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Team, we’re on vacation.  We’re back in Miami but this time we’re at my husband’s place in Coconut Grove. And yes, it’s EXTREMELY weird to say the sentence, “my husband’s place”. These kinds of trips, trips back to a city you used to live in, are always a mixed back.  You spend so much time running around trying to see everyone and the chances of me disappointing someone on this trip is/was quite great. It’s a pretty awesome problem though; the problem of having so many loved ones and not enough time to see them.

When we moved from Miami to LA, I honestly thought we’d never head back. It’s a lot less expensive and less chaotic for my husband to do the traveling to LA than for me and the 2 1/2 year-old kiddo to be traveling to Miami. But, the hubby got a gig reading the Torah on a few shabbatot (multiple shabbats) at the Coconut Grove Chabad and as payment, the Chabad bought us tickets to come out to see him.  It’s a pretty sweet deal. Part of the negotiation though was I was not gonna head back to LA with a jetlagged toddler without some help.  We get back on Tuesday and I go right back to work on Wednesday. Parenting a toddler is exhausting. Parenting a toddler alone and working as a school counselor is EXTREMELY exhausting. As a result, my morning coffee consumption has gone from 1 cup everyone morning to 2 cups. I’m officially a 2 cup of coffee lady. My love and, let’s face it, addiction to coffee is deep and it is real. I’m a monster when I don’t get my coffee. It’s shocking how rapidly I change from she-beast to relatively pleasant person after even one gulp of coffee. As a result of this new change in coffee-drinking status, I bring you a post dedicated ENTIRELY to coffee.  I’ve got coffee everything. There are smoothies, brownies, salad, fudge, homemade creamers, and, of course, drinks! I hope you find something you like!

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1. Bourbon Blondies with Chocolate Vegan Glaze from Jewhungry

2. Vanilla Almond Frappuccino from Jewhungry 

3. Coffee-rubbed Lamb Chops with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction from Kitchen Tested

4. Coconut Coffee Ice Cream from Running to the Kitchen 

5. Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins from Very Culinary

6. Cardamom Coffee Beet Salad from What Jew Wanna Eat

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Coffee-Rubbed Lamb Chops with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction from Kitchen Tested

 

 

7. Dark Chocolate Bark with Coffee Pistachios + Sea Salt from With Food + Love

8.  Mocha Tahini Protein Fudge from Spabettie

9. Coffee Hazelnut Spritz Cookies from Healthy Delicious

10. Sugar-free Homemade Coffee-Liqueur from  All Day Long I Dream About Food

11. Espresso Cookies with Salted Caramel Ganache from Keep It Sweets Desserts

12. Butternut Butterscotch Latte from An Edible Mosaic                            Paleo-Mocha-Almond-Pancakes_labelled

13.  Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes from The Healthy Maven

14. Coffee Toffee Thumbprint Cookies from Crumb Blog

15. Chocolate Coffee-Almond Granola from Cooking on the Weekends

16. Chocolate Espresso Mousse from The Lemon Bowl

17. Coffee Smoothie with Fresh Cherries from Cook the Story

18. Coffee Kahlua Fudge from The Kitchen is My Playground

Coffee-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies from Healthy Delicious

