A Father’s Day Menu

 

June 11th 2014

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Mother’s Day bring brunch and breakfast in bed.  Father’s day usually means BBQ often with Dad doing all the work.  That’s okay, cause I think he likes it as long as he is only in charge of the meat.  Here is a menu that will let the Dad’s enjoy the grilling and the meat and  everyone else enjoy the celebration.

pina colada smoothie

Pina Colada

Start out with some refreshing Pina Colada.  This recipe is without alcohol, so you can just add Rum to those that want to be a little more relaxed.

Create a Hot Dog Toppings Bar

Let Dad grill the dogs or sausages and everyone else can chip in to make or set out the toppings.  We love Gold’s many varieties of mustards as a starting point for our dogs, then pile on the caramelized onions, baked beans, guacamole, favorite slaw or pickled vegetables.

Jerk Chicken

Try some flavorful Jerk Chicken and/or a Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce.

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Grilled Steak with Chimichurri

Prep ahead if you want to marinate the meat and make extra sauce, it goes great on everything.

Tangy Grilled Asparagus

I can’t get enough asparagus this year especially when hot off the grill.  Stay outside and keep on grilling. Throw on some peppers and/or zucchini and make extra for salads and sandwiches you can enjoy all week long.

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Now that you have had your fill and hopefully gave Dad some presents.  Make or buy some non dairy ice cream and serve with hot grilled peaches.

Wishing everyone a Happy Father’s Day, a wonderful excuse to spend quality time with the family.


 

No Food In The Car

 

June 10th 2014

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It’s a rule.  A real rule.  One we never break.  Mostly cause it’s a dad rule.

There’s always one (disciplinarian) in the family.  In this family it’s Hubby.  After selling our dirty-like-a-dumpster minivan Hubby instituted the no eating in the car rule when we got our new wheels.

The first time my then 1 year old cried all the way home from nursery as I held her snack hostage in the front seat was absolute torture.  That 2 minute and 20 second ride felt like an eternity and I was silently mad at Hubby and his over the top rule.  In fact I tried to give her the snack (cause she was a baby!) but all the other kids were screaming “NO!  Abba doesn’t let eating in the car!”  I couldn’t very well openly defy him and his rule.  Could I?

I would be even harder pressed to obey the rule (which really is like family law) if not for how nice and clean and beautiful smelling our year-old-but-feels-like-new minivan is.  And the immediate gratification every time I enter the car (which is like 10 times a day, at least) makes me think some rules are not made to be broken.  And the toddler tears only lasted a few trips.  Now she actually hands me the snack with a smile as she settles into her car seat, knowing she will get it back in exactly 2 minutes and 20 seconds.  When she gets home she pulls out her toddler booster high chair thingy climbs into it and waits for someone to attach her tray so she can eat.  (Cause that’s also a rule, we don’t eat walking around the house).  It’s all so civilized really.

This (sometimes) civilized no (food) mess life of ours reminds me that rules are good.  But I already told you I am not the natural born disciplinarian.  So when Hubby traveled to NY for 4 days he hung a huge sign that said “REMEMBER: There is NO!!!!! eating in the car.”  Now of course I remembered, how could I forget?  But you see in marriage (as with all relationships) one has to read between the lines.  Translation: “JAMIE GELLER, MOMMY, YEAH YOU! need to enforce this rule even in my absence”.

So on the mornings we were running late and the kids took breakfast in a bag (more on that in a minute) I dutifully said “Remember Abba doesn’t let eating in the car.” (Yes I know that’s grammatically incorrect but sometimes you just gots to speak to the kids in their language).  And guess what, that wasn’t good enough for Hubby!  He wanted to know why I had to blame him for the rule, make him the bad guy.  “It’s not fair” he said.  I said I invoked his name for the sake of adherence to the rule, so the kiddies would actually listen to me.  But if forced to dig down deep I actually most probably used his name in vain because if it were up to moi there would be no such rule.  WE would ALL be eating in an embarrassingly dirty car.

