Welcome to Cooking For The Time Challenged!

My motive for starting this blog is primarily practical: I have reached the stage where it takes too much time to find the recipes that I want to cook.

Perhaps with a blog it could be easier to organize and retrieve them?

I am married and I have 2 children with special needs. One of my daughters, Yaffa, used to be on a feeding tube. My other daughter, Raizel, used to be on a special diet called the Feingold Diet. My husband, Jay, is on the Mediterranean Diet for health reasons. For personal health reasons, I do not eat flour, sugar, wheat, eggs or dairy. So, between all our dietary limitations, I have many culinary challenges.

I work full time by necessity. Food prep, set up and clean up are daily opportunities for organizational growth and development.

I always say, β€œHow we do anything is how we do everything.” The secret to good food starts with the right ingredients and love.

I also believe that our thoughts are very powerful. So, I pray while I cook, and set my intentions on positive and loving thoughts. I am convinced that the food tastes better that way!

When I first started this blog, my husband laughed at the idea of a blog about food. Now, my husband has redeemed himself. He has gained a greater appreciation for the importance of cooking with love and prayer. The power of prayer and positive thinking runs deep!

The goal of this blog is to share my recipes, cooking strategies and sundry thoughts and suggestions on preparing and serving home cooked meals — while juggling work, special needs and special diets within the dietary guidelines of the Jewish faith (Kashrut).

I hope that other people will be able to benefit from my experience of juggling work, home and family responsibilities too.

I try to make food that is fast, easy, and all natural. I call it cooking with maximum taste for minimal time. So, you can see that cooking for the time challenged is me!

I am so happy that you have dropped by to visit.

With blessings,




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208 thoughts on “About

  1. reocochran says:

    I am sending you hugs, strength and caring wishes for your family and YOU! I have been in the past been a preschool teacher with an integrated classroom including 4 typically developing children and 8 who had special needs, both am and pm. I have not done this for 8 years. I believe you are a wonderful mother who amazes others. I can sense your true patience and love. Preparing special foods for all members in the family is a way to give them, now readers, too. ❀

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged says:

      Thank you for your kind words of support. It came at a most uncanny moment. My daughter and I were meditating. This is the first time I was able to get her to join me. It is remarkable how even though the blogosphere, we are still all connected.πŸ™


  2. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I found out about your blog over at Pan’s On the Road Cooking blog. I really like your recipes and will be following you from now on. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

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  3. Nerissa Bauer says:

    Carol, I just read about you and your blog and first of all…wow. You have a lot on your plate. I cannot wait to read your posts. I think your perspective is very unique and you have so much to offer so many different types of families. I love to cook too and am always on the look out for tasty recipes that can be done on weeknights.

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  4. weebluemixer says:

    Wow , you’ve got a lot of food needs to take into account when making your family food. Most people take for granted the family meal and food and just serve up anything. Although you are obviously doing really well as your blog contains fabulous recipes that I can’t wait to try them!

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  5. Karina Pinella says:

    I wish you well in being able to cook healthy, but easy meals given the challenges you have. I understand how you feel although my situation is different from yours. Mine stems more from wanting to prevent long-term suffering and that’s why I go out of my way to cook or eat as healthy as I can. When I prepare meals for my own family, I too want to make sure they digest their food and actually get nourishment out of it. Thanks for the likes and follow. By the way, I wholeheartedly sympathize with you about working outside the home in addition to what you have to do at home. That’s my life as well.

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  6. Stephanae V. McCoy says:

    Hi Carol, I came across your blog by a comment of mine you “liked” on Lynz’ blog. At any rate I’m so glad I did because I hate to cook but I’m trying to get healthier and the only way to do that is by eating better and exercise. I’ve been considering the Mediterranean diet for some time now but have yet to take the plunge. By reading your About and seeing what you’re up against with tight time constraints and special dietary needs, I could certainly learn a lot from you and am anxious to check out your blog. Thanks much ~Steph

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  7. jncthedc says:

    Nice to see a person taking the time to fill a desperate need to teach healthy cooking options that are quick and flavorful. Just goes to prove healthy eating isn’t about adding garlic to cardboard tasting foods! Great job.

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