No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

From nowaythatshealthy.blogspot.com

1 cup light or regular coconut milk
2 bars or 7 ounces dark chocolate (60 percent and up), melted
2 whole eggs
optional: 9-inch pie crust
whipped topping

In a blender, mix together the chocolate and eggs until combined. Heat the coconut milk in a saucepan until it begins to boil and bubble. Slowly pour the milk into the blender over the chocolate and egg mixture. Blend until combined and very smooth. Add a pinch of salt if you’d like. Pour mixture over any cooked 9-inch crust you’d like, or use without a crust. Smooth the top to avoid bubbles. Place in the refrigerator to cool overnight or until it is firm. Top with optional whipped cream.

Makes 8 servings.

Beef Butternut Squash Stew

021414_food5 tablespoons oil
1 1⁄2 pounds beef chuck (approximately), cubed
1 teaspoon allspice, powdered or 8 whole fruit
1 cup dry red wine
4 whole bay leaves
3 tablespoon pareve margarine
4 large shallots, sliced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons flour
2 pounds (4 cups) butternut squash, peeled and chopped
zest and juice of one sweet orange
2 cups beef stock or broth
1 full teaspoon powdered turmeric
1⁄2 cup fresh challah or regular bread, crushed, but not too fine
4 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parley

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and brown the meat, stirring to cook on all sides. Place in a container or large sealable bag with the allspice, red wine and bay leaves. Refrigerate and marinate overnight. The following day, heat 2 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon margarine in a large pan and add shallots and carrots. Add the flour and mix well. Cook, stirring for a few minutes. Add this to your stove-top pot or slow cooker, then add the meat, marinade, squash, citrus zest, juice and beef stock. In a very small sauté pan, add the turmeric with the remaining oil, stirring until hot and turmeric is dissolved. Add this to your pot. Bring to a boil and simmer very gently for 2 to 21⁄2 hours or in a slow cooker on low-medium heat until the meat is very tender. For a crispy breadcrumb topping, melt 2 tablespoons of margarine in a frying pan. Add bread crumbs and stir well for five minutes, until browned. Remove from heat, add a pinch of kosher salt and the parsley. When ready to serve, sprinkle over the stew.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Chocolate Chicken Mole

2 chickens, cut into eighths, or equivalent of breasts and/or thighs
3 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and pepper to taste

Mole Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 chipotle pepper with 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can (Roland makes a kosher version of this)
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1⁄2 ounces unsweetened chocolate or 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1⁄4 cup roughly chopped peanuts for garnish, optional
chopped cilantro for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large roasting pan, place chicken in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast until cooked, about 45 to 60 minutes. For the mole sauce, place olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, stirring to soften for 5 minutes. Add the chipotle with adobo and tomatoes, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the peanut butter, broth, chili and cinnamon. Cook 5 more minutes, stirring. Add the chocolate and stir until thoroughly melted and combined. Remove from heat. With an immersion blender, puree the mixture until smooth. Cool and use a blender or food processor if you don’t have the immersion. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, pour sauce over chicken and place in the oven for about 15 minutes to heat. Garnish, if desired.

Makes 8-plus servings.

VAYSMAN

On February 6, 2014, DAVID, beloved husband of Tatyana Vaysman (nee Koranfild); devoted father of Olga Vaysman; cherished brother of Antonina (Dmitry) Smolkin and Raisa Klishchenko; dear uncle of Anatoly Smolkin and Mariya Smolkin. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. The family will be receiving at 7262 Brookfalls Terace, Baltimore, MD 21209.

HESS

On February 8, 2014, DAVID, beloved husband of the late Chaya Gittie Hess; cherished father of Naftoli (Sorah) Hess, Avi (Miriam) Hess, Miriam (Yisroel) Ickovitz, Boruch (Yocheved) Hess and Tziporah (Avraham) Bodner; loving brother of Esther (Naftoli) Heinemann and Chaya (Meir) Sher; also survived by many loving grandchildren. Interment at Agudath Israel Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 3611 Glen Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215.

