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DeLuscious Cookies + Milk – Woo, look at that July Dozen!

Hey all, do you know where you can get the BEST cookies in Los Angeles? One place has been voted over and over again by various publications as not only the #1 place to buy cookies in Southern California – the best in the country! They not only offer your standard American popular flavors all year round ($39.95 per dozen), each month they come out with a new set of couture cookies called the “Couture Dozen”. For $51.95 you can get hand-delivered, shipped or pick up all these flavors, and definitely worth the price tag. Don’t let the word “cookie” fool you. These are monster sized cookies – one could definitely satisfy the most ravenous cookie craving. DeLuscious does not have a proper store-front like most bakeries. Everything is made fresh to order (that day!), and most orders are hand-delivered to someone’s residence or business. However, you should feel free to stop by. DeLuscious always makes EXTRA cookies for people who come in off the street! This is where you find them: DeLuscious Cookies + …

4th of July

Hey Friends and Neighbors! Do you love America? I do! I heard a great pick-up line recently: “On a scale of 1 to America, how free are you tonight?” But in all seriousness, many have sacrificed for our freedom, many rebelled for the sake of a representative government. Dennis Prager does an Independence Day Seder every year, and I think someday when I have wee little ones, I would like to do the same for them. Last year, I made this super awesome cake. Keep in mind, I was just learning how to use my DSLR camera at the time, and well, resorted eventually to the camera on my phone, but it looks pretty neat, eh? Whatever you are doing on this mid-week holiday I wish you continued happiness, health and safety.  Happy Birthday, America! You can now reach me by a new URL! If you type in www.miriinthevillage.com, it will forward you direct to this blog. LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST!

Shabbos Specials: Apple Pie Medallions

It is so easy to break a good habit, and so hard to break a bad habit. I was worried when I started my new job if I would have the time to take care of my blog as well. It seems as though I have had the time (don’t get me wrong), but the energy? Well, that’s another story. Also, as I look over my blog I am amazed by how much content I’ve created over the years. Maybe too much content? Anyway, summer time is well on its way, and though I have had my evenings mostly free, my weekends have been busy city. It’s no excuse. I should have stuck to my schedule, but now I’m beginning to think my usual blog schedule may not be that sustainable. Content is not a problem. The problem is this: I always tell myself I’ll have time to post something while I’m at work, and while I’m at work I get so carried away with my daily duties, I never have that time. Believe me, …

How to be a Good Host

 A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting two friends of mine from the east coast. They were in town because one of them is a Fox News culture correspondent and she was covering the American Idol Finale. As both of these women had a large number of friends who lived in the Southern California area, they decided make a trip of it. Only one of the girls I knew prior to the trip, and even she I only knew as an acquaintance. The other girl I didn’t know at all. For this reason I was a little nervous of how the weekend would turn out. Much to my delight, everything went swimmingly, both for me as a host and for them as guests! It inspired me to write a two-part series on how to be a good host and on how to be a good guest. ***Disclaimer: I did not necessarily do all these things, but thought about doing them after the fact. 1. Before your guests arrive ask if they have …

Baked Mac ‘N Cheese

This past weekend was Shavuot (Feast of Weeks/Pentacost). It is traditional to eat dairy products on Shavuot and stay up all night. It turns out the combination of all the dairy and staying up all night results in a lot of upset tummies to say the least. Regardless, when you think of dairy, what is better or more comforting than macaroni and cheese. I’m not talking the stuff from the box. Everybody know when they really want macaroni and cheese they want it baked. The recipe blows all of your grandmothers’ recipes out of the water. BAKED MAC ‘N CHEESE (adapted from Smitten Kitchen) Serves 12 Ingredients: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for casserole 6 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to l/2-inch pieces 5 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more for water 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 4 1/2 cups (about 18 ounces) grated sharp white cheddar cheese 2 cups (about 8 ounces) …