April 16, 2014

Win The No Potato Passover Cookbook

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As many of you know, I created a new website called, EatingForReal.com where I post recipes that are gluten-free, processed food free and made of only real and natural ingredients. I have been on a bit of a health kick lately, reading everything I can find on ‘clean’ and ‘Paleo’ lifestyles, a way of eating that is wheat, gluten, sugar and processed food-free.  I have lost a ton of weight and feel energetic and much healthier than I have in years. I started this new website as a way to help Kosher keepers, like myself, become more aware of the many ways we can choose to eat more healthfully without compromising quality and taste. I hope you’ll come subscribe to the website and that it will serve to inspire you in much the same way I have been inspired by ‘eating for real’ in my life.  Don’t worry, I am not abandoning my KosherShopaholic fans, I plan on managing this new website along with The KosherShopaholic as always.

As a special thank you to you, my loyal KosherShopaholic fans, I am including you in a Cookbook Giveaway that I am running on EatingForReal.  You can enter the Giveaway through the widget below to win one of two copies of The No Potato Passover Cookbook just in time for Passover.

I loved this cookbook. To read my review of it, click here.  Here are links to some of my favorite recipes form this cookbook as well: Cajun Carrot Fries, Baked ‘Ziti’, Pomegranate Brisket, Lavender Mint Roasted Chicken.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy Passover!

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Layering Shells, Dresses, Skirts Deal: $15 for $25

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Let the pre-pesach clothing sales begin!  Shell Sheli starts us off with just what we need: $15 for $25 worth of shellsThis deal is just in time to take advantage of the pre-Pesach clothing rush along with the change of seasons.  All items in the store are included in this promotion, including Kikki Rikki shells, skirts, Linda Leal’s, layering dresses and their newly arrived children’s shells.

Layering shells are a favorite item of mine. I use them as soft comfortable undershirts for my daughters and put one under everything I wear. They allow the Jewish woman who dresses more modestly to wear any style shirt of dress without compromising fashion or modesty.  This is a great deal: $15 for $25 worth of shells! I know I’m ready for some new ones.  How about you?

Come visit Shell Sheli today so that your order can arrive well before Passover!

 

 

 

 

Do-It-Yourself Bag Of Plagues For Your Passover Seder

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This is a repost from last year.

Do-it-yourself Bag Of Plagues

Here is a guest post from my artist friend Not2Shabbey Abbey.  She has some really creative and fun ways to spruce up your seder table.  Check it out!

Pesach is around the corner and the time to prepare is upon us. I can only imagine the facebook posts that are already being displayed about the long hours spent in the kitchen cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning.  However, I have a little secret to share with you……..I absolutely positively have no clue how to clean.  Somehow when God was giving out the cleaning gene, he promptly skipped me. For the first 10 years of my marriage I thought I hid it very well from my husband. It was right before the very first Pesach that I had to make on my own that it became rudely apparent that I lacked the fundamental skills of organizing and housekeeping. I quickly confessed my sins to my husband who matter of factly told me that he’s known for years!

Although God may not have given me the cleaning talent, he did bestow upon me an awfully good one. Creativity.  One of my favorite creative projects for Pesach is a relatively simple idea that I wanted to share with you.  Much like crafting guru Martha Stewart, I like making my bag of plagues from scratch since it gives over that homemade feeling you can’t get from anywhere else.  To get an idea of a home made one, watch Martha’s video hereBut instead of using the ingredients that she recommends, check out mine – I’ll guarentee they’ll be more exciting!

Here are the items that I like to put into MY Makkos Bags.

Abbey’s Makkos Bags

Blood

Now yes, Martha’s red cherry chocolate is quite delicious, but does it REALLY scream blood to you??? I don’t think so.  How about this Blood Putty for $.99cents- I will be my 8 year olds best friend when he opens up his bag, let me tell you!

Lice

For lice, if you really want to ramp up your Seder table give your kids each a small container of Glitter or Confetti
Plastic Glitter Pack - Set of 6Glitter Confetti - 8 oz.

Beasts

For wild animals I personally love these wild animal bubble containers  which adds an extra layer of fun, but there are also these great wild animal toys that come in handy all year round as well.

 

Cattle Disease

These are seriously fabulous for Dever, Cattle disease, but if they really gross you out why not try the farm animal bookmarks which can be useful for the rest of the Seder or these relaxing sqeeze balls , all perfect choices.

Boils

Boils may take a little bit of work on your part. I would buy these sticky hands and draw small dots all over them, giving the hands the appearance of boils.  Cute right?

