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The Hardest Three Words to Say

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

You and your spouse are driving along the highway. You begin to strongly suspect that you have missed your exit. The thought keeps nagging at you, and as more time elapses and the terrain is looking less and less familiar, the more certain you become. Yet as you begin to vociferously demand that your husband turn off the next exit, he stubbornly insists that you are headed in the right direction.


Fifteen minutes have passed. By now you both realize that you are driving on the wrong route. Yet instead of changing paths, your spouse is still hoping beyond hope that this will somehow bring you to your intended destination.


Why is he being so obstinate? Because turning around is admitting that he has made a mistake – and that’s probably the hardest thing for any human being to do.


We all have that highway scenario played out in our lives. We understand that we’re heading down the wrong path and we realize that the longer we continue, the more lost we will become. And yet we obstinately cling to our mistaken ways.


Why? Because it is so incredibly hard to admit that we’ve make a mistake.


You’ve had a disagreement with your spouse, child or coworker. It escalated to the point of ugly comments and incriminating remarks.


You know you were wrong. You know you crossed some red lines. You realize that you should never have brought his mother into the conversation, or that hapless remark he once said (and apologized for dozens of times) more than 10 years ago.


And yet you couldn’t stop yourself. As soon as you began your slippery slide into that nasty terrain of discord, there was no way to prevent plunging full force.


Now the heated moment is behind you. You know you ought to make amends, but every time it occurs to you to apologize, every fiber of your being rebels as your mind begins a full-scale line of defense. You may have been wrong, but he did say/do/act so inconsiderately. Thus, he should be apologizing!


Why remain in a bitter tug of war that is straining your relationship and distancing you further, when an apology could easily make things right? Because the hardest words to utter are, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake.”

 

Let me share a small incident. When I was traveling recently to the West Coast, a friend asked me to take a very important package to her son who was studying there. I readily agreed, packed it into my suitcase, took it along with me – and proceeded to forget all about it, schlepping it right back home with me. Only when I finally unpacked my suitcase upon my return did my heart drop, as I realized my error.


What to do now?


1.  My first reaction: ignore the whole mess-up and avoid the unpleasant ramifications. But her son really did need this package. It was bound to come to the fore, and wouldn’t she be even more upset that I didn’t inform her immediately?


2. Call her and defend myself, effectively freeing me of any guilt. Explain it this way: “Hey, it was nice enough of me to agree to schlep it in the first place.” Find some way of blaming her for not anticipating this by having her son call to remind me about the package.


3. Own up to my mistake and sincerely apologize for it.


The incident was minor enough with small enough at stake that I was able to take the latter path − and truly admit to how idiotic and silly I felt for being so absent-minded. The conversation could have taken a very different turn, but instead the more I carried on about how utterly sorry I felt, the more she reassured me, “You’re only human! Please stop blaming yourself.”


But it did teach me that the more we go against our initial and natural resistance, admit to our wrong and sincerely apologize for it, the softer and more appeasing our friends, spouses, children and coworkers become. On the other hand, the more defensive or blaming we become, the more the situation spirals out of control into a full-blown war.


With minor mistakes, it is easy enough for us to own up to our wrongs. The challenge, however, takes place when it happens in more sensitive areas or in more meaningful relationships – especially when there may be traces of emotional baggage and prior feelings of hurt, resentment, or anger.


I am sorry. Three short words. Three powerful words. Three words that can prevent us from plunging deeper down the wrong path. Will we allow our egos to get in the way of steering us toward this harder, but far more rewarding, path?


Chana Weisberg is the author of several books, including Divine Whispers – Stories that Speak to the Heart and Soul and Tending the Garden: The Unique Gifts of the Jewish Woman. Watch Chana Weisberg’s two-minute videocast on www.chabad.org/intouchfor your dose of weekly inspiration. She is an international inspirational lecturer on a wide array of topics and an editor at chabad.org. She can be reached at chanaw@gmail.com.

