Calling all Lego lovers!!!

Your Lego obsessed son or daughter is going to love this new mezuzah by Jewdads. There are 10 different Lego characters that are available as mezuzahs- Darth Vader, Hello Kitty, Superman, Spiderman, Ironman, Chewbacca, Obi-wan Kanobi, Woody from Toy Story, Batman and Yoda. The Lego pieces for each mezuzah are glued together to create the mezuzah. These mezuzahs make the greatest gift for the young and the young at heart who spend hours upon hours building and creating with Lego.

Lego Mezuzah Superman Lego MezuzahYoda Lego Mezuzah

To view all available Lego mezuzahs click the link below.

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Seder Plate by Jillery… & dinner tonight.

I fell in love with this Seder Plate the minute I saw it. The seder plate is decorated with Jill Fagin’s trademark bead work. It has a very whimsical feel to it. The middle of the seder plate has the word “Pesach” spelled out in metal beads. The seder plate also includes a separate glass bowl for each of the different symbols.

They seder plate measures 13″ in diameter and sells for $98.

Seder Plate by Jillery

 

Moving on to Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you just started reading my blog you are probably a little confused as to why I am discussing my dinner menu. As mentioned in a previous blog I find what to make for dinner to be the hardest challenge of the day. From what I hear from other people I do not seem to be alone. So while I am writing about the last cool Judaica Gifts, I thought I would also share what is cooking in my kitchen.

 

While Pizza should not be uttered in the same sentence as Seder Plate, it is what my kids requested for dinner. So tonight it is going to be home made pizza. The minute people hear the word “homemade” I think they get a little nervous. The truth is that the amount of time it takes to make pizza at home is the same amount of time it takes to order a pizza and have it delivered. The one difference is that the homemade pizza is 10 times better. I usually make a wholewheat pizza crust so the pizza is on the healthier side.

To make the pizza crust I use Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast and use the recipe on the back of the package. The only change I make it that I use 1 cup of regular white flour and 1 1/4 cups of wholewheat flour.

Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast

Pizza Crust Recipe

 

This is the recipe for the pizza crust. You could also find the recipe at www.pizzacrustyeast.com .

After I make the pizza crust I roll it out and top it with whatever tomato sauce I have and then grated mozzarella cheese. Sometime I add sautéed onions or frozen corn which is a favorite of my kids.

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The whole pizza making process takes about 20 minutes. After getting the pizza prepared I bake it in the oven at 475 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is a little bubbly and the crust has a light brown color.

While the pizza is cooking I prepare the brussels sprouts.  There is nothing easier than roasting brussels sprouts. I open up a bag of shredded brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s, mix it with a little olive oil (about 1-2 tbsp), spread it out on a baking sheet with parchment paper and roast the brussels sprouts in the oven at 475 degrees for about 20 minutes. After  the first 10 minutes I mix the brussels sprouts so they cook evenly. After they come out of the oven I sprinkle them with a little salt.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts

You will be surprised but you will actually be able to say that your kids love brussels sprouts!!!

Happy Eating!

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The Hamentaschen Gragger…. And Dinner Tonight

Drown out Hamans name in style with this paper mache gragger in the shape of a hamentaschen. You will surely turn heads if you bring this gragger to synagogue as opposed the metal ones we all grew up with.

Purim Gragger

Paper Mache Hamentaschen Gragger

Don’t forget Purim is March 16.

What is for dinner?

So now that I have shared with you the awesome hamentaschen gragger I thought I would move on to what I am making for dinner, which is always the biggest challenge of the day.

So tonight it is going to be Shakshuka. I just learned that this is a Tunisian dish and in layman’s terms it is eggs cooked in a spiced up tomato sauce. There are many great recipes for Shakshuka but decided to follow the one I found on the “The Shiksa In the Kitchen”.  Here is a picture of one I have made in the past. (It is half eaten because my kids got to it before I could snap a shot.)

Shakshuka

 

 

 

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Jewish Penicillin Mug… Oh and Whats for Dinner

Chicken soup has always been known as the Jewish Penicillin. In some sort of weird way it is the cure for everything. So what better way to drink your Jewish Penicillin than from a Jewish Penicillin Mug. I kid you not.  Here is a picture of the mug.

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It really makes a great housewarming gift. It is a much more interesting hostess gift than a bottle of wine, a plant, or another box of candy- which really none of us need. In fact it  seems to be a favorite of the Jewish Museum of Oslo who have ordered many for their gift shop. The mug sells for $20 and holds 24oz.

So moving on.

