What's Cookin'



Simply Gourmet by Rivky Kleiman
Photo by Moshe Wulliger

This crispy slaw delivers satisfaction with every crunchy bite.

1 (14-oz) bag shredded cabbage
1½ cups shredded red cabbage
2 Granny Smith apples, with peel, cored and cut into matchsticks
2 ribs celery, diced
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup red onion, diced
½ cup whole cashews
½ cup apple cider vinegar
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup canola oil
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
1. In a large serving bowl, toss together cabbages, apples, celery, blueberries, red onion, and cashews.
2. Prepare the dressing: In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring vinegar, sugar, and oil to a boil. Stir in salt and spices. Set aside to cool slightly.
3. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat well.
This salad gets better as it absorbs the dressing, so it’s perfect to prepare in advance.

Cookbook Corner



gourmet on your plate! Simply Gourmet — the title says it all. Open this beautiful cookbook and prepare to be transported to the wonderful world of Rivky Kleiman’s SIMPLE to prepare yet GOURMET in taste recipes. Rivky is the co-author of the very popular Bais Yaakov Cookbook and is celebrated in the kosher culinary world for her passion in presenting recipes that really work.
Simply Gourmet (ArtScroll Shaar/May 2019) features over 135 recipes from appetizers, salads, and brunch, lunch & beyond, to soups, fish, meat, poultry sides, and desserts. Each of Rivky’s recipes is beautiful to serve, delicious to eat, and, with its clear instructions and easily available ingredients, so simple to prepare!
“Life has become so fast paced that one aspect of my goal in creating this cookbook is to alleviate the stress of feeding families in record time,” Rivky says. “I wrote this cookbook after being urged by friends and readers for a complete cookbook with easy, doable recipes that simply work! My style and niche have always been traditional leanings with an updated twist. I tried very hard to develop recipes that will work with our very fast-paced society, where the average home cook has the desire to turn out nutritious and delicious meals but always is short on time.”

Some of the delicious recipes found in Simply Gourmet are:

– Duck Confit Crostini with l’Orange Glaze
– Malawah Calzones
– Fully Loaded Veggie Burgers
– Onion and Mushroom Crepe Pie
– Pitaya Bowl
– Spinach and Cheese Crispy-Skin Baked Potatoes
– Broccoli Romaine Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
– Chimichurri Hanger Steak Salad
– Creamy Pesto Chicken
– Poached Mediterranean Flounder
– Crispy Orange Beef
– Zucchini Spinach Balls
– Mushroom Leek Tarts
– Vanilla Rum Crepes with Nut Drizzle
– S’mores Rugelach

Checkout one of these great recipes in our WHAT’S COOKIN’ SECTION!

“As far back as I can remember, my mother and I were a dynamic duo in the kitchen. I was always excited to be her sous chef. As such, teaching in the kitchen became my passion. Simply Gourmet has been a labor of love. I want to share my style of creating meals that are delicious, sophisticated, and most of all, very doable.”
Whether you are a beginner in the kitchen or a seasoned chef, there is something for everyone in Simply Gourmet, recipes that are sure to become staples at your family table.
About the Author:
Brooklyn born and bred, Rivky Kleiman remembers being her mother’s sous chef at a very young age. Her mother had attended culinary school before pursuing a career in medicine, which helped Rivky develop a cutting edge, gourmet style. Rivky’s creativity in the kitchen was honed during the years of her mother’s schooling. By the time Rivky was in the 8th grade, salads, baking, and desserts were totally her domain. Rivky married and taught for many years, but her passion in the kitchen never abated. RIvky co-authored the popular Bais Yaakov Cookbook and is featured regularly in Mishpacha Magazine’s Family Table, as well as on Kosher.com. She likes to classify her style as simple gourmet that is doable for all, no matter what level. She lives in Lakewood, New Jersey with her husband and family.

Family & Friends

Educating families on Lyme Disease and the risks of ticks

More than two thousand Connecticut residents are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year and that number could skyrocket as the number of infected ticks continues to rise. American Family Care (AFC|) urgent care centers across the state are often the first line of defense to diagnose and treat this potentially debilitating disease. AFC Medical Director Dr. Iftikhar Ali is on a mission to educate families about the risks of ticks during Lyme Disease Awareness Month starting in May.


“We are entering the most active period for ticks, which is from mid-May to mid-July,” explained Dr. Ali. “About 30% of deer ticks carry a bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease, which raises the odds of contracting the disease from a tick bite. The illness can be difficult to diagnose, therefore prevention is of utmost importance.”


Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic red bull’s eye skin rash called erythema migrans. The disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods.