The Sights, Sounds And Smells Of Kosherfest 2006

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

         Two of the most interesting and exhausting days of the year come every November when representatives of every facet of the kosher food industry gather at Kosherfest. The brainchild of Menachem Lubinsky and his staff, Kosherfest has become the place to see and be seen since 1987.
 
         For those whom kosher food is an integral part of daily life, this is a crucial show to attend. For two days, I had the opportunity to visit dozens of booths and speak with over 100 people in the kosher food industry. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you some of what I heard and tasted.
 

Quality Frozen Foods

 

         I had a chance to spend a half-hour at their booth and got the scoop on some wonderful new products that they are distributing. Coming soon under the Nicci Beverage label are five powdered mixes – brazilian hazelnut (sure to be a favorite in my house), French vanilla mocha, Swiss chocolate, fruit crush (100% fat-free) and cappuccino. For these mixes, you basically add water or hot milk and a treat awaits your taste buds.
 
         In you local kosher market, you can find Meged puddings, which are nondairy (soy) and come in vanilla and chocolate. Also under that label will be a parve ice coffee drink.
 
         Coming soon from Samolux is a 12-pack of pareve smoked salmon pinwheels. These great tasting, adorable looking hors d’oeuvres pop right out of the package and makes entertaining simple and easy.
 
 
         Healthy, organic and great tasting, the Everything Spelt Company has a pan crust pizza that is truly yum. Ungar’s has two great new products out – a pas Yisrael garlic bread and a bakery-style cinnamon stick that comes pre-cooked with an icing pack.
 
         Can life get better than this?
 
         Yes. One company produced many of the candy products that you would find in your local kosher grocery. However they decided not to renew their hashgacha. The very resourceful Gitel at Quality tracked down a new company, Bubble King, and is now exclusively distributing their amazing line of assorted candies. Keep your eyes open for sour balls and bubble gums under their label.
 
         Zoglo’s now has mini cocktail franks that are pareve – great for that non-meat party or get-together. Additionally, Florida’s Natural has new roll-up like Flips.
 
         Last but not least, Snack Delite Marshmallow Bars now come in rainbow- and chocolate-covered. For those of you not familiar with this product, you don’t know what you are missing. These bars, in all their flavors, combine two childhood favorites, Rice Krispies and marshmallows. And best of all they are peanut-free. You can buy them individually-wrapped or in packs of six and all can be found in your local kosher grocery or supermarket. Coming soon – amazing shelf-stable soups and cholent.
 
         We all know the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. Low-fat and low-carb may be the way to go, but none of us are interested in cutting back on taste. Many of the booths we stopped at featured products that are healthy for your body and a treat for your taste buds. Dr. Praeger’s, a favorite in our home, highlighted the veggie chicken nuggets and their line of veggie burgers. These products are great for an easy snack or light dinner. At Glenny’s, we took a look at their new 100-calorie bars called Slim-1. These bars come in interesting combinations like double fudge with green tea and peanut butter caramel with hoodia. They are made with whole grains and contain nine vitamins and minerals.
 
 
         We visited the Z Sweet booth (which was in the Expo Comida Latina section) where they were distributing samples of an all natural zero calorie sweetener. We tried some on a piece of fruit and were very pleased. With many artificial sweeteners, there is a distinct aftertaste. But this one had none and the sweetness only enhanced the food.  (They also gave out a great cheesecake recipe, which can be found below.)  Kikkoman (at the All Asia Food section) featured their line of organic soymilk in four flavors: original, creamy vanilla, green tea and tropical delight.
 

Strawberry Cheeze Cake

 
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 piece graham/2ounces topping
 

Ingredients

2 teaspoons z sweet®

4 ounces ricotta cheese – part skim milk

4 ounces whipped cream cheese

1 graham cracker sheet

4 small strawberries
 

Method

- In a food processor bowl combine Z Sweet®, ricotta cheese and whipped

cream.

- Cover and blend or process until smooth.

- Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

- To serve, cut the graham cracker sheet into 4 pieces at the seam.

- Top each piece with the CheeZe mixture.

- Garnish with a strawberry.

