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Shavuot Menu Ideas


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Two dairy menus to help you plan your Shavuot feasts:

Shavuot Menu 1:

Mixed Lettuce Salad with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

Baked Tomatoes with Cheesy Idaho Potatoes

Salmon Encroute

Ricotta & Apricot Walnut Crepes

Shavuot Menu 2:

Gazpacho with Multigrain Croutons

Zucchini Goat Cheese Tarts

Asparagus Tapas with Red Pepper Sauce

Ginger Churros with Caramel Apples

***GIVEAWAY*** You can win an amazing gift basket of delicious Kosher Cheeses worth $100 courtesy of Anderson Foods. In order to have a chance to win this basket please leave a comment down below telling us your favorite kosher cheesy dish! Only one entry per person, ONE winner will be picked at random from qualifying comments. Contest is open to US residents only. Contest closes Thursday June 2nd 2011 at 9am. Good Luck!!

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




197 Responses to Shavuot Menu Ideas

  1. avatar says: Valerie

    My favorite cheesy dish: A melty, yummy brie and granny smith apple panini garnished with arugula and tomatoes!

  2. avatar says: Shoshana

    My favorite cheesy dish is a spicy mozerella homemade pizza! Its hard to pick, though, because in my house any gooey melted cheese dish loved!

  3. avatar says: Amy

    My favorite cheesy dish is homemade macaroni and cheese. Yum!!!

  4. avatar says: G6

    My favorite cheesy dish is savory mushroom onion cheese quiches – a staple of my Shavuos menu year after year!

  5. avatar says: Rivka

    My favorite cheesy dish is vegetable lasagna. It’s a great way to get my kids to eat their vegetables!

  6. avatar says: kira

    My favorite cheese dish is a southwestern Caesar salad with yummy manchego cheese!

  7. avatar says: shelley

    good ol’ fashioned mac n cheese…. creamy, crunchy on top – and I demand ALL the corners ;)

  8. avatar says: Sarah

    My favorite cheesy dish is cheese blintzes with jam.

  9. avatar says: Marci

    It may be boring, but I love cheesecake. Flavored cheesecake, plain cheesecake, cream cheese cheesecake, with fruit, without fruit. Endless cheese cake options. (and ricotta pie!)

  10. avatar says: Aidel K

    I love milchigs, but confess I don’t eat them as much as I once did due to the high calorie count. I’m hopeful more and more low-calorie kosher choices will appear in the marketplace. That being said, I really like a tortilla popped into the microwave with a little cheese and salsa. (And I’m making pizza for supper tonight!)

  11. My favorite dairy dish is tomato cheese pie. It’s fresh tomatoes and green onions in a pie crust topped with a mayo sour cream cheese mixture. It’s so delicious. One slice is never enough.

  12. My favorite kosher dairy dish is kugel! Love making it with sour cream and cottage cheese.

  13. avatar says: Yaffa

    Mock Crab Quiche-loads of shredded cheese, fake ‘crab’ shredded, some baco-bits, eggs and milk whisked together in a pie shell, a few spices, and VOILA-YUM! When’s Shavuos!?

  14. Radicchio lasagnas with béchamel sauce

  15. My favorite cheesy dish is an excellent vegetable lasagna my wife makes.

  16. Cheese fondue wtih swiss cheese, havarti, garlic, and white wine. And of course granny smith apples and homemade french bread for dipping.

  17. avatar says: chana

    My fav is triple chocolate cheesecake!

  18. avatar says: sa

    my favoriet cheesy dish is a vegetable pie made with
    spinach, onions, mushroom soup mix and cheese.

  19. My favorite is blintz souffle, either homemade blintzes or storebought.

  20. avatar says: SarahG

    My favorite cheesy dish is Greek salad with goat cheese, or Caesar salad with Parmesan cheese. Then cheese cake!

