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‘Tis the Reason for the Season

In Kids On December 20, 2012 1 Comment

“Mommy, do you know what I want for Christmas?” Nicole asked me on an early December morning as I was brushing her hair. “What, honey?” “A baby sister,… Read More »

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Whipping Up Some Snow and a Festive Cake

In Cakes and Bakes On December 7, 2012 3 Comments

As Christmas is drawing near, the weather here in South Florida seems to be getting warmer and warmer. Pretty depressing, if you ask me. I don’t know how… Read More »

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A Gem of a Bakery in the Middle of Nowhere

In Travel On October 29, 2012 1 Comment

It’s places like  German-style Yalaha Bakery in Lake County, Fla., that make me want to move up north. I would swing by there a few times a week… Read More »

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An Authentic Russian Cake for an Authentic Russian Wedding

In Cakes and Bakes On October 23, 2012 3 Comments

So my younger sister Katya (a.k.a. Kate) got married, and I got to witness a demure but incredibly powerful ritual of an authentic Russian wedding. The St. Prince… Read More »

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Pig Licking Carrousel Cake That’s Pig Licking Good and a Way to Slow Down Time

In Cakes and Bakes, Kids On October 20, 2012 2 Comments

I had been brainstorming this cake for Nikolasha’s fifth birthday for about six months. Little by little, detail after detail, I had been putting together a picture of… Read More »

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Moldovan Adzhika Makes Its Way onto Latino-Inspired Gluten-Free Appetizers

In Canning, Condiments On September 27, 2012 2 Comments

  It is one of those family recipes that have seen a lot and are rightfully qualified to be called heirloom. Mom picked it up while Dad was… Read More »

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Homemade Black Plum and Rose Jam

In Canning On September 20, 2012 1 Comment

“Honey, who preserves sweet cherries in their own juice???” my mom was lecturing me on the way back from the airport. “It’s sour cherries that we’ve always canned… Read More »

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Old-Fashioned Cherry Preserves (Вишня в собственном соку)

In Canning On September 4, 2012 2 Comments

  We are just a few days into September here in South Florida but I can already feel the shift of seasons. A shift so fine that mostly… Read More »

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The Day I Saved a Bunch of Mangoes and Was Rewarded with the Best Ever Mango Lime Pie

In Cakes and Bakes On August 9, 2012 4 Comments

  “What the heck am I going to do with all these mangoes?” I threw my arms up in the air, sizing up yet another batch of mangoes… Read More »

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Marble Blueberry and Kefir Popsicles

In Frozen Treats, Kids On July 22, 2012 2 Comments

I am so pleased to tell you that we all fully recovered from the flu and feel pretty much alive and kicking after making and eating about 3… Read More »