Olive Oil Tasting In Barcelona, Grandma's Onion Rolls, and a Giveaway!

We stared at the row of olive oil bottles, a little perplexed. We were sitting at one of the best gourmet restaurants in the world, Comerc 24 in Barcelona. We knew it was going to be an amazing experience - and it was, so much so that we returned the next day for lunch. ...more

Online Friendships Suck

If Wesley had over 700 (seven hundred!) Facebook “friends,” but he was still incredibly lonely – so lonely in fact that he took his own life, What does that tell us about online friendships?I used to think online friendships were valuable – I even argued here on these very pages that they were just as valuable as real-life friendships. But I have changed my mind. The story of Wesley and his suicide illustrates, as far as I’m concerned, how empty of any real value online social networking can be....more

Vered, my friend, it isn't online friendships that suck - it is all friendships.

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40 is Good, In Fact Very Good, So Why Are Women Led To Believe It’s Bad?

"40 is good," said my male friend, and my eyes lit up. He was talking about how much more confident he is now that he's in his forties. Sure, the endless energy of his twenties is gone, but so are the arrogance and the naivete. At forty plus, he is calmer, more at peace with himself. He is a lot less self-centered and knows how important friendship and kindness are. He doesn't lack passion - his passion and drive are as strong as always - but he has more perspective, and can put things in context. ...more

Rich, Moist Chocolate Cupcakes (So Good, They Don't Need Frosting!)

I love chocolate, but baked goods containing chocolate are often disappointing. The addition of flour, milk and eggs often means that the decadent richness of chocolate is gone, and the chocolate turns into just another flavoring. I feel that many "chocolate cakes" need to be named "chocolate *flavored* cakes" - The intensity of the chocolate experience is just too low. ...more

Jelly Donuts ("Sufganiot") Recipe for Hanukkah

Sufganiyot are delicate, airy little rounds of sweet dough, deep fried, filled with jelly and dusted with powdered sugar. They are traditionally served in Hanukkah because they're fried in oil, and Hanukkah is a celebration of the "Miracle of the Oil." ...more

Talking About Anorexia With Pre-Teens: Too Early?

When I was fourteen, I almost became anorexic. My story isn't different than countless other stories. I had gone on a crash diet, trying to fight the inevitable rounding of my thighs as I gradually turned into a woman. Although I was not overweight, I wasn't as skinny as I used to be just a year before. I was determined to go back to being skinny. ...more

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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

We make these sweet little pumpkin cupcakes every year for Halloween, and again for Thanksgiving. They are far more light and airy than pumpkin pie, they're not too sweet, and they go perfectly with coffee or with milk for breakfast or for an afternoon snack. Bonus: they are relatively healthy, too. ...more

It’s The Little Jews That Get The Most Upset

We didn't like the Fort Bragg, California restaurant as much as we expected to like it, but the food was pretty good. We agreed to look at the dessert menu, and as I always do when we travel, I photographed the menu. ...more

Eating Well, Staying Fit

Several emails landed in my inbox after I published my post on vacationing in California. They all asked the same question: How do you stay fit even though you eat so much? Instead of responding to each email individually, I decided to answer them here. This is how I do it....more

Honey Cake Recipe for the Jewish New Year

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while i do love heavily spiced cakes, the idea of lightening up a honey cake is very appealing. ...more