A Cream Cheese Cake from Poland – divine!


 I tried this recipe from ALL RECIPES and loved it! The family loved it too! I know you will as well. The crumbly brown sugar topping just makes it amazing. Enjoy!


Polish Cream Cheese Coffee Cake


  • ·        1 cup white sugar
  • ·        1/2 cup butter
  • ·        1 egg
  • ·        1 cup sour cream
  • ·        1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ·        3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ·        1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ·        1 teaspoon baking powder


  • ·        2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ·        1/2 cup white sugar
  • ·        1 egg
  • ·        Topping:
  • ·        1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • ·        1/2 cup brown sugar
  • ·        1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ·        1/3 cup butter



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. Beat 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1 egg in a bowl until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla extract; mix well. Stir in 3 cups flour, baking soda, and baking powder until mixture comes together in a sticky dough. Spread half the dough evenly into prepared baking dish.
  3. Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 egg in another bowl until smooth. Spoon mixture into baking dish over dough. Drop remaining half of dough by spoonfuls over cream cheese mixture.
  4. Mix pecans, brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and 1/3 cup butter in a bowl until mixture resembles a coarse crumble; sprinkle over dough.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes.


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Roasted Cauliflower Soup – so delicious and low cal too!


We eat a lot of cauliflower and carrots and this is a novel way to cook them together that is truly divine and low calorie too. Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 cups of baby carrots
  • Olive oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 6 cups of water
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste




  1. Place the florets and carrots into iced and salted water for about 10 minutes
  2. Drain well and place on a baking pan ( covered with aluminum foil for easy cleaning)
  3. Spray olive oil spray all over and sprinkle with a LITTLE kosher salt and ground pepper
  4. Preheat the oven broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source
  5. Broil the veggies until browned – about 20-30 minutes – check constantly with the oven light on to be sure it is not burning
  6. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot and cook the onion until translucent for about 3 minutes
  7. Stir in the garlic and roasted cauliflower and carrots
  8. Simmer until all veggies are tender about 30 minutes
  9. Blend the soup and vegetables until creamy and smooth  – and serve hot!


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Apple Sage Butternut Squash Soup in the Slow Cooker – YUM!


 This recipe worked out really well. We added a bit of milk to give a creamier taste – but it is not necessary if you want to keep this lactose free – just add a bit more stock. It is vegetarian and truly delicious. 

Apple Sage Butternut Squash Soup


  • 1 green apple peeled cored and chopped
  • 1 medium onion – chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 2lb butternut squash peeled de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp of Sage chopped
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 cups of non fat milk if desired
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Non fat sour cream or yogurt for garnish
  • Reserve one small sage leaf or a slice of apple for garnish



  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan
  2. Add the chopped sage and saute for a minute
  3. Add the garlic and saute for one minute
  4. Add the onion and saute until translucent
  5. Add the apple and saute for one minute
  6. Add the chopped butternut squash and mix
  7. Pour all of it into a slow cooker and add the vegetable stock
  8. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours
  9. Puree the mixture and taste for seasoning
  10. If you wish a creamier soup – add non fat milk until the consistency and taste is as you like it.
  11. If not add more stock if needed if the soup is too thick.
  12. Serve with a leaf of sage or a sliced piece of apple in the center – or a dollop of non fat sour cream or non fat Fage yogurt with the sage leaf on top of that


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A new look at an old favorite – Gevilte Fish – 2017 style – Abby’s recipe!


Our dear friend Abby has the best recipe for this old favorite that is made and bottled by Manischewitz ( and others)  with tons of preservatives – and disliked by many but  nevertheless a traditional food at the Jewish holidays – especially Passover. Abby goes to enormous trouble on this one to find the right ingredients – and has found an amazing fishmonger here in Southern California who is willing and able to take pure fresh whitefish, skin it,  bone and chop it – it is sushi grade and tastes amazing raw and cooked – and it is the basis of this simple recipe.

I was skeptical that it could taste good but I was willing to try. In the ‘old days’ the white fish would be put whole into the bathtub ( the largest place in the house to store it) and then the job of skinning, boning and cleaning it began – a chore onerous enough to scare off anyone in modern days. Making Abby’s recipe was painless – try it yourself – its simple, easy and delicious.

Abby thank you and your darling daughter who picked up the fish for me and you and many of your friends – and I plan on meeting you both again in the parking lot half way between all our homes before Passover so that you can deliver the fish another time – we are hooked! ( Sorry for the pun!)

Abby’s Gevilte Fish Recipe 2017 Style


  • 3 ½ lbs net ground white fish.  No bones, no skin,
  • 5 carrots, one for garnish, four ground fine in Cuisinart
  • 3-4 onions ground fine
  • 1 ½ Tbsp salt or to taste
  • Ground pepper
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ½ cup matzoh meal
  • 4 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Spray bundt pan or 3 glass loaf pans with Pam – I used a regular baking pan ( see photo)
  4. Cut 1 carrot in thin diagonal slices and place decoratively in pan(s)
  5. Add fish mixture .  Tap gently to avoid air holes
  6. Bake 325 for one hour .  A Bain Marie works well to keep fish moist
  7. Cool totally.  Wrap carefully with Saran.  Refrigerate
  8. Unmold and serve at room temp – or cut into slices and arrange on a plate with the pieces of carrot on top of each piece if you use a larger pan


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Grilled Vegetables and Cambazola Cheese – OMG!!


