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I made Matzo today!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Matzo (many spelling variations) is unleavened bread that was used for the first Passover because the Israelite Slaves did not have enough time before fleeing from Egypt to allow the bread to rise.

Why did I want to make it? No idea! But I have been making my own bread for many years now and just decided it was time to try to make matzo. This isn't the season for Matzo but I like it - I really like it with peanut butter and jelly! Passover is the holiday just before Easter - The Last Supper was a Passover Seder.

I found several videos at UTube and downloaded them to my computer (Real Player lets you do this) and today I decided to get brave and give it a try.

I didn't take pictures of mine - but I just found this article and it made me laugh so hard - mine didn't burn, heheheh.

This is the recipe I used but I decided not to start with 3 cups of flour! I used 1 cup and 1/3 cup water/oil mix - after reading the article above I see it should have been 1/2 cup liquid instead of 1/3rd - but it still came out pretty darn good.

They looked a lot like these:


My dad is Jewish and my matzo passed his taste test! He only said I should have rolled them thinner! WooHoo!!

**edit: I am going to experiment with Whole Wheat & Rye flours too! I think the recommendation is 1/3 of the "specialty flours" to the regular white. (This is one reason I think it is funny when people buy whole wheat bread - it is never 100% whole wheat flour. The whole wheat flour is too 'heavy' to use as-is. And pretty much most flours are wheat.)
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DEBBIE1414 8/24/2010 3:11PM

    I miss making my own bread. It's so much fun. emoticon

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/20/2010 9:49AM

  There's nothing quite like stuff that you make yourself. I can almost smell your kitchen. emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/19/2010 7:39PM


That is so cool!!! I would never think to make my own matzoh. I am Jewish but essentially non-practicing. I do make my own matzoh balls, usually from a mix. They turn out very well most of the time. DH (not Jewish) makes latkes every year for Chanukah. They are amazing. But of course not very dietetic.

I thought you might be Jewish because of the Junior's cheesecake connection. I saw a Junior's cookbook recently and thought of you.

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SOPHIADARE 8/19/2010 9:59AM

    Off to watch.

Good for you, Linda!

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MARTY19 8/19/2010 7:57AM

    I used to occasionally make bread, but these days it is difficult to find time. I'm going to check out my receipes again.


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BARNABABY1 8/18/2010 10:37PM

    WOW.... I definitely have to try these now!!! Thanks for the idea, I never knew how few ingredients there were involved! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 8/18/2010 9:24PM

    what a fun cooking adventure, esp with getting your dad's praise at the end!

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    Cool! Glad that you made it and enjoyed doing it too! Love ya, Dawn

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GINILEE4 8/18/2010 8:00PM

    You continue to impress and amaze us with your many talents. Congrats on a new recipe for your file,

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PS I know that's a pizza but there was no matza


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WALKINGANNIE 8/18/2010 6:11PM

    Congrats Chef Linda!


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Just an example of different weights and BMR

Monday, August 16, 2010

My sister gave me the best advice when she told me not to think of a number but to go as low as my body can handle.

There isn't much difference in the BMR for even 10-20 lbs. Here is an example for my 58 years at 61.5 inches.

115 - 1405
120 - 1432
125 - 1458
130 - 1483
135 - 1510
140 - 1536
145 - 1561
150 - 1588

The difference in the number of calories I can consume being 115 or 135 is roughly 100 calories - 100 calories difference for 20 lbs - who can't burn 100 calories?

I know many of us are struggling with the perfect "goal weight" so I just wanted to throw out the numbers to help a little.

**edit: I know many of you are doing WW points so I went looking for information and found 3 pages that were interesting.

The first is really a forum but I found the postings to be very enlightening. caloriecount.about.com/ww-points-app

The 2nd is an article with pros and cons of the WW Points system www.healthyweightforum.org/eng/artic

The last is an approximation of the patented formula used by WW www.peertrainer.com/LoungeCommunityT

Unlike BMR and counting calories, there is no way to accurately plan for a calorie range using WW Points - it depends entirely on the foods you eat and how much fat and/or fiber they contain. Unless the formula has been changed, it does not account for proteins.

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MRS.DOYLE 8/18/2010 10:39AM

    Well, I just worked out mine and am pleasantly surprised to see that there are only 26 daily calories between the weight I'm at and my ideal weight. It looks so doable now. Thanks.

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LINDABENEDICT 8/18/2010 1:24AM

    Great info ...THANKS!

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SOPHIADARE 8/17/2010 7:48PM

    Fascinating! Thanks!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/17/2010 1:29PM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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PAIGESMAMA 8/17/2010 8:46AM

    It sure puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

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LOPEYP 8/16/2010 8:39PM

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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MRS.DOYLE 8/16/2010 5:24PM

    That's a great way of putting it. I must work out mine.

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MARTY19 8/16/2010 5:13PM

    I'm not so good with the numbers. I know - you've tried to explain them to me multiple times. But As long as I am not hungry and am eating enough to keep me full, I am happy. So many of us struggle with this. It is nice to see them in black and white.

Bless you

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SHERRY257 8/16/2010 3:51PM

    Thanks for the information. emoticon

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MELSY82 8/16/2010 3:17PM

    Thank you, perspective is always a huge help!! Hope you are well:)

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MSLZZY 8/16/2010 3:10PM

    Great information-thank you! HUGS!

