Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Trials and Tribulations Out Of The Kitchen

I have been missing in action for a while...and feeling 'half-baked'.
From the very beginning I have dealt with ongoing issues regarding my webserver and developer. I have spent months negotiating and trying to come up with ways to remedy this. I suppose ever the optimist, things have a way of taking care of themselves...the server went under and took everything (my site) with them.

I am now in the process of setting up a new webpage, in the meantime Carol's Candies is still fully operational.

Please go to :Carol's Candies Myspace
Or call: 631-806-9753 to place an order

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yom Hashoah

Tonight begins Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
And today I share this post with My Dear Friend.

The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is "Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah"--literally the "Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism." It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan--a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers).

Since the early 1960s, the sound of a siren on Yom Hashoah stops traffic and pedestrians throughout the State of Israel for two minutes of silent devotion. The siren blows at sundown and once again at 11:00 A.M. on this date. All radio and television programs during this day are connected in one way or another with the Jewish destiny in World War II, including personal interviews with survivors. Even the musical programs are adapted to the atmosphere of Yom Hashoah. There is no public entertainment on Yom Hashoah, as theaters, cinemas, pubs, and other public venues are closed throughout Israel.

My family lights six candles to remember the six million.

Yom Ha Shoah

Yom Hashoah

Some Wonderful Holocaust Links:

Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Anne Frank Online

Ghetto Fighters' House

Amcha: Israeli Institute for Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation

March of the Living

About The Holocaust

Holocaust Education Center

Holocaust Guide

Then and Now Slideshow

Today's News

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Starve a Cold & Feed a Fever

What a month it's been...My house (& me in particular) got hit with a good dose of the flu which is funny in hindsight because this is the first year I got the flu shot! Which brings me to my point..The one thing I can never get straight is that old expression we've all heard, you know...Starve a Cold and Feed a Fever or is it Starve a Fever and Feed a Cold...I can never quite get it right but that could just be because I love to eat and the idea of starving does not sit well with me. So having been hit with a really bad flu season in my house (not to mention me personally) I have gathered together some of my favorite sick (& well) recipes:

Mommy's Chicken Soup (my kids can't get enough of this)


* 1 whole (3-4 pounds) chicken (any fresh chicken will do)
* 1 medium turnip quartered
* 3 ribs of celery with leaves halved
* 12 parsley stems
* 2 large carrots quartered
* 2 large onions quartered
* Kosher or coarse salt
* Salt and pepper to taste

Clean the chicken and discard giblets or any other presents you've been given in the cavity. Salt the entire chicken inside and out liberally with kosher or coarse salt . Let the chicken stand for 35 minutes.

Wash salt from chicken and place in a medium to large stockpot. Cover chicken with turnip, celery, parsley, carrots, onions.
Cover with 4 or 5 quarts of cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat,
then immediately reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer for 1-1/2 to 2
hours, occasionally skimming the foam from the top.

Remove the chicken to a large platter when it is still firm and not falling apart. Remove the meat from the chicken and save for the soup and chicken salad . Then take the bones and return them to the pot and simmer for one more hour.

Strain the soup
into a large bowl and discard everything in the strainer keeping the carrots and celery to add back to the soup later if you like. Refrigerate
long enough to allow hardened fat to form on surface, then simply
remove the fat. Bring back up to heat with salt and pepper to taste.

Hint: You can add more vegetables at this point or start the process again with another chicken for a really rich broth.

Toast is another comfort food when I'm sick and while you can get creative with the toppings some of my favorite toasts are "french" :-) Here are some of those recipes as well...

French Toast

* 4 eggs
* 1 teaspoon sugar, optional
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup milk
* 10 to 12 slices white bread
* butter
* maple syrup or other syrup

Break eggs into a wide, shallow bowl or pie plate; beat lightly with a fork. Stir in sugar, salt, and milk.

Over medium-low heat, heat griddle or skillet coated with a thin layer of butter or margarine.

