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Easter and Passover are on their way, and that means family will be getting together to celebrate the holidays. Whether your family has a tried and true menu, or likes to change it up year after year, having the right wine on the table makes everything better. Recently, I brought four wines to the CBS12 WPEC station as recommendations for your holiday celebrations.

The segment starts with two kosher for Passover wines. There is not a tremendous difference between kosher wine and non kosher wine. In general, because kosher wine is used in the Sabbath blessing, as well as holidays, it can only be handled by Sabbath observant Jews. Additionally, no animal products can be used in the winemaking process, such as gelatin or egg whites to fine the wine (remove particulates).

The difference in Kosher for Passover versus Kosher wine is that they make sure no grain yeasts are used, since during Passover Jews do not eat any grains (no bread, for example). That’s it, otherwise, it’s fermented grape juice, just like any other wine. I’ve discussed kosher Chardonnay previously, and compared to a non-kosher chardonnay.
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…..item 1)…. Pairing wine with Easter and Passover meals …

A Good Time with Wine … agoodtimewithwine.com

… Making Wine Approachable …

Written on APRIL 8, 2011 by MATT.MMWINE

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Easter and Passover are on their way, and that means family will be getting together to celebrate the holidays. Whether your family has a tried and true menu, or likes to change it up year after year, having the right wine on the table makes everything better. Recently, I brought four wines to the CBS12 WPEC station as recommendations for your holiday celebrations.

The segment starts with two kosher for Passover wines. There is not a tremendous difference between kosher wine and non kosher wine. In general, because kosher wine is used in the Sabbath blessing, as well as holidays, it can only be handled by Sabbath observant Jews. Additionally, no animal products can be used in the winemaking process, such as gelatin or egg whites to fine the wine (remove particulates).
The difference in Kosher for Passover versus Kosher wine is that they make sure no grain yeasts are used, since during Passover Jews do not eat any grains (no bread, for example). That’s it, otherwise, it’s fermented grape juice, just like any other wine. I’ve discussed kosher Chardonnay previously, and compared to a non-kosher chardonnay.

The first wine in the TV segment above was Hagafen 2008 Chardonnay from the Oak Knoll District of Napa, California. This wine retails for , and is a nice Napa Valley chardonnay at this price. Irit and Ernie Weir founded the winery in 1979 with their inaugural vintage in 1980. With a total production of only 8,000 cases annually, they produce small batches of various wines including merlot, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, chardonnay, and riesling. Their wines are well made, and for this segment I tasted the merlot, cabernet and chardonnay. I selected the chardonnay as I thought it offered a nice rich and full mouth feel, having good pear fruit with the toasty spice from the oak aging. This wine sees malolactic fermentation, which gives it that rich mouth feel, often associated with a buttery quality, and a little oak which gives it the buttery taste, as well as a little spice. This wine will pair well with the appetizers, as well as any lighter fare served at the Seder such as chicken. For the record, the name is pronounced Ha-Ga-Fen, not Hag-a-fen as I said in the above TV spot. Clearly, my Hebrew needs as much work as my French and Italian. In the Hebrew prayer over grape juice or grape wine, the ending words “p’ri hagafen” translates to Fruit of the Vine.

For a red wine option, I selected the Baron Herzog 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California. The Herzog family has a long history of wine making, dating back to Philip Herzog making wine for the Austro-Hungary court more than 100 years ago. Emperor Franz Josef enjoyed the wines so much, he made Philip a Baron! During World War II, Philips grandson Eugene hid the family from the Nazis by moving them around the Slovenian countryside, and at the end of the war came out from a false wall in a friends shed to reclaim his family’s winery. Three years later they were driven from their home, and in 1948 arrived in New York. Eugene toiled in a small store front making kosher wine from Concord grapes, and instead of being paid for some of his work, was given shares in the company. All of the other owners eventually gave up their shares, and in 1958 he became the sole shareholder. They renamed the company Royal Wines in deference to grandfather Philip, and turned the company into a success. They moved out to California, expanding in 1985, with a focus on making high end quality wine under two labels, Baron Herzog and Herzog Wine cellars.

