Monday, December 30, 2013

Price Controlled Food Update!

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Today's big food news is that prices for dairy products will be coming down.

The following dairy products are being added to the list of price controlled foods:

5% white cheese (gevinah levanah) - 250g - 5.23
Sweet Cream, 38% fat -- 250g --6.60

Other dairy products currently on the price controlled list are supposed to go down in price by 1.1%

Hopefully this drop in the bucket will help!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Meal Planning (for the week)

This week I'm doing very minimal shopping - my freezer is pretty full, and there's no reason not to use up some of what I've stockpiled.

This is NOT a pantry challenge, so I will buy some things besides milk, but I don't plan to do a large amount of shopping...

Sunday: lunch: spaghetti with tomato sauce and cheese, carrots and peppers with chumus for dipping
Supper: Mushroom-barley soup, fresh rolls, tomato, red pepper, and avocado salad

Monday: lunch: corn bread, lentil patties with sweet and sour sauce (from the freezer), southern fried cabbage
Supper: whatever soup I find in the freezer, rice and eggplant casserole (from the freezer), kohlrabi and carrots with chumus

Tuesday: lunch: leftover soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tomato, red peppers, and kohlrabi
Supper: Red lentil soup, stir-fried vegetables with rice, ??

Wednesday: lunch: whatever is left from the week
supper: homemade pizza, salad, oven-fries

Thursday: lunch: sandwiches, carrots and chumus
supper: Red lentil soup and ???

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Menu planning for the week

My menu this week (I need to use up stuff that's in the house -- not only did I go over-budget last week, but my freezer is kind of full too!):

Sunday - lunch: chopped salad (finally got all my kids to eat salad, instead of having to dirty multiple bowls with a make-your-ow-sald! this is HUGE) and whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and cheese
supper: red lentil and vegetable soup, roast potatoes, and southern fried cabbage (the vegetarian version)

Monday: lunch: red lentil soup (from Sunday night), sandwiches, carrot and red pepper sticks
Supper:  fresh rolls, black bean burgers, tomatoes, pickles, roasted red peppers, rice, sauteed butternut squash

Tuesday: lunch: cornbread, rice and black beans with salsa, tomatoes, and avocado
supper: vegetable soup, pasta with cheese, carrot sticks, tomatoes

Wednesday: lunch: vegetable soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, salad
supper: grilled cheese sandwiches, oven-fries, squash soup, salad

Thursday lunch: squash soup, leftovers from the week
supper: split pea soup, casserole from the freezer, carrot sticks, red peppers, and tomatoes

I'm planning to only buy milk and cheese this week - everything else is already here in the house!

How's your stockpile -- is it too well stocked, like mine?

What are you all eating this week?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Pesticide Residue in Fruits (Israel)

Last year, I posted information about pesticide residue in produce in Israel.

I've been waiting for the updated list, but so far, all I can find is an updated fruit list.
At this point, some of these fruits are out of season, but not all.

So here is the list of the most contaminated fruits this year:


The cleanest fruits this year are: 

Organic Lychee

I know this list seems like it's a mile long... 
I'm hoping that the more these pesticide residue rankings get publicized, the closer we'll get to major changes...

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack!

I was in the mood for a sweet and salty snack, so I decided to experiment with popcorn, since I somehow have a lot of popcorn in the house right now!

So here's how to make this addictive snack:

1. Pop a whole lot of popcorn and spread it out on the largest baking pan you have. I recommend lining your pan with baking paper or foil, or whatever you like to line your pans with, because otherwise you will end up with an impossible mess to clean up, like I have. Seriously regretting not lining the pan!

2. Prepare a pot. Add 1/4 c. coconut oil (you can use butter instead), 1 cup sugar, 1/4 -1/3 c. molasses, 1/2 - 3/4 cup water, and a few pinches of salt to the pot. Heat the pot on the stove, stirring frequently. eventually it will be more or less liquified and combined. Remove from stove. Add 1/4 tsp vanilla and a pinch of baking soda. Mix well.
Allow mixture to cool somewhat. Pour this mixture over the popcorn and stir it carefully to coat.

3. Bake at a low temperature (I set my oven to 100C) for about 30-45 min, stirring occasionally.

Cool and serve.

Now I am just trying to wrestle it away from my kids! I want some too! (And I want to put some away for my husband to try when he gets home from work.)

This is my new go-to snack!

