In the joyofkosher Kitchen

 

In the Joy of Kosher Kitchen with Balaboosta

 

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I know what you are thinking, aren’t we all balaboosta? Or maybe you are thinking I am in a no way a balaboosta or what is a balaboosta? A balaboosta is the Yiddish term for the perfect housewife. The dream of little girls long ago was to be a balaboosta just like their mothers.

Some of that changed with the feminist movement, but just as women have evolved, Einat Admony believes that the term “balaboosta” is to be embraced not embarrassed. A twenty-first century balaboosta navigates the pitfalls of life with courageous heart, a head filled with determination, and a spirit of risk and adventure. The modern balaboosta can be anyone, young or old, male or female, religious or not who lives with gusto, shuns fear and relies on instinct over precision.


 

Gastronomic Journal of Mendy Pellin

 

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New Joy of Kosher Cookbook Q&A *Giveaway*

 

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I figure you may be wondering about my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, like what’s the Mah Nishtanah this time. So I interviewed myself, asking the questions people ask me.   If I missed anything you just gotta know, ask in the comments and I will answer you – a whole lot more fun than talking to myself.

Q: So this is your third cookbook. Did you always want to write cookbooks?


 

And Then There Was Cake, Cookbook From Montreal ...

 

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As the Hebrew Academy of Montreal looks ahead to their 50th anniversary they decided to assemble the new kosher cookbook, And Then There Was Cake, desserts to enjoy and impress.  Throughout the years the leaders of the parent association found themselves in kitchens and around food as they worked to build a better school.  Now they are passing on these recipes to the next generation.

Glazed Pear Tart


 

The Ultimate Kosher Gift Basket for Rosh Hashanah ...

 

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There is something so exciting about receiving a kosher gift basket filled with unexpected (and delicious) gourmet goodies.   I am reminded of that magic Mary Poppins purse and wonder how they fit so many yummy foods in one basket and made it look so pretty!  As our thoughts turn to celebrating the Jewish holidays with family and friends and sharing our love with those who live too far away or aren’t able to join us around the table, I am reminded again why a specially made Rosh Hashanah kosher gift basket is the perfect gift to give or get right now.

Many kosher gift baskets come filled with store bought cookies and crackers and a bottle of generic Kiddush grape juice.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy opening these thoughtful gifts, but they typically get left in my pantry and forgotten or brought to work to share.  I knew there had to be a company out there that made gift baskets that I would want to keep all for myself!  That’s when I discovered Manhattan Fruitier, a 25 year old gift basket company offering kosher gift baskets filled with a combination of fresh fruit and gourmet goodies with a sense of style that will make Martha Stewart jealous.


 

In the JOK Kitchen with The Modern Menu *Giveaway*

 

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Kim Kushner has become known for her healthy, hearty and seasonal foods through her private chef business in Manhattan and now her new cookbook, The Modern Menu.  You know how when you learn a new word all of a sudden you hear that word everywhere?  Well, that is what happened with me and Kim.  Kim’s book came out in March and I have been wanting to talk to her and write about her book, but other things kept getting in the way.  Then I saw the book at a friends house one Shabbat, the following week another friend mentioned how much she loved Kim Kushner, I started following her on Instagram and found her on the Today Show, go Kim!

The Modern Menu is all about simplicity.  “To my mind, less is more, simple is always best, and food should look as good as it tastes”, says Kim.  She offers vibrant, every day recipes that should be used as a guide with tips and tricks to make them your own. There are no hard and fast rules with Kim, so mix and match and create your own menus as I did in this Modern Rosh Hashanah Menu From Kim Kushner.


 

Kosher Pasture Raised Meat With Grow & Behold

 

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One balmy June afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Anna and Naftali Hanau. My goal was to learn more about pasture-raised beef as this is a fairly new concept to the kosher world. It was inspiring to hear Anna and Naftali share their story and give a tour of their backyard. We chatted over a BBQ feast they prepared, and the simple but truly mouthwatering food was an unexpected perk. We enjoyed Grow & Behold beef tartare (exceptional!), beef burgers, and marinated lamb chops with a salad of greens freshly picked that morning from the garden.


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Cook In Israel *Giveaway*

 

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Cook In Israel is the new cookbook written by Orly Ziv.  Orly contacted me a few months ago and told me about her cooking school in Israel and the cookbook she was working on.  It sounded very exciting, but to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect.  A few months later this gorgeous new cookbook filled with my favorite kinds of Israeli style recipes showed up at my doorstep.  I learned that Katherine Martinelli, a long time friend of joyofkosher took the photos!  Needless to say I am excited to share this book with you and to learn more about Orly and her new cookbook.