 

 

 

Nutritional Guide

Per serving

Calories 151.2

Fat (g) 9.0

Saturated 5.0

Unsaturated 4.0

Protein (g) 6.4

Carbohydrates (g) 14.3

Fiber (g) 1 3.5

Cholesterol (mg) 29
 
 
         Our old friends at Dr. B’s have exciting news to share. They have opened a gourmet and caf? on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, where their world-famous cheesecakes have a wonderful new package. Also, they have some new food items: cheesy quiche in mushroom crust, a lite baked ziti and a potato lasagna. Gryfe’s Kosher Bakery has a wonderful whole grain muffin line that includes pomegranate bran and fruit, flax and fiber. But what I enjoyed most at their booth (I went back at least twice) was the whole grain pizza. Pareve soy ice cream; are you scared to try? Well, honestly, the Temptations brand is just that – tempting! I tried the Mint Chocolate Chip and it was great. It had just the right combination of flavors – mostly organic ingredients, zero cholesterol and zero trans fat. It is healthy and has a great taste. How can you turn that down?
 

 
         But the best news in eating healthy was the EnLITEned Kosher Cooking cookbook on display at Feldheim. This cookbook has taken the country by storm and one glance will tell you why – great recipes (I tried a bunch of them for Sukkos and each one was great), fantastic nutritional information and pictures that just leap off the page.
 
         There were a number of booths featuring cheeses, but the one that stood out most in my mind was Anderson International. Under the Brigitte line were two outstanding cheeses we tried. First was the silky sliced feta, which is to be bought not just for the taste, but also for its easy use. Have you ever tried to slice feta into nice looking slices and not chunks? Not easy. It always comes out messy; now it doesn’t have to. The second was their Brie with pecans. Now I am not an expert on Brie, but this was wonderful, soft and smooth, with a pleasant hint of pecan flavor and not too cheesy tasting. This would be great cheese to serve at a wine and cheese gathering or with some fruit. Both items and many of the others they carry are chalav Yisrael.
 

         That’s all for now. Coming next week: R.A.B. Foods (including a sit-down with Susie Fishbein), Sabra, Empire and much more.

Amazing Blintzes

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

One of my family’s favorite Pesach treats is blintzes – potato or cheese – we’re not picky. So every year I take out my trusty fendel (that’s Yiddish for frying pan) and gather together eggs, potato starch, water, some oil, and a pinch of salt and paper towels and begin the hour-long process. While the blintzes are frying I peel the potatoes and boil them. Once they’re cooked they have to be cooled and mashed. Meanwhile the blintzes (the ones that didn’t break) are cooling on the counter. Once everything is cool enough to touch, the filling begins. It’s a lot of work, but worth the effort.

This year however, I have found a much simpler way of serving my family one of their favorite treats. I go to the grocery, make my way to the freezer section and pick up some packages of Flaum’s (parve or dairy, under the hashgacha of the OU and Harav Meir Webberman) absolutely incredible Pesach blintzes. It’s much easier then cooking and I have to say they taste just as good as homemade, if not better.

The other day I made a package of Flaum’s cheese blintzes for supper and the wonderful smell of something sweet filled the air. My youngest son, Shmuel, came home and couldn’t wait to taste whatever smelled so good. (He doesn’t like cheese, so he had to wait for the potato ones to be ready).

Both the cheese and potato blintzes are made with all natural ingredients, are non-gebrokets and like I said before, taste unbelievably great. So, if you are looking for an easy chol hamoed meal or just something to have as a snack this Yom Tov, don’t look any further then your grocer’s freezer and the boxes of Flaum’s blintzes.

