My family likes to tease my dad and say he’s perky. And if you’re reading this and thinking that’s nothing to tease someone over, you’re certainly correct, because what’s wrong with being a happy, cheerful person? (I guess unless you’re referring to a female’s surgically enhanced body part? And even then you’d probably want them to be perky, but I suppose you could still tease ‘em about it?)

Sorry. Back to the family fare. Though you know, if popular culture is to be believed, Father’s Day is all about masculinity gone wild, it’s like a late night DVD for drills, grills, and pieces of meat. Even Google is all tied up over this holiday today:

So really, my dad isn’t a marketer’s dream because he’s an actual human, not a just cardboard cutout, beer holding, steak grilling maniac who shops at Sears, though on occasion I’m sure he has done one or more of those things. Instead, he’s my dad, and he deserves praise everyday. Not just because he is sometimes told he looks like this guy:

And not just because he really loves chocolate.

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Chag Sameach!

Or Happy Passover!

Or happy-third-day-in-a-row-I-ate-chocolate-covered-matzoh!

You can buy the delish and highly spiritual treat in pretty cellophane at Whole Foods. My Jewish ancestors are happily celebrating in their graves. Probably less so about the fact that I’m embracing my heritage and more so about the fact that someone thought to cover matzoh in chocolate. PROGRESS, people. Progress.

The following recipe will not be served at a Seder, does not contain  leaven (chametz) , and does contain chocolate. Any guesses?

If you guessed Chocolate Chili with a Hint of Lime you’d be right on. Chocolate dreidels for you! Aw crap. Wrong holiday. Sorry, ancestors.

Note: I hope you clicked on the dreidel link because it’s a Martha Stewart recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels. Betcha never thought you’d hear those seven words in one sentence. Continue reading »

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