Coffee-Hazelnut Spritz Cookies from Healthy Delicious

19. Mocha No Bake Granola Bars from Mom on Time Out

20. Toasted Coconut Cold-brew Coffee from Ari’s Menu

21. Baileys Irish Coffee Caramels from Bake.Love.Give

22. Energizing Green Smoothie from Tasty Yummies

23. Tiramisu Dip from Lemon Tree Dwelling

24. Mocha Pound Cake from Confident Cookie, Hesitant Baker

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Guilt is a funny, funny thing. Not so much, ‘haha, funny’, but more in the ‘I’m so uncomfortable right now that the only thing I can do is awkwardly giggle’, funny.  As a school counselor, I’ve been witness to guilt more often then I would have liked.  I’ve been in one too many meetings between parents and children where guilt has been the biggest, baddest unspoken, third-party visitor. Whether parent to child or child to parent, guilt is an ugly and regularly-used weapon in the blood sport that is parenting a teen.  As a result, I’ve built up a pretty great tolerance to guilt. I’ve got some serious (and invisible) Wonder Woman-esque bracelets that are pretty awesome at deflecting folks’ attempts at guilting me into doing whatever it is they want me to do.  I’m pretty proud of my invisible guilt-reflecting bracelets (their gold with hot pink “W”s on them) but lately, I think I’ve been forgetting to put them on before heading out to face my day.

Lately, guilt has been showing up for dinner at my place on a pretty regular basis. Specifically, every time the kiddo is watching TV.  Actually, we don’t own a TV (and not in the condescending, “oh, we don’t own a TV”, kinda way but more in the “I ain’t paying for cable” kinda way), but we do own an iPad, two laptops and two iPhones.  And in this venture of my life, this time where it’s just me and the kid against the world, the iPad has become my co-parent (well, the iPad AND Beyoncé, but more on that at a later date).  The kid has seen so much TV lately that my guilt is just overcoming me. In fact, the other day I found myself quickly changing the radio station from NPR to ANYTHING else as the segment that was about to come on was about toddlers, TV viewing, and brain development. I seriously panicked and was all, “Sh*t!! Change the station, Whit. CHANGE IT!!”

 

Naked Blondies

Naked Blondies

I know the research. I studied early childhood development in social work school. I’ve been trained in mindful parenting by the Center for New Psychoanalysis. I’m a school counselor. I actually know a few things about this topic and parenting in general.  I’ve found myself fervently supporting and reassuring single parents or working parents that they are doing a great job and that 90% of the things they are feeling guilty over just aren’t worth the anxiety. But man, do I suck at reassuring myself.

I think back at ALL the TV watching my brother and I did as latch-key kids growing up in the 80s. I think about how successful my brother is, as a parent, a husband and in his work-life, and I think about myself as well and I think, “We ended up pretty OK, right?!”  The kid watches Thomas the Train in the morning while eating breakfast so that I can get myself ready.  She watches Sesame Street so I can do the laundry, cook dinner and clean up.  She plays too, but she watches TV. This year of unplanned, temporary single parenting status has resulted in my lowering of certain boundaries I thought I’d never ease up on. I’m not sure what’s right or what’s wrong but I do know ALL the words to Thomas the Train’s opening credits so there’s that.

 

The magic.

The magic.

OK, so just in case you’re not in a grain-free, sugar-free post-New Year’s diet spiral (or just in case you are), I went ahead and made you my FAVORITE shabbat dinner dessert . . . brown sugar brownies, otherwise known as blondies. Then I went ahead and upped them SEVERAL notches and poured some non-dairy (a.k.a. parve and vegan) dark chocolate glaze on top.  This recipe is so simple it’s embarrassing. But it’s also so delicious, your dinner guests will rave and ask you for the recipe (and here’s where you send them to the blog).  Happy Monday!

 

Bourbon Blondies with Vegan Dark Chocolate Glaze:

Ingredients for Blondies

1 1/3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or Earth Balance, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions for Blondies

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 x 9 x 1-3/4 inch pan.
    Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add the bourbon in and stir until well combined.
  2. Stir in the flour mixture and the nuts until well blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed.
  4. Let cook. Pour glaze over blondies and let cool for roughly 30 minutes before cutting with sharp knife.

 Ingredients for Vegan Chocolate Glaze

8 oz. vegan chocolate chips
½ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
2 tbsp strong brewed coffee

Directions for Glaze:

  1. Place the chocolate, coconut milk, and coconut oil in a metal mixing bowl.
  2. Fill a small saucepan with 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil. Place the bowl of chocolate on top of the saucepan. Once the chocolate begins to melt, whisk the ingredients together until all of the chocolate and coconut oil is melted and the mixture is combined and smooth.
  3. Add in the coffee and stir.
  4. Pour glaze onto prepared blondies and let cool.

