Dying for Dinner

Michael’s Mother’s Killer Kugel

By Debra H. Goldstein


1 (12 oz) pkg. medium egg noodles 1/2 tsp salt

1 Stick margarine 2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup plus a little bit granulated sugar 6 eggs

1 1/2 cup sour cream         

1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained

1 1/2 cup cottage cheese (nonfat – mah jongg players watch their weight)          

3/4 to 1 cup white raisins, soaked in apple and/or orange juice

Soak raisins in apple and/or orange juice.  Set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook and drain noodles according to instructions on package.  Put noodles back in pot and add margarine immediately.  Add sugar and mix.  Lightly beat eggs and add to noodles.  Add vanilla, salt, sour cream and cottage cheese.  Stir after adding each ingredient.  Add pineapple.  Drain raisins and add to mixture.  Mix thoroughly.  Pour mixture into 9×13 inch lightly greased (Pyrex) pan.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top.  Bake approximately 1 hour, uncovered.  Turn oven off and leave pan in oven for 5 minutes.  Remove kugel from oven and allow it to cool before cutting   Serves 12-16.

For an even lower fat version, use 2 cups nonfat cottage cheese and 1 cup fat free sour cream (but do you really care?)


Pearl’s Tennessee Honey Corn Pudding

By Don Winston


5 large eggs

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

1 tablespoon orange juice

1/2 cup half/half 

4 tablespoons cornstarch

2 (15.25-ounce) cans whole kernel white corn

2 (14.75-ounce) cans cream-style white corn

1 small green cayenne pepper, chopped fine

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Dash onion powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs; add half/half and beat. Stir in the remaining ingredients, adding the corn last. Blend well. Pour mixture into a buttered 2 quart casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for one hour or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Serve warm. 


20160302Debra Headshot20160302ShouldHavePlayedPokerFrontCoverJudge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery (Five Star Publishing – April 2016) and the 2012 IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus. She also writes short stories and non-fiction. Debra serves on the national Sisters in Crime, Guppy Chapter and Alabama Writers Conclave boards and is a MWA member. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, Joel, whose blood runs crimson.

Her website is:  www.DebraHGoldstein.com .

20160302DonWinstonHeadshot20160302S'WANEECoverDon Winston grew up in Nashville and graduated from Princeton University. After a stint at Ralph Lauren headquarters in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to work in entertainment as an actor, writer, and producer.

S’wanee: A Paranoid Thriller was his debut novel and hit #3 in Kindle Suspense Fiction, followed by his second novel—The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller. His new thriller—The Gristmill Playhouse: A Nightmare in Three Acts—was released spring 2015.

He’s currently working on a paranormal thriller inspired by the Bell Witch legend.

He lives in Hollywood.

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