FRENCH DIP SANDWICHES

I have been dreaming about bring you all the French dip sandwich for sooooo long. The only thing is that I had to find the exact right timing to thrown this most bomb dignity recipe at you. Making your own roast beef, although incredibly easy, just sounds intimidating. Then top that off with making the crazy luxurious and most insanely delicious Au Jus, which also simple but seems complex and I knew I’d lose you. 

I decided I needed to save it for a time when were all willing to put a little more effort into our food. So that meant a holiday. But what holiday is it really acceptable to serve a glorified steak sandwich. 

Only one.

PURIM. 

It’s the fun-est of the holiest days of the year. It’s the one holiday where having a huge pot (or crockpot) of roast beef in simmering jus is not only acceptable but perfectly appropriate. 

This dish can stay warm all day and the meat and rice only get more and more flavorful by the minute. Every guest that come to your seudah can right away wash and sit down to a perfectly hot, irresistible and super yum french dip sandwich. 

And that my friends, is how we win PURIM. 

Wishing each and every one of you the most joyous, happy, healthy and love filled Adar ever!

✌🏻💜&🥕,

Danielle

              

For the printable French Dip Sandwich recipe click here

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DRINK LIKE A MAN OR CLEAN IT UP YOURSELF -the unedited version

DRINK LIKE A MAN, OR CLEAN IT UP YOURSELF

A HELPFUL GUIDE TO KEEPING ALL THE WINE INSIDE YOUR STOMACH THIS PURIM

 

By: Danielle Renov

@peaslovencarrots

originally posted by kosher.com

Before you have children people will tell you that dealing with the not- pretty, little- spoken about parts of parenting, like changing diapers and cleaning up after a child with a stomach virus, are “really not so bad”. “It’s much easier when it’s your own child” they tell you. “Don’t worry, you won’t get grossed out, I promise, you get used to it.” 

Then, you have children and you very quickly learn that everyone you have ever spoken to on this topic is a complete liar! Because, yes, changing diapers really isn’t that bad, but there’s so much more to it than that.

What they don’t tell you, is that if you have boys, the boys will specifically wait until their diaper is off so that they can give you a free urine shower. Or, they will leave out how terribly unpleasant it is to change a baby whose dirty diaper leaked through multiple layers of clothes and onto you. But really, all that pales in comparison to a child who threw up. If you can manage not to vomit yourself while cleaning up regurgitated chunks of food from the floor, your lap, the child’s clothing and hair, then that’s a win. A huge win. Because, throw-up is NEVER not disgusting. And the only thing worse than cleaning up your child’s vomit, is cleaning up your husbands. 

So, now that we’ve established how utterly shnasty it is to deal with a too-drunk, vomiting husband, let’s talk about what we can do to prevent that from happening.

The best way to go about this is to first recognize that Purim is a full- day event. Starting in the morning, with megilla reading and for some a morning seudah and ending with a lavish, food- laden, wine- drenched meal, sprinkled with yummy visits to and from family. Which means, it is very, very hard to keep track of how much alcohol has actually been consumed and how our bodies are reacting to it. 

Since throw up is a curse onto mothers, I think it is only fair that if a grown man drinks too much to the point where he is vomiting all over the place, it is his own responsibility to clean it up.

 If I did not give birth to you, I do not have to clean your puke. 

However, because men are well, men, I feel it is only fair to warn them of this protocol before the holiday begins. So, ladies, give your better halves (hahahaha, just kidding) fair warning, then print out this article for your husbands to read and have a much more enjoyable holiday without the impending dread of cleaning up your husbands vomit looming above you!

I’ve created a list of 10, mostly chronological, important tips to carry with you throughout the day so that you can drink at each milestone, maintaining a nice Purim buzz, but never getting too drunk that you throw up all over your car, couch or spouse.

1. ADVIL and WATER 

Alcohol causes dehydration. So, start your day off by properly hydrating your body so that you can be ahead of any water depletion the alcohol causes in your body. Maintaining a good water- to- alcohol ratio is key to keeping the alcohol in your stomach. 

Advil. Just to be safe.

2. FOOD

It is a common myth that eating after you drink can help sober-ize a person. Really though, eating before you drink is the most helpful. Although food will not help with reducing drunkenness, it will slow down the speed at which the alcohol gets absorbed into the bloodstream as it’s also busy absorbing the food. 

3. THE RIGHT FOOD

We’ve all heard about people who say they have weak stomachs. Well it’s true. Some of us are stronger than others. Eating dairy foods early in the day, or drinking a glass of milk will help neutralize the stomach acids that we want to keep inside the body later that day!

4. DRINK ON THE HOUR

It takes our livers around 1 hour to actually process any alcohol we put into our bodies. So, instead of gulping down your whole days worth of wine within one hour and feeling ill the rest of the day, try drinking one glass at a time, every hour, on the hour! This will seriously help you to understand where your body is at, drinking- wise, and will prevent you from drinking too much before you even know what’s hit you!

