Potato Latkes

I *love* latkes. Yum!more

Plated + Served: Fragrant Fruit Salad

This festive Fragrant Fruit Salad just looks like the holidays, don’t you agree? And, even better, it’s healthy!It’s not just the luscious mangos and papayas or the juicy citrus fruit that makes this so perfect for the season. The unique jamaica flower vinaigrette brightens the flavors while adding a dramatic bit of color… and the candied pecans give it just the right amount of crunch....more

bird's milk cake (птичье молоко, ptichye moloko)

Bird's milk is a type of custard/cream. You can find it in many candies, called Bird's Milk, sold within the Slavic markets. It is also common, within the Slavic tradition, to make Bird's Milk Jello or Bird's Milk Cakes for holiday dinners.This cake was inspired by a friend of mine on Facebook. It was a complete blast making it; and believe it or not, it was quite easy.Here is the link to the recipe: http://momsdish.com/recipe/210 ...more

One Dollar of Christmas Spirit

We parked, and my 4 year old son asked for the backpack he takes to preschool. He said he wanted the dollar we'd put in there the day before. The dollar was for show and share at school. He needed to bring a rectangle, so I'd put the dollar in his backpack. I reminded him, but he persisted. He wanted that dollar. At 4, it is time that he learns about money. That it is finite. That a dollar can only stretch so far. I let him take the dollar so that he could buy something in the store with it. But he didn't take it into the store......more

Banana Bread

There is something about holidays that gets everyone in the mood for baking. I have been using this banana bread recipe for years. This is actually one of my husband's favorite breads, so for us, this has stuck around for a while. http://momsdish.com/recipe/208...more

White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Happy December!! During Thanksgiving break I did alot of baking, cookies in particular for my Kids’ with Cancer bake sale. Our kitchen was overwhelmingly covered with cookies, cupcakes and brownies. I have never made these cookies before and I wasn’t really planning on making them but my mom had all the ingredients so naturally I decided to try them. Approving of the cookie batter, I immediately knew these would be a great hit not only at the bake sale, but with all my friends and family after thanksgiving as well. These are great for the holiday season because of the red color of the cranberries and the warming texture of the walnuts. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did, and you can even leave some for Santa!...more

Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perhaps it’s the memories of my childhood milk and cookie snack time, or my never-ending love for the classic chocolate chip cookie. Maybe it’s the unparalleled and addictive smell wafting from the kitchen as they bake, or the endless add-ins you can throw into a cookie dough....more
I just baked these cookies this afternoon. They're fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipe.more

Forgotten Yuletide 2012

Another December is here.  Where did 2012 go?  The lights are coming up around the neighborhood.  Western Pennsylvania has already experienced its first snow.  And that pesky event I used to look forward to, my birthday, will arrive this week. For the first time in many years, I don't have a tree -- artificial or real (discovered the joys of a real tree for the first time last year).  The season just doesn't feel right somehow.  Something is missing, not just because I'm alone again.  ...more

Fruitcakes - the gifts that keep on giving.

I like the ones that look and feel like bricks. I like the ones in a circle with giant chunks of candied fruit protruding. ...more

Holiday Gifts For the Family Pet

Holiday gifts for the family pet can be so much more than a standard chewy raw hide for poochy or a jingly mouse for kitty-cat. These days, the growing fur (and not-so-furry) baby marketplace caters to pet parents of every style and budget. Everything from the silly to the serious to the downright adorable can be found for your companion with a few clicks of the mouse. Here's just a few of the more fabulous selections out there to choose from for the naughty (or in household's case, VERY naughty) to the nice on your list....more