In our marriage, I love to jokingly take credit for Hubby’s successful ideas. Especially the ones I fought so hard against. When I finally come around to seeing the genius in his ideas, I say things like “see I told you so” (Hubby just loves when I say “I told you so”) or “thank G-d I (me, me, me, it’s all about me!) had the idea”. The first time I did it he was stunned, totally taken aback, “WHAT?!!!! YOU?????” he exclaimed. Now it’s so commonplace he usually just rolls his eyes, or giggles. Finally just the other day he gave into my obsession with being the hatcher of all good ideas in this household and said “when you’re right, you’re right!” And boy was I right on this one!

And if you have to give the kids breakfast in a bag try these homemade Sweet Peanut Butter Cereal Bars.

So tell me, do you all eat in the car?
 

 


 

In the JOK Kitchen with The Forest Feast *Giveaway...

 

June 9th 2014

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The Forest Feast is a new vegetarian cookbook written by Erin Gleeson from her cabin in the woods.  After years of city living, she and her (Rabbi) husband moved to California and chose to live in a cabin in the woods.  Erin is incredibly talented and enjoys the beauty of her outdoor surroundings.  The cookbook is filled with vibrant photos of her food in the gorgeous setting of her home.  She shares bonus pictures of her surroundings to make us all jealous and she even includes fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering.  Her recipes are simple, all vegetarian and pleasing to all your senses. To purchase The Forest Feast click here.

You grew up vegetarian, did you ever go through a rebellious meat phase? 

About 4 years ago I decided to start eating meat, so I am actually not vegetarian anymore! I was working with all these amazing chefs in New York, photographing their beautiful food and just decided that I wanted to be able to try it sometimes when offered. My reason for remaining vegetarian all those years had much to do with issues surrounding sustainability. I felt like if I could eat meat sparingly and try to source it in a way that was responsible, I’d be okay with it. So that’s what I do now. I eat very little meat at home, and usually order vegetarian when out, but I like to have the option to try something if the opportunity arises.

Does your husband also eat mostly vegetarian?

We eat mostly vegetarian at home, but occasionally branch out. Since I didn’t grow up with it, my cooking knowledge of meat is limited, so Jonathan is the one who usually prepares meat if we have it­ he’s a great cook. If we cook meat, it’s usually during the summer for a BBQ or for a special holiday meal.

Now that you are settled in your little cabin, what do you miss about New York?

Walking everywhere! And friends and family. And bagels. Jonathan is from New York and most of his family is still there, so luckily we have many opportunities to go back.

What do you love best about your new home?

The outdoor space. The California weather is mild enough most of the year that we can spend a lot of time outdoors, which I love.

You share a lot about your early experiences as an artist, but what about food and cooking, What is your earliest memory of cooking?

I grew up in an apple orchard and I have vivid memories of cooking everything imaginable with apples each Fall. My grandmas and aunts would come visit and we’d set up an apple coring station in the kitchen, clamped to a table. We’d make apple pies, crisps, breads, butters, leathers­ you name it, we made it!

What is your favorite food?

Cheese!

Which recipe would you recommend to someone trying to eat more vegetarian meals?

 I’d recommend the Polenta Stuffed Portabellos. They are filling, “meaty” and pair well with a lot of sides.

Polenta Stuffed Portobellos

Polenta Stuffed Portobellos

Which recipe would be the most kid friendly?

I have fond memories of camping at the beach as a kid and eating Dipped Strawberries (in the sweets section of the book). You simply prepare a bowl of Greek Yogurt (or in my 1980s case, sour cream) and a bowl of brown sugar. Dip fresh strawberries first in the yogurt, then in the sugar, then eat immediately. It’s a fun interactive sweet treat.

You share a lot of salads, which I love, especially as the weather begins to heat up, which is the best Summertime salad?

