Friday Roundup #28: Purim and the Olympics

The Kosher Cooking Carnival is up at Adventures in Mamaland.

Purim Mouse

Mouse Girl

PhD in Parenting wrote on the irony of fast-food companies sponsoring the Olympics. What do you think?

Below are posts from Cooking Manager for February 14-27:

In Why You Should Finish Everything on Your Plate, I explain why you should scrape plates to save food and make cleanup easier. Perhaps the title was misleading. I don’t think that children should finish their food despite not being hungry. Instead they should start with smaller portions.

In When Using Up Leftovers Is a Waste, I responded to reader Tesyaa about the wisdom of making new dishes from leftovers.

Reader Interviews:

Thanks to Yonit and Robin for sharing their international and eclectic cooking styles


Red Snapper with Dill and Lemon. Readers asked about serving fresh fish, so I am planning a post about it.

Grandma Rose’s Hamantashen. Norma’s Grandma, that is. Adina asked about substituting to make it pareve (neutral i.e. no dairy or meat). Since I avoid dairy substitutes, I recommended this recipe based on oil and juice. If you use it, I recommend reducing the oil to 2/3 cup or less.

We are busy preparing for the Purim holiday, which involves costumes and, like every Jewish holiday, lots of cooking and baking. Happy Purim to all who are celebrating!


  1. re: phd in parenting’s post

    I think that big corporate sponsorship of events like the Olympics and the Super Bowl are never going to go away, so we are going to have to come up with ways to circumvent what goes on.

    In the states I never let my kids watch commercial TV. (Though they are still little, so it was still easy. Also easy to say McDonald’s isn’t kosher and they didn’t like the bubbles in soda anyway. Temporary solutions.)

    We had a DVR and for something like the Olympics I’d absolutely start taping and watch later (even if only 20 minutes later), in order to pass over all the commercials.

    But at the same time they know there is a difference between regular food and treat food. Every once in a while when we go out they are allowed to get a hot dog and french fries-but as far as they are concerned I don’t know how to make hot dogs (so I don’t at home) and we’ve had discussions about how we don’t eat that meal every day or every week but as a nice thing to do from time to time, but not a healthy dinner.