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Mandel Bread (Mandelbrot)

Mandel Bread is an Eastern European Jewish cookie, not bread at all. It is twice-baked and is very much like its Italian cousin, Biscotti. My Grandma Bea used to make it and the chilly weather here in Chicago this past week reminded me of fall and winter days when we would sit in the house and make it together. Missing her so, I had to recreate that feeling; nostalgia was calling. The only thing is, her recipe was more like a “little bit of this and a little bit of that”! Luckily, my friend Cerise came to the rescue, sharing her grandmother’s recipe with me. I also found a wonderful recipe online and, with a few of my grandmother’s touches...

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Tres Leches in Mason Jars

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Grandfathers, Dog & Cat Dads, Step-Dads, Like-Dads! This Sunday I'll be making Tres Leches again, but this time in Mason Jars. They've been a hit with my family and we hope they will be for your Father's Day celebration too. Yields: 10-12 individual servings INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder  ½ cup unsalted butter  1 cup white sugar   5 eggs  ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste  2 cups whole milk  1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk  1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk  1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream  1 cup white sugar  1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste. DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13-inch...

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Lemon Celebration Cake with Lemon Curd and Swiss Meringue

  I am always looking for new recipes, both sweet and savory, and while there are thousands online, my go-to is always anything by Marlene Sorosky-Gray. Marene worked with James Beard as well as Julia Child, and she has written 13 cookbooks, including the James Beard Award Winning Book, Entertaining on the Run. Most of all, however, I admire Marlene for creating some of the most delicious recipes ever. One day, back in the 80s, my aunt made a delicious cheesecake so I asked her recipe; but it was Marlene's recipe! The same month I asked my friend Karin for her shrimp and chicken curry recipe. Yes, also from Marlene. That is when I discovered her Cookery for Entertaining Cookbook. I have used...

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