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Aunt Anna’s Easter Bread

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Aunt Anna’s Easter Bread

I don’t know who Aunt Anna is…probably my mom’s aunt or maybe even her great aunt, but her bread will live on in my family for generations if I have anything to do with it.  I’ve been eating this bread since I was a baby and making it for about 12 years now.  It is DIVINE.   You could just call it “Challah with raisins” because, well, that’s basically what it is!   It’s soft, chewy, a little bit sweet and best the day it’s baked with a hefty smear of good butter.   Continue reading

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Our Annual Easter Feast

The buffet ready for devouring.

The buffet ready for devouring.

In a little less than a week, Jeff and I will be waking up early to start our annual tradition of making my family’s pierogies for lots and lots of friends for Easter.   We will hand form each one on Sunday morning and line them up in neat little rows ready for boiling, all the while teasing each other about our very different techniques and Jeff will insist that his seal is stronger.  Mine will be fat and round and his will be long and skinny… I don’t think I have to state the obvious here… it never fails to make me laugh.    This party is my absolute favorite to throw every year.  We have a wonderful energetic egg hunt followed by a simple, heavy and delicious meal that always makes me think of my family.    Here are some photos from last year!  Continue reading

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Simply Wonderful Tomato Soup

IMG_0648There’s just something about homemade tomato soup in the winter (yes, even in LA) that warms me to my toes.  I was never a fan of the canned stuff growing up, but real tomato soup is the perfect accompaniment to almost anything.  When my friend served us this family recipe one night last year, I was blown away by how perfect it was and I’ve been making it two to three times a month since that dinner!  Her recipe is a little creamy, a little tangy and a little spicy.   It also freezes well which has been a lifesaver during busy months.  I recommend pairing it with a grilled pimento cheese sandwich or sweet corn muffins!  Continue reading

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On the 12th Day of Christmas…Keep Traditions Alive

Cookies for Santa and raw veggies for the reindeer.

Cookies for Santa and raw veggies for the reindeer.

There comes a time for a lot people when they decide to stay put for the holidays instead of heading to see their families or traveling to familiar places, whether it’s because of money, work or having kids of their own.   For all three of those reasons, this was our first year spending the holidays in Los Angeles instead of North Carolina with our families, so holding onto the traditions that I love so much was even more important to me.   Continue reading

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On the 2nd Day of Christmas…Send Cards!

christmascard2011Don’t you just love getting holiday cards in the mail?   I know people are always scrambling to get them out every year, but they are much appreciated…so keep it up or start a new tradition!  Tiny Prints has gorgeous designs that are super easy to use online, so there’s no excuse, really.   Every year, Jeff and I come up with a fake Christmas album as our holiday card and while I think some of our family members might be a little confused by them, we know how much they all look forward to seeing what we come up each year.    If I leave nothing else behind in this world, I love thinking that these weird cards could be floating around out there for many years to come! Continue reading

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