 

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Have you ever been so proud of someone and so in awe that it literally takes your breath away? That’s how I feel about Erin Zaikis, founder of Sundara, a non-profit organization that works to ensure holistic public health solutions by combining hygiene initiatives with community education, environmental preservation and female empowerment whenever possible for communities in need. How did I become so blessed to know someone so inspiring?

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The year was 2007. I had just sold everything I owned, packed what little I had left (and my dog) into my Honda CRV and moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to work and save money before my big year-long sojourn in Jerusalem.  My beloved friend, Joel, had gotten me a part-time job at the University of Michigan’s Hillel as a Jewish Student Life Program Director. I was 27 and a little lost but felt like things were about to change . . . dramatically.

I started in October, after school had already begun and relationships already solidified. I was a little nervous the students would be all, “Who’s this chick and why is she late to the party?” Of course, they weren’t. We’re talking about Michigan students here! The best of the best (go Blue)! One of the first students I met was one Miss Erin Zaikis. Erin was (and remains) incredibly hilarious, incredibly grounded and incredibly real; some of my favorite qualities in a woman. We connected instantly—bonding over such deep subjects as hip hop music, our love of diverse cultures and no one believing that we’re actually Jewish. After about 7 months and a dramatic burn injury, I ended up leaving Ann Arbor earlier than expected and moving in with my mom in Asheville, NC. I went about my life and so did Erin.  Thanks to Facebook, I was able to keep up a bit on what this woman was getting up to.  I knew she was traveling and exploring and I was happy that she was able to do all those things. What I didn’t realize (but should have) was that she was hatching a plan.

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While working in rural northern Thailand, Erin visited a local school. When she arrived, she used the bathroom, but when looking for the soap, there was none to be found. She asked the students if they had any soap at the school but just saw blank stares. So she asked if they washed their hands after going to the bathroom, or before eating. They all shook their heads no.

Stunned by this, Erin went to the nearest town and bought out their supply of soap to bring back to the school. She proceeded to conduct an impromptu hand-washing workshop. However, many of these children had never washed their hands before: they were fumbling the bars of soap in their hands and smacking it against their faces, unsure of what to do with it that was her light bulb moment!

Upon Erin’s return to the US, she found that the leading causes of death in children worldwide are illnessesthat could be prevented with a bar of soap. This problem she saw in Thailand actually existed all around the developing countries. In fact, according to a recent Unilever study, there are 70 million people in India alone that don’t know what soap is!

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Sundara India Photo Soap Recycling

Approximately 3.5 million die of diarrhea and respiratory diseases each year according to the Centers of Disease Control. Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of infection and illness, and is more effective, yet cheaper, than any vaccine on the market. With this in mind, Sundara was born.

Erin took a few minutes out of her world-saving schedule to answer a few questions for me. I hope you are as inspired by her work as I am. And even if you can’t go to India/Ghana/Haiti to physically join Erin in her efforts, you can help by donating to Sundara. To read more about Erin, check out this profile of her in The Huffington Post. Also, after this interview is a recipe for curry pizza with roasted cauliflower and eggplant.

 

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Me: How did you start Sundara?

Erin: Last year, while working in a small village in Thailand I went to visit a school and met children who didn’t know what soap was. I went to the bathroom – these students had sinks and running water – but no soap. So I drove to the neighboring town, bought out their supply of soap and brought it back with me. I watched as the children opened the packages of soap and clawed at the bars, some smacking it against their heads, having absolutely no idea what to do with it. Then I realized, so many organizations focus on clean water but who is working on providing soap and hygiene education to these communities? Upon my return to the US I quit my job and decided I had to do something about this. I founded a soap company which later rebranded as a nonprofit that designs and funds sustainable hygiene programs for underserved communities in Haiti, Ghana and India.

