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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Recipe: cranberry muffins

I developed this recipe from a blueberry muffin recipe. I dealt with the problem that cranberries take so long to cook - and also, that they're a little gross when they pop in your mouth - by chopping them up.

Cranberry muffins (makes a dozen)

1-1/2 cups cranberries chopped in a food processor or blender with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Don't pulverize them, just get them in littler pieces.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
6 tablespoons oil or unsalted melted butter
3 more tablespoons of sugar

Stir dry ingredients and the chopped cranberries together. In another bowl beat the egg, add the milk and butter. Stir all together and drop into the muffin tins. Cook at 425 degrees about 12 minutes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A nerdy problem (only Yiddish enthusiasts should take note)

I have a lot of paperback books for sale at Amazon's Createspace, and in general it's a great resource for authors and readers alike.

But what a problem I have with my Yiddish titles! They don't allow Hebrew characters in the titles or descriptions (if I try, it comes out gobbledygook)

That makes the books hard for people to search for.

For instance, take one of my favorite Yiddish books, by Mendele Moykher Sforim (whose name is spelled at wikipedia Mendele Mocher Sforim and as brittania.com says:
Mendele Moykher Sforim, Moykher also spelled Mokher or Mocher, Sforim also spelled Seforim or Sefarim, pseudonym of Sholem Yankev Abramovitsh

So when you can't even figure out how to spell the author's name, that's a problem.

The name of this beloved book, which I put out as a paperback with larger print than you can otherwise get it, is in Yiddish (or rather, Hebrew)

מסועת בנימין השלישי

It means The Travels of Benjamin III but it's often translated The Brief Travels of Benjamin the Third

And that is variously transliterated as Masoes Binyamin Hashlishi or Masoes Benyomen Hashlishi or even Masoes Benyumen Hashlishi

If you don't guess right, you don't find the book.

Anyway, since blogger at least will allow me to use Hebrew letters, I'm leaving this post here to help people who're looking for a new, well-bound copy of this book. You can get it by clicking here:

$8.00

Masoes Benyomen Hashlishi by Mendele Mocher Sforim

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thoughts on Election 2016

The human race does not deserve this planet. The squirrels, rats, and cockroaches will inherit it and do a better job than we do.

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