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  • glennie19
    glennie19 Member Posts: 4,831
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    Aviva,, I'm up in Gainesville,, but there is an active Tampa group. If you are looking for doctor recommendations,,, I suggest looking for Special K,,, she lives in the Tampa area,,, and has been around for a while. She is very helpful!! Moffitt Cancer center is one place I know of,,,, I'd drive down there if I needed a second opinion.

    Balthus & Karen,, I used to live in Jupiter, the North end of Palm Beach County.

  • chisandy
    chisandy Member Posts: 11,385
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    Hi, Balthus. I’m originally from Brooklyn, lived in Seattle before moving here to Chicago, and my mom lived the last 13 years of her life at Kings Point in Delray Beach. (I eventually let the condo go after her death when my husband & I decided we wouldn’t want to live in it and would probably choose to retire in Oregon instead--or if Trump wins, British Columbia).

    I didn’t yet have LE when I flew to Europe for a Mediterranean cruise in Dec., but on the advice of my BS’ nurse was fitted for a sleeve & gauntlet (20-30mm) and wore them for the transatlantic legs of the trip. She said it wasn’t necessary for flights shorter than 4 hrs. I did get finger swelling in-flight with the gauntlet, and felt some arm swelling up in the mts. of Sicily when not wearing compression, so I made an appt. to see a renowned LE specialist at my hospital. At first, because my measurements were the same as pre-surgery and because I had “only” 4 nodes out, he said he never would have prescribed compression. But when I described the mild cording I felt after radiation, the finger swelling and the tightness in my bicep up in the mts., he changed his tune, diagnosed me as Stage 0 LE, and told me to wear not just the sleeve but also a glove rather than gauntlet on flights. I have since progressed to Stage 1 so my LE therapist said to wear compression for exercise, playing guitar (including performance), flight and at high altitude, as well as to do arm exercises while flying. So I got a couple more sleeves & gauntlets in fun tattoo patterns for performing, and will bring my plain sleeve-and-glove sets with me to wear on my trip to Europe next week (transatlantic flights as well as train trip through the Alps). It’s a continuing legal ed trip* and I’ll be in business class, so I don’t want to freak out my staid colleagues and fellow passengers.

    *I am a lawyer and need CLE courses to keep my license, though I’m pretty much retired--I call myself a “recovering lawyer,” and when asked if there’s a 12-step program for that, I reply “yes, but by the time you get my bill it’ll be 47 steps.” I keep my law license current in case I need to go to bat for friends, family or pro bono--and also so I can be in the Chicago Bar Association annual musical (aka the Bar Show). I consider my primary profession now to be "performing songwriter“ (guitar and dulcimer). I’d wanted to do that since before law school.

    Peace & song,

    Sandy

  • glennie19
    glennie19 Member Posts: 4,831
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    I say, Freak them out, Sandy!! I love your term "recovering lawyer". HA! I hope to be a "recovering pharmacist" one of these days,, but in my profession, that title means you've had drug issues that have impacted your career and/or license. How fun to go to Europe for CLE classes.

  • karen1956
    karen1956 Member Posts: 4,532
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    I made hamentashen tonight so I can send some to my daughter and SIL in Toronto in hopes they get there in time for Purim!!! I hadn't planned on sending any but when she asked, how can I say no. Younger daughter is on a school trip so she didn't want me to make them this past Sunday as she didn't want them all eaten before she got back. It was weird baking tonight with no one to taste test when they were warm out of the oven....DH had already gone to bed (and he doesn't snack at night), son is at work and daughter #2 is in the mountains with school on the senior class trip. I will bake again on Sunday when younger daughter is home to help bake and help eat. I'm mailing Leah about a dozen and still have 2 1/2 doz or so. They are HUGE!!! Poppy seed and chocolate chip. I used to make my grandmother's recipe... a yummy, yummy prune recipe (prune, raisin, walnuts, honey, lemon) but they are labor intensive and I haven't made them in years. I told my husband that one day when I have spare time, I will make them again. I don't long range plan any more as the last time I did was when I was diagnosed....but my goal is to retire (again) when my youngest daughter finishes University in 5 or 6 years. She graduates high school in May and is doing a gap year in Israel next year. She is interested in bio-medical engineering or bio-medical science so I'm figuring that will be a 5 year degree.

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,950
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    Karen,

    I'm drooling! Though I prefer prune to mun, I would definitely eat them. Chocolate chip is a bit modern for me, though, no doubt, I would eat those too 😍. I don't mean to question you, but you don't mean Leah from bco, do you?

    Caryn

  • chisandy
    chisandy Member Posts: 11,385
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    Oooooh, hamantashen! My fave is mun--but in sweet yeast-raised egg-wash-glazed dough, not cookie dough. Apricot, too. Better get myself up to Devon Ave. or the kosher section of Mariano’s in Lincolnwood. Just when I thought I was safe after latke and paczki (I married a Catholic) season was over....and next month, Pesach! The trick is going to be staying low-carb despite eating ahalachically mandated piece of matzo per day. Last year I was in Madrid and went to a Sephardic Seder; and I brought matzo from home so I could have some for breakfast instead of hitting the bread at the breakfast buffet. Eight days of that and you can guess what happened. The Haggadah says “This is the bread of affliction”.......said “affliction” being constipation....