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A 'Neater' Way to Cook Fish!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I have a HealthZone grill (think Foreman "Wannabe" Grill) and they are awful to clean!

I wrapped a piece of frozen salmon (works with Tilapia & Catfish too) in foil and placed it in the heated up grill and cooked 5 minutes - then flipped the package and cooked another 3 minutes.

Moist and delicious! No mess!

Try with chicken, beef and/or pork too!

Adjust cooking times as needed on your grill.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/17/2010 9:45AM

    Interesting! Do you use heavy duty foil or just regular?

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MARTY19 8/16/2010 8:41AM

    I have seen those types of grills and never bought one. That was when I had a gas outdoor grill. Now that I no longer have my grill, this might be a good investment for me. Thanks for sharing.


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MSLZZY 8/15/2010 10:49PM

    You are making me hungry and I already ate LOL! Have a great night and thanks for the info!

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    Great idea - I just about stopped using my GF grill because I hate to clean it.

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POLARBEARSCAT 8/15/2010 8:46PM

    Just to clarify -- did you thaw it first?

I don't have a George Foreman grill, but I did also make salmon tonight. I marinated the filet in FF Italian dressing overnight, then took filet out of marinade and sauteed in a skillet using only the dressing that clung to it in the pan. Delicious!

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SHEILA2BFITTER 8/15/2010 8:23PM

    I'll try this on our George Foreman. I don't use it half as much as I should.


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    What a great and EASY way to fix fish! I am going to try it. Love ya, Dawn

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BARNABABY1 8/15/2010 7:15PM

    What a great idea!! I love anything that makes clean up easier....Thank You! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/15/2010 7:10PM

    I use my Foreman all the time. I'll try this method. Thanks for the tip!! -Marsha

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SHERRY257 8/15/2010 6:46PM

    I will try this! It sounds delicious and much easier than cleaning George! emoticon

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The bleeding stopped!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thank you all!

The bleeding did stop and it has been 24 hours now!

Praise The Lord!!

I can breathe easier now. Thank you my wonderful spark buddies!

Love you,

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GRALLEN 8/15/2010 6:30PM

    Ah, the power of prayer. It's a wonderful thing. So glad to hear the bleeding has stopped.

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BETHMOMOF2 8/15/2010 6:16PM

    How scary! I'll be praying too!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/15/2010 11:14AM

    Glad that things are improving. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Dawn

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SOPHIADARE 8/15/2010 9:43AM

    First I've seen of this. Adding my prayers. So glad things are looking up!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/15/2010 6:50AM

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BARNABABY1 8/15/2010 1:14AM

    emoticonSuch a relief!!!! emoticon

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MICHELLELEE150 8/14/2010 11:04PM

    I just got caught up. Glad to hear he's doing better, and will pray for his quick recovery.

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MERRY40 8/14/2010 10:54PM

    Thank God-glad to hear the good news!

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LOPEYP 8/14/2010 9:00PM

    Glad to hear it!

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COOLMAMA11 8/14/2010 8:08PM

    emoticon wonderful news, so glad he's feeling better!

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MARTY19 8/14/2010 7:01PM

    emoticon emoticon That is great news.


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ONEKIDSMOM 8/14/2010 6:44PM

    Love and thoughts and prayers... glad things are looking better!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/14/2010 6:42PM

    Glad to hear things are going better.

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WooHoo! He's doing better, fingers crossed!

Friday, August 13, 2010

He was still bleeding badly this morning so I took him back to the doctor (thankfully he was in today!).

Poor Pop had to pretty much just lay there for over an hour before they got to him - but the bleeding had lessened with his arm elevated. Seems it was mostly from one area and the doctor used some sort of "cauterizing stick" and so far it hasn't re-bled.

I am not to wash the wound - just run some soapy water and then clear water over it - and re-bandage tomorrow.

Fingers & toes are crossed and my prayers are still going up for Pop.

Thank you all for responding with your prayers. Even well wishes are great for those who might not believe in prayers.

I love all of you.
Linda & Pop

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MELSY82 8/16/2010 3:21PM

    So sorry, I just saw this!! Heartfelt prayers and well wishes to you and your loved ones.

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MOMMIARSES 8/14/2010 5:10PM

    Praying for complete recovery for your dad.

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NANCYMT6151 8/14/2010 3:57PM

    More prayers, love and blessings coming your way.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/14/2010 4:40AM

    I'm pleased that he is recovering from the injury and hope that the progress continues. You can always rely on prayers and good wishes from your many Spark friends.


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BARNABABY1 8/13/2010 11:25PM

    It's a relief to hear that he is doing better now and on the road to recovery!!! I'm sending lots of good wishes to both of you!
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GRALLEN 8/13/2010 10:22PM

    Good to hear some positive news. Your pop is still on the prayer list.

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MERRY40 8/13/2010 7:57PM

    So sorry to hear about your dad but glad he's doing better. I will keep him and all of you in my prayers. God bless!

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MARTY19 8/13/2010 7:11PM

    My fingers and toes are crossed too. Plus I'm adding a few prayers. Is Pop staying with you during this time or are you running over to him. Just take goode care of yourself too.

Love you

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ANNIEONLI 8/13/2010 6:03PM

    Good to hear you got things under control! Prayers being sent!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/13/2010 5:28PM

    Thanks for letting us know of the progress. Prayers still going up for all!

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MSLZZY 8/13/2010 5:06PM

    Still praying for all of you! HUGS!

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