 

Hail

For hail I’m thinking ping pong balls.  Can you just imagine them flying and bouncing throughout your Seder!!!  HOW FUN!?! But if you are more of the reserved type you can get these reusable ice cubes.

 

Locust

For Locust you could go a little bit more buggier with these adorable snap & play bugs.
Snap 'n' Learn Number Bugs - 18 Pieces

Darkness

For darkness your best bet are sunglasses which everyone has fun putting on and playing with.

 

Death of Firstborn

For the death of the firstborn these glow in the dark skeletons  are pretty freaky.

Frogs

Last but not least, your seder isn’t complete without some of these plastic jumping frogs!

 

How To Assemble

Now that all the contents have been ordered let’s discuss how it will be presented. Martha recommends using a wax bag, but any brown paper bag, or even white bag is perfectly fine. You can get them at any local grocery store. You can use these fancy craft scissors to cut the top off your bags, put each of the 10 plagues into a bag and fold over the top.   Attach the ribbon to the bag as well.

 

For the decorative paper that goes on top of the bag print out this coloring sheet on cardstock paper and give it to your children to color during one of the endless days before Pesach when they have nothing to do.  When they are finished (make sure their names are on it – don’t want to go mixing them up!) glue them to each of the bags.  It’s the perfect personal touch.

Of course, you can also buy a ready-made bag of plagues like this one if you’re short on time.

 

So while you are meticulously cleaning and scrubbing, I will be meticulously painting down in my studio bringing creativity back to each of your dining room tables.  Come and visit my store & choose something unique and special to enhance your Passover Table.

Share pictures of your Makkos Bags here in the comments or on our Facebook pages: KosherShopaholic & Not2Shabbey - we can’t wait to see them!  Wishing you all a Chag Kasher V’Sameach.

Not 2 Shabbey, Abbey & The Kosher Shopaholic, Shoshana

Beautiful Hair Accessories: 10% off Coupon Code & $50 Giveaway

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My Headcoverings.com has a great selection of ladies headcoverings and hair accessories for both children and adults.  If you have little girls, you might have noticed that the huge flowers on headbands and clips are all the rage now, and they are very, very cute.  I was looking for some to accessorize my girls’ Passover Yontif outfits and found that My Headcovering has a lot of choices at unbelievably low prices, probably the lowest you’ll find anywhere on the web or in stores.  Here are some of my favorites.

This beautiful rose pony holder/clip is only $2.99 

 

 

 

 

This chiffon 3 rose headband is only $2.49

 

 

 

 

This 3 rose headband is only $2.99

 

 

 

 

 

And for us ladies, this sequenced women’s beret is only $13.99 !

 

 

 

 

10% off Coupon Code

Wait, it gets even better (I know I sound like an infomercial) but you can use the “Koshershop” coupon code from now until Pesach to get an additional 10% off of your order.  Can’t beat these prices!

Win A $50 Box of Hair Accessories

Wait, it gets even better.  As a Passover gift to you, My Headcoverings is giving away a $50 surprise gift basket filled with different hair accessories to 1 lucky winner!  Here’s how you can win: Share a picture or the name of Your Favorite item from MyHeadcoverings.com on my Facebook page here and you’ll be entered into the raffle to win a mystery box of hair accessories and head coverings valued at over $50.00! Contest ends Sunday, March 17, 2013. 

 

Leelach: Israeli Handmade Judaica & Clothing 10% off Coupon Code

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Recently an Israeli company, Leelach, contacted me to show me their beautiful line of handmade art and clothing made by and for Israeli women. They are offering all Kosher Shopaholic readers 10%  off all purchases, including their new Passover collection. Check out these beautiful matzah and afikoman sets featured below, just in time for the Passover holiday!

Leelach.com is the only online shop for handmade art created by Israeli women. You can buy beautiful, unique Israeli jewelry, Judaica, Modest skirts, shirts & dresses, tichels- mitpachot, kippot, and more while you read a bit about the lives of these Israeli women and thus about the reality of life in Israel.

In honor of Passover, they are offering 10% discount off all purchases – all you need to do when checking out put in the code- leelach2013 and click save, continue the checkout, register to leelach.com or checkout as a guest and complete your purchase!

Check out some of these beautiful handmade items:

 

What To Do For Chol HaMoed

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Pesach is a great time to enjoy with family and friends and to get out of the house and take part in the many wonderful activities available from New York to Israel.  Here is a list of some free or low cost activities that can make your Passover a tremendous success!

New York Area

For those with little ones, here’s a list of the Uncle Moishy Concerts this week.  They’ll be at the Atrium in Monsey first day Chol HaMoed and then Brooklyn, Lakewood & Far Rockaway.