Warming Up A Winter Night

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

In my home supper during the cold days of winter is not complete without a few bowls of hot soup. On Sundays and for Shabbos a pot sits on the back burner simmering for hours and filling the house with the wonderful smell of vegetables, peas and sometimes chicken or meat. However, during the week with work and errands it’s not always easy to make a pot of soup. For gourmet tasting soup with easy preparation, look no further than the grocer’s shelf and Fantastic Foods (HomeGrown Natural Foods, KSA parve or dairy). A few weeks ago we sampled their Hearty Split Pea soup and it was delicious. The prep was simple – just add water to the container and let sit for five minutes. The soup was rich with all natural ingredients and though parve, was as flavorful as any fleishige split pea soup I have ever tasted. The soups are also available in Cha Cha Chili, Jumpin’ Black Bean and Vegetable Barley. All Fantastic Foods products are available in health food and specialty stores.

Another great winter treat is home made pizza, but who has time to prepare dough? Once again look no further than your grocer’s freezer for a delicious pizza treat that tastes home made. Queen of Napoli (Palmatfoods, OK cholov yisrael dairy) pizza is made with all natural ingredients like wheat flour, beer yeast, sunflower oil and mozzarella cheese. The pizza serves four with generously-sized slices and has a really cool (thanks Raizy) taste. We also had the opportunity to sample their Empanadas. Empanadas are small pirogen like pastries that can be found in a variety of cultures. These are filled with mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil. You simply pop into the oven, bake and then enjoy a delicious treat. All of the Queen of Napoli products can be found in the freezer section of your local kosher grocery.

Mochi (Grainaissance, KSA parve) is a traditional Japanese food made from sweet brown rice. We received a package in our office a couple of months ago and I was very unsure what to do with it. Unbaked it’s a large square shaped dough. Using a sharp knife you cut the dough into squares and then bake for 8-10 minutes. By then the pieces of dough have puffed up and are a nice brown color. The night we tried it my daughter Bracha had a number of friends over, they became my taste testers. We tried the mochi with a thin layer of cream cheese and were surprised at how delicious it was. There was a yummy smell of cinnamon and raisin filling the house and the dough was soft and sweet. The only downside is that you need to eat them warm – once they get cold the taste is not quite the same. Mochi can be used as a breakfast treats – like scones, or for a quick snack anytime of day. You can find all Grainaissance products in health food and specialty stores.

The Sauciest Meal

Friday, November 14th, 2003

Half the fun of cooking, I have found, is coming up with my own recipes. It’s great to use a cookbook or get a great idea from a friend, but just going through your pantry and finding interesting things to try on chicken or fish can be a lot of fun.

For example, the other day I was trying to decide what to put on the chicken. I hadn’t planned what I was going to do - just took the chicken out to defrost. Now it was getting late and I was out of ideas. So, I went through the pantry and found a bottle of Paradise Pineapple Salsa from Goldwater’s Foods of America (OU parve). Goldwater’s recommendation for use includes marinating chicken or fish, or even adding it to cottage cheese. I poured the whole bottle over the chicken, added a drop of water to the pan and put it in to bake. It was delicious – a nice combination of pineapple and spices – not sweet or too hot. We also tried some of their other salsa flavors including Mohave Mango, Papago Peach and Ruby
Raspberry - all of which make great additions to a well-stocked pantry.

Goldwater’s, for those of you who follow American politics, was founded by the daughters of
former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater and is now run by his granddaughter Carolyn. The products can be found in some supermarket chains or on the web at www.goldwaters.net

Are you a fish eater? In my house Shabbos and Yom Tovim are not complete without salmon. So we are always looking for new ways to prepare it. A couple of weeks ago I wanted to make salmon teriyaki, but I was out of teriyaki. So, I checked the pantry to see what I could use instead. I found a jar of Roasted Peanut Dipping Sauce from Wild Thymes (KSA
parve). I added a little bit of mayo to the sauce and poured it on the fish. They loved it - the combination of roasted peanut, sesame, shallots, coconut and more are just incredible with the salmon - try it once and you’ll be asked to make it every week. Wild Thymes has an incredible line of specialty products. We tried their flavored mustards - our favorite – the Dill Horseradish. Among the marinades the Chili Ginger Honey is a great choice for red meat - but watch put for the chili kick. We also enjoyed the fruit spreads and the chutneys. All their products are 100% natural, low in calories and free of cholesterol and gluten - most are now certified kosher. For information on where to buy visit them on the web at www.wildthymes.com.

