Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Food Recall - Beef Dumplings (Israel)

Salmonella warning:
The Ministry of Health discovered salmonella in Irena Filled Pastries' Factory. 

They are recalling beef dumplings sold in 800 gram packages, with a production date of 2/10/2013.
The packages have the following name on their label: "כיסונים (פלמני) בשר "אוקראינסקי
In addition, the packages are labelled with an incorrect "best by" date.
Customers are being asked to return this product to the store or to the factory.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Shabbat Meal Planning

Time to get ready for Shabbat!
What are your Shabbat Plans?
We're looking forward to another enjoyable Shabbat, filled with love and laughter, good food, family and friends.

Here's what I'm cooking:

Friday Night (Just us)
Split Pea Soup 
Spicy Roast Chicken (onions on the bottom, garlic, black pepper, paprika, parsley and cayenne pepper sprinkled generously on top. Roasted, covered, in the oven)
Roast Potatoes or Potato Kugel
Stir Fried Tofu for the vegetarian

Shabbat Lunch (us + a family of 6, total 12 people)
Roast Chicken
Black Bean Cholent
Potato Kugel
Apple Crisp
Roasted Root Vegetables
Chick Pea Salad
Cut Vegetable Platter
Chocolate Cake

Also making: Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Cake and Whole Wheat and Oat Bran Challot

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Menu for the Week

This week's menu planning is a little bit belated. Oops.

But I decided to make a plan anyhow, or you know what happens. 

I'm including the retroactive plan, and only writing suppers. Lunches will be leftovers or soups and sandwiches.

Sunday: Leftovers from Shabbat lunch, which was pareve cooked in dairy pots.
Monday: Embellished leftovers from Friday night
Tuesday: Squash Soup, cut veggies, baked ziti
Wednesday: Split Pea Soup in the Crock Pot, Lentil patties with sweet and sour sauce over rice, whatever veggies I manage to cut up or steam
Thursday: Pizza? (If I buy cheese) and salad

Sunday, October 20, 2013

PSA: a chance to win a book

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Movie Day!

This Thursday, October 24th, 40 movie theaters are participating in a nationwide "Movie Day". They'll be reducing the price of admission to 10 shekels/14 shekels for 3-D movies. Some theaters will be on "Vacation Schedule" and have daytime movies as well, starting at 11 a.m.

Participating theaters include Cinema City, Yes Plus, Rav-Chen, Lev, Globus, and Globus Max. 

Enjoy the movies!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Activia Yogurt Recall (Israel)

Strauss, Inc. has announced that a small number of Activia Plain (White) Yogurt Drinks, 1.5% fat, sold in 250 ml bottles, barcode 9200011104941, were mislabeled.

Yogurt drink bottles with expiration date of 01/11 (November 1), produced between 0:00 - 03:30 ONLY were labeled plain white yogurt but actually contain apricot flavored yogurt. The company says the product is safe to consume.

The mislabeled product has been recalled, and is being removed from store shelves.

Customers with questions can call Strauss' customer service hotline at 1-800-777-777

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Mislabeled Tirat Tzvi Ground Beef

Tirat Tzvi announced that certain packages of "Ground Beef, 500g" (Barcode 3229406) were labeled with an incorrect expiration date. Packages that state that the last date for use is 21/8/14 should have been dated 20/10/2013.

Please take note of the correct expiration date!

Consumers with questions should call Customer Service at 1-800-26-27-28

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Awesome magazines!

I just had to share this deal. This is the best price I've seen this year on our favorite magazines for kids.

$19.95 gets you a print AND digital subscription to the Cricket family of magazines!

(Shipping overseas is pricey, but if you have a US address, this includes delivery)

These are seriously the best magazines we've found. Our kids love them. We use them as part of our homeschooling program, even.

And they don't have annoying ads! 

Enjoy the savings!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Meal Plan for the Week!

Time to get organized for the week!

Do you plan your weekday meals?

