Some Videos for the Season…

It’s nearly that time of year, so I wanted to share some amusing videos of the holiday season. Its nearly time for Chinese Food, Movies, and the time to take the streets. On a side note, I’ve been discussing my frustration over the fact that a LOT of non-Jews have co-opted this tradition. Rather than being with family all day, they rush the presents and the ‘material’ part of Christmas, only to rush right out and join in on our fun. I’ve lost count of how crowded the movie theaters and restaurants have gotten as of late!

So, as a plea from all of us here in this little part of the net, stay HOME this Christmas. Enjoy your family, and cook that big dinner with the ones you love. We go out on this night because we DON’T have the gifts, the family together, and the like. For us, it’s a day almost all of us are forced to be off from work. And we can’t even turn on the TV as it’s pretty much non-stop Christmas movies, songs, and burning logs. THAT is why we go out! Let the non-Christians have their ONE day, okay? 🙂

So, as the Wiccans, Muslims, Hindus, Pastafarians, Jews, and every other faith get ready to take the streets, let’s watch some amusing videos! This first video is an amusing song from Saturday night live, and is a favorite o mine. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Christmastime For the Jews!

Now, next up I wanna share a video that my Rabbi is obsessed with. He has suggested that all the congregation check it out, so let me share it here! Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy I Eat Chinese Food on Christmas by Brandon Harris Walker!

This next one is NOT SAFE FOR KIDS, but it is oh, so funny. This, my dear readers, is more an example of what poor Jewish bachelor college students will be doing all day on Christmas. Ah, yes… This video brings back a lot of memories! Sit back, relax, and enjoy A Jewish Christmas!

But, with all these videos, how could we forget little Kyle from South Park!? Shame on me! Ladies and gentlemen, we can’t forget him! So, live from South Park, Colorado, USA…. Kyle Brovlowski singing I’m A Lonely Jew on Christmas! Enjoy!

As long as we’re going over Jewish & Christian together, let me share a favorite film of mine. Let’s watch what happens when Santa enters a Jewish home by accident on Christmas Eve in Santa Claus and The Jew!

Wow, who knew Santa could be such a jerk! Bad Santa, no latkes for you next year! Ah, well! Let’s hope that bit of satire wasn’t TOO dark! Let’s see… I hope that these videos help get everyone through the start of this week! Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

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December 23, 2007. Jewish Links, video. 1 comment.

Heading back South of the Border!

I’ve been working my figurative butt off cooking, and I stumbled upon a Mexican Pork dish, Chuletas Adobado, that I thought was interesting. But, why on earth should it be pork? No, no… It looks like a return of the Trayfe-to-Kosher Challenge as we go south of the border once more!

Mexican-Inspired Steaks

3 Cups Fresh Pineapple
1 Whole Garlic Bulb, peeled
1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
5 Poblano Peppers, Peeled & Seeded
1/2 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
1 White Onion
1 Green Pepper
6 (8-ounce) Boneless Beef Steaks

Begin by taking the FRESH pineapple (We need fresh pineapple for the acidicness), garlic, peppers, salt, cumin, cloves, and vinegar in a food processor. Pulse process the mixture until pureed into a thick, juicy mix.

Slice the onion and green pepper into rings, then set the steaks in a sealable plastic container with the sliced onions & green peppers.

Pour the marinade from the food processor over the steak & veggies, seal the container, and marinade for 2-3 hours to allow the juices time to seep into the steaks.

As the steaks finish marinating, fire up the grill and get it NICE and warm. Once ready, take the steaks, onion slices, and green peppers on the grill, keeping the veggies over cooler part of the grill.

Cook the steaks and veggies for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 110 degrees F internally. Remember to flip the veggies and steaks halfway thru the grilling to cook evenly.

Remove from grill, and slice steaks into strips. Serve with warm tortillas and vegitarian refried beans.
Serves 6
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 370 g

Amount Per Serving
Calories 514Calories from Fat 105
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.6g18%
Saturated Fat 3.9g20%
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 881mg37%
Total Carbohydrates 15.9g5%
Dietary Fiber 2.0g8%
Sugars 9.8g
Protein 83.1g

Vitamin A 5% • Vitamin C 78%
Calcium 4% • Iron 47%

Nutrition Grade A-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

You can also cook the steaks in a cast-iron skillet, or bake inh a 350 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes, or until cooked all the way thru. You can make it into soft tacos with the steak strips and beans, or just use the tortillas to scoop-eat the steaks & beans. I found spanish rice ALSO goes very well with this. Also, I hope the calorie breakdowns of these recipes as of late have been helpful to everyone? Anyhow… Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

December 22, 2007. main courses, recipes, Trayfe-to-Kosher Challenge. Leave a comment.

Bread Bowls, French Onion Soup, & A Survey!

First off, I’m asking all of my readers to click here to take a survey about this blog. This is just something I’m doing to help figure out my reader stats, where they are coming from, and how to best serve you – my readers. Now, as for today’s recipe, its a basic recipe of sorts that ALWAYS goes over well. Today we’re going to explain how to make Sourdough Bread Bowls.

We begin by grabbing some Sourdough Bread Rounds from our favorite grocery store. To these we’re going to cut a hole in the top about 2-3 inches around, and scoop out the insides of the bowl. Try to leave about 1/2 inch of bread in the bottom. Next, we want to take some Olive Oil and lightly brush it ALL over the inside of the rolls, covering EVERY square inch if possible. Then, setting your prepared rolls on a cookie sheet, bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the inside of the bread bowls are NICE and crispy.

Now we get to the FUN part! These bowls can be used for LOTS of dishes. One of my favorite uses of these inexpensive rounds is to fill them with salad or a dinner soup. But, the most COMMON use of these bowls is in making French Onion Soup.

French Onion Soup

6 Cups Chopped Yellow Onions
1/3 Cup Margarine
8 Cups Vegetable Bouillon (Or Beef-Flavoured Vegitarian Bouillon is preferred if you can get it.)
2 Teaspoons Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
4 Tablespoons Flour
Cognac
White Cheeses Such as Mozzarella, Swiss, etc.

Cook onions slowly in a large cast iron skillet in the margarine until combined. Then cover and simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.

To a crock pot, add in the bouillon and set it to HIGH. Then stir in ALL the contents of the cast iron skillet after the 15 minuters is up, stirring well. Finally, add in the sugar, salt, & flour and cover. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

When ready to serve, pour 1 tablespoon of cognac into the bottom of each bread bowl, then top with hot soup. Finally, top the bread bowls with your favorite white cheeses & bake in a 425 degree F oven for 15-20 minutes.

Move to plates and serve still warm.
Serves 12

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 157 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories

335
Calories from Fat

101
% Daily Value*
Total Fat

11.2g
17%

Saturated Fat

3.9g
20%

Cholesterol

11mg
4%

Sodium

1660mg
69%

Total Carbohydrates

39.4g
13%

Dietary Fiber

1.8g
7%
Sugars

13.6g
Protein

10.7g

Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 22% Iron 10%
Nutrition Grade C-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, nummy. I hope you all enjoy this recipe, and using bread bowls to help make ANY meal special! Also, please fill out the survey to help me out with needed information! Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

December 11, 2007. bread, main courses, Personal, recipes, salad, side dishes. 4 comments.

Free Hanukkah Music!

It’s that time of year again, and XM Radio has brought back Radio Hanukkah!!! It has a free trial again this year, and it starts in ONE HOUR! Tune in! Listen in! Dance the night away!

Also, if youy have DirectTV, you can listen via channel 869! 🙂

December 4, 2007. Jewish Links, Kosher Links. 2 comments.