Monday, January 26, 2009

Start your Stovetops!

Start your stovetops! It’s the “Better Than Your Bubby’s Chicken Soup Challenge” - a search for the best chicken soup recipe in America. The National Jewish Outreach Program ( is looking for both traditional and unusual formulas of this famous elixir. So whether it is your grandmother’s famous recipe or your version of chicken soup fusion, NJOP wants to taste your Jewish penicillin.

Cooks across America are invited to submit their original recipes for a chance to win great prizes including a free trip to Israel, a $100 gift certificate to, kitchen d├ęcor consultation with Art de Triomphe interior design and other great prizes. Five finalists will be selected under the direction of celebrity chef Jeff Nathan, the executive chef of New York-based Abigael’s and their soups will be tasted and judged by a prestigious panel of judges.

The contest coincides with NJOP's 13th annual SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA, which will be held on March 20, 2009. Just as traditional "Jewish" food is a unifying element to Jews of all background, SAA is an unparalleled display of unity as tens of thousands of Jews celebrate Shabbat across the country. The special event is held annually at hundreds of locations across North America and welcomes participants of all denominations.

"In times like these, I think the whole country could use a bowl of chicken soup,” said Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, director of NJOP. "The Jewish tradition revolves around family and festivity. Through the Chicken Soup Challenge, we hope to reinforce the notion that Jewish life is fun - and delicious - and that our heritage, like our recipes, can be passed carefully from generation to generation."

In 2004, NJOP conducted its first Chicken Soup Challenge and named NY-based Rosely Himmelstein as winner. Only recipes that can be made in accordance with kosher dietary laws will be eligible.

Email entries to Deadline for entry is March 2, 2009.

Good Luck!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Contest Rules

Better Than Your Bubby’s Chicken Soup Challenge
Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void Where Prohibited.

To Enter: Email your original chicken soup recipe to Include the name of your recipe, your full name, phone, cell phone and mailing address.
Entries can also be mailed to National Jewish Outreach Program, Better Than Your Bubby’s Chicken Soup Challenge, 989 Sixth Ave, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2009. Multiple entries are permitted. Please visit for information about the chicken soup challenge. Only recipes that can be made in accordance with kosher dietary laws will be eligible.

Recipes must be for one gallon volume (serve 6-8). Ingredients must be natural - no bouillion cubes, no seasoning base, no MSG, no additives or preservatives. Meat products must be only poultry, no beef or veal stock permissable. All recipes must be typewritten. Judging will be based on the clarity of instructions and the flavor of the soup.

Eligibility: The contest is open to amateur chefs, those who do not earn a living as a chef and who are legal residents of the United States. Employees and directors of the National Jewish Outreach Program and its advertising and promotional agencies, and their immediate families and members of their households, are not eligible to enter this contest. All entrants must be able to travel to New York City in the event that NJOP requests the presence of finalists and/or winner at an event. If such travel is required, NJOP would pay roundtrip coach airfare and provide accommodations and said finalists and winner must be available for in-person media interviews. The final event will take place some time in March 2009. If unable to travel during said time or participate in the finals, entrant may be disqualified and an alternate may be selected. Finalists and winner must be available for media interviews, by phone, throughout 2009.

Prizes: One Grand Prize Winner will receive one round trip ticket to Israel, coach class. All expenses not specified herein, including but not limited to accommodations, meals, transfer, taxes and gratuities, are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. Other prizes may apply.

Key Dates: The contest begins on February 1, 2009. Deadline for entry is March 2, 2009. Five finalists will be chosen on or about March 9, 2009; and the Grand Prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges on or about March 16, 2009.

Terms and Conditions: The five finalists (subject to eligibility verification) and the Grand Prize Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by the National Jewish Outreach Program, whose decisions will be final on all matters relating to this contest. Finalists will be notified by telephone or mail, and will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and (where legal) a Publicity Release. The Grand Prize Winner will also need to make herself/himself available for media interviews if appropriate.

Except where prohibited by law, the winner's entry and acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for the National Jewish Outreach Program to use winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, video/DVD submission, biographical information, voice and city and state address in all forms of media without further compensation. Winner and entrants also agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the National Jewish Outreach Program and each of its officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from and against any claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages, or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any contest-related activity or participation in this contest.

List of Winners: For a list of winners, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope after March 25th to National Jewish Outreach Program Better Than Your Bubby’s Chicken Soup Contest, 989 Sixth Ave, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018. You can also send an email to

Sponsor: National Jewish Outreach Program, 989 Sixth Ave, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Chicken Soup as a Cure


Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt
There's no cure for the common cold. But what about cold remedies that claim to make you feel better faster? Find out what's effective — and what's not.
Cold remedies are almost as common as the common cold, and many are nearly as ancient. The use of chicken soup as a congestion cure dates back centuries. But is longevity any guarantee that a cold remedy works? Do effective cold remedies even exist? Here's a look at some common cold remedies and what's known about them.

Cold remedies: What works
If you catch a cold, you can expect to be sick for about a week. But that doesn't mean you have to be miserable. These remedies may help:

Water and other fluids. You can't flush a cold out of your system, but drinking plenty of liquids can help. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which make dehydration worse.
Salt water. A saltwater gargle — 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water — can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
Saline nasal sprays. Over-the-counter saline nasal sprays combat stuffiness and congestion. Unlike nasal decongestants, saline sprays don't lead to a rebound effect — a worsening of symptoms when the medication is discontinued — and most are safe and nonirritating, even for children.

Chicken soup. Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does have effects that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body's inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining. So which is better, homemade or canned? Researchers at the University of Nebraska compared homemade chicken soup with canned versions and found that many, though not all, canned chicken soups worked just as well as soups made from scratch.
Over-the-counter cold medications. Nonprescription decongestants and pain relievers offer some symptom relief, but they won't prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have some side effects. If used for more than a few days, they can actually make symptoms worse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that parents avoid such cold medicines for children younger than age 2. And they are evaluating the safety of these medications in older children.

Keep in mind that acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can cause serious liver damage or liver failure if taken in high doses. It's common for people to take Tylenol in addition to flu medications that also contain acetaminophen, which can lead to drug overdoses. Read the labels of any cold medication carefully to make sure you're not overdosing.

Humidity. Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions — another reason why colds are more common in winter. Dry air also dries the mucous membranes, causing a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. A humidifier can add moisture to your home, but it can also add mold, fungi and bacteria if not cleaned properly. Change the water in your humidifier daily, and clean the unit at least once every three days.