Thanksgivukah Give-Away Number One


The convergence of Chanukah and Thanksgiving is so HUGE, so once in a lifetime, that you, my loyal readers, deserve gifts!

Who doesn’t love a give-away, anyway?

How about FOUR of them??? This is the first of FOUR cookbooks that I will be giving away over the weeks leading up to Thanksgivukah and heading towards the new year.

Be sure to check in each week so you don’t miss any of these. I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

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Love Summer Fruit? This Give-Away is for YOU!



If you are anything like me, you wander through summer markets inhaling the sweetness of summer fruits, wishing that your senses could be this alert and tantalized all year.

Sherri Brooks Vinton, CT author and locavore, has written her third book. This one focuses on preserving abundant seasonal produce. Put ‘Em Up! Fruit, takes the reader on a friendly journey, explaining how to preserve a wide range of fruit, from apples to rhubarb and blueberries to quince.  You’ll be making salsas, marmalades, chutneys, gastriques and infusions before the summer ends. Continue reading

And the Winner is…


Thanks to all of the readers who submitted enthusiastic comments about grilling. The winner of the NW PLANK  give-away is Phyllis Roberts. Please contact me with your address so I can pop these beauties in the mail to you on time for Father’s Day.


fig and port wine blintzes from THE NEW JEWISH TABLE

Chavie Hagler is the winner of THE NEW JEWISH TABLE cookbook!

Luckily, she checked her e-mail early on May 7 and I promptly popped her copy of the book in the mail to her with plenty of time for her to receive it before Mother’s Day.

I wonder if she is sharing it with some lucky Mama or keeping it for herself??

Her secret is safe with me….

photo of Fig and Port Wine Blintze is posted with permission from St. Martin’s Press.


Ready, Stuff, Roll for Chanukah

Giveaway is now CLOSED. BUT please keep on reading and find the scrumptious recipe at the end of this post.

Sometimes the mere suggestion of a twist on tradition is enough to get me going in the kitchen.  And I wasn’t even thinking about Chanukah yet.

On the last day of the  outdoor Westport Farmers’ Market in November, organic farmer, Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm, beckoned me to come check out her pile of brussel sprouts still firmly attached to their stalks.

My focus shifted as I noticed the generous, fan shaped LEAVES fanning out at the tip of these nobby supportive stalks.

THE LEAVES?  I had never given them a moment’s notice, and likely had never even seen them before.  They were both  dusty and vibrant and Patti encouraged me to experiment with these lovelies as wrappers for whatever filling I saw fit. Continue reading