Friday, January 2, 2009

Meme, Myself & I and What The Heck is That Chumra?

For those of you who feel in necessary to know more about me, it has been suggested that I do a Meme. I do not like to put out too much information, as I enjoy the illusion of privacy my blog gives me. However, I will share a few things.
1. When I saw the term Meme, this is what I thought:

2. I feel compelled to make my chicken soup for Shabbos on Wednesday night so the fat can be skimmed off.
3. I have a fear of spiders. It makes me want to watch every "big scary spider" documentary to battle my phobia. I will not watch Arachnophobia. I will look at a Tarantula. I try not to kill spiders because it's stupid to kill anything that doesn't harm you, and they eat mosquitoes which I'm not afraid of but I hate (one day Jacob Da Jew will write about his mosquito infested yard, and the battle to remain outside).
4. I find it funny when Mrs. LFD reads my posts to make sure there is no Loshon Harah. You should see the stuff she makes me delete. Good for her!
5. I do not wear a Black Hat. I am the only member of my shul that does not.
6. I get irritated when I don't get enough feedback on a post, especailly if there is someone who used to comment, and doesn't anymore.

O.K. A switch in topic. Here is my non chumra. I like my chulent to not dry out, so I put a inverted ceramic cup on the top of my crock pot to keep moisture in. My mother in law stopped by on a Friday afternoon, looked at the cup and asked me "Where did this Chumra come from?" I had to think about what the heck she was talking about, until she noticed the confused look on my face and said "The cup. What have they come up with that a cup needs to be on the crock pot?". I explained my reason, and told her there ws no chumra.We both had a good laugh, but it shows how "Lakewood Falling Down" can get people to think.


Mikeinmidwood said...

That cup idea sounds good. I still dont understand how it works.

Tr8erGirl said...

It does sound like an interesting idea and im gonna try it....i didnt have the drying out problem this shabbos since i totally forgot the barley this week........blah!

Cool meme btw!

Lakewood Falling Down said...

Tr8terGirl- did you like the song?
Mike - The idea is that the condensation drips back down into the pot keeping the chulent from drying out.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Isnt the cover for that.

DavenedByDeKoisel said...

LFD: There is another guy who doesn't wear a hat, oh well, you don't have the exclusive anymore :-(

I can personally vouch for the mug idea, ahving tasted the results on numerous occasions ;-)

The word meme conjures up the yiddish translation of the word which is "Aunt", as in "Aunt Shirley" etc... association garbage again....

Can you forward me the deleted loshon hora stuff "on the Q.T" ;-)

The chicken soup thing just shows what a superb logical mind you have !!

Tr8erGirl said...

Yes - the song was awesome! (Animal rocks!!)

mrs. lakewood falling down said...

mike- the liner is gathered and tucked under the cup so no liquid can sneak out the sides of the cover.

Lion of Zion said...


my mrs is convinced by this bubamayse that cholent doesn't taste as good if cooked in a liner. please convince her otherwise so i can save an hour every week cleaning the crockpot.

(although, while i'm not genreally paranoid about plastics and health, i have to wonder about crockpot liners.)

Lakewood Falling Down said...

Lion, you only live once. If the plastic will some how reduce your lifespan, G-d forbid, the question becomes how much time did you lose scrubbing the crock pot? If they are equal, save yourself the work and enjoy the chulent! As far as taste, many things are psycological. I personally tase no difference with or w/o. The only way to show a difference is to make two chulents and have Mrs. LOZ do a blindfold taste test. We can do it at my house, it would be a lot of fun!

DavenedByDeKoisel said...

LFD: Can you absolutely guarantee the two cholents will turn out identical, aside from the plastic liner issue?

Anonymous said...

1) The crockpot liner is nylon, not plastic.

2) Our new crockpot is a Rival brand just like our last two. It has 3 settings : Low, High, and Warm. Low is like High on our old crockpot. High is like a nuclear explosion. Warm is like the cold edge of the blech. It will take several weeks of experimenting to get this right. I'm not particularly happy about this.

I only replaced the old crockpot since it had some kind of electrical problem and tripped the GFCI (or is it GCFI) on a regular basis.

Anonymous said...

Interesting to know that there are people in Lakewood not wearing hats ... even in my corner of NJ most of the longtime holdouts are caving.

Lakewood Falling Down said...

Tesyaa- Who said I live in NJ? whoops! I don't want to give away my anonymity.
DBDKoisel- I guarantee nothing.

Lion of Zion said...


"blindfold taste test"

a few weeks ago we declined an invitation to you because we had already accepted one to friends in teaneck. we didn't make it because the mrs. got sick, and one of highlights of the weekend we missed was a chollent contest hosted in their shul friday night.


nylon is a type of plastic

"Our new crockpot is a Rival brand just like our last two."

i think i'd try a different brand if 2 didn't last :)

Anonymous said...

re the crockpots: one was the victim of a melted cord, the other one was the victim of someone dropping and breaking the glass lid ... as much as I would love to blame the manufacturer, I think ineptitude is to blame here.