Will you be trying it out? Let me know what you think!

p.s. my husband says this tastes like Cracker Jack...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Menu for the week

I find it much easier to make sure we don't get "stuck" when I plan my menus for the week. Do you plan? If you do, feel free to link up your plan to mine, if you have it online somewhere!

Breakfasts: oatmeal with milk and cinnamon sugar or muffins from the freezer, clementines (cuz we still have a whole lot of them)

Lunches: whatever I manage - soups, sandwiches, cut veggies with dips...
Snacks: fruits, muffins, popcorn...

Sunday: Leftovers from Shabbat (embellished with something, since we basically have lots of black bean cholent and potato kugel left - maybe I'll make some sort of vegetable patty to go with it?)

Monday: Split pea soup, stuffed baked potatoes, salad

Tuesday: Tomato soup, cheesy rice and green vegetable casserole, spicy roasted carrots

Wednesday: Split pea soup, Pita pizzas, avocado

Thursday: any leftovers, or I will have to pull something out of the freezer

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Comparison Shopping

There has been a lot of talk lately about rising prices.


This includes online stores, where I buy specialty items. Yes, the price increases have taken hold there too.

I have been doing most of my specialty grocery/cleaning supplies/hygiene products from although if you are in the US, you can use Amazon, and with their Subscription offers, you can get a great deal!

I knew that often I was paying a slight markup over Vitacost, but the tradeoff was 4 lbs would ship here for $4 versus 3.4 lbs shipped from Vitacost for $10.99. So overall, my orders were costing less.

But recently, when I noticed that some of the prices of items I usually buy seemed a lot higher than they had been, and I started to wonder which would make more sense for me.

So, I just did a price comparison of my shopping list on iherb and vitacost -- I had to take out 2 small items to keep it under the threshold for expensive shipping at vitacost.

Here's what I found:

Seventh Generation Free and Clear Dish Detergent  - iherb price: $4.40, vitacost price $2.80
Bob's Red Mill Baking Powder (aluminum free)  -  iherb price $4.66, vitacost price $3.29
Ricola cough drops  -- iherb price for 24: $2.66, vitacost price for 50 $4.49

iherb total including shipping:  $15.72 
Vitacost total including shipping: $21.57 (ok, so I get twice as many Ricola cough drops with this, but I got to throw in a freebie in my iherb order - so it evens out)

So in this case, it still makes sense for me to order from iherb, as it comes out cheaper despite the higher retail prices. But for some items it really may make sense to order from Vitacost.

I will just have to go back to comparing carefully.

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If you've never shopped at iherb before, you can get $5-$10 off your first order with coupon code QEJ101, or just click here and the code will be entered into your shopping cart.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Chinese-Style Mushroom Soup

I was inspired to make this soup when looking through one of my all time favorite cookbooks , The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest, and because some of the ingredients were a little too specialized for me, I've adapted it to work with things I normally keep in my kitchen.

I've been making it for years and years now, and it is really a favorite! Too bad fresh mushrooms are pricey here, or I'd make it almost every week.

Here's what you need:

Fresh mushrooms, sliced (at least 1 pint-size container, more is better though, if you can manage)
5-6 green onions, white and light green  portions (set aside the darker part for garnishing the soup), sliced
2-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
 olive oil for sauteeing
tamari sauce
red wine
honey or sugar
crushed black pepper

Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add green onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook for about 5 min, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms. Stir occasionally, cook till reduced to about half. Add  tamari sauce (I used about 1/2 cup), some vinegar (I didn't measure, probably about 1/4 cup), and 1/4 cup red wine (I used the end of a bottle that had been open for a while). Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 5 min

Look at all those mushrooms!
this the pot simmering with tamari, vinegar, and wine... mmm
Then add 2 T. honey or sugar, and some black pepper (depends how spicy you want it). Stir well. Add several cups of water to fill your pot to at least 3/4 full. Bring to a boil. Five minutes before serving I toss in the reserved green onion tops (sliced thinly), cuz I won't serve raw onions of any kind at the moment. I don't do that on Shabbat though.

Taste it to be sure you don't need to add more Tamari sauce or vinegar. This soup should be very flavorful, I just don't know how big your soup pot is!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cashback from iHerb!

iHerb has a really great year-end deal going on right now.

If you spend $100 during the month of December at iHerb, you'll get a credit in your account for 10% of your December order totals to spend in January!

