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Calling All Cooks In Israel

 

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Let’s help each other.  One of the most amazing things I love about our community is the immediate feedback.  Whether via Facebook, email or as a JoK.com comment you all let us know how you feel.  And I love it, most probably cause the feedback is generally positive and often inspiring – both in the kitchen and in life.  Lately though, we have been getting a lot of comments like this one:

I love to read all your super recipes and hints but please — not all of your readers live in America and, as you must yourself know by now, not all the ingredients you mention are available here in Israel.
-Laura B. 


 

Easy Duck Sauce Recipes **Giveaway**

 

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When I write about Gold’s I get uber nostalgic.  Gold’s Duck Sauce was perhaps my first kitchen lifesaver.  My first proof (to no one other than myself) that YES, I got this!  My first triumph with Hubby back seat cooking right by my side.

About a week into my marriage, as a recovering vegetarian, I found myself staring at this raw chicken, wondering if there is a way to cook it without touching it. Hubby came to my rescue sharing his all-time favorite chicken recipe.  I called it bachelor food until I realized this “recipe” graced many a Shabbos table all over the world.


 

Favorite BBQ Recipes

 

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It’s time to take the party outside. Well in Israel we’ve actually been grilling since we got here. Hubby’s got the grilling bug and we’re regulars at the table outside. But if it’s just heating up where you live, you gotta know there are so many healthful and creative ways to top your everyday BBQ favorites. Try these on for size and live it up this summer.

steak with chimichurri


 

Favorite Shabbat Meal Ideas

 

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Easy Homemade Croutons For Salad

 

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You know I’m not a from-scratch girl.  More like a semi-homemade woman.  I take lots of shortcuts (in the kitchen and in life) but one thing I loathe is store-bought croutons.  No croutons out of a bag for me!  But you see, I love croutons.  So thankfully this is one of those easily solvable problems (Hashem should only send us easily solvable problems!  This is when you say scream “AMEN!”).

Semi-homemade croutons are a cinch.  Of course they are only semi-homemade if you are using store-bought bread.  If you use your (my) leftover Challah then you can really give yourself a sash and crown yourself domestic diva of the day.  Am looking for my tiara now.  While I search I leave you with two of my favorite salad/crouton recipes:


 

The Best Gold’s BBQ Sauce and Giveaway

 

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About 6 years ago, the summer before the release of my first book, I drove to the Gold’s factory and warehouse out on Long Island for the first of many visits.  I was going to meet Steven Gold, a kind man fiercely dedicated to his craft, to discuss a series of cooking videos I was commissioned to do for the OU featuring his products.

About 9 years ago I was the Bride Who Knew Nothing, a newlywed without a clue in the kitchen. Yeah, yeah I know you read that book and know that story but keep reading, this is a new one. Even way back then, when it came to entertaining there was one rule that I lived by and still live by to this day: the 3 Ps.


 

A Mom Inspired Blend

 

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Nothing super juicy about this confession. Except well, the juice. Just an honest answer to a common question. People come up to me and say, with a little wink, “…So what do you actually make most of the time?”

The answer really depends on the day and my mood and my mom.


 

Light Recipes For Summer

 

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You all know I was away for Pesach, in Tiberias with Eddie’s Kosher Travel.  Well this Pesach hotel was exactly what I imagine a kosher cruise to be like.  (Since I’ve never been I can’t say for sure, only what I’ve heard.)  We were totally and completely surrounded by great food all day, every day. I haven’t made an appointment with my scale since I returned and really should just excuse myself now and go on a liquid diet. But alas, since that is neither practical nor the healthiest of solutions, I am lightening up my food over the next few weeks so I can actually eat together with my family with these four light recipes for Summer.

Pictured above is a delicious and bright Tropical Slaw.  Beautiful and incredible on its own, this tropical slaw is also superb on fish or chicken.


 

The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Sushi Salad and...

 

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I rarely boast, but I must say there are some things I do well.  Like really well. I am possibly one of the best procrastinators you will ever have the pleasure of meeting.  I know if it came to a vote, I would be elected Queen of Procrastination in a landslide.  I could teach lessons in it, in fact I should, and I know I am rambling — but it’s all part of the plan… You think I’m rambling, but I’m actually procrastinating.

I have just received from my publisher the 455-page copy edited manuscript of my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, coming out this fall.  My editor Cassie sent it with a note that went something like “YOOHOO” –or was it WOOHOO? – “review this and get back to me – this is so exciting.”


 

Celebrating Freedom With Favorite Israeli Recipes

 

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Food has the power to transport you to another time and place…

One bite of something can lead me to my grandparents’ warm little kitchen, with my feet dangling from the chair, waiting patiently for magic on a plate. A bite of something else can take me to the streets of Yerushalayim, with its heady aromas of Middle Eastern cookery.


 

VLOG @Kosher Travelers in Tiberias

 

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Having an incredible Pesach with Kosher Travelers in Tiberias — one of Israel’s 4 holy cities — it’s breathtaking and beautiful here!

Some vlogs and picts of all that’s going down…


 

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe Video

 

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My absolute favorite new recipe – this creamy coleslaw is a versatile beautiful staple at my table. To make it dairy use Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese to make it pareve and kosher for Pesach just eliminate the cream cheese and instead add an additional 1/3 cup of mayo. To make it pareve year round use soy cream cheese or sour cream. Use lemon juice or white or apple cider vinegar and use full fat or light mayo. See? I told you! This easiest and prettiest recipe woks with what you’ve got on hand. And people always, always, always! ask me for the recipe. Enjoy and Happy Passover.

Got coleslaw tips? Share ‘em here, now!


 

VLOG – Shooting Joy of Israel in the Golan

 

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First Episode of Joy of Israel  – my new food and travel show – is underway!  We spent the 36 hours in the Golan sledding on the Hermon and Cooking up Israeli cowboy food at a kibbutz/ranch.  Oh and I road a horse for the first time in about 25 years!!!

Check out this behind-the-scenes photo album from the shoot.


 

Temp Tee Cream Cheese Dips Video

 

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Passover Cheesecake Recipe and Linkup

 

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I never feel guilty when I eat cheesecake.  I just convince myself it’s full of protein.  I got that from my mom.  The convincing part, not the cheesecake recipe – you know that.

She once lost weight on a steady diet of almond M&Ms – unfortunately that lucky little occurrence wasn’t passed onto me.