The Baron Herzog 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is made mostly from grapes sourced from the Paso Robles wine region. It’s aged 18 months in stainless steel, which helps retain the fruit notes. The nose of the wine has bright raspberry and red fruits, which soften as it opens up. This is a very California wine, showing more fruit than earthy or leathery notes. While a tad dry and mild tannins, the round fresh fruit translates from the nose to the palate. It will pair nicely with your Passover Seder meal, whether that includes brisket, lamb shank, or some other roasted dish. For , it’s a nice California Cabernet, Kosher for Passover or not.

There were plenty of other Kosher for Passover wines I could have selected. I tasted the Ben Ami Chardonnay and Merlot, and while both were a bit on the lighter and easy drinking side, they’d make a fine showing at your Passover dinner. I also tried the Hagafen Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which showed a bit more earthy and leather notes on the palate than the Baron Herzog. Any would make a fine showing at your meal. While selecting a Kosher for Passover wine requires a little work, visiting Total Wine will help make that work a bit easier. They’ve got a tremendous selection of Kosher wines, including other US made wines as well as Israel made wines. They’ve also plenty of wines to select for Easter. Selecting a wine for Easter isn’t as restrictive as Passover, so the field is wide open. For Easter, I selected two Argentinian wines for the TV segment, and think for the price, they offer great quality, though they aren’t Kosher for Passover.

With about 1,500 acres of vineyards 5,500 feet above sea level, the Michel Torino Estate is a key player in the Cafayate Valley of Argentina. The winery was founded in 1892 by brothers Salvador and David Michel, and they produce a wide variety of wines from a malbec rose to cabernet sauvignion to pinot noir and more. In the TV segment, select the Don David Torrontes Reserve 2009 as a great white wine for Easter, and for , it’s great any time. The nose of this wine is absolutely beautiful, with soft white flowers and a slight melon note. The palate shows some citrus and melon, and is light and quite delicious. It will pair well with chicken, sea food and shellfish, and as I mention in the segment, Thai food.

As a red wine for Easter, I believe the Don David Mabec Reseve 2008 will be a fantastic wine selection. Malbec is a versatile wine, and it pairs well with beef or lamb prepared almost any way, as well as ham, which covers most of the meats at traditional Easter meals. Without any decanting this wine has a palate of simple red fruit, with restrained earthy notes. As it opens, the palate is powerful fruit of red cherries and a little chocolate, and shows definitely a bit more new world with it’s round flavor profile. The more this wine opens, the more dark the fruit gets, and the more complexities come out. With a price of about , it’s not only worth making an appearance on your Easter table, it may be the best value wine you can get for the holiday!

Of course, everyone is looking for the best wine for Easter, and Passover, and I’ve given just a few selections here. I’ll come back in a few days to offer some more Easter wine pairings, but I’d love to hear what you plan on serving this holiday season. Easter or Passover, what’s in your glass?

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…..item 2)…. For Everyone Who’s Tired of Potatoes in Passover Dishes …

… ORTHODOX UNION … www.ou.org/life/food/recipes … Enhancing Jewish Life …

By Aviva Kanoff | Feb 28th, 2013 |

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— Lamb Shashlik
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Ingredients:

… 1 lb. lamb trimmed of all fat, and cut into
… 2-inch cubes (leg or shoulder of lamb)
… ½ cup lemon juice
… ¼ cup garlic, chopped
… ½ cup olive oil
… 1 tsp. black pepper
… 1 tsp. salt
… 1 tbsp. rosemary
… 2 medium onions, cut into eighths
… 2 large peppers (of assorted colors),

cut into 1-inch chunks

Directions:

1.. In a bowl, combine lamb, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, pepper, salt, and rosemary.
Marinate for at least 2-3 hours prior to cooking.

2. Place marinated beef on skewers (about 6 cubes per skewer).

3. Be sure to apply a light coat of oil on the skewer prior to threading the meat.

4. Place onion and pepper on separate skewers, alternating type of vegetable.

5. Cook lamb shashlik skewers on grill or under broiler for 10-12 minutes, or until desired doneness. Turn to ensure even cooking.