Place the bread slices, one at a time, into the bowl or plate, letting
slices soak up egg mixture for a few seconds, then carefully turn to
coat the other side. Soak/coat only as many slices as you will be
cooking at one time.

Transfer bread slices to griddle or skillet, heating slowly until
bottom is golden brown. Turn and brown the other side. Serve French
toast hot with butter and syrup.
..Cinnamon French Toast

Salted butter

Sourdough bread slices

Vietnamese cinnamon (sometimes called Saigon cinnamon)
Preheat the oven broiler. Microwave the butter on High (100 percent
power) just long enough to soften, but not melt; a stick takes 15 to 20
seconds. Smear the butter on one side of each piece of bread; you need
only a thin coating, or alternating thin-thick dabs.
Dust with cinnamon, preferably in a mottled pattern, rather than
evenly. Finish by layering the sugar on top, about ½ to 1 tablespoon,
depending on the size of the bread slice. Place under the hot broiler.
Remove when the tops are sizzling and the edges of the crust are one
step away from burning. Serve with hot chocolate.

For the kids, big and little....
French Toast Sticks


* 3 eggs
* 3/4 cup milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 4 slices bread, each cut, lengthwise, into 4 pieces
* Sugar
* Cinnamon
* Maple syrup

Melt butter in skillet. Mix eggs, milk and vanilla in bowl. Beat well,
soak slices of bread. Brown the soaked bread in skillet. Sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon and serve with maple syrup.

Enjoy and stay well!!! I know I plan on it...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The High Of Low Tech

Nostalgia is creeping in...happens to me every winter. Some people get cabin-fever, I get these flashbacks from scenes of the 60's and 70's. I think it has to do with remembering snowy winters, hot chocolate and mini marshmallows and commercials that weren't high tech.

So I give to you low tech:

Almond Joy

Cracker Jacks

It's A Gum...No It's A Candy!!

Who didn't love Farfel The Dog?
Nestles makes the very best...


Toostie Pops

And finally a jingle I still can't get out of my head!

Once upon a time there was an engineer
Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.
He had an engine and he sure had fun
He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.
Charlie says "Love my Good & Plenty!"
Charlie says "Really rings my bell!"
Charlie says "Love my Good & Plenty!"
Don't know any other candy that I love so well!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Living La Vida Cocoa

The Good Life, The Sweet Smell Of Chocolate
(guilt free indulgences)

Aquolina started with Pink Sugar, a wonderfully sinful vanilla perfume. I had my doubts when they came out with Chocolovers. Well I couldn't have been more wrong. This is subtle and sexy, hints of chocolate, patchouli, orange and vanilla.

By Demeter A whole line of home, bath and body fragrances inspired by fabulous candy scents!! And the prices are just great. There's all kinds of specials on the site.

The Merry Chocoholic facial products, home products, she is a chocoholics heaven!! Don't forget her to check out all her categories, this store has it all...

Chocolate Mint Soap, Chocolate Cupcake Soap, Bonbons and Pudding, Oh My!! Feto Soap is good clean fun!! Trust me, these definitely look good enough to eat!

What can you say about a company that calls themselves Hard Candy ? You know you just look delicious wearing makeup by made by them!! This stuff is great, and the selection is wonderful.

You know that commercial where the woman pretends she has been baking all day? Well, here's your chance to make the house reflect your personality!! Southerner Candles has some of the best scents I have seen anywhere, & their packaging is fabulous!

From Pajama Gram... Just in time for Valentines day!

The Kama Sutra Chocolate Lovers Paintbox From Brides Village. Valentine, Anytime?

A solar powered calculator that looks like a bar of chocolate, smells like a bar of chocolate! Sort of makes balancing the checkbook less tiresome... From The Happy Woman

And finally

After all this reading, and all the shopping...what better way to soothe away the stress than a Chocolate Spa Neck Pillow? The warm moist heat feels amazing, the subtle fragrance is relaxing, and you feel like you've just indulged without even feeling guilty!!

Happy Shopping, and of Course, Happy Valentines day!!