  • Kendrasue
    Kendrasue Member Posts: 107
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    Hi! I have been peeking in regularly, a little shy, but once the mention of beloved hamentashen arose, I could be silent no longer. I know what you mean, ChiSandy, latkes always do me in, necessitating a rigorous vegetable day or two afterwards to try and reduce the calorie damage. My MO wants me to stay at a low weight so that gained pounds from AI won't be risky. I live in a college town where international cuisine abounds, and bakeries for beloved hamentashen! I'm happy to be saying hello to you all, at last. I've been craving the connection.

  • glennie19
    glennie19 Member Posts: 4,831
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    Karen: I'm drooling,,,

    Love apricot too. That is probably my favorite.

    Sandy: You crack me up with "bread of affliction" = constipation. LMAO!

    Hello KendraSue!! Welcome.

  • karen1956
    karen1956 Member Posts: 4,532
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    Caryn......my oldest daughter is Leah. So that is who I was referring to when I said mailing Leah.....I so miss Leah_S. I think of her every day and the two Shabbatot that I spent with her and her beautiful family. Her son Moshe got engaged shortly before she passed away. G-d willing I'll be in Israel this summer and I'm sure I will miss her even more when I can't see her. My kids are Leah, Noah and Miriam.

    I use the Solo brand poppy filling. Some years my son asks for apricot jam filling but this year he only asked for poppy. The chocolate chip are just choc chips in the middle. I don't mix it in the dough. I have a great pareve dough recipe. Very easy and so yummy. I've been making the same dough for over 35 years. Its from teh first cookbook I bought after I was married...or maybe my mother gave it to me when I got married. My grandmother used to mail me her hamentashen even after I married and then one year she just stopped....maybe she realized that I was making them. We lived out in the country and had a box for the UPS man...when he would leave a pkg, he would leave a tag hanging out so we knew to check for pkg. The last year my grandmother mailed them to me, the USPS put them in the UPS can and didn't leave a note and we found them several days later......of course they had turned green!!! This was over 30 years ago and I still smile when I think about it. I started to mail hamentashen to my older daughter when she was in University and I would also mail to my parents in Florida. Now I bake for my mother and she lives near me. I'll take her hamentashen on Sunday. Younger daughter turns 18 on Saturday so will probably bring Mom to the house for dinner on Sunday.

    Welcome Kendrasue.

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,950
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    Karen,

    Oh, I am so glad you clarified that. I was so afraid that you didn't know that Leah had passed away.

    Many years ago, there was a bagel shop in San Francisco owned by a young Jewish woman. On holidays, she made other traditional baked goods, including delicious hamantaschen.I went in one day to buy some and asked one of the (non-Jewish) employees for some prune hamantaschen. "Prune? Those are not prune, those are blueberry ", he said, "No one bakes stuff with prunes!" So I bought some and gave him one. "Wow", he said, "that is not blueberry!

  • woodstock99
    woodstock99 Member Posts: 80
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    I grew up in Paterson NJ and now live in Dallas and miss the Jewish bakeries of my youth and all the goodies that my grandmother, aunts, etc used to bake for all the holidays. I am headed to see my mom in Florida this weekend at assisted living and might have a chance to get to a deli. We only have one Jewish deli in Dallas and it's ok but nothing like back east. You are making me drool.

  • chisandy
    chisandy Member Posts: 11,385
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    Went to Mariano’s last night, but got there too late for their Kosher bakery to be open (since Lincolnwood is adjacent to Chicago’s Hasidic/Yeshivish communtity, the bakery is Pas Yisroel--so if there isn’t an observant Jew behind the counter, everything on the shelves or in the bins that isn’t already pre-packaged gets cleared away and given to charity--which is why, even though it costs a bit more, I go there first for my family’s bagels, baguettes, sourdough, etc. because everything there is super-fresh). On the regular kosher shelves, there were two brands of prepackaged hamantaschen, both made with cookie dough. The bigger ones seemed to be only raspberry & apricot--despite the ingredients label--but the smaller ones had all flavors that I could see, and there were twice as many in the box. I figured a smaller hamantash would make a smaller dent in my diet as well, so I bought that package even though it was $2 more. I had a couple of mun (or as my mom spelled it, “mohn”) and an apricot--but when I woke up this morning, there were only 3 left (out of a baker’s dozen). Gordy doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but Bob admitted that one of the reasons he married me was for Jewish food. And Bob is a notorious nocturnal snacker, sooo.....

    Will try the Kosher bakeries along Devon late this aft. (tomorrow will be a madhouse before everything closes for Shabbos), between my voice lesson and heading out with Bob to B’way Cellars for corned beef & cabbage (keepin’ it mult-culti). No Guinness for me, though--if they don’t have non-alcoholic beer, I’m drinking seltzer or iced tea. Somehow, the idea of wine with Irish food seems so wrong...