NCSY is hosting their annual Six Flags Great Adventure days on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – the park is rented out and there should be Kosher food available to purchase.  Tuesday at 3:00pm there will be an additional NY Boys Choir concert at the park.

If you are in the NY area, take advantage of the gorgeous weather and take a FREE ferry to Governor’s Island, Ikea or Staten Island, go bike riding, shopping and have a picnic.

JDeal has some great deals right now including discounted tickets for a NY Sky Ride, NY Science Museaum, and bike rentals near Central Park.

While in Manhattan, take advantage of the newly Kosher for Pesach kitchen at My Most Favorite Food and treat you family to lunch or dinner out!

Israel

If you are fortunate enough to be in Israel for Pesach, here is a list of some wonderful FREE  and low cost activities all around Israel for Chol HaMoed including free museums, concerts & kids activities.

Outside of Israel & New York?  Please share with us in the comments section some of your great Chol HaMoed activities.

Wishing you a Chag Sameach!

I Can’t Believe Its Passover Dessert Recipes

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I’m sure that phrase has been used in a lot of places by now.  But with the gluten-free trend upon us, there are so many amazing dessert recipes for Passover that don’t taste like cement.  Moreover, they are actually healthy for you since they use ingredients like nuts and fruits.  We should make these recipes all year round.  Here are a few dessert recipes that guarantee to delight your family.

Nut Butter Bread

When I saw this simple recipe I just had to try it out, after all, I just bought myself a hugely discounted new Passover Food Processor.  It is so simple with only 4 ingredients.  I made it today and its already been devoured.  I found this recipe on Grain Free Foodies.

This bread is soft like a quickbread but as fluffy as a cake.  I can’t believe there’s no flour in here!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup nut butter (I used almond butter.  You can easily make your own almond butter by grounding it on high in a food processor with sharp blades)
1/4 cup honey (i doubled the hone to make it sweet like cake for my kids0
3 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 T vinegar or lemon juice

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients except for the vinegar and mix well (this usually requires an electric mixer for me). Add the vinegar or
lemon juice and mix well, then pour into a greased loaf pan.

Bake about 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  It is done when a knife or toothpick comes out clean.

Add cinnamon and whatever other spices you like, such as nutmeg or ground cloves or vanilla extract.

Chocolate Chip Miracle Bars

These are almost as good as blondies, I doubt my kids even know the difference.  With all the almonds in these recipes they are really quite healthy, much healthier than the chometz versions!  I found this recipe on The Kosher Eye.

Just four ingredients – that is all you need to make these easy, tasty treats. Great for Passover and all year round.

Ingredients:

2 cups ground almonds
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375; Grease a 9×13 pan.

Mix ingredients together and spread in pan with spatula. Batter will be thick but do not add water. Just mix it well.

Bake for 23 minutes

Strawberry – Rhubarb Compot

Nothing could be easier or tastier than this dish.  It is my husband and my in-laws’ absolute favorite dessert.  I make it tart but if you want it to be sweeter just add more sugar.  This is great year-round and is a nice light refreshing dessert after a heavy Passover yontif meal, like the seder.

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen strawberries

1 bag frozen rhubarb (or 2 bags of strawberries/rhubarb mixed)

1/2 cup sugar (for sweeter add another 1/2 cup)

1 cup water

Directions:

Pour all ingredients into a medium size pot, heat until simmering.  Let it simmer covered for 40 minutes.  Let cool and pour into containers and refrigerate.  Serve cold.  This also drizzles nicely over any cakes or brownies to dress it up.

 

 

A Pesach Message On Child Safety From Project YES

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Here’s a message from Project Yes that I recieved in my email that I wanted to share with you.  Child safety and personal space is such an important topic.  Please take the time to educate yourself and your children and have a happy, healthy a safe yontif.

Please Speak to Your Kids About Safety and Personal Space Today!

By: Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

We are all busy before Yom Tov, so let’s get right to the point.

If you haven’t done so already, please see to it that you speak to your children about child safety before Pesach, and give them a refresher talk if you already have.

It is literally a matter of life and death that you do so.

Year after year, we get a significant spike in abuse-related calls to Project YES right before, during, and after the Pesach and Succos Yomim Tovim. Why? Because our kids are in a less structured environment at home, in Shul and at play, and are exposed to a wide range of children, teenagers, and adults who they don’t have contact with all year round. If you need convincing — just tally the number of people your kids interact during with during a regular school week, and then do the same for the week of Pesach.

Thankfully, there is now an unprecedented awareness of the importance of child safety in our community and we have come to the painful understanding that our community is not immune to the ravages of abuse and molestation.

But, to be perfectly frank, the average person in the street (that’s probably you) has no idea of how bad things really are. Estimates of the number of frum people convicted of child abuse currently in the criminal justice system in New York State, range from 40 to 90 perpetrators. Depending on whose statistics you read, the average child molester abuses 50-200 children in his lifetime. Mind you, that is in the general population, where adults have a fraction of the access to children, than our community members have.

Taking the two lowball numbers above and doing the simple math reveals that there are 2,000 frum victims of child abuse in NY State alone – and that is only counting victims of predators who were caught, prosecuted, and convicted of the crime. So the real number is, shall we say, much much higher than that.

Untreated abuse victims are far more likely to go on and eventually abuse others, so there will continue to be an exponential rise in the number of children molested, until all our children are educated to help protect themselves, and until all predators are reported to the authorities and locked up.

I plead with you to take this matter seriously and do everything in your power to keep your kids safe. There are two steps you need to take to accomplish this:

1) Have safety talks with your children – using effective, research-based techniques that will educate and empower your children without frightening them.

2) See to it that they are properly supervised over Yom Tov.

There are four basic messages that children need to internalize in order for any abuse prevention program to be truly effective:

Your body belongs to you
No one has the right to make you feel uncomfortable
No secrets from parents
Good touching/bad touching
Please educate yourself before speaking to your children so that your discussions generate light and not heat. Additionally, it is important for you to know – and to share with your children – that although “stranger danger” is a genuine concern, the vast majority of molesters are family members or people well-known to the children.

As Teaneck Police Chief Michael Bruno brilliantly said during a talk he gave on child safety, “We need to train our children to consider the “it” (the inappropriate action being done to them) not the “whom” (regardless of the relationship or stature of the individual who may be doing it).

There are free resources available on our website www.kosherjewishparenting.com,

at the Los Angeles-based Aleinu Safety Kid Program website: http://www.aleinu.net/AleinuChildSafetyInstitute/safetykid.aspx ,

and you can get a free DVD with abuse prevention information by contacting Ohel at http://www.ohelfamily.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=722&Itemid=852

Here are links to two videos Project YES released to educate you, and help you have these discussions with your children:

Video: Speaking to your Kids about Personal Safety

Video: InYiddish – Speaking to your Kids about Personal Safety

Additional information:

The Karasick Child Safety Initiative of Project YES – Links to Safety Resources for Parents

http://www.rabbihorowitz.com/PYes/ArticleDetails.cfm?Book_ID=1512&ThisGroup_ID=238&Type=Article&SID=2

The Karasick Child Safety Initiative of Project YES – Introduction to “Let’s Stay Safe!” by Dr. David Pelcovitz
“Introductory Material to Accompany “Let’s Stay Safe!” – Providing Your Children with the Skills and Tools to Protect Themselves” by Dr. David Pelcovitz

http://www.rabbihorowitz.com/PYes/ArticleDetails.cfm?Book_ID=1511&ThisGroup_ID=238&Type=Article&SID=2

Last summer, we released our child safety picture book in conjunction with ArtScroll, “Let’s Stay Safe!”. You can find it in your local bookstore or order it onlinefrom Project YES at: http://www.rabbihorowitz.com/letsstaysafe/index.html

Thanks for reading these lines, and kindly take a minute to forward this to others – for the only way our children and grandchildren will be safe, is when each and every one of us is well educated about child safety.

Best wishes for a Chag Kosher V’samayach and much Nachas from your family.

Yakov Horowitz

Make-Up That’s Kosher For Passover, Shabbos & Everyday

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A few months back I reviewed this awesome line of make-up by Shaindee Costmetics here.  Shaindee recently contacted me to let me know that she has a very exciting new product out: long lasting stain lipstick glosses that are CARMINE-FREE & 100 % Kosher for Passover and year round.  They come in pretty pinks, purples and reds.  They also have a long-wear, 2 day liquid eye-liner which I personally love since, as a liquid it never smears and I don’t have to worry about it wearing off during a long Shabbat or 2-3 day Yontif that you can shower and swim in.

Shaindee told me that she understands how hard it is to buy cosmetics online online, so she helps make it much easier by offering a personalized approach to the impersonal.  Customers can email her pictures of themselves, telling her their make-up likes and struggles and she recommends colors and products for them.  She almost always gets it right.  For instance, I have a problem with eye-liner, within an hour its always smudged down my eye giving me tired-looking black eyes.  Shaindee sent me her long lasting liquid eyeliner to try special for this coming yontif & I put it on and 8 hours later its still fresh as new!  Thank you Shaindee!

