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Joy of Aliyah – The Goodbye BBQ


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There are so many people to see and there is so little time.  So together with Nefesh B’Nefesh we hosted a Goodbye “Catch the Wave” BBQ to gather all our loved ones together in one place on one day.   Of course it was great to see family who traveled from far and dear friends from the neighborhood and even kosher blogger buddies and personalities came out to say farewell.  I was so touched and  in typical Jamie fashion I almost cried when I spoke.  Not sure exactly what I managed to say but the message was and remains “look at us, if we can do this you can too!”


Preparing To Move with 6 Israeli Recipes *Giveaway...


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I am moving.  Have you heard?  I know it’s hard to ignore something I am shouting from every roof top but as usual I can’t help myself.  Well let me tell you as I have told anyone who will listen I have but a pot, a cutting board and a rusted bread knife plus a bunch of fancy once-a-year serving platters to my name in my NY kitchen.  So cooking has been a more difficult than usual challenge.  But surprisingly while not pretty to watch I can get a respectable slice and dice out of my overgrown serrated bread knife.  So in honor of my aliyah to the Holy Land I share my favorite Israeli Salatim (translate: salads) that I really should practice in anticipation of my arrival.  When I get there I bet my Israeli-Iraqi sis-in-law will surely tell me I am doing these all wrong, but until then they are authentic in my book.

israeli chopped salad

Israeli Salad


Joy of Aliyah – The US Lift Episode


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“THE LIFT” is the most anticipated event for anyone making aliyah. Your whole life is packed into a forty foot container (or crammed into a 20 footer).  About  four weeks before the big day a truck pulls up to your door, some guys jump out and proceed to package and cart away everyone of your earthly possessions, or at least the ones you want to take with you.

If you forget to put it on the lift, you’ll have to squeeze it into the two bags and one carry-on per passenger that you’re allotted on the plane. So whatever you erroneously left off, it better be small.


9 Meatless Dinners for the 9 Days *Giveaway*


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My first love – before I knew hubby and had my delicious kids, was dairy.  If it were up to me I would only use the meat side of my kitchen for Shabbos and short ribs and that’s about it.  But G-d forbid don’t let it be suggested that I am celebrating over dairy dinners on the 9 days.  These 9 days are an acute time of mourning for the Jewish people.  Read JoK Rabbi, Rabbi Lawrence’s clear and concise explanation of why we eat dairy leading up to Tisha B’av.

What I’ve done for you here is suggest a number of dinner ideas for this week that I am sure you will try, because you are forced to, but I am sure you will be pleased with and work into your year round repertoire.


Joy of Aliyah – The US Lift Teaser


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A 40 foot container arrived at our house Monday July 16th, just 4 weeks before our flight is scheduled to depart from JFK.  Nothing could have prepared me for this day, for how large this 40 foot thing actually was or how long and intense the packing process would be.  We started around 6am and the lift pulled out of our driveway at 1am.  See the lift-container-thingy here, to quote my girls “IT’S SO BIG!”.  Watch what it takes to pack up your life next week July 25th 7pm EST.  Thanks for following and sharing our journey.


Strawberry Soda Float **Kosher Recipe Linkup**


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I had such grand plans.  I always do.  In my mind I am doing it all – packing and prepping the house for the lift, finishing my book, managing a cookbook photo shoot, producing the JoyofAliyah documentary and developing and testing NEW recipes for you for our first ever Kosher Recipe Linkup.  Well at 11:19 pm just hours before we plan to post this I am looking at my kitchen which is upside down and inside out and in no mood to be worked out.  You know the saying about giving a busy person something to do — well I don’t have to wonder what happens when you give an overwhelmed person something to do.  Over the course of the last few weeks I have quite often found myself staring at the wall.  My kids follow my gaze, look at me, look at the wall, look back at me, wonder and then ask “Mommy, what are you looking at?”  At other moments I find myself repeating, out loud, “What was I going to do?  What did I come in here for?  What was I supposed to get?”  I am not sure I can ever remember a busier time in my life.  But alas the show must go on.  So I dug through my 430 plus kosher recipe archive here on JoyofKosher.com and I found an oldie but goodie that first debuted in the premier issue of Joy of Kosher magazine.

