My older daughter is growing up, as those pesky kids tend to do, and over the last six months or so (she just turned 5), she has gotten more particular about her food. Not picky, because she remains…a good eater--but she has strong opinions about what she wants to eat. Which is super fun. Some parents insist on making one dish for dinner and never deviating; other parents make two or three versions of dinner to satisfy everyone (like mine had to do with my very picky brother). Neither of those options… >> Read More
Our sages say, “No flour, no Torah.” And so it is with raising children. No food: no peace. A milkshake and a nap – the secret ingredients to family tranquility. Fill their bellies–like God…did for the wandering Israelites in that harsh desert so long ago–and then, maybe, you can talk and reason and enjoy each other. Bring the food on--regularly, quickly, deliciously. Entice them with things they like to eat, things they look forward to eating, and perhaps then a discussion can ensue. Get the family around the… >> Read More
I just got another evite to a bridal shower, asking me to write my favorite family recipe on an index card and bring it as a special gift from me to the bride-to-be.
It’s a nice thought, but it…raises a few challenges. 1. I don’t have any index cards. The last time I used them was in the last century, when I was writing research papers and needed to keep track of who said what so quotations could be accurately attributed. The memories are not fond, and I didn’t keep any of those… >> Read More
When Mother's Day rolls around everyone winds themselves up in a frenzy of gifts and cards and planning: What are we doing for Mother's Day? Lets go to brunch! Let's host brunch! How many annoying…family members are coming? What kinds of gifts should we buy for everyone? And you know what I really want? A day by myself at the spa, and to let everyone else go cook brunch and chase after the kids sans mom. But, knowing that isn't entirely realistic, this year I am proposing a compromise: a… >> Read More
We are a lucky family to live in 2017 sans major food allergies. Okay, I am allergic to cashews and pistachios, but hey, those are like the most expensive nuts anyways.
But there are so many…families who have truly trying allergies and food sensitives to navigate: gluten, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and/or dairy. We want to make dinner, and especially Shabbat dinner, just a smidge easier for you folks dealing with this. So this round-up is for you. Don't forget to post your favorite recipes too! CHALLAH The Ultimate… >> Read More