The Unsung Heroes of Coronavirus

Parents are the unsung heroes of Corona.    On Monday this week I asked an absolutely adorable five year old boy if he misses being in school.  With the cutest expression, he titled his head with a big smile and he said “I’m good.” Mom and Dad...

What we miss during Corona – 5/1/2020 Update

Bienstock Group Family, What we love to do during Corona and what we miss doing during Corona is insight into who we really are.  During regular life, when we’re a part of society, there are things we do out of societal obligation, to fill other peoples’ expectations,...

Baking and Breaking Bread – 4/24/2020 Update

According to the media, America is short on yeast because Americans are baking bread like never before.  Reportedly all over the world people staying at home are baking bread.  At my house we’re trying all different versions of No Knead Bread.  So far, the classic...

Passover 2020

Date 4/7/2020 Dear Bienstock Group Family, Passover is tomorrow night.  I’m thinking of my mom and the way she used to prepare for Passover.  I vividly remember my mom standing on a step ladder in her dining room for hours taking apart every little crystal on her...

Missing Regular Life – 4/3 COVID UPDATE

Date: 4/3/2020 Dear Bienstock Group Family, Like everyone else, I miss regular life.  One day, in the not so distant future, we’ll look back at this difficult time and we’ll feel proud that we pulled through and it made us stronger + wiser + more grateful.  For...

Magnolia Bakery’s Hummingbird Cake Recipe

credit: Magnolia Bakery Hummingbird Cake MAKES ONE 3-LAYER 9-INCH CAKE ----------Ingredients ---------- CAKE 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 11/4 cups vegetable oil 2 cups sugar 3 large eggs, at room temperature 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups mashed, very ripe...

Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies

----------Ingredients ---------- 1 cup margarine 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla 3 1/4 cup freshly ground roasted almonds 1 cup potato starch 12 oz chocolate chips Cream margarine and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add rest of ingredients and mix to combine. Freeze dough for 10 minutes and scoop. ...

Our Favorite Passover Recipes

Before Passover, my mom would field calls from so many people asking for both her staple recipes and her elaborate favorites.  In my mom’s honor, and in honor of all the moms who wish they could be with their children and grandchildren this Passover and...

Mom’s Passover Cholent

  ----------Ingredients ---------- 3 packs of "flanken" - short ribs so 6 strips of short ribs 3 onions sliced 13 medium sized brown potatoes salt and pepper and paprika ----------Directions---------- 1. Cover the bottom of a heavy pot with a thin layer of sugar to coat 2. Lay the...