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DIY Painted Glass Bud Vases

 

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Create these simple bud vases in 4 simple steps!


 

Knaidel is the Yiddish Word for Matzo Ball

 

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Last week the winning word for the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee  was Knaidel.  Ironically, the Indian-American winner who lives in New York, has never even had a knaidel, otherwise known as matzo ball.   Now everyone is searching the internet to find out what this Yiddish word means and probably heading over their local Jewish deli to try one out.

Of course we all know and love knaidel some of us enjoy them weekly in our chicken soup and with all the knaidel talk abound I thought I would share a few of our favorite recipes.


 

The Best Julienne Peeler

 

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We recently posted a recipe for Zucchini Spaghetti that really is best made using a Julienne Peeler.  This kind of peeler has little rivets on the blade that allow it to cut the food into long thin, even strips.  Sure you can use a regular peeler and then cut it, but to get perfect uniformity and do it in seconds you need one of these peelers.  You can do so much more with it too, cut up carrots or cucumbers for salads or for sushi rolls into thin julienne pieces. The only question now is which one to buy?


 

Build Your Own Salad

 

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Toss It!
Tired of cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, and raw peppers?

Your bowl of Romaine is a blank canvas.


 

The Return of Mike & Ike

 

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Did you hear the news? Mike & Ike are back together and I got to go to their reunion party!!!

I remember the day my 8 year old noticed the scratched out Mike on the package of Mike & Ikes and then at some point the scratched out Ike, we followed the story from the sidelines, wondering what was going on with our favorite chewy candies (that I allow and even enjoy in moderation).  Now with the premiere of their movie trailer, The Return of Mike and Ike, the candy duo is reunited and better than ever.


 

Shavuot Kosher Traditional Lasagna

 

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Most people associate the upcoming Shavuot holiday with buttery blintzes and dense delicious cheesecakes. The custom to eat dairy is an ancient one. It speaks to the event marked by Shavuot: the giving of the Law, the Torah.

The story goes that before the Jewish people received the Torah at Sinai; the laws of Kashrut would have been unfamiliar to them. Once they received the Torah, however, the people became aware of the vast body of law related to meat, for instance, ritual slaughter, how to identify kosher animals, kashering techniques, and the need to separate milk and meat.


 

No Bake Cheesecake Recipes

 

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Classic cheesecake with all the cream and eggs is really nice, but sometimes you want to keep out of the oven and that is when a no bake cheesecake will come to your rescue and no one will complain when you serve up this Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake.

If you like a peanut butter cup you will like this cheesecake and it is so easy to make.  It is best made with a mixer so make before the holiday, but it can be kept in the freezer as long as you like.  This one can be made in large or as inidividuals, or once made you can cut it into bars and keep in the freezer like little peanut butter cup cheesecakes.


 

Savory Crepes or Blintzes

 

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What’s the difference between crepes and blintzes?  I was wondering the other day while thinking about the traditional Shavuot recipe for cheese blintzes.

I never cared for cheese blintzes, the only blintzes I liked as a kid were potato blintzes.  Those frozen potato blintzes that used to spark riots at summer camp now seem like carb overload.   Plus, they’re kind of boring.  Yet, on my first trip to Paris, I couldn’t wait to get a taste of the classic French Crepe.  Amazing how changing the name makes all the difference!


 

The Best Picnic Food Ideas

 

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Every time I see people with a picnic food I am jealous.  I think wow, they came prepared.  As kosher consumers we often find ourselves in places where we need to be prepared and over time we realize that granola bars and chips won’t cut it.  Especially when you have kids it is important to pack real food for an outing and there is no reason everyone else eating their pizza and hot dogs at the park shouldn’t be jealous of you and your picnic.

Whether you just pick up some fancy wine and cheese with a baguette or take out some sushi from a local store or you prepare your own salads, sandwiches, snacks and more, take pride in your picnic.  Get a nice bag or basket, bring nice paper goods and make sure to have lots of napkins or even better wipes.  Head out on a nice Sunday with a ball and frisbee and have a great time not worrying about what you will eat.


 

Lag B Omer Picnics, Crafts and S’more

 

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Lag B Omer is the day between Passover and Shavuot when everyone goes out to celebrate.  Set in the Spring it has become a day to enjoy the season with relay races and outdoor sports all culminating in the memorable bonfires.  This year Lag B Omer falls on a Sunday so I expect even more of us getting in on the excitement.  Whether you go out for a quaint picnic with the family or invite the gang over for a BBQ we have everything you need to make it memorable including the S’mores.


 

Kosher Charcuterie

 

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It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Salami Anymore

For most diners, there’s nothing new about charcuterie, but for kosher eaters in the United States, there is suddenly a whole new world. A revolution in artisanal meats was a logical extension of the explosion of interest in expanded kosher possibilities that brought us Camembert,
Gruyere, and sushi.


 

The Flavors of Limonana for Yom Haatzmaut

 

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When I think about celebrating Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, my thoughts naturally turn to Israeli food. Yom Haatzmaut is a day of celebration and barbecues across Israel, and just thinking about all the delicious spiced grilled meats and veggies stuffed into fresh pita with hummus and other salatim makes me hungry. I want the flavors of Israel to be front and center in any Yom Haatzmaut menu I create and I try to have an Israeli meal from beginning to end.

One of quintessential flavors of Israel that I like to include is the refreshing combination of lemon and spearmint, called limonana (a combination of the Hebrew words for lemon and mint).  The combination of lemon and mint is the perfect way to cool off on a hot Israeli day and limonana abounds in Israeli supermarkets both in the form of drinks and other frozen treats.


 

Easy Asparagus Recipes

 

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Shakespeare didn’t have asparagus in mind when he wrote,

Now is the winter of our discontent


 

DIY Passover Crafts

 

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The Passover count down has officially begun. In the coming weeks we will all be busy cleaning our homes and planning our menus. For many that’s the easy part, but I have a confession to make, it’s not so easy for me.  I honestly have no clue how to clean. In my family we all stick to what we are good at, and I suppose for me, that’s crafting.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a great cook and I love to experiment in the kitchen, but I think I’ll pass on the sponge and broom for now.

What I love about this tablescape that you are about to see, is that anyone can really create it! These DIY Passover crafts are so incredibly simple; incorporating everyday items that you find in your home with inexpensive products that can be purchased at your local craft store.


 

Mix ‘N Match Passover Desserts

 

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Three Pesach staples.  Endless possibilities.  Mix and match these desserts to make your favorite combination.  All infused with the fresh flavor of citrus.  Have you noticed all the Meyer Lemons in the store right now?

passover meyer lemons