Monday, January 8, 2024

Hadassah Boston Installation

 What an amazing night. I just have to share some photos

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Super Easy Broccoli Soup

 Years ago I attended a Jewish Italian cooking class in a private home in Newton. I can’t remember the year. I can’t remember the cook. But I saved this recipe, and made it years ago when my kids were little. It is a “parve” soup, which means it contains no dairy products and no meat products. Vegan!

Broccoli with Fresh Fennel Soup.

Makes 6-8 servings.

2 large heads of broccoli

1 large onion, chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 T olive oil

Fennel feathers from one bulb of fresh fennel

6 cups water (I use 4 c vegetable broth and 2 c water)

Salt and pepper

Chop the broccoli and get rid of the large stem (but not the smaller ones). Chop the small stems.

Sauté onion and garlic in the oil for 5-9 minutes in a large pot.

Add broccoli, fennel and water, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the broccoli is soft. Purée the mixture in a blender (you can use a stick blender)

Return to pot and simmer 10 minutes, add salt and pepper as needed.


Friday, November 24, 2023

Thanksgiving 2023

 Thanksgiving 2023

Chex Mix

Cheese, crackers and grapes and chips and dip (provided by Dave Follick and Erica Berliant Follick)

Mock Meatballs - Vegetarian Times Thanksgiving


Sparkling Apple Cider

Pomegranate spritzer

Mark’s Hard Lemonade


Cucumber and Apple Salad (from Adeena Sussman’s Shabbat)


Olives and Pickles

2 Turkey Breasts 

15 bean chili (Vegetarian Times Thanksgiving)


Sweet potato with marshmallows 

Stuffing - Mom’s

Canned Cranberry Sauce

Mom’s cranberry relish

Kugel (from Robin Weiner Healey)

Roasted Broccoli 

Tiny Potatoes roasted

Fruit from Barbara Cohen

Coffee and Tea

Candied Cranberry Chocolate Tart - December 1999 Bon Appetit 

Pumpkin Pie - Pie and Pastry Bible

Apple Pie - Pie and Pastry Bible

Mae’s Chocolate Pie

Tahini Blondies - Adeena Sussman

Maple Brownies

Chocolate Brownies with Caramel (Foolproof Ina Garten)

Espresso Brownies (Half Baked Harvest website)

Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Bread

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Blog is not forgotten

 It has been a bit busy this fall in the Weitzman house. I am incoming president of Hadassah Boston. I just returned home from my three day training in NYC. I received a lot of information, but I met 11 other women who are also becoming regional presidents on January 1, 2024! We are a diverse group of women, and live across the country. It was nice to meet our trainers, and each other.

And now I am home, am preparing Thanksgiving. I will post my menu later.

Work is busy, as it is at the end of every year. I like to be busy. Everything will get done by December 31, 2023.

Youngest child is applying to colleges, which is stressful and exciting.

More to come, but I didn’t want you to think I forgot about you.

Thursday, October 19, 2023


 I have been neglecting my cooking blog. I have been a bit busy.

I did attend two King Arthur Flour classes. I took a cupcake class and a tart and pie class. Both were amazing.

Let me share some photos.

Weighing ingredients is most important

Look at those amazing chocolate cupcakes

Making the vanilla filling for the cupcakes

Who knew that peanut butter butter cream is so amazing.

I filled a cupcake with the filling!!!

Peanut butter buttercream on top of chocolate cupcakes

My filled cupcakes

I can’t believe I made these cupcakes!

Tart shell


Cranberry pecan tart

apple pie

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Israel at War

 Hi friends. I am really still processing everything. The deaths of young people in Israel at a music festival. The kidnapping of children and the elderly. The rockets firing into and out of Israel. 

As someone who doesn’t love crowds, attending the rally was something I had to do. I can’t explain it. I was drawn there.

Hearing the speakers support Israel. Stand with Israel. Being with people who are on the same emotional rollercoaster with me. I am so lucky to live in a city that provided me the space to mourn and rally. I am so lucky to live in a country that provides me the freedom of religion and the freedom of speech. 

I am so lucky to have Governor Healey, Senator Warren, Mayor Wu and other elected officials Stand with Israel. And speak out for Israel.

I am so lucky to have Hadassah Hospital treat all patients. But I have a heavy heart knowing peace is not as close as I want it to be. I pray for peace in Israel. “Am Yisrael Chai.”