  21. avatar says: Ilene

    Favorite cheese dish? CHEESECAKE!!!!!!!
    In a cookie crust, in a graham crust, in a crustless crust,
    chocolate, mocha, swirled, strawberry, lemon, bluberry, cherry, cookie, plain, with cottage cheese or cream cheese or ricotta or kvark or farmer cheese or hoop cheese, topped with sour cream or fruit, or chocolate curls or cake, NY style, Southern style, ANY STYLE – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE CHEESECAKE. Did I say I love cheese cake? I love cheese cake. Shavuos is such a blessing and such an excuse for making… :-P


  22. avatar says: Chaviva

    Ricotta & Walnut Apricot Crepes ….mmm this is a must try recipe. Thank you Jamie. My favorite food in the world is Crepes.

  23. For me its a toss up between a good old fashioned cheesecake and a sour cream cake. I’ve spend the last 40 some years trying to determine which I like the best and, unfortunately, I have yet to come up with an answer. Therefor each Shavuot I have both.

    Its a tough job but someone has to do it…

  24. As we live in Los Angeles, we love anything w/ a Mexican “flavor”—quesidillas and bean and vege enchiladas are two of our favorite dinners

  25. avatar says: sim

    String cheeze stuffed zucchini, fun and delicious for the whole family!

  26. avatar says: Gittel

    Gosh there’s just so many, I love anything made with cheese! Old fashion cheesecake with nothing on it is one of my favorites. I also make a taco pie with vegetarian meat crumbles and lots of cheese that’s just the best – my kids love it! And I have a special baked zitti recipe that is a favorite of just about everyone I take it to. Hard to choose!

  27. avatar says: superyo1

    My favorite cheesy dish is just about ANYTHING with cheese!

  28. avatar says: Jen

    My favorite is Parmesan Risotto with hidden squash (yummy for you, and a secret healthy-ish meal for the kids!)

  29. My favorite kosher cheesy dish is baked apple pie with melted cheddar cheese on top!

  30. My favorite Promenade Cheesecake because I am on a limited diet and it sounds so great.

  31. avatar says: Charlotte

    Cheesecake!!! Just went thru all our first run of fresh strawberries>> here comes the blueberries! And there is always chocolate.

    But then CHEESE makes everything better…

  32. avatar says: Joe K

    My favorite kosher cheesy dish is cheese blintzes (not listed above). Among those listed above, my favorite dish would be the baked tomatoes with cheesy Idaho potatoes.

  33. avatar says: Amber

    The Zucchini Goat Cheese Tart looks amazing!

  34. My favorite Kosher Cheesy Dish is Vegetarian Nachos with tons of homemade guacamole.

  35. My favorite dish from childhood on was and is Macaroni and Cheese.

  36. Noodle Kugel, made with lots of pot/farmer’s/cottage/ricotta cheese and sour cream-ultra yummy!

  37. avatar says: cheryl

    mac and cheese

  38. cheese and onion pie

  39. avatar says: Patricia

    My favorite Cheesy dish is Macaroni and Cheese.

  40. My favorite cheesy dish is lasagna.

  41. My favorite dish is the Ginger Churros with Caramel Apples. My mouth is watering just reading the recipe.
    Thanks so much.

  42. avatar says: L. Perry

    My favorite dish is the cheese and onion pie…that is going to smell delicious bubbling from my oven when I make it!

  43. avatar says: Rebecca G

    I love a good macaroni and cheese! Homemade of course!

  44. I cannot pick my favorite cheesey dish for I love them all. What can I say. Love your site.

  45. I just love cheese, plain or in dishes in others words I love cheese, GOD BLESS YA’LL

  46. Bring on a classic cheese blintz and try to eat just one!!!!!

  47. My favorite kosher recipe is Eggplant Parmesan with Mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  48. avatar says: tom

    Sweet Cheese Blintzes

  49. Penne Ala Vodka can’t figure out how to make it at home though

  50. avatar says: arlene

    salmon patties with potato pancakes
    (w/sour cream). YUM!!

  51. It’s definately Home made Mac & Cheese…I use 3 or 4 different cheeses…the only way to make it!

  52. avatar says: Timmy

    Baked Tomatoes with Cheesy Idaho Potatoes!

  53. macaroni and cheese (homemade)

  54. avatar says: Mike

    Definitely kosher cheese blintzes!