 Well it started off as a low calorie dinner but then I added the cheese and it went downhill from there – but SO delicious and well worth it. Tomorrow is another day after all!


Grilled Vegetables and Cambazola Cheese


  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Any fresh herbs you may have – a tablespoon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cambazola cheese – as much as you want ( 3 ounces probably)



1. Take whatever amount of vegetables you wish to make -depending on the amount of people, and cut into pieces or slice

2. Place on a flat baking pan and sprinkle with salt pepper and olive oil

3. Bake in oven at 350 for 30 minutes then increase heat to 490 and bake for 5-7 minutes so that the vegetables start to brown

4. Remove from the oven, plate and then place a large slice of cambazola cheese over the vegetables and drizzle the herbs on top of it – with some of the juices from the pan.

5. Enter gourmet heaven!


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Ants and Cinnamon – did you know? And Easy Apricot Chicken


 Ants have been eating our doggie’s food from his dish – and crawling all over it the moment we put it down. We tried this home remedy and it worked! We sprinkled cinnamon all over the ground under the dish – and viola! NO MORE ANTS! Seems like the little critters hate cinnamon! Who knew?

So I am trying out a new recipe tonight – Apricot Chicken. It is outstanding and I will be using it again. Made a bunch of additions that really made the difference!

 Apricot Chicken in the Oven for 2


  • 2 Chicken breasts  or 4 chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces 
  • 1 cup of apricot jam ( I used our home made jam)
  • 1 cup of French dressing ( I used a shop bought oil and vinegar combination)
  • 1 packet of Dried Onion Soup Mix ( sooo useful that I have a bunch in the pantry all the time!)
  • 1/2 cup of almonds – whole and sauteed quickly in a skillet with olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup of dried apricots 
  • Steamed or fried rice
  • Juice of one lime – half per person
  • Seasoning as preferred – salt and pepper
  • Sprig of cilantro for garnish



  1. Mix all ingredients except apricots, chicken and almonds in a bowl.
  2. Place chicken pieces into a shallow casserole
  3. Dot the apricots in between the chicken pieces
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  5. Pour the mixture over the chicken pieces and season to taste
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the chicken is done and the top pieces have caramelized a bit
  7. For serving sprinkle the sauteed almonds over each serving
  8. Squeeze a healthy squeeze of lime on top of the chicken and place the lime half on the plate if desired
  9. Decorate with a cilantro sprig and serve over fried ( or steamed) rice


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Shrimp and Basil Pesto – yum


 I just threw together a yummy dinner for my husband – here is the recipe ! Enjoy!


Shrimp and Basil Pesto


  • Enough shrimp for 2 people ( frozen)
  • 2 large tablespoons ( overflowing) of Basil Pesto ( Costco has a great one all ready to use!)
  • olive oil to taste
  • Garlic ( to taste – we like a lot so put in one tablespoon of minced garllic)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Steamed rice( use a rice cooker and follow instructions!)



  1. Run the frozen shrimp under cold water for about 5 minutes until fully thawed. Drain well in a colander
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet
  3. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes
  4. Saute the shrimp two minutes on each side
  5. Add the pesto
  6. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve over the steamed rice and remember to pour of that delicious pesto sauce 
  8. Enjoy with sliced tomatoes or a green salad with lemon olive oil dressing.


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Someone sent this to me – I love it – Attitude is EVERYTHING!


 A good friend sent this to me – attitude is everything! Read this every morning and night!



Also Remember: "Attitude Is Everything" 


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We held our Larraine Segil Scholars Foundation annual retreat – amazing women!


It was the organizing meeting of our Larraine Segil Scholars Foundation  (LSS)- but the third annual retreat of our group which has now grown to 20 women. How blessed I am that these exceptional women who walk the road less traveled are part of my life – and how blessed they are to be part of each others lives! They span in age from 16 ( our two South African High School Scholars who were not with us for this retreat but hopefully when they matriculate will be with us for our 2018 Holiday Party!) to 69 – and are unique multi talented women all of whom are dedicated to each other as well as to making a difference for women just like us in the present and future. They are lawyers, physicians – family medicine, OBGYN, Critical Care Internal Medicine, CEO’s of companies, Chief Human Resource Officers, COO’s, PhD’s, Business Executives in Health Care, Bio Tech, Entertainment, Cosmetics and Online Digital Services, Food industry, Beauty Products (wigs), Manufacturing and more. Our LSS have origins in many places – Alabama, Colorado,California, New York  as well as Peru, Iran, South Africa, Mexico and South Korea. They bring diverse ethnicity, religions, perspectives, ages and personalities. Each one of this remarkable sisterhood holds a special place in my heart -and my commitment is to bring to benefit each of them every resource I have  built during my lifetime- connections, wisdom, access to ideas and opportunities and more. I am their fairy godmother and my mission is to make their legacies and dreams come true with their hard work and involvement.

Here they are except for 5 who were out of the country, having babies or at board meetings!


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Our grandson graduated from the Junior Lifeguard Program this summer – so proud of him!


 Our oldest grandson graduated from the Junior Lifeguard Program here in CA this summer – cant believe how he is growing up – sooo proud of him! Way to go!

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