Strawberry Soda Float
Something I like to call, Strawberry Soda Float aka “The Skinny Strawberry Milkshake.”  I have updated it a bit to tailor it to my intense efforts to cut the fat, calories and pounds.


Joy of Aliyah – The Announcement Episode


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Join me on my newest and greatest adventure, as me and my family pack our bags, say farewell to family and friends and make aliyah to Israel with Nefesh B’Nefesh. So how do you move five small children, three floors of furniture, and a lifetime of memories? Find out every week in the Joy of Aliyah. Through five inspiring short-form webisodes, you will pack the lift, get a taste of my goodbye barbecue, board the El Al flight from JFK and experience the emotional landing in Tel Aviv, follow me through the first frantic 48 hours in my new home and join the celebration of my family’s first Jewish New Year in the Promised Land. Don’t miss a moment of my big move from Monsey to Ramat Beit Shemesh, and find out what it really means to move to Israel.

Here is the premiere of Joy of Aliyah:


The Making of a Cookbook #5 – BTS at the...


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I am now taking you behind the scenes of the photo shoot for my new book, Joy of Kosher published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, due out Fall 2013. Get excited! Get very!!! excited!

I am working again with the amazing husband wife team , Andrew and Carrie Purcell. He is the photographer and she is the food stylist. I’ve been working with them almost exclusively for the last few years across the site, the mag and this here book.


9 Burgers 9 Ways with 8 Homemade Condiments ...


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There’s nothing like biting into a juicy burger, soft bun, crisp lettuce, fresh sliced tomatoes, oozing with grilled onions and ketchup.  Burgers aren’t limited to beef though—try these delish variations using fish, turkey, and veggies. And when the ol’ ketchup & mustard just won’t do, top these creations with special sauce, pico de gallo, and black olive tapenade. No boring burgers at this “Q!” (Go ahead—lick your fingers, nobody’s looking.)



Joy of Aliyah: The Announcement Teaser


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We will be producing a real time (or as close to real time as possible) aliyah documentary, called Joy of Aliyah!

Starting this Tuesday, and then almost every Wednesday between now and Rosh Hashanah, we will be releasing a clip or episode of our journey, an online aliyah diary.


Jamie Geller To Make Aliyah – Follow Jamie...


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Tonight at the Nefesh B’Nefesh Tweetup (#nbntweetup) at the JNF house in Manhattan, I announced the incredible news that we are making aliyah this summer.  Here is essentially what I said.

“I, Jamie Geller, my husband and our children will be realizing a lifelong dream of ours, our parents, our grandparents and the Jewish people for the past 2,000 years.  We will be making aliyah this summer with Nefesh B’Nefesh on the August 13th 2012 Charter Flight.


The Best Summer Salad Recipes **Giveaway**


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In Summer, the go-to dish for me is salad. Sometimes I toss everything together (avocado, egg whites, nuts, craisins, whatever), add lettuce
and dive in. And sometimes I just want a bowl of mixed baby greens with olive oil, a sprinkle of kosher salt and a squeeze of lemon. Salads
are perfect for lunch and dinner. Come to think of it, breakfast too.  Also snacks. Load in some lean protein and you’ve got a full meal.

Smoked Salmon Salad


Chill Out with 4 No Bake Dessert Recipes


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I don’t try to hide the fact that baking ain’t my bag. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a sweet tooth! I’ve got the sweetest tooth this side of Candyland, and I’ve found lots of no-bake ways to satisfy it. Folks, these cool summer sweets are the best because there’s no oven required. No oven! Now that’s the way to beat the heat and stay out of the kitchen this summer.

Lemon Yogurt Pie


Make a Side of Green Beans


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So Tamar and I were talking about side dishes.

Oft overlooked till the last minute when you frantically search for what goes with this thing here that you are making for dinner…


Cook Once, Eat Twice – Chicken!


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Leftover chicken can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be.  Instead it can be another easy weeknight dinner.