Monthly Archives: October 2011

Not so perfect typo


Hey there:

Okay, so after I sent out the latest NOT SO PERFECT BUT DELICIOUS CHALLAH BREAD, my closest friend, not closet friend pointed out this very error….Can you find it?????

Thats what life is all about, not being PERFECT!!!!  

Enjoy your flaws, and have a great evening…






As promised my version of the NOT SO PERFECT DELICIOUS CHALLAH BREAD

I baked this bread in honor of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  Challah bread plays an important role in celebrating this holiday.  Believe me, you do not have to be Jewish to enjoy this bread.  Actually, on most Jewish holidays, my daughter has some of her closet friends who do not celebrate the holidays join our table.  It is a great joy to open our traditions to friends and family .  It is also an understatement to say tthat Challah dipped in honey which symbolizes a “Sweet Year” is devoured before our meal even begins.  You will see that the bread is glazed with egg and honey!!!!

This is the first year that I attempted to make Challah bread.  As you will see it is not so perfect, but delicious.   I did use my stand up mixer which made it a whole lot easier.  Don’t fret if you do not have a stand up mixer, it just means you will be getting an awesome arm and upper back workout  kneading the dough.  You are home free once the dough is kneaded, as most of the time is inactive, as the dough is rising.  It is our tradition to first braid the challah, then connect the edges forming a circle, thus representing “The Circle of Life.”

Now, get your apron on, and start baking!  I assure you this will become a family favorite.  Rest assured, you will be making French Toast with this Challah!

The smell of love with be permeating throughout your home….

Ingredients: For the challah dough:

2 tablespoons of active, dry yeast

2 tablespoons honey

2 cups of warm water ( test the water, it should be a comfortable warm temp)

1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk

1/3 cup olive or grapeseed oil

7 cups of all purpose flour

1 tablespoon fine sea salt

For the glaze: 2 egg yolks 2 teaspoons honey


1.  In the bowl of the electric stand mixer, dissolve yeast and honey in 2 cups of warm water.  Allow to stand for 5 minutes

2.  Add the egg, the egg yolk and oil, mix well

3.  Add the salt and flour one cup at a time, beating after each addition with the dough hook.  When the dough starts to come together, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands.  Knead until smooth and until no longer sticky.  You want the dough to be moist

4.  Rinse out bowl and grease with additional oil.  Put the dough in the bowl, and cover with a clean, damp cloth.  Set in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes, or until dough has doubled in bulk

5.  Punch down the dough and turn onto floured board.  Divide into three balls, knead each one briefly, then roll each into long strands.  Pinch the ends of the three strands together firmly, then braid.  Form into a round braided loaf by bringing the ends together, curving braid into a circle, and pinch together

6.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the challah to the sheet.  Beat the egg yolks and honey together in a small bowl and brush the challah with it, then place the dough in a cool oven and allow it to rise for 45 minutes

7.  Take the dough out of oven and brush it with more of the egg yolk and honey glaze.

8.  Place challah back in the oven and turn the temp to 350 degrees F.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the bread has a nice hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.  Cool on a rack before slicing.

You will be creating a fresh bread with absolutely no preservatives…….No pressure!!  Just pure fun!!!!

xoxoxo jen

Feeling the Love


I just can believe it has been 4 years since I have had a love affair with Cooking and my Kitchen….

I will never forget the day when I actually stopped in the food market, read a label on a 100 calorie snack pack, and realized that I was feeding myself and my family poison.

Why is it that we can not even pronounce some of the ingredients that we are actually ingesting?

Did you know that margarine can sit out in your garage for years and not mold?

Margarine along with many other foods are made with processed chemicals such as hydrogenated oils which is one of the leading causes of  disease.

Food that is grown fresh affects us differently than food thats been sitting out for days or even weeks.

Think about a fresh loaf of bread compared to commercial processed loaf of  bread.

Which molds quicker?

The fresh loaf, as it is prepared with fresh ingredients.  Processed foods allows food for longer shelf life.

My motto is,


With that said, I made a commitment to feeding myself and family SIMPLE CLEAN AND WHOLE FOODS.

Yes, it may take a bit longer to prepare, but the taste and the love  you will be feeding your body is far greater than the price your health will pay in the long run.

Why am I feeling the love?

I believe that food prepared at home by a loving person has a different nutritional effect than the exact same food prepared in a restaurant.

When we feed our family, there’s love in the food and care in its preparation, which creates a higher quality of LOVE and ENERGY.

Believe me when I tell you that Fresh Foods paired with Cooking intimidated me!

These are a few steps to get yourself started…..

1.  Give yourself permission to create Simple dishes without having the expectation of them coming out perfect.

2.  Don’t take yourself so seriously!!!!

3.  HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

Use your kitchen as a place to empower, gain confidence and re invent yourself!!!!!!

The gift that you will give yourself and your loved ones when they walk into their home, and smell your home cooking will be PRICELESS!

Next blog:  Stay tuned for my not so perfect KOOKY Homemade Challah Bread Recipe…..

If you would like to learn more about incorporating a SIMPLE CLEAN AND WHOLE LIFESTLYE for you and your family

Contact me at


Jen Meister, MA

Certified Holistic Health Counselor

A Different Kind of Nourishment


Last week I attended a Steely Dan concert with my husband and my two teenagers.

Yes, really, Steely Dan!!!!!

My kids have no other choice but to love them as much as my husband and I, as they are subject to either Steely Dan or the Grateful Dead in our house.

This was a situation where we purchased the tickets months ago.  It was also one of those nights that I just wanted to stay home.

Little did I know, that I was going to receive  such a profound message from Walter Becker, one of the lead singers and guitarist.

He asked the audience, “What do you do to Nourish Your Soul?”

This was an Oprah “AH HA” moment!!!!!

As I watched Walter play his guitar, sing, laugh, smile, touch other people’s souls with his creativity, I GOT IT!!!!

This is what he does to Nourish his Soul!

His incredible energy reflected like a mirror image to his audience which in turn had the audience up on their feet, singing, dancing, swaying, holding hands, laughing etc…

This is the kind of nourishment that does not come on a plate.  You can’t eat it.

This is the kind of food that creates a Healthy, Happy, Balanced, Disease free lifestyle.

So, I ask you……What Nourishes Your Soul?

Think back to when you were a child swinging on a swing…the feeling you got in your belly when you went really high, the smile, the glee, the laughter, the pure enjoyment you were experiencing.  We all need to tap back into that playful, creative energy.

As our schedules become busier and busier, it seems there is less time to focus on what makes us internally happy.  It is easier to look outside of yourrself than have the courage to dig deep .   Remember, it does not matter how much KALE you eat to be healthy……it is the balance of  your foods you chose to eat and the foods you choose to fill your Soul.

Without  balance we become Malnourished….

Try this empowering “Soul Nourishing Recipe”

1. Be “KOOKY”, I tell my kids fit out, not in…..

2.  Dance around in private like you are a contestant on Dancing with the Stars

3.  Smile at yourself when looking in the mirror  (hey, you do have to be with yourself 24/7)

4.  Sing as loud as you can to your favorite music.  Make believe you are the rock star that you really are

5.  Always compliment someone in need

6.  Buy yourself a journal, writing is the best Soul Filler

7.  Give yourself permission to do nothing…no one has to know if you sneak a nap in during the day!

8.  Let your “Freak Flag Fly”……I do, and it is empowering and invigorating…..

Practice these Soul Nourishing steps.  I promise you will experience a shift in your moods, immune system, stress levels and overall sense of Health and Well being.

Lighten up, Feel Free, Enjoy the Ride!!!!!!

xo jen

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