Thursday, February 13, 2020

Lunch ideas

1. Noodles
2. Kasha
2. Cheese with Pita
4. Creamcheese with Pita or cream cheese with tomato slices
5. Hummus with Pita
6. Peanut butter Banana sandwich
7. Peanut butter and jelly
8. Hard boiled eggs
9. Olives
10. Pickles
11. Cucumbers
12. Fish crackers
13. Tomato soup
14. Bagel with cream cheese and lox
15. Fruit roll up
16. Yogurt parfait
17. Shnitzel
18. Blinchiki
19. Egg salad
20. Couscous with tomatoes cucumbers
21. Fruit skewers, can use cookie cutters for fruit
22. Cookies
23. Banana
24. Grapes
25. Granola
26. Yogurt pretzels
27. Mandarin
28. Tomato mozarella basil on a stick
29. Popcorn
30. Quinoa salad
31. Brownies
32. Egg salad
33. Cooked potatoes

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas 2019

Skating: Lars Anderson Park

Hannuka Parties: Sunday after Hannukah starts Chabad and Rodkin

Butcherie: Caviar

Sufganiyot: Butcherie

Sales: Zara starts on 25th

Free Trees: Ace Hardware on Beacon on 22nd

Camp: JCC was OK

Candles: Not made in Israel blue box

Israeli Book Store: Dreidels

Ornaments: Home Goods, West Elm, Flying Tiger

Ornament Sale: West Elm 75% off

Mike: Likes chocolate babka

Trader Joe: Gets a lot of candy and wool ornaments that look like balls. Can buy candy to store for future. It's gone after Christmas or New Year

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Как варить кашу или я ничего не помню

Bismati Rice
I think I did 3/4 rice and double the water and 15 minutes instead of 20
Came out perfect

Roasted vegetables
Only can do broccoli and cauliflower
Steam them first and then 1/2 hour on 350
Turn after 20 minutes

Cous Cous
Bring to boil and let sit for 5 minutes on very low
turn off heat

Red lentil soup
Kripalu recipe was fine
Did 1 cup Pomi and 7 water
Could only taste Pomi

Poaching Eggs:
Bring water to boil
Turn heat to almost 0
Wait until all the bubbles subside
Put bowl in water and slide out egg slowly
Turn heat to low
Cook 3 minutes

Pastry Cream
Mix sugar, egg yolks and flour together until smooth, then add milk, then cook the entire mixture until it thickens
4 eggs was not enough for 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup sugar, I had to add another yolk

Pastry Cream II
Took Smitten Recipe and used 4 tbs flour, I think it was too thick
Mixed eggs with 1/4 milk, sugar then added flour
Heated milk until warm and not hot
3 tbs flour is enough

can use 1/4 flour and 1 egg for 6 medium potatoes

Gingerbread House notes:
1. All sides have to be the same and the bottoms have to be flat otherwise house has gaping holes when you glue it together.
2. Icing dries after 2 hours +
3. Use a chip clip on top of piping bag so icing does not come out
4. Can use plastic bottle for icing
5. Dough is easier to work with when it's cold
6. Make sure walls are the same thickness
7. Can add skis, christmas tree, iciclses to house


Try 15 minutes on low rack at 400 and then flip

1. Knead dough until you stretch it and it does not rip. Then it is ready. It also looks smooth when it's done.
2. Sourdough proofs in 3 hours


1 cup soaked overnight
Bring to boil
Put on medium
Leave lid help up by spatula
The boil is minimal
1 hour
This worked


1/4 grain to 1 and 1/4 milk


Do not rem
Grain takes longer depending on amount
SOAK IT before cooking in cold water and it will come out giant






1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
3 cups water

I would go down on simple syrup. It was just perfect but I like things a little MORE sour.


use LEMONADE recipe
use 1/2 to 1 cup less water
ingredients should be from refrigerator
mix all igredients prior to putting in ice cream machine
20 mins


4 cups fruit
2/3 sugar

Put sugar in fruit
Can add 1/2 cup water when cooking or wait until the fruit juices enough so it's almost covered in juice (second one yield more flavorful popsicles)
Bring to boil
Cook for 5
Can strain out seeds or pulp


blanched fall tomatoes cut up in pieces
1 tbs oil
sautee on med-low heat garlic and onion
add tomatoes and 1 tsp water or can skip water
add a bunch of salt
cook for 40 minutes
serve with cheese and croutons

