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    Fastnacht Essentials

    February 12, 2018

    Tomorrow is Fastnacht day!!! Fastnachts are a doughnut consumed in Pennsylvania on Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). This year it falls on Feb. 13. People order them by the dozens. It’s one of those foods you can’t ignore. After all, they are available for only a few days every year. Fastnacht is a German word meaning “night before the fast.”  These baked goods were originally created to use up the lard, sugar, butter, eggs and other rich foods…

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    Third Sunday in Advent

    this post contains an affiliate link In the weeks before Christmas, we make plum pudding! My dear friend (of over 20 years), Kathy and I gather at her home to make it. Kathy and…

    December 20, 2017
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    Hot Cross Buns (A Lenten Tradition)

    Lent is not a time for rejoicing in food. In my tradition (Episcopal) we often think of Lenten discipline and things that we give up for Lent (as opposed to the things we look…

    March 13, 2017
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    Notes from an Interfaith Child

    If you haven’t figured it out already, I am an interfaith child. My father is Jewish, and my mother is Christian. It makes celebrating the holidays enjoyable  and fun. In my home, we celebrate…

    January 1, 2017
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    Kiffles for Christmas

    In our family, kiffles are something we enjoy every holiday season (Christmas and Easter). A kiffle is a Hungarian cookie with a flaky dough and a delicious filling, much beloved in the Lehigh Valley,…

    December 20, 2016
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    Frost, ice, and some wet snow arrived today. It’s bittersweet. I love what the winter represents, a captured moment of stillness, the crunch of ice beneath my boots, red-cheeked children racing down hills on…

    December 12, 2016
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