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Feb 11 2014

Exclusive Sneak Peak: Nondairy Kugel Recipe From My Cookbook, “Mayim’s Vegan Table”

By at 1:27 pm

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Kugel is a popular casserole in Eastern European Jewish homes, and comes in many varieties. This vegan version of a dairy kugel is cheesy and rich. It tastes a bit like macaroni and cheese—in fact, this is quite similar, but with a touch of sour cream for that classic and slightly tart kugel taste. Serve as a side dish or eat as a main course.

1 (16-ounce) package pasta, such as farfalle, shells, or large macaroni

1/2 onion, diced (optional)

1 1/4 cups nondairy milk (almond milk works well)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or white or brown rice flour

1 (8-ounce) package shredded vegan cheese, preferably mozzarella or cheddar

3 tablespoons vegan margarine

3 tablespoons vegan sour cream

1/2 cup bread crumbs (optional)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. When al dente, drain and place in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the onion, if desired, with the cooked pasta.

Heat 1 cup of the nondairy milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

In a cup, whisk the flour into the remaining 1/4 cup of milk until dissolved. Add it slowly to the heated milk, whisking as you go. Add the shredded vegan cheese and stir constantly until the cheese dissolves and the sauce is bubbly, about 5 minutes. Add the margarine and vegan sour cream to the sauce and stir to combine. Pour over the pasta mixture and mix well.

Place in a 9 × 13-inch casserole dish and cover with the bread crumbs. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes, until heated through. Uncover and broil until browned on top, about 5 minutes.

From Mayim’s Vegan Table: More Than 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours by Mayim Bialik. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books.

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Feb 10 2014

Mayim’s Vegan Cookbook is Out Tomorrow

By at 1:40 pm

vegan-table-preorder-ad1I wrote a vegan cookbook called Mayim’s Vegan Table with pediatrician and pediatric nutritionist Dr. Jay Gordon. It comes out tomorrow. You can get it at bookstores and online on Amazon.

Here are the Top 4 Questions I am always being asked about the book and this phase of my life.

1. Will there be a book tour?

Yes and no. De Capo Press is my publisher and I do what they say. They are sending me to New York in a few weeks to do press there during a hiatus week from “The Big Bang Theory.” I will be on “The Today Show” and also Katie Couric and Wendy Williams’ shows. I will do a ton of local press, phone interviews, print interviews, and stuff like that. I know that when some books come out, the authors go all over the place to sell it, but this is what my publisher has planned for me. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 7 2014

Hits of the Week from Kveller: February 3-7

By at 3:20 pm

This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.

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-Two-kid world vs. Orthodox World. A fascinating pair of posts this week explore the challenges of having a large family when societal expectations differ wildly from place to place. Jordana described how her suburban New Jersey enclave does understand or even try to accommodate her five-kid brood, while Ruchi responded with her experiences raising seven children in an Orthodox community, where large families are the norm.

-Ten Ways Winter Makes Moms Feel Crappy About Themselves.  Tamara’s post about all the inevitable kid disasters that occur in winter that make us feel like substandard parents resonated with a lot of readers. Between gloves that never stay on, germaphobia, and endless T.V. marathons, this winter just won’t let up! Stay warm, people–we’ll get through this together.

-Mayim Heads to Kentucky for her Biggest Speaking Engagement Yet. The actress talks acting, academia and neuroscience at Morehead State University for 3000 people. She also jogged in frigid temperatures!

-My Son on the Autistic Spectrum is Going to Day School. Benay shares her success at mainstreaming her little boy into a Jewish day school, despite her earlier predictions. This week, he celebrated his first siddur ceremony–Mazel Tov, Benay!

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Mayim Bialik’s Behind-the-Scenes Take of Amy & Sheldon’s First “Big Bang” Kiss

By at 1:48 pm

Behind the scenes of Amy and Sheldon's first "Big Bang" kiss

If you saw last night’s Valentine’s Day episode of The Big Bang Theory, I assume you might still be swooning… Yes, Sheldon kissed Amy. For real. The way mommies and daddies do.

Here are some behind-the-scene tidbits from last night’s episode.

1. The Train

The train set was built right on our stage, complete with “train movements” which made me slightly nauseated. We filmed every scene you saw twice, in 180 degree rotations. It’s a long complicated director’s story as to why we filmed it like that, but suffice it to say we filmed a 14-hour day in that train set and it was a long 14 hours. But I think it came out great from what I hear.

2. Friends 

What made the 14 hours fly by was that all of the scenes were with Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, and Jim Parsons. While our entire cast gets along swimmingly, the combination of the four of us made the hours seem like minutes. We had a blast all day and Simon makes me laugh so hard on a regular basis. We also had interesting heavy conversations on breaks throughout the day, including a discussion of some interesting Jewish philosophical ideas. Yeah, that happened. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 3 2014

Mayim Bialik in Kentucky for Her Biggest Speaking Engagement Yet

By at 11:54 am

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I spoke at Morehead State University last week for about 3,000 people. That’s the most people I have ever spoken for! I have done a lot of speaking engagements, but this was actually the first I have done since my divorce I think. (I’ll check with Fancy Assistant Brandon.) I have missed speaking and this was a great first talk after a break of almost a year.