  55. avatar says: wcc

    I love Eggplant Parmesan. Thanks for the chance!

  56. avatar says: Debbi R

    Mac and cheese!

  57. avatar says: Donna L

    I would like to try the Baked Tomatoes with Cheesy Idaho Potatoes.

  58. baked tomatoes with chessy idaho potatoes. Cheese and potatoes are two of my favorite things.

  59. avatar says: DeeAnn S

    I love the classic cheese blintzes. Thanks.

  60. avatar says: linda

    I make a variety of quiche on Shavuot, such as spinach, mushroom and broccoli.

  61. avatar says: Sheila K.

    I too am a big fan of cheese blintzes—I’d love to have some right now!

  62. My favorite kosher cheezy dish is mac’n'cheese (grown-up style).

  63. avatar says: Patrice

    My favorite is the Zucchini Goat Cheese Tarts.

  64. avatar says: Dara Nix

    That’s an easy one! Cheese Borekas!
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

  65. Eggplant Parmesan

  66. avatar says: AB Smith

    bagels and lox is a favorite!

  67. avatar says: mom23

    Fettuccine Alfredo- I use a white sauce with parmesan cheese instead of the heavy cream and butter combo to reduce the calories.

  68. avatar says: Sandy

    wow I think I am lazy because I love making wheat pasta, adding garlic and seasoning and tossing in alot of spinach and cheese

  69. vegan cheese and vegetable lasagna

  70. avatar says: Elisheva

    cheese blintzes! (and potato too :)

  71. avatar says: Deb K

    Homemade Mac and cheese to sure!


  72. avatar says: Jules

    Quesadillas plus all the dips!

  73. avatar says: Katharina

    I have two favorite cheesy dishes and they can even be served together. (This happens with a family that can’t get enough cheese.) :-) That would be cheese stuffed tomatoes (sometimes other veggies, too) and homemade macaroni and cheese with various cheeses depending on my mood and what’s in the fridge.

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  74. avatar says: I.M.

    fettuccine alfredo with shitake mushrooms. yum!

  75. my favotite cheesy dish is mushroom and cheese quiche

  76. I love fettucine Alfredo (with extra garlic).

  77. My favorite Kosher dish with cheese is Lox with cream cheese & onion with capers on a fresh Rye bagel.

  78. avatar says: Rivka

    eggplant parmesan

  79. Broccoli cheese quiche

  80. avatar says: Ellen

    my hubby’s Grandma Ida’s cheese blintzes. the best!

  81. avatar says: Diana

    I love cheese blintzes. Also cherry cheese knishes are the absolute best!

  82. avatar says: leah

    I love love cheese cake – with no crust and lots of cream cheese!

  83. avatar says: Elana


  84. I have a few Penne ala Vodka, home made pizza and for shavous and the 9 days i always make Dairy Stuffed Cabbage!

  85. avatar says: Mari123

    Vegetable lasagna & Cheesy Idaho Potatoes just love them!!

  86. avatar says: esti

    cheese danishes

  87. avatar says: Nancy

    Spinach Lasagne is always good.

  88. avatar says: sarah h

    i love caramel cheesecake or any kind for that matter..but definitely for the main meal italian pasta dishes–lasagna..manicoti, and eggplant parm!!! yum!

  89. avatar says: Carol C

    spinach souffle in puff pastry dough with sesame seeds

  90. avatar says: Suzanne K

    My favorite is the Baked Tomatoes with Cheesy Idaho Potatoes

  91. avatar says: Alexis B.

    My favorite cheesy dish is my mother’s homemade pizza. So yum!

  92. Penne Salsa Rosa!!!!
    Had it in Italy twice last year … and have been dreaming off it ever since!

  93. avatar says: sherry

    we love fish n chips!

  94. Potato crusty fish- oven baked, tasty and mmmmm

  95. avatar says: ilana

    i love a sp;inach salad w/ avocado, grapefruit and sprinkles w/ cheese! No dressing needed!

  96. avatar says: Shmuel

    Got to be quiche. Can be mushroom, spinach, broccoli, doesn’t matter – as long as it is nice and cheesy!