I’d suggest the Nectarine Tomato Salad. It’s savory and sweet, and does well when made ahead for a crowd. Plus, it feels just a little different, and if you can get juicy ripe fruit from the farmers market, it’s so delicious.

 

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How To Cook With Herbs

 

June 6th 2014

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Herb Guide To Cooking

Herb Guide To Cooking [Infographic] by the team at heitonbuckley

 


 

Cooking with Joy: Tropical Fruit Guacamole and...

 

June 3rd 2014

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Its funny, the Deconstructed Tropical Gaucamole is the “dressed up” version of the dish, but it actually takes less time to prep. So in no time at all you have an upscale fork and knife savory fruit salad! The olive oil with the salt really elevated the simple avacado, mango and pineapple. I piled each on top of eachother, cut through the layers and sopped up the extra salt and oil before hitting my mouth. Really simple and good.


Tropical Fruit Guacamole page 51

DRESS IT UP Deconstructed Tropical Guacamole


Uputzi’s Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” Pate page 53
DRESS IT UP Vegetarian Chopped “Liver” Pate Bread Cups

Totally expecting to hate this, I halved the recipe and made arrangement for my father in law to be the taste tester. Remember I mentioned there were things that I “don’t do”? Well this recipe calls for some of those things. Hard-boiled eggs- ick! Walnuts- double ick! The only redeeming factor to me was having some extra mushrooms in the house to roast up for dinner. I LOVE mushrooms- all types!

I followed the recipe exactly, except I left out the thyme. I don’t find the aroma pleasant at all, so whenever a recipe calls for it, I leave it out and never find the recipe to suffer at all. That’s just my thing, if you like it, use it!

I was not planning on tasting it, but as I was scooping it out the food processor it smelled SO GOOD! I licked my fingers and was shocked to find that you could barely taste the walnuts or eggs at all! It was just so creamy and good, all the flavors combined together so well. I really liked how the vinegar was a very apparent flavor- this time in a really welcomed way.

I’m gonna let my father in law know that his services are no longer needed :)


 

JOY of ISRAEL – the Seven Super Foods of the...

 

June 2nd 2014

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Join us live as we shoot our mega Rosh Hashanah episodes of JOY of ISRAEL, at the ancient City of David with beloved Israeli MasterChef Tom Franz!

JOY of ISRAEL with Jamie Geller, dedicated to showcasing the beauty of Israel to the world, is shooting new episodes in the heart of the City of David, and we’d like YOU to join us.

When: Thursday June 12, from 3:30pm to 07:00pm.

Where: The City of David, just outside the Old City of Jerusalem

What: Join Jamie Geller and Israel’s super-talented MasterChef Tom Franz as they showcase recipes inspired by the “seven species”, foods listed in the Bible as indigenous to the Land of Israel: wheat & barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Foods also known as the seven superfoods of the Bible!

Who: You! We are having a live audience for this special BEHIND-the-SCENES shoot, and we are announcing a limited number (40) first-come first-serve complimentary tickets. Audience members will be required to register for tickets and will be called the night before to ensure attendance.

Please click here to donate to JOY of ISRAEL so we can make more great shows.

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A Guide To Ancient Grains

 

June 2nd 2014

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You might notice a strange sensation the next time you are strolling down the aisle at your local supermarket.

A prehistoric flashback?
Caveman-like confusion?

Rice has gone retro. People are going gaga over ancient grains rich in protein and nutrients, minimally processed and cultivated from rare or obscure regional strains that hearken back to the dawn of creation.

Ancient grains are popping up in breakfast cereals, granola bars, soups, salads and sides. I had to see what all the fuss was about so I ventured down to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to see what’s new (which is actually quite old).  As if traveling back in time, I started to rediscover the foods that my ancestors used to eat.  I also learned how even common foods are getting more interesting with varietals that are healthier and better tasting than ever before. So where do you start?