Here's what we're having for suppers this week (if I manage to stick to the plan) - lunches will be what's left from suppers or sandwiches:

Sunday: Split Pea Soup, Sloppy Sams served in Pitot, Steamed Kishuim (summer squash)

Monday: Embellished leftovers from Shabbat

Tuesday: Rice, Eggplant, Tomato and Cheese Casserole (I have a bunch of eggplant to use up - making a couple extra for the freezer), Salad, Steamed Kishuim (again)

Wednesday: Macaroni and Cheese, Steamed Broccoli, any other veggies we have to use up

Thursday: Whatever is left from the week, or if there's nothing, we'll make pizza, fries, and salad!

Eden Teva: Organic Vegetables on Sale!

Eden Teva's got an online sale right now - and I would place an order, but they don't deliver to the Golan. So I'll just share the info with all you!

Chicken that hasn't been treated with antibiotics: 4 kg for 100 shekels - this includes chicken parts, not just whole chickens!

Organic Vegetables for 6.99 shekels/kg (limit 2 kg per type, except tomatoes - limit 1 kg): tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, red peppers, onions, kishuim (light green summer squash), potatoes, and avocado!

Oh, and right now you can join their "moadon" (loyalty club) and get moadon members-only sales, for just 10 shekels per year!

Let me know if you're ordering!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mislabeled Milk

Tnuva Dairies announced that a small number of 3% milk bags (barcode 42008, 1 liter, regular kashrut certification) were accidentally mislabeled with an expiration date of 11/11/2013 this week. 

The correct expiration date is 11/10/2013 (Oct 11).

Please take note!

If you have any questions, please call Tnuva's customer service hotline at 1-800-666-244

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Printable Coupons (Shufersal)!

Shufersal's got a few coupons up now for Facebook fans!

Instant coffee, cake, and cookies (they say you need to be prepared for those drop in guests!) - valid thru Oct 21

Dorot frozen herbs for just 5 shekels - valid thru Oct 15

Hurry and use them while you can!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Free Shipping Code for Kosher Casual!

Shopping for some modest clothing?

Now thru Oct 10th, get FREE Shipping on your Kosher Casual order of $100 or more. 

Use code KCFREEME at checkout !

Hope you find some good deals!

695 X 30

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Shabbat Menu

I don't think I can play the sick card any longer. Not that I'm not sick, it's just that I'm definitely improving little by little, and my family is going to wither away if I don't start cooking again. How on earth am I going to recover from this post-flu fatigue? Please share your best tips, I could really use the help...

I hope my meds control the coughing enough that I can cook without resorting to wearing a surgical mask!!

Here's the plan:

Challot (really, we will probably end up buying challot, again. I just don't think I can do it all)
Vegetable Soup (already made that, phew!)
Roast Chicken (spicy?)
Roasted Ratatouille (I chop up  all sorts of veggies, toss with olive oil and salt, and roast in the oven) (served cold as a salad during the day)
Rice or maybe couscous
Roasted Beets
Black Bean Cholent

I hope that'll do. I can't imagine having more energy than that...

What are you making for Shabbat?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Updated list of price controlled foods/maximum prices

It's now "after the chagim", the time of year we all decided we would reign in our spending, since during the chagim that seemed to be nearly impossible. I guess that's why there's been a lot of chatter and questions lately about how to find out what foods are price controlled here in Israel, what the maximum prices are, and what to do if you find that a store is charging above the maximum.
Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know:

The price listed is the MAXIMUM price for the specified item - in theory, a store can discount it further, if they want to, but there was some talk out there about that being unfair to the competition (in my opinion, it's a free market. The store can choose their loss leader...)...

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 (I believe this is about 65% whole grain) - 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, 14.00
  L eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 12.90
M eggs, regular, 1 dozen, 11.90

In addition, soon Gevinah Levanah and Whipping Cream are supposed to be added to this list.

If you see a store charging higher prices, you can report them to the regional supervisor.

And for those wondering, a while back the Ministry of Finance decided that Badatz milk products are also price regulated products, so stores cannot be charging more for the Badatz-supervised milk, leben, butter, sour cream, and Emek and Gilboa cheese! 

Do you ever see stores overcharging? Have you ever made a report to the supervisory board?

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