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Apr 8 2014

Five Paleo Diet Food Blogs That are Perfect for Passover Cooking

By at 11:04 am

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In many ways, I’m the last person who should be writing an article about cooking for Passover. My family went on a Passover cruise the year I turned 12, and after experiencing what it was like to opt out of cleaning and cooking, my parents never looked back. So I’ve never really cooked for Passover. Don’t hate me for that, though, because I cook Passover food every day.

My husband and I adhere to a Paleo diet, which means that we don’t eat any grains, legumes, soy, dairy or refined sugar. We aren’t doing it to be trendy, or even to lose weight (though it’s a welcome side effect). Eating this way reduces inflammation in the body and is a very effective way to fight off chronic illness. The secret to sticking with it lies in the kitchen. Paleo recipes are so delicious; I never miss the things I used to love.

By default, any Paleo recipe that doesn’t include seeds (if you avoid kitniyot), pork or shellfish is Kosher for Passover. Accordingly, Paleo opens up a whole new universe of Passover recipes. Let me get you started with five of my favorite Paleo recipe blogs. Read more →

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Apr 7 2014

Top 10 Kitschiest Passover Seder Gifts of All Time

By at 7:00 pm

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It’s never too early to start prepping for Passover. There is an endless list of food and Judaica items you will need in order to create the perfect seder. These things are not on it.

If you are smart, you will bail on the sh*tstorm that is Passover planning by attending a friend or relative’s seder. And when you arrive–spouse and kiddies in tow–you should bring a gift. Sort of a “thank you for hosting”/ “sorry for the inevitable toddler-induced grape juice stains on your white table cloth” kind of gift.

We can help. These Passover products range from funny, to gross, to just plain ridiculous. They are absolutely unnecessary, but fun nonetheless, and may bring a little levity to an otherwise solemn holiday.  Read more →

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Apr 7 2014

News Roundup: Can Electroconvulsive Therapy Help Children With Autism?

By at 4:24 pm

 All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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-One mother shares her experience using electroconvulsive therapy to soothe her child with autism. Once debilitated by violent outbursts, today her son plays well with his siblings and is even learning Hebrew. (Slate)

-The New York Times published a guide for women on how to ask for a raise, explaining that they are at a higher risk of sounding demanding and unlikeable. (New York Times)

-One dad makes the case for using piggy banks to teach your child fiscal responsibility, but not savings accounts, which kids see as punishment. (Motherlode)

-Melanie Notkin on the awkward conversations that happen at the seder table when you are over 40, childless, and single. (JTA)

-Over one million Evenflo carseats have been recalled due to a problematic seat belt which gets stuck easily, making it difficult to retrieve the baby. (NBC)

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Apr 7 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Hiding My Same-Sex Marriage & More Reader Responses

By at 3:37 pm

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from four Kveller readers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Rita Collins:

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I think twice about telling co-workers or customers that I’m married to a person of the same sex when I meet them. When they talk freely about their spouses of the opposite sex sometimes I feel like I’m shackled by fear of their reaction, especially if they are very religious (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or otherwise). I need an exodus from my own self-conscious embarrassment that is only brought on by me. Some will support and some will treat me with disdain, but that isn’t the fear I need to be free from…it is the fear that the ones who treat me with disdain are right. I need to love openly with a full heart and know that they are wrong and then it won’t matter to me what they or anyone thinks. I’m a woman, and I love my wife and I love our children. Read more →

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Apr 7 2014

The Disturbing Reaction to a Certain NY Mets Player’s Paternity Leave

By at 1:47 pm

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When NY Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy, got word that his pregnant wife’s water broke on Sunday night, March 30th, he traveled from New York to their home in Florida, arriving in time for the birth of his first-born child, Noah, via C-section. Murphy then took the three days paternity leave permitted for Major League Baseball players to be with his wife before returning to the team. He missed two games including the Mets home opener.

Murphy has now come under fire on a few radio shows for choosing to be with his wife instead of immediately rejoining the team.

