THE SHAATRA FILES

SHAATRA DOES IT May 2016

Forget about it! Forget about… salting your soon-to-be-fried foods Save the salting for later. When you salt these palate pleasers before tossing them in the fryer, the salt extracts the food’s natural moisture and causes excess splattering in the pan. The last thing you need in the middle of a frying, flying mess are potential Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

SHAATRA DOES IT April 2016

Forget about it! Forget about… pouring water on your yeast. When mixing a dough batter, there’s a   procedure to follow. First, pour the warm water and then add the yeast. What’s the difference, you ask? The yeast is very fragile and damages easily when water falls upon it. So if you want your yeast to perform best, remember: it’s Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

SHAATRA DOES IT March 2016

Miriam Sasson Forget about it! Forget about… storing your spices near heat. Spice boxes situated next to your oven range? Radiator? Microwave exhaust fan? It may be too close for comfort, which means it’s no good for all those plastic canisters of seasonings. Spices, powders, and herbs release their flavors more quickly in the heat. Read More »

THE SHAATRA FILES February 2016

Forget about it! Forget about…using Saran wrap in the microwave. You’ve most probably heard someone in your life urge you against it, and you’ve wondered: Why? When the plastic that covers your favorite dish heats up, unhealthy chemicals are released and subtly absorb themselves into your unsuspecting food. That is particularly a no-no when food Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

GOING WITH GRACE – HOW TO BE YOUR BEST AS A WEDDING GUEST January 2016

Mabrouk! Mazal Tov!The date on that wedding invitationposted on your fridge is finally here! The happy bride and groom are about to be married and you’re all set to go. When you do, bear in mind the wishes and needs of your party hosts by considering these pointers. Be Present for the Whole Ceremony The Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

OIL, FIRE, AND THE WORKS: THE SHAATRA MOTHER’S ROLE December 2015

Imagine if the Hanukah miracle involved something other than oil, like spinach leaves or tambourines. We’d have such a different holiday, would we not? But no – one teeny flask supplied the Children of Israel with enough oil to last for eight whole days, which, for us, means eight days of menorah-lighting and donut-eating. As Shaatra Moms, Read More »

TECHNOLOGY IN THE KITCHEN (NOT FOR TECHIES ONLY!) November 2015

Don’t worry, we’re not talking smart kitchens with every digital device and web app on the market. Just thought I’d dish out some nifty, inexpensive kitchen gadgets that have brought smiles to many Shaatra Moms in their favorite territory – the kitchen. The Blend Trend It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s neat… it’s the immersion blender! Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

IMPORTANT TIPS FOR ROAD TRIPS October 2015

Drivers, watch out! Shaatra Mom’s on the road! She’s going on a several-hour journey with her family in… the car! If your heart’s racing and your stomach is fluttering just contemplating the thought, avail yourself of these necessary car trip tips suggested by those who’ve been down that road. Ready, set, go! Plan Ahead Road trips are Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

MAKING IT MEANINGFUL: IMPORTANT TIPS FOR THE AT-HOME MOTHER September 2015

ou may recall your childhood holidays in the synagogue each year hungrily wondering when the Yom Kippur fast would be over, or mentally counting how many pages in your Mahzor remained. But as time passed, you came to value each moment in the synagogue as an opportunity for growth and connection. You finally felt joy and meaning Read More »

By Miriam Sasson

OPERATION ORGANIZATION, JR. August 2015

I wonder if the guy who said “organization is the key to success” had any kids. The concept is profound, and true, yet so much more easily said than done. It is your children’s duty as students, however, to maintain organization in school. Tests, reports, homework and projects are less daunting for the organized student. Read More »

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