30,000 Friends Contest: The Winners!

Dear Friends,

You guys rock!! Seriously! The comments you left on my most recent contest blog left me totally verklempt. I had no idea how much your words would touch my heart. I had expected people to say that they read my blog for the recipes, or the food history, or the perspective on Jewish culture. I didn’t realize how many of you connect with the blog on an emotional level. You can’t imagine how happy it makes me, and how energized I am to continue sharing with you all. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart… todah rabah!

So, without further ado, here are the winners!! Drumroll, please…


Pylones Cheese Grater

Winner: Catherine Marks!

Catherine’s Comment (an excerpt): My favorite Jewish food is (in my opinion the ultimate Jewish comfort food) chicken soup and matzah balls… I love the Shiksa blog for it’s new twists on old Jewish recipes. I love to cook but get tired of making the same thing. I get so excited when you come out with some new, eclectic version of an old classic. I am also in an interfaith marriage (I’m Jewish and my Hubby was raised Catholic) We got to shul and people just love him :) It’s never been the Jew/Catholic thing for us… It’s been the Northern/Southern thing for us! (I’m from Boston, he’s from Richmond). My husband hated gefilte fish so I started experimenting on ways to get him to eat it. Two words…..Barbecue sauce. I bake a loaf of gefilte fish slathered in barbeque sauce and he loves it. I actually deep fried it once as well. LOL. Todah for your all your hard work.


Martha Stewart Melamine Mixing Bowls

Winner: Elaine Louviere!

Elaine’s Comment (an excerpt): I am a native New Yorker, and a Jewish one at that!… I read, enjoy, and I am drawn to you and your blog because you are the epitome of Jewishness (if that is a word, but I know you understand what I’m saying). You bring out in me my roots and the memories of family, friends, and love. I can ‘feel’ it all through your writing and how you’ve put yourself into so many lovely recipes. The presentation on your beautiful dishes always completes the picture for me…

At this very moment, I’d have to say my favorite Jewish food is totally homemade blintzes; either Cheese made with farmer’s cheese or Potato made with fried onions and, of course, schmaltz (chicken fat…..so unhealthy, but sooo good)! Yum….I can taste those blintzes now!

…One of my many favorite memories when I was living with my Mother and Grandparents because my Dad was in the Navy, and overseas… I was 5 or 6 yrs. old and my Bubbe Ida was lovingly preparing the shells for her homemade blintzes. Almost as fast as she could turn them out of her frying pan onto a neatly laid out white dish towel, I would run into the kitchen, grab one, and quickly run out the door laughing hysterically because I ‘won.’ In her broken English, but mostly Yiddish, Bubbe would yell at me, kiddingly, with that smile in her voice. Those memories are brought to mind many times as I enjoy your blog.


KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Winner: Carol Esther!

Carol’s Comment: Hi Tori, My favorite Jewish food is challah bread. Plain, raisin, pumpkin. I LOVE it and I learned to make it by using your blog. So I LOVE your blog, not only for the great recipes and instructions you provide, but also because I too am a Shiksa. You have helped me learn and fit into the world of Judaism, and I will be forever grateful for your own personal story and how it has affected me personally, in a wonderful positive way! You’ve made me proud to call myself a Shiksa. Thank you.

Congratulations and Mazel Tov to all of our winners!

xoxo Tori

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  1. I wish I had entered! I was going to and then got busy with something else. Oh well. But just a piece of info. The proper yiddish word is farklempt, not verklempt. It is easy to make the mistake since is probably comes from the German verklemmt. The yiddish prefix far (or fer) usually means something that pertains to you or the subject of the phrase. So I am farklempt or he is farklempt.

  2. I think I am going to faint….. Tori, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been saving up my change in my piggy bank to buy a Kitchenaid mixer, and I saved about $14.00. And then I saw this. I am so grateful that I was chosen to win.

    Now, I’ll have to make all the recipes you published on your blog! LOL You make me proud to be a Shiksa.



    Carol Esther
    Your Shiksa Friend

  3. Phil, that is funny! I guess I was using the Linda Richman spelling from “Coffee Talk” on SNL. I am endlessly fascinated by Yiddish and Hebrew etymology and the way words have evolved over the centuries. Thanks for the heads up! :)

    And Carol, mazel tov! Thank you for your lovely comment, I am so excited for you. Enjoy that mixer, and please send me some pictures of the recipes you make with it!

  4. LOL!!! I can’t even tell you how excited I am!!!! You’re welcome. I will definitely send pictures to you. You’re the best! Wooo hooo!!! Happy dance!!! LOL

  5. Boo Hoo! Before my back went out, I worked as a stagehand, and that doesn’t always mean being back stage. My fiance, who introduced me to the job, and I mostly worked exhibitions and conferences (Doctors, scientists, and such) We did one in one of the most beautiful hotels in VA, for Whirlpool, where they had mock kitchens set up with all the various large and small appliances. We actually fell in love with the Blue/purple mixer, but later when I tiled my kitchen, with mosaic walls and bright red tiles under the shiny black cook top, we realized that nothing but the red one will do! 12 years later, we’re still trying to save up for one!


  6. I was completely blown away to see my name as one of the winners!!!!! :) Thank you so much! I could plotz :) Catherine

  7. “OMG” won’t do for the amazement I’m feeling at this moment, I have to shout the words as they’ve been for years before they became ‘shorthand’ for “OH MY G-D!” Thank YOU!!

    Tori, this is the first thing I have ever won and I couldn’t be happier. Probably one of the reasons I have never won before is, I usually do not enter contests :-). However, I was totally drawn to this as it gave me an opportunity to remember so many good times, lots associated, of course, with Food (the Jewish Mother’s ‘recipe’ for everything good or not-so-good – “Essen a bissel” – Eat a little)

    You know, now I have got to make blintzes as soon as I can. First, to find Farmer’s Cheese!! Actually, I think I’ll wait until I receive those adorable, colorful mixing bowls as I can’t think of any better way to begin using them than to make blintzes!

    Thank you again for the wonderful gift of you, your Blog, and my new mixing bowls.

    Peace and Joy ~


  8. I’m crushed and crying myself to sleep tonight because I didn’t win. I hope the pillow cases will drying by morning!!
    Love your blog! I didn’t think I really entered this time – will in the future.

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