1/3 curnel
3 tbs oil

Heat up the oil with salt until hot. Not sure if salt disolves or not but you want to mix this with woodern spoon. This  makes popcorn pop better vs putting it in a cold pot with oil. If doing kettle corn mix until sugar starts disolving in oil and the mix curnels, oil and sugar until it starts disolving. It will start disolving when the popcorn starts popping. Maybe do this in a separate pot and then add to whirley pop.
Add curnels
Mix them with wooden spoon until they start popping
once 2-3-4-5-6 pop close lid
Whirl the Whirley Pop


*use oil, lift skin, get spices under skin
Cut off excees skin and remove feathers or burn them. Clean of the excess fat and the stringy things.

You can wash chicken with lemon, lime or soak in salt water. Rub lemon over chicken and squeeze juice

Use cold water
I did 4 thighs
Use white ceramic pan with sides
Added 2 tbs water
400 for an hour covered
400 for 1/2 hour uncovered
If you use balsamic based marinade onions on the bottom come out very good

use rimmed baking sheet, metal
40 minutes
Could not turn. They were stuck to bottom. They baked but were not crispy.

butter + sugar should be the same temperature ie. do not melt butter and then add sugar. you will get separation

melt butter and sugar and  stir the whole time, bring to boiling, boil for 3 minutes, add fruit

Wash hair
Let dry for 1/2 hour
shake head
Dry roots with cold air
Looks better then doing nothing

Use Allafia leave in conitioner for curly hair
Massage the conditioner very very well
Use a comb to brush hair
Rince out conditioner

sautee onion, add carrots and garlic, sautee by mixing that all the time otherwise will burn then add Tumi
Do not add water, meantballs will release its own water
Put something in between layers of meatballs so they do not stick to each other, I used shredded carrots
20-30 minutes done

Picked mushrooms

Не-секреты "правильной" жарехи: некоторые грибы (как эти) при обработке, жарке почернеют/посинеют. Их нужно обварить в течение 10-15 минут в лимонно-соленой воде. Вся чернь уйдет. После варки обжарить лучше всего на чугунной сковородке и топленом масле (ghee). Многие добавляют сметану, что тоже очень вкусно 😋 Картоху жарить отдельно. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pancakes Two Great Recipes

For a spiced breakfast treat, whisk 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 2 tablespoons sugar; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt; 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; and a pinch of ground cloves. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 cup milk, 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 egg; fold mixture into dry ingredients. Melt some butter in a skillet over medium heat; pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side; serve with butter and syrup.
Makes 8 to 10.

Recipe: The Best Buttermilk Pancakes
From: A Cup Of Joe
You’ll need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ¼ cup buttermilk, shaken
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a small bowl, measure out the buttermilk. Add the egg, melted butter and vanilla extract; beat until thoroughly combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, being sure to not overmix. The batter should have small to medium lumps.
Heat up your griddle (or cast iron skillet) over medium heat and brush with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Scoop the batter, using a 1/4 cup measure (or tablespoon measure), onto the warm skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, and then flip. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook on opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.
Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Proceed with the rest of the batter until you’re done. Serve with warm maple syrup.
Pancakes are easily modified, too. For heartier pancakes, consider adding ¼ cup whole-wheat, buckwheat, rye or barley flour, and decreasing the all-purpose amount to ¾ cup. If you’d like them a bit sweeter, simply add one to two more tablespoons of sugar. If you’d like to brighten them up, fold in fresh lemon or orange zest. If you’re in the mood for fruit, add blueberries, raspberries or strawberries; instead of adding them to the batter—which will result in them sinking to the bottom—add them to the pancakes on the griddle.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ode to Temple Israel

This was my first school when I came to the US. I spent every morning in the chapel pictured. I learned all the prayers phonetically because I could not read in Hebrew and for many years afterwards dutifully mispronounced all the words in every prayer. I remember all the wonderful teachers we had when Cohen Hillel Academy was in this building. Mrs. Karen Madorsky, Mrs. Mimi Aronson, Zvi, Dan whose last names I do not recall, Mrs. Naplan, Ellen Morgan, Dr. Solomon and Mrs. Janet Fagan who was my very first teacher in the US. This place will always be remembered for being knocked over on the playground by Chad Meldensohn and getting a skull fracture, getting a horrible sunburn because my parents did not know sunscreen existed, getting chicken pox and crying about it to Mrs.Aronson after I knocked a pox out with a basketball, learning Enlglish and getting my first taste of my Jewish heritage which I was not aware of in Russia. Like the author of this article I thought someone would come forward and save the beautiful building. I still am not sure how you can knock down a synagogue and build condominiums.

