Category Archives: Holiday

Rosh Hashanah Treat

Shana Tova!  Celebrate with some teiglach, a yummy dessert of fried dough in gingered honey syrup with candied fruit and nuts.  I bought mine here.

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!  I’m celebrating with some moon cakes.  I got these at an Asian market.

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They came in a nice tin with a pretty gift bag.

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Aren’t they lovely?

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One has salted yolk and one doesn’t.  I like the salted yolk one best.  It was a bit salty with a peanutty taste (from the peanut oil).

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Last year, I tasted one a friend had gotten from a bakery.  Of course it was better–much more pronounced peanut flavor, flakier crust and very delicious.

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Dinner: Arriba Arriba

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today, I’m celebrating Mexican food with a trip to Arriba Arriba, the popular Mexican spot in Hell’s Kitchen.  This place is always packed and has outdoor seating if you like to dine al fresco.  It can get a little loud inside and with the low lighting and pounding music, it has more of a lounge vibe.

Arriba Arriba makes the best cheese enchiladas mole served with Spanish rice and a salad.

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The alambre–marinated shrimp, steak and veggies skewer with rice and sauces.

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And my favorite, the delicious huge burritos.

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Treats From Leftover Easter Candy

Do you have some leftover Easter candy and don’t know what to do with it?  Well, so did I, so I made some treats with it.  First, I had gotten two Reese’s peanut butter eggs and a Reese’s peanut butter bunny.  So I made this Easy Easter Pie from Hershey’s website.   What I did–Instead of the 20 Reese’s peanut butter cups and 50 Hershey’s Kisses, I used one of the peanut butter eggs and the peanut butter bunny and melted them in a double boiler.  I didn’t have a prepared graham cracker crust, but I did have graham cracker crumbs, so I made one.

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I also made Rice Krispie Treats from leftover Peeps.  I had a pack of five pink and a rainbow stick with four multicolored Peeps.  So I added regular mashmallows and made the treats the traditional way.

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They had a light pink hue to them that you can see better in the following picture.  Here’s a piece of the peanut butter pie too.

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Hamentaschen

Purim is two days away.  St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday.  Here’s a cute article on the Purim-St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Tel Aviv.  I’ve baked up a storm of green in honor of St. Patty’s Day.  So in honor of Purim, I’ve made raspberry and apricot hamentaschen.

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I used this baklava hamantaschen recipe from Jenessa’s Dinners.  The only different ingredient I used was a teaspoon of vanilla instead of the optional almond extract.  This recipe makes a really workable dough.  I used a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into rounds.  Then I put a 1/2 teaspoon of jam in the middle (too much jam and it might leak out of the cookie during baking).  The important thing to remember is to fold over the dough to form a triangle (not pinch as the cookies can open.)  Also, the recipe recommends rolling the dough to 1/8 thickness.  That’s a good idea because if it’s thicker, there’s more chance of the cookies opening during baking.

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The traditional fillings include poppy seed and prune.  I’ve also seen apricot and hamentaschen at traditional bakeries.  Today, you’ll find some interesting hamentaschen on blogs like red velvet, s’mores, the above baklava and more.

If you don’t want to bake your own, you can find them at most grocery stores and bakeries.  My favorites are at Moishe’s Bakery on 2nd Avenue and E. 7th Street.

Irish Breakfast

How about an Irish breakfast for brunch this coming weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day?  An Irish breakfast includes eggs, beans, tomatoes, black and white pudding, Irish bacon, Irish sausages (bangers) and potatoes.  It’s a great hearty breakfast for the cold weather.  For those who don’t know, black pudding is a blood pudding made with oatmeal, spices and pork fat.  While it sounds gross, it’s actually pretty tasty.  White pudding is similar sans the blood.

Does anyone remember Thady Con’s Irish pub in Midtown East?  I used to love that place.  They had the best Irish breakfast in the city.  It was also a very happening spot on St. Patrick’s Day.  I was really sorry to see it close.

Irish breakfast from the Hibernian pub in Raleigh, NC

Irish breakfast from the Hibernian pub in Raleigh, NC

Two for Tuesday: St. Patrick’s Day Treats

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Here are some St. Patrick’s Day treats.  No, they aren’t traditional.  They are just green.  Green desserts are either mint or lime, so here is one of each.  I made brownies with green mint chips.  I had looked all over Manhattan for green chocolate chips and couldn’t find them.   My family found these for me.

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They are Guittard green mint chips.  Just make your favorite homemade or box brownies and add these chips.  To prevent them from settling on the bottom, just flour them before you add them.  They offer a wee bit of green for St. Patty’s Day.

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I also revisited the cherry white chocolate pudding cookies from Valentine’s Day. This time, I used sugar-free lime Jell-O and sugar-free cheesecake pudding to make White Chocolate Lime Cheesecake Cookies to green it up for St. Patrick’s Day.

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