Friday, April 27, 2007

chicken soup for the Nativ Soul

So it's 6;30 in the morning and the phone rings that alone is enough to make you uneasy... then you realize that the call is from Israel after I had already talked to Sam and told her Good Shabbos... oh no what can it be.....

"Mom, we want to have chicken soup for Shabbos and no one knows how to make it." That's right she travels by bus all the way from Be'erSheva to Yeruchem so she can make chicken soup and celebrate shabbat with some friends that have returned to the nest.....

So here it is... chicken soup your mom's way.

for every whole chicken (already plucked, but leave the skin on) or enough pieces to make a whole chicken you will need 1 good sized onion, 3 celery stalks (leaves attached), 3 carrots (leaves attached) 2 good sized cloves of garlic, some parsley (a handful), 1 bay leaf and a parsnip (white, looks like a carrot tastes like a radish). Salt and Pepper to taste.

Put everything in a pot and fill with water to about 3-4 inches above the stuff in the pot. Bring to a boil for about 15 minuets and then reduce to a simmer for about 3 hours after 2 hours taste it and see if you need any more salt otherwise just let it keep simmering.

After it has cooked you want to strain the broth from the rest of the stuff. Peal the chicken meat off the bone it can be frozen for other things later or just put back in the soup. If you are serving it with the next meal you can put the carrots back otherwise eat the carrots and put in fresh when you reheat the soup.

The broth can be frozen for up to 4 months or it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

I hope you had a good shabbos... I am looking forward to sharing a shabbos with you very soon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

we've finally moved in

it's been a long time coming but we have finally moved in to our new offices at 20350 Ventura Blvd... Do you remember back on November 14 when I made a blog entry for Lloyd? Well the office has changed a little bit since then.

On February 19th the office looked like this. They had pulled some of the phone lines and put up an took down the walls. It still was a little difficult to see what was going to happen.
We picked out new work stations, carpeting and paint

By March 16th the walls were done the carpet was down the paint was dry... it was starting to look like an office...o.k. maybe not our office but it was a office.

And before we knew it it was moving day...

The Workstation arrived and was installed according to schedule.

The movers showed up and started moving things according to schedule. It is so nice when everything happens according to schedule. And before we knew what had happened we were all moved in.

And this is our new home.

Good Bye My Friend

many of you received an e-mail from me talking about take care of the moments and never putting off telling someone you know that you care, or missing a lunch date because of something ... probably not as important as the person who's lunch date you missed because they would understand.... and they would but then the make up date never comes.

Well that fact came to greet me first hand when my dear friend didn't show up for our lunch date on April 5th it was a make up date going all the way back to February first I cancelled and then she cancelled and finally we were going to lunch ... but she didn't make it. My dear friend Jane had been killed the night before in a motorcycle accident.

I met Jane just a few years ago but she seemed to just meld right into my family always celebrating with us and always making me smile. I can remember her coming to the annual Hanukkah bash "just for the food" she would say. And her girls nights that she always did on a Friday night so I was never able to make it ... and then the one time she did it on Saturday just for me Barry and I were out of town. Jane, Ian and Emmet were always welcome guest at our table and the boys always had impeccable manners she raised them so well. And they were her pride and joy.
Jane grabbed life and enjoyed every moment and took me and everyone she was with along for the ride.

Her e-mails always ended with Love U Lots ~ Miss U More and it will always be so true. Jane I will always Miss you and never forget you!

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible. How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you? How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television? I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain” And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together. Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches... We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect! We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college. Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit." When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord. My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy. Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? ;And why are you waiting? Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you. Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"? When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over. It's National Friendship and FAMILY WEEK Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends. To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do. "Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

We didn't do all that cooking for nothing

ooppss I left this as a draft
Again it was a bittersweet much family, so much love and yet 4 of my 5 were missing... but we managed to have a good time... as always. There were some new attendees and the regulars.... and a face that has not been at our table in a while.....but on the whole the evening was great.... for everyone except Shomer

Who was banished to the backyard.

The younger ladies ruled the end of the table.... while Ash and Calli were up at the the big kids... imagine that, Ash is a big kid.

We did the story of the exodus in true bruin boy style

We had the 10 plagues so here is how we did Darkness

But Kennahs favorite was frogs...ribbit ribbit ribbit

Thursday, April 12, 2007

passover cooking school is not just for Stacy

Bubbie and Ashleigh worked with Paige and Jello to make charoses... and a mess...

now one of my favorite memories of Passover goes all the way

back to being 8 years old and my grandmother (aka Bubbie Bubbie) let me make the chroses in her big wooden chopping bowl with the crack in the side. It is a great memory.

Anyway I digress...

Instead of a hand chopper and the old wooden bowl the girls will remember a salad shooter and a food processor.

Oh I would love to have that bowl again...

Friday, April 06, 2007

Matza Meat Cigars

This recipe came from a great book Matza 101

and I would recommend it for any Passover Chef

you can find this recipe on page 51.

However as with many family favorites you take it and make it your own. In our house we have more than a few members who have passed on beef but will do turkey. So we have swapped out the 2 pounds of lean beef for turkey and we lighten the red hot peppers. but other than that we pretty much follow the recipe.

Now Stacy is not one for sticking her hands in raw meat.... so she made some plastic bag gloves but she got into it however I would questions her ability to create 3 equally sized balls .....

This is one of the more complicated of our passover recipes but it is worth it because it is a nice item to have out on our table while the seder is going on.

Monday, April 02, 2007

one last purim post

Yes I know, tonight is passover... but what can I say when pictures travel so slow to the Internet....
But I just got off the phone with Pocahontas Sammie and I went to the web just on the off shot that there were new pictures and low and behold there she was...
So Sammie is just sitting down to her seder and ours is 8 hours away... so I will have to finish the passover cooking school posts after seder (probably tomorrow)... but we are still looking for the pictures of Sammie plucking chickens (hint hint).
I hope you all had a great Purim.... and a great Passover.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Good Stuff

Why Matza Roca of course... everyone loves Almond Roca so why not a Pesachedich (spelling does not count) version of it ... and now Stacy is a a maven... she has called all her friends to tell them about it

So this one is real difficult.... yeah right.

1 Cup parev Margarine

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup parev chocolate chips

1 Cup slivered and then broken almonds (Bubbie is real good with this ingredient, when she has a frying pan)

5-6 slices of Matzah

Set the oven to 350

a jelly roll pan is real good for this one. Line the pan with foil and then place the matzah pieces flat on the pan.

In a small pan melt the margarine and the brown sugar until is is all liquid and Incorporated.

when the margarine brown sugar mixture is ready pour it over the matzah and then back in the oven for 8 minuets. While the matzah is cooking, mix the chocolate chips and the almonds together in a bowl or cup that is easy to hold. Once the matzah has been in the oven for 8 minuets sprinkle the chocolate chip almond mixture over the matzah and put back in the oven for 4 minuets. Once it is done cooking take out the tray and smear the melted chocolate all over the matzah almost like buttering the matzah.

Let the tray cool and then break it up into small pieces put them in a plastic bag and give them out to friends and enjoy.

Happy Passover