Dr. Ali suggests following these BLAST tips to prevent tick bites and potential infection:


  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors from outdoor activities in wooden areas, (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Look for ticks and rashes. Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Apply insect repellent. Use repellents that contain DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Spray your yard or have it professionally treated to repel and kill ticks.
  • Treat your pets. People cannot contract Lyme disease from their pet, but pet owners are more likely to get Lyme because pets bring the ticks indoors. Ticks are very small – nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed and adults are about the size of a sesame seed.

AFC practitioners are experienced at removing ticks entirely and treating the bite. Patients will be asked how long the tick has been attached to their body, as the time of attachment is very important. Normally a tick has to be attached to the body for more than 48 hours to spread any disease.


“However, if the tick is attached more than 36 hours and it is a deer tick, it is recommended to start one dose of doxycycline (2 Tablets),” said Dr. Ali. “No blood work is needed at that time as it will be negative.”


If patients have a tick bite but no active rash or any other symptom, instructions are given to return to AFC in four weeks or go to their primary care physician for blood work for Lyme and other tick borne illnesses.


For patients that have the bull’s eye rash, AFC sends the labs out for testing for all tick borne illnesses; Lyme, Ehrlichia or Babesia, and starts patients on the full treatment regimen for Lyme disease.


“Early treatment of Lyme disease is crucial,” concluded Dr. Ali. “If left untreated, it can lead to life-long health problems.”


The Athletic Mind – New Study Reveals Top 6 Traits of Aspiring Athletes

A new study by PsychTests.com looking at the psychological make-up of athletes in team sports reveals certain key attributes, including mental toughness and perseverance.

There is one crucial detail that sports analysts are likely to miss when dissecting the masterful performances of Wayne Gretzky, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt, or Bruce Lee: The secret to their success wasn’t muscle deep. Granted, their stamina, strength, speed, agility, and precise reflexes were irrefutable. However, research from PsychTests reveals that when it comes to athletic success, mental prowess plays a crucial role.

Researchers at PsychTests analyzed the personality profile of 322 young athletes who took the Athlete Mental Skills Profile (Team Sports). The sample of athletes, all of whom aspire to go pro, was divided into three groups based on performance ratings from their coaches (Excellent, Good, or just Average). A breakdown of the psychological makeup of these athletes reveals that strong performers skimp on neither effort nor dedication.

Here’s what puts top athletes in a league of their own:

They push themselves to achieve their full potential…then push it further

85% of excellent athletes regularly set challenging goals for themselves (compared to 79% of good athletes and 72% of average ones).

87% possess an exceptional inner drive that keeps them motivated, so that they don’t have to rely on other people to encourage and push them (compared to 79% of good athletes and 67% of average ones).

72% of excellent athletes describe themselves as “ambitious” (compared to 51% of good athletes and 44% of average ones).

They possess exceptional self-discipline

66% of excellent athletes are dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle (compared to 41% of good athletes and 18% of average ones).

71% continue their exercise program even during the off-season for their sport (compared to 58% of good athletes and 67% of average ones).

81% make sure to get enough sleep the night before a game (compared to 75% of good athletes and 78% of average ones).

79% use visualization techniques to help them stay focused and motivated (compared to 74% of good athletes and 78% of average ones).

94% consistently show up for practice on time (compared to 91% of good athletes and 78% of average ones).

Their mental toughness is unparalleled

64% of excellent athletes are able to keep their cool even when angry or frustrated (compared to 61% of good athletes and 50% of average ones).

71% take failure in stride and bounce back quickly (compared to 60% of good athletes and 39% of average ones).

70% thrive under pressure (compared to 50% of good athletes and 33% of average ones).

75% keep a positive attitude, even when things are not going well for them (compared to 73% of good athletes and 61% of average ones).

What makes it difficult for average athletes to achieve a higher level of performance? Well, it could come down to the fact that they are just not as physically skilled as top athletes, but PsychTests’ study offers an alternative explanation: Average athletes may also struggle with psychological barriers. For example:

50% of the average athletes in PsychTests’ sample are plagued by self-doubt (compared to 36% of good athletes and 22% of excellent athletes).

28% said that they have “choked” during crucial moments in a game (compared to 17% of good athletes and 8% of excellent athletes).

11% make excuses when they don’t play well (compared to 5% of good athletes and 9% of excellent athletes).

11% attribute their successes to chance and luck rather than their own skill and effort (compared to 6% of good athletes and 5% of excellent athletes).

11% feel that attending team practices should be “optional” (compared to 5% of good athletes and 7% of excellent athletes).

