This chocolate pistachio cake is a dense, moist treat that's adapted from my grandmother's "famous" recipe. Get the easy-to-follow recipe from SavorySimple.net

This chocolate pistachio cake is a dense, moist treat that's adapted from my grandmother's "famous" recipe. Get the easy-to-follow recipe from SavorySimple.net

I haven’t had a ton of family recipes passed down to me. When I was growing up, one of the most requested recipes was my Grandma Zelda’s pistachio cake. It was this beautiful loaf cake with a layer of green-tinted pistachio cake on the bottom and decadent chocolate cake on top. The cake was rich, moist and we begged her for it at every occasion. Zelda and I often baked together when I was a child and with her I learned how to make mandel bread, kugel and a few other Jewish staples. If you’re wondering what mandel bread is, it’s biscotti. One time I asked Grandma what the difference was between mandel bread and biscotti and her reply was “Jewish people don’t eat biscotti.”

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Banana Millet Breakfast Porridge is like healthy banana bread in a bowl! It's an easy, gluten-free breakfast that the whole family will love.  Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

The first chapter of my book is complete! When I first began the process I swore to myself that I’d still keep up with 2-3 blog posts per week but as you may have noticed, I have not been keeping that promise to myself. It just hasn’t been realistic. Writing a book has been so much more work than I thought it would be.

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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes - These rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with a light meringue-based cherry buttercream. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes - These rich chocolate cupcakes are topped with a light meringue-based cherry buttercream. Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Does this old saying count if I’m fooled by two separate people at the same time? I learned some hard lessons about myself and about other people late last year and I’m still struggling to make sense of it all. The bottom line is I’m still hurting and probably will be for awhile.

The internet is creating this detached universe where we nurture artificial long distance friendships instead of focusing on the ones right next door to us. It’s so easy for us to follow along with what’s happening in our social media feeds, aimlessly wishing virtual strangers “Happy Birthday!” instead of picking up the phone and calling our neighbors. I hate the phone and this new world has made my life much easier or at least I thought it had. It has allowed me to fall into this pathetic trap of false friendships. The internet allows people to paint whatever picture of themselves they want us to believe and why should we doubt them?

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These Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies are a perfect treat for chocolate lovers! Get the easy-to-prepare recipe from SavorySimple.net.

These Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies are a perfect treat for chocolate lovers! Get the easy-to-prepare recipe from SavorySimple.net.

It has been a weird week. A very weird week full of snowstorms, getting stranded due to snowstorms, kitchen injuries and…. suffice it to say, I got a little behind on life. But I am slowly getting caught up and I finally have a new recipe to share!

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This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a vibrant, sweet and citrusy cocktail made with high quality ingredients! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a vibrant, sweet and citrusy cocktail made with high quality ingredients! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net.

Unlike Meyer lemons, which I find to be a bit overhyped, blood oranges are an ingredient that I really love working with every year. I always look forward to their arrival in the middle of winter. Not only are they visually stunning, but their flavor is notably different from other oranges. It’s sweeter. More vibrant. Blood oranges almost have a ruby red grapefruit quality, if you remove most traces of the bitterness and replace it with sunshine.

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