It's a great deal, and I am definitely going to be taking advantage of it!

Here are some of the products I'm thinking of ordering:

Dishwasher Detergent Gel

Dishwashing Liquid (this is the only dishwashing liquid I have ever found that doesn't make my eczema flare up)
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (I order this once a year to make my Hamantashen. They just aren't the same with regular whole wheat flour. I know it's a bit early, but I can just keep it in the freezer...)

Dagoba chocolate bars

Unbleached Muffin/Cupcake liners

Mighty Maple Peanut Butter (seriously delish!)

Aluminum-Free Baking Powder

Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa (this is a real indulgence)

and other things that I can't think of right now!

What will you order?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Spicy Roast Sweet Potatoes

This is my new favorite way to eat sweet potatoes.

It's also really easy. Really, really, easy.

Here's what you need:

Sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Black Pepper
Smoked Paprika
Granulated Garlic (yes, I do this the lazy way)
Cayenne Pepper

Peel the sweet potatoes, or scrub them. I usually leave the peels on.

Cut sweet potatoes into chunks, and place in a baking pan.

Add spices and olive oil.

Mix well to coat evenly- I used my hands. Yes, I washed them. I compulsively wash my hands when I cook... should I not have said that?

Bake, uncovered, at 210 C till the sweet potatoes begin to carmelize (about 45 min). You may want to gently stir halfway through cooking time.

Serve hot or cold. 

What's your favorite way to eat sweet potatoes?

Shabbat menu planning

Phew! It's been a busy week!

Hope everyone enjoyed their Chanukah! Ours was very nice, full of light and songs and games, but we didn't do presents this year. And the kids didn't even ASK about presents! I was thoroughly amazed, but I think that may be what happens when everyone is satisfied with what we have. I'm really hoping this stage lasts awhile, because it is so much more pleasant than the "I wants"...

This week, a bunch of us are having a potluck lunch at the shul - so much fun, and always great to share the work among a bunch of people!

Here's my plan:

Challot from the freezer
Muffins for breakfast from the freezer

Friday night:

Chinese mushroom soup (haven't made this soup in a while, but I've been missing it. I'll try to post the recipe - I took my inspiration from the one in The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest)
Oven fried chicken
Pan Fried Tofu for the vegetarian
Potato Kugel
Apple crisp
Roasted Kishuim

For lunch at shul I'm bringing:

Potato Kugel
Spicy Sweet Potatoes

I don't think I am baking anything for dessert, we have plenty of fruit though if we need a dessert Friday night!

On these short Shabbatot, we don't end up having a formal seudah shlishit, but we usually have some sort of snack. I guess we'll wing it. 

What will you be doing for Shabbat?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Guacamole goodness!

Today I bought some must-be-used today avocados! They were going for a song. I bought five.

Then I was gifted at least ten more.

We ate a lot of avocado for lunch...

And now, I'm making guacamole! Some will go in the fridge to be used this week, and some will go in the freezer to be used... whenever!

It's so easy to make guacamole.

All you need is:

lemon juice

I threw it all together and pureed it in the food processor.

You can embellish your guacamole with all sorts of things, but for freezing, I find it's best to keep it simple, and embellish later.

Do you feed your freezer when you find great deals? I'd love to hear about it!

Printable Coupon - soy yogurt

Looking for non-dairy yogurt and pudding?

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The printable coupon is valid thru January 31, 2014, and is redeemable at Shuferal stores, Mega stores, and Eden Teva stores.

Let me know how it is!!

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Haven't heard of it?

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I'm really not a big cosmetics buyer, but I'd love to hear feedback from real people - are these prices better than what you've found here in Israel?

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Also, don't forget to check out my list of sites with free/low cost shipping to Israel if you're planning to do some shopping!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Books, Books, and More Books!

Ouch. I just ordered books using the Black Friday code, and now they announced a better sale! 
Well, you all can save big, if you didn't order during the Black Friday Sale... I may, in fact, order some more books that have been sitting on my wishlist...

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Save Big - Kosher Casual Promo Code

Looking for some new clothing?

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Code valid thru Tuesday!

