Yeah, we’re gonna have a party, party!

You have heard we are having a party, right? As we get closer and closer to May 3rd and a night of Beatlemania, the excitement is building around Temple Sholom. Even our littlest Gan Shalomers are ready to Come Together and celebrate!

To help them get into the spirit, members of the Gan Shalom and Temple Sholom staff recorded a CD of their favorite Beatles songs. Some even re-imagined the songs to be more Temple Sholom appropriate! Hey Jude became Hey Jews for example!

Meatless Monday: Banana Bread – tropical deliciousness on a cold day!

With this weather being as snowy crazy and cold as it has been, and the 2nd floor renovation, I have been spending a lot of time at home. I am totally content to be a homebody, but there was something about knowing that I really couldn’t go out that these past few days that made me feel a little stir crazy. In the past couple weeks I have watched a lot of football, and I do mean a lot. I have read (I’ve challenged myself to read 30 books this year, so far I’ve read one and half of another), and I’ve watched some of the stuff that has accumulated on my DVR. I sort of felt like I was running out of ways to entertain myself.

Meatless Monday: Vegetable Soup on a cold Winter’s night!

One of the benefits of the Temple’s administrative office being closed for remodel (outside of getting a beautiful new work space of course) is that I was able to come home to Ohio for a week to visit my family. Coming home for any amount of time always feels rushed, like I am trying to squeeze too much into too little time. I never get to see everyone or do all the things I would like.

Temple Sholom’s Meatless Monday: Let’s take this dip to the next level!

Have I ever mentioned that Pinterest is both the best and worst thing that ever happened to me? It’s true, and I doubt I’m the only one who feels that way. I don’t even want to admit how much time I can spend there on what is supposed to be just a quick visit. I saw somewhere (maybe even on Pinterest) the following statement: for every diet plan on Pinterest there is at least two delicious dessert recipes. It really is a very accurate statement. For me it isn’t really the dessert recipes that trip me up, because I have to be in a specific mood to attempt baking, but rather it’s the ooey gooey cheesey recipes that get me to ignore my diet and pin away for future use.

Temple Sholom’s Meatless Monday: Leave the Chicken – Take the Salad

I spent the Fourth of July holiday with my family in Saint Louis. It was so nice to get out of the city for a few days and be around family. My aunt is a great cook, and I always look forward to nights when we stay in for dinner, because her food never disappoints. She is a big fan of Iron Chef Michael Symon and his show television show The Chew, and one night while we were debating dinner she decided to try this recipe out on us. It was a grilled Greek style chicken and a Greek salad. The chicken was good, but for our purposes we will just focus on the salad. It was phenomenal! You know a salad is good when everyone at the table (a table full of pretty serious meat eaters, might I add) goes back for seconds and even thirds. I know I’ve posted a lot of salad recipes lately, and I promise more variety in the next few weeks, but this was just too good not to share!

Contemplating Gaspacho – Temple Sholom’s Meatless Monday

Each week in the Temple Sholom E-News blast there is an eco-friendly tip at the bottom courtesy of Temple Sholom’s Eco Chavura – a group that I am so proud and excited to be a part of. Some weeks the tip is more relevant to my life than others, and I have to say the one in the July 1st issue hit particularly close to home. I had to stop and reread it, especially the last line about how much food just being a little more organized can save. If you missed it in the E-News there is the tip for you: