The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

Desperation Side Dish for Passover

Posted in Uncategorized by Juliet on April 22, 2014

Food fatigue is setting in. In a moment of desperation (a Jewish Hail Mary pass if you will) on the sixth night of Passover I made this Martha Stewart cauliflower dish that I remembered the kids liking.

ZOMG was it ever a hit! Everyone loved it. My one self-critique is it was maybe a teeny bit too salty. It’s hard to adjust the seasonings when the cauliflower is raw since I really, really do not like raw cauliflower. So maybe salt it less than you think and add more to taste once it’s cooked.

Cauliflower cooked this way does NOT have any cooking odor. It really doesn’t even taste like cauliflower anymore, actually. Many (most?) of us would say that’s a good thing.

I had half a head of cauliflower left over from making a vegetable soup and this was the perfect thing to make.


Preheat oven to 450. Line baking sheet with foil. Cut cauliflower into small pieces. Pieces should be roughly the same size so they cook evenly. Drizzle with 1-2 T olive oil. Sprinkle with 1-2 tsp kosher salt, several grinds of black pepper, and a dash of paprika. Mix to coat evenly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, removing sheet halfway to stir/shake cauliflower.


Eva’s Centropa Ancestry Project

Posted in Uncategorized by Juliet on April 21, 2014

Eva’s b’nai mitzvah class at Temple Adat Shalom’s Mosad Shalom religious school is pioneering a new type of project using Centropa.

The kids choose a relative from their own family and also choose a person whose stories and photos and recorded on the Centropa site. Then they find some theme that speaks to them, whether it’s similarities, differences, or some overarching theme such as “love of family,” “loss,” etc. to connect the two stories in a multimedia presentation.

Eva chose her namesake, my great grandma Eva (whose married name was Eva Grossman just like our Eva.) Here is her finished project, a Prezi. Click on the arrows at the bottom of the screen to advance each slide. Make sure to turn up your sound to hear her narration. Prezi works best with Google Chrome or Internet Explorer and does NOT work well with Mozilla Firefox.

Eva’s Prezi