Winter Entertaining at Home #2 – Nostalgic Game Day

Who doesn’t love Dominoes, Monopoly, 1980s Trivial Pursuit, or the Game of Life? Nostalgic games are perfect for any group of friends or family including older kids. The beauty of this type of get-together is that everyone already knows each other as well as the rules of the games to be played. A Nostalgic Game […]

Which Festival of Light Is Celebrated the World Over?

It’s New Year’s Eve of course – with 24 hours of celebrations around the globe! Back in the day of the Concorde – a supersonic jet built by Great Britain and France in the 70s, you could celebrate New Year’s Eve in London listening to Big Ben chime, then fly to the Big Apple in […]

Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

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Filled Strawberries with Chocolate Topping

Ingredients: 1 pint strawberries, fresh 8-ounce package of cream cheese 1/2 TSP vanilla extract 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup chocolate chips To Make: Leave cream cheese out of the refrigerator for half an hour or until softened. Remove the center and tops of the strawberries. Use an electric beater to mix the confectioners’ sugar, […]

Lemon Mint Sorbet

Ingredients: 2 cups water 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice To Make:  In a saucepan bring the water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Mix in the mint and […]

Tequila Lime Sorbet

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups water 3/4 cups sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime zest 2 tablespoons tequila 1/2 cup fresh lime juice To Make:  Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from hear and cool completely. When cooled, combine with zest, tequila, and lime juice, […]

Champagne Sorbet

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups champagne 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon light corn syrup 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 1/2 cups grapefruit juice 1/4 cup lemon juice   To Make:  Add champagne, sugar, corn syrup, and lemon zest is a small saucepan. Bring mix to a boil until sugar is dissolved, this also helps to burn […]

Matzo Toffee

Ingredients: 3-4 pieces matzo 1 1/2 cups sliced almonds 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Sea salt To Make:  Preheat oven to 325. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment. Coarsely break up matzo to cover sheet. Top with almonds In a small […]

Cherry Sherbet

Ingredients: 1 pound fresh cherries, pitted and halved 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup 2/3 cup water 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 2/3 cup creme fraiche 1/4 cup whole milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons lemon juice To Make:  Bring 2/3 cup sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. After boiling, transfer to […]