the annual Hanukkah latke-palooza, and I provided the star of the show. I’m focusing on Weight Watchers again, so on Saturday night I made a quadruple-batch of Less-Oil Latkes—Stephen, Harry and I feasted on some that night, and we shlepped the rest to Long Island for the shindig yesterday. […]
If it’s December, it’s Oh Nuts season. Every year around this time they contact me, to see if I’d like to try out some of their uber-fresh, dizzyingly varied bulk nuts, dried fruit, and candy in my holiday baking. And every year I say yes, please. I opted for blanched almond flour. While I’m not […]