I’ll take mine..

I’ll take mine…

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my family

my life

all the pain

all the issues

all the divorce

and the daily trials and tribulations

I’ll take mine…


because yours is yours

and no one has it easy

we all have our “things”…

we go through…

we have to survive.

just because yours might look better to me

from this side of the room

it’s not.

learnt a lesson the other day (2 times)

first from a good friend …going through her own bitter divorce

i’ll take mine.

sure she had 5 gorgeous, talented, terrific  kids

22 years

and it all looked “good” (from my seat)

but now

even then….

it was her life

if I want her “good”

then I am going to have to take her “bad”


I’ll take mine.

2nd from watching a family

that I was always admittedly sorta envious of

the “perfect” siblings, the generous in-laws, the family camaraderie, the rich parents…

the endless vacations, clothing shopping, family simchot & get togethers


i’ll take mine

because the pressure of living in that “perfect” family

well… I would never survive.

and really….is it perfect?

nah….i highly doubt it


because life is not perfect

for anyone…

because life is about being HAPPY with what you HAVE

not being SAD about what you HAVE NOT

we all have our “things”

there is no picking & choosing from the..

GOOD & bad


I’ll take mine!


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Me & Rivky Eisenberg (www.yumkosher.com & the Viennese Table) in her Kitchen. I walked in on her cooking & baking out of her favorite Julia Child cookbook & my first cookbook The Dairy Gourmet! (I had to get that pic – me & Julia Child..Woohoo! & NO we did not purposely dress alike!)

I don’t know how this tradition started so many summers ago, where the Eisenberg’s hosted the end of fast feast we have had for the last 10 years . This Break-Fast meal is created mainly by, Rivky, who spends the last few hours of the fast day, creating a meal that if it wasn’t a fast day – you would fast for, just so  you can have this meal!  I got involved when my cravings and need to be occupied combined themselves. And instead of looking at the cooking magazines salivating while fasting, I get into the kitchen and cook or bake the odds and ends that I was drooling over.

We make a good team, Rivky and I. This Break-fast feast has become an urban legend, and occasionally, if your lucky, we set another seat at the already filled 20+ people table….but you gotta bring the ice-cream! (Hagan-dazz & Cholov Yisroel & we are particular about our flavors :) – so be warned! )

This past Sunday’s fast had me drooling over Ina Gartens Cheddar Dill Scones…I have no idea why. But there was something about a buttery light biscuit that had cheese and herbs, served hot with butter and soup…that just made me say…I gotsta make these NOW!

And because I spent my Sunday morning, cleaning out my freezers (so overdue) in my pjs, I used up all the half open bags of broccoli & corn that were floating around for my favorite cream of broccoli soup.

If you don’t want to patchke with the scones..I insist you make the soup. It is super easy and really the perfect light dinner served with homemade garlic bread for those summer nights, where you just want to take it easy.

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Cheddar Scones 

recipe adapted from Ina Gartens The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


  • 4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 pound cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 4 extra-large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound extra-sharp yellow Cheddar, small-diced
  • 1 cup minced fresh dill
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water or milk, for egg wash


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine 4 cups of flour, the baking powder, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.

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Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Mix the eggs and heavy cream and quickly add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Combine until just blended.

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Toss together the Cheddar, dill, and 1 tablespoon of flour and add them to the dough. Mix until they are almost incorporated.

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Dump the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead it for 1 minute, until the Cheddar and dill are well distributed. (add flour as needed to make less sticky and workable)

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Roll the dough 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 4-inch pieces and then roll and pat into patties.

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 Brush the tops with egg wash.

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Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with non-stick spray for 20 to 25 minutes, until the outside is crusty and the inside is fully baked.

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 Cream of Broccoli & Corn Soup


1 large onion, diced

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. basil

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. curry

2 tsp. garlic powder

Kosher salt & black pepper to taste

3 lbs frozen broccoli

1 lb frozen corn niblets

4 cups vegetable broth

1 cup water

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups shredded mixed cheddar & mozzarella blend


In a large soup pot, sauté the onions in olive oil on medium high heat for about 8-10 minutes until softened and slightly caramelized.

Add all the spices and mix well, cook for about 45 seconds more. Then add the broccoli, and corn, and mix well with the onions.

Add the broth and water, cover pot and bring the soup to a boil.

Remove from flame.

Using a hand blender, puree soup until smooth. Add the cream and cheese and mix well.

Serve hot.


Here is a little taste of our Menu that night – For the Home-Made Onion Bialy’s that Rivky made – go to www.yumkosher.com for recipe.

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onion bialy’s that were served with egg & fried onion omelets

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my famous Tastebuds Nachos & Cheese

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The Viennese Table Cheese Braid & Chocolate Babka

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My The Dairy Gourmet Greek Salad (we also had Ceaser Salad & potato Lecho)