It may be sweater weather now, but sooner or later summer will be here, bringing abundant sunshine, swimming, barbeques and mosquitoes.
Just a single word can sum up one of the most disturbing trends that continues to sweep our supermarkets: downsizing.
The idea of breathing new life into something you already own, using leftover bits and pieces as springboards for future projects, is probably a tendency to which I am genetically inclined
Everyone has a weakness. For some people it is the inability to walk past a sales rack without dropping a few hundred dollars. For others, it’s the inability to keep their house organized.
There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.
Scan those sale circulars either online or when they show up at your doorstep, check out the sale items and plan your menus accordingly.
The world sees the hand of God through us, and does not like it.
In recent months I have found there are certain things not worth buying and with the help of everyone’s best friend, Google, recipes for some of them are literally at the tip of your fingers.
Maybe we don't have to lose that growth and unity that we have achieved, especially with the situation in Eretz Yisrael right now.
The Open Kitchen is so appealing you practically want to eat the pages as you turn them.
Glob on the sunscreen, break out the darkest chocolate you can find and let the sun shine in!
If you are spending the time in the kitchen, make it worth the effort. Make it taste good. Make it look nice.
This summer, why don't we try to do better and cool off without blowing our retirement fund?
For those of us who have no choice but to drive, we need to find ways to make that overpriced tank of gas last as long as possible.
Do we really have that much extra money to throw away on substandard products and shoddy service? I think not.
Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.
As much as I am all for economical meals, Pesach is definitely the time of year when I find myself making more roasts.
So, my dear sisters in the trenches, remember. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And who is tougher than the Jewish women of today?
What do you do with fruit that has turned just a little soft and squishy and that no one in your household wants to eat?
People like to say that dirt isn’t chometz, but as Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky says, if dirt isn’t chometz, how can you tell? Besides, are you really going to take apart the whole closet and then not wipe it down before you put everything back? If you’re not going to clean the mess now, when will you?
I take all my challah ingredients, throw them in the breadmaker, turn on the machine and walk out of my kitchen. Ninety minutes later, I have a gorgeous batch of challah dough with no work and practically no mess to clean up.
It’s easy to get excited and start hunting for the perfect shade of champagne tablecloth to match the exact color of the bridesmaid dresses, or to insist that each guest must have a wine glass, water glass and soda glass.
It’s not that I think contractors, painters and tile guys are exclusively greedy, deceitful incompetent people – I think they are just poor businessmen or women!
Perhaps we can teach our children to give, instead of take... to become contributing members of the community.
I have worked as a nutritionist at a WIC office in Williamsburg for five years now, and combined with my observation of my children’s friends, I’ve come to a realization. Most people are no longer eating food, but rather food-like substances, and worse, they are feeding their children the same.