Monday, April 19, 2021

Had shots, can travel: We went to Central Park together for the 1st time in over a year!

Our original plan for yesterday was just to take a long walk and enjoy the buds of springtime, but we got a pleasant surprise--our buddy Alex the folk-dance leader was already leading his Sunday-afternoon folk-dance session in the park!  So not only did we have a lovely walk, we also got to go folk-dancing for the first time in over a year!  We were so out of practice that we were practically tripping over our own feet, but we had a grand time anyway!  So now we know what we're going to be doing every Sunday afternoon when it's not raining and the temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  :)

Friday, April 09, 2021

I just ate my first post-Pesach chametz, believe it or not

Home Free Crunchy Vanilla Mini Cookies.  First ingredient:  Gluten free whole oat flour.  Those cookies and gluten-free oat challah are about the only chametz foods that I eat year-round.  :) 

P.S.: They're vegan.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Kvetching about "cardboard:" Pesach can be a problem for those with digestive problems

If you think *wheat* matzah tastes like cardboard, you should try gluten-free *oat* matzah!  :( 

I'd love to follow the ruling of the Conservative Movement's Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Law and Standards that it's permissible for Ashkenazi Jews to eat kitniyot.  But my late mother was always very hesitant to bring new foods into her kosher-for-Passover kitchen, even after kosher-for-Passover versions became available, because she believed quite strongly that Passover food was *supposed to* be different.  Since I can't eat wheat all year round, what's to distinguish Passover from the rest of the year for me--Ma nishtana *ha-ochel* ha-zeh . . . (How is this *food* different . . .)?--if I eat rice and kasha/buckwheat as always?  It can get annoying, and even painful, to eat no baked goods other than gluten-free oat matzah and potato-starch-based crackers and goodies when that kind of matzah tastes terrible and white potatoes aggravate my arthritis.  Thank goodness--and/or South American Indigenous People(s)--for quinoa!  I love a good Seder, but I'd be happy to skip Chol HaMoed Pesach and the last day(s) of Pesach altogether.  :(  Oh, well, what's another few days of "cardboard" between friends.  :)

Thursday, April 01, 2021

The Strange New Doctrine of the Republican Party (by David Frum for The Atlantic)

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