Monthly Archives: December 2008

You can’t beat a Babka

I first heard about babka on Seinfeld…

…but it was my friend Kendra who really introduced me to this soft buttery bread filled with rich chocolate smear (Yes, you can make it with a cinnamon filling, too, but I agree with Elaine: A cinnamon babka is a lesser babka.) when she was working at a bakery [...]

Latke love

I just can’t get enough latkes.
I eat them only once a year. Usually on the first night of Hannukah, but not always. Sometimes it’s the weekend before. Sometimes the weekend after. Sometimes smack dab in the middle of those 8 days of light. It doesn’t matter much to me, as long as I get my [...]

Christmas cookie FAIL

I wanted to log into this blog and write a lovely, festive, make-your-mouth-water post about Christmas cookies. I really did.
I wanted to show you a beautiful plate of cookies like this (only, you know, ones that *I* baked):
But the kitchen gods had other plans. And my attempt to make Christmas tree shaped spritz cookies was [...]

Gift guide

Cheap, Healthy, Good has a great post today for anyone who’s still doing holiday shopping: “The Practical Guide to Christmas Gifts for Foodies”  
Hint: That coffee mug above is a don’t.

Fun ideas for holiday gifts

Dear Santa,
Thank you for your generosity for the last 28 Christmases. You really came through for me  – even that year when I had to spend Christmas at Grandma & Grandpa’s house — you know, that one that was miles from home and had no fireplace or chimney? I can’t believe you found me! Anyway, I really [...]

The secret to great guac

Eastern Iowans, listen up. Tomorrow morning, when you stop by your favorite convenience store or supermarket or coffee shop, keep your eyes peeled for the newest issue of Hoopla. What’s Hoopla? A weekly entertainment magazine written for and by young adults about everything from nightlife to networking.
But if you’re an old adult, that’s OK. You’re still allowed [...]