6. Grill vegetable skewers for last 5 minutes of grilling. Turn. The vegetables should be crisp, yet tender. Be careful not to overcook.

Note: The meat and veggies are cooked on different skewers because the meat will take longer to grill.
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— Blueberry Crumble
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Ingredients:

Blueberry Filling:

… 4 cups fresh blueberries
… ¼ cup white sugar
(do not add sugar if blueberries
are naturally very sweet)
… juice of 1 lemon

Crust and Crumb Topping:

… ¾ cup white sugar
… ¼ cup brown sugar
… 1 tsp. baking powder
… 2 cups ground almonds
… 2 cups matzo cake meal
… ¼ tsp. salt
… zest of 1 lemon
… ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter or
margarine, cold and cut into cubes
… 1 egg
… ¼ cup toasted slivered almonds

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375° and grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. In a mixing bowl combine the blueberry filling ingredients. Stir until mixed well and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, ground almonds, cake meal, salt, and lemon zest until well combined. Add the butter and egg, and use a pastry cutter to blend the ingredients until well combined and you still have pea-sized chunks of butter. Mix in the slivered almonds.

4. Place half of the crust mixture into the baking dish and press it firmly into the bottom. Spoon the blueberry mixture into crust, being careful not to add too much of the liquid.

5. Crumble the rest of the crust mixture over the blueberries so that it is evenly distributed. Bake for 50 minutes until the crumb topping is golden brown.

6. Let cool for at least an hour before cutting. Cut into 24 squares. This dish is best served just slightly above room temperature, but any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator.
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Ingredients:

… 3 cups spaghetti squash, shredded
… 3 large eggs
… 1 tsp. salt
… 1 tsp. pepper
… 2 tsp. sugar
… ¼ cup matzo meal
… ¼ cup canola oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Mix all ingredients except for the oil.

3. Pour oil into a 9×12-inch pan, and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes.

4. Pour squash mixture into hot oil.

5. Bake for 45 minutes.

6. Remove kugel from oven and pour off excess oil.

7. If the kugel is still too watery, bake out some of the moisture before serving.
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Ingredients:

… ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
… 2 sprigs fresh thyme
… Kosher salt & ground black pepper
… 2 peaches
(12 oz. total), halved & pitted
… 4½ tsp. olive oil
… 4 cups baby greens

Chicken:

… 1 lb. chicken breasts
… 1 tsp. salt
… 1½ tsp. paprika
… 1⁄8 tsp. garlic powder
… 1⁄8 tsp. onion powder
… 2 tbsp. honey
… 2 tbsp. olive oil
… 2 tsp. cumin
… 2 tsp. rosemary
… salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare a medium gas or charcoal grill fire. (Note: If you don’t have a grill, you can cook the chicken in a sauté pan in its marinade.)

2. Combine vinegar and thyme in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the mixture is thick, syrupy, and reduced to ¼ cup, about 6-9 minutes.

3. Cook peaches in the syrup for 2 minutes until soft. Remove from the heat, discard the thyme sprigs, and season with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

4. Season chicken and grill or sauté in a pan until cooked.

5. In a medium bowl, toss the baby greens with the remaining 2½ tsp. oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Arrange on a platter.

6. Top with the chicken and peaches. Drizzle with about 2 tbsp. of the reduced balsamic, adding more to taste. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and remaining juice from chicken and peaches.

Tip: Substitute chicken with 1/4 cup feta cheese for a dairy meal.
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Ingredients:

… 1 large onion, diced
… 4 garlic cloves, chopped
… 5 tbsp. canola oil
… 1 tbsp. sugar
… 4 tomatoes, diced
… 1 large green cabbage, chopped
… 8 cups chicken stock
… 1 tbsp. honey
… 2 cups tomato sauce

Matzo Meatballs:

… ½ cup matzo meal
… ½ lb. ground beef
… 3 eggs
… salt and pepper
… 1 tbsp. oregano
… 1 tsp. cumin

Directions:

