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March 14, 2014
Irene Saiger

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Almond Crisps

Our Mishloah Manot arrived on the East Coast today, and though it may be too late to share this recipe in time for  your mishloah manot, I promise that these cookies are worth making any time, even after Purim! Preparations began last Sunday morning with a trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up on baking […]

November 21, 2013
Irene Saiger

11 comments

Linda’s Sweet Potato Pie

Norm said that the freezer is full, no room to fit another thing.  We are one week away, my Chanukah shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped, the menus planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night.  All that’s left is the turkey, the sides and two more desserts, a chocolate ginger cake and pumpkin chocolate […]

May 30, 2013
Irene Saiger

9 comments

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

The trip was special in that it began with my daughter-in-law’s graduation from medical school and ended with a wedding of close family friends.  In between it went something like this. I took a class in Tai Chi while visiting a friend in New Jersey, and it was all about balance and the ability to […]

April 21, 2013
Irene Saiger

8 comments

Almond Stacks

She would fold a towel and place it on the window sill, pull over a chair and then peer out the window. High above the Grand Concourse, she looked down and watched what was happening on the streets below. That was how my mother spent her afternoons once her chores were completed and before we […]

February 22, 2013
Irene Saiger

6 comments

Shortbread Triangles

Shhhh,  here is what I baked and sent in lieu of Hamantaschen this year, and here is what I received in return.  Chag Purim Sameach. Shortbread Triangles (a Martha Stewart Recipe) 1 stick unsalted butter room temperature 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream […]

February 17, 2013
Irene Saiger

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Chocolate Babka

I wish I knew something about the Purim celebrations that my parents experienced during their childhood.  They were both from observant families so it is hard to imagine that the holiday was not marked in some way.  On top of which my mother’s aunt owned the bakery in Mogielnica.  Did she prepare Hamantaschen or some […]

September 30, 2012
Irene Saiger

6 comments

Micheline’s Creme Caramel

We are standing in the kitchen together again, as we have for more than 50 years, but this time we weren’t in her kitchen.  The location doesn’t seem to matter, we have an easy rhythm that two people share when they are just happy to be together.  Like a duet, effortless, even though we hadn’t […]