I think I will post the content here because one day this link above will be no more and I think this article was written rather well and embodies what I would like to have said.


Temple Israel in Swampscott was built in 1953 by Italian architect Pietro Belluschi, with a Star of David on top and a vast sanctuary filled with natural light.
Selling a house can sometimes be a simple process. A bunch of papers are signed, you hand over the keys, and you move somewhere else.

But what happens when someone else sells a place you never owned but still feel a part of?

The sledgehammer came to my old temple in Swampscott last month. It was not unexpected: It had sat idle for almost a decade after its former congregation, Temple Israel, merged with another synagogue. Soon, 14 homes will be built on the site.

The temple building, once one of the grandest, most elegant open-domed Conservative sanctuaries in America, was built by the estimable Italian architect Pietro Belluschi in 1953. It represented the hopes and dreams of a new Jewish working class.

Most were American-born Jews who had fled the congestion in places like Chelsea, Malden, Revere, and Lynn. Some had gone to college and were lawyers, doctors, and accountants. Others ran scrap metal yards, owned real estate, drove trucks and cabs, or had family businesses, such as my father, who owned a Chelsea deli. Some were wealthy, but most just made a living and wanted something better for their children.

Inside the building, there were traditional Jewish services every day, and a few pious men could be seen in the sanctuary. But Temple Israel functioned as much more than a house of prayer. It was part of a new era of the American Jewish experience: Ushering in a new society, brimming with great ambition, where people who had grown up in cold-water flats could find a home outside of the urban ring hard by the Mystic River.

Save for Hebrew School, it was largely empty most of the week. No matter. People drove by it, noticed its Star of David and took note that the Jews had a home and planned to stay. It also helped diffuse the not-so-subtle hints that we didn’t belong everywhere: As late as the 1960s, there was a nearby golf course and a beach club where Jews did not feel welcome.

There was no grand religious or spiritual plan at the temple. Outside of learning the Hebrew alphabet and practicing reading, there was little focus at the Hebrew School besides preparing for our bar and bat mitzvahs. At the time, those in charge probably thought it would be unfair to burden American children with Jewish history. After all, what would be gained in describing our largely tumultuous existence, punctuated with exile, pogroms, and torture. Instead we were assigned two goals: Complete your bar/bat mitzvah and graduate from college.

If anything, it was a building that belonged to our parents. Most were hardly religious, and only a few kept kosher. But there were weddings and bar mitzvahs and brotherhood breakfasts to organize, attend, and to later reminisce about. It became a community, built on some common social values, such as giving to charity, supporting Israel, and performing good deeds. These days, modern Jewish professionals have created a whole subset of Judaism around that concept and call it Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world.

But no one ever said Tikkun Olam was a path to sustain dues-paying members, and these days there is no repairing of the temple. Its honey brick courtyards have been toppled; its burnished redwood halls where plaques once honored the dead and the founding temple members gleamed in the open-aired wreckage. Its maples have been uprooted, sawed into blocks and carted away.

During another time, perhaps 20 or 30 years ago, a handful of wealthy Jews would have rushed to save the 52,000-square-foot building. But those philanthropists have long departed, like the insular group that once ran the temple.

In its heyday in the 1970s, when more than 2,000 people crowded into services on holidays such as Yom Kippur, or raised tens of thousands of dollars for Israel during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the temple seemed like it would go on forever. But things were changing. America was opening its doors to Jews, and with intermarriage, Jews began the process of entering the majority religion.

A 2013 Pew Research Center study on American Judaism reported 1 in 5 American Jews by birth reported having no religion. And about 40 percent of Jewish adults said they lived in a household where just one person was a member of a temple.

When I drive by the temple, my car slows to a crawl and I realize a little piece of me is somewhere in that wreckage. Was it the 13-year-old, surrounded by Old World relatives after my bar mitzvah? Or the college student who wiped away a tear alongside my sister’s wedding canopy? Or, perhaps, it was the teen who found solace sitting alone in the vast sanctuary, filled with abundant natural light that streamed through the stained glass windows and made everything seem golden and perfect.