Today is my brother-from-another-mother (in-law) Yoni’s birthday. We met soon after Mo and I started dating when I was 20 and Yoni was 19. We were both in college and the three of us spent a lot of time going out to hear DJs in New York. Yoni is one of the easiest people in the world to be friends with. He is always game for an adventure, loves food and can make light of any experience. Mo and Yoni are eight years apart but they have been close friends forever. Mo occasionally calls our son Ben “Yoni,” if that gives you an idea of how much he loves his little brother. Ben himself loves Yoni to no end. The birthday card he dictated reads, “I love you Uncle Yoni. I love you so much. I think we would come to your birthday party I hope. Happy Birthday!” Yoni is totally willing to play with Ben and connect with him in a genuine way.
The first year after Mo and I were married we lived in Jerusalem and Yoni moved there to begin his Masters program at Hebrew University. We were neighbors and Yoni found many excuses to stop by our apartment at around 6pm wondering what we were doing. “About to have dinner, what are you doing?” was usually the answer, and we were more than happy to have him anytime. I think one of his favorite times of that year was right before Ben was born when I went through a period of baking a cake or cookies almost every night. We all enjoyed staying up late, watching movies and enjoying fresh baked goods. Yoni’s favorite food is anything fresh out of the oven!
Now Yoni is married to a beautiful woman named Whitney who shares his love of delicious food and is a fantastic cook, so he no longer needs to stop by at dinner time. He’s also a dad now, with a beautiful five month old baby girl. He is an amazing, generous, loving Daddy, Uncle, husband, brother, and friend. Thanks for being you Yoni, Happy Birthday!
For his birthday present we made Triple Sugar Cookies adapted from this King Arthur Flour recipe.
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup unrefined granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup sucanat
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 large egg
Preheat oven to 375. Mix sugar, oil, and egg in a large bowl. Add flour, baking powder and soda, and salt on top, then mix. Roll into balls, then flatten on cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown around the edges. If you want to be decadent, use these as the cookies for ice cream sandwiches!
The cookies were good but I can’t wait to see what Whitney made for Yoni’s birthday lunch tomorrow!