1. Sauté onion and garlic in canola oil until brown.

2. Add sugar and caramelize.

3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

4. Let boil for 30 minutes and then simmer.

5. While the soup is boiling, mix all ingredients for the matzo meatballs.

6. Form into balls, then add the matzo meatballs to the boiling soup. Cook for 20 minutes.
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Try the Award-Winning The No-Potato Passover this year: Leave behind plain potatoes and opt for healthy, delicious and creative food. Find easy-to-make recipes, vibrant travel photography from across the world, original options to create fantastic dishes for Passover and all year-long, and low-carb and gluten-free recipes.
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Everything you need or want to know about Passover is HERE: Check out OU Kosher’s Passover site for product searches, answers to your FAQs, videos, articles, and more. Also available for free download are the Passover Guide and the Kosher App.

Aviva Kanoff is a personal chef, painter, photographer and mixed media artist. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and has a degree in studio art from Hunter College in NY.
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…..item 3)…. Stress-Relieving Recipes and Tips for an Allergy-Friendly Passover …

ORTHODOX UNION … www.ou.org/life/food

By Tamar Warga | Mar 6th, 2013 |

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Passover presents pretty significant challenges for people with nut and egg allergies: Almond-flavored egg white macaroons; egg-laden matzoh balls; hazelnut-filled chocolates; and walnut-laced charoses. It seems like nuts and eggs are in every Passover product and recipe. It’s enough to drive a person with allergies or with kids who have allergies, well, nuts. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed and empty-handed, wondering, Is there anything I can make??

The answer is, of course, yes. Here are a number of tips and recipes to calm your nerves and guide you (almost) effortlessly through the Pesach-cooking process.

1) Relax. Though dealing with allergies can feel especially daunting at this time of year—as if there’s nothing else to stress about—we’re never given more than we can handle. So take a deep breath and say, “I can do this.”

I’m not just spouting platitudes; I speak from experience. Mothering multiples with food allergies (including nuts and eggs) has certainly been challenging, but it has also been inspiring. Rising to the challenge is empowering. Keep your eyes and mind on that light of the end of the tunnel: making a beautiful and safe chag (holiday) for yourself and your family.

2) Get creative. My approach to cooking with food allergies is two-fold: 1) What do I need to stay away from? and 2) What can I substitute for it? If I can’t find a reasonable substitute, I make another recipe that doesn’t call for the allergenic ingredient at all. You can make an eggless potato kugel or you can serve mashed potatoes with sautéed onions and mushrooms. Not every side dish must include eggs (surprise!).

3) Plan ahead. Plan your Pesach from the first Seder (the ceremonial Passover dinner) night to the last day. Keep your kitchen stocked with acceptable foods and freeze the more complicated dishes in advance. Have nut-free charoses (sweet, dark-colored, paste eaten at the Seder) available for the Sedarim, skip the hard-boiled eggs, and go over the menu carefully for sources of nuts and eggs (such as sides and desserts). Instead of a decadent egg- and nut-based cake, serve sorbet and fresh seasonal fruit: Your guests will be delighted to have a sweet, light finish to a heavy meal.

4) Stock up. While Passover is extra challenging with nut and egg allergies, it’s actually a reprieve for people with wheat, soy, and corn allergies. Those who need to avoid these ingredients have a tough time during the year because they are often disguised in many foods as fillers and syrups. Soda typically has corn syrup, but not the Kosher for Passover version. Margarine typically has corn and soy, but not on Passover. Stock up on the corn syrup- free ketchup and gluten- free blintzes while you can!

5) Finally, cook. All my recipes are free of: wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, corn and soy. They’re simple and flavorful and made with readily available ingredients. The directions are easy to follow so you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy the holiday. The idea is to make things simpler, right?

May you be liberated from Pre-Passover Allergy Anxiety Syndrome: Let’s experience A Taste of Freedom this Pesach.
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— Nut-Free Charoses

… 6 medium apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)

… 1t cinnamon

… 1t sweet red wine

… optional: ¼ cup dates (pitted, checked, and chopped)

Puree all ingredients in a food processor. Consistency should be a coarse puree.

Notes:

If making a traditional walnut version as well, be careful to label the 2 types clearly and to place them in different colored containers to avoid confusion.