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Negative Income Tax Update

Update: the deadline for applying for Negative income tax (for the 2012 tax year) has been extended again!
The new deadline is Dec 27, 2013.
If you haven't yet applied for it and think you qualify, please take a few moments to get this taken care of!
I'm reposting my original post about this below, so you can find all the  information you need!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Negative Income Tax (Israel)

Just a friendly reminder about the negative income tax for 2012. This is basically a tax refund for working families. There are various qualifications to meet - basically someone who works and is age 23+ with children under the age of 18, or age 55+, even without children. The deadline to file based upon your 2012 earnings is September 30, 2013.

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It's easy. Just go into the post office (not all post offices do all tasks, please verify which branch to use), with your Teudat Zehut and your bank account information (take a check, everything they need is on there, or get a letter from your bank, the banker will have a form to fill out and stamp if you don't have a check. Just knowing your account # and branch # isn't enough, it needs to be "official".). Let the clerk know that you want to apply for "mas shleelee". Answer a few questions, and then go home. Your approval may take a few weeks, and you'll be given instructions for checking the status online.

This program is open to people who earned, on average, no less than 2041 shekels per month and no more than 6645 shekels per month (the exact amount that will qualify you depends upon various factors). Even if some months you earned more, if you were unemployed or under-employed for part of the time, you may qualify. In some cases, people who are (legally) self-employed qualify as well... If you were employed by a relative, you are not allowed to claim this benefit.

If you have questions about this program, please call the tax authority at *4954.

Check it out and see if you qualify! Some people will get a nice big "refund" and others will just get a token amount. Still many others will not qualify, because they are decently employed.


UPDATE: The deadline for the 2012 tax year has been extended to November 30, 2013!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Sale!

Shop the Better World Books Black Friday Sale and save big on used books!

Use Code BLACKFRIDAY13 to get 15% off your order of 5 or more used books!


Starting today!

Don't miss out!

And of course, there's always free worldwide shipping! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Price Controlled Foods Update

I just wanted to make sure that all of you know that as of the end of last week, the price of conventional eggs has been changed.

The new price for a dozen large eggs is 12.50 (old price was 12.90), a dozen medium eggs is 11.50, and a dozen extra large eggs is 13.60.

Below you can find the list of price controlled foods. There was some talk of adding whipping cream and cottage cheese to this list, but those products have not been added to any official lists yet.

The price listed is the MAXIMUM price for the specified item - if a store is selling price controlled items for a higher price, they are in violation of the law. You can (and should) report these violations.

Here are the items that are supervised, and their maximum price to consumers:

I'm showing prices for the entire country, excluding Eilat, by the way. Eilat is exempt from Ma'am, so prices there will be lower.

Lechem Achid  - 750g loaf, 5.11
White bread, 750g loaf, 5.11
Challah or yeast cake, 500g, 5.58 (don't ask me what kind of yeast cake this is referring to, I have no idea!)
Lechem Achid, sliced and packaged, 750g, 7.67
White bread, sliced and packaged, 500g, 6.82
Regular Kitchen Salt, Fine Kitchen Salt, Fine Table Salt, and Coarse Table salt, 1 kg, 2.09
3% milk, 1 liter, bag, 5.28
1% milk, 1 liter, bag, 4.95
3% milk, 1 liter, carton, 6.54
1% milk, 1 liter, carton, 6.11
Eshel, 4.5% fat, 200ml, 1.66
Gil, 3% fat, 200ml,  1.52
Sour Cream, 15% fat, 200ml, 2.47
Butter, regular, 100g, 4.08
Emek Cheese (at the cheese counter),per kg, 45.96
Gilboa Cheese (at the cheese counter), per kg, 43.72
XL eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 13.60
L eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 12.50  
M eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 11.50

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Unilever Soap Recall

Unilever has announced a recall of a variety of soaps  - a small quantity of products with production dates between 1.9.13 - 9.9.13 and the following codes are being recalled due to an unpleasant smell:

The line is called "Pinuk", and the affected products are varieties of  "Tachliv Rachtzah":

Sea Breeze, code 251-13
Tropical Coconut, codes 252-13, 246-13
Violets, codes 252-13, 251-13
Lavender-Vanilla, codes 246-13, 247-13, 251-13

Please check the bottom of your soap bottles to find the codes!

If you have any of these products, be assured they are safe to use, even if they have an unpleasant smell. 

Unilever is asking customers to call their customer service hotline at 1-800-780-780 to arrange for a replacement.

Unilever apologized for the inconvenience.

Please share this information with your friends, and be sure to find me on Facebook! 

