Ten pleasures that Gwyneth Paltrow will never know

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2. The invisible, celebratory fireworks that explode in your head when the credit card machine says, "APPROVED." Read the rest at the Register.  Image via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

Simcha’s passover menu, part two: just the recipes

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If you're here, it means you waded all the way through my last post. Good work!  Here's your food!Chicken soup (can be made ahead and frozen) In a very large pot, put one whole chicken, chicken parts, or chicken carcass. Do not include giblets. Add a quartered onion, 2-3 peeled carrots, a few sprigs of dill and a few sprigs of parsley. Cover, bring to a boil, cover loosely, and allow soup to simmer for many hours. Strain the soup with a colander and return the broth to … [Read more...]

Simcha’s favorite passover recipes that will have you schvitzing under the eyeballs

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In the past, I've written about the emotional and spiritual experience of celebrating the Passover seder as Hebrew Catholics.This year, I'd like to talk about what's really important: THE FOOD.We do not keep kosher, and we don't clean the house of chametz (leavened bread), and we don't follow the special, even stricter "kosher for Passover" rules. The foods we prepare for Passover are symbolic and nostalgic, as well as delicious; but I wouldn't serve them if we had a rabbi for a … [Read more...]

I refuse to worry about what my kids eat for dinner.

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Today, I'm making Zuppa Toscana. When I share recipes I'm trying, people often ask, "Will your kids really eat that?" The answer is: some of them, yeah. Some of them, no way. A few of them, maybe. And I am fine with that. I have two goals when I serve a meal: at least half the family should eat it, and mealtimes should be reasonably pleasant.My policy is: I decide what to cook, and they decide whether or not to eat it.We don't have food battles (or food cold wars). We don't save plates … [Read more...]

Cheap and Easy Christmas Things that Even You Can Do!

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I assume you're already doing all the religious stuff, and have already bought, made, figured out, or given up on gifts. Here are a bunch of other nice Christmasy things you can do pretty easily, using materials that you may actually have in your house and skills you can probably muster up even at this stage of your life. SOMETHING SWEET TO EAT:Fudge recipe that doesn't require a candy thermometer.Can be dressed up with various nuts, crushed candies, flavored chips ( … [Read more...]

Yes, your kids can pack their own lunches. BUT . . .

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You really do want to check them before they leave the house.  Not that there is anything wrong with an actually quite balanced and hearty meal consisting of ham, carrots, apple sauce, an apple, yogurt, and ...  bread-and-butter balls. "It's just something I invented," the kindergartner mentions casually.And then we have this meal prepared by the third grader:   who is willing to face the day knowing she has peanuts, two cold … [Read more...]

At the Register: God and the Hungry Belly

[L]et's make a distinction here. Christ and the saints exhort us to deny ourselves, to voluntarily turn away from the lure of physical comforts, to sell all we have to follow Him. He wants us to learn that we have a choice: to give ourselves over to the demands of the flesh, or to master the flesh and try, instead, to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst. Christ and the saints did not exhort us to deny others, to prevent other people from enjoying physical comforts. He did not tell us to mak … [Read more...]


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