Quick and easy kid’s version: applesauce, grape juice, and cinnamon.
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— Sweet Potato With Pineapple

… 5 sweet potatoes (peeled)

… 1 can crushed pineapple

… 3T brown sugar

… touch of cinnamon

Place sweet potatoes in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 45 minutes until potatoes are soft. Drain. Mash Potatoes. Add pineapple and brown sugar.

Place in a baking dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350.
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— Lace Cookies

… ¾ cup sugar

… 1 ½ cups potato starch

… ½ cup ground, unsweetened coconut

… ⅓ stick margarine

… 2 t of lemon juice (or vanilla extract)

… 2 T water

Preheat oven to 375. Cream margarine and sugar with beater. Add remaining ingredients and combine until smooth.

Drop small balls of mixture onto a cookie sheet (lightly sprayed with baking spray). Cookies will spread, leave room between them. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Use the edge of a spatula to separate cookies if they spread into each other. Gently reshape the cookies if necessary while still warm.

Let cookies cool and harden before transferring to an airtight container.
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Tamar Warga, MS-CCC, SLP is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist and a certifiably crazy mother of 10 (4 with food allergies). She is also the author of A Taste of Sweetness for Rosh Hashana Food Allergy E-Cookbook and A Taste of Freedom Passover Food Allergy Cookbook. Tamar blogs at Kosherfoodallergies.blogspot.com, ”where kosher Jews get allergy news.”
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Boston Marathon bomb devices …item 2.. After the Boston marathon bombing, focus on the heroes (Saturday, 04.20.13) …item 3.. Get bomber’s body out of Boston!: (8 May 2013) …
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Photos surfaced Tuesday showing what appears to be a grocery bag sitting on the edge of a sidewalk next to a mailbox and in front of spectator barricades where one of the blasts occurred. The images, taken just seconds before the explosion, were obtained by WHDH-TV in Boston and turned over to the FBI.
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Boston Marathon bomb devices were pressure cookers filled with nails, ball bearings: report
The devices were similar to improvised explosive devices — IEDs — used in Iraq and Afghanistan. A television screenshot shows a grocery bag that may have contained a device before it was detonated.

The devices were similar to improvised explosive devices — IEDs — used in Iraq and Afghanistan. A television screenshot shows a grocery bag that may have contained a device before it was detonated.

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , HEIDI EVANS AND BILL HUTCHINSON / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013, 1:49 PM
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013, 10:13 AM

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The bombs that turned the Boston Marathon into a bloodbath were concocted from pressure cookers loaded with nails and ball bearings — killer devices favored by terrorists from New York to Afghanistan.

The 6-liter pressure-cooker bombs were concealed in black nylon bags left on sidewalks teeming with people near the race’s finish line, a source told the Daily News Tuesday.

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AFTER: Cops are combing for clues throughout this area, shown seconds after a bomb went off along the Boston Marathon route. A photo taken before the explosion may also be a key piece of evidence because it shows a brown bag that may have contained explosives.

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The devices exploded 12 seconds apart and were detonated by electronic timers, said the source, who was briefed on the investigation. Investigators found bits of a circuit board believed to be part of the timers, sources also said, and a pressure cooker lid “thought to have been used in the bombings” was found on a roof near the crime scene, CNN reported.

RELATED: BOSTON MARATHON: A TIMELINE

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Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device. The photos were produced by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Boston, provided to Reuters April 16, 2013.

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Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, head of the FBI’s Boston office, said all of the crime-scene evidence collected — including BBs, nails and pieces of the cookers — were sent to bureau headquarters in Quantico, Va., where agents will try to reassemble the bombs.

Photos surfaced Tuesday showing what appears to be a grocery bag sitting on the edge of a sidewalk next to a mailbox and in front of spectator barricades where one of the blasts occurred. The images, taken just seconds before the explosion, were obtained by WHDH-TV in Boston and turned over to the FBI.
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Boston Marathon bomb scene pictures taken by investigators show the remains of an explosive device. The photos were produced by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of Boston, provided to Reuters April 16, 2013.