Iif you are looking to stir up some creativity or conversation around the dinner table, reach beyond the white rice and dig for something ancient. You’ll discover a whole new world of whole grains and dozens of new ways to remake your favorite recipes. I think you will find, like I did, that a night with Uncle Ben isn’t going to cut it anymore.  Ever since I started playing with ancient grains, things have started to get pretty interesting on the side of my plate.

Here is a quick guide to the most common ancient grains available right now: (Click on the image to make it larger)

A couple of favorite ancient grain recipes:

Greek Wheat Berry Salad

Farroto With Wild Mushrooms

 

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Shavuot 2013) – Subscribe Now.

 


 

Cheesey Recipes For Shavuot

 

May 30th 2014

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This recipe for halibut comes from a fisherman we met many years ago in Alaska. We spent a wonderful day out on his boat halibut fishing, and we caught some huge fish. Since we knew we would be eating halibut from the freezer for months to come we asked the fisherman for his favorite halibut recipe. His answer surprised us. He told us to stuff it with cheese and roll it in bread crumbs.  It was a surprising answer. Up until that point I never would have thought to combine fish and cheese, but we figured that a halibut fisherman must know something about eating fish .  That night I made this cheesy fish in the cramped kitchen of our RV and it instantly became a favorite.  It isn’t an elegant dish, since the cheese oozes all over, but it is do delicious no one seems to mind.  I like to make the dish with halibut but any firm white fish will work just as well.

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Cheesey Fish

One nice thing about having fish for dinner is that you can have a dairy dessert. While I certainly never feel deprived when enjoying delicious parve desserts I have to admit there is nothing quite like a rich and creamy dairy cheesecake. I don’t make cheesecakes very often so when I do I want to make sure they are amazing. This cheesecake is rich and creamy, just like a good cheesecake should be, but its is a bit more interesting because it is made with goat cheese. The goat cheese adds a wonderful tang and earthiness that is perfectly complimented by the herby undertones of the thyme honey. This is one of those desserts where the leftovers will call to you from the refrigerator to come and get one more slice. It is the ultimate elegant cheesecake.   Get the full recipe here.

This post is sponsored by Natural & Kosher Cheese, all opinions are my own.


 

Kosher Wine for Shavuot

 

May 29th 2014

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This year at Shavuot, anticipating some serious dairy and the inevitable cheesecake I wanted to lighten things up with our kosher wine selections.  Let’s face it, if you’re going to be up late learning you probably don’t want to be staring across the table at a bottle of Cabernet.  So let’s throw our pretensions aside and enjoy a few “ready to drink right now” wines that are fun and easy to approach.

2013 Or Haganuz Amuka Rose (Israel); $20. Or Haganuz winery was founded in 2005 at the foot of Mount Meron.  A blend of Cabernet Franc (25%), Merlot (25%), Shiraz (25%) and Mourvedre (25%), this semi-dry rosé wine from the northern Galilee was blended from grapes from the Naburia plot in Amuka Vineyard.

2012 Goose Bay Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand); $16.  Using grapes harvested in New Zealand’s South Island, this wine is a perennial crowd pleaser. The long, cool growing season and clay loam soils have contributed incredible citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture to this wine. Serve alongside fish, cheeses, and freshly baked breads.

2013 Carmel Selected Riesling/Chenin Blanc (Israel); $10.
Semi sweet, tropical fruity flavors, and a cool, clean finish.  Easy on the pocketbook and to drink!  (If sweeter is not your thing, it works well for Sangria too)

2009 Terra di Setta Chianti Classico (Italy); $18.
Perfect accompaniment for pasta, pizza and most any Italian dishes, this ruby red wine is produced from grapes grown on a hill with a breathtaking view of Tuscany. A blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is smooth and elegant with a rich and fruity bouquet of cherries, wild berries and violet.  Did you know that Terra di Setta is the only fully kosher winery in Tuscany?

Have a happy Shavuot, what wine will you be drinking?

