Chol Hamoed, so many choices of what to do.

With a long chol hamoed stretching tantalizingly before us, everyone wants to spend each day to the max.

There is so much to do, so much to see, but not everything works for everybody. For some, a relaxing picnic at the park is THE thing to do, while for others, being suspended upside down on the biggest rollercoaster in the area is a thrill that just can’t be missed.

Choices. It’s the options in life that allow for imagination, individuality and excitement, but it can be so hard to choose!

Here are some different genres of Chol Hamoed Outings. Once you have narrowed it down to what fits for you and your family, the task of choosing where to go is so much EZier.

  1. Amusement Parks: Sure there must be something fun about hurtling through tracks at hurricane forces, being spinned upside down, screaming at the top of your lungs and waving your hands through the air while the wind whips at your face. Me, I’d rather retain my lunch, thank you very much, but I can totally hear why kids and adults alike enjoy a day at the rides. Why, it makes for such an amazing selfie! rollercoaster
  2. Zoos: Did you know that there is a halacha to make a bracha upon seeing a monkey or elephant (contact your LOR for details!). There have been big gedolim who took their kids to the zoo just to be able to make this unusual bracha. Zoos can be a nice family trip, with interesting sights and colors. It does involve a lot of walking though, and hoping that you won’t miss the sea lion show.panda.png
  3. Museums: A museum doesn’t have to be a dark and dingy outing meant only for cerebrals who enjoy looking at old books and art. Today, you can visit interactive, fun museums that excite children and adults alike. From hands on exhibits that teach science, history, and (gasp!) math in a fun way, a museum may be just the place to go on a rainy or not so rainy day.museum
  4. Parks: Do you wake up early in the morning from the chirping of the pigeons and sparrows on the windowsill on your 15th floor apartment in the city? Do you wish you can escape from the pollution and the grayness of it all and stroll through a wonderland of green? And red, and purple, pink and yellow, beautiful, beautiful flowers lining the path? Then a visit to the a park or botanical gardens will cheer you up and bring you sunshine. You might even see a blue jay or another brightly colored bird, a far cry from the pigeons that grace your windowsill.park-2
  5. Shows & Concerts: Which kid can resist the lure of Uncle Moishy singing Hashem is Here in a concert meant just for them. And if you’re not a kid, there are concerts, circuses, and slideshows meant to entertain the adults among us. There isn’t much to do, but lots to see, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show! THE-CHOL-HAMOED-SPECTACULAR-ONLINE-220x300

    Grocery stores are also an area with a proliferation of choices.

140529_EM_GroceryStore_1You may be the type that likes thrills (The Amusement Park Type) and would love to try something new every time. You would appreciate a Supermarket with a vast selection of dips and deli, and enjoy having an exciting new dip on your table for the Shabbos meal.

Or you may be very family oriented (Outing to the Zoo Type). You would enjoy a smaller size grocery, where the grocer knows your children by name, and could let you know if you left anything off your list by mistake, after weeks of placing the same types of orders.

Or you might just be the brainy kind (Museum Type), who likes to know exactly what it is that you’re buying. Did you know that EZKOSHER is currently working on a major project to add lots of data to each item on the site? (Nutrition info, hechsheirim…)

Are you the nature buff (Visiting the park)? You would like a grocery store that has a large health food selection, and prepared lunches of the healthy variety.

Or you like just sitting back and relaxing, while being entertained (Shows and Concerts type). You would definitely enjoy just swiping your order on your ipad or phone and having your groceries delivered to your door!

Whatever type you are, EZKOSHER.com caters to all. We have a large selection of groceries that is as varied as our customers! Some are small and homey, some are midsize but offer speedy delivery, some are large and offer a huge selection of delis, dips and salads.

So when you visit your favored place this Chol Hamoed, remember that  EZKOSHER.com is the place to shop for all your needs. We are ready to serve you with the uniqueness you deserve!

Ezkosher logo

Whoops! I forgot to prepare _____ for the Seder! A Pesach List to prevent any mishaps

You gaze with pride at the glistening white tablecloth, bedecked with beautiful napkin rings and gleaming silverware. It has been a long journey, yet you are finally here, and your guests are getting ready to sit down and start the seder.

Everyone is preparing the seder plates, carefully placing hard boiled eggs, maror and radishes in the designated slots on their kaaros. They search the table for the Zeroa, the roasted shank bone. A feeling of dread overtakes you as you realize that in all the rush and mayhem the past few days, you totally forgot.Your guests are understanding though, and a solution is quickly improvised. Although you remembered all the other myriad details involved in preparing for Pesach, you strictly resolve that next year you’ll have a list with EVERYTHING on it.