Me: Who/what inspires you?
Erin: I have so many heros who provide constant inspiration to me when I’m feeling down and frustrated. I’m inspired by all mothers – I believe that is truly the hardest job in the world. I’m inspired by people who fail and get up time after time to try again. I’m inspired by people with disabilities who don’t see themselves as being anything less. I’m inspired by the taxi cab driver I just met from Nepal tonight who came here by himself to earn enough money to send his only daughter to college. I’m inspired by everyone who follows their passion. The world needs more people who feel alive!
Me: Does your Judaism play a role in your goals, both personally and professionally? If so, how?
Erin: I think one of the biggest parts of living ‘Jewishly’ for me means remembering where you came from and using that as motivation to lend a hand to others. Being Jewish for me meant a childhood full of eating heavy Ashkenazi foods and hearing countless stories of thousands of years of suffering (am I right?). But how great is it that we are finally in a position to help others? I’m so proud to be a Jew running an organization that helps people who aren’t Jewish – (and let’s be honest, might not ever meet a Jew in their lives). That to me is such a huge success story of how far we have come as a people – and now we can give back to others who aren’t a fortunate.
 
Me: What are your long-term goals?
Erin: I take so much joy out of being able to have my own nonprofit, but I know that in the end this will work better if we hand over the real ownership to the locals and have the support and trust of every community that we work in. On a domestic level, I hope that we can increase awareness of the real hygiene and sanitation issues around the world. I believe that acknowledgment is the first step in fixing any issue, so if we can draw more interest in this issue, one day in the not so distant future no child will be asking what soap is. That would be a real dream come true!
 
Me: What’s your earliest food memory?
Erin: I remember my dad always making my older sister and I Annie’s Mac n Cheese from the purple box when we came back from school. Remember that stuff? We used to mix in frozen peas and call it a “healthy snack”…oh how times have changed! That white cheddar powder was just the bomb. I could eat that straight up with my fingers.
Me: Favorite comfort dish to make?
Erin: Moroccan chicken! The best for a cold wintery day like the one’s we’ve been having over in NYC lately. Enjoy with some red night and trashy TV and you’ve got yourself a killer night. Take a whole chicken, trim off all the fat, wash and let dry. Place in a slow cooker with chopped onions, garlic, turnips, carrots, raisins, dried apricots, prunes and russet potatoes (or sweet potatoes). Add Ras-el-hanout (Moroccan spice that tastes amazing with just about everything) and a corn starch and let cook for 4-8 hours. Enjoy!
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Curry Pizza with Roasted Cauliflower and Eggplant
Ingredients:
1 large lavash
1 medium eggplant, sliced to 1 inch thickness
1 medium cauliflower, sliced length-wise so that you have nice, wide, flat florets
1 cup curry sauce (I used prepared curry sauce, it’s just easier)
1/2 Haloumi cheese, cubed
1 – 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp T
umeric1/2 tbsp Kosher salt
1/2 tbsp Garlic powder
Directions for roasting cauliflower and eggplant:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place sliced eggplant on paper towel and cover with kosher salt. Let sit for roughly 20 minutes (or more!) so that the kosher salt can draw out excess moisture. After 20 minutes or so, pat dry with paper towel.  Place eggplant slices and cauliflower slices on baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with tumeric and garlic powder and roast for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
Directions for pizza:
Cover lavash with curry sauce (I like mine sauce-y but you should put the amount on your lavash that fits your taste preferences).  Sprinkle with half of your mozzarella cheese. Cover the cheese with your roasted eggplant and cauliflower as well as your cubed Haloumi. Cover that with more mozzarella. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Place pizza on round pizza baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes. If you notice that your mozzarella is starting to brown but your Haloumi isn’t, change your oven setting to a low broil and let brown for 2 minutes. Once done, top with chopped cilantro and serve hot.
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