MESH Report 6/18/19

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From Captain Shirley Grill:

It was a stormy, wet night on Tuesday so we invited our MESH guests into Shomrei early to provide sanctuary from the storm! We had a full house with 24 guests and 5 takeaway dinners. The evening was brightened by Chef Arden Epstein’s fare, in colors of red and green…rather spring like! Appetizer was fresh cherries and nuts–can be seen in forefront of the picture; Main Course was Asian Chicken Salad with cashews and mandarin slices; string beans in a mustard dressing and a hot roll; Desert was Strawberries and homemade chocolate bark–yummm! And all the guests received a goodie bag with a power bar and clementine for a late night snack or breakfast!
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Food for Warm Seasons

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As we transition into full summer when no one wants to spend too much time in a hot kitchen, quick and tasty food is called for.

How about a nice crisp salad with a super easy bleu or blue cheese dressing? This is perfect on iceberg lettuce which seems to be making a comeback or on crunchy romaine. Recipes from The Genius Kitchen never seem to fail. Continue reading

MESH Report 6/11/19

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From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

On a balmy spring evening we welcomed 24 grateful guests to the Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei. We also provided 2 takeout meals. The top notch team of Steindel, Eisenberg and Hammerman was on board with Sarah and Sarita preparing a delicious and nutritious meal assisted by Charles and Lou who ably performed numerous tasks including Lou’s stellar pot, pan, dish and utensil washing. We had a new helper tonight. Sarah, the young daughter of our custodian Kevin, pitched in with plating food and serving. She was a big help! Continue reading

MESH Report 6/4/19

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From Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei welcomed a full house of 24 grateful guests this past Tuesday night.  Four additional hungry guests were given takeaway meals.  As we were about to say the motzi, one young woman raised her hand, stood up and said she would like to lead the blessing.  She proceeded to recite “Baruch Ata Adon…” and then in English, both with perfect precision, as she has heard each week at our cafe. My heart warmed at her sincerity.

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Vegan for All

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It seems like ages since I’ve shared recipes with the Shomrei community. Travel, Passover, Kiddush prep got in the way. Finally here are some new ones to try. By plan or coincidence they are all vegan friendly.

But first I must rhapsodize about the delicious paella I sampled in Barcelona. There are probably as many versions of paella as there are cooks. However, traditionally, paella is a mixture of seafood, poultry, perhaps sausage, and seasoned with saffron and other herbs and spices. It’s served over rice which often has green peas mixed in.  Not the dish for kosher or seafood avoidant diners.

But I had the most delicious asparagus and mushroom paella at a friendly restaurant on the beach. It was as good as any could have been, well-seasoned, easy on the eyes and the tongue.  What follows is an approximation of what I was served on that rainy evening by the sea. Continue reading

MESH Report 5/7/19

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From Captain Alex Kent:

The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei hosted an Asian cuisine night on Tuesday, giving a new life to some delicious Chinese food repurposed from the Beatles Shabbat last Friday night. The food had been graciously donated by Aimee and David Brooks. Chef Lynne Kurzweil whipped up her own carrot and ginger soup, topped with Chinese noodles and parsley, followed by crowd favorites beef with broccoli, sesame chicken, lo-mein, vegetables in brown sauce, and rice. The meal was completed with fruit salad, and black and white cookies.
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Seder Eats

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What a treat!  On Sunday a large group of females aged just months old to life experienced seniors joined to celebrate a pre-Passover seder. Hearing the voices of women raised in song and conversation, watching women think what freedom means to them personally, listening to the youngest women ask the Four Questions, recalling our female ancestors-(sadly many of us no names beyond our mothers’), enjoying a Passover meal with nary an ersatz ingredient in any dish…a lovely evening.

Look no further than the recipes for the food served at Shomrei’s Women’s Seder if you want something new and tasty for your seder dinner. Thanks to Lynne Kurzweil for planning this healthy, delicious, and unique meal. Continue reading

MESH Report 4/2/2019

Report from Captain Sarita Eisenberg:

IMG_5206The kitchen stayed cool at the MESH Café on Tuesday as we served a dinner of mostly leftovers, allowing Chef Lynne Kurzweill to wear seasonable appropriate long sleeves. We served 24 guests and prepared four takeaway meals.

The meal started with a freshly made tomato vegetable soup – good to the last drop, with not a smidge leftover. That was followed by leftovers from the Women’s Seder on Sunday: a kale salad with apples, craisins, and roasted pecans plus a touch of mango salsa to add sweetness; salmon topped with a horseradish crust and accompanied by roasted grape tomatoes; and a quinoa vegetable salad.

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MESH Report 2/19/2019

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Report from Captain Lynne Kurzweil:

It was a cold night outside, but warm and welcoming inside!

Our fabulous Chef Arden Epstein, ably assisted by her sous chef, Zamiah, prepared a very sophisticated meal of: Deviled Eggs, Crudities and crackers for appetizers; Followed by Green Salad and French bread, Complemented by a main of  fish stew with Cod and vegetables, And topped by a homemade magnificent Cappuccino Mousse with cookies (after mixing the mousse, the captain got to lick the bowl!  Continue reading