How about a side dish to go with the fish or chicken? Rice is a great selection and there are so
many different varieties to choose from - each with a different flavor and taste. One variety you will always find in my pantry is Riceselect Royal Blend (RiceTec, Inc Star-K parve). This combination of aromatic red, Texmati white, brown and wild rice is an amazing blend of textures colors and flavors. The slightly nutty taste makes a great accompaniment to fish and chicken. They have an incredible line of other rice as well - sushi, jasmati, and even risotto. They are available in consumer friendly plastic jars so you don’t have to fuss with bags or boxes. Their full line can be found in your local supermarket or on the web at  www.riceselect.com

How about something sparkling to drink? Nothing alcoholic – you want the kids to be able to
enjoy it as well. How about a glass of sparkling lemonade? Or even sparkling French lemonade? Both are a part of an incredible line of drinks produced by Village Imports (Star-K parve). Available also in pink lemonade and orangeade, they come in delightful glass bottles. The taste is nice and crisp – not too tart or sweet. They are best served chilled but are delicious even at room temperatures. The lemonade can be used for cocktails or on its own with a wedge of lemon or a cherry. Look for the in your local supermarket or on the web at www.villageimports.com

To finish off, how about a great tasting yet totally healthy desert? A few weeks ago we made a
great dessert using products from Morinaga Nutritional Foods (KSA parve), a tofu company.
Using packages of Silken Tofu and their Mori-Nu Mates, we made a delicious chocolate pudding that everyone enjoyed. We served it to seven little kids and each one came back for seconds. It was smooth and creamy with a nice chocolate flavor - and best of all you could not tell it was soy and parve. The Mates are available in lemon and vanilla as well, each with their own special recipe ideas on the back of the package. The full line of tofus and mates can be found in your local supermarket, health food store or on the web at www.morinu.com

Have a wonderful chag. 

Odds and Ends

Friday, September 12th, 2003

We have no special theme this week, just some great products we have come across.

** The Vermont Bread Company (Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District, parve or dairy) introduced a new line of certified organic English Muffins. As these were the only organic muffins we had ever tasted, I can’t tell you if they are the best, but I can say that none of our
testers noticed a difference in taste between these and regular English muffins. They were light and airy with a very nice amount of flavor. They are available in Cheddar, Cinnamon Raisin, Honey Wheat, White Blueberry and Maple, all dairy. The flavor that stands out in our mind is
the blueberry – just enough blueberries for taste but not enough to be overwhelming. They also produce organic hamburger rolls and frankfurter buns – again, there is no difference in taste; the difference is simply in the quality of ingredients. As their new marketing tagline says,
“Eating well never tasted so good.” You can find all of there products in major supermarket chains throughout the country or by contacting the company directly.

** Glaceau Vitaminwater (Energy Brands OU parve) comes in five kosher flavors. This is much more than flavored water in nice plastic bottles. Every flavored water contains special vitamins and herbs that correspond to the theme. For instance, I tried the Green Tea flavor,
whose theme is rescue. It contains rosemary, chamomile and lavender, among others – all herbs that are great when you want to relax. Among the other flavors are Power C with dragonfruit, and Water Energy with Tropical Citrus. Glaceau can be found in your local supermarket or on the web at www.energybrands.com.

** Father Sam’s Bakery (OU parve) makes the best pita bread I have ever had – using a recipe that has been in his family for generations. We tried the wheat mini pockets and loved them; as a matter of fact we were pretty upset when we realized how quickly the package became empty. They also have a full line of tortillas. Tortillas and wraps are a staple in our home and, again, these were some of the best we ever tasted. Father Sam’s products are available in supermarket chains in the Northeast and Midwest or on the web at www.fathersams.com.

