Sunday, April 1, 2012

How to bake a 100 year old sponge cake

How to Bake a Klarfeld 100 Year Old Sponge Cake
Rabbi Steve Greenberg writes that you should give your children half of the pain your parents gave you and then give them the strength to deal with the half you DO give them. This recipe is from my mother, Frania Klarfeld who told me it came from her mother-in-law, Chaya Klarfeld (Nate, Mel and Allen’s grandmother) who once told Nate that it wasn’t a good day if she didn’t make one of her children cry…better if it was a daughter-in-law. To my knowledge, she never lifted a finger and made a sandwich while living with us, but my mother swears it’s her recipe. To make Chaya Klarfeld’s memory sweet…(come on, believe in Karma) I make this recipe once a year, now just for Adam and Michelle down in FL and have nice memories at 32 Ladue Meadows of family and friends around the big table… enjoy…

• 12 or 13 eggs, separated
• Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon and one medium orange
• 1 ½ cups sugar separated into two ¾ portions
• 3/4 cup Passover cake meal
• 1/4 c Passover potato starch

Sift cake meal and potato starch together with ¾ cup sugar. Set dry ingredients aside.
In a Kitchen Aid Artisan (This is a Klarfeld recipe so we do and can name drop the best) Beat egg whites stiff but not dry. (that means glistening with firm peaks not dry)

Add the other ¾ cup sugar to the stiff egg whites and beat a minute or so on high speed. Move beaten egg whites to a clean Dutch oven (That is a big flat soup/braising pot that is at least a 10 Quart – my mother used an old aluminum banged up one.. but we should at least honor her with All-Clad)

Back to the Kitchen Aid….with same beater and bowl from egg whites, beat the yolks thick and lemony on medium speed. Add the juice and grated rind of one lemon and one orange. Now add the dry ingredients you sifted in first sentence (cake meal, sugar, potato starch) a little at a time (1/4 cup works) to the egg yolk mixture at medium speed till you get a nice yellow batter.
(see I do use an All-Clad)
With a 2 cup measuring cup take some of the beaten egg whites and mix it in with the yellow yolk batter by hand. Then carefully blend the two mixtures, one white, one yellow in the Dutch Oven till blended but don’t over do it.
Pour into 10" ungreased tube pan with removable tube. Cut around with knife. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes - one hour. Invert over bottle until cool. If you go to a flea market see if you can get the real deal, an old glass returnable Pepsi bottle with the swirls.

Fabulous Brei Recipes

Brie Brei with Marmalade Sauce and Chopped Pecans
3 sheets matzo
4 eggs
¼ cup milk or half and half
1 teaspoon salt or sugar (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 6-8 slices
½ cup marmalade
1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans
1) Break up matzo into approx. 2”- 3 “ pieces. Place in colander and rinse with water, until matzo pieces are damp but not wet. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs together with milk and salt or sugar.
2) Mix the matzo pieces into the eggs and combine well, so that every piece of matzo is coated in the egg batter.
3) Meanwhile melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it sizzles. Add the matzo batter all at once, spreading it out evenly over skillets.
4) As the brei frittata begins to cook and set, place the brie slices in any configuration you like across it’s surface.
5) Finger crossing time: When the brei pulls away from the sides and is a deep golden brown around the edges use your spatula to help guide the frittata onto a platter. Place skillet face-down over platter, and with one hand holding the skillet handle and the other hand beneath the platter, without hesitation flip them over so that the brei lands in the skillet brie side down. Cook for another 2 or 3 minutes.
6) While Brie is melting, heat marmalade in small saucepan so that it becomes syrupy, add 1 tbsp. brown sugar if you like it on the sweeter side.
7) Cut brei into desired sized wedges. Flip the wedge so that the brie is showing. Pour a tablespoon or two of the marmalade across the top, and then scatter with teaspoon of chopped walnuts. Serve warm. Makes 3 or 4 servings.
Sour Cream & Onion Matzo Brei Makes 3 or 4 servings
1 bunch of trimmed spring onions, chopped
3 tablespoon butter, divided
3 whole plain matzo sheets
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 ½ -3 tablespoons dry onion soup mix
1) In a large skillet over medium flame heat butter until it melts. Add chopped spring onions and sauté until medium golden brown and crispy around edges. Remove from skillet and set aside.
2) Break up the matzo rinse them in a colander with cold water.
3) In a large bowl beat eggs until light and foamy. Fold in sour cream and then mix in dry onion soup mix until incorporated. Stir moistened matzo into egg mixture and combine well.
4) Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and heat until it sizzles. Pour batter into the skillet. Fry until golden brown on brown and turn over and fry on the other side until done to taste.
5) Serve hot and sprinkle sautéed spring onions across the matzo brei.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rev. John McNeill at The Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Tuesday, May 10th 7PM

Rev. John McNeill to speak at Stonewall National Museum and Archives Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7PM

On Tuesday, May 10, 7PM, Rev. John J. McNeill comes to the Stonewall National Museum and Archives to speak about his recently published book, “Sex as God Intended” and upcoming film documentary, “Taking a Chance on God.”