 


 

Blue Cheese Pizza with Buffalo “Chicken&...

 

May 29th 2014

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During the whole month of May we have been showcasing the new line of Sincerely Brigitte gourmet flavored cheeses.  Read all about the cheese and the varieties here and note there are more flavors coming.  We have also been giving away cheese samplers all month with the final winner just announced today.  We will continue to bring you more recipes showing the best ways to use these cheeses to liven up any meal on our Sincerely Brigitte recipe page and we hope all of you will share your own too, Submit Recipes here.  For today’s recipe I am sharing one of my new favorite pizzas, Blue Marble Buffalo “Chicken” Pizza.

I like getting creative with my toppings and I also like finding new ways to prepare seitan or other fake meats.  I often make a huge batch of homemade seitan and use it over a couple of weeks in different ways.  I recently tried it with Hot Sauce and butter to create vegetarian buffalo wings.  Sure you can make a version of buffalo wings without real butter as we all have done to make it kosher, but if you want to try the butter and hot sauce combo it works really well on seitan and you can even dip it in real blue cheese.

Since I wanted to put mine on a pizza I used the Sincerely Brigitte Blue Marble which melted well and gave a nice subtle blue flavor.  Sprinkle on some celery and a little extra sauce and this pizza is sure to wow even the meat eaters at your table.

Get the full recipe for Buffalo "Chicken" Blue Marble Pizza

This post was part of an ongoing partnership with Sincerely Brigitte, all opinions are my own.

 


 

Cooking with Joy: Cilantro Corn Cakes

 

May 29th 2014

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Today was a really busy day for me. We had errands that needed to be taken care of in the morning and then our 5 year old needed to be taken to his swimming lesson. I had exactly an hour in between and knew that the Cilantro Corn Cakes were on the agenda for today. In less then half an hour start to finish these were done!

Really simple recipe to follow- and if I wasn’t in a rush I probably would have even remembered the salt! All jokes aside, I realized that I forgot the salt after tasting the first batch. Luckily I had the rest of the batter waiting in nice little patties and was able to sprinkle some salt on top.

The cakes fried up in no time and stayed together very well. The texture was very nice, with a little crunch from the corn meal.

Hubs topped his cake with mascarpone cheese. As it melted into the warm cake, it made the whole combo so creamy and good.

I didn’t fry up all the cakes at once. I left them covered in the fridge for later in the day.

In my opinion the batter from the fridge actually had a better texture, but that could just be me.


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DRESS IT UP Cilantro Corn Cakes with Avocado Aioli


 

25 Desserts for Shavuot

 

May 28th 2014

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In terms of dessert, Shavuot is is known for dairy desserts, especially cheesecakes.  It is a wonderful time to experiment with a new and exciting cheesecake recipe.  In addition to dairy meals, many people make a point to enjoy meat as a way to honor the yom tov.  Here at Joy of Kosher we have hundreds of dessert recipes, the 25 below are a mix of dairy and non-dairy cheesecakes, pareve, gluten-free, no-bake and vegan desserts to help you plan your holiday menu.

 

 

Cookie Dough Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Ganache

Vamp up the classic cheesecake with toppings and flavors that will dazzle your family and guests.  If you’re in the mood for some serious indulgence then try the Cookie Dough Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Ganache or the Walnut Crusted Caramel-Bourbon Swirl Cheesecake. Or keep it light and zesty with the Low Fat Lemon Cheesecake. On Shavuot we celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, stay with the theme by incorporating flavors inspired by Israel such as the Milk and Honey Cheesecake or the Creamy Cheesecake with Pomegranate Topping.

 

 

Chocolate Turkish Coffee Cake

With the growing number of non-dairy baking products available, it is easier than ever to replicate cheesecake, Pareve Snickers Cheesecake, and even the butter-heavy French desserts such as Pull Apart Brioche and Glazed Pear Tart.  On Shavuot it is tradition to stay up all night studying on the first day of yom tov.  Turkish Coffee Bundt Cake and Limonana Bars provide the caffeine boost which makes these cakes both delicious and practical.

