Saffron Sugar Crystals with Minted Tea

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While the days are shorter and the air becomes cold and crisp, as darkness falls, we find ourselves craving warmth, something that evokes coziness. A hot cup of tea is always inviting this time of year and you can make your tea time sweeter with a special addition. This winter season I have found myself making Middle Eastern and Eastern Read More …

Old Fashioned Chocolate Doughnut Cakes for the Holidays

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It’s the last night of Hanukkah and I had promised last week to provide a variation in doughnut recipes which is a bit easier and chocolatier. I think Old Fashioned Chocolate Doughnut Cakes are simply divine in the winter time to enjoy fresh out of the oven with hot chocolate or a cup of warm apple cider. To me it Read More …

Flaming Tea For Hanukkah

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It’s the fourth night of Hanukkah. We are half way through the 8 nights of Hanukkah, have you integrated any new creative ideas into your traditions?  Why not bring back an Old Russian Hanukkah tradition to your evening celebration? Hanukkah being the Festival of Lights, symbols embodying the use of light for the festivities are prominent, and none more so Read More …

Infused Olive Oil Gifts for Hanukkah

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Hanukkah commemorates rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire and the Biblical miracle of a small amount of sacred lamp oil meant for one day that lasted eight days and kept the Temple lit. It was sacred pure olive oil and as such, oil has great significance in the Read More …

Second Day of Rosh Hashanah & Apple Rose Pastries

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Biblically speaking the Holiday of Rosh Hashanah is just one day, which is the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei). The reason Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as two days everywhere in Israel and even outside Israel, is because biblically the first day of the month is to be determined by the Rabbinical court in Jerusalem (not by the calendar). Read More …

Rosh Hashanah Chosen Foods – Apples, Honey & Mansanada

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Today is the first of the two day Jewish celebration, Rosh Hashanah. The name means “Head of the Year” and is observed for two days beginning on 1 Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish year. The Jewish New Year is the first of the holy days which occurs in autumn in the Northern hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is said to Read More …

Chocolate Rugelach for Hanukkah

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It’s Hanukkah, so I thought I would deviate from Christmas recipes around the world and make a little Hanukkah treat.  Chocolate Rugelach has always been a favorite of mine.  I can eat the rich flaky pastry filled with chocolate and cinnamon all year long, as a matter of fact I do.  However, I have never actually tried making it myself, Read More …