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Guess Who’s Back


That’s riiiggghhhttttt. I’m back, and I have all the answers. 

Where have I been?

After quitting my job at Osem, (not so OSEM after all <did you see what I did there?) we moved up to Rochester into a duplex with an electric stovetop. 

What did I make? 

Close to nothing. Did I mention the electric stove top? Also, I got pregnant. So yes, I made a baby, but it turns out being pregnant doesn’t mean you become the next masterchef.. it sort of means you become the anti-chef (at least in my case). 

Why am I back? 

Why do you think? I have too much time on my hands, and I’ve moved back into an apartment with a gas stove. 

What’s to come?

I’ve made a lot of promises in the past. If you read through my posts, I spend a lot of the time apologizing for not posting, and mentioning when I will post next. Do me a favor and lower your expectations by 100%. If you do this, then we’ll both be much happier when I remember to take a picture of the food I am making and post the recipe. I haven’t forgotten how to cook, and I definitely haven’t forgotten that good food isn’t healthy (calm yourself, that doesn’t mean healthy food can’t be good). So if you’re hungry, grab a snickers.. cause I can’t promise that I will post all that often…but when I do – It’ll be worth it!  

Good night! 



Step aside, Susie Fishbein

That’s right – we got a new cookbook. Ok, if you aren’t a frequent kosher cook you may not have gotten that, but it’s exciting, nonetheless.

My Mother hardly ever cooks with recipes. She just knows how to throw ingredients into a pot and have them rock your world once they’ve been cooked. I’ve tried that, but the results aren’t nearly as successful – so I started buying cookbooks. I started with Quick & Kosher: From the Bride Who Knew Nothing, by Jamie Geller, but I think I ended up tweaking almost all the recipes (except for the One Bowl Amazing Chocolate Cake…stay tuned..). So I quickly moved on to Susie Fishbein’s Kosher by Design series[excluding Kosher by Design Lightens up], and even though she has soo many recipes, and she is the kosher celebrity chef – I’ve gotten bored.

So when Ari…yes, Ari, found this cookbook – we ordered it and just got it in the mail today. It’s called Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, by Leah Schapira. I hadn’t heard about it until two days ago, but it seems right up my alley. Don’t let the healthy looking cover fool you – a lot of the recipes are fried and look incredible.

Recipes I am excited for: 

Onion Blossoms aka Blooming Onion, Lazy Man’s Cholent, Beer Beef Stew, Teriyaki Sesame Chicken, Sweet Potato and Pastrami Pockets, Avocado Wontons, Sweet Buffalo Chicken, All the sauces (I love sauces!)…The list really goes on and on…

Recipes Ari is excited for: 

Overnight Potato Kugel, The Perfect Pizza (includes recipes for pizza dough, sauce for dipping pizza, pizza sauce, thin-crust pizza). I am 95% sure he was interested in the cookbook because of the Kugel recipe.

The ones we’ll probably skip:

Roasted Mushroom and Pepper Salad (includes both mine and Ari’s least favorite ingredients – Ari’s being mushrooms and mine being peppers), Pistachio Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta, Egg and Liver Tower, Healthy Peanut Butter Bars??I mean… reallyy??

Anyways, I will be sure to post some of these recipes in the near future (once I’ve tried them).

g night!


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If you haven’t already.. it’s time to log onto Amazon, buy The Hunger Games trilogy – and read it. I know this isn’t a book blog, but I figured I could get away with it because of the title.

Buy them all together, because I guarantee you will not want to put these down once you’ve started. I just finished the third today, and am already thinking about reading them a second time.

The story takes place in the country of Panem (future North-America), where there are twelve districts, each with their own specialty. As punishment for rebelling against the government, every year, one boy and one girl (ages 12-18) from each district are chosen from a raffle to be tributes in the televised hunger games. The chosen tributes are put into an arena after a short period of training to fight to the death. Told in first person, through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen, the author leaves you and your jaw hanging at the end of each chapter, so if you have to put the book down you’ll have to do it in the middle….alright, I’ve said too much – go read!!

And once you have…

Watch the trailer:




My Two Staple Ingredients

I would have liked to post a Thanksgiving recipe, but the truth is that the women don’t make Thanksgiving dinner in my house. Instead we get to kick back, watch the parade and some exciting football while my father makes a mean turkey and undoubtably the best stuffing there is.

So I’ve decided to reveal my two staple ingredients instead. We’ll have to see how many readers this post weeds out.

The first, and most important ingredient is:

That’s right…salt. Not only is salt the magnifier of taste, it is also the secret to a good dish. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t cook with salt, you’re also one of those people whose food doesn’t taste that good. Think about it. In general, you make foods with ingredients that have flavors you love, so why not intensify those flavors with a sprinkle of salt? Because you’re afraid of high blood pressure? We’ll I don’t know about you, but having to eat bad food gives me high blood pressure. Plus, it’s a good source of iodine – I’d rather have high blood pressure than a simple goiter…

For those of you who don’t know me, the second is:

Mayonnaise. Not reduced/low-fat (that’s just embarrassing), not made with canola or olive oil. Plain and simple – Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise. What about miracle whip? Look up, the miracle is right in front of you. Does it look appetizing? Definitely not. but when you think about what’s in it, you’ll find that mayonnaise contains innocent ingredients we use more often than not. In 1756, some genius in france decided to throw this:

and this:

into a KitchenAid – and voila! I would say it’s the best invention since sliced bread, but I actually use mayonnaise more (as you will soon see). Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it – the second staple ingredient in my kitchen. Now I know what you’re thinking…

Does too much salt cause high blood pressure? Yes. Is mayonnaise fattening? Yes. But you know what they say…

“Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

Go ahead. Judge me.

– Li-or

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why

Name: Li-or Holtzman (formally known as Li-or Kohn)

Birthday: 01-24-Every Year

Gender: Female

Marital status: Happily Married

Patience: Slim to none

Born and raised in Albany, NY (aka north of New York City). Currently live in Washington Heights – where all is good for illegal citizens, and all is bad for the victim in Law and Order: SVU. I love to cook, read, and laugh with everyone who doesn’t take life too seriously. If you happen to think life is not a laughing matter… chances are this blog isn’t for you.

I grew up and still am Modern Orthodox (don’t get me wrong, I went through a phase of rebellion somewhere in there). I love being Jewish, cooking Jewish.. and even looking Jewish. One day I hope to be a perfect Jewish mother, feeding my kids all day, non-stop. My love for cooking comes from the #1 cook in the world, my mama – and my attempt at humor comes from the #1 comedian, my papa.

My husband is living proof that if there is something you want, and you try your hardest – you will get it.

This blog was started due to an excess amount of free time on my hands, and will soon be filled with recipes, opinions, and cynical remarks regarding one’s everyday life. This is no health food blog – so if you happen to think lettuce is a satisfying meal…I’m sorry. And unfortunately, I don’t own a pair of rose-colored glasses…so I plan on telling it the way it is.

Or … in the wise words of Dr. Phil:



P.S. looking for an entry-level job in advertising =)

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