Sunday, October 31, 2010

Don’t throw the bride out with the brother - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Don’t throw the bride out with the brother - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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TV on the road

No, it's not about portable televisions. Today, we took a trip out to a place on the North shore I hope to tell you about with pictures when I have time to get into more detail. But on the way back, we stopped for gas at a Gulf station where there was a TV at the pump. I've never seen it before.  So I Googled it and found http://www.gstv.com/.   The selling point for the gas stations is "enhance your customers' fueling experience with GSTV, resulting in increased traffic and higher C-store sales."  But of course, the money is in advertising, and GSTV claims that it "reaches the consumer 'off the couch' and ready to take action. Advertisers can target receptive audiences, influence and motivate purchasing decisions." I don't know, just because you are on the road doesn't mean you're going to set right out to buy what you've seen advertised.  Actually, what seemed to be on was a cooking show, so in the couple of minutes we were pumping gas, I didn't register any ads at all.  But it may be effective in advertising the snacks, drinks, and lottery tickets that are usually available for sale right on the spot in the station's convenience store.




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Thursday, October 28, 2010

A different kind of balanced budget

See the problem of dwindling finances as a result of multiple weddings and what to do about it at  http://www.examiner.com/jewish-bridal-in-new-york/is-paying-half-fair

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Bridal makeup tips

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Divrei Chaim: two journeys

Divrei Chaim: two journeys: "Too much work, not enough time for this. Enough said – so I’m behind. Commenting on the spelling of “ohalo” with an added hey, as if it sh..."

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Kallah Magazine: the blog by the editor of the magazine intended for intelligent readers: Higher education: don't go into it for the money

Kallah Magazine: the blog by the editor of the magazine intended for intelligent readers: Higher education: don't go into it for the money: "From instapundit.com who got it from postsecret. See Visit my site www.kallahmagazine.com -- not just for kallahs. You can also see posts ..."

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Higher education: don't go into it for the money


From instapundit.com who got it from postsecret.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Review of the cookbook you could win

  I have to admit, I have been 20-something for some time, so I do not make up the target audience for Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings. As a parent, though, I do have access to some teens.  So I had a couple of my daughters look it over.  Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Something  is a beautifully presented book. Glossy, full color  photos -- one full page for each of the 100 recipes plus additional one for the party/entertaining ideas section at the end -- showcase the recipes and ideas to great effect and make a very attractive book.

The illustrations, certainly, do inspire this groups to call out, "Let's make this!"  Some of the recipes are very easy to prepare from basic ingredients, like Salami and Egg Scramble, White Graham Clusters, and the aptly named Easy Fudge.  My daughter tackled the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sticks, which delivered a rich, chocolate flavor, and the Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast.  The latter recipe she adapted for one serving, so we did not all sample it, but she maintains it was good.

While the cookbook includes a section entitled "Healthy Eating Tips," followed by "Special Diet Needs" to explain the codes included for nut-free, gluten-free, etc.  the recipes themselves do not include nutrition facts like calories, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, and salt content, which would have been good information to have for planning a healthful menu beyond the general guideline of including some vegetables and proteins, along with carbohydrates in a meal.

For the cooks who fall into the 20-something category,  there are also far more ambitious dishes to appeal to a more sophisticated palate and cook like Portobello Burgers, Mushroom-Crusted Roast Beef, or Garlic Rosemary Filet Split.  That recipe calls for Worcestershire sauce, so the book contains a warning about the level of fish found in the sauce given the kosher concern of mixing fish and meat.  What surprised me, though, was that there is no warning among the recipes that call for Parmesan cheese that hard cheese (as Parmesan may be categorized, according to some authorities) requires a 6 hour wait until one can have meat or poultry dishes.  There are, actually, a surprising number of dairy dishes here, including soups, pasta, vegetables, quiches, and desserts.  Kosher cookbooks tend to stay more on the parve side, so if you want some inspiration for special occasion dairy meals, you may want to try some of the utterly tempting looking recipes, like No-Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake or the Chocolate Tart in Pretzel Crust.


You may want to consider this attractive book as a gift for someone who already possesses cooking skills and would like some inspiration beyond the standard meat and potatoes dishes of heimish style kosher cookbooks.



*To save 10% on the cover price of $29.99 and get FREE shipping in the continental U.S (perfect if you want to send out the book as a gift to someone who is not close to home), be sure to  enter the coupon code KBDBLOG at checkout at at ArtScroll.com –.. Find more reviews and giveaway contests at Kosher by Design Teens &; 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation aimed at the young and digital-savvy fast-food generation and those who cook for them. Susie Fishbein loves to share her passion for cooking and entertaining with friends and family. Her enthusiasm for food and entertaining led to the creation of her best-selling cookbook, Kosher by Design, published in 2003 by ArtScrollShaar Press. For more recipes and updates, visit the blog or connect with  Facebookand Twitter.

To enter to win a FREE copy delivered right to you, enter by filling out the survey at Win a Kosher by Design Cookbook!     In order to be eligible, the the email should include some feedback on Kallah Magazine, specifically in response to the latest issue, at http://issuu.com/ariellabrown/docs/fall10.You can also enter via comment. Facebook member can add themselves to the people listed at  http://www.facebook.com/KallahMagazine?ref=nf and leave a helpful comment on the wall.    

