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DIY Kosher – How To Make The Perfect Pesto...

 

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On a hot June day, I open the freezer in my mother’s kitchen looking for a tray of ice. Instead of clear, slippery cubes, I find green, coarse ones. Although I am eight years old, I am puzzled how the cubes changed color and texture overnight.

At dinner that evening, my mother brings out a plate of steaming pasta the same verdant shade as the cubes. Like many cooks, she makes batches of pesto when basil is in abundance during the summer, storing and freezing them in ice trays and transferring them to Ziploc bags for use during the fall and winter. And so began my love affair with pesto.


 

DIY Kosher – Fresh Fruit Topiary for Your...

 

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PlaceholderAfter all that cleaning and cooking, why leave your seder table looking  drab? Easy-to-make fresh fruit topiaries are perfect centerpieces.

Topiaries are multi-dimensional “mini trees” fashioned from flowers, fruits and greenery. These gorgeous centerpieces herald spring in all its beauty while adding a unique touch of elegance to the Passover seder.


 

DIY Kosher – Purim Crafts, Costumes &...

 

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Purim is Rivky Koenig’s favorite time of year. When this scrapbooking specialist, who recently launched a new line of Jewish-inspired scrapbooking supplies, wrote her first book, Crafting Jewish, Purim was the hardest chapter to write.

“We came up with so many crafts for Purim that it was difficult to pick and choose which crafts to include,” says Koenig, of her book. “Purim gives people a wonderful opportunity to express their creativity. Every year I get inspired by seeing what my friends and neighbors do.”


 

DIY Kosher – Tu Bishvat Crafting with the...

 

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Laurie Bellet, an art specialist at Oakland Hebrew Day School, loves when Tu Bishvat rolls around. Besides the dried fruits and nuts, she uses this opportunity to fuse crafting and nature.

“Tu Bishvat crafts are a wonderful ways to help kids to get in tune to God and the natural world,” says Bellet. “When you look at a tree, it’s so easy to form a simplistic mental image of it. But really, there are many individual elements to a tree, leaf or flower. It takes real focus to understand the different components.”


 

Meal Planning: Instead of Leftovers-Think “...

 

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As a kid, I was accustomed to finding strange items in the fridge. Three peas in a Ziploc bag. Four tablespoons of mashed potatoes packed into a small container.  Salvaged brisket marinade in an oddly labeled pickle jar.

At the time, I didn’t realize this was the handiwork of my mother who saves leftovers of all shapes and sizes and reuses them in creative ways.


 

DIY Kosher – Creative Chanukah Crafts for...

 

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Chanukah is a perfect time of year for the family to bring out dreidels, gelt, and craft supplies.


 

Do It Yourself Purim Cooking

 

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Purim is all about being creative. Though it’s easy to buy candy and bakery hamantashen, go the extra mile by making unexpected treats your friends will relish.

Remember, just because you want to present mishloach manot gifts with a homemade touch, spending hours in the kitchen isn’t necessary.