 

 

Root Beer Float

As summer approaches and the weather gets hotter, many of us try to limit use of the oven so as to keep the kitchen cool.  Raw Date Brownies and No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake are no-bake replicas of classic desserts.  Because food is such a central part of the holidays, it is easy to indulge at every course in each meal.  But desserts such as Chocolate Avocado Mousse, Water Melon Lime Ice Pops and the classic Root Beer Float are a reminder that you can end your meal on a sweet note that won’t leave you feeling weighed down.

 

 

Lemon Cream Cheese Gluten-Free Crepes with Raspberry Sauce

You can be Gluten-Free and still enjoy cheesecake on Shavuot!  Try updated Jewish classics such as Tropical Breeze Mango-Coconut Cheesecake and Gluten Free Almond Mandelbrot, and replicate blintzes with these Lemon Cream Cheese Gluten-Free Crepes with Raspberry Sauce.  Or enjoy indulgent desserts such as the Super Moist Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake or Gluten Free Magic Layer Bars.

 

 

Coffee Halvah

Whether you eat exclusively vegan or are just trying to eat healthier, these desserts are indulgent, yet light and a great way to end a holiday meal.  Chocolate lovers will enjoy the Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries, Hazelnut Chocolate Chia Pudding, and, the aptly named, Chocolate Lover’s Napolean.  The Coffee Halvah will give you the caffeine boost you need to stay up all night studying, and the Mean, Green Pistachio Ice Cream is just downright delicious.

 

Check out more Shavuot ideas here.

 

 


 

Hubby Picked The Shavuot Menu

 

May 28th 2014

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We usually have meat for some of the Shavuot meals, although I love dairy so this meat menu was picked by hubby.

In the past 6 years I have put together 9 Shavuot menus for you: 3 book menus, 3 magazine menus, and 3 website menus.   After 9 menus it’s kinda (super) hard to keep creative.  Truth is after 8 menus I started having menu block.   Menu block looks like this:  After developing and testing over 200 recipes in under 10 weeks for my new book (my skirt tooooo tight to button), looking into the book is like looking into your closet (busting with shmatas clothes) and screaming feeling like you have NOTHING to wear!!!

Tamar rescued me like the greatest friend and expert menu planner that she is (who do you think comes up with our awesome weekly Shabbat Menus?) and put together the book menus.

Blocked once again I decided to employ the help of another special person.  I volunteered a friendly civilian you all know and love for this year’s Shavuos menu.  Instead of giving you yet another female skewed, goat cheese filled, smorgasbord of holiday recipes I asked Hubby what he wanted to eat.  This way I not only have a fresh and fancy new menu for you but save myself the time and trouble of doing this all over again for the real life version of the holiday.  So here is the menu courtesy of Hubby with the what, when and why of his selections in his own words.

JG: Tell me why you picked this menu.

H: These are just the things I want to eat.

Short Rib Sliders

Short Rib Sliders

Appetizer: Short Rib Sliders

H: Sandwiches are my favorite food.

JG: Tell me more.

H: You make it sound like I bought a home.  It’s just a menu, I picked what I like – after that it’s all kinda fuzzy.

JG:  I am writing this all down.

H:  OK so… we love ribs.  It’s the one thing EVERYONE in this family eats.  And I love sandwiches, which is the first thing I said.

JG: Good.

H:  If you can put it on bread I will eat it.

JG: Good, next.

Southwestern Turkey Breast and Green Chili Stuffing

Southwestern Turkey Breast and Green Chili Stuffing

Main: Southwestern Turkey Breast with Green Chili Stuffing

JG: Talk to me.

H: I’ve got nothing.

JG: (Eye roll)

H: I can see you rolling your eyes.  There is too much build up to this interview already.  Just make something up – you know, artistic license and all.

JG: Come on!

