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Five-Ingredient Dinners Go From Everyday to...

 

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Dress them up, or dress them down—these dishes do double duty for either a holiday or weeknight meal.

We all have our go-to recipes that are easy, foolproof crowd-pleasers. Now you’ll have even more. These recipes use only 5 ingredients—doesn’t get much simpler than that—for weeknight family dinners. But I’ll also show you how a simple presentation tweak, garnish, or an extra ingredient or two can dress ‘em up for Yom Tov.  (And no, salt, pepper, oil, water, and cooking spray don’t count as ingredients.)  I promise these will become part of your tried & true recipe inventory, and now they’ll do double duty as everyday or holiday dishes.


 

Todah Rabah – Thank You To Everyone

 

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I am so sorry I have not been able to respond to all the beautiful blog comments, Facebook messages, tweets and emails.  Please let this post serve as a thank you from the deepest recces of my heart.

Thank you all for sharing this experience with us and more importantly for the incredible love and support you have shown us.  It’s been amazing  to meet so many of you (you know who you are) around the country — at Malcha Mall, at Holy Bagel, at the Gas Station outside of Beit Shemesh, on the street corner in Ramat Shiloh and a shout out to the people that came up to Hubby in the supermarket yesterday (HI YAEL!).  Hubby called me and said today only 1 person recognized him, lol — he really is so shy and does the videos for me, for shalom bayis (read: happy wife, happy life :-) .  I thank you all for letting us know you are watching and that you love it.  We love you!


 

A Simanim Filled Menu For Rosh Hashanah

 

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Simanim Inspired – Taste your way into a blessed new year.

Simanin (literally signs or indicators) are foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize our hopes for the coming year. I like to work simanim into my Rosh Hashanah recipes for the added blessing, sweetness, and mazal they represent.  This menu is exquisite in its simplicity and great-tasting dishes.


 

New Rosh Hashanah Magazine On Stands Now

 

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On Rosh Hashanah we start fresh, daring to look at the future with renewed hope. New initiatives, even unspoken dreams take shape as realistic possibilities.   And this year, a new level of achdus – Unity with a capital U – has just entered the Jewish publishing world.

Two former “competitors” – Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller and Bitayavon magazines – have joined forces to create a brand new Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine. Such an exciting partnership! The talented Shifra Klein of Bitayavon will continue as editor-in-chief, and we will work together to bring you, the fans, favorites from both magazines. As the magazine morphs into its new form over the next few issues we welcome your input, so please let us know what you’d love to see.


 

Joy of Aliyah – Last 24 Hrs/The Flight...

 

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I was going to start by saying I have no words to describe this experience. But that’s no true… I have tons of words. Inspiring, emotional, awesome, heart-wrenching, exciting, overwhelming, tiring, stressful, scary, incredible. I could go on and on listing the words and emotions we are now going through as a family – but to write an eloquent post on exactly what we are experiencing, in coherent sentences, is beyond me right now.

The last week and a half has felt like one long day with lots of little naps. It’s so wonderful that with the help of Nefesh B’Nefesh we now have this webisode to share with you. I don’t have to worry about writing, I can just show you. Watch our last 24 hours, the Aliyah flight and our arrival along with 351 new olim in Israel, now.


 

I Make the BBQ Sauce *Kosher Recipe Linkup*

 

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I don’t really grill. Except when it comes to interrogating Hubby.  I leave the actual BBQ to the experts.  My Hubby and BFF Anita (Rabbi Lawrence’sbetter half) are the grill masters on the block.  Come to think of it, in Anita’s house she’s not only the griller (yes, I realize that’s not really a proper word), she’s also the garbage taker outer and the driver and the discipliner (yup, I know that’s not correct either… but it flows). Rabbi L just sits and is served, plays good cop with the kids and rides shotgun while she chauffeurs him around town. But she loves it.  Anita and Hubby are twins separated at birth.  Come to think of it Rabbi L and I are quite similar (aside from the facial hair of course — I will admit to having NONE!).

Peach BBQ Sauce

Peach BBQ Sauce


 

Joy of Aliyah – The Airport Teaser

 

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This is it. We have been waiting for this day for a lifetime. The one way ticket to Israel for my entire family and 350 additional olim chadashim courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh and the Jewish Agencey for Israel and the Israeli government.

We are feverishly working on the next episode which premieres next Wednesday Aug 22nd at 7pm. And will include our last 24 hours in the US, our airport goodbyes, the flight and landing in Israel.


 

6 Summer Party Appetizers *Giveaway*

 

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I love a good party.  But easy laid back open house style entertaining.  Which I find perfect for summer.

I recently hosted (together with Nefesh B’Nefesh) my own Goodbye BBQ.  But the kicker, as I have oft complained here for the last few weeks, is that my kitchen contents are all packed up on a lift and anything that was left I gave away in haste forgetting that I had 4 weeks left to feed my family.  So with only a stockpot a HUGE serrated bread knife and oversized cutting board to my name I hosted a party for a hundred and do what I was brought up to do… made my momma proud and called the caterer.


 

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: