Category Archives: Chatting with Miriyummy

Chatting with Miriyummy: Varda Epstein

Meet Varda Epstein.  Varda and I are landsmen.  That means our families come from the same area in Eastern Europe.  In fact, we share a cousin, Judy, who is the keeper of my family tree.  Varda and I met on the Internet, in the Israelfood group.  We email each other back and forth, yatter on Facebook and have even met once for breakfast. The two of us have a lot in common, a love of food, a love of family and a love of playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook.  It’s a family addiction, apparently.

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Chatting With Miriyummy: Leora Wenger

Meet Leora Wenger.  I started reading her blog about a year ago, mainly because some of my favorite bloggers were mentioning her blog, Here in the HP, and I was curious.  And it’s a bit embarrassing to say (but when did I ever let that stop me), but originally, I thought her blog had something to do with Hewlett-Packard.  I never really thought I was that much of a computer geek, but when you say HP, that’s the first thing that comes to mind.  Considering that I think I’m such a foodie, I’m adding insult to self-injury by admitting that I didn’t immediately think of HP Sauce either.  What I will proudly admit to is that I’m a native Nu Yawker, and excluding the two times I’ve been to Newark Airport, I’ve only been to New Jersey twice in my life, so the connection with Highland Park never popped into my head.  But thanks to Leora and her glorious photography, I’m starting to learn that New Jersey is not all turnpikes, toxic chemical processing plants and strip malls.  You can get quite an education reading Leora’s blog, and not just about New Jersey…

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Chatting With Miriyummy: Richard Rusch

Meet Richard Rusch.  We both grew up in the Bronx, minutes away from each other, but only met years later, in 2002, and where else, on the Internet.  Richard is one of the founding members of Recipezaar, and when he heard I was coming to the Bronx to visit my parents he insisted we meet up.

Mirj and Richard 2

“Are you meshugah, Miraleh?”  my Jewish mother shrieked.  “You have no idea who this man is, he will kill you.”

“Are you insane, Richard?” his Italian mother shrieked.  “You have no idea who this woman is, she will kill you.

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Chatting With Miriyummy: Batya Medad

Meet Batya Medad.  I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time.  Since I started blogging myself she’s been a wonderful help and inspiration. 

Batya in her daughter’s kitchen

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