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Stain Kits, Everything Chestnuts, Kosher/Vegan Bakery with Cindy’s Corners

Make Those Holiday Stains Disappear, Everything Chestnuts, Kosher/Vegan Bakery with Cindy’s Corners

Two Special Offers For Cindy’s Corners Followers

Extra parties means extra stains. Nothing bothers us more than ruining a tablecloth, a white shirt or a brand new Shabbos dress than a spill of red wine or meatball sauce standing at a kiddish or while hosting friends during our weekly gatherings every Friday night and Saturday afternoon. How embarrassed do you get when someone leans in to embrace you and leaves that makeup stain on your clothes for all to see? Going away during Yeshiva break, or on the run from business meeting to a fundraiser during the week, we got you covered too.

There is nothing more frustrating than a stain on your clothes, rugs or table linens. Because this column, Recipes and Restaurants features everything about food, we feature cleaning up our food.

I turned to my cleaning guru who many of you know from his many appearances on The Real Housewives Of New York, John Madhassian, owner of Madame Paulette in New York City.

Madhassian created a stain kit that goes anywhere with you. It’s inexpensive and easy to use on clothes and home decor at home, on the run or on vacation.

Cindy’s Corners is partnering with Madame Paulette with a special offer for you. According to Madhassian,

These exclusive formulas are used to clean the finest apparel and textiles are now available in a safe, convenient and easy-to-use kit!

“I also wanted to share some info with your readers about a fabulous promotion we are running: 20% off Stain Kits and 20% off the retail value of Madame Paulette gift cards. They make excellent gifts and additions to everyone’s cleaning supply collections. The promo lasts through Dec. 24. Please see the following link for the blast that can be shared and mention Cindy’s Corners:”

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Chestnuts

Yes, chestnuts are roasting on an open fire. But I love the chestnuts many Israeli companies are exporting all over the world.

I personally love the inexpensive two-serving bags that are perfect take-along snacks for day trips.

Chestnuts have very different nutritional value than most nuts. They contain very little protein or fat, rather get their calories mostly from carbohydrates. Chestnuts are gluten-free, a good source of vitamin C and fiber, and most are grown non-GMO and organic.

I love creamy texture soups. I also love Parve soups. I have learned to make a great base using chestnuts that go well in a mushroom barley soup or a lentil soup. It thickens it without all the fat and is lactose free.

Cindy’s Corners Chestnut Soup Base

I make a batch, add what I need to another soup. If there are leftovers, like a stock, it freezes well and can be used as a base with a soup another time.

1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 carrot, grated
1 small white onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic
1 quart vegetable stock
4 bags chestnuts  (each about 3.5 oz)
1/4 cup kosher Marsala wine
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Place a Dutch oven over low heat. Add in oil. Add the celery, onion, carrots and garlic and sweat until tender and translucent, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the stock, chestnuts, wine, salt and pepper and bring to a gentle simmer and cook until the chestnuts are soft.

Carefully transfer the soup to a blender and puree until very smooth. You can also hand blend in a pot like I do.

This recipe is delicious alone or as a base and mixes well with many soups,

Try these:

https://whatjewwannaeat.com/three-mushroom-barley-soup/

https://www.kosher.com/recipe/roasted-tomato-soup-with-parmesan-crostini-5507

http://www.busyinbrooklyn.com/cream-of-leek-soup-fresh-easy-cookbook-review/

Chestnuts in Winter Salads

I love using chestnuts instead of croutons, crackers and breadsticks as salad toppings. Cut chestnuts in half or keep whole. Don’t crush them, as they are softer than most nuts.

Here are two of my favorite salads that I garnish with chestnuts, you can use them in addition to or instead of nuts suggested:

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/shaved-brussels-sprout-salad/amp/

https://www.thespruceeats.com/fennel-grapefruit-arugula-salad-recipe-2020330


Kosher/Vegan Bakery

Kosher bakeries around the world are adding nut-free, vegan, Parve options and are expanding their customer base.

Erev Chanukah, one such bakery opened in West Hempstead. The Sunflower Bakery is kosher with kitchen separations and color-coded baking and serve-ware utensils that ensure anyone following diets and lifestyles buy and eat exactly what they want. They feature similar layer cake, fruit pie, cookie and mousse options for all diet needs, including sugar free.

According to owner Elana Schondorf, owner, she opened her bakery and started her company, to fill a need in the dessert world providing fresh and delicious desserts, primarily of a chocolate nature. When I started the company, I wanted to bring haute cuisine to the general public for a fair and reasonable price.

By using the freshest ingredients, we are able to create that homemade taste that is rarely experienced these days by bought baked goods. Everything is baked fresh to order. Unlike stores that bake in advance and have things on display, we bake every item upon the receipt of an order. We stand by the quality of our cakes, cookies, brownies, mousse, favors, party cakes, and chocolate trays. We are highly rated in customer satisfaction and pledge to continue to offer high quality customer service coupled with excellent baked and chocolate goods. In light of this, we are very accomodating to last- minute requests, as well as working with our customers to create that perfect end to that special meal. After all, the dessert is the last taste your guests will have upon leaving your home and will impact on their whole dining experience. Why cut corners after you have prepared a fine meal in their honor?

http://mychocolatesunflower.com/

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Cindy Grosz can be reached at cindyscorners@gmail.com

About the Author
Cindy Grosz is an accomplished activist for pro-Israel and Jewish interests. She writes about “Everything Jewish” and has appeared in multiple media outlets. She is a Contributor on The Jersey Joe Radio Show on WOR710AM, syndicated through iHeartRadio. Grosz is the author of Rubber Room Romance, Everything You Need to Know and Ask About the Education System. She can be reached at cindyscorners@gmail.com.
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