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  • Drunken Passover grilled cheese? Yes, please!

    By Julie Bien

    April 3, 2014 | 11:35 am

    In college, the week of Passover always presented  a major culinary challenge--how many ways could I eat matzo? It was like the non-treif version of the shrimp scene in Forest Gump.

    Matzo brie, matzo pizza, matzo dipped in chocolate, matzo with butter, matzo with matzo...

    ... read on
  • Adam’s story: How curing swine brought me back to Judaism

    By Adam J. Gomolin

    February 12, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    I started making salami a year ago. It’s hard to explain the beauty of this process. Part of it is the history–man has been dehydrating, curing, and fermenting for millennia. The first practitioners were cavemen who rubbed salt on meat to preserve it for long travels. Cultures... read on

  • Easy, fool-proof recipes for Valentine’s Day dinner & dessert

    By Julie Bien

    February 5, 2014 | 12:42 pm

    Cooking a full meal can be overwhelming, especially when a) you don't cook very often and b) it's a high-pressure holiday like Valentine's Day.

    Lucky for you, I have perfected the art of easy "fancy" food that tastes pretty darn good.

    You can make the dessert ahead of time (in... read on

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  • Kosher Super Bowl snacks for the Buffalo-sauce obsessed fan

    By Julie Bien

    January 29, 2014 | 9:53 am

    On Sunday, America's most important cultural event takes place: The Super Bowl!

    While this holy day might not have anything to do with religion (although according to this, nearly  50% of all people believe in some sort of divine intervention in sports) it's still a day that,... read on

  • DIY: Mock Chalkboard Art

    By Julie Bien

    November 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I'll admit it. I have a decorating problem--I get bored with my walls, but don't exactly have the budget to refresh the art every year. I also have a thing for 'word art' (is that even a thing?) So to satisfy my need for updated digs, I decided to take budget painting into my own... read on

  • Why I DIY: From illness comes creativity

    By Julie Bien

    November 13, 2013 | 10:37 am

    It started with an inflamed spleen and liver.

    I was forbidden from doing anything that could rupture either of the two organs, including getting in a car. In the unfortunate event that the driver (or I) had to slam on the breaks, the seatbelt could instantly rupture one or both... read on

  • Thrifty gifts: DIY candles in a cup

    By Julie Bien

    November 11, 2013 | 11:50 am

    With birthdays, housewarmings and various celebrations sprinkled throughout the year, it's always good to have an easy-to-make/easy-on-the-wallet gift to give.

    This gift is most cost-effective when done in bulk (at least 4 or 5 candles) but it's not expensive if you only want to... read on

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