Wage Rally Draws Interfaith Support

Gov. Martin O’Malley at wage rally (David Stuck)

Gov. Martin O’Malley at wage rally (David Stuck)

Religious leaders from around the city of Baltimore joined with state and local officials Monday to call for a higher minimum wage in Maryland.

The Feb. 3 rally, which was organized by Raise Maryland, a grassroots campaign that has been at the center of the minimum-wage movement, took place at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and drew leaders from Jewish, Catholic, Baptist and Methodist faiths among others, in addition to major political leaders such as Gov. Martin O’Malley, Sen. Ben Cardin and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

“We’re all in this together, and we all rise or fall together,” said O’Malley to the group of 100 supporters. “A thriving middle class is not a consequence of a growing economy; it is a cause of a growing economy.”

Beth Am Synagogue’s Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg stressed the connection between religion and ensuring a higher minimum wage for workers in the state and across the country, adding that helping others to become self-sufficient is the best help society can give.

“I look out my door and I see friends, I see neighbors who are struggling,” said Burg, who lives in the same Reservoir Hill neighborhood where his congregation is located. “We need to create true economic justice in our state.”

Who are minimum-wage workers?

Fifty-nine percent of all wage and salary workers — or 75.3 million people — are paid hourly rates in the U.S., according to 2012 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of these people, 3.6 million earn exactly $7.25 per hour or less. Women are the most affected by low wages, as 6 percent of female workers who are paid by the hour earn the minimum wage or less compared with 3 percent of men. Additionally, the largest age group of hourly workers in 2012 was the 25-34 age bracket, followed by the 45-54 bracket.

Jewish Disability Awareness Month: Greater Baltimore/Washington area events

Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•  Inclusion Works: Guiding the Way to an Inclusive Community at Weinberg Park Heights JCC; Shelly Christensen, founder/executive director of Inclusion Innovations and co-founder of JDAM, will facilitate; Stan Goldman will be the featured speaker.
• For information, contact Renee Dain at 410-369-9235 or rdain@associated.org; for registration, visit associated.org.

Feb. 6 at 8:30 a.m.
• Jewish Disability Day on Capitol Hill.
• For information, contact david.feinman@jewishfederations.org.

Feb 7 at 6:15 p.m.
• Even Moses Needed a Voice: Jewish Community Inclusion of People with Disabilities at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; Shelly Christensen, founder and executive director of Inclusion Innovations and co-founder of JDAM, will be the featured speaker.
• For information, visit bhcong.org.

Feb 8 at 10 a.m.
• Lighting the Way: Inclusion Within Our Community at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; Shelly Christensen, founder and executive director of Inclusion Innovations and co-founder of JDAM, will be the featured speaker.
• For information, visit bhcong.org.

Feb. 9 at 10 a.m.
• Rethinking Dyslexia: The Big Picture; a film at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC presented by the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance and Shemesh.
• For information and registration, contact rsvp@shemeshbaltimore.org or 410-843-7588.

Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
• Center for Jewish Education at Weinberg Park Heights JCC will host JDAM Reads, a book club focusing on a title chosen by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium.
• For more information, contact rturniansky@cjebaltimore.org or 410-735-5022.

Feb. 22, call for time
• Adat Shalom in Bethesda will feature Liz Weintraub, self-advocacy project specialist at the Association of University Centers on Disability.
• For information, contact AdatShalom.net or 301-767-3333.

Feb.18 at noon
• RespectAbilityUSA.org will feature a webinar about inclusion in businesses and organizations.
• For information, visit RespectAbility.org.

Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
• Jewish Disability Awareness Month Shabbat; Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, Hearing Loss Association of America, will be the featured speaker.
• For information, visit templemicah.org.

For information on programs as they are added throughout Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, go to jewishfederations.org or associated.org.