Monthly Archives: November, 2013

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/living-with-cancer-giving-thanks-and-latkes/?ref=health&_r=0

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/living-with-cancer-giving-thanks-and-latkes/?ref=health&_r=0

Susan Gubar presents an insightful way to be thankful on this day. The Lemonade Fund gave a record number of grants this month, in time for Channukah, to Israeli breast cancer patients. This fund would never have been created without the eye opening experience of having cancer. Though no one would wish for it, one can be grateful for the good that can be born out of such an experience.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/health/in-israel-a-push-to-screen-for-cancer-gene-leaves-many-conflicted.html?ref=health&_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/27/health/in-israel-a-push-to-screen-for-cancer-gene-leaves-many-conflicted.html?ref=health&_r=0

Should Israelis have mandatory BRCA gene testing?

Breast Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Israeli Women

Breast Cancer Leading Cause of Death in Israeli Women

Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death of Israeli women. (Higher in Jews than Arabs for some reason.) Treatment is top notch. Then, why? Must beat this disease. (Reminder to schedule your mammograms.)

Crispy Potato Latkes with Lemon and Healthy Baked Donuts

Gourmet  | December 2008

by Paul Grimes

  • Potato Latkes recipe

photo by Roland Bello

yield
Makes about 20 latkes

Every family has its own (ahem, best) version of these savory potato pancakes. We’re offering you a classic formula, though not everyone drains the potato mixture before frying—we find this prevents the latkes from absorbing too much oil and allows them to crisp into golden disks. Maybe this will become the new family favorite.

ingredients

  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 pound russet (baking) potatoes (about 6)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • About 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • Accompaniment: sour cream
  • Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer

preparation

Cut onion lengthwise to fit feed tube of a food processor, then grate with medium shredding disk. Transfer to a large bowl (do not clean processor).

Peel potatoes and put in a bowl of cold water. Cut potatoes lengthwise to fit feed tube, then grate and add to onions. Toss with lemon juice, then with flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add eggs and stir to coat. Transfer to a colander set over a bowl (potatoes will release juices).

Preheat oven to 200°F. 3Heat 1/4 inch oil to 360°F in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat. Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop 4 or 5 mounds of potato mixture into skillet. Flatten with a fork to form 3 1/2-to 4-inch pancakes. Cook until golden brown, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and keep warm in oven while making more latkes.

cooks’ note:Cooked latkes can be frozen on a baking sheet, then transferred to a sealable bag or container and frozen up to 2 weeks. Reheat in a 450°F oven (about 5 minutes).

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Potato-Latkes-350905#ixzz2l0oNhhMm

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts

(courtesy Health Magazine)

  • Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts Recipe

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out. Coat with toppings (see ideas, below), if desired.

Lemon Glazed:

Combine 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Dip 1 side of the cooled doughnuts into glaze; let cool on a rack, glazed side up.

Calories 191

Chocolate-Hazelnut:

Melt 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate in a bowl in microwave until smooth. Dip tops of doughnuts into chocolate and place chocolate side up on a rack to cool. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts; let sit about 10 minutes.

Calories 232

Chocolate Swirl:

Melt 4 ounces (1 cup) bittersweet chocolate in microwave until smooth. Fill a small squeeze bottle or zip-top plastic bag (snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag) with melted chocolate; pipe chocolate onto tops of doughnuts. Chill doughnuts until chocolate sets (about 10 minutes).

Calories 184

Cinnamon Sugar:

Combine 1/4 cup ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. While still warm, coat doughnuts in sugar; let cool on rack, sugar-coated side up.

Calories 155

New simple blood test to confirm negative mammograms.

http://www.eventusdx.com/?page_id=82

New simple blood test to verify negative mammograms. To help allay concerns about what mammograms may miss. Pilot for Octava Pink test in Italy and Israel. Interesting

A thank you from a Lemonade Fund Grant recipient

To the Lemonade Fund:

My name is I.Z. I made aliyah (moved to Israel) with my mother, in 1995.

I met and had a relationship with a man after arriving. It was a mistake, but out of this relationship a son was born to me in 1997, and his name is T. The father of the boy disappeared and I have no communication with him, nor any support from him.

My mother died in 2010, and since then I’ve been alone with my son, with no other family at all here.

This year, in addition, I believe from all of the stress that I suffered, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and started to receive chemotherapy treatments and had to stop working.

I received a grant from you, NIS ——–, and this is helping me enormously, while I wait to get my disability payments.

I just want to say thank you to you. This grant has really cheered me up and made me happy.

With blessings, I.Z.

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