A Tasket, a Tisket, Please Pass the Brisket

It’s that time of year when I crave brisket. My mother would always make a brisket around Chanukkah along with potato latkes and applesauce. I yearn for that good European-Jewish food that I grew up with. I can count on one hand all the times I’ve made brisket. I just don’t seem to have the knack to choose an adequate brisket. I seem to cook it to death so it looses that juicy tenderness and then I never seem to have the right knife to cut it with. I guess I can pull it apart Tom Jones style but I’m just
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Fresh Apple Cake

I stumbled upon a charming British blog that specializes in baking regional specialties in the United Kingdom. It was interesting to see their recipe using metric measurements (75g butter, 175g self-raising flour, etc.) — hilighting a small difference in our cultures.  I’ve often wondered why the U.S. doesn’t just switch to the metric system — cold-turkey.  It really is easier to use.  Anyway, their recipe for Apple Gingerbread with Cinnamon Icing reminded me of my mother’s Fresh Apple Cake recipe with Easy Penuchi Icing.  I haven’t made it in over 35 years but I distinctly remember this cake being very moist — is it any
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Easy Penuchi Icing (Homemade Caramel Icing)

This is a great homemade caramel icing, perfect for pairing with apples and cinnamon like this Fresh Apple Cake recipe. === Easy Penuchi Icing === Melt 1/2 c. butter Add 1 c. brown sugar. Boil & stir over low heat for two minutes. Add 1/4 c. milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Cool to luke warm. Add 1 3/4 – 2 c. sifted 10x sugar.  Beat until thick enough to spread.  If too think, add hot water.
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Chocolate, Chocolate – Fairytale Brownies

Once upon a time there was a little boy and little girl who grew up to be lifelong friends who had a penchant for rich, chocolate brownies so they lived their dream and became business partners and started the very popular Fairytale Brownies company. Brownies make wonderful business gifts, hostess gifts, birthday gifts, wedding or baby shower gifts, gifts for teachers and that brownie-a-holic on your list. Fairytale Brownies also sells chocolate sauce, coffee, cocoa, brownie morsels, and more. How sweet it is! tag: brownies
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Dark Chocolate Truffles Lower Daily Stress

Ah, just reading about dark chocolate truffles already lowers my blood pressure by a few points. Although I half-heartedly remember to take my daily supplements — I’m sure my memory would vastly improve when it would be time to consume a dark chocolate truffle. Currently, I pop a valium if available but chocolate truffles would be so much more dandy. Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, a British M.D./nutritionist, has developed all natural dark chocolate truffles that combine delicious unprocessed chocolate, raspberries, and an amino acid clinically proven (I wish I were part of that clinical trial) to help reduce daily stress and tension while
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Beer: Chocolate Beer is Here

Chocolate beer you say? Maybe it’s a marketing scheme to attract women who love chocolate to drink more beer or perhaps just to think outside the keg. As demand for crafted beers grows, the Miller Brewing Co. is launching a limited holiday edition chocolate lager in parts of the Midwest — Wisconsin, Indiana, Chicago, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. The beer will be sold in 4-packs of 12 oz bottles and promoted for holiday parties and gift giving. Since people associate holidays with indulging, there’s no better time for the chocolate lager to debut. We have dessert wines; why not dessert beers?
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Junk Food: Do You Want Fried Coke with That?

Yeah, you read that right. Fried Coke. It’s the real thing. If Coke isn’t bad enough, throw caution to the wind and deep fry it. That’s exactly what Abel Gonzales Jr. did at the fair circuit. Last year he deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches and sold 20,000 of them. Then someone else came up with deep-frying Twinkies and Snickers. Not to be outdone, Gonzales took gooey Coke-battered fried nuggets topped with cola syrup which even won a creativity award at the Texas State Fair. He sold 16,000  cups of the sticky balls during the first two weeks of the fair. I don’t think
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Junk Food: Why We Love Halloween Candy

You could either raid the kids’ Halloween candy or just buy your own secret stash of miniature candy bars. After all, it’s a tradition that your sweeth tooth has grown accustomed to every year in October. The down side of miniature candy bars is that you just can’t eat one or two and most likely eat more than the size of a regular candy bar. Here are some ideas of what to do with all that candy. Miniature Mounds Bars are my favorite; what is yours? Jelly Belly Snickers Skittles M&M’s Lollipops Mars Bar Starburst Tootsie Roll Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Jolly
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