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Chicago Style Hot Dogs For Father’s Day

 

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Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and all the Dad’s of the world, today and everyday! This recipe is for you, you awesome, strong, courageous, hard working, amazing, protective, smart, loving fathers!

Chicago Style Hot Dogs


 

Happy, Healthy June! Plus My Go-To Fresh Menu

 

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I try to eat mostly vegetarian and low carb during the week.  It’s my personal plan for counteracting the mounds of challah, meat, and homemade sweets overflowing from my (and most) Shabbos table(s).

June is health month here at Joy of Kosher and in honor of our healthy endeavor I thought I’d share a sample of my “healthier” style breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas.  Mind you I am no nutritionist and generally leave the official, healthy, heavy lifting to Tamar.


 

Israel is 67 – Time To Celebrate!

 

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I always know how old the modern state of Israel is since it was born in 1948, the same year as my dear daddy, making them both 67 this year (he should be healthy and happy until 120!).  Called Yom HaAtzmaut in Hebrew, Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel. It is observed on or near the 5th day of the Hebrew calendar month of Iyar, which falls out this year on April 23, 2015.

This will be our 3rd Yom HaAtzmaut since we made Aliyah to Israel in August 2012 and we have the custom of celebrating it with the Chashmonain Gellers (my brother- and sister-in-law and their kids) not to be confused with the Ramat Beit Shemesh Gellers (that’s us!).  Like most Israelis we spend the afternoon having  a good ‘ol fashioned BBQ in some fabulous sprawling Israeli park.  Our first year we went to Tel Aviv, our 2nd year Jerusalem, this year we are still in planning mode.


 

Simple Salmon In 10 Minutes Or Less

 

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The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to preparing salmon, or any fish for that matter, is overcooking. I learned (from a famed Long Island fish monger) when doing research for my first book that if your house starts to smell fishy that means you’ve gone too far. But when you don’t know the proper techniques or how to test for doneness with a degree of certainty, it’s almost impossible not to fall prey to the mistake that will leave you with the dried out, rubbery, tasteless fish (that cost you a pretty penny!).

So follow these flawless and fail proof Simple Salmon techniques for perfection on a plate. When you have the know-how you can then “Dress Up” your Simple Salmon dishes with glazes, sauces and flavorful poaching liquids. Although my grandfather (the gourmet chef I always talk about) taught me that if cooked right, salt (sometimes pepper) and lemon are all most fish need. After testing, tasting and mastering these techniques, I tend to agree.


 

Passover Dairy Lunch Mains

 

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Whether you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a Passover hotel dairy lunch buffet or just heard about what it’s like in (great!) detail, you know that those chefs put out a spread like nobody’s business. I have been to quite a few in my day whether for work or as a guest and can tell you the recipes are so impressive, so creative and so delicious that everyone walks around exclaiming (to themselves, to each other or to anyone within earshot) “I can’t believe this is Passover food!”


 

Watch Me Share 4 Ways To Use Matzo On The Today...

 

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It was so much fun to be on the Today Show again with Kathie Lee and Hoda!!  I showed them how to really enjoy matzo this Passover, see the pics, watch the clip and don’t forget to make the recipes.


 

Banana and Peach Matzo Brie Bake Video

 

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I love talking to foodies. Cause I know you know what it’s like to fall asleep and dream about breakfast. I always have these grand plans to wake up early and make any number of sweet and savory breakfast-like-a-king spreads.


 

What To Feed The Kids Before The Seder

 

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The only thing more daunting than what to feed the kids before Shabbos is what to feed the kids before the Seder.  You need them to be satisfied enough so that they can hold out for the meal (which will inevitably be served later than you anticipate) yet at the same time there are varying customs and traditions with regard to the consumption of matzo in advance of the Passover holiday.


 

Chocolate Orange Coeur a la Crème Cheesecake...

 

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Chocolate Coeur a la Crème is one of those simple and delectable recipes I saw Emeril make on his show way back when, and it just stuck with me. That often happens to me (with food). You know, I see it once (I don’t even have to taste it) and I can’t get it out of my mind until I make it mine. Finally the day has come and I am thrilled to share this delicious, perfectly balanced, light, yet indulgent dessert in all its glory with you!


 

My Passover Faves *Giveaway*

 

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Every year at this time I usually put together a list of my favorite Passover recipes for you.  You can find some of my favorite collections from previous years here and here.  This time around I thought to feature some of my favorite recipes from some of my favorite foodie friends – so you can be inspired by the food and folks that inspire me.


 

Passover Make Ahead Breakfasts

 

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Effortless entertaining while often seemingly elusive can actually, easily be achieved with make-ahead meals.


 

Eggplant Roll Ups Recipe Video

 

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Yes, the rumor is true. I did eat 6 of these all by my lonesome when testing the recipe. Now in the interest of full disclosure I ate 3 for breakfast (was a late breakfast, more like brunch) and 3 for lunch (was a late lunch, more like linner). And yes you may have heard that I also fried up some extra eggplant to snack on in between. And while some people may be embarrassed to admit this I think it just proves how much of a winner this recipe really is. So hang on to your hats folks and watch me fry and roll and bake your new favorite Passover and year-round brunch, lunch, linner or dinner dish.


 

My Philly Fave’s Mishloach Manot

 

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Philadelphia favorites are the theme of this Mishloach Manot, complete with a map of City Center, you won’t want to miss out on these great ideas.


 

Jewish Comfort Food: Chulent Re-Make

 

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Hubby is a shy guy.  Actually, let me restate: Hubby is not a spotlight/limelight kinda dude, more the behind-the-scenes type.  He calls himself the idea man.  And we all laugh about it.  Cause most things that I end up doing are his idea – like writing my first cookbook, making Aliyah and most everything in between.

But he is really really, really, really, funny.  Like crazy funny.  The kids always comment about how much we laugh together and how much fun we have.  We cook together, we clean together (although he would argue he does much of that on his own), we shop together, (except, again, when he is doing that all by his lonesome with a crazy long list from me) and we generally travel as a pair.


 

Travel The World Without Leaving Your Kitchen

 

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So Tamar and her Hubby (and really the entire family) love to travel the world, evidenced by their most recent trip to Bali, which I had to locate on the map, and which took them 3 days and 4 planes to get to.  So I may be exaggerating just a bit about their trek but I believe I am afforded some level of creative license when it comes to proving my point.

I on the other hand, am a real homebody.  I know it seems like I travel a fair amount for work but I do it just for work.  I don’t love flying, or bussing, or training, or boating, or driving for that matter.  I do love walking and hiking but not camping!  I don’t even like to leave the house at night.  I generally only leave for simchas, work and school meetings.