To save you time and make life EZier, we at EZKOSHER took the time to prepare just such a list for you. Our wishes to you for a joyful, kosher and EZ Pesach!

Remember to shop at EZKOSHER.com for all your Pesach needs!

bigger font

bigger font seder

chol hamoed bigger font

 

 

Keep Smiling…Pesach is coming! Tips to Keep Pesach a Happy Time

So I asked a bunch of veteran balebustas for tips as I traverse the road leading toward Pesach. The best one I got was “Dirt is not Chometz and your children are not the Korban Pesach!” These valuable words of caution have put me in the right frame of mind as I tackle the Pesach Cleaning. Notice I didn’t say Spring Cleaning. That can wait ’til after Pesach 🙂
Here are some more good tips you might find pretty useful. Please use the comment section below to share any tips that can help .
  1. Have a stash of chocolate at the ready!

for blog

 

2.  Clean your chandelier with a little Palmolive Dish Washing Soap mixed with vinegar. You’ll love the sparkle!

for blog 2

 

3. Get your children to help by making it fun! Turn on the music, promise a small treat for when you finish each major chore, like “we will all sit down and eat ice-cream”.

for blog 6

 

4. Ammonia works wonders for the stove pieces. Put them in a bag, pour in ammonia. (It doesn’t have to cover). Tie it closed and leave for a few hours or overnight. The fumes will make all the grease come off. (Precaution: Be sure not to breathe into to the fumes. It could be harmful.)

for blog 4

5. Your local appliance repair doesn’t want you to know this but they make their livelihood by repairing wash machines where intrepid people put in their toys to clean. Do. Not. Put. In. Anything. Except. Clothing. In. Your. Machine!!! You can use your bathtub. Easy, fast and fun.

for blog 3

 

6. Take a few minutes to make a calendar, working backwards from Erev Pesach. You’ll be organized, calmer and there’s nothing like making a big checkmark to mark a day of accomplishments.

for blog 5

7. Clean your kitchen cabinets with Murphy Soap. The smell is not too harsh and it cleans like magic!

for blog 7

 

8. Shop for all your cleaning supplies at EZKOSHER.com. And don’t forget to buy yourself a treat!

cleaning shop now.png

 

Kosher for Pesach food saves the day even before Pesach comes.

Pesach is coming…Where is the police officer??

kken134_hi

If you are like many other people out there, you are running after your children, begging, pleading, cajoling and yelling: “Don’t you go there with chometz!!”

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The best offense is  a good defense. With the abundance of KP products out there, your stress-o-meter will stay at a comfortable level while you watch happy kids leaving a trail of crumbs 4 weeks to Pesach.

First thing you have to do is rid your house of all those crumbly goodies and babkas sent by your balabusta sister-in-law for mishloach manos. And when you watch your toddler throwing his cereal across the room, you’ll be thankful you ditched the Cheerios® and bought  Lieber’s Cocoa Vanilla Ringeeos, with a prominent KP on the box.

With the abundance of Kosher for Pesach food on the market, you can literally dispose of most of your chometz in your pantry a few weeks before pesach and your children will be none the wiser.

Of course, you still need to have certain basic chometz in your house, like Challah for Shabbos, but so many things can be substituted.

Check out this list of substitutions I found, which can be such an incredible help and change the way Erev Pesach looks in your house:

Shabbos Foods:

Challah We can’t substitute Challah. You still need to make a Hamotzi at every meal (and many people have a minhag not to eat matza in this time before pesach) Suggestion: buy water challahs that leave less crumbs.
Dips Lieber’s Sauted Eggplant Kp
Gefilta Fish A&B Gefilte Fish Less Sugar Homestyle Kp
Horseradish Noam Horseradish Triple Strong Kp
Chicken Soup Meal Mart Chicken Soup Kp
Kneidlach/Matzo Balls Lieber’s Kneidel Mix Kp
Croutons Lieber’s Onion Croutons Kp
Noodles Egg Noodles Fine Kp
Farfel Lieber’s Old Fashioned Farfel Kp
Meat, Chicken Kosher Pesach Meat and Chicken Kp
Kugel Meal Mart Potato Kugel Kp
Jello Jel Strawberry Kp
Dessert Fruit Parve Sorbet Ice Cream Kp
Liver Meal Mart Chopped Chicken Liver Spread Kp
Cholent Cholent beans are kitniyos, however why not use the ones without barley, at least you wont have real chometz

Food (Meals, Baking Supplies)

