Archive | July, 2012

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15 Jul

Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums.

Banana Nut Muffins

13 Jul
2 wicker baskets full of muffins sit on a blue...

2 wicker baskets full of muffins sit on a blue, pink and white checkered tablecloth in a tight shot. There is a broken muffin in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My friend Mark Roseman (the Toby Center) paid a shiva call and brought along a bag full of frozen bananas since he knows how I like to bake.  I will be using a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens and substituting pecans for the walnuts.

1 1/2  cups all purpose flour

1/3  cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup milk (or soy milk)

1/4 cup oil

3/4 cup chopped banana

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees f. Grease 12 muffin cups.  In a medium bowl combine flour , sugar, bkg powder and salt,  make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside.

In another bowl, combine egg, milk and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture.  stir until just moistened, butter should be lumpy. Fold in diced bananas and chopped nuts

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each abt 2/3 full.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

Remove from muffin cups, serve warm.

Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums

11 Jul

Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums.

Pflaumenkuchen Plum Tart

11 Jul
Pflaumenkuchen, a popular German pie

Pflaumenkuchen, a popular German pie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Muerbe teig/ Pflaumenkuchen was a traditional recipe for the Rosh HaShanah holiday season was my mother, Ilse Dobrin.  check out my pictures etc along with the recipe.

German Potato Salad by Ilse (my mom)

11 Jul

My mother got this recipe from her mother..It was a staple in our home for many years.  By brother-in-law Alan ( jokes?)  that he married into the family just for the Potato Salad (Yes it is that good!)

My mother always made this in larger portions, while we don’t eat nearly as much…The main thing with this recipe is that the potato are still hot when the other ingredients are mixed in.  If it is not eaten warm, forget it.  This is not a recipe that works well for leftovers.

Recipe for 3 to 4 people

3 to 4 Large Baking Potatoes

1 onion, diced

Salt and pepper

White vinegar (cheapest, un-fanciest works best

3 to 4 TBsp. or a dollop of Mayonnaise

1 Tbsp or a splash of Cooking oil (canola or vegetable oil, not olive oil)

Starting with cold water to cover potatoes by an inch or two, bring water to boil and boil for about 15 minutes until fork tender.  Holding potatoes by the aforementioned fork, peel potatoes with paring knife and put in mixing bowl.  Slice thinly and put back into bowl with diced onion, salt and pepper to taste,  mayo and vinegar, mix.  If potatoes are sufficiently hot, it will start to melt in. Add   a “splash” of salad oil, taste for salt and pepper and serve hot.


We typically ate this with cold cuts or hot dogs….

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11 Jul

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Recipes in honor of my mom Ilse Dobrin

10 Jul

My mother passed away Friday morning.  her funeral was yesterday..I am in a very sad place right now but I feel that I could honor her by posting some of her recipes….Maybe my sister, Evelyn will add some.

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