  97. avatar says: Nina

    Love an easy fritata. Eggs, ricotta cheese and veggies make for a delicious and simple meal!

  98. avatar says: Debby

    Spinach pie with cottage cheese filling and pizza cheese topping.

  99. avatar says: Estee

    Fettuchini Alfredo is an all time favorite…add some mushrooms, and you’ve got a perfect dish! Kinda sinful, though! ;-)

  100. avatar says: shifra

    mac n’ cheese!

  101. avatar says: 6chickens

    My kids don’t go for anything complicated, just mac and cheese, but other than cheese, I end up using very little milk and adding a few dollops of cream cheese. It comes out super creamy!

  102. avatar says: brocha

    my absolute fave is eggplant parm. any how or way

  103. avatar says: sara

    My favorite cheesy dish is pizza!!!

  104. avatar says: chanie

    cheese blintzes

  105. avatar says: skossman

    my grandchildren love pizza

  106. avatar says: Rochel S

    looove loove love baked ziti!!

  107. I love cheese pizza

  108. avatar says: ST

    SPinach lasagna rollups. Yum!!

  109. avatar says: ky2here

    I’ll make the Salmon Encroute. Thanks for these great cheesy kosher ideas.

  110. avatar says: kers84

    i love lasagna

  111. avatar says: Carolsue

    I like Ginger Churros with Caramel Apples

  112. avatar says: LeChondra

    the baked tomatoes with potato recipe looks very good and I would like to try that

  113. avatar says: Blima

    My favorite is cheesy pizza!!!!!!!!!

  114. avatar says: Yocheved

    I love makking fench onion soup and penne alavodka. milchig quiches come out great to with any assortment of veggies inside….and don forget the iced coffee!!

  115. avatar says: Brad

    Such best torture!!! … in looking at all the great looking Kosher cheesy dishes and then trying to decide which on to pick??? Just as beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, so the same goes for our tastebuds… however, even though I now bookmark all here and plan to try them all; my current (for now) favorite is Salmon En Croute…

  116. avatar says: dassy

    my lasagna — in addition to the noodles, marinara sauce and ricotta cheese, i also include tons of vegetables and morningstar grillers (the fake hamburger meat) — a complete meal.

  117. avatar says: Miriam

    eggplant parmesan is the best.

  118. We love Spinach and Cheese Pasta.

  119. avatar says: Miriam

    Cheesecake, hands down!!!

  120. We like to keep it simple on hot days–Homemade bagels baked early in the morning, with cream cheese, tomato, and red onion.

  121. avatar says: Rachel

    There’s nothing better than my parents’ homemade blintzes- My dad makes the creplach, my mom makes the fillings (cheese and potato/onion), and they stay up late at night folding them together.

  122. avatar says: Marcie

    Some favorites for Shavous are eggplant parmasian along with mushroom, onion and lox quiche.

  123. avatar says: Lee

    Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

  124. The Low- Fat Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake caught my heart and my eyes.

  125. avatar says: nechama

    pick just one favorite?? how?

    ok, i’m picking one at random: lasagna.

  126. avatar says: wgoldbe4

    We love large portebella mushrooms stuffed with sauteed onions, red peppers and imitation crab topped off with a nice slice (or two) of cheese- muenster for its mellowness, swiss for its sharper taste…your choice. Yum!

  127. avatar says: Rochel

    My favorite cheese recipe is Jamie’s Creamy Baked Ziti. I made it once for an office party, and it was a HUGE hit!!! Now, I’m assigned to bring that delicious dish to all our office gatherings. Thanks, Jamie!

  128. My family likes mushroom casserole. Stir fried assorted mushrooms with onion. Add sour cream, top with cheese and bake. Yum.

  129. avatar says: Katie S.

    I love crepes! They’re like really think pancakes rolled up! I’d go with the Ricotta and Apricot Walnut Crepes, they sound simply glamourous!

  130. avatar says: Elizabeth

    Lukshen kugel made with butter, sour cream, cottage cheese and loaded with diced apples, dried cherries and cinnamon sugar.

