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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.


 

Passover Seder Recipes

 

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When it’s time for Shulchan Orech, the meal of the Passover seder, these stove top mains (and roasted sides) make a perfect main course

During Passovers of long ago, the Jews would bring the Pesach sacrifice at the Beit Hamikdash, and then roast and eat the meat for the Seder meal. Today, many of us refrain from roasting meat at the Seder so no one should think that we are trying to replace the Pesach sacrifice. These three Quick & Kosher entrees cook completely immersed in liquid. To complete the main course, we leave the roasting for the veggies.


 

VLOG – Temp Tee Video Shoot

 

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More behind the scenes video.  This time on the set of my Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese shoot.  Oooooh am I having a blast with this little flip cam of mine!.=

We were on set for 12 hours today (not including prep!).  Oy — I can’t feel my feet!  But the cause is a worthy one.  We are  putting an end to #matzah fatigue with our Creamy Colorful Coleslaw, Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting, Passover Pineapple Kugel and Creative Cream Cheese-Mix Ins.  The super-duper-easy-as-pie-how-to videos will be posted over the next few days.  In the meantime check out or collection of Delightfully Different Dairy Recipes  – say cheese!


 

VLOG – Behind the Scenes

 

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So Hubby has been on my back. Not just about cleaning up after myself in the kitchen but about vlogging more. You see the whole thing was his idea.

So I was testing recipes for the Shavuos issue of the Magazine – yes SHAVUOS!!! – and he grabbed the flip cam and started shooting me. I was a little camera shy without my hair and makeup but the steak had non of the same reservations.


 

4 Passover Salad Recipes

 

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I actually look forward to Passover food…really, I do. It’s the one single holiday I actually feel lighter after. I totally embrace the opportunity to eat lots of light fresh food and as always try my hardest not to overdo it – my guests actually thank me for keeping things on the lighter side. Love these cool salads and starters; after tasting them your guests will love you!

cucumber and carrot salad

Balsamic Carrot and Cucumber Ribbon Salad