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Sandra Levine

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  1. Too late for this year for you, but I made an Italian-Jewish-style vegetable "lasagne" from Joan Nathan's Jewish cooking in America that uses soaked matzos to stand in for the pasta, so it's starch and vegetable all in one dish.

  2. I, too, have been away many years. As others have said, it is because of Steve, through eGullet, that I made many new acquaintances, some of whom have become real friends.  Steve gave so much to so many people.  He did not have a long life, but it was a rich one.  My condolences to Ellen and PJ.

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  3. That's interesting.  I too, attempted a cream cheese based / rugelach type dough this year.  Didn't turn out so well.  Soft dough wouldn't hold it's shape.  But the flat cookies with fruit topping tasted great! :laugh:

    I had the same problem -- The dough would expand and come apart. But, as you say, they were very flaky, tasty cookies.

    I like the rugelach dough much better, if I can just figure out how to hold them together.

    Be very careful not to overfill. After the hamantaschen are formed, and egg-washed, and on the cookie sheet, try putting the whole sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes of so before baking.

  4. I think the difference between the two is the amount of sugar, marzipan having more than almond paste, but it could be the other way 'round. I think you could substitute, being mindful of any adjustments you may need to make on the basis of sweetness or, possibly, dryness.

  5. My mother made only one dish, but she meant to learn to cook, and she had a copy of The Settlement Cookbook, 25th ed., 1943, with recipes that she wrote out on little pieces of paper and stuck in the book. The only page that shows any sign of use is the one with the recipe for banana cake, her specialty.

  6. I've had a classic Waring with the four-lobed 1-qt. glass jar for over 20 years. A few months ago, it started screeching and I began to think about a replacement. One day, though, I turned it on without the jar in place and the motor sounded fine. I got a new jar and blade assembly et, voila -- everything old is new again. I still can't figure out what happened to the old jar, but it had something to do with the dishwasher.

  7. What do lunching ladies eat these days?

    Glass of iced tea or Perrier. "Drinkers" have a glass of chardonnay or white zin, with ice cubes in it.

    Salad, salad, salad, with dressing on the side. If one is feeling decadent, something from the bread basket, with a little olive oil.

    Any protein is lean -- broiled fish with lemon.

    One dessert per six lunchers, and it is NEVER to be finished. Anyone who eats pasta, anything with fat in it, or (horrors) orders her own, separate, dessert, is talked about behind her back when she goes to the restroom.

    The above meal takes at least 2 1/2 hours.

    That would be a rather hearty lunch for the social x-rays. I remember reading about the ladies pretending to eat, but really spitting the food into their napkins. The linen and laundry bills for restaurants "catering" to the social set were enormous.

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