I recently decided that to spice up my blogs about the products that we offer, as a bonus I will  share with my readers (or my one reader) my biggest challenge of the day… what to serve for dinner. (I can’t imagine that it is any more interesting reading about menorahs, mezuzahs, challah covers, seder plates, or even the Jewish Penicillin Mug than it is writing about them.)

I am a mother of 4, and besides running AllThingsJewish.com and trying to offer the community at large “all things Jewish”,  I am confronted with the daily challenges of 4 kids. I find the biggest challenge to be what to serve for dinner that everyone will like and from what I understand from many of my friends I am not alone.

As I was writing about the Jewish Penicillin Mug, I had this craving for chicken soup and it happens to be a favorite in this house. So guess what my kids are having for dinner?

Through the years of making chicken soup I feel like I have perfected a stable of the Jewish diet. When I first began making chicken soup I would use a whole chicken.  But I have smartened up in my old age and found an easy and less expensive way of cooking up the Jewish Penicillin. The key to my success are “soup socks”.

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 Next to indoor plumbing “soup socks” are the best invention and have simplified the making of chicken soup by a hundred fold. Not only have they simplified the process but instead of using a whole chicken to make soup I use a package of chicken bones which is a lot less expensive. Living in the Los Angeles area I am able to buy the “soup socks” at the the store Sur La Table at the Grove, but you could also order them on-line.

http://www.surlatable.com/search/search.jsp?N=4294967064&Ntt=soup+socks

Follow the steps below and you will have a great tasting chicken soup.

Easy to Make Chicken Soup

Place a package of chicken bones in one soup sock.

Place the soup sock with the chicken bones in a larger pot of water and begin to boil the water. 

Add your vegetables such as parsnip, celery, carrots, onions and leeks. ( If you want more of a clear broth place your vegetables in another “soup sock”.)

Add about 1/2 tsp of salt.

After the soup begins to bowl turn the flame to low, cover and let the soup cook for at least 1 hour. (The longer you let the soup boil the more concentrated it becomes.)

Once the soup has cooked you could discard the soup socks. For the more adventurous one syou could open up the “socks” and suckle the bones.

Happy eating!!!

 

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Personalized Curved Glass Menorah by Jillery

This has become one of the more popular Bat Mitzvah gifts. This curved glass menorah by artist Jill Fagin can be personalized the name of the Bat Mitzvah girl. You can choose the color of the beads to add a more personalized touch. The steel candle holders sit in between 2 pieces of glass and is decorated with Jill Fagin’s trademark beads and aluminum thread. The menorah sells for $90 and $1.50 for each character added.

Jill Fagin of Jillery is the creator of this menorah. Jill Fagin combines metals and colors for each of her pieces. Each of Jill’s designs threads different color beads through aluminum thread. Each Jillery piece is designed and created in Jill Fagin’s Greenwich Village studio.

This menorah makes a great Bat Mitzvah gift and a perfect way to celebrate the Hannukah Thanksgiving 2013 Mash-up.

Personalized Curved Glass Menorah by Jillery

Personalized Curved Glass Menorah by Jillery

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Glass Block Movable Menorah by Jillery

You could arrange your menorah any way you would like with this Glass Block Movable Menorah by Jillery. Each glass block is decorated with a tread of aluminum and colorful beads. You could line up the glass blocks or place them in a circle. Be creative! Each block measures 1.25″ except one measures slightly larger and acts as the shemash.

Jill Fagin of Jillery is the creator of this menorah. Jill Fagin combines metals and colors for each of her pieces. Each of Jill’s designs threads different color beads through aluminum thread. Each Jillery piece is designed and created in Jill Fagin’s Greenwich Village studio.

This is a great menorah to celebrate the Chanukah Thanksgiving Mash-up of 2013.

Glass Block Movable Menorah by Jillery

Glass Block Movable Menorah by Jillery

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Glass Columns Menorah by Jillery

Jill Fagin has done it again with this beautiful Glass Columns Menorah. It is a little more sophisticated than her other menorahs. Each glass column is decorated with a swirl of aluminum thread and bead.  Each column is topped with a steel candle holder. The menorah measures 6″ x 11″ and sits on a piece of tempered glass. The menorah sells for $108 and makes a wonderful wedding gift for a bride or groom with a more modern taste.

Jill Fagin of Jillery is the creator of this menorah. Jill Fagin combines metals and colors for each of her pieces. Each of Jill’s designs threads different color beads through aluminum thread. Each Jillery piece is designed and created in Jill Fagin’s Greenwich Village studio.

Not only does this beautiful menorah make a great wedding gift by it is also a great way  to help celebrate the Chanukah Thanksgiving Mash-up of 2013.

Glass Columns Menorah by Jillery

Glass Columns Menorah by Jillery

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