Post Holiday Recap and Planning…

With the holiday season nearly over, I find this a good time to sit, reflect, take notes, and plan. Here in northern Iowa our temperatures have plummeted and it makes wanting to do much of anything difficult. The best ideas to me are to snuggle up with my dogs and stay warm. My little guy apparently agrees because for two days he’s been following me around and climbing on me every chance he gets, so why not embrace it!  Continue reading

Russian Cherry Walnut Latkes

Over the years my mom put all sorts of things along side the blintz. I know some years there was broccoli and some years my dad made latkes. Funny, I can’t remember what else was tired but nothing ever seemed to stick. Trying to come up with sides to a cheese blintz is a challenging task. Dinner sides seem out of place and breakfast sides seem odd too. Tradition shows the meal to be lots of fried foods but in the age we live in we want a little more variety and maybe something a little different.  Continue reading

Blintzes! I Guess That Means It’s Chanukah!

Memory association with food. We all have it. When I sat down to write this post I started really thinking about this topic. Growing up I know we had a Thanksgiving meal but I don’t remember it at all. I know we went to church potlucks but I have no memory of what my mom’s dish was. I know we went to picnics but none of the food stands out in my memory.  However, if I smell or taste cheese blintzes, even bad ones, I am immediately at the house I grew up in and it’s the first night of Chanukah!  Continue reading

Fahoo, Fores, Dahoo, Dores, Welcome Christmas, Bring Your Light…

Chanukah, the festival of lights. It may seem disrespectful to lump Chanukah and Christmas together but in the age of individualized experiences, this was mine. The two always go together. Yes, they are different holidays and have nothing to do with each other, I still can’t help think of menorah’s and blintzes when I think of Christmas.  Continue reading