  131. avatar says: FAL

    I love anything that has melted cheese and also tomato sauce, perhaps even an extra thick macaroni and cheese. HOWEVER, when i am totally lazy and need a quick snack/lunch, i take some low sodium ritz crackers, lots of extra sharp cheddar on a dish in the microwave until the cheese is melted. I add a few dashes of ketchup and that is my rendition of totally satisfying snack.

  132. avatar says: Shoshana

    I love Pasta Caprese and Ravioli

  133. Wow, choosing just one is tough. I mean I LOVE cheesecake, obviously, and have never encountered a cheesecake that didn’t have something to recommend it, but there are so many other great dishes… I mean, great cheese is awesome even just on its own. When push comes to shove, however, I think a nice, simple cheese omelet can be just heavenly… When I really want to throw my diet out the window for cheesy, creamy goodness, however, I go for something a little decadent like my “Emmental, Gruyère and Crème Potato Gratin” — the tanginess of the Gruyere and Emmental cheese provides a lovely counterpoint to the creaminess of the crème, making for an all around sublime, even heavenly dish – especially when washed down with a medium chilled kosher Willm Gewurztraminer from Alsace. This is also lovely accompanied by a crunchy, delicately bitter frisée salad with a few whole or half walnuts sprinkled on and dressed with a vinaigrette dressing made of sunflower oil (or any not very flavorful oil) plus 1 tablespoon of walnut oil.

    My recipe for “Emmental, Gruyère and Crème Potato Gratin” [this is really just my take on a “gratin Savoyard” (from Savoie region, just north of Dauphiné), think of it as a much cheesier version of the better known “Gratin Dauphinois”]:
    2 ½ cups crème fraîche or heavy cream;
    ¾ cup grated Emmental (also known as Emmentaler) cheese (packed);
    ¾ cup grated Gruyère cheese (packed);
    3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/8 inch rounds using a mandolin;
    2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped;
    butter to grease the pan;
    salt and pepper to taste.

    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the grated cheeses together in a bowl. Butter your baking dish (I use a 13x9x2 glass dish), and lay half the potato slices in the bottom, overlapping slightly. Generously season with salt and pepper. Spread half the crème fraîche or heavy cream over the layered potatoes. Spread half of the combined grated cheeses over this layer of seasoned potatoes and cream. Add the remaining potatoes evenly over this. Generously season this layer, as before, with the salt and pepper, and spread the rest of the crème fraîche or heavy cream over this, and then do the same with the rest of the grated cheese. Bake uncovered for thirty minutes, then lower the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional forty-five minutes or until top is a lovely golden brown and the potatoes are nicely tender. Remove from oven and let stand for ten minutes or so. When ready to eat, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve.

    A proper Gratin Savoyard or Dauphinois would include garlic (2-3 cloves or so), and it is lovely in this version too, but I usually leave it out. Another step I usually skip, but can make for nice results is to mix 1 tablespoon or so of the crème fraîche or heavy cream with 1 beaten egg and then to pour this mix on the gratin for the final 15 minutes of baking (though turn the heat up to 380-390 or so for this last step).

  134. Greek salad with lots of feta cheese. Yum!

  135. My favorite cheesy recipe would have to be crustless quiche. Lots of vegetables and lots and lots of cheese! As a matter of fact that is what I am making for our Shul for Shavuot luncheon.

  136. avatar says: Ann

    French onion soup!

  137. avatar says: Hindy

    Vegetable and Cheese Enchiladas!

  138. avatar says: Jen

    I usually do a pizza meal with things like this (http://mahzehtaim.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/pesto-pizza/). My favorite favorite is the Mexican fiesta meal with the salsa tasting bar, enchiladas, spicy tilapia, jalapeno poppers, corn & bean salad, etc. We also skip the cheesecake and go for oober buttery cinnamon buns!

  139. Borekas full of lots of creamy cheese like they have in Tel Aviv from the street vendors/kiosks! Yum,yum, yum!!!!

  140. Baked Tomatoes with Cheesy Idaho Potatoes look so yummy!! But my fave is homemade ravioli!! LOVE IT!! with lots and lots of cheese, (cause i eat some while i’m preparing it) :)

  141. onion soup with mozzarella cheese

  142. Bake potatos – cut in half while still hot- spoon out potatos into bowl-mix in grated hard cheese and steamed and mashed cauliflower- put back into shells- warm in oven-delicious!

