Holidays

By Riki Shore I’ll let you in on a little secret. I don’t really like New Year’s Eve. I don’t like to drink. Or stay up past midnight. Or party with a big group of people. Basically, I’m a buzzkill on this holiday. I read once that you New Year’s Eve is a harbinger of things to come in the new year: you should spend it how you want to spend the coming year. So if you want to travel to exotic locales, you should spend New Year’s Eve at a resort in Fiji. If you want to overhaul your […]

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By Riki Shore This time of year is packed with celebrations: birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and, of course, Hanukkah. Growing up, Hanukkah meant we didn’t celebrate Christmas. We didn’t eat cookies, or candy canes, or chocolates, or even little oranges. We didn’t get an enormous tree and decorate it with sparkling lights and delicate ornaments. We didn’t get extravagant gifts like new cars, jewelry or bikes. We didn’t even get a present each night for eight nights. We got dreidels and, sometimes, Hanukkah gelt. We got a practical present on the first night, and most of the time a […]

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Thanks for the Inspiration

November 25, 2011

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By Riki Shore I get most of my culinary inspiration from professional chefs. Below are my top 12 inspiring cookbooks, most of which are written by or for professional cooks. Not all of these cookbooks are entirely gluten-free. In fact, none of them are! If you’re following a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, egg-free, soy-free or Paleo diet, you’ll need to read between the lines. Luckily, that’s what Three Squares does for you. What you do get is inspiration in spades. Glean from these books flavor combinations, seasonal menus, dinner party ideas, and great stories. Take their recipes and make them […]

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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2011

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By Riki Shore Today I’m giving thanks for so many things: for sleeping late, waking to a sunny day, watching football on TV, drinking a hot cup of coffee, and so much more. I hope your day is filled with great clothes… a hidden treasure… and laughter…. Oh, and a little turkey dinner, too. Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for reading and sharing!

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By Riki Shore Here’s a little secret. I never liked Thanksgiving dinner when I was growing up. I’ve met so many adults who say they loved Thanksgiving as a kid because they got to eat “all of their favorite foods” in one night. Favorite foods? Maybe I was at the wrong house. We spent every Thanksgiving that I can remember at my aunt’s ranch house in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Kids weren’t welcome in the kitchen, which was closed off with swinging doors at both ends. But when I did manage to glimpse inside, the women were all at work […]

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