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DIY Kosher – Delicious Summer Drinks for...

 

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Forget about those pre-packaged drink mixes and wow your guests with these fresh homemade iced tea and punch drink recipes.

Summer is my favorite season for entertaining on Shabbat. Since the afternoon lazily passes by, lunch becomes an unhurried affair full of good food and conversation—quite different from the winter rush when we barely finish dessert before the sky gets dark.


 

Strawberry and Blueberry Flavored Ice Cubes

 

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Strawberry and Blueberry Flavored Ice Cubes Posted 07/10/2013 by Melinda Strauss
When you're looking for a refreshing kick to a simple glass of water, these berry flavored ice cubes are a great choice!

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DIY – How To Use Chalkboard Paint on Glass

 

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For a while now, I’ve been getting a bunch of requests for a tutorial on how to use chalkboard paint on glass. These projects are all over Pinterest and my fans want to know HOW DO THEY DO THAT???

Well guys….. IT’S SUPER SHMEEZY EASY!


 

New Father’s Day Gift Idea – Homemade...

 

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Finding the perfect gift can become a real guessing game. Some people become overwhelmed with doubt, unsure whether the gift they choose will be appropriate and appreciated. Yet one thing that is always sure to please is a present made with a personal touch, chock-full of love. For the modern day foodie, the go-to DIY gift is, naturally, a gourmet treat.

And there is no better place to start than with homemade flavored olive oil, also known as infused oil. It is a quick yet sophisticated option to be
given out at various holidays and occasions: At dinner parties or birthdays, as housewarming gifts, or “just thinking of you.” You will be giving more than a fantastic kitchen staple that can be used for salads, sauces, garnishes and more; it will be a gift of your time, thought, and little bit of yourself too.


 

DIY Painted Glass Bud Vases

 

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Create these simple bud vases in 4 simple steps!


 

The Best Summer Crock Pot Recipes

 

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I know you are thinking Summer and Crock Pot, those don’t go together.  Why not?  Our busy schedules haven’t changed and more than ever we want to be siting outside and relaxing not standing over a stove top cooking.  There are tons of recipes you can make in your crock pot that don’t have to be heavy and wintery, here are some that stand out.

Moroccan Chicken Stew

Moroccan Chicken Stew


 

The Best Julienne Peeler

 

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We recently posted a recipe for Zucchini Spaghetti that really is best made using a Julienne Peeler.  This kind of peeler has little rivets on the blade that allow it to cut the food into long thin, even strips.  Sure you can use a regular peeler and then cut it, but to get perfect uniformity and do it in seconds you need one of these peelers.  You can do so much more with it too, cut up carrots or cucumbers for salads or for sushi rolls into thin julienne pieces. The only question now is which one to buy?


 

DIY Freezer Jam

 

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As warm weather rolls around, I look forward to an abundance of rosy rhubarb in late spring, luscious berries in early-to-mid summer, and
heavenly stone fruit towards the end of the season.  When you can’t work fast enough to eat everything up, homemade jam is in order. To make things as simple as possible, I don’t rely on canning methods, use store-bought pectin, or keep my preserves in special jars. Instead, I focus
on basic pantry ingredients coupled with a simple stovetop method that turns the fruit into scrumptious jams which store beautifully in the freezer.

Instead of pectin, use corn starch, potato starch, or arrowroot powder diluted in a little water to thicken your cooked fruit.


 

How To Choose the Best BBQ Smoker

 

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What kind of equipment do you need to get started with BBQ Smoking? There are a number of choices available at your local hardware mega-store. Each has pros and cons, but with practice, they can all provide good results.

The offset, barrel smoker (under $200) offers versatility and a huge space for cooking. A fire is built in a separate chamber, outside of the main cooking area and the hot smoke passes across the food in the cooking chamber and out via a chimney. If you build a fire in the main cooking chamber, you can also use this smoker as a charcoal grill. This kind of smoker requires a lot of babysitting to produce good results.


 

Build Your Own Salad

 

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Toss It!
Tired of cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, and raw peppers?

Your bowl of Romaine is a blank canvas.


 

Shavuot Coloring Activity

 

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This Shavuot, have your kids brighten your walls with some flower power! Even the youngest ones will be able to get easy and beautiful results.  While you are cooking in the kitchen, keep the kids busy with this easy to do craft everyone can enjoy.


 

DIY Tea – Make Your Own Blends

 

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Have you ever dissected a tea bag? I did and found myself in a magical world of aromas, flavors and colors.

I remember a time when Starbucks sold crushed tea in paper pouches and my cup of tea was nice, but a total stranger to me. Those days fill me
with much nostalgia for many things passed…but as far as tea is concerned, I’d never go back. See, unlike kids growing up in, say, Southeast Asia, the only teas we had in the house were Celestial Seasoning’s Red Zinger and a couple bags of Lipton. Life was beautiful, but my beverages were a drag.  Through G-d’s kindness however, years later, a simple encounter would transform me from a naive paper tea bag consumer
to an enthralled and impassioned tea enthusiast.


 

Kitchen Design Ideas – Zen with a Fresh...

 

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In this busy kitchen, nature meets modernity and functionality. The kitchen is this home’s central stage, and the modern yet cozy nature-inspired style make it the place everyone loves to be. Homeowner Leslie Chera and her husband Jackie love to entertain—so the three ovens are always busy. Leslie’s four young girls join her in the kitchen as she hosts cooking classes, and all the food prepared is donated to the needy.


 

Cooking with Kids – Strawberry Salad

 

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Long, summer days are the perfect time to introduce colorful, fresh produce to young palates. Adding kid-friendly fruits like berries to nutritious greens like spinach and asking them to help prepare the vinaigrette makes it much more likely that they’ll gobble it down. Let them create a clever recipe title that includes their own name, like “Joshy’s Rainbow Salad,” so they’ll be more open to eating it.

This salad can be modified to your family’s tastes by switching the nuts for seeds or the cheese for chicken. The fantastic thing about salads is that kids can make the entire dish from start to finish since it doesn’t involve working with heat.


 

The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Ethiopian Coffee...

 

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I’m not really one for playing favorites.  Not with my kids or my friends and definitely not with food.  I just can’t pick one thing that is really the best.  So this wasn’t an easy task, but I do remember the best cup of coffee I ever had.  It’s amazing how roasted beans and hot water can be life changing, but the combination made Howard Schultz a billionaire and changed the way most of us start (or get through) our day.  But this post isn’t about Starbucks.  It’s about a cup of coffee I enjoyed a while back at an upscale restaurant in NYC.

It was the first time I really fell in love with a cup of coffee.  It’s been a challenge ever since to recreate that moment and I have become an insufferable coffee snob.  Usually great coffee doesn’t need any additional flavor, or even milk or sugar.  I called the restaurant for their recipe as a surprise for my husband and they graciously shared their secret blend, including the source for their coffee beans and it was one of the best presents I ever gave my husband for his birthday.  It really is the perfect give for any coffee lover, just mix it all in, place in a jar and tie a note around it.