In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 24, 2005 / 19 Av, 5765

Summer has its own special flavor

By Lenore Skenazy

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Exactly why has Dunkin' Donuts taken out huge billboards to advertise its Blueberry Iced Coffee? Does it really think this will have customers running in? Can the number of people who run to a blueberry coffee be anywhere near the number of people who run away, greenish?

Yo, Dunkin' Dodos! The blueberries go in the MUFFINS!

And as for the marshmallow iced coffee, all I can say is: Save that bag your donut came in. You may need it.

But then again, this is summer, when anything cold and slurpy will usually find an audience. Just ask Baskin-Robbins, where one of this season's flavors is SPF31 — yes, an ice cream actually named for sunscreen, the most detested part of the summer experience. If you have a child who submits willingly to sunscreen — or sun scream, as we call it in our house — please FedEx me a toenail clipping so I can start the lucrative cloning process.

Then again, SPF31 is not necessarily Baskin-Robbins' most disturbing seasonal offering. For alongside blue raspberry sherbet and a shamelessly over the top chocolate fudge/chocolate mousse/chocolate ice cream/chocolate bits mishmash, the company is offering Bumble Buzz, probably the world's first ice cream to feature chocolate-coated honeycomb pieces.

Goodness, were there no hornets' nests available? All out of sugar-coated ant hills? Maybe next year.

There are clearly very few limits when it comes to inventing cold summer stuff. And not a whole lot of protest from the public, either. Any public that can sit through "Must Love Dogs" can down a pint of Flabby Tabby, or whatever the market is going to foist upon us next. That's why I am surprised we have yet to see these seasonal offerings:

In the tradition of Chubby Hubby — a real, honest-to-god flavor by Ben and Jerry's featuring fudge-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels — I predict, Obese's Pieces: Peanut butter ice cream rich with candy, fudge, potato chips and swirls of real dip. And Take Me Out to the Ball Gum: Peanuts, popcorn and Bazooka bits in creamy frozen beer.

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Meantime, Starbucks will present Latte on a Stick-ay: a superpremium frozen cappuccino bar coated with superpremium coffee beans. Or Frappuccino-evil, hearno-evil, speakno-evil: a blend of every caffeinated beverage known to man, including some from a rare root just discovered in the jungles of Borneo, blended with superpremuim ice cream served in a cup that grazes the knees.

And next from Dunkin' Donuts? Watermelon Iced Coffee! Choose from regular and seedless.

Also, Kumquat Iced Coffee. "It can't be worse than blueberry!" And Tomato Iced Coffee: "It's not that much worse than kumquat!"

Come into Baskin-Robbins, kids, for your free taste of Waxy Fantaxy: Honeycomb ice cream with extra wax. Coppertone Caper: Now with REAL sunscreen. Come to think of it, maybe we should all enjoy the silly flavors of summer while we can.

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