Honey From Our Bees! (And Apple Raisin Challah)

It’s been a little over a year since I started keeping bees.

As I explained in this post back in July of 2011, I knew it was going to be a while before we’d be able to harvest honey from our hive. The bees need to have a good stash to get them through the winters, so it’s not right to take what they require to survive. I thought we might have to wait until next year, so I was pretty ecstatic when my bee “guru” Chris determined it was fine to pull out a few frames last week.

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Herbivoracious Cookbook Review and Giveaway (plus a Recipe for Sabich)

fried eggplant sandwich

If I had to describe Michael Natkin’s new cookbook Herbivoracious: A Flavor Revolution with 150 Vibrant and Original Vegetarian Recipes using just one word, it would be impossible. Because “creative”, “inspiring”, and “exciting” all come to mind, and they all describe the book perfectly. Good thing I can use as many words as I like … Read more


When I baked this huge and glorious sesame seed-studded challah the other day, I only had a moment to snap this picture with my iPhone before my family descended like vultures. What can I say…we Abramsons get excited about challah. I baked this in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah begins … Read more


Hanukkah begins tonight…time for latkes! Latkes are potato pancakes that are fried in oil. They are a traditional Hanukah food, prepared to symbolize the one day’s worth of oil that is said to have burned for 8 days so many years ago. Because they are one of my daughter’s favorite foods, I make latkes year-round. … Read more

Homemade Matzoh

I recently had the opportunity to play photographer for the afternoon, when my dad Barry Wine and his friend Leslie made homemade matzoh. My dad is a former chef/restaurateur with this awesome wood stove… …which he uses to make matzoh every year for the Jewish holiday of Passover. Passover commemorates the liberation of the Jewish … Read more