Recipe Roundup

 

6 Pre-fast