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Magic and Miracles: Make them Happen to You this Holiday Season
Magic and Miracles: Make them Happen to You this Holiday Season

Something incredible happens the moment December arrives: streets and storefronts are suddenly illuminated, snow promises to fall and holiday party hopping begins in full swing. Yet what truly makes this time of year so magical is that deep down we all believe miracles can happen. If what you are wishing for is a little romance or a fling, odds are in your favor this time of year. Spirits tend to be higher and people get out more to travel, shop, socialize and play.

Touchdowns, Turkey and the Thanksgiving Third Degree Touchdowns, Turkey and the Thanksgiving Third Degree

It’s the busiest travel day of the year. Millions of Americans will be boarding planes and trains or piling into their cars with one thing on the mind:  Thanksgiving – a day of touchdowns, turkey and talk. As you make your way through the crowded lines at the terminal and/or toll booths, you start to experience that uneasy and all too familiar feeling. And though you are heading home to be with family and friends for the holidays, the thought of it is already making your head spin.

Turkey Schnitzel
Turkey Schnitzel

Don’t want to find endless ways to use up turkey leftovers? Don’t want to babysit a whole turkey? Try a crispy-savory schnitzel. I love quick-easy to make schnitzels. I often make them out of the obligatory chicken and veal. Then, I got crazy one day and made duck schnitzel and it was a hit. See my first cookbook JEWISH COOKING FOR ALL SEASONS (John Wiley and Sons). So, why not turkey? Fast, easy crunchy and no troubling leftovers. I love it!

Home Alone Holiday Survival Guide Home Alone Holiday Survival Guide

With Thanksgiving and Chanukah quickly approaching, many individuals, like suddenly single Sophie, confess to feeling outright panic. “I was supposed to spend the holidays with my family but due to salary cuts, I have had to put all my travel plans on hold” was how she put it when we tried to delve further.

One of the reasons that Sophie and other singles feel so stressed at this time of year is because the expectations are so incredibly high. It‘s hard not to feel overwhelmed but with the right frame of mind, time, and a plan of action, the time spent alone can be equally delicious.

Pumpkin-Vanilla Bean Sorbet
Pumpkin-Vanilla Bean Sorbet

There is always room for dessert if you serve sorbet. Creamy pumpkin sorbet with cinnamon and nutmeg has all the elements of pumpkin pie and is pareve. I love Thanksgiving and like to keep it real with all of my food. No need to make pumpkin pie with non-dairy whipped topping when you can have the bright orange and delicious sorbet.

Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name? Hello, I Love You, Won’t You Tell Me Your Name?

You have taken the time to create an outstanding profile and have posted at least three photos, one of which is a close-up shot of your face and another is a body shot. The paragraphs you have written accurately describe your personality and the things you find important in your perfect match. You have set up your preferences for your search, examined many potential matches, and have decided to contact a few of them. It is now time to send a proper introduction letter.

Managing Your Time Online Managing Your Time Online

People often wonder how much time they should be spending on Internet dating. Is there a benchmark? Rather than approach Internet dating as a cure-all, it should be treated as an ancillary service – one that can fill the gaps and expands your prospect pool when you are not being set-up on dates, going through a drought, a stranger in a new town or far too busy at work to have time to meet new prospects. The remainder of your time should be spent exploring other more traditional vehicles.

Root Beer BBQ Sauce Root Beer BBQ Sauce

I think this is just such a fun sauce. I am a real fan of root beer and will often go out of my way for a mug of the stuff. So, why not a …

“Kosher” Cucina Povera “Kosher” Cucina Povera

In the kosher kitchen, we only have so many ingredients to work with, both at home and professionally. Many ingredients that most chefs take for granted are not part of my daily repertoire due to kosher restrictions. I have a meat and pareve kitchen and cannot just add cream to a soup or sauce to thicken it. I have to work a bit harder and find other ways that fit into the kosher laws. I do not believe in using faux foods for substitutions and I look to natural ingredients that are already kosher and in season. In the spirit of Cucina Povera, I embrace my constraints, accept the materials I have to work with and move on.

The Art of Personal Pics The Art of Personal Pics

He’s cute, smart and successful, but after a year as a JDate.com Subscriber, 38-year-old Darren was getting tired of being rejected by the women he tried to connect with online. He lamented “they just don’t respond to any of my notes and I don’t understand what I am doing wrong,” when he decided to enlist some online dating help from SingleEdition.com.

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