Mother's Day

With Mother's Day fast approaching, here are a few great gifts for mom.

Snack Attack

Growing up all my friends loved to hang out at my home because, "Mrs. Kohn has the best food."  We ate three square meals a day and could snack on whatever we wanted. Breakfast was homemade Hallah bread french toast with a bowl of blueberries doused in cream and sugar. Our pantry had every kind of junk cereal- my favorites being Honey Nut Cheerrios, Raisin Bran & Frosted Flakes. Our candy jar was filled with Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, Kit-Kats and Mini Snickers. Our freezer was stocked with my mom's homemade blueberry ice-cream (which is still the best), Carvel flying saucers, and pints of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream. Our bread drawer was filled with Entenmann's raspberry twist (which now looks nasty, but I loved it at the time), fresh croissants, bagels & a loaf of rye bread. In the refrigerator there was always a whole unsliced smoked salmon, roast chicken, artisanal cheeses, whole milk, fresh squeezed orange juice, Touristenwurst with champagne mustard and yummy leftovers from dinner the night before. Hellman's was the only mayonnaise in the house- regular not light. To top it off, there was always a tin of homemade brownies, a toll house cookie pie, a homemade bread pudding or an apple cobbler on the stove.  Basically we had the best food any kid could want- a combination of home cooked meals and store bought goodies.  

Food trends have changed so much in the last thirty years. Not that I don't still love my french fries with mayonnaise or a yummy apple cobbler, but somehow in spite of the foods I grew up eating, I have turned into a health nut. These days, instead of Hellman's you'll find Just Mayo in my pantry- a close runner up with less preservatives.  My kitchen is stocked with fresh fruits & vegetables, fresh pressed juices, nut butters, gluten-free crackers, a variety of nuts, and yes lots of vitamins and supplements. I am always trying the latest all-natural fruit/nut bars, gluten-free cookies & crackers and yummy spreads that satisfy my cravings. Here are a few of my favorites. Snack away...

Holiday Gift Guide

If you are still in need of last minute holiday gifts, here are some ideas for your friends and family.

Foodgasm

Can food be organismic? I went to see the movie The Chef with my friend, whose name I won't mention, and he whispered in my ear that he was getting turned on watching all of the yummy food being prepared & plated. I totally registered with him.

My dear friend Danyelle Freeman, aka Restaurant Girl, and I share a love for food- she is one of my favorite people to dine with because she is adventurous and willing to try everything. I can recall several dinners with her, where we took a bite of something delicious and were immediately blown away at how amazing it was, laughing that is was orgasmically so good.

While I love trying new restaurants and dishes, there are some that keep me coming back for more. The dish that I salivate for and want to eat again and again, the one I savor while eating, the one that touches all of my senses. Well that's the foodgasm. Here are just a few of my current obsessions. Some are tried and true staples that you don't want to miss, while other's are off the charts.

For the Outdoorsman

They say it's hard to find presents for guys. Why? Because men tend to buy what they want, when they want it. Not that women aren't guilty of the same but our purchases are more frequent, generally take up less space and constitute less commitment. Handbag verses surf board- while they may cost the same they are totally different animals. 

My friend Adam requested I post more "dude" friendly things.  So I thought for all you outdoorsmen, I would post a selection of toys you already own or are vying for!  If the latter is true, pass this list along to your significant other- we are always trying to find the perfect present for you!!