ShainDee’s products are sold all over the world, including places as far reaching as Israel, Australia, England, Canada and Panama. The high quality line of kosher for passover make-up is available for purchase online here or in some select stores.  To learn about their various make-up and how to apply it before Shabbos, on Shabbos or anytime, you must check out her wonderful HOW-TO-APPLY-MAKE-UP VIDEOS.

For those people who use Shabbat makeup they have the most user friendly colors and product that work well with skin tones and are easy to
apply.  They have mineral foundation for normal to dry skin and duo foundations for oily skin.  Both do an amazing job concealing and even-ing out the
skin without looking and feeling like a mask.  Shaindee tells me that “we always tell our ladies that we want out product to bring out their best feature. people should say they look beautiful not that they are wearing beautiful makeup“. The same foundations can be used for  long lasting for the ladies who do not hold by shabbat makeup. It is in the way you apply them that  makes them  long lasting.  Make sure to watch her video on how to keep your makeup on or the halachot of applying Shabbat makeup.

By the way, the new spring colors that just arrived are ivy green and blue.  Click here to visit ShainDee Cosmetics, view the how-to videos, ask Shaindee a beauty question or purchase some Kosher L’Pesach & everyday cosmetics. 

 

 

My Most Favorite Food Restaurant Turns Kosher For Passover

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My Most Favorite Food Restaurant – Open Chol Ha Moed Passover 2012 & Year Round

My Most Favorite Food is a wonderful restaurant that boasts a rich & flavorful history in the city of Manhattan.  In its present Upper West Side of Manhattan location, it caters to the large Jewish & kosher-keeping community who live and thrive there.  Their menu offers a full range of delicious healthy foods for gluten-free & gluten-lovers alike.  They offer a wide assortment of seasonal salads, grilled/baked fresh fish and the traditional home-made pasta dishes found in most dairy restaurants.  They also have a mouth-watering menu of fresh home-baked desserts, available to eat or take-out.

The owners of My Most Favorite Food found me through this website and invited to come and eat in the restaurant to write a review.  That was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up since, first, I was familiar with the older, My Most Favorite Dessert Company and was curious to see why the name & location change and second because, well, who doesn’t need a night out in the city with the hubby (on the house!).  So, while my review may subconsciously be skewed by the fact that I got a night out on the house, I can definitely say that after my meal, I would go there again as a paying patron, in a heart-beat.

The restaurant is gorgeous and fitting to the upper west side location with its combination of red brick warmth and full length cool city windows.  The serving staff were attentive, knowledgeable and provided us with a relaxing and pampered experience.  And the food was superb.   I am on the Dukan Diet which means I am wheat, gluten & pasta free.  So the grilled Salmon and Greek Salad were my choices.  My husband, on the other hand, can keep skinny while still eating an entire plate full of baked ziti at 10:00pm (which was when we finally got the kids to bed & drove out to the city).  My salmon was wild (which is much healthier than farm-fed), fresh and perfect.  My husband’s pasta was just as delicious and fresh.  For purposes of this review, I made sure to taste my husband’s My Most Favorite Cheesecake and regretfully, it was so good I couldn’t stop with one bite!  Had it not been so close to Passover, I would have brought home half the take-out bakery goods for Shabbat.  And the other half as guilt offerings for my kids for leaving them with a babysitter for the evening.  They have these adorable little mini-cupcakes & cookies beautifully decorated for the kids.  They were just too pretty to leave in the store!

However, I think what’s most notable about this wonderful restaurant is the lengths they go to to satisfy their customers.  Some of you may know that when I’m not running The Kosher Shopaholic, I do business coaching for a living.  So I am accustomed to noticing a star when I see one.  Not many business owners would expend the amount of effort, time and money to turn an entire (pasta, pastry, cake) restaurant and off-site commissary Kosher for Passover. But My Most Favorite Food, catering to the needs of the surrounding Kosher community does.  You can live anywhere in the US and still order from their wide assortment of “I-can’t-believe-its-Kosher-for-Passover” selections as they ship throughout the country.  Of course, if you live closer by, you can call in an order for delivery or better yet, take the whole family out to eat there for Chol Ha Moed.   And after the seders moms, you deserve a break! 

Click here to see their full Kosher-for-passover menu.  And if you do go visit them, make sure to tell them I sent you!

BTW – the dessert in this picture is their success cake: layers of almond meringue with French vanilla crème, garnished with toasted almonds.  Available for passover and year round!