    You can do this in advance- refrigerate potato shells and stuffing separately- fill and heat in oven when necessary.

  143. avatar says: Yosefa

    Thick and creamy mac n’ cheese made with radiatori and at least 3 kinds of cheese. Just the sound of it being mixed makes my mouth water!

  144. avatar says: S

    Anything my daughters and daughter-in-laws make! Cheese sticks, lasagna, crustless quiche, Greek salad, etc.

  145. My favorite Shavuos treat…Aunt Sarah’s 3 cheese noodle kugel! It’s so decadent and delish that I dont’ use any low fat/non fat cheeses! I go for the gusto once a year! I deserve it don’t I?!!!! cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream, mixed in with golden raisins, cinnamon and a good dose of slivered almonds….does anything taste better then that? I think not! Can’t wait…..

  146. avatar says: Samantha

    Baked pasta with tomatoes, spinach and some yummy cheese on top! Yum!!!

  147. Lasagna with 4 different cheeses!
    -lauren chan

  148. avatar says: Amanda

    Pizza for me!

  149. avatar says: Haylee

    My favorite kosher dish is pasta with marinara sauce, grilled mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and a sprinkle of parmesan.


  150. avatar says: Monica

    baked ziti for me

  151. Agreed! Can’t beat a slice of pizza topped with my favorite veggies.

  152. avatar says: dena

    Macaroni and cheese! I make it with cheddar and swiss, and top with buttered fresh bread crumbs before baking. Serve a hunk topped with a sprinkle of parmesan. Yum!

  153. Pasta al Telefono made with fresh mozzarella cheese that melts and gets stringy when pulled – like telephone wires. Yum!

  154. spinach lasagna with ricotta and mozzerella is a family favorite!

  155. mine would be tomato rhubarb chutney served with carr’s whole wheat crackers and a smear of brie cheese!

  156. avatar says: Chanie

    Penne ala vodka for me—

  157. avatar says: cindy ziv

    This may seem corny, but my favorite Shavuos dish is still cheese blintzes and sour cream. Blintzes taste extra special on Shavuos.

  158. fettucini alfredo!!!!

  159. avatar says: Ruth

    Blintz soufflee and Oreo Cheesecake !!

  160. gotta be cheese pizza – with lots of extra cheese!

  161. 3 cheese baked ziti =)

  162. We like vegetarian pizza!

  163. lasagana !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  164. I love cheese pizza

  165. I love vegetable quiche! My favorite is basil tomato with lots of cheese.

  166. lasagna is always a favorite in my house

  167. My favorites are Blintzes and Blintz Casserole served with Strawberries.


  169. avatar says: Erin E

    My favorite Kosher cheesy dish is my famous lasagna! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  170. avatar says: Gitti

    Asparagus fettuccine – “where asparagus wants to go when it dies” – that’s the quote that goes along with this recipe which I got from a cookbook called “clueless in the kitchen”. Gr8 cookbook, favorite dairy dish :) !

  171. avatar says: Chrysa

    Nothing beats mac and cheese! (extra cheesy!)

  172. avatar says: Marco

    Whole wheat cheese blintzes with added mashed potato/tomato/broccoli/onion/garlic/black bean/collard green/curry/pepper filling. [ I just made that up, but it sounds real good.]

  173. avatar says: Sand

    Vegetarian Pizza is my favorite!

  174. Lasagna is my favorite.

  175. avatar says: Gianna

    Simple pasta with parmesan cheese.

  176. i love spinach alfredo

  177. Potato cheese bake for me. YUM!
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  178. avatar says: Myra

    My favorite kosher cheesy dish is macaroni and cheese. I really like this comfort food.

  179. avatar says: momoftwo

    Banana cheese blintz casserole is definitely my favorite!

  180. The basket was won by Cynthia Siev! Congratulations!