My Kitchen

Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries

Thumbnail image for Cranberry Sauce with Raspberries by Barbara Feldman October 21, 2013

Editorial Note: October 21, 2013. This year I am actually sharing my “world famous” cranberry sauce recipe BEFORE Thanksgiving. But I’m not taking any credit for a new found awareness of editorial calendars and such. It’s because of the Midlife Boulevard recipe blog hop! I know. I know. Bloggers usually share their Thanksgiving recipes BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I didn’t think of it at the time. We had a wonderful holiday at my parents’ house. My Dad smoked a turkey in the backyard, which turned out […]

My Dad and My Challah

Thumbnail image for My Dad and My Challah by Barbara Feldman August 25, 2013

My Dad is not doing too well. So all of us kids and grandkids are visiting him as often as we can, and he’s been on my mind a lot. When he was healthier, one of my Dad’s passions was cooking for family and friends. But he wasn’t a cook with a large repertoire, rather he specialized in a few signature dishes: huge challahs, gravlox, smoked brisket, tea-smoked duck, turkey (brined and roasted or deep fried), and chopped liver with schmaltz. If he made it, […]

Apple Cake

Thumbnail image for Apple Cake by Barbara Feldman September 21, 2012

This is so easy (trust me, I’m not an experienced baker) and everyone at our Rosh Hashanah table wanted me to do it again. The cake itself tastes like challah (it is very eggy.) Hat tip to Food 52. I revised their recipe by adding cinnamon. What do you think? Should an apple cake be made without cinnamon?     Barbara’s Apple Cake Ingredients APPLE MIXTURE: 4 apples (you can use a mix of your favorites) juice of one lemon (to prevent browning) 2 TB […]

Potato Latke Muffins

by Barbara Feldman December 22, 2011

These low-fat latkes are baked in muffin tins (not fried) making them a healthy treat.  And for those counting WeightWatchers Points Plus, each yummy latke muffin is only 1  PP. Potato Latke Muffins Summary:: These low-fat latkes are baked not fried. Ingredients: 4 large baking potatoes 2 onions 2 egg whites 1 TBS flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper olive oil spray Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Wash the potatoes, but leave the skins on. Shred the potatoes […]

DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

Thumbnail image for DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker by Barbara Feldman December 12, 2011

After returning from Italy this summer, I began dreaming about making cappuccinos and lattes at home. The price at Starbucks is really rather ridiculous. And besides, they don’t deliver! So I read all the espresso machine reviews at Amazon, and decided on the DeLonghi EC155 based on a combination of its low-price and good reviews. I have since become the cappuccino queen, and two family members now have the exact same machine after enjoying it at my house. This machine can use either fresh grounds […]

Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer

Thumbnail image for Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer by Barbara Feldman December 12, 2011

This is a splurge purchase that I put off for a long time. But I finally realized that home cooking saves money, and not ruining an expensive piece of meat? That’s priceless! Ha ha ha. Anyway, I use this instant read thermometer several times a week when roasting or rotisserie-ing something yummy for dinner. Hubby and I are both “medium rare” when it comes to beef and lamb (although I sometimes like mine more rare than he does!) And there is nothing worse than overcooking […]

Thanksgiving Recipes

by Barbara Feldman November 8, 2011

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, but since the kids left home, it has taken on an even bigger significance. Both my kids are coming home for Thanksgiving, and we are hosting 20+ family members for dinner. I am over-the-moon excited. Each year, I try to vary the menu, while keeping all the required family favorites. I’ve already started scouring websites and magazines for new Thanksgiving recipes. In fact, I am testing a roasted brussel sprouts recipe as we speak. It’s still […]