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KitchenAid Hand Blender Review and Giveaway

 

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As we approach the Passover holiday and plan our seder menu, it’s a good idea to take an inventory of your kitchen equipment.  Do you have everything you need for Passover?  If you don’t have a hand blender, you’re probably working too hard.  I recently tested the KitchenAid 5-Speed Hand Blender and this dynamo is like having my very own sous chef in a box.

The powerful 5-speed motor and 8 inch removable blending arm provide exceptional control to mix all your ingredients with ease.  You can blend, puree, chop, shred, mince, froth/mix, and whisk/emulsify and aerate.  From breakfast smoothies, chopped nuts for charoset, dicing bitter herbs for maror, shredding vegetables for salad and stir fry, or whisking egg whites for meringues or macaroons  – you can do everything you used to do by hand in a fraction of the time with the KitchenAid blender.  So instead of buying a food processor, a blender and a mixer you can do it all with just this hand blender.


 

Passover Table Style

 

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Fit for Royalty

There is no greater sense of satisfaction than that felt at the start of the Pesach Seder. Inside, the house and all its contents are positively gleaming. And outside the first hints of Spring are emerging. Celebrate the Jewish people’s deliverance from slavery to royalty with a palette of white, shimmering gold, and accents of black and green.


 

A Purim Oscar Party

 

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Did anyone else realize that the night after Purim day is the Academy Awards?  What’s a movie lover to do, but throw an Oscar Party Seudah.  Get dressed up in fancy clothes and invite your friends for a Seudah of Hors D’oeuvres and Cocktails and maybe some popcorn like snacks. Here are some suggestions for make ahead foods that you can enjoy for this extended party.

sweet potato knishes

Sweet Potato Knishes


 

It’s On The Inside That Counts –...

 

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When I think of hamantaschen, the first thing that comes to mind is their delicious fruit centers. That’s why I chuck store-bought jelly and canned pie fillings in favor of my own homemade versions—giving my Purim cookies other worldly dimensions.
When most people take a bite of a hamantaschen that is completely homemade, filling and all, they don’t know what to do with themselves—the taste is that good. Once you try one of these renditions, you’ll never go back to the canned.

Poppy Seed Filling


 

Cooking Quiche With Kids

 

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While most Purim baskets are overflowing with sweets, it’s a nice change to add in some savory goodies. Mini quiches are the perfect treat to include in your mishloach manot because they can be eaten at room temperature, don’t require utensils, and both kids and adults love them. They also don’t take long to prepare and can be made several weeks in advance and frozen.

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Perfect Ideas for Easy and Beautiful Mishloach...

 

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The Recipes + The Packaging + The Downloadable Purim Cards – We have taken care of everything with your busy lives in mind, all you have to do is choose a theme.

Every year, when it’s time for me to plan what I am going to create for my mishloach manot, I go to the huge Dollar Power store that’s a few minute drive from my home. I walk around and around the aisles, looking for the item that will inspire me. I’m not looking for a container or basket—but something out-of-the-“box.” Last year, it was the picture frames you see below. There was a whole aisle of frames, in different sizes
and styles. Even though I usually prefer modern styles, this time I loaded up my wagon with the most ornate detailed frames (including the one in the photo)—those definitely didn’t look like they cost one dollar! The frames were repurposed as trays and wrapped up in cellophane with
grosgrain and pearls.
The Joy of Kosher team collaborated to come up with these recipes and concepts. We made sure all of the recipes can be prepared in advance and of the packaging is accessible. All the pricing and source information is available, and all the Purim cards you see (and more!) are downloadable.  Read on for more inspiration and ideas for your own mishloach manos. Happy Purim!


 

A Happy and Frugal Purim

 

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Purim is right around the corner! It’s such a fun holiday, and there are so many aspects to it that we mustn’t forget. It’s definitely worth thinking about a few weeks in advance.

Off the top of my head, here are the parts of Purim that tend to make us spend money: Costumes, especially for families with a bunch of kids (but I also know adults who go “all out”); Purim Seudah – a festive meal; Mishloach Manot – sending gifts of food to friends; and Matanot La’Evyonim – gifts to the poor.


 

Pralines for Purim

 

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Pralines are perfectly formed chocolates with a variety of fillings hiding inside—either soft and chewy or crispy and crunchy. If you prepare them according to the directions and use polycarbonate chocolate molds, your pralines will look just as professional as the store-bought ones.


 

Haute Chocolate – DIY Hot Cocoa

 

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What can be better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day?
A mug of hot chocolate—and make that the haute kind.

Not to be confused with cocoa powder mixed with milk, real hot chocolate is made by melting solid bars of chocolate, preferably a dark variety containing a high percentage of cacao, with cream and milk.


 

Brooklyn Kitchen and *Giveaway*

 

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There are lots of goodies hiding behind the walnut cabinets in this show-stopping, yet functional kosher kitchen. The mixers are hiding on pop-up shelves within the island; the toaster oven and panini maker are inside an appliance garage beneath the microwave; and the cabinets are outfitted to provide the perfect space for all kitchen must-haves, from baking trays and beyond.

Enjoy Breakfast at the Bar
This two-leveled peninsula is perfect for casual meals or a serving area for holiday buffets.


 

An Oily Experiment For Kids

 

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Have you ever seen oil on puddles in the street after a rain? Have you ever wondered why oil and water don’t mix? Let’s experiment and try to understand, with this ‘Oil and Water Don’t Mix Experiment’

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Decorating a Table for Chanukah

 

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Miraculously Modern

“…She’asah Nissim Lavoteinu Bayamim Haheim B’zman Hazeh!”

Chanukah is a time to recall miracles of the past as well as the many small miracles bestowed upon us daily. May the flames of the Menorah illuminate that for which we should be grateful.


 

Make a Dreidel Centerpiece

 

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Chanukah is coming, we’re so happy!!  Start planning your party early by making these fabulous dreidel centerpieces.  Not so crafty? Don’t worry, these instructions will walk you through it and no matter what happens you will have fun in the process.

DREIDELINSTRUCTIONS


 

Gifts and Gadgets and Giveaways

 

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Chanukah is fast approaching, the first night (less than a month away) is December 9th and now is the time to gather the best gifts and gadgets that your friends and loved ones will be thanking you for.   That is why we have compiled some of our favorite gift ideas from our kitchen to yours including some that you WIN right here, right now.

 


 

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

 

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There’s something to be said for that infomercial that instructs you to “Set it and Forget it.” The infomercial promises lifetime fulfillment in the kitchen.

The recent demise of my slow cooker had me rethinking the way I prepare dinner. To be honest, I have never been a power user of the slow cooker. The bulky appliance was more or less relegated to cholent or stew cooking on Shabbat and then shoved in a cabinet for the rest of the week.