For more than forty years, John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and psychotherapist, has been devoting his life to spreading the good news of God's love for lesbian and gay Christians.

He will be speaking about his latest book, “Sex as God Intended,” where he presents a simple and straightforward answer to the question: What did God invent sex for? The answer, derived from an incisive investigation of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, is that God intended sex as a source of pleasure, joy and love. This book represents a concise summary of the wisdom culled over a lifetime. McNeill's ideas have enriched the faith of thousands, including fellow teachers, religious scholars, ministers and lay folk. This volume includes a tribute to John McNeill, celebrating his life and work in a series of essays by students, friends, and activists, honoring him for his lasting contribution and spelling out how he touched their lives and work.

One year after the publication of his first book, “The Church and the Homosexual,” McNeill received an order from the "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" under Cardinal Ratzinger in the Vatican, now Pope Benedict, ordering him to silence in the public media. He observed the silence for nine years while continuing a private ministry to gays and lesbians which included psychotherapy, workshops, lectures and retreats. In 1988, he received a further order from Cardinal Ratzinger directing him to give up all ministry to gay persons which he refused to do in conscience. As a result, he was expelled by the Vatican from the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) for challenging the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church on the issue of homosexuality, and for refusing to give up his ministry and psychotherapy practice to gay men and lesbians. McNeill had been a Jesuit for nearly 40 years.

A documentary film about Rev. McNeill’s life, “Taking a Chance on God” is being produced by Brendan Fay and will premier in Rome later this year, not far from the Pope Benedict who publicly forced him to give up his ministry to gay and lesbians over twenty years ago.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 10, 7PM at the Stonewall, 1300 East Sunrise Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL for this exciting program. The event is free and open to the public.
For further information please contact the Stonewall at 954-763-8565 or visit

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A different night in Jerusalem 3-20-11 Purim


This was taken Sunday evening, during the Purim holiday in Jerusalem. Grover and I were in Central J'lem most of last week and early part of this week on a fabulous trip of a lifetime. When we heard the news yesterday that there was a bombing at the bus station in Central Jerusalem we were saddened but not surprised. The retaliation for the strife in Gaza fortold this horrible tragedy unfortunately. It was sureal to be hearing about killings centuries ago while dealing with a religious killing today. The pronouns "we and them" are thrown around here like dice...dangerous because we are all on the same planet with one goal of surviving and thriving. Hate kills.

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Be well

Nate Klarfeld
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"I am the girl that no one ever saw. I am the girl that lied to myself for decades. I am the girl that only a few have come to know and appreciate. I am the girl with good friends and family yet who is on a journey alone. I am the girl with love in my heart that sometimes is broken with pain. I am the girl who is loyal, compassionate and commited. I am the girl with so much to give and few to give it to.. I am the girl that is tired of the daily struggles of being true to herself. I am the girl that still remains unseen for all that she is.
I have many blessings in a sister I couldn't be closer with. I have a daughter who has become my best friend I am the proudest grandparent of a beautiful 5 year old girl.
So after all of this, I am ok."

Eva Kraus is a 52 year-old woman with a male past. She spent the first 47 years of her life as the father of three grown daughters, serving 12 years in the U.S. military and climbing the corporate ladder in the finance business to become a senior executive in the automotive lending business. Since her transition, Eva found a second career in the beauty industry as an aesthetician and manicurist. She is in the process of starting up her own cosmetics and day spa business. Eva lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts with her partner of 2 years. I found Eva on Facebook where her ‘Notes’ have been attracting attention with laughs and raised eyebrows. Entries such as “Somebody is one pissed off Trans Chick!” that deals with her online conversation with a gay male who doesn’t quite ‘get it’ yet. Tune in and you will hear more about that rant! Besides working on her job making the world even more beautiful, she an active member of SpeakOut Boston, a LGBT speaker’s bureau that goes to schools, businesses, churches to tell our personal stories and answer questions. This will be a frank discussion (Not Safe For Work NSFW) so grab a drink, kick off your shoes and tune in on Thursday, April 7th, 9PM EST when Eva Kraus comes to Stonewall Live!