Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Shabbos is Coming

Well, I yet again feel the urge to share my shabbos cooking escapades with one and all, so here they are:

Today, I'm making a simple dinner for Yaakov and myself. I've made a gefilte fish loaf with hot sauce and ground red pepper and other spicy things to give it some serious kick. I've got two challahs baking in the oven, which we can only pray come out as fluffy and tasty as they did last week. I used the same recipe, only this time I added a teaspoon of vanilla (and took out a two teaspoons of water) in the hopes to make it a little cakier. However, vanilla doesn't seem to do well in the bread maker, so it came out like a thick batter, and I had to add flour and run it through the dough setting again. Obviously, this led to it doing a ridiculous amount of rising, so I'm hoping that won't make the challah too...whatever too much rising does to it.

Finally, when the challah comes out, I'm putting in some flanken which will be on a "bed" of potatoes and will be covered with thinly sliced onions, a little onion soup mix, some other random spices that sound good at the time, and a little oil and water on the bottom to keep it juicy. Place it in the oven at 350 for the magical one hour and pray it gets thoroughly cooked in time for shabbos at 7. :)

I expect it will turn out very yummy.

Shabbat shalom, y'all!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ohmigod Ohmigod Ohmigod Ohmigod!!!

Almost died watching this episode. It was the suspense what did it...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/124/kitchen-confidential-rabbit-test#x-0,vepisode,1

Cute fluffy bunnies are NOT DINNER! And anyway, they're not kosher. Ever noticed that the only animals which are kosher are incredibly NOT CUTE. Ewww...cows...

Some Status Updates For You

If I were on facebook doing status updates today, this is what they would look like:

Sara...

...had pancakes for breakfast (a la Yaakov, thank you sweety!)

...made some important phone calls

...is working...again...

...is in pain from her PE class yesterday and can barely walk.

...has officially been married TWO YEARS! Happy Twa-niversary Yaakov! :) ^_^ :D

F'reals! But because tonight is Tisha B'av, we'll be celebrating our Hebrew anniversary next Tuesday instead. Presents welcome.

Have a meaningful and easy fast, and remember to mourn hard.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

How Scared Should I Be?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've been encountering a lot of people who are going into panic mindsets over the current situations in the world. These people are sure that we're headed to World War III and a second holocaust, and they've even assigned each of our current world leaders roles, matching them up to the leaders present in the 1930's and 1940's. "So and so is the new Hitler, and this guy is Neville Chamberlain, and that guy is FDR (who, just in case you didn't know, ignored the situation in Europe as long as he could, even once he knew what was going on)."

There's talk of nuclear warfare against Israel and worldwide anti-semitism, there's fear of a complete economic meltdown, universal Muslim takeovers, and high cholesterol.

And with all that fear going around and the people at Fox News fanning the flames, there are also an immense number of people who don't seem concerned enough. I've heard these people compared with sheep to the slaughter, Jews before the Holocaust, and any number of metaphors for docile idiots.

So, here's my question: Where should I be? Right now, I'm bouncing back and forth from both ends of the spectrum. Sometimes I'm terrified, and other times I'm nonchalant, laughing at how paranoid everyone is. Where should I be? Is there really a happy medium here? Can I be afraid that all of these doomsday predictions may come to pass, but still remain level-headed enough to at least give off the impression of sanity? And what's the point of being afraid if there's nothing I can do? I've always felt that I want to go mad before I die. That way, I won't see it coming.

I have no point to make here. I wish I did. At the very least, I'm requesting insights. I'm curious to know what others think, especially after reading this article.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Am I Really This Desperate?

This is going to be a really boring post, because I just had the urge (most likely an old facebook habit) to share some completely insignificant information: what I'm going to cook today.

So, here goes...

I've had a bread machine since I got married two years ago, and every time I've tried to use it for my old challah recipe, it fails me miserably. However, I just found a recipe for bread machine challah in the Kosher Palate (sp?) and I've decided to try it today.

I also have a brand spankin' new food processor that I got as a "free" prize for buying way too many raffle tickets for the Oorah auction. It looks and feels high quality, but having never had a food processor before, I don't really know how to tell. Well, today I'm going to break it in to make a potato kugel for third meal. Yay!

Finally, I've been drafted to make dessert for Izzy and Karen's potluck dinner tonight, so I'm going a little boring because baking really isn't my thing. Duncan Heinz brownie mix with vanilla icing on top. I hope that's not too simple, guys! I could, alternatively, make another spice cake. I think that would give me an excuse to use my new hand mixer?

So that lets me use all of my major appliances except for one--the Kitchenaid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer!!! I got it for my wedding two years back and only just took it out of the box last week. It may sound silly, but all this time the size of the box intimidated me, and I've never used a mixer before so I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I'm still not. Does anyone have a good first-time stand mixer recipe I can make? Something to help me get a feel of the machine so I know what it can do.

And that ends today's kitchen adventures.

By the way, even though I don't cook often, and am usually afraid to try new recipes, I do want to have a hefty recipe collection to sit and stare at when I'm feeling adventurous, so feel free to post or email your favorite (easy) recipes.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 1 of a Facebook Free Life

I've now spent nearly 12 hours as a recluse. I'm getting the shakes. Food has lost all taste. I'm hungrily eying my neighbor's dog. I've started speaking to my stuffed rabbits...Oh, wait...I've been doing that for years.

All told, it's not so bad so far, and I imagine it will only get easier as the days go on.

I have to admit, I wasn't at all prepared for the extent to which people would be shaken by my decision to leave facebook. I was prepared for the comments on my status about how I shouldn't leave, because how could we possibly keep in touch!? What I wasn't prepared for was going to a party and having everyone there greet me with, "Why are you deleting your facebook?" Suddenly, I began to feel like some kind of social freak. After all, why WAS I leaving facebook? I have to admit, most of my reasons may not make sense to other people. Everyone assumes I'm leaving because of addiction or a need for privacy, but that's not it. I mean, it's part of it, but not really the main thing. The fact is that facebook very often puts me in situations where I start to feel a little depressed.

Sometimes, it's because I see a friend, someone I'm not terribly close with but someone whom I care about, doing something very, very stupid. Now, if this were a close friend, or even a not so close friend, and they were calling me up or emailing me to discuss what they're doing, I would be in a position to offer advice and support. But when I just happen upon that information on their facebook page, it would be considered confrontational for me to throw my two cents in. As someone with a social worker mentality, it hurts me when I can't do anything.

At other times, I find myself looking through people's pictures or reading their statuses and getting a little jealous of things they have or things they do. And needless to say, that's not healthy.

The reasons go on. If I had more time for it, I might list them all, but I don't, so I won't. So, there it is. I'm off of facebook, at least for now. Maybe one day, if something changes, either in me or elsewhere, I'll come back. But not today and not tomorrow.

Now if you don't mind, I have a dog cooking.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The First Hour

Well, I decided to post this when I found myself compulsively starting to type "facebook.com" into the address bar on my browser. I'm already starting to get the sweats...or maybe my ac just isn't turned up high enough. Either way, there's a long road to recovery ahead.

A Note About The Unknown

Tomorrow I embark upon a journey--a journey into a world which is largely unknown in today's world. Tomorrow, I delete my facebook account. What lies ahead is anyone's guess. Who knows how many friends will go the extra click to keep in touch with me via email. I know it may seem a lot to ask, but I know that they are strong people, and I have faith in them.

This blog is being reinstated to help my friends cope with the loss of my status updates. I'll try to write on here about once a week, even if all I have to say is, "Work, school, life."

Well, wish me luck on my journeys. And don't forget to keep in touch. :)