** Note you could see another review by Mother in Israel and another contest entry at http://www.amotherinisrael.com/review-giveaway-kosher-design-teens-20somethings/
And another review from Israel from Batya Medad at http://me-ander.blogspot.com/2010/10/kosher-by-design-teens-20-somethings.html  You can see the recipe for carrot sticks in the review by Miriyummym who bounced it off some teens and twentysomethings, at http://miriyummy.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/a-miriyummy-cookbook-review-kosher-by-design-teens-and-20-somethings/



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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Marriage and Facebook: an unhappy mix? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Marriage and Facebook: an unhappy mix? - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Disasters averted

This is the story of my morning -- actually less than 2 hours of it.
One of my daughters missed the bus to school.  Naturally, she expected I would driver her.  We went into the car, started the engine and heard "clack, clack, clack."  In other words, it didn't start. So I put in a call to Chaverim.  As a dispatcher, I was able to log directly into the system and enter the information rather than dictating it to someone else on phone duty at the time. Someone got to our house within 5 minutes. (Warning:  speaking as a dispatcher, I can tell you it is unrealistic to expect such rapid results at all times; it all depends on the position and availability of the people.).  So we got the car started, and my daughter made it to school on time.  Not wanting to take a chance on my car dying on me when I wasn't at home, I drove directly from the school to my mechanic, John's Auto Repair in Woodmere.  He had his guy test things out.  While I was concerned that it was something other than the battery (which had been replaced about a 1 1/2 years ago), for now he decided to replace the battery at no charge with a note to watch out for the starter.  So I lost a couple of hours, but at least I didn't end up stranded somewhere or have to shell out a lot of money for a car repair . . . at least for now.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Win a cookbook!

Watch for my review of the latest addition to the Kosher by Design series on October 22nd. One of my readers can win a free copy of this hard cover book with over a hundred full color pictures that look attractive enough for a coffee table book  You can download an index or recipes at http://bit.ly/KBDrecipeindex

There are two ways to win --via comment or survey. Facebook member can add themselves to the people listed at http://www.facebook.com/KallahMagazine?ref=nf and leave a helpful comment on the wall.  If you are not on FB, you can email me directly at editor@kallahmagazine.com with "Cookbook Contest" in the subject line.  In order to be eligible, the the email should include some feedback on Kallah Magazine, specifically in response to the latest issue, at http://issuu.com/ariellabrown/docs/fall10.  Please let me know which of the advertisers or listed gmachs you contacted. You can offers suggestions on features and topics or advice you would share with a kallah, chasson, or their parents.

You can also win by filling out the quick survey -- Win a Kosher by Design Cookbook!

A winner will be selected by November 13th 2010.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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What do you think? Should I change my profile pic to the one below?



Disclaimer: I don't like all the Dr. Brown flavors and am not really much of a soda drinker. But having the range of flavors represented suggests range and color, good things in writing. Interesting to find how the (12 pack of 12 oz. glass bottles of) cream soda -- is described on Amazon: "- "It's Kosher & Creamy But Not Milchik"






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Rant on attitude toward girls, prayer, and eating

My family is rather at odds with our daughters' school on this.  Like many RW schools, the schedule does not accommodate breakfast in school, though the girls are expected to daven together.  They are directed to daven brachos before eating at home.  That is, obviously, not a lechatchila and seems to assume that women's chiyuv is thus limited.  So why bother davening everything else?  Also as they do get to eat earlier, they do tend to do other things, as well, before davening, delaying way past ideal time and sometimes barely even making chatzos.  Can you ever imagine that being the schedule set for a boy's school?  Of course, not!  But the RW general trend is to be yotze kol hadeos or at least rov.  So why pick up the more mekil views with respect to the chiyuv of tefila and lo tochlu al hadam?

Mean parents that we are, we have our daughters daven the key parts of Shacaharis at home, so they could eat breakfast at home (or on the way) and then coast through the rest with the class once they reach the age of bas mitzvah.  That goes against the grain of the school, but we have them do it in a very quiet way, so as not to draw attention to themselves.  The downside is that it takes longer for them to get ready in the morning.  But the upside is a greater understanding of the halacha and a greater commitment to davening first.  Those who get used to this setup feel it gives them license to delay davening after breakfast even when they are no longer in school.

I bring this up now b/c my daughter told me that the schedule for the high school Shabbaton shows that they intend to have the girls only daven brachos before kiddush and proceed to davening after that.  As all the girls are already gathered together and are set to breakfast together, there is no logistical expedient to be invoked in this case to create a sha'as hadechak scenario to necessitate compromising on kiddush before davening.  So the bedieved setup becomes a lechatchila.  If you say that the girls will get hungry before the scheduled meal after davening, then the answer is simple -- make davening earlier!  Those who have medical conditions necessitating no delay, obviously, have a heter to eat.  But that would be the minority by far.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mount Vernon in New York - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

Mount Vernon in New York - New York Jewish Bridal | Examiner.com

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Wedding expenses question

See Orthonomics: A Legitimate Need Too
There are a number of posts in my blog that deal with related question under the tags of wedding and money.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010