Winter!

December 21, 2017

The Winter Solstice arrived this morning at 11:38 a.m. This day that marks the official start of winter — aka, the season I hate! — has the fewest hours of daylight this year.

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: Winter

Anne Sophie Mutter, Violinist

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At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

December 17, 2017

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

This year’s Chanukah dinner took place yesterday evening. As you can see by the place settings, there were four of us: Jen, Louis, Michael and me. The menu for the savory part of the meal is one that has become a tradition.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Plain Soft French Brioche Baguette (cut up); Gluten-free Ciabatta Rolls

The Ciabatta rolls were, of course, for Louis.

And speaking of Louis, he doesn’t normally like salads. However, this one he loves. As does everyone.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

My Famous Chopped Salad

I did ask if we should have something different for the main meat, maybe short ribs or even chicken?  But the resounding response from the others was, “No way!”

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Pot Roast

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Potato Latkes

Jen insisted that we grate the potatoes instead of using the food processor because, she said, that “would make them taste better.” O.K.! Using my 50-year-old box grater, we took turns and got the job done managing not to add any grated finger tip skin. I did, however, use the food processor to grate the onion since I wasn’t in the mood to cry, which is usually what happens when you use the box grater. We kept the latkes warm in a 250 degree oven until it was time to serve them.

To accompany the latkes, of course…

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Homemade Applesauce

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Red Cabbage with Apples

Time for dessert!

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Homemade Gluten-free Chanukah Cookies

As I mentioned in a previous post, although I originally started making them for Louis, because they’re so tasty, we all like them, so I stopped making regular ones.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Gluten-free Jelly Donuts

By the Way Bakery is near Jen and Louis’s apartment. Their entire line of baked goods is gluten-free and kosher. These cake-like little suckers were excellent. In Israel, by the way, sufganiyot (donuts) are traditional for Chanukah. (Notice what I did there?)

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Ice Cream and Sorbet

Salt & Straw is a company located on the West Coast which makes really delicious ice cream. Our friend Andrew has twice sent us gift packages from them containing a variety of flavors. A few months ago, Daily Provisions, the take-out spot next door to Union Square Café, began carrying Salt & Straw’s ice creams. D.P. is conveniently located a short walk from our apartment. Lucky us! For this occasion, we selected two flavors we’ve had before: Sea Salt & Caramel Ribbons and Joe Coffee & Freckled Chocolate. Louis prefers sorbet, one of his favorite flavors being chocolate.

Jen bought these at Eli Zabar’s.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Milk Chocolate Chanukah Gelt

A sweet end to what everyone agreed was a delicious meal.

Chag Sameach!

At Home: Chanukah Cookies

December 15, 2017

At Home:  Chanukah Cookies (2017)

Getting ready for our family Chanukah dinner tomorrow night. These cookies are gluten-free. I started making them several years back for Louis along with regular cookies for the rest of us. However, because they’re really tasty, we all like them. So, I stopped making the regular ones.

Chanukah 2017

December 12, 2017

Chanukah 2017

That Four-Letter Word: S-N-O-W!

December 9, 2017

At Home: Snowy Woods

Winter doesn’t officially start until the end of next week. Forecast says 3″-5″ in our area. I. am. not. amused!

At Home: Earthquake!

November 30, 2017

At Home: Earthquake!

So, this afternoon, I was relaxing in bed reading. Suddenly, a little before 5 p.m., I felt the bed, the room, indeed, the entire house moving!! It lasted only a few seconds. While it was happening, I had this very strange feeling. A kind of disorientation. When Michael came into the room shortly afterwards, I mentioned it to him. He said he hadn’t felt anything. Could it be I imagined it? A few minutes later he was back.  He said there had been an earthquake along the mid-Atlantic coast, magnitude 4.1.  Originating in Delaware, it sent shockwaves through parts of New Jersey. Obviously, those parts included our area. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me that it was an earthquake. Definitely an experience I hope not to have again.

It’s My Brother’s Birthday!

November 28, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mel!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Louis!

November 16, 2017

On My 75th Birthday: An Album of Photos

October 24, 2017

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With my maternal grandparents Bobe Jennie (aka “Bobe Bopsy”) and Papa Louie

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With my paternal grandmother Bobe Fannie

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With my paternal grandfather Papa Misch

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When I was 4, my mother took me uptown to Lorston Studios for a professional “portrait.” I love this photo!

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I became a big sister at age 6 when my brother Mel was born on November 28, 1948.

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With Mom and Dad

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From age 7 to 12, I went to summer sleepaway camp. I’m probably about 10 here. Note the saddle shoes, very popular in the 1950s.

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1956: Junior High School graduation. I was in what was called the “S.P.” (Special Progress). Grades 7, 8, and 9 were done in two years instead of three.

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1959: High school graduation. I hated my yearbook picture so much that I totally defaced it. I think this was taken instead. What is a mystery to me is why there are no photos at graduation since I imagine my dad must have taken some.

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1963: College graduation photo in yearbook. There are no graduation ceremony photos because I didn’t attend.

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Circa 1965. After college, I worked at a small ad agency before taking the NYC exam to become an English teacher. My first job was at Andrew Jackson H.S., the school I had attended. At the time I was teaching there, my brother was a senior. He took this photo of me marking papers.

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December 1967: Engagement announcement photo

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June 8, 1968

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On December 16, 1969, we moved into our house where we still reside.

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I became a mom when Jen was born on June 22, 1971.

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May 10, 2008: Mother of the bride

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New Year’s Eve 2015