My FAV things of the Week, Liquor Salad & Friday Flowers


First week of 2012 DONE! – How many of us made it through he week with all our “resolutions” in tact?

After watching this video that was posted on facebook

How could I not resolve to just want to GAIN an attitude like this incredibly inspiring man!

But enough with 2012 resolutions – and on to



CROCKPOT/SLOWCOOKER recipes – OMG how did I not get into this earlier in my cooking life? I have truly been too stubborn and snobby to bother with slow cooker recipes. Thinking they were for people who were looking to take shortcuts with their food . But whats wrong with that really? I love a good shortcut and I LOVE a good crockpot recipe!  and LUCKY for you guys it has become my new hobsession – and lets just say you will be seeing many many more slowcooker recipes on KS very soon!!


Soda Cupcakes

Talk about shortcuts – I found this great blog this week www. cookiesandcups.com with this very fun & fast idea for quick cupcake recipe. I tried it this morning – thinking that it would be the fastest dessert cake to make this shabbos to serve alongside my favorite Shabbos Liquor Fruit Salad – I will let you all know how it comes out later! but looking good so far..


  • 1 box cake mix, any flavor
  • 1 can room temperature soda, any flavor
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°
  2. Line muffin pan with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl combine your soda and cake mix, stirring with a whisk until most of the lumps are gone.
  4. Fill each liner 1/2-2/3 full of batter.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until cupcakes are springy and toothpicks comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting.

You can use any flavor combination you would like. Coke or Dr. Pepper would be great in a chocolate cake mix. Orange Soda, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Root Beer would all be fun to try too.


Orange Liquor Fruit Salad



Serves 6-8

Growing up, every Shabbos lunch, my mother usually made a simple fresh fruit salad for dessert. What was so great about this salad was not the actually fruit itself, but the juice that was at the bottom of the salad. My mother also never combined fruits, she kept it either an all citrus, grapefruit and orange salad, or she did a berry version. Both are delicious and made me and my sister Miriam fight who would get the left over liquor juice at the end!


Tip: To make the citrus version of this salad, substitute 3 large ruby red grapefruits and 4



Tip: This salad is really great when made 1-2 hours in advance and kept in the fridge till right before serving. For a really great treat, serve with whip cream or vanilla ice cream.




2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced thin

1 ½ cups fresh blue berries

1 papaya, cubed (optional)

1 cup orange juice

1 tbsp. lemon juice

½ cup Orange Liquor

3 tbsp. sugar

In a large bowl add all your fruit and mix gently together. Pour in the orange juice, lemon juice, orange liquor and sugar and combine with fruit. Allow the fruit to soak in the liquor marinate for at least 20 minutes before serving.


Friday Flowers


White Roses in Blue Vase – Gorgeous & Simple

Have a Truly Wonderful Shabbos!

till next week… Sarah

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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