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Monday, November 25th, 2013
Thanksgivvukah is almost here! As many know, Hanukah and Thanksgiving coincide this year, and popular author and TV personality Jamie Geller is here to help with her book Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes. She’s all about delicious holiday recipes that do double-duty. Think Cranberry Chestnut Challah Stuffing; Rice Salad with Toasted Nuts, Apples and Onion Dressing; Latkes with Caviar and Cream; Whiskey-Glazed Whole Roasted Turkey; Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese; Kiddie Candy Bark (that can be made into gelt coins); Cardamom-Scented Chanukah Cookie and Sea-Salted Soft Challah Pretzel Rolls. (Check out some great Thanksgiving crafts from Parents, too!)
Geller hasn’t always been kosher. She was raised on take-out and didn’t gravitate to her heritage until her mid-20s. When she married her husband, she was dubbed the Bride Who Knew Nothing–that’s how clueless she was about cooking. Joining his family meant celebrating more than 100 traditional Jewish holiday meals annually, complete with six-course homemade kosher dinners for the immediate and extended family. Determined to show everyone that she had what it takes and spurred to confront her culinary clumsiness, Geller didn’t just learn how to cook—she founded the Kosher Media Network and created cookbooks, magazines, a popular website and even a television show.
In Joy of Kosher, Geller wants everyone to know that if she can put really good food on the table, anyone can. There is no slaving in the kitchen (no rabbi required!) and cooking kosher is really not as tedious or complicated as one might think. Here are a 3 to get you started this week–Cardamom-Scented Chanukah Cookies, Cranberry Chestnut Challah Stuffing and Latkes with Caviar and Cream.
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
Today’s all about thanks and calories. So I thought a post about the new book Mac and Cheese would be perfect.
I know it’s not the traditional Thanksgiving fare, but mac and cheese is warm, gooey, all-American deliciousness. I am so thankful for it.
The dish can’t go wrong. Everyone will eat it–even the pickiest of kids. It doesn’t involve fancy ingredients (usually), and most recipes are not complicated. If you make a big batch–and some is actually left over–you can reheat it all week long. This new book, Mac and Cheese, breaks down how to pick the perfect cheese combinations and how to get the sauce right. The author Ellen Brown definitely got me thinking out of the box. She includes classic recipes and also new twists. Just typing the words ‘Big Kid Mac with Spinach, Caramelized Onions and Truffle Oil’ makes my mouth water and my belly rumble. I am making it this weekend as an excuse to get my 5-year-old to eat his spinach. And how about ‘Alpine Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Gruyere?’ Yes. Thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving! May you be stuffed with good food and big love.
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
Does your Thanksgiving include babies? Yours or someone else’s? I will be hosting seven children on Thursday, and my nephew is a baby. So today, I’m reading the brand new version of 97 Ways to Make a Baby Laugh. My kids just started elementary school, so I’m rusty. I want to go beyond toe tickling and peek-a-boo. I want to make Luke laugh so hard that he pees in his diaper.
I adore the beautiful photos of almost 100 toothless smiles, and I especially love this suggestion from the book:
Using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, lightly press against Baby’s ribs while jiggling your wrist. Just before doing so, say, ‘Somebody’s gonna get a Scamooch!’”
And what if I can get my mother-in-law to do this?
“With Baby watching, have Mom or Dad or more agile members of the family lift a soccer ball from the floor using nothing but their heads.”
Little giggles are pure, sweet love. And playing with a bundle of joy can get you out of conversations that involve politics. Besides, if there is one thing to be thankful for, it’s a happy baby.
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