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Channel 5 in Atlanta, a Fox affiliate, also released photos showing one of the mangled metal pressure cookers recovered from the crime scene with its model number and manufacturing codes still etched on it.

RELATED: BOY KILLED IN BOSTON BOMBING’S MESSAGE OF PEACE

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A piece of one of the Boston Marathon 2013 bombs, believed to be a pressure cooker, that was discovered the day after the April 15, 2013 explosion.

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The powerful twin blasts, set off within 100 yards of each other, sprayed a leg-level pattern a shrapnel that ripped into flesh, severed limbs and caused injuries that most doctors have never seen.

“These were combat injuries you see in a combat zone, not the typical injuries you see in an urban emergency department,” Dr. Carlo Rosen of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston said Tuesday.

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The remains of a black, padded knapsack or duffel bag that may have contained one of the Boston Marathon 2013 bombs, believed to be a pressure cooker, that was discovered the day after the April 15 explosion.

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Victims poured into ERs with metal pellets and nails embedded in their skin, said Dr. George Velmahos of Massachusetts General Hospital.

PHOTOS: TWO EXPLOSIONS ROCK BOSTON MARATHON FINISH LINE

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Crime scene probers hunt for evidence on Boylston St. Tuesday. Among clues found were metal scrap of pressure cooker believed to be used in bombs as well as shredded bag that held a device.

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“They are numerous. There are people who have 10, 20, 30 or 40 of them in their body or more,” said Velmahos, adding that the bulk of victims suffered broken bones and punctured blood vessels in their legs.

One of the more bizarre objects doctors removed was the metallic pull tab of a zipper from a woman’s ankle, surgeons said.

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One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. There is no trace of the grocery bag captured by a Boston television station.

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Doctors were instructed by investigators to save “all foreign material removed from wounds, and place them in specimen jars with patients’ names.”

RELATED: BOSTON BOMBS WERE MADE FROM PRESSURE COOKERS

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Injured people and debris on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston on Monday.

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Experts said the pressure-cooker bombs have become the top choice of improvised explosive devices for terrorists around the globe because they appear innocuous and are relatively easy to assemble.

“It’s the perfect container,” said Michael Bouchard, former chief of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ arson and bomb program. “It holds a lot of pressure. You just have to fill it up with enough explosive material, and it fragments and creates shrapnel.”

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A pressure-cooker IED found in an warzone.

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In May 2010, a pressure-cooker bomb was among several explosive devices found in an SUV parked in Times Square by Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American on a personal jihad. Shahzad, now serving a life sentence, had rigged the failed bomb with 120 M-88 firecrackers, propane tanks and a gas canister.

RELATED: REPORT: SAUDI MAN NOT A BOSTON SUSPECT

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img code photo … Dr. William Mackey, surgery chief at Tufts Medical Center in Boston

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Dr. William Mackey, surgery chief at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, described shrapnel removed from bomb victims. Some victims were hit with 40 pieces of shrapnel.

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Shahzad claimed he learned how to make the bomb at an Al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan.

In 2011, Army Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo was arrested for plotting to kill fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood military base in Texas with a pressure-cooker bomb he learned to build from an article in the Al Qaeda-backed online magazine Inspire, headlined, “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom."

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img code photo … Nicholas Yanni, 32, of Boston

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Nicholas Yanni, 32, of Boston, and his wife, Lee Ann Yanni, 31, were among the 14 patients injured in the bombing at the finish of the Boston Marathon who were treated at Tufts.

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Two months ago, saboteurs exploded two pressure-cooker bombs in Hyderabad, India, killing 17 people and wounded 119.

While pressure-cooker bombs seem to be a new weapon, experts say they have been used by terrorists for decades.

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Officials investigating the Boston Marathon bombing said on Tuesday that no additional explosive devices have been discovered other than the two that detonated near the race’s finish line, a development that could complicate the case.

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On Sept. 11, 1976, NYPD bomb squad tech Brian Murray was killed trying to defuse a pressure-cooker bomb at the department’s firing range at Rodmans Neck in the Bronx. The device had been removed from a locker at Grand Central Terminal, where Croatian terrorists had planted it before hijacking a TWA flight to Paris.

