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May 6 2014

Mayim Bialik: Here Goes My Experiment With Juicing

By at 4:58 pm

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I am not one to follow trends. I dress however I want (when not in front of a camera), I don’t shave my legs (never have), I don’t watch TV or read any magazines to know what’s “hip” fashion-wise. I’m not trendy at all.

But there is a trend going on now in these here parts that I am partaking in (do trends even “go on”? I’m so not a trendy person, I don’t even know what to call it!).

I am juicing. Yup. Juicing. Mind you, I’m vegan, but I don’t always eat as healthy and clean as I want to. You can be vegan and still eat a lot of unhealthy processed foods. From time to time, ever since I had my second son, I have done a few days of raw eating here and there, and I’ve found it works wonders for resetting my digestive system and helping my palette reset so that I don’t crave salty and chocolate all the blessed minutes of every blessed day.  Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 17 2014

Mayim Bialik: Nothing is Sweeter Than Little Voices Singing At the Seder

By at 1:58 pm

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I feel like I can’t even put two sentences together. Passover has me worked. I’m tired of cooking, I’m tired of not being able to eat out (I know, I am spoiled, I know!) My stomach already hurts from matzah. That set in literally 24 hours into the holiday. Okay: I’m done kvetching. I just had to put that out there.

And, oh, here’s my lunch from the set of “The Big Bang Theory” the other day.

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Mmmmmm. Matzah. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 10 2014

Mayim Bialik: After An Abnormal Week, A Normal Weekend With My Boys

By at 1:03 pm

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Oh, Adar.

Adar is the month of the Jewish calendar we are in, and it is the month when Purim falls. Purim is the holiday of merry-making, things being turned upside-down, things not being what they seem, desires revealed, identities shifting, and the reminder that a month from now, kitchens will be turned upside down as we prepare for Passover, with all of its delightful obsessive-compulsive cleaning and fastidiousness.

This month for me has definitely been Adar-ish. Lots of shifting of identities, and feeling upside down and trying to right myself. Caring for my sons amidst a book tour that has taken me away from them more than I like has been hard for us all, and we are trying to recalibrate.

Since I have always claimed I am a normal mom, I wanted to share some pictures of a normal mom weekend with my boys. Here’s how it shook down. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 3 2014

Win an Autographed Copy of “Mayim’s Vegan Table” Plus a VIP Gift Bag

By at 12:22 pm

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*Scroll down to the end of this post to enter to win a fabulous VIP giveaway from Mayim’s book release party.

We had a party for my book release last week. PETA hosted it in Los Angeles at their Bob Barker building in hipster Echo Park. We held it on the rooftop, which was amazing because it literally poured rain the night before and we had started the plans to move the party inside. But the skies parted, we held our party outside under the cover of heat lamps, and it started raining again literally an hour after the party ended. Perfect!

BabyCakes

Babycakes gave us vegan cupcakes to serve. Greenbar gave us vodka for bartenders to make drinks with. He’Brew gave us kosher beer. We had incredible catered vegan food by my friend Chef Ali, who also contributed some recipes to the book. Ali made BBQ seitan on mini cornbread, mac and cheez bites, vegan goat cheese with balsamic onions over crackers, mini black bean burgers, and buffalo wing tater tots with blue cheese dressing (those were my favorite!). Yum. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

Jan 7 2014

Mayim Bialik Update from Israel: The West Bank, The Kotel, The Family

By at 11:28 am

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After my initial time with my not religious family on the kibbutz, I spent the rest of my time on this trip with my religious family in the West Bank. Trying to avoid politics and religion with anyone in Israel is a challenge, and even moreso with my religious family! But we had a great time. Here are some highlights.

1. The Kotel

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I always visit the Kotel (Western Wall) whenever I come to Israel. This time was very emotional. I thought it wouldn’t be, since my religious life and observance are in a constant state of emotional flux this past year or so and I didn’t know if I would feel “it,” whatever “it” is. Well, I felt it. It’s kind of indescribable, and it may come from so many people so devoted to one space and concept in space and time. The wall seems to throb with some sort of passion. It hums and it moans and it speaks to us. It’s the remnant of so much and the hope for so much. It’s a powerful place indeed.  Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 25 2013

Watch This College Student Nail How it Feels to be a Woman

By at 2:46 pm

My bestie sent me this video of a young woman reciting a poem about her family, but it’s more about how women get messages about eating, speaking up, and just creating space in homes, families, and our culture.

It’s a really worthwhile few minutes to watch this and send it on to a woman you love who is maybe struggling with knowing her place or finding her place; or any woman you respect and think might appreciate how well these issues are articulated here.

via Upworthy

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Oct 11 2013

Exclusive Sneak Peek of My New Cookbook “Mayim’s Vegan Table”

By at 9:54 am

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As those of you who have been reading Kveller for a long time and/or following The Official Mayim Bialik Page on Facebook know, I love to cook and bake. I have written about my grandmother’s legacy of teaching my mother to cook and bake (and also clean a sink like nobody’s business) who in turn taught me to cook and bake (and clean a sink like nobody’s business) and I have many times posted pretty pictures of some of the dishes I cook and bake. Of special note is my Fruit Face post but that’s not the best example of my cooking, I promise.

I love turning traditional Jewish foods vegan without sparing the deliciousness or “heimishe” taste of so many dishes I grew up with: rugelach, babka, sufganiyot, latkes, tzimmes, kugels, hamantaschen… I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that just because I am vegan, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to still make delicious food that suits all of my ethnic and gustatory needs, as well as those of my friends and family. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 11 2013

Single Mom, Out to Dinner with the Boys

By at 12:49 pm

avocado sushiEver have a meal like this with your kids?

I went with my boys to their favorite Japanese place for dinner last night. There was some debating in the car with my older son about why I order them brown rice sushi when he prefers white rice sushi. I explained that brown rice has more “muscle power” than white, but that we can order one order of brown rice avocado sushi and one order of white rice sushi and that’s a good compromise. He seemed okay with it.

Cut to dinner…  Read the rest of this entry →

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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