A Week on this Blog

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Kcc: The Green Edition.

Memes I have taken part in:
Red Chinese New Year for Ruby Tuesday.
Sepia Hungary for Sepia Scenes.

I celebrated my second bloganniversary.

A book soon to be released.

A recipe for Honey-Mustard Chicken.

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Honey-Mustard Chicken

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8 chicken tenderloins (600g)
1/3 cp (115g) honey
2 tablespoons seeded mustard
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 Place chicken in shallow dish. Pour half of the combined honey, mustard, vinegar and sauce over chicken, cover; refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
2 Preheat oven to hot.
3 Roast undrained chicken, uncovered, in hot oven until cooked through (about 10 minutes).
4 Heat remaining marinade in small saucepan.
5 Serve chicken with potato kumara mash; drizzle with marinade.

Soon To Be Released

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Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Although this is probably the best-known commandment in the Bible, it is not the most commented upon. After A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy, Rabbi Telushkin’s second volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics written in the English language will be released on February 10, 2009.

Here is what the editor says about it:
Writing with great clarity and simplicity as well as with deep wisdom, Telushkin covers topics such as love and kindness, hospitality, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, charity, relations between Jews and non-Jews, compassion for animals, tolerance, self-defense, and end-of-life issues. Writing with great clarity and simplicity as well as with deep wisdom, Telushkin covers topics such as love and kindness, hospitality, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, charity, relations between Jews and non-Jews, compassion for animals, tolerance, self-defense, and end-of-life issues.

Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski seems to think highly of this book:
“Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has done it again! An amazing task, clarifying and elaborating upon the essential elements of Judaism. To present a most scholarly work in a reader-friendly format is truly an achievement. This is a book that should be in every Jewish home.”

I read the first volume in 2006 and here what I wrote about it at the time:
In this book, Rabbi Telushkin develops some of the ideas he tackled in The Book of Jewish Values, underlining how ethics are part and parcel of Judaism. The more I read it the more it challenged me and made me think of my interactions with the people around me.

Bloganniversary

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I realized this morning that I have been blogging for two years, two years and three days to be precise. I started by reading blogs and ended up setting up my own at Livejournal. A few months later, being a bit disappointed with this application, I switched to WordPress where I have been since June 2007.

I began with one or two posts a week and now try to post, if not to write, every day. This blog has also become less confidential and I was delighted and proud when asked to hosts kcc (the kosher cokking festival) and Jpix (the Jewish photo carnival) by fellow bloggers.

KCC: The Green Edition

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The title of the month’s edition of kcc is not a reference to the environment nor to sustainable development but was suggested to me by the fact that most of the recipes included here are meatless. In addition, with Tu Bishvat only two weeks away, it seemed fitting to present numerous recipes and posts which might give you ideas to celebrate this holiday. This is my first kcc so I hope you will be tolerant of my probable mistakes and omissions.

Diets
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Batya started a diet over a month ago and has provided regular ideas and updates on her blog. If you feel you need to lose weight maybe you should follow her steps and start this diet; apparently this one works.
A Simple Jew’s wife reports how a conversation is changing her eating habits.
Shimshonit discovers that she adopted the MOOSHY principles years ago without knowing it.

Israeli Life

Chana, author of Food for the Soul, relates how she cooked for Shabbat under fire.
Mimi visited the only Buffalo Farm in Israel.
Mr and Mrs Baroness Tapuzina celebrated their second wedding anniversary in style.

More Stories

After cooking spices for a friend, Shtetl Fabulous wonders why some people are so crazy about hot food.
The parve Baker didn’t make the promised cupcakes but the apple cake she baked disappeared in no time.
Malka Esther explains how she manages to cater for different tastes for Shabbat while using only one crockpot.

Back to Blogging
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Koshercuisine is not exactly a new blog, it was created in 2006, but had been quiet for months. Now Material Maidel is back with lots of wonderful recipes she shares with us. Check her pasta salad with broccoli and pine nuts and the twenty other recipes she has posted this month.

Vegetarian Cuisine

Mrs. S. prepared a lemon and cucumber salad for a bar mitzvah.
Proudmommyof4 finds and cooks interesting beans. While Mimi introduces us to ful ve-choumous: the Middle Eastern workingman’s lunch and experiments with potato and nettles omelet.
Hindy remembers an appetizing Mexican dish a friend once cooked and makes veggie enchiladas for the first time.
Ratatouille is is a traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish, originating in Nice yet the following recipe is provided by Leora from Highland Park.

Meat Dishes

Pesky Settler bakes a chicken-veggie pizza and Sarah at Frum Family has a recipe for Hungarian cholent. If you prefer something cold, Raizy suggests a nice little Shabbos salad.

For Those with a Sweet Tooth
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Annette uses left-over challah for a sweet-challah-kugel.
Want to bake muffins? Shimshonit has a recipe for banana chocolate chip muffins, Pesky Settler brings us one for appfle strudel muffins and Phyllis celebrates Muffin Tuesday with pumpkin carob muffins.
But if you prefer chocolate, Tiffany of naturemoms urges you to try raw vegan chocolate brownies.

Last but not Least

Kcc wouldn’t be complete with some traditional Jewish recipes so Leora shares her recipe for matzo balls while I have added my favorite recipe for challah.

Batya is looking for hosts for next editions of kcc. To host a future edition, please contact her directly (shilohmuse at yahoo dot com).

A new carnival in the making: Batya’s also starting a dieting carnival. Posts about dieting (or hosting dieters) on Shabbat, chaggim, smachot etc are relevant and would be most welcome.