Morehead State is in Kentucky, but I stayed in Cincinnati since that’s where the only direct flight to Los Angeles was. My talk focused on academia and the choices I made to become an actress, the choices I made to become a neuroscientist, and the choices I made that led me back to the world of acting.

A few neat things happened on this trip. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 29 2014

Sitting Courtside at a UCLA Basketball Game… With the Ex

By at 12:50 pm

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I took my ex-husband to a UCLA basketball game last weekend. I mean, we went together. But I got the floor seats and the VIP wristbands. So it felt like me taking him.

Why did I do this?

1. Him

The ex loves UCLA sports. We were friends at UCLA for a year and a half before we started dating and we dated for five years before we got married. (Newsflash for those of you who don’t know: we were married nine years and got divorced a year and change ago). Anyway, I never knew him to miss a UCLA game the whole time we were students. He slept on the pavement outside Pauley Pavilion to get good seats (I joined him in this ritual once and only once), he had special t-shirts he wore for games, he won a really nice Swiss Army watch and the CD player I still possess in a “supershot” half-time competition once, he knew every player’s name and shoe size, he knew all of the student section chants…he was a HUGE UCLA fan. I wanted to give him the VIP experience of sitting first row on the floor of the new Pauley Pavilion. So that’s why I asked him to come. Yeah, we’re divorced. Yeah, it’s stressful sometimes. But he loves this and I wanted to share that with him. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 24 2014

Hits of the Week from Kveller: Jan 20-24

By at 11:41 am

      This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.

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Mayim Bialik: Recap & Pictures from the 2014 Sag Awards. Although Mayim didn’t win a SAG award last weekend, she still had an awesome time! Here’s Mayim getting decked out for the event–hair, dress, makeup–the works! And of course, an official “Mayim Selfie” at the award show.

Mitzvah Notes For Mommy. In Ariel’s daughter preschool class, the teacher instructed parents to write “mitzvah notes” chronicling their children’s good deeds. This inspired Ariel to write a list of things he appreciates about his wife. Good idea right? Let’s get this “mitzvah note” trend started.

A Second Chance at Jewish Preschool For My Son with Special Needs. When Shira’s son was diagnosed with Autism, she feared he would never be able to receive the sense of “Jewishness” she grew up with as a child. Luckily, she found an “inclusive” school which is helping to increase the accessibility of Jewish education for families of children with special needs.

Need Some Naming Inspiration? Here are the Top Israeli Baby Names. Looking for an original name for your baby-to-be? The Israel Central Bureau of statistics recently released a list of the top baby names of 2012–a bit late, we know. From Noa, to Shira, to Yair, there’s a big chance you’ll stumble upon the perfect name for your baby!

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Jan 23 2014

Why I Never Force My Kids to Kiss Their Grandparents (Or Anyone Else)

By at 11:56 am

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Now that awards season is over, I am pretty sure it’s OK and authentic to say that I am tired of writing about dresses, SPANX, and expectations of wins and losses. I feel like writing about parenting again. So here we go.

I read a piece on the internet about whether or not to “force” children to kiss their parents or grandparents (or anyone else for that matter). It included the author’s decision to let her child know that when she gets kisses she’s “happy mama” and when she doesn’t get kisses, she’s “sad mama.” Argh. Yeah, that is so not my parenting philosophy or vernacular, but what do I know?

Here’s the thing. The thing about truth is that it’s true. The thing about parenting is that everything seems to change with every situation and it’s sometimes hard to tell what “true” is. I’d like to take this example of children not wanting to kiss certain people as an example of when truth trumps parenting. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 21 2014

Mayim Bialik: Recap & Pictures from the 2014 Sag Awards

By at 11:15 am

Not to belabor the losing point, but I did not win a SAG award this weekend, nor did Jim Parsons, nor did our show. That’s just the way it goes, it’s an honor just to be nominated, blah blah blah, I know.

Here are some photos from my evening nonetheless.

Getting ready with Robert Ramos (hair), stylist Alison M. Kahn (clothing stylist), and make-up extravaganza Linda Cowan (who does my make-up on The Big Bang Theory).

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The lipstick choices Linda provided me with. I had no clue what to wear, so she picked.

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Me with Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch at the awards.

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Me at the awards, my official selfie of the night. Read the rest of this entry →

Jan 17 2014

Hits of the Week from Kveller: Jan 13 – 17

By at 2:44 pm

     This week’s most popular posts, in case you missed them.

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#ThrowbackThursday with Mayim Bialik and Cyndi Lauper. This is the best #TBT ever. Here’s an adorable picture of 10-year-old Mayim posing with Cyndi Lauper in overalls on Melrose.

14 Things You Should Know Before Getting Married. Renee and her husband just celebrated their 40th anniversary. In light of their long and successful marriage, she put together a list of all the things married people should know before saying “I do.”

I’m Glad to Be Done with Breastfeeding. Jordana is officially done with breastfeeding. Because even if “breast is best,” if it’s driving mama clinically insane, that’s not best for anyone.

Top 10 Ways to Respond to People Who Ask if You’re Pregnant (When You’re Not). Ever been asked if you were pregnant when you weren’t? We asked our readers how they would respond to such a bold question, and the results were hilarious!

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About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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