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Use flat egg noodles for this kugel. This is the serve-with-brisket or sweet and sour meatballs sort of kugel. It is never refused! In Yiddish, lukshin means, noodles or pasta. This is gently kissed with onion powder. Yes, I know - nothing beats real onions but I find this lighter onion approach ensures kids devour this dish. You can vary it by adding sauted mushrooms and onions for a more adult approach.

Homey and also traditional, this orange-scented dough made with oil is extra quick and easy - a bowl, wooden spoon and two hands are tools enough, and the one you'll probably most associate with your grandmother's famous recipe. Produces a slightly crisper hamantaschen than the one above, this recipe should tug at your tastebuds' memory.  If you want a softer hamantashen, increase the baking powder to 2 or 2 1/2 teaspoons, roll the dough thicker and instead of storing these in wax paper, store them in plastic wrap or a tin (which will soften them even more -i.e. more cakey, vs. pastry-like)

A cinch. No candy thermometer needed here.We make batches of this, wrap each square in twisted wax paper, and refrigerate. We pop back a morsel of this fudge (nicely chilled) anytime our spirits dip. Whatever is wrong, fudge will make it right.

This glorious tea is a replication of a special tea I had somewhere, once, with someone, on a sweet first date that featured this marvellous brew of toasted walnuts, almonds, caramel, chocolate and a hint of pure vanilla. You brew it, you sip it, you are ……transported. It is not quite tea, not quite cocoa but a sublime brew that is like a liquid dessert.  It takes but a touch of sugar and hint of milk. It is unique and satisfying like no Chai or Café Latte ever could hope to be. The tea should be a mix of long and small leaves. This makes a fine gift or conversation stopper (if served after a gourmet meal and some extraordinary BB desserts). For the tea leaves used, you want a mix of fine leaves and some longer ones.

Bread puddings have always been the baker’s wise way to use up leftover bread and transform it into a homey, sweet dessert. This one is classic, creamy and comforting. A smidge of warm caramel sauce would do nicely or an orange crème anglaise or fresh fraise du bois. Nothing beats something this old-fashioned and easy and it moves into a blue ribbon category when you add the piquant sweetness of a strawberry rhubarb compote alongside it.

 

This dreamy, ambrosial apple sauce wil never make it from the pot to the dessert dish. Forget about leftovers! It is outstanding on its own, or atop chesecake, yogurt and granola, or with vanilla ice-cream. The combination of apples, vanilla and a few other goodies makes this a new classic.

This is rich, smooth and sumptuous. Perfect for Rosh Hashanah or break-the-fast Yom Kippur or a Sunday brunch dish.

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These are meant for the bath but I use them as a room scent and ambience item.

Find some gorgeous gauze bags or velveteen bags to pack the salts in. Tie with gorgeous ribbons or gold braid. Crafts stores often all you need but look online via Google for companies that specialize in these items. When you purchase a dozen or half a dozen at a time, the price is excellent. Fragrant oils are easy to find (check Scent of a Baker for some of my favorite sources). Vanilla is used here but green tea, mandarin, red currant, coconut, peach, or lilacs and other florals are good choices. For men, go with Vertiver, oak moss or oils such as ‘leather’, all widely available. You can use these salts in the bath or as I prefer, just place them around the house to keep a constant ‘waft’ of scent all over.

What’s nice is that you get home ambience fragrance, with the worry of lit candles or oil burners.

Mix it, jar it, seal it with a ribbon and a card and add in some nice cookie cutters or a heart of thistle shortbread clay mold.

I fell in love with www.Terrachips over the holidays. These are fried, thin chips of sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, yaro and beets.  It’s easy to make your own at home but slow baked, not fried. Much less fat.Tossed with some sea salt and vegetable oil, they are addictive.

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