“Ask any professional athlete the secret to their success and they’ll likely say something along the lines of ‘grit’, ‘hard work,’ ‘dedication,’ ‘passion,’ and ‘believing in myself,’” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “It’s highly unlikely that someone like Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan will say that they were born to be an athlete. Granted, some people are gifted with a certain physical prowess that lends itself well to sports, but personality is a major contributor. You have to be a mental competitor in order to be a physical one. This is never more obvious than when a player ‘chokes’ at a moment when they really need to perform well. What would make someone like Wayne Gretzky miss the net during a crucial playoff game? Certainly not a lack of skill. However, a lack of focus, self-doubt, or an inability to handle pressure is a definite possibility. Here’s the bottom line: When coaching young athletes, developing their physical skills is important, but instructing them on the mental aspect of the game is absolutely essential.”


Why Businesses Must Grasp Millennial Thinking Or Face Economic Calamity

When it comes to shopping and buying, the Millennial generation appears to play by its own rules.
And businesses that fail to understand the Millennial mindset are destined to fall behind their competition – and perhaps plummet into irrelevancy, says Gui Costin (www.guicostin.com), an entrepreneur, consultant and author of Millennials Are Not Aliens.
“Millennials are changing how we buy, how we sell, how we vacation, how we invest, and just about everything else,” Costin says. “If you’re running a business, you have to pay attention to how they think and act.”
Millennials are the generation born roughly from 1981 to 1995, meaning that the older millennials aren’t that far from 40. There are about 80 million Millennials, or nearly one-third of the adult population in the U.S. – and that’s a lot of buying power.
Millennials grew up under very different circumstances than Baby Boomers and Generation X, though, and the way in which they came of age greatly influenced them.
One example is their relationship with technology.
“All of us, regardless of which generation we belong to, have been impacted by technology,” Costin says. “But the generation most affected by the digital, connected world are the Millennials. You could think of it this way: If technology were a geyser, Baby Boomers and Generation Xers have been sprayed by its impact, but Millennials got drenched.”
And their natural use of technology transformed the way they act as consumers, Costin says.
“Bargaining is a part of their process,” he says. “Because they are facile with technology, they rely heavily on their cell phones to price shop and hunt the best deals.”
Costin says there’s plenty that businesses need to understand about Millennials, but here are just a few other facts about their consumer habits worth paying attention to:
They let everyone know about their buying experiences. It is not uncommon for Millennials to candidly share details about their buying experiences, good or bad, on their public social media platforms. “This can translate to bad news for businesses that underperform or, conversely, great news for those that exceed expectations,” Costin says.
Big purchases can happen virtually. For many older people, it’s difficult to even conceive the idea of buying a car, for example, without ever physically seeing or touching it first. “Millennials do it all the time,” Costin says. “In fact, they are the very first of all the generations to make a large purchase without first performing an on-site inspection.”
Brand loyalty means something. No matter how fickle many people believe Millennials to be, they are extremely brand loyal, Costin says. In fact, 60 percent of Millennials say they almost always stick to brands they currently purchase.
Information is essential. Millennials scour the internet to learn about a brand or product before making a purchase. They check websites, blogs, or peer reviews that they trust.
  • Instant gratification is paramount. Because they have grown up in a digital age, Millennials are used to speed and immediate gratification. “They value prompt feedback and communication and do not like wasting time,” Costin says. “Think emails, text messages, and online messaging.”
“The environment you grow up in determines what you become accustomed to,” Costin says. “Gen Xers and Baby Boomers need to realize that how they grew up is affecting the way they are selling and marketing their organizations. But you cannot sell and market to Millennials the same way you were sold and marketed to.
“The good news is, many companies are listening. They are actively replacing dated, manual processes with more efficient, cutting-edge tools to promote the convenience and speed Millennials crave.”
Gui Costin author of Millennials Are Not Aliens, is an entrepreneur, and founder of Dakota, a company that sells and markets institutional investment strategies. Dakota is also the creator of two software products: Draft, a database that contains a highly curated group of qualified institutional investors; and Stage, a content platform built for institutional due diligence analysts where they can learn an in-depth amount about a variety of investment strategies without having to initially talk to someone. Dakota’s mission is to level the playing field for boutique investment managers so they can compete with bigger, more well-resourced investment firms.
Community Connections



Partners Ed Goldberg and Brenda Larkin celebrated the official grand opening of their financial planning firm, Goldberg Larkin, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9 in West Hartford.  Mayor Shari Cantor joined members of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce to welcome the newest members of the local business community. Afterwards, nearly 50 invited clients, financial professionals and business leaders enjoyed a VIP evening reception featuring gourmet refreshments.

The full-service firm located at 433 South Main Street, Suite 105 in West Hartford is affiliated with Westminster Financial Companies. Goldberg, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA®, and Larkin CDFA® are both Certified Divorce Financial Analysts who work with numerous attorneys and clients in town.

“We appreciate the warm reception we have received and look forward to forging strong business and personal relationships,” said Goldberg.

Goldberg Larkin offers comprehensive financial planning, estate planning, insurance, retirement planning and business succession planning, particularly for people experiencing a major life transition. The firm manages a portfolio of over $100 million.