  • Kendrasue
    Kendrasue Member Posts: 107
    edited March 2016
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    Hi, Glennie 19 and Karen1956! Thank you for your warm welcome!

    ~Valerie

  • Chloesmom
    Chloesmom Member Posts: 626
    edited March 2016
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    Have been following the thread for a while, but thought I'd just say hi!

    Live in South Central PA. 14 months since diagnosis. Married to my dream date 38 years. He's been the best.

    Trying not to eat much sugar and white flour as the letrizole has made me plump out. Drooling over hamentaschen thinking about my favapricot.

    Every day is a gift. You all are an inspiration!

    Suz

  • pessa
    pessa Member Posts: 137
    edited March 2016
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    Happy Purim to all

  • Kendrasue
    Kendrasue Member Posts: 107
    edited March 2016
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    Mohn and fig sesame hamantaschen along with pistachio rugelach, and my fiance sang My Hat it Has Three Corners to me in German. It was a beautiful evening. Happy Purim!


  • chisandy
    chisandy Member Posts: 11,385
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    Happy Purim to you too!

  • karen1956
    karen1956 Member Posts: 4,532
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    What an eventful day before Purim in Denver....a blizzard and at my house at least 15 inches of snow! And DH's flight was cancelled so he couldn't get home. He was in Tampa for business and DIA closed the airport so his flight was delayed for several hours then cancelled. NOT a flight to be found till Saturday...since we keep Shabbat that meant Sunday, so he decided to rent a car and drive. He made it safely to Atlanta. NOT a flight to be found tomorrow out of Atlanta but he is booked on a flight for Friday. We looked at so many different airports....Orlanda, FLL, Memphis, Atlanta, Kansas City....Everything was booked as it is spring break!! But at least he will be home Friday.

    Chag Purim Sameach. My second batch of hamentashen are almost gone...my son chows down on the poppy!!

  • glennie19
    glennie19 Member Posts: 4,831
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    Wow, Karen,, glad he finally found a flight!

  • karen1956
    karen1956 Member Posts: 4,532
    edited April 2016
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    Pesach is just a couple days away. I'm almost done turning over my kitchen. Just have to do the counters and sinks and then I can start cooking. Plan to do that tomorrow after work. My daughter and son-in-law arrive Thursday night and are here till May 1st. We are out the 1st sedar, but I'm making the turkey. Sedar at home the 2nd night. I didn't invite much company for the yom tov. I have a girl friend coming to the sedar so we will be 6. And 1 friend for Sunday lunch,

    Pesach Kasher Ve'Sameach

  • pessa
    pessa Member Posts: 137
    edited April 2016
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    Going east to be with my sister and her family. My older son, who is in the Israeli army won't be coming because the army won't let him off. My younger son, who is studying at a yeshiva in Israel, won't be coming home either.

    A chag sameach to all

  • karen1956
    karen1956 Member Posts: 4,532
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    Pessa..There have been a couple years when one of my kids wasn't with us for Pesach but never all of them. My youngest will be studying in Israel next year and she plans to stay there for Pesach...and I agree with her. I'm not looking forward to empty nesting. Next fall it might just be my DH and me for the yom tovim!

    Have a good time with your sister and family. And hold your boys tight from afar. Karen

  • Chloesmom
    Chloesmom Member Posts: 626
    edited April 2016
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    Our children are too far away. Just the 2 of us home. It's such a switch from years past when the grandparents were with us and we needed to stretch the dining room table into the living room. Wishing all a joyous holiday

  • woodstock99
    woodstock99 Member Posts: 80
    edited April 2016
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    I just wrote a long post and it disappeared when I hit submit so mini version. Happy holiday and here's to Sunday morning matzoh brei!

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  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,950
    edited April 2016
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    Mmm, matzoh brei is my favorite Pesach food. Not to change the subject, but tomorrow is my new grandson's bris!

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  • babs6287
    babs6287 Member Posts: 1,619
    edited April 2016
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    He's so sweet looking!!!!

    Lucky you!

    Babs

  • Kendrasue
    Kendrasue Member Posts: 107
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    Happy Pesach! Yes, matzoh brie (or affectionately called fried matzie growing up) is definitely my favorite. I have never tasted, or been quite able to replicate, anything like my Auntie Jean's fried matzie, of my childhood. (I can only imagine what she put in it.) My local bakery made round matzie, and thank goodness we were there very early in the day...they were sold out shortly after we bought ours!

    xo,

    Valerie

  • woodstock99
    woodstock99 Member Posts: 80
    edited April 2016
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    exbrnxgrl - Mazel Tov!

    I so miss Jewish bakeries & my grandmother's & aunt's cooking at the holidays. Was thinking of both Chremslach and Teighlach this morning too! Here's a good recipe though: Matzoh Crack!



  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,950
    edited April 2016
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    Balthus,

    The mother of one of my students made this for me last Pesach. It was indeed addictive and I shared it with no one

  • karen1956
    karen1956 Member Posts: 4,532
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    Valerie, growing up we always called it fried matzo. It wasn't till I moved to Colorado that I heard it called matzo brei.

    exbrnxgrl.. Mazel tov on your new grandson.