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Apr 11 2014

Inside Mayim Bialik’s Amazingly Organized Passover Plans

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Mayim Bialik: My Obscenely Organized Plan for Passover

Passover begins Monday night with the first of two seders. Because of my work schedule, I can’t host the seders this year. My ex-husband has generously offered to host in his house for the first time.

How? What? Why? Seriously?!

My ex and I decided even before our divorce was publicly announced that we would put our kids’ needs first as much as humanly possible, which we decided meant including each other in holidays and family events as much as possible. As I discussed here last year, last Passover was the first Passover since my divorce, and my ex and his mom and my parents and my uncle and our kids all celebrated together.

In this past year, we have spent holidays such as Thanksgiving together (and with each other’s parents!), we have attended weddings together from respective sides of our families, and we have even done things like go to Disneyland with our kids (and my ex’s mom) and take them to their first movie together. It’s not always 100% comfortable, but as far as our kids are concerned, it is. They know we’re divorced, I promise. The whole two houses, two sets of sneakers, two toothbrushes, and shlepping toys and dolls and Hebrew homework back and forth makes it really clear that we are divorced. Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 2 2014

Mayim Bialik: Why Knott’s Berry Farm Is So Much Better Than Disneyland

By at 11:23 am

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Remember when I took my kids to Disneyland with my ex? And remember how I am kind of a Scrooge and didn’t really enjoy it that much? Well, I took my kids to Knott’s Berry Farm and Amusement Park (home of “Camp Snoopy,” the littler kids section of the amusement park) last weekend without the ex.

Here’s why it was better. And no, it wasn’t better because the ex wasn’t there. I actually really could have used an extra set of hands since Little Man wanted to be held practically the entire time. And no, Knott’s isn’t paying me to say this. I bought my tickets off of some website where things are less expensive than at the ticket counter like all of you.

1. Knott’s is smaller. Square footage, diameter, circumference; you name it and Knott’s has a smaller number before any of those measurements. And that made it more manageable for sure. I could hold the images of the layout of the park in my head all at once, I didn’t get lost, I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the size. It was smaller and sometimes smaller is better. Like now. Talking about Knott’s. Read the rest of this entry →

Mar 3 2014

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

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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!

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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 21 2014

Mayim Bialik Eats a Bagel

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Here is Mayim eating a vegan cream cheese bagel in New York City (via Instagram). She is in town promoting her new cookbook Mayim’s Vegan Table. Get it here!

Feb 17 2014

Top 7 Highlights from Mayim Bialik’s Appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher”

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7 highlights from Mayim Bialik's appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher

Backstage at the Bill Maher show.

 

I was on “Real Time with Bill Maher” last Friday, Valentine’s Day. Here are the highlights:

1. Bill.

I like Bill Maher quite a bit. So being a guest on his show was extra pressure because I like him and respect him and didn’t want to come off like a dolt.

2. The Other Dudes.

Um. Jeremy Scahill? You are seriously smart. Like really smart. You remind me of my UCLA Marxism professor I had a huge crush on because he was super duper serious and cerebral and you didn’t know if he ever laughed but you wanted to be the girl who made him laugh. Never mind. I have issues. Anyway. Jeremy Scahill and Eric Klinenberg and Dylan Ratigan? You’re all super smart. Bill Nye the Science Guy as the first guest? Super duper smart and eloquent. Didn’t want to come off like a dolt in front of these men.

3. A Natural Woman.

I am very sensitive to situations where I feel so… female. Like on the Bill Maher show. I was especially nervous about coming off like a dolt because then people might say, “Oh, that woman said something dumb.” 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

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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 →

Nov 21 2013

Mayim Bialik’s Face on a Vegetarian US Postage Stamp

By at 4:17 pm

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It’s so unbelievably weird and cool and it feels so weird to type this, but here goes: I’m on a postage stamp! PETA, the largest organization in the world supporting vegetarian and vegan choices, has asked me to join an extremely impressive group of fellow vegetarians and vegans to be on a sheet of postage stamps. I know, it’s crazy.

Also, I have to point out that Morrissey is just two row downs and one over. Why hello there!

Get them here.

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Nov 14 2013

Sneek Peek at the Bialik Family Thanksgivukkah Menu

By at 1:57 pm

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I’m not always the best daughter. Sometimes I’m impatient, short-tempered, bossy, and annoyed with my mother. I work hard to promptly apologize to my mother when I’ve not behaved nicely but I admit that I don’t always do that perfectly either. I may be able to make up for every prickly thing I’ve ever said or done to my mother with this post, because I would like to talk about how she prepares for holidays such as Thanksgivukkah, which happens in a few weeks.

My mom is a great cook. Her Hungarian mother was also a great cook and I bet my grandmother’s mother was a good cook too, and so on, all the way back. My mother specializes in all kinds of food but her presentation, her attention to detail, and the joy with which she cooks and serves food are also noteworthy.

Since I had my first son eight years ago, my mother has started the mini-tradition of writing up menus before holidays. This serves a dual purpose. She is a Type A list-maker and, thus, making menus satisfies her list making needs. Secondly, she likes me to consult about the menu, make changes as needed, and select which items I will be helping with. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 5 2013

Top 7 Things I Learned from Our Shabbat Sleepover

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As I have written about here, I have started taking my sons on approximately once-a-month family Shabbat sleepovers to religious neighborhoods in Los Angeles. We stay with friends/acquaintances who aren’t intimidated by the fact that we’re vegan, my sons bring along their little travel KidKits, and we learn about another family and how they celebrate Shabbat.

This past weekend, we had our Shabbat sleepover in a very religious neighborhood. Like even more religious than I am used to, which you would probably describe as Moderate Modern Orthodox. This was not that. Everyone was very nice and welcoming, and I didn’t feel unwelcome at all, but it was very different from what I’m used to. It was more like ultra-Orthodox. Streimels, you know, those big furry black hats. And I might have been the only woman I saw with my hair peeking out from under my tichel (headscarf), since all of the women in this neighborhood wear expensive sheitls (wigs) or hats with no hair showing.

Here are the Top 7 Things I learned this past weekend.

1. Heads Up. Some women never uncover their heads. Like ever. Meaning: they even sleep with their heads covered. There’s a whole reason, it’s not just someone misunderstanding the rules of halakha (Jewish law). The woman who described it to me is a very educated, smart, and interesting person. I had never met someone who never uncovers her head except in the shower, literally. Fascinating. 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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