Recall - Bottled Water

Tempo Beverage Co. has announced a recall of 1.5 L bottles of San Benedetto natural mineral water.

The affected bottles have an unusual smell, and are stamped with code 06LA3268S and are dated 27/03/2015.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled bottles are asked NOT to use them, and to call Tempo's customer service hotline at 1-800-300-370 to arrange for a refund or exchange.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

World Prematurity Day 2013

The years have gone by since I became the mother of a premature baby a little over 11 years ago. You'd think that now my little boy (who's not really so little anymore) would seem to be like all the other children.

Yet, I look at him, now a still-little "big" boy of 11 years, with a mischievous smile and his insatiable curiosity, and sometimes I still just see that tiny baby. Born at 30 weeks gestational age, he weighed just 3 lbs and 4/10ths of an ounce at birth (1375g). He was the tiniest baby I had ever laid my eyes upon, let alone held. He was so incredibly small in my arms, especially when compared with his older brother, who was born at 41 weeks, weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz.

Lucky for us both, he was healthy enough at birth for me to hold him for about 30 seconds before the neonatal team whisked him away in a warmer to the NICU.

30 seconds doesn't seem like much, but those 30 seconds were so precious to me. And a few days later, when they let me hold him outside of his isolette for all of TEN minutes - what a gift that was.

All those other hours I watched him, attached to tubes and monitors... I think I may have been in some sort of state of shock. All those other mothers around me went home after 2 days, or some 5 days, holding their babies and sharing their smiles. And there I was, discharged from the hospital 2 days after giving birth, holding a polaroid snapshot in my arms of my little baby who had to stay in the hospital, even as I had to leave, and there were no smiles, just holding back the tears. Of course, I came back daily. It was difficult. Figuring out rides. Figuring out life with our family in different places.

Eventually, I managed to borrow an apartment from a couple who had gone to Israel for the summer, who had a place about a mile from the hospital. I stayed there until my little one was almost 34 weeks GA, and then they came home from their trip, so I stayed at the home of another family who lived close to the hospital for the last week of my baby's NICU stay.

It was a roller coaster of a summer. My emotions ranged from fear and sadness, guilt and self blame, to joy and happiness. On the one hand, after weeks of feeling awful while pregnant, I felt SO much better after giving birth. But that meant my baby was born too soon and I'd have to trust strangers to care for him around the clock. I was helpless to do most of the things new mothers do - he was too small to be held, too small to nurse, too small to come home...

Thank G-d, our little boy stayed healthy while he was in the NICU. Besides his billirubin levels rising too high, he never had any complications. And we managed to bring him home (at my insistence) at 35 weeks GA, when he weighed just 4 lbs.

And now, he's much larger than 4 lbs. Back then, he kept me up nights caring for him, nursing him around the clock. I was determined to let him grow. Now I don't have to wake up in the night to take care of him anymore, but I do still find myself seeing glimpses of the tiny baby in the big boy he is today.  It's one of those things - it seems I may just never "get over" the experience and emotions of a premature birth... it has become a part of who I am.

If you'd like to read more about my prematurity story, please check out my posts from 2011 and 2012, as well, and please go ahead and read my mother's account of giving birth to her premature baby (me), 40 years ago. Also please read Jamie's prematurity story, her baby recently came home from the NICU.

We are just so grateful for all of the miracles Hashem has shown us. The miracle of life is not one to take for granted.

If you have a prematurity story to share, please feel free to leave a comment with your link or your story!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Groceries for a month

I've kept very careful records of my food expenses this month - I wanted to get an idea of how much of my money was going to different categories of food. I know this fluctuates depending upon the season and the sales, and even my mood when shopping and planning meals. But this is where you'll see what happened this particular month.

I need to explain that I began this month with a well stocked pantry, freezer, and fridge, and a cart full of potatoes and onions. I ended the month with less food in the fridge and fewer potatoes and onions than I began with, but with more in my freezer (mostly extra chicken, but also some already cooked foods), and  a little less in the pantry. I think it does somehow even out over the course of a year, and I'm REALLY hoping that produce prices start to come down soon, so we can go back to having more variety. 

One other thing I want to make note of: studies I've read (I'll try to track down the links) say that Israelis throw out a HUGE amount of food - 40% or so. I've been trying to minimize our food waste, so I'd rather buy fewer fruits and vegetables, which are highly perishable, than over-buy. We can always run out and buy a few more if need be, but once food is rotten, you can't turn back time. So I try hard to only buy what we'll actually be able to eat.

