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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


 

Passover Holiday Memories *Giveaway*

 

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Memories can be quite powerful, food memories all the more so. When I use a spice my grandfather often used, or smell a cake like one my grandmother used to bake, I’m there in an instant, right in their kitchen. When Pesach comes, I close my eyes and I can see my grandfather eating matzah with a schmear of whipped cream cheese, a hot mug of sweet creamy coffee beside him.

That is Passover to me:  exactly that vision, that aroma, that taste.


 

3 Purim Seudah Menus with a Global Taste

 

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Dressing up in costume, eating triangular shaped cookies called hamantaschen, and delivering gift baskets to our friends are all significant parts of the Purim holiday. And although there is no religious significance, a lot of us tend to go all out and match everything—our entire family’s costumes, our gift baskets, and our menu—to a theme.

I’m guilty! Last year, I went Mediterranean-inspired and my whole family dressed the part and delivered the chummos and pita-chip packages you see on Perfect Ideas for Mishloach Manot.   Since we love themes so, I’ve got three themed menus for you—Asian, Spanish, and Italian menus for every course, from starters to dessert. Pick one or mix and match. If you’re really adventurous, make the entire menu and serve the recipes in small tasting party dishes, allowing your guests to straddle the globe as they walk from one side of your dining room to the other.
Whether you’re sporting a sombrero or a kimono this Purim, you’re sure to savor something out-of-this-world.


 

Help Me Make a Where’s Waldo Themed Shalach...

 

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SOS!  I am not kidding, somebody help!

So usually I am full of tips, tricks and tasty tidbits but right now I am totally tapped.  If you read this months AWESOME!!!! Purim Magazine  then you know my Purim has been planned since last year.  My favorite pulled BBQ brisket sandwiches already had a test run and I was shopping for cowboy boots– or at least I was, in my head.


 

The Salad Course – 4 New Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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I’m big into salads. Super salads. Some people go crazy with dessert buffets, but I let out all my creativity in creating my signature salad course. And why not? Salad is always the first thing to go, and guests don’t feel guilty eating it (but they hate you when you make them taste all the desserts!).
Anything can be called a salad nowadays, and it doesn’t have to start with lettuce. This Purim, I’m including these four new favorites on my table. You’ll love ‘em and no one can accuse you of the same ‘ol salad tricks.

WARM FINGERLING POTATO SALAD
You don’t usually serve potato salad because it looks like mush, right? I agree, but here’s the solution! Potato salad goes upscale with this very elegant version. Fingerlings are small, funny-shaped potatoes, but still manage to look exquisite. They’re tasty and the skin is as soft and
delicious as the tender flesh.