I feel a kindred spirit with you being that we are both nutritionists and I love that your book is mostly vegetarian. How did you decide which recipes to include?


 

In the Joy of Kosher Kitchen with Stella **WIN**

 

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Who is Stella? A remarkable woman from across the world who recently published the most stunning coffee table cookbook with tasty recipes and fascinating stories titled, Stella’s Sephardic Table.   I asked Stella a few questions to help you understand what kind of book this is and she eagerly shared a few of her favorite recipes with us too.

I was fascinated by your rich history that you shared in the book, can you give our readers a quick little teaser of where you come from and why you wrote this book?


 

Fancy Kosher Italian Food In Lakewood

 

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“Ottimo,” means “excellence” in Italian. I snuck into the kitchen at Ottimo Café in Lakewood, NJ to learn the secrets behind the vibrant and exciting—and very excellent dairy fare (and I brought some recipes back for you).

“We didn’t have any upscale dairy restaurants in Lakewood. I had a vision of the type of place I wanted—something unique, that isn’t even found in Brooklyn, where fresh pastas and homemade pastries were served. I wanted it to be beautiful and modern, and I wanted to find a chef—someone young and ambitious—who shared that vision,” owner Akiva Reiner told me while we sat in the restaurant’s large party room.
“It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be—I interviewed a lot of chefs until I found Jason. I brought him to my house to cook for two weeks—and then I knew he was the right one for the Executive Chef position.”


 

In the Kitchen with Traditional Jewish Cooking

 

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Cook and food writer, Ruth Joseph, and former food editor of the Jewish Chronicle, Simon Round came together to bring us a compendium of Jewish recipes in the new cookbook, Traditional Jewish Cooking.  This book takes you on a culinary journey, from the warm climates of Africa and the Middle East to the cooler temperatures of Europe and North America.  This book covers all the bases with Ashkenazi and Sephardi classics you will definitely want to add to your repertoire.  Don’t miss the savory vegetable noodle kugel, just in time for Shavuot.

What motivated you to write this book?


 

In The Kitchen with Raw & Simple

 

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Judita Wignall’s latest cookbook is Raw & Simple.  With a goal of providing easy and tasty recipes that feed the body and spirit without hours of prep, Raw & Simple is a wonderful introduction to the world of raw vegan food.  Rarely does a cookbook come out that really changes the way I think or the way I cook.  Sure, I might learn some new recipes and be introduced to new flavors, but Raw & Simple is a whole new way of cooking or really not cooking and it is better and easier than I thought.

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Hazelnut Chocolate Chia Pudding (Breakfast or Dessert)


 

Cookbook Spotlight – Kosher by Design Cooking...

 

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The new Susie Fishbein cookbook, the eighth in her Kosher by Design series, is more than just a cookbook filled with recipes and stories. It is more like a lesson book you might use in cooking school. This time around Susie wants you to learn to take off the training wheels. Of course there is always a need for amazing tried and true recipes, but it is time to free yourself form their constraints and learn how to cook with what you have in your pantry.

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Turkey Sheppard Pie


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Aran Goyoaga *Giveaway*

 

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Aran Goyoaga wrote this cookbook with recipes and stories inspired by her childhood in the Basque Country, motherhood, and living as an ex-pat.  The book is divided by season and within each chapter you will find a section for small plates and another for sweet treats.  Aran left the professional kitchen of the Ritz Carlton to stay home with her first child and she channeled her cooking into her blog, Cannelle et Vanille (cinnamon and vanilla) after the smells of her childhood.  Aran became gluten free in 2009 and began adapting all her recipes to her new lifestlye.  You can tell from her gorgeous photography that she had outdone herself.  We asked Aran a few questions to get to know her a bit better.  (Note – this book is not a kosher cookbook, but most of the recipes can be made kosher)

You have quite an impressive background cooking in a professional kitchen, do you ever miss it?


 

In the JOK Kitchen wtih Breezy’s *Giveaway*

 

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Breezy’s is a high end houseware, bakeware and giftware store in Long Island, NY, run by Breezy Schwartz.  After years learning how to mix and match recipes and reinvent leftovers, she decided it was time to come out with her own cookbook.  This book doesn’t stop with just recipes.  Breezy loves to get creative with serving pieces and in this book you will learn her tricks of the trade for entertaining and gift giving. Let’s learn a bit more about Breezy.

1. What inspired you to write this cookbook?