“Because they are less common in the United States, the presence of a pressure cooker in an unusual location such as a building lobby or busy street corner should be treated as suspicious,” read an advisory sent to police and fire departments nationwide in 2010 by the Department of Homeland Security.

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img code photo … This pressure cooker contains nails and ball bearings

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This pressure cooker contains nails and ball bearings, which were some of the common household items used to make the bombs detonated at the Boston Marathon Monday.

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Lid of pressure cooker used in Boston Bombing found on nearby roof
WPIX – New York Apr. 17, 2013

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The Miami Herald > Opinion > Columnists > Ana Veciana Suarez
Posted on Saturday, 04.20.13

BY ANA VECIANA-SUAREZ
AVECIANA@MIAMIHERALD.COM

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Amid the bedlam, terror and despair, we must focus on this. We must never forget this: Goodness still abounds. Courage is plentiful. People can be, and often are, heroes.

As the surreal video of the Boston Marathon bombing looped over and over on TV, I, like so many other Americans, sought a sliver of solace in the scenes. And it came. Everywhere help, everywhere kindness.

So when you read about the 8-year-old who was killed waiting for his father to cross the finish line, shed a tear or two and swallow the lump in your throat. I did. His name was Martin Richard, and he loved to ride his bicycle and play baseball. Among the family members he leaves behind is a mother who required brain surgery and a sister who lost a leg because of the explosion. Yes, evil exists, no question about it.

But focus on this. In the same fiery place Martin’s life was cut short, people were running toward the explosions instead of running away. At the time, nobody knew if they were the first of many blasts. One of those helpers was a man in a cowboy hat who was at the race to support a group running for fallen veterans, including his Marine corporal son, who was killed in battle in Iraq.

If that doesn’t spell B-R-A-V-E, I don’t know what does. I hope that I would have the nerve, the presence of mind, the sheer fortitude if faced with similar circumstances.

And when you hear the gruesome details of the injuries — the blast victims in critical condition with amputated limbs, shrapnel wounds and serious orthopedic and neuromuscular trauma — take comfort in the thought that Boston has some of the best hospitals in the country. Allow yourself a prayer of thanksgiving for your own health, however poor it might be.

Then focus on this: Vivek Shah, an orthopedic surgeon at New England Baptist Hospital in Roxbury Cross, Mass., had just finished running 26.2 miles when he switched from competitor to doctor. No chance to catch his breath, no chance to give himself a pat on the back even as his feet throbbed and his calves ached. He told the media his medical experience didn’t prepare him for the injuries he saw on the sidewalks of Boylston Street.

“In all my medical training, I have not seen things that I saw [Monday]. Everything was traumatic,” Shah said. But his compassion and his humanity were intact.

And in the coming days, when details emerge about the monster or monsters who perpetrated this incomprehensible crime, when the news sinks in that the marathon started with a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, when the lifelong trauma to runners and onlookers begins to manifest itself, consider the unexpected champions who rose to the occasion on a brisk Boston afternoon.

The owner of El Pelon Taqueria who handed out water, soda and watermelon juice to the runners.

The Good Samaritans who offered cots, couches and beds to stranded marathoners.

The Lutheran pastors walking, Bibles in hand, providing comfort to those who needed it.

Focus on this. Focus on the generosity borne of tragedy. Surely it will get us through.

Follow Ana on Twitter @AnaVeciana.

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Lavender Chocolate
Pour It Up Video

Image by kevinq2000
Some friends gave us a box of lavender salt, so we returned the favor by mixing it with melted chocolate.

Also, I recently got a handheld digital video camera, so I’m practicing making and uploading baby videos.

Making the chocolate was easy. I melted some Ghirardelli 60% chocolate pieces, added about a tablespoon of the salt, poured it out in a pan, waited for it to cool, then cut it into pieces and papered up.

The only part of that not shown in the video is the cutting. While the chocolate was cooling, I would occasionally draw a toothpick across the chocolate. When the chocolate was cool enough that the cuts didn’t melt back together, I used a toothpick to draw lines all across. That was enough to at least score the chocolate, and then when it finished cooling, the bars were easy to break apart.

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