** David’s Cookies (Fairfield Gourmet Foods, OU dairy), for cookie connoisseurs, just hearing the name is enough to make their mouth water. A couple of weeks ago the most incredible assortment of David’s delight made its way into our office. The quantity, the variety of flavors, the smells – people still talk about it. Fresh baked cookies – chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin, brownies, pecan meltaways, the list was endless. To really appreciate the delicacy that is David’s Cookies you need to try them. You can buy them online at www.davidscookies.com or take a ride out to their outlet store in Fairfield, New Jersey.

** Redmond RealSalt (Redmond’s Minerals, KSA parve) is just what it sounds like – real salt. As opposed to what, you ask? As opposed to the salt that finds its way to all of our tables. It was very interesting to learn that the table salt we eat has been bleached and refined – that’s right, salt in its natural form is not white. All of Redmond’s products are the slightly pinkish color that you find in a natural state. The salt is available in sea salt, onion, garlic and seasoned. Use them on meat, fish, pasta – or sprinkle some on your bread and for the first time enjoy a truly great tasting salt. 

From Soup To Nuts – A Full Day’s Menu

Friday, July 18th, 2003

A great way to start off your day is with a delicious and nutritious bowl of cereal. The perfect combination of great taste and healthy eating can be found in a line of products from Barbara’s Bakery (OU, parve and dairy). Opened in 1971 by a 17-year-old baker, Barbara’s Bakery produces fruit juice-sweetened cereal, multigrain cereal bars, cookies and whole wheat saltine crackers.

In our house, the all time favorite is Multigrain Shredded Spoonfuls. We have been buying them for over two years and a box never lasts more than a day or two. A Quaker Square lover in our office is now buying the Shredded Oats on a regular basis. We also tried the Organic GoGo grahams in two flavors.

A bowl of Barbara’s cereal with a serving of fruit will give you enough natural energy to start your day right. You can find Barbara’s products in your local supermarket or kosher grocery.

If you’re looking for a perfect lunch, look no further than the refrigerator section of your local grocery. Light Lite Foods (OU or OK parve) has a full line of meatless products to fit your every mood. Want deli? Try their Old World Bologna or Three-Peppercorn Style Pastrami – all parve. Looking for something to sink your teeth into? Try their Salisbury Steak or Seasoned Chick’n. They also have Organic Tempeh and Smart Ground Burgers and Sausage. All their products are soy based and most are vegan.

While these products last quite a while in the refrigerator, you can also freeze them to have on hand, and never be without a healthy and tasty meal. They’re great for taking on trips as well. Light Life products can be found in your local kosher grocery or supermarket, or on the web at www.lightlife.com.

At some point in the day we all need a snack. Since we are looking at healthy eating for the main meals, for a snack you probably want something sweet and tasty. A few months ago we received a package from Emstron Candies (Vaad Hakashrus of Denver, dairy). Inside was the most incredible handcrafted almond toffee we had ever tasted. Now that is not an exaggeration, and it is not because we had never tasked toffee before. This is a great treat – they use the finest ingredients and combine them in a recipe that has been perfected over more than 40 years. It is rich and creamy with a taste of buttery chocolate. Enstrom Toffee can be purchased in their stores in the Denver area or on the web at www.enstrom.com.

Now for dinner – everyone’s favorite – pasta. We found a Canadian company that produces organic pasta that even your most picky eater will love. Rizopia Food Products (COR, parve) are made with rice and water – that’s right – rice. In my house we tried the organic corn rice fusilli and the organic brown rice spaghetti. My family loved them. I have to admit I was a little nervous, but it was a hit – the house smelled like corn on the cob and the kids enjoyed the taste. To find out where they can be purchased in the US please contact them at www.rizopia.com.  

It seems that the only thing we left out was liquid refeshment – have no fear, we have that as well. The Hansen Beverage Company (OU Parve) has an incredible array of natural sodas in great flavors. While we like the kiwi strawberry, key lime and root bear, without question our favorite was Vanilla Cream. Produced in old style glass bottles this line includes the vanilla, orange cream, black cherry and others. My picky nine year old has asked for the vanilla cream on a regular basis since he tried the sample. The full line of Hansen products cane be found on their website at www.hansens.com.

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