5. MORE WATER

Again, alcohol = dehydration. For every cup of wine you pour yourself, drink at least one glass of water to maintain proper hydration.

6. NO MIXING ALCOHOL WITH ENERGY DRINKS

I know, it sounds like that would be a really good idea. But its not. Alcohol is a depressant and energy drinks are stimulants. When you mix the two, it masks the properties of each and you are left unaware of how you are actually feeling. So, you drink more, because you feel fine and then BOOM. Barf everywhere. 

7. USE YOUR BRAIN

Yes, this is a hard one for some people. And by people I mean boys. The big ones, who live in our homes and need constant reminders to take out the full garbage bag that has been sitting by the front door for 2 days. It seems crazy but it’s true. Alcohol does not erase your brain from your head. It may be fogged over by a cloud of inebriation, but if you dig deep enough, you will find it. And this, oh- so- powerful piece of machinery, if used right, can tell you when to STOP DRINKING. 

8. DO NOT BINGE EAT 

Alcohol lowers our inhibitions. All of them. Including eating. Therefore, pizza. Or chicken wings. Or pizza then wings. 

This, however is a bad idea. At the time, it feels brilliant. You’re drunk, hungry and need something salty. But, it is exactly at this point in time that our bodies need a break. Try some plain crusty bread instead.

9. ADVIL. AGAIN. 

Because, tomorrow will come. With it, work, kids, life and a massive headache. Take two Advil before you go to sleep and then wake up in the morning and drink the strongest cup of coffee you can find!

10. BE A MAN

If all else fails, and the entire contents of your Purim festivities spills out onto the floor, car, walls or heaven forbid, your spouse, well then, you know what to do. CLEAN IT UP YOURSELF!

These steps are not fool proof. Meaning any fool can mess these up. However, we (read: women) are no fools. So, help your husbands, and ourselves, out this Purim to keep as much of this holiday inside our stomachs instead of on the floor. 

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TATERTOSCHEN, The Better Way To Get Your Purim On This Year!

              

DEFINE:
[tay-ter tahshen
 
nounplural  [tayter tahshuh n] (Show IPA). Jewish Cookery.
1. a small triangular (often sweet) dough made with yeast and filled with a mixture of poppy seeds and honey or with prune paste, prepared especially for Purim.
 
2. The replacement of grated potatoes in the dough takes the regular, boring, usually unevenly cooked cousin of the TATERtoschen, the HAMANtaschen, and elevates it it to the best version of a tater tot. EVER!
“Mommy, pleeeeeaaasssee make us TATERTOSCHENS for Purim this year instead of regular hamantaschen.”
 
Origin of tatertaschen
<From the PL&C  English/Yiddish mash up language, TATER equivalent to “tater tots”+ tash pouch, pocket (compare Middle High German tasche, Old High Germantasca; akin to task )
 
 TOUNGE TWISTER CHALLANGE:
“Tatty took ten TATERTOSCHENS to town today.”
 
     
 

When I first woke up in the middle of the night dreaming about a Tater-tot/Hamantashen hybrid I could not go back to sleep! I knew that my alternate dream life had lead me to Purim gold! Although extremely tired from my lack of sleep, I spent the whole next day and writing down a list of why tater tots rock and how to properly incorporate their awesomeness into a triangle shape. I quickly realized that the triangle would work to my advantage because 3 corners = 3x more the crispy edges. So, from their I wrote a list if criteria that my TATERTOSCHEN needed to meet.

  1. must be easy to make
  2. must freeze well so that people can prepare them in advance
  3. must be vegan and gluten free so that everyone can enjoy them!
  4. must be crispy
  5. must NOT be fried. Because. Frying is annoying

          Last but not least…

6.must be completely and utterly addictive.

                       

So, for the past month, I have made these so many different times, each time adjusting the recipe to enhance and simplify the recipe. Then once I finally settled on a recipe that yielded results that tasted and were just as crispy as their fried counterparts I spent days testing the best way to freeze and reheat them! 

But, no. My work did not end there. Because once I created a vegan and gluten free version, I obviously had to take and junkyify (another word brought to you by the PL&C language) it. Which meant adding a ton of cheddar cheese (because, cheese) and filling them with the yummiest, most delicious brunch foods of all time. 

                      

So, this Purim, if you only do one thing. TATERTOSCH. 

You can fill them with pulled red wine braised short ribs like I did, or stuff them with some shredded bbq chicken, imitation crab salad or tuna tartare for a fish course, or do what my kids did and fill the hole with ketchup and just eat em straight up!

(warning: if your family goes the ketchup route, close your eyes and back away slowly, because a little piece of your foodie heart may die)

However you choose to serve these, just make sure you are already fed when these come out of the oven. Because if not, it is very likely you will consume the whole tray, by yourself, in the kitchen.

For the printable TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here

For the printable CHEESY CHEDDAR TATERTOSCHEN recipe click here

For the printable PULLED RED WION BRAISED SHORT RIBS recipe click here

 

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