I immediately felt a fire within myself when I heard this criticism. Read more →

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Apr 7 2014

Mama’s First Brisket: A Passover Tale

By at 11:30 am

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This Passover, I’m in charge of the brisket.

In our family, briskets are served steaming with a large measure of pride and a pinch of vanity.

In my house growing up, holidays meant eating in the dining room on the large chairs with rose velvet cushions, and using our fancy china with tiny pink flowers. And despite the fact that my father always bought my mother a gigantic bouquet of flowers on the eve of a holiday, the brisket was the real centerpiece of our dining room table. Read more →

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Apr 7 2014

Free Stuff Alert: Ten Plagues Nail Decals

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Seder meal planned? Perfect haggadah chosen? House perfectly clean?

Great. Now all you have to do is your nails.

We’re huge fans of Midrash Manicures, by far the most creative take on Jewish education out there, and their Ten Plagues Nail Decals are sure to make a statement at your Passover seder, and are loved by both kids and adults alike.

We’ve got one set to give away to one lucky winner. To enter, fill out the form below and we’ll choose a winner tomorrow morning. So act fast, and good luck!

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Apr 4 2014

Kveller Hits of the Week: April 1-4

By at 2:59 pm

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-My Exodus: Emerging From The Financial Ruin of Divorce Better and Stronger. Many readers were moved by Pia Kutten’s strength and optimism in this piece about going through a difficult divorce followed by financial trouble and eventual foreclosure on her home.

-As My Son Turns 18, Looking Back On a Life With Autism. A mom recalls the first 18 years of her son’s life with autism. With time, she learned to change her expectations for him, accepting that he would never serve in the Israeli army and would not celebrate his 18th birthday with a daiquiri, as she had.

-Mayim Bialik: Why Knott’s Berry Farm Is So Much Better Than Disneyland. Between the vegan food options, smaller crowds, and Snoopy, Mayim recommends Knott’s Berry Farm over Disneyland any day.

-My Husband and I Switched Sides of the Bed (and Our Marriage Survived!). This one little trick managed to liven up one woman’s daily routine and change her outlook on life completely.

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Apr 4 2014

What’s Your Exodus: Breaking Free from Tabloids, Guilty Me-Time & Irritability

By at 1:12 pm

As Passover approaches, we asked our readers and writers: What do you need an exodus from? Today we hear from three more Kveller writers as part of our “What’s Your Exodus?” series. 

From Jenn Meer:

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This year, dear Lord please deliver me from my addiction to gossip-y, celebrity “news” magazines. They have zero mental nutritional value and now that my son is in kindergarten, he is beginning to learn how to read. And there is only so much information about Juan Pablo that I’m comfortable with him knowing at age 6. Plus, I catch my daughter staring more and more at the women in the pages and I wonder if even at her young age, she is already beginning to compare herself to those scantily-clad Kardashians. This troubles me.

So goodbye you candy-colored tabloid! I am breaking free from your addictive weeklies. Besides, you were never good for me. And also, I can usually read most of your heart-shaped columns in the grocery express line anyway. Read more →

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Apr 4 2014

What Not To Do When You Think Your Child Has Lice

By at 11:33 am

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It was a typical weeknight. My son was having dinner while I was tackling my leftover work emails and sorting through the coupon mailer. In fact, it was actually one of those rare evenings where the ratio of food in the child’s mouth to food on the floor was pretty favorable. Things were looking good until I noticed that in between bites, my son seemed to be aggressively scratching his head.

At first I assumed he’d gotten food in his hair–a feat he’s managed on many an occasion. But upon further inspection, I saw nothing of the sort.

After dinner the scratching persisted. And the more he scratched, the more I came to face the realization that we were probably dealing with our first-ever lice infestation. I mean, the kid goes to daycare, so it was bound to happen at some point, right? Only instead of taking a productive, level-headed approach to the situation, I opted to do the thing that came naturally: I freaked out. Read more →

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