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The Book of Challah


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Now, lest you start getting all righteous and indignant on me, let it be known that I am well aware that there are actual species of living things that are truly endangered.

The rhino for example is a wonderful animal that is almost extinct, as is the polar bear and the...


Shavua Tov!

It’s been a bit busy over here – excuse my absence!

(I’m going to make up for it now with a really long post.)

Bear with me as I organize my thoughts, it’s been a whirlwind!

Just emerging from the blur that is Chanukah and having finished reading the book of B...


Something was bothering me all Shabbos, as I thought of my sourdough post.

As I watched and worried over my fledgling sourdough starter, I fretted (who even uses that word?!) that I missed something important in the chronicling of my sourdough journey.

It came to me on S...


Shockingly. . . I’m posting on a Thursday! But don’t start thinking that this means I am actually baking challah pre-Friday,

(read… Super organized and prepared person.)

I actually just spent my morning observing someone else bake (for a welcome change!!)

“Why?” you ask...


Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers speaks about the 10,000 hour rule. If you do something 10,000 times, or keep at it for 10,000 hours  (preferably not consecutively – can’t begin to imagine what that would look like!) you will become an outlier in that area. You wi...


Today as I kneaded my challah dough, I thought about Louise.

Her face hasn’t appeared in my memory or my life in a long time. Suddenly it occurs to me that her face has been popping into my head at the most random moments recently.

That’s what happens when you knead some...


It’s the week of Schlissel Challah! . . . We bake a key into our challah, to symbolize our prayers for an opening of the gates, in our blessings for expansive and abundant sustenance in the coming year!

Tomorrow we bless the new month of Iyar – a month of healing.

The M...


So, the good news for all my readers, is that every single week’s challah baking is a new experience.

It’s actually quite shocking that you can do the exact same thing each week, and it can be different each time.

My challah dough really is a great reflection of my state...


So here’s the thing that was getting to me this morning as I kneaded my challah dough.

You know how you keep adding flour, and then as you knead, you’ll think the challah dough is perfect, but as you continue kneading you’ll keep exposing more stickiness, which will ma...


Reflecting on last week.
It was a pretty interesting week . .  . as weeks go.

I started testing recipes for my Challah book (Rising!)

This was really exciting, as it feels like a huge step towards getting the book out.

And simultaneously – I got a new offer from another...

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