H: I love turkey – it was my birthday meal growing up.

Main: BBQ Meatloaf

H: I just really thought it would go good with the turkey.

Sweet Potato and Carrot Bake

Sweet Potato and Carrot Bake

Side: Sweet Potato Carrot Bake

H: I like this dish – cause it’s light – with the other heavy food I thought this was a nice side, and cause my wife doesn’t like making plain veg.

JG: I don’t.

H: I really just want steamed broccoli.

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

Side: Caramelized Onion Mash

H: I have turkey, stuffing, meatloaf, gotta have some taters man.

Deconstructed Apple Pie

Deconstructed Apple Pie

Dessert: Deconstructed Apple Pie

JG: You never eat the apple pie.

H: I do on Thanksgiving.

JG: This is not Thanksgiving this is Shavuos.

H: I know.

JG: So are you going to eat the apple pie?

H: Well I started with the turkey thing – that’s how it all started – that’s the inspiration.

JG: Thanks for clarifying.

H: And I eat your puff pastry apple purses.

JG: You’re right.  Okay so we are done.  That’s it; the interview is over, after trying to pin you down for a full week.

H: Ohmigosh you could have done that yourself.

JG:  Wouldn’t have been authentic.

H:  Mark the date people, this is my last interview.

As a bonus for those of you that have my new book JOY of KOSHER Fast, Fresh Family Recipes Hubby put together this mini Shavuot menu, but neither he nor his people could be reached for comment.

Crystal Clear Chicken Soup with Julienne Veg and Angel Hair p.25

Garlic Meatball Heroes with Arugula and Roasted Peppers p.186

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Skewers with Herb Curry Mustard p.161

Colorful Mustard Green Beans p.106

Cherry Bourbon Hand Pies p.28

 

What do you all think of Hubby’s menus?


 

Fish Fusilli

 

May 28th 2014

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Here’s the companion video to my delectable Spinach and Feta Fish Bites. Fish Fusilli is a fast and easy complete meal that will satisfy even the fussiest eaters.

This yummy Quick & Kosher recipe uses frozen gefilte fish. Fill your freezer, because pre-seasoned frozen gefilte fish is a really versatile ingredient that will save you lots of time.

Fish Fusilli Recipe. For more of my kosher cooking videos, please watch the JoyofKosher.com YouTube Channel.

Do you have a wonderful recipe that use frozen gefilte fish? I hope you’ll share it with me by leaving a comment below.


 

5 Easy Shavuot Crafts

 

May 27th 2014

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There is something about Shavuot that seems to demand crafts.  Usually they revolve around flowers.  I remember when my children would bring home the tissue paper flowers, or little decorated vases to use a centerpiece for the festive holiday.  I guess it is because it is at a time of year when everything is in bloom and we want to enjoy the bounty of the season. But it is also because Shavuot is an agriculture holiday and very much connected to plants.  We share a few favorite Floral Crafts in this article including a flower pony holder, napkin ring, tissue flowers and decoupage plates, oldies but goodies that never get boring.  Here are some new ideas

These flower decorated pots made by AshleyAnnPhotography are easily done with your favorite floral fabrics.  Get full step by step turotial instructions on ChristineChitnis.com.  Now you have something unique and gorgeous to put your new plants in.

These floral crowns were made for a wedding, but Shavuot would be a perfect time to have fun making and wearing these especially for little girls.  These fresh flower ones might not be as practical, though, so try it with silk flower, instruction here.

I love how simple this dotted vase is to make and inexpensive too.  Any glass vase will work. Get the full instructions from TheCraftedLife.

Learn to make Paper Rosebuds from Creativejewishmom.com, she is always coming up with new and amazing things to make for those of all ages.

Last, but not least, I love this idea for those not as into flowers or maybe more interesting for the boys, DIY Painted Sticks.  Use them as decorating, put a bunch of them together in a vase, as a painted stick bouquet that will never die.