Do You Know Your Parsha?

I came across an interesting question on Chabad.org; namely, does the parsha of your birth week – what you might refer to as your “bar mitzvah parsha” – hold personal significance? Of course, that made me pause and quickly look up what my parsha actually was. So interesting. I can’t …

Purim In A Grown-Up House

(Credit for that adorable and very grown-up challah goes to Joy of Kosher.) Over the past six or seven years, as my family grew up, Purim in my house changed. It became quieter, more orderly and peaceful. There’s no preschool megillah of Esky Cook illustrations strung across the dining room doorway, …

The Birthday Scribe

I’m the one who keeps track of everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries in my extended family. I don’t really remember when this started but at some point a few years ago, I sat down and sent out a group message, requesting everyone’s dates. I plotted everything in a simple calendar template and …

Avocado Pesto Grilled Cheese

I recently started making this sandwich as an after-work snack for me and my sister. It’s so easy and delicious! The pesto adds great flavor. Makes: 2 sandwiches (or 1 sandwich with an avocado half on the side) Ingredients: an avocado, lemon juice, salt, pepper, basil pesto, shredded mozzarella cheese, butter, …