Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cooking Magic: The Gathering

I've been in a cooking mood lately, and this puts me in a recipe gathering mood. So that's what I've been doing in my (not actually) free time, when I should be writing papers and reading textbooks, etc. Anyway, with all this gathering and bookmarking and saving to word files, it occurred to me that the best way to organize/gather/make useful these recipes would be to compile them into a cookbook of sorts. Obviously, it wouldn't be publication, because I'm using other people's recipes and not keeping very good track of where I'm getting them from, but it would be an awesome compendium for personal use, and if I can afford it, I might be willing to make some copies for friends.

Currently, I'm still in the gathering phase, obviously. But I've got 6 word documents right now (one for chicken, one for beef, one for salads, etc.), each with about 20 or so pages. I still need to hunt down more interesting looking recipes, sift through the ones I've already got, and format the files. Anyone interested in contributing recipes to my book of awesome is more than welcome to.

Also, when I'm done, if people want me to email them copies I can do that.

This will keep up until my resolve dies. For now, it's a fun hobby.

Friday, September 25, 2009

No news is good news, right?

I have nothing exciting to report for this week. Rosh Hashana was nice, though I was disappointed with those apple cobbler thingies. They were undercooked even after being baked longer than the recipe called for. After yom tov, when I microwaved them they were fine, though. Other than that, the food was great. The honey chicken was my favorite. :)

Anyway, I've been feeling sick the past few days so I'm taking it easy this shabbos and letting my dad cook for me. Yay!

Good shabbos and a gemar chasima tovah!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another Pre-Rosh Hashana Blogging---About FOOOOD

Hey everybody! I'm back for a quickie to let you know all about my cooking adventures for the day. About a month ago, I picked up the OU's cooking magazine (they give them out free!) and I was inspired by some of the recipes. So, here's what I made:

Applesauce Cake: It was the easiest thing in the world. Measure ingredients into mixer bowl. Put bowl into mixer. Turn mixer on. Watch as mixer magically combines all ingredients to perfection. Pour into bundt pan. Bake.
I've been pushing off using my beautiful Kitchenaid mixer for over 2 years and I finally found a recipe which seemed worthy. So there it is. I'm so sorry I didn't use it earlier. This baby is amazing.

Apple Cranberry Cobbler...in baked apples!: Another easy breezy recipe! Core apples, dash in some cinnamon, fill with cranberry sauce, top with crumbles, bake.
The only complication here is that I impaled my hand while coring the apples. And by impale, I mean, sliced. It looked deep at first, so I was a little freaked out. But luckily the bleeding stopped pretty quickly, so I put on some neosporin and bandaids and let Yaakov finish the coring. :)

Now it turns out that the recipe for the crumble part of the apples was way more than I needed, so I'm going to take it to my parents house and see about making it into a pie. (I might use some canned pears or peaches or something like that.

Finally, the main course: Honey chicken! I haven't made it yet, but I've got chicken waiting at my parents' house. It looks very easy though. Honey, soy sauce, olive oil, pepper and garlic powder. mix ingredients, pour over chicken, bake at 350 for an hour (or until juices run clear?).

Doesn't it sound wonderful? My dad may supplement by making some veggies, and I'll probably make another chicken option. Either way, this promises to be a yummy meal. MMMmmmm....

May your year be sweet like honey, full of good things like a pomegranate, and...smelly...like a fish head...

Shana tovah u'metukah! (Have a good and sweet new year!)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Pre-Rosh Hashana Blogging

Well, seeing as I owe you guys a posting this week and it being the week before Rosh Hashana, I guess that will have to be my topic. So how is it that after 21 years of being an Orthodox Jew, facing Rosh Hashana year after year, it continues to be such a daunting, intimidating, invigorating and yet, ultimately forgettable experience?

You probably know what I mean. Every year, you stand up there in shul and pray you're little heart out, realizing all the things you've done horribly wrong this year and just KNOWING that it is only by Hashem's good grace that you have heretofore been written and sealed for life. You feel the terror in the thought that this year, Hashem may have finally had enough. You bargain with Hashem, making promise after promise that this year you WILL be better about tefillah, you WILL watch how you speak to and about people, and you WILL do more to distance yourself from whatever awful skeleton resides in your closet. All of these promises fervently made over the yomim nora'im in a fit of hysteria are promptly tossed aside by Sukkos.

I've tried listening to shiurim to inspire me, making lists in prominent places that I know I'll see them, and enlisting friends and family to remind me, but inevitably, I always seem to fail. And what's worse is that, as Rosh Hashana is again rapidly approaching, I still can't shake myself into caring. And isn't that the worst part? That no matter how badly you WANT to care, you just can't?

Yeah...it really is, right? I'll bet you were maybe hoping that this would lead to some kind of sage advice on how to deal with this issue, but this really isn't that kind of blog. Hey, at least you know we're in this together.

K'siva v'chasima tova, y'all. (You should be written and sealed for good) Oh, and chag samayach!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wasting my time? You betcha!

So, as all two of my avid readers are aware, I've been thinking about the possibility of doing a web-comic. Now, I don't want to give anything away just yet, but I've already started work on one that I think has a lot of potential. My key feature here is something that I have NEVER seen before in almost any medium: The normal lives of normal people, who happen to be Orthodox Jews. What I mean by that is, my characters will be Orthodox Jews, the content will be kosher, but that won't be the focal point. I will try not to resort to cheesy Jew jokes ("Huuuurrrrr, I'm so cheap cuz I'm Joo-ish!") or hideous Yiddish puns. It will not be a social commentary on the religious community or on Judaism in general. In fact, it will give little-to-no attention to the Jewishness of the characters beyond what would be normal in the day to day life of a Jewish teen (based on me as a teen, of course...only more kosher.)

I've already drawn up my first comic and I'm working on the second. So far, it's just sketches to nail down an art style and plot out my first story arc. Once I've doodled up about 10 or so comics, I'll move on to step two: buying a tablet and beginning to properly illustrate. For the record, my birthday is coming up and if anyone is interested in getting me something nice, that little link leads you to a good idea. Of course, if someone wants to sprint for a Wacom, I would love them for the rest of their lives. :oD

Speaking of my birthday, other than the above, I will here lay out my rules for gifting for Sara:

1) Item should not be expensive unless you're sure it's something I really want.
2) Item should contain one or more of the following qualities: Shiny, fluffy, or pleasant smelling. This includes jewelery, stuffed animals, and scented candles or Lush products.

That's actually it. Pretty simple, really. So, once again, the birthday is October 25th. Of course, I accept presents all year round. :)

I've reached the point where I don't even remember what I started this post off talking about, so I'm gonna go now. Good night, everyone.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Weekly Life Update

Well, well. Hasn't this week been an exciting one? I think so. First week of classes...er...class. This semester is the first one in which I will be going part time. But, not just normal part time. I'm only taking one class this semester. Don't bother asking why, just suffice it to say that it's a loooong story. It feels weird. It feels like I'm still on break. I had no trouble whatsoever reading the first chapter of my book this week. I don't feel ridiculous amounts of anxiety as I compare syllabii and realize that I have 3 papers due on one day...and that day is right after yom kippur. (as has happened to me in the past) No, this semester I received a syllabus with no dates, so who knows when tests and papers will suddenly be jumped on us. Oh boy! In addition, my teacher bears a striking resemblance to Rush Limbaugh and shares many of his personality traits as well, from what I can tell. Isn't this going to be an interesting semester...

Have a good shabbos, everyone!