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A Roast Chicken with Date Glaze Recipe

 

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Dates are super-duper uber sweet. Kinda over the top.  So when we walk through our simanim seder on Rosh Hashanah, everyone in my family takes about as much date as they do fish head. Nobody can manage more than a nibble, except for my Momma.

But let’s not sell dates short. They’re one of the Seven Species of Israel and a powerful siman. Besides, they’re good for you, with lots of potassium and, um, iron, and stuff. If you know how to use dates, they can be delish on chicken too. Take a look at this special Rosh Hashanah Date Glazed Roast Chicken I developed and tested for you today.


 

A Sweet Holiday Recipe for Beef Brisket

 

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Honey is the obvious go-to Rosh Hashanah condiment.  Who am I to buck tradition?  I work honey into my dressings, chicken glazes and desserts.  It goes on our challah, our apples and now… our brisket.

Worried about overkill? Listen, using honey in all these ways is fine if you use it in the right amounts and combine it with other ingredients to counter-balance it’s sweetness. Trust me, nobody will think you’re a one-flavor cook.


 

A New Way To Eat Apples and Honey

 

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It’s tough being creative year after year with holiday cooking. Every year I try to draw inspiration from the season and the holiday customs. And just when I come up with a fresh new idea, I realize I already did that, 5 years ago.

My personal custom on Rosh Hashanah is to make a simanim-inspired menu. The goal is to get the whole mind-body-soul-food connection thing to click in my stomach and then in my brain.  Sure, there are loads of simanim to work with – but the challenge is to use them in unexpected ways.  (And don’t tell me to do apple pie and a honey cake. I’ve gotta do those anyway, or hubby will pout.) I know y’all want a little something special.  Is that true?  Tell me now – so I can stop torturing myself if I don’t need to.


 

Rosh Hashanah Gefilte Fish Recipe

 

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Some things in life just inspire me – like fish. No really.  There are so many species of fish with different flavors, textures and colors: I look at ’em the way an artist views the paints on his palette. That piece of fish lying there is a raw material (literally!) just waiting to be turned into something fantastique.

So Rosh Hashanah is coming up and I start getting serious about the stuff in my life that matters: my family, my friends, my aspirations – my holiday menu. Okay, so maybe your Yuntif menu is not at the top of your prayer list. It’s not at the top of mine either, but it’s there alright.  I think of the food that I serve as a way of honoring these special days, and of giving my family and guests the good-in-your-gut feeling that helps them appreciate all the fab things G-d has given them.


 

The Best Kugel Recipes

 

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K is for Kugels. Kugels, kugels, kugels.

And we would not be a kosher site worth our weight in kosher salt if we didn’t try to bring you the absolute most comprehensive listing of kosher kugel recipes known to man, woman and child.


 

5-Ingredient Recipes

 

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Ok – so these are the 5-ingredient recipe rules: Salt, pepper, olive oil, canola oil, water and cooking spray don’t count. I expect you to have these essentials on hand. I won’t assume the same for toasted sesame oil (although you really should have this essential in your cupboard also, but I will forgive you if you don’t).

Western Breakfast Scramble


 

Easy Recipes – Only 15-Minute Prep!!

 

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So I may have mentioned this 1 or 100 times but the kids have off for three weeks, THREE weeks, between camp and school. That’s a lot time to occupy, not easy when you are working full-time. So I have to think of fun things to do – and I am not at all creative on the fun front – that don’t require me taking extended periods of time off.

California Roll Salad


 

New Video – The Best Challah Dough

 

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Introducing the first video of our new series: Quick and Kosher “in the Raw”. In this new series you will learn how to make Jamie’s challah dough, how to braid it, how to form a crown challah, how to make onion pockets and garlic knots, cinnamon buns…. The list goes on! Look out for a new video every Monday!

Pull up a chair – and watch how easy it is to make challah – you’ll be a pro at it in no time!


 

Chilled Summer Soups ***GIVEAWAY***

 

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I love soup.

I really love soup.


 

30 Minute Pizzas

 

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It all started about 7 ½ years ago when I met Hubby. As a bachelorette on a perpetual diet, my go-to foods were salad, fruit and yogurt. Bachelor food looks more like a slice (or 2 or 3) of pizza daily — could be for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three.

Onion Lovers Pizza


 

Two Summer Salad Recipes

 

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Do I have a perfect summer salad recipe for you!

Actually, there are two – so take your pick!


 

Afternoon Tea Recipes

 

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Most of us have some relationship with tea. For many Jews with ties to the “Old Country,” a “glezel tay” – hot tea served in a clear glass — is one of life’s untainted pleasures. The experts knew how to sip it through a sugar cube held between the teeth. Surely it’s impossible for anyone born in the USA, or at least that’s what I like to tell myself.

But I have a totally different relationship to tea and it is firmly grounded in a fantastic childhood memory. My family was known to frequent some pretty posh hotels across the United States and my mother introduced me to Afternoon Tea as a rite of passage. (This custom was imported from England about 300 years ago, but I’ll tell you a little secret about that at the end of this article.) No, we didn’t wear big floppy hats, white gloves, or speak with snooty accents. We didn’t sit too primly either, though I tried. What I loved about it was that it was special, delicious, and just for us ladies. (Daddy didn’t go for the tiny sandwiches or tea; his style is more the all-you-can-eat buffet.) But I just adored those soft mini-sandwiches with the crusts cut off, scones slathered in creamy butter, a touch of jam and, of course, the tea!


 

Summer Sundae Party

 

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Ice cream is not just child’s play. Though I do have the sweetest memories of sucking the last drops of ice cream out of the bottom of a sugar cone, I’ve graduated to sundaes. And when I do a sundae, I do it big — with tons of toppings which would never fit on a cone anyway. So I guess it’s all good.

I am a firm believer that you can mix, pour or sprinkle anything onto a sundae. I can get totally obsessed with sweet and salty combinations, like my Salty Sweet Sundae. Pretzels, peanuts and ice cream – here I come!


 

No-Bake Desserts PLUS Smiley Cookie Giveaway

 

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You should know by now that I am not a baker (nor a butcher or candlestick maker) Actually, my grandmother was baker, but the gene skipped me entirely. I really don’t like to patchke (fuss fuss fuss) too much in the kitchen. But you knew that already. It’s what I’m all about.

But I do love desserts, especially the baked kind. Think pies, cakes, cookies, soufflés, people. Next, of course, you think of your oven.


 

Summer Smoothies

 

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It’s summer, time to dust off that blender and whip up some cool, healthy, icy drinks. Nothing like the sound of ice being crushed to send goose-bumps up your spine. It also puts my mind in RELAX mode; I start looking around for a chaise lounge and a floppy straw hat.

Pina Colada Smoothie