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Category: The Munch

The Munch is all about the things I make, bake, create and cook.  Sometimes it is a simple little thing and other times a complete meal.  If it’s worth making it is worth sharing.

Noodle Kugel with Cherries

My love for noodle kugel comes from many a dinner with our Jewish friends when Gary and I lived in Chicago. Although I am not a believer in organized religion, I have always had an affinity for one of the Jewish holiday traditions – Passover Seder.  The story told at dinner so resonates with me. Fast forward to my Ancestry DNA test, and I learned that I have almost 30% Eastern European Jewish DNA.  I know what? How can Jewish be in DNA when it is a religion and a culture?  Well, I wondered that myself.  And this is what…

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Pizza – Crispy Cheesy Pan Pizza

Our friend Shawn started making this pizza in June. He has made it at least three times since. How do I know? I check his Instagram. So on a Zoom call with a few friends a couple of weeks ago, we all decided to make this pizza on the same day and enjoy it together on our next Zoom in two weeks. That was last Thursday. It was such a fun way to Zoom with friends. If you are on social media, I can’t imagine that you have not seen this recipe. But just in case here it is. That…

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Pork Tenderloin Salad – Island Style

Remember that recipe that triggered a manifestation of my Covid stress for my family to witness? Well, this is the recipe. This salad is a favorite of two of my sisters, and for a while, they made it all the time. It is now on a reasonable rotation. Island Pork Tenderloin Salad has several parts that happen at the same time. It is best if you make this when there are others around to help. Divide and conquer as they say. One person prepares the pork tenderloin, and another makes the salad. It is not uncommon for three people to…

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Virtual Tasting * Spreads to Pair

I have several folks in my sphere in healthcare and public health that are telling us to settle in. That this virus is not going anywhere for at least a year, but if the ‘rona is going to continue to be in our lives so that we need to mask and distance for a year, we will definitely need more wine, and I believe you will as well. That is why I am committed to finding more wineries to partner with us and do more virtual tastings. And that is why I am reaching out to encourage you to participate.…

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Boxed Cake on Steroids

Does anyone else agree that boxed cake mixes make lackluster cakes?  Yea, me too.  I find them crumbly and light in texture and flavor. So light that when you stab it with a fork, the bite falls apart and back on your plate. The only solution is to smash it onto the back of your fork and/or use icing or ice cream to collect the crumbs. Yes, I could make cakes from scratch, and I will now that I got a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. But sometimes you need something quick. Since I started learning how to bake (see past…

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Barbacoa – Not Just for Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo came and went this year. It was nothing like last year when we celebrated Cinco de Derby with the fun fascinators and muy mucho margaritas, but it was still fun. This year, I made my now famous (according to my family) Slow Cooker Barbacoa.  Dang, it is really delicious.  So I am going to promise myself now. Barbacoa is not just for Cinco de Mayo anymore. But First More Funnies because we still need to laugh This past week Charleston and South Carolina loosened shelter in place restrictions, but it is still a ghost town in most…

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Herd Provisions for Brunch…

… before the citywide closures. On Sunday, March 15th Gary and I went to Herd Provisions for brunch with a group of dear friends. This was just two days before the city asked all restaurants to close for in-restaurant dining. I was going to hold off on posting this until things got better, but that looks to be a while longer, and I did not want to wait. Besides, last week we got a flyer from a couple of high schoolers looking for work. We hired them, and when chatting, I learned that one of the young men works at…

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Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Again

I went to the local Krispy Kreme store in town, but the drive-through line wrapped around the building at three in the afternoon. Oh, heck no! I was not waiting for a box of guilty pleasures. Guilty pleasures require immediate gratification.  I planned to make a pan of KK bread pudding. Why? Because go big or go home and that is what was calling my name. So instead of making another batch, I will just share the original recipe that I posted four years ago. It is hard to believe that this blog is in its 4th year. So you…

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