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Bummed About a Breakup?
Bummed About a Breakup?

I was 13 years old when I had my heart broken for the first time.  Unable to console me, my mother prepared a batch of banana walnut muffins (yesteryear’s equivalent to pink frosted cupcakes) to cheer me up. Food makes us feel better – it can be a cup of soup when we are sick, a power bar after a strenuous workout or a sweet treat to put a smile on your face.

Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque
Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque

This autumnal soup is velvety and deliciously decadent with its creamy texture and rich color, but is actually low in fat and very high in beta carotene. It can be made several days ahead of serving and will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days, or frozen for one month.

Location, Location, Location
Location, Location, Location

Everyone knows that location is the most important factor in re-selling a home or commercial real estate. What most people don’t realize is that it’s also a huge factor in dating…

Love Affair with Autumn
Love Affair with Autumn

Every year I have a love affair with autumn. The crisp air, colorful leaves, moody broody sky and my favorite produce filling the markets give me an incredible sense of well being. I also love Sukkot. I like the whole premise of the holiday with harvests and gathering, but mostly I like the fact that this is a holiday that does not tell me what to eat, but rather only where to eat it.

Avoiding the Trash Bin Avoiding the Trash Bin

Let’s face it.  Writing an email to a complete stranger isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do.   In fact, it can often be downright agonizing.   We only get one shot at a first impression so we need to make it a good one.  The following tips are the top three ways to avoid that all dreaded delete button.

Celebrate Self with a Smile
Celebrate Self with a Smile

This week is National Singles Week! Unbeknown to most, there is a specially designated week each year which celebrates singles as they embrace their independence and are recognized for their achievements and contributions to society.

Good Wines for Good Girls Good Wines for Good Girls

For years we’ve been subjected to syrupy sweet kosher wines, wines so bad that we’d rather not drink at all. We ask ourselves why in 5,771 years they couldn’t figure it out already? Just look at the Europeans! Even the Americans got it together in under a century. And then we glimpse at ourselves in Aunt Silva’s bathroom mirror and ask ourselves the same question. What’s taking so long? Maybe if we’d settled for sweaty Paul as least we wouldn’t be alone.

The 5 Best Ways to Find Happily Ever After Online
The 5 Best Ways to Find Happily Ever After Online

My twenties involved a string of intense, moody, creative love interests, and a whole lot of pitiful drama. By the time I hit my early thirties, I was ready for something new: a kind, decent man whose mood didn’t shift as swiftly as the New England weather. So I shook things up by joining JDate. In spite of my Jewish upbringing, I’d only dated one Jewish guy before so I was pretty far out of my comfort zone. I expected horror stories. After all, online dating seemed like a recipe for disaster with too-high expectations and overly generous photos. But, in truth, it was lovely dating guys who came with a built-in set of Jewish references, whether it was discussing the merits of Jon Stewart’s Jewish jokes or favorite “Jewish soul food” recipes. In less than a year I found my husband on JDate, and we now have a six-year-old J-daughter. There was some luck involved, but I think it was much more about using the strategies below.

Love Lessons for Commitment-Phobes Love Lessons for Commitment-Phobes

After 38 years of being single and feeling like a real-life Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride, I finally settled down and got married.  Thankfully, I met a man who was willing to help me work through my dating demons.  One of the most common reasons for failed relationships stems from commitment phobia.

Seasonal Ambiguity
Seasonal Ambiguity

This is a weird time of year. It is not quite fall and it is not summer either. The sun is at a strange angle and the shadows and lighting make it seem like fall and yet the afternoons are warm. I cannot figure out what I am wearing each day as I stare into the closet lusting after plum and charcoal sweaters while shunning my summertime favorites of turquoise and fuchsia. The only time I am pretty sure what season it is, is when I am at the farmer’s market or grocery store.

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