We actually spent a bit more on spontaneous "junk" purchases than usual, for a number of reasons... I'm going to have to reign that in from now on, and try to get back to "normal".

And here is the breakdown:

3.94 kg red peppers 21.65
4.43 kg cucumbers 14.14
4.72 kg carrots 16.70
2.23 kg butternut squash 8.96
1.88kg onions 5.72
1 cabbage 2.36
3 kg potatoes 9.00
1 kg tomatoes 4.00
3 kg kishuim 18.10
1.4 kg beets 2.82
celery 4.99
cherry tomatoes 15.00
Total Vegetables: 123.40

9.47 kg bananas 54.45
8.25 kg apples 36.15
3.1 kg avocados 15.35
4 kg oranges 10.00
2.2 kg "sug bet" (reduced price) apples and pears 4.40
kiwis 12.00 
Total fruits: 132.35

3 kg round brown rice 23.70
4 kg whole oats 32.53
1 kg buckwheat 9.98
 8 whole wheat flour 36.72
Total Grains: 102.93

Legumes - I had a really great stock of split peas, lentils, chick peas, etc going into this month, and I used a good deal of that up
1.1 kg black beans 13.05
1 kg red lentils 9.99 
Total legumes: 23.04

Dry Goods
3 boxes boring cereal 42.42
1 bag rice cereal 13.99
2 boxes special cereal 43.80(organic)
2 bags sweetened shabbat cereal 19.60 (first time we did this in YEARS)
500g sunflower seeds (hulled, raw) 10.35
12 bags whole wheat pasta 78.66
5 shkidei marak (mini soup croutons) 32.00 (we still have 3 left. there was a sale and shkidei marak help my kids eat soup so we get them from time to time)
4 bags pretzels 24.00 (for emergencies)
tea bags 12.99
2 kg crackers 54.00 (actually this is a really out of the ordinary purchase. long story)
Total Dry Goods: 331.80

Chicken - now we have a lot of chicken in the freezer
1.25 kg boneless skinless chicken breast 33.95
2 whole chickens + 2kg bottoms 121.00
chicken breast (with bone) 77.41
chicken bottoms 56.00
2 whole chickens 33.25 
Total chicken: 321.60

Dairy and fish - started off the month with 8 bags of milk in the fridge, and ended with just one, so we bought fewer milk bags than usual; we'll make up for it soon, I'm sure!
28 bags milk 133.58
shredded Noam cheese  84.36
sliced Noam cheese 86.16
2 kg fish fillets 40.94 (decided to serve fish on Shabbat one week, as we had guests who eat fish but not chicken)
2 lactose free milk 11.98
2 soy milk 17.80
2 tofu 20.71 (I spent way more on tofu than I normally would. It is so much cheaper at iherb, but the day I bought this I couldn't wait for an overseas order to come!)
240g Bulgarit cheese 9.48
400g salted butter 17.46
prepared chumus 800g 9.99 (need to have some emergency food for the teenager!)
eggs (1 doz) 18.00 - missed the cheap egg order because I was away for pickup day. Next month we're back to getting 30 organic eggs for 30 shekels
4 sour cream 9.72
2 pints of ice cream (Ben & Jerry's) - free
Total Dairy and Fish: 460.20

2 bags granulated garlic 8.38
3 bottles wine 48.90
1.5 liter bottle grape juice 18.00
14 bagels 21.00
40 pitot 40.00  - this is what happens when I'm too tired to bake bread!
3 baguettes 12.06
unrefined sea salt 19.90
24 seltzer 62.17
200g instant coffee 16.99 (this is a once-in-a-while purchase - I drink "real" coffee most days!)
2 large cans tomato paste 13.12
900g tomato paste in small packs 9.90- can't wait till I can get some cheap tomatoes to make my own tomato puree again!
6 pack "Shandy" 30.00
2 pkgs frozen bourekas (for emergencies - think teenage boy who likes bourekas) 30.00
chocolate 15.00
4 boxes granola bars 30.00 (again, a really out of the ordinary purchase. These were on sale and were purchased 'specially for my mother in law while she visits here
Total Misc: 375.50

Junk/purchases while out

One pizza night - 100.00

Total Food Spending for the month: about 2170 shekels.

So... what do you think?