Pasta Sauce Lieber’s Pasta Sauce No Salt Added Kp
Panko Crumbs Gefen Coating Crumbs Original Gluten Free Kp
Ketchup Haddar Tomato Ketchup Kp
Mayo Lieber’s Mayonnaise Kp
Vinegar Lieber’s Imitation White Vinegar Kp
Salad Dressing Lieber’s Salad Dressing Caesar Kp
Spices Magic Spice Garlic Powder Kp
Flour Goldbaum’s Almond Flour Gluten Free Kp
French Fries Eden French Fries Crinkle Cut Kp
Cereal Lieber’s Honey Ringeeos Kp
Pizza Noam Gourmet Pizza Bagels Gluten Free Kp
Bagels Noam Gourmet Passover Bagels Gluten Free Kp
Pasta Lieber’s Spiral Noodles Kp

Haddar Elbows Noodles Kp

Knishes Meal Mart Potato/Pastrami Knishes Kp
Fettuccini Alfredo Fettuccini Alfredo Kp
Pasta and mushrooms Pasta & Mushrooms Kp
Baked Zitti Baked Zitti Kp

Snacks (Cakes, Cookies)

Cookies bake masters chocolate striped cookies 10 oz Kp
Cake Gefen Chocolate Chiffon Cake Mix Kp

Hagadda Double Dutch Layer Cake Kp

Panko Crumbs Gefen Coating Crumbs Original Gluten Free Kp
Dietetic Cheesecake Treat Hagadda Sugar Free Marble Cheese Cake Kp
Candy Bloomy’s Sour Mini Fruit Kp
Chocolate Elite Mini Milk Choc. Bars Asst Kp
Gum Elite Tutti Frutti Gum Kp
Crackers Lieber’s Yum Yum Garlic Crackers Kp
Ices Gefen Cherry Flavored Ice Pops 8pk Kp
Snacks Bloom’s Potato Chips (Bbq) Kp
Donuts Muffins N’ More Chocolate Glazed Donuts Kp
Ice Cream Klein’s Classic Treat Ice Cream Pint Vanilla Kp
Super Snacks Osem Bissli Pizza Flavor Kp

As you can see, it aint all lady fingers anymore! (Although you can get those too:-)

While you may or may not choose to have these chametz-like items in your house on Pesach, they definitely save the day before Pesach comes around!

Check out the extensive KP selection at EZKOSHER.com. You will be glad you did.

Sure you can take away all my Purim Nosh!

Children love Purim! Why not? They get to walk around town in the coolest costumes and come home with an incredible stash of junk.baby_gumball_machine

Then come the stomach aches and the tooth aches. Not to mention Pesach, just around the corner. How do you get your children to willingly part with their candy, prevent post-purim visits to the dentists, and start transitioning to Pesach mode without starting an all-out war? Seems like a tall order.

Consider the following  ideas that tackle the piles of purim junk, while keeping your kids happy and well-behaved.

1.The Nosh Exchange: Offer a (non-edible) prize in exchange for a set amount of candies. Your child can ‘buy’ the prize by parting with some or most of their candy. Were you thinking of giving your children a brand new toy to keep them occupied while you clean? Now is the perfect opportunity to have your children earn it!81rQNE-hUDL._SL1500_

2. The Carnival: Have your children host a carnival for their neighbors! This will keep them occupied as you clean, and an outlet for creative fun. Prizes will be nosh prizes, of course. (I don’t know how excited your neighbor’s mother will be when her kids come home with more nosh, though!)popcorn-hotdogs-carnival-booths

3. The Do-Gooder: Let your children donate it to a tzedakkah organization. You’ll be surprised how much children are ready to share when they feel they’re doing something special. Explain to them that families that have nothing to eat will really enjoy these extra candies for Shabbos.   Allow them to keep a few choice candies for themselves, then take your children down to the local Tomchei Shabbos where they can personally give it over and see it packaged for the poor.54515713e5e7e

4. The Dentist Buy-Back Program: This will take some advance planning, bf1741fcadf8902066ff1b35d9c31f94but speak to your local dentist about hosting a candy buy-back program. Children will bring him their candy and get something like $1 per pound. The dentist will be happy teaching children about the dangers of overloading on candy, the parents will be happy that they’re getting rid of the candy, and the kids will be happy with the cash. And the candy? Your neighborhood’s tzedakah organization will know what to do with it.

4. Plain Old Rationing: You be the keeper of the candies. Let’s face the facts. Stash of candies in kids drawer = kids eating nosh whenever they want = not being interested in supper. Make it your policy that after purim all nosh goes to mommy, who saves it for each child, and everyone can have 2 candies a day, after supper.

No more nosh! No more cavities! No unhappy children!