Post 344: Alan Dershowitz visits Eastern Europe and finds relatives named Dershowitz. An excellant list of reliable North American kashrut symbols © copyright 2007 Scroll K/Vaad HaKashrus of Denver 7/27/2015 with permission- Make your own spice blends

I am in a quandary, because wordpress has not published my last post  #343. Boy do I feel ineffective. What choice do I have but to skip that post and try to publish this one:

Sections below are from an article written by Alan Derschowitz.

My week was consumed with recurring evidence of the worst crime ever perpetrated by human beings on other human beings – the Holocaust.

I travelled from the death camps to several small Polish towns from which my grandparents emigrated well before the Holocaust, leaving behind relatives and friends.

During the course of my travels, I discovered the fate of two of my relatives. Hanna Deresiewicz (an original spelling of my family name) was a 16-year-old girl living in the small town of Pilzno when the Nazis arrived; she was separated from her siblings and parents. “The soldiers took several of the most beautiful Jewish girls for sex, and then killed them. [Among those] taken [was] Hanna Deresiewicz, 16.”

Another relative named Polek Dereshowitz, served as an “orderly” to the Commandant of Auschwitz when he was 15. He was suspended “from the ringbolts in his office because a flea had been found on one of his dogs.” He was later gassed.

Undoubtedly,  Hanna and Polek Dereshowitz are also my relatives because the maiden name  of my mother was Dershowitz and Alan Dershowitz and my mother’s father Abraham, (OBM), show a startling resemblance.

This is not the first time I have visited Nazi death camps. I was fully familiar with the statistical evidence of how six million Jews were systematically murdered…But this visit, during which I learned the fate of two young members of my own family, brought the horrors home to me in a manner more personal than any statistic could provide. I was traveling with my wife and daughter, and I repeatedly imagined what it must have felt like for the parents and spouses of the murdered Jews to realize that everything precious to them was being annihilated and that there would be no one left to mourn them or to carry their seed to future generations.

In my prior post a photo of the most seen hechshirim were posted. © copyright 2007 Scroll K/Vaad HaKashrus of Denver 7/27/2015

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Before Aly Raisman, there was Holocaust survivor Agnes Keleti. Keleti was born in Hungary, where she began gymnastics at age 4. She was supposed to compete in the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, but because of World War II, they were canceled. As a result, she went into hiding to survive–although many of her family members were killed in Auschwitz.

Due to an injury, she was unable to compete in the 1948 Olympics, and didn’t compete until the 1952 games at age 31–where she won four medals. Then, in the 1956 Olympics at age 35, Keleti became the oldest female gymnast ever to win gold. She still practices gymnastics to this day.

Watch our short video below to learn more about her:

If you’ve never made your own spice blends, I’d encourage you to try it! It’s simple, saves money, and you avoid the chemical additives that are in most spice blends. You are able to find  versions for sale by the ounce at your local health food store or by the 100 grams in the Machanah Yehudah Shuk. Most beneficial is that you can vary the salt content.

Taco Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade DIY Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe 300x266

Taco Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Put all in jar and shake well or mix in a food processor until mixed. Store in an airtight jar for up to six months. Makes approximately 1 cup. To use: sprinkle on ground beef or chicken as you would any store bought taco seasoning. 3 tablespoons is the same as 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning. Great for lettuce tacos.


Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Ingredients

Homemade curry powder seasoning recipe

  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Fennel Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Fenugreek powder (optional)- gives sweetness
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Mustard Powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground Red Pepper Flakes (optional)- adds spiciness
  • 3 tablespoons ground Coriander (optional)
  • 1/4 cup ground Turmeric root
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cardamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves Powder (optional) – Adds complex flavor

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, jar or food processor and store in an air-tight container until ready to use. Can be used on meats, vegetables or in soups. Especially good in with chicken,  faux shrimp or vegetables.

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix Recipe with Dried Herbs

Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Place all herbs in a jar and shake well. Great in any Italian recipes such as Eggplant ParmesanGrain Free Spaghetti, Zucchini Lasagna,  or as a chicken marinade before grilling

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

Rajin Cajun Sesoning Blend Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1/3 cup Himalayan Salt or sea salt or omit
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (optional- won’t be spicy without this)
  • 2 Tablespoons Oregano Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme Leaf

Homemade Rajin’ Cajun Seasoning Instructions

Mix all ingredients in jar or food processor and store in an airtight container. Good on stir fries, eggs, casseroles, and poultry. Can add more or less Cayenne to get to your taste.


Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Ingredients

Real Food Ranch Dressing Powder Mix Recipe - Wellness Mama

  • 1/4 cup dried Parsley leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Basil leaf (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients together in jar or food processor. To make into Ranch Dressing, mix 1 Tablespoon of this mix with 1/3 cup Homemade mayonnaise  (pareve) or Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup Coconut Milk.


Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Mix

  • The zest from 4-6 organic lemons (or 1/2 cup pre-dried lemon zest)
  • 6 Tablespoons ground black pepper (or whole peppercorns if you are using fresh lemon)
  • 5 Tablespoons Himalayan Salt or Sea Salt or omit

Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe Instructions

If using fresh lemon Zest, thoroughly zest the lemons and spread the fresh lemon out on a baking sheet. Put into the oven on the lowest setting and leave until completely dried. Mine took about 70 minutes, but yours make take more or less time. When completely dried, mix with the peppercorns and salt in a food processor until well mixed. If making with pre-dried lemon peel, just mix all ingredients in a food processor until blended.


Seasoned Salt Recipe Ingredients

Homemade Seasoned Salt Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Black Pepper (ground)
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried Parsley Leaf (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Seasoned Salt Recipe Instructions

Mix well by shaking in a jar or in a food processor. Store in airtight container.


Fajita Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

DIY Fajita Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt or less
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin Powder

Fajita Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Mix well in bowl or jar and store in airtight container until use. Use about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast or steak when making fajitas.


French Onion Soup Mix Ingredients

Wellness Mama French Onion Soup Mix copy

  • 1/2 cup dried Onion Flakes or dehydrated onion slices
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt (optional but helps absorption of soup)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional but adds great flavor)

French Onion Soup Mix Instructions

Use approximately 1/4 cup per 2 cups of stock to make french onion soup (add 3-4 onions that have been very thinly sliced and slowly caramelized. To use as a mix, you can add 1/2 cup of your own veggie stock and use as you would a packet of french onion soup pix (1/4 cup=1 package). Excellent on roasts or for making french onion soup. I also use as the seasoning  with veggie burgers.


Chili Seasoning Mix Ingredients

Wellness Mama Chili Seasoning Mix

  • 1/2 cup Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Powder
  • 3 tablespoons Onion Powder
  • 1/4 cup Oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Paprika
  • 1/4 cup Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme

Chili Seasoning Mix Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight container. 1/4 cup of mix=1 package of store bought chili seasoning. Great for all types of chili (this one is my favorite).


Herbs de Provence Ingredients

Wellness Mama Herbs de Provence

  • 1/2 cup Thyme Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Marjoram Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons of cut and sifted Rosemary Leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Savory
  • 1 teaspoon of Lavender Flowers (lightly ground-optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground Fennel

Herbs de Provence Instructions

If you are zesting the orange yourself, remove the zest of one organic orange and dry in an oven on lowest setting or a dehydrator until completely dry. Place in a food processor with the lavender flowers and lightly pulse. Remove and mix all ingredients in a jar or bowl until mixed (do not grind up the herbs!). Excellent in soups, on chicken or on roasted vegetables.

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe Ingredients

Wellness Mama Jamaican Jerk Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground Allspice
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder (optional)

Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe Instructions

Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container. When using, it is especially good if mixed with honey and painted on the meat.


Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Ingredients

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Mix Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons Anise Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground Fennel
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan or sea salt

Asian 5-Spice Seasoning Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Great for recipes like Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry and other Asian themed cuisine.


Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

Wellness Mama Pumpkin Pie Seasoning

  • 1/4 cup Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Allspice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cloves powder (optional)

Pumpkin Pie Spice Instructions

Mix all ingredients and store in airtight container. Use as you would regular pumpkin pie spice. Great in pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin pie, spiced pumpkin lattes or coconut flour pumpkin muffins.


herb jarsI store all of my homemade spice blends in glass jars or glass bottles.

Ever made your own seasoning spice blends? What’s your favorite? Share below!


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