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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

farfalle

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 →

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

mayim bialik vegan thanksvigukkah menu

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

By at 11:54 am

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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 →

Oct 11 2013

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

By at 9:54 am

mayim's vegan table

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 →

Oct 8 2013

Experimenting with Shabbat Sleepovers

By at 12:11 pm

mayim bialik sons kidkits shabbat

As I have talked about here on Kveller quite a bit, I love Shabbat. I love turning off anything electronic for 25 hours, not working, not driving anywhere, having leisurely meals, taking a nap while my sons play hopefully safely and sort of quietly nearby. Oh yeah: I also love celebrating the miraculous religious experience of echoing God’s cessation of labor by engaging in the blessed Sabbath; it’s not just the hanging out and napping and not working, although those are pretty awesome too and sometimes seem more needed than the religious ecstasy.

What I don’t love is that I don’t currently live in a neighborhood with other Shabbat-observant Jews. I am not in a position to move just now, and so Shabbats are often “home days” with my kids. Sometimes we walk to synagogue but the closest one is about an hour’s walk away and since we don’t know anywhere well enough to eat after synagogue, we end up walking longer than we even stay in synagogue. And some of us get tired and cranky and hungry. And sometimes so do my kids.

What I have decided to start doing since my divorce is to try and take my kids to a Shabbat-observant neighborhood once a month and stay over for all of Shabbat. I don’t find driving in the spirit of Shabbat, even if it’s just to go to synagogue. It forces me to engage with streetlights, roads, people, traffic, and other things which do not make me feel the peace of Shabbat. I know some people drive on Shabbat and that’s fine for them, but it has never felt right since I took on observing Shabbat the way I currently prefer to. Read the rest of this entry →

May 28 2013

My 5-Year-Old Thinks Vegan & Jewish are the Same Thing

By at 12:51 pm

christmas lightsMy younger son is coming up on 5 years old. As I’ve discussed here, he was very late to talk and really only started speaking in the past nine months or so.

This means I get a lot of mature questions from a not very mature vocabulary or set of linguistics. Meaning: his brain is almost 5 but his vocabulary and sentence structure and the notion of speaking itself is still catching up.

This presents as the following: I get a ton of adorable great questions about where babies come from, why is the sun sunny, what is body hair for, and things like that. It’s wonderful to see how Fred’s brain has been working all of this time and has been waiting for his language to emerge organically. Read the rest of this entry →

May 13 2013

What Does a Vegan Celebrity Eat in Paris?

By at 2:05 pm

mayim bialik in parisI was in Paris last week for a photo shoot for CBS Watch magazine.

We did a vintage couture retro photo shoot at Hotel Le Bristol. It was very high fashion; big hats, gloves, posing awkwardly like I’m a 6 foot tall 120 pound model in Vogue magazine or something. It was crazy and super strange to be the “model” mostly because I am only 5’4″ and haven’t weighed 120 pounds since my Sweet 16. But it was also neat. And once I got my passport and actually arrived in Paris, it turned out to be a nice trip, if brief. Because I forgot my passport and had to have it overnighted and thus my trip got cut short by a day.  Read the rest of this entry →

Apr 22 2013

What My 7-Year-Old Has to Say about Earth Day

By at 11:24 am

reduce reuse recycleToday is Earth Day. I asked my 7 1/2 year old son what the main ways are that we make the planet a better place. He dictated the following:

1. Pick up trash. When you see trash on the ground or at the beach or anywhere, pick it up. And put it in the trash.

2. Recycle. Put bottles in the recycle bin and then they get crushed up to use for other things. You also can recycle newspapers and cans and paper.  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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