Multifunctional Post

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This month’s edition of JPIX is up at Leora’s. Make sure to check it; it’s beautiful.

This shot features Purim costumes in an Antwerp shop window. Purim is next week, from 9 March (sunset) to 10 March (sunset).

On Tuesdays, just post any photo you like (it must be one of your own) that contains the color RED and then link to this blog.

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A Week Here and There

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On this blog

Photo Memes:
Red Little Girl for Ruby Tuesday
From And On The IFC for Watery Tuesday
Sepia Trinity College Dublin for Sepia Scenes

The Lives of Others – The French Way
Big Brother at my school

The Warsaw Ghetto Little Boy
Facts and reflections about a well-known photo

A Few Thoughts About Commenting
To comment or not to comment

Choosing a School
My brother and his wife are looking for a school for their daughter

Naan
A recipe for Indian flat bread

Elsewhere

Parshat Mishpatim:
The Responsibility of Choice by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Thoughts on Parashat Mishpatim by Rabbi Marc D. Angel
Shabbat Shalom: Parshat Mishpatim by Shlomo Riskin

Baila is back to blogging so is a Living Nadneyda
Mrs. S’s son is also a movie-maker
Leora encourages us to add sea vegetables to our diet

A Few Thoughts About Commenting

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– Most people comment on new posts not old ones. Thus, because of the upcoming Koren siddur, my post on the subject is read several times a day but never commented. The same is true of my post about the movie Waltz with Bashir which has been read regularly for the last few weeks but never commented upon since July.

– Do you get many spams? I hardly get any and therefore it is rather easy to add comments on this blog provided you don’t include more than two or three links – the default setting I have chosen. However I sometimes wonder about a few people’s blogs where it is harder to comment than it was to go through the Berlin Wall before 1989. Admittedly Blogger has made the letters you are meant to enter easier to copy; you no longer feel like you are writing a coded message for an undercover spy yet some of these codes are still pretty (too) long.

– In addition, one of the Blogger options for commenting is not Mac-friendly and makes it impossible for me to comment. It is the feature where a small window pops up after the comment and asks you to copy some letters before you can publish your comment, not the most usual one with a bigger window on the left. I have sent a few mails to the bloggers concerned and apologize if I have forgotten to answer some of you who have commented on one of my posts and have the feeling I never visited them back. I did but couldn’t add my two cents.

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.

Passing on a Second Award

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Together with the Prémio Dardos Award, Jew Wishes sent me the Butterfly Award.

So here is my list of blogs and bloggers for this award:
– Mary/The Teach who created Ruby Tuesday and Sepia Scenes.
Frum Satire who amuses us with his
unique perspective of the frum world.
– Therapy Doc who runs Everyone Needs Therapy.
The Jewish Writing Project, a blog committed to seeking to understand what it means to be Jewish today through writing.

My friend Leora got the same awards and passed them on to her favorite bloggers; don’t forget to check her own list.

KCC Countdown

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We’re only one week away from the next edition of KCC (the Kosher Cooking Carnival). To quote Batya, who initiated this wonderful carnival: “The Kosher Cooking Carnival is more than just a recipe carnival. Being that it’s about kosher food, posts about Jewish Law are included, also, restaurant and cookbook reviews, traditions, memories and diets.”

You can either send in your posts to this link or just email me (see the About at the top) until January 23.

Today’s edition of Haveil Havalim also known as The I-Love-Naurau Edition is up at The Rebbetzin’s Husband.

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Passing on an Award

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Jewwishes was kind enough to award me the The Prémio Dardos Award along with 7 other bloggers. This is what this award is about:
“The Prémio Dardos is given for recognition of cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values transmitted in the form of creative and original writing”. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web“.

So here is my list of bloggers for this award:

A Living Nadneyda
Don’t Gel Too Soon
Frumteacher
Shimshonit
SuperRaizy
Mom in Israel
I’ll Call Baila
Just Call me Chaviva

I received another award but more about that later.