Challah Dinner Rolls

Challah Rolls

It has been twelve years since my mother handed over the tradition of hosting Thanksgiving dinner to me. It happened at the same time that she bequeathed my brother and sister-in-law the honor of hosting Christmas Eve.

My sister got the shaft on any official holiday hosting because she is a vegetarian. There is nothing wrong or unappetizing about vegetarian cuisine but she is not the Frito eating, french fry loving, Oreo cookie type of vegetarian; she is the highest order of health nut vegetarian. This is fine for 363 days of the year but not so much for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. No one can truly appreciate a main course of lentil loaf with a side of toasted quinoa salad on the holiday table.

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Scalloped Potatoes with Cheddar and Chives

scalloped potatoes

This Halloween was strange; not in the spooky, ghostly sort of way, different house/ whole other story; this year it was quiet. Really quiet.

Instead of a house full of teens eating candy, scaring each other senseless, and picking through their candy to give me all of their Almond Joys, arguably one of the best candies ever made, they had plans of their own.

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Summer Tomato Bisque

summer tomato bisque

So many tomatoes, so little time…..


Tomatoes are everywhere. Roma tomatoes. Beefsteak tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes. Big tomatoes. Small tomatoes.

Tomato, tomaaaaato.

No matter how you slice it, local tomatoes are sure to please. I am partial to heirloom tomatoes. They have unique shapes and colors with a nice old fashioned tomato flavor. These organic beauties are from Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie.

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Black Forest Cake


My sister-in-law gets the short end of the stick when it comes to her birthday. It falls so close to the 4th of July that we often combine our Independence Day celebration with her birthday party.

On the upside, she gets a pretty awesome fireworks display, but it can sometimes be a real bummer sharing your birthday with the birth of an entire country’s independence;

That is why you will see the requisite deviled eggs, burgers on the grill, and cold brews at our celebration, but you will never see the 4th of July flag cake; you know the one topped with strategically placed blueberries and raspberries made to look like Old Glory.

No. We eat birthday cake. A really special birthday cake for the woman who won our hearts by marrying my brother.

She not only deserves a cake, she deserves a medal.

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Affogato means ‘drowned’ in Italian, and it refers to a classic dessert
In which a shot of espresso is poured over a scoop of vanilla gelato, thereby drowning the ice cream.

It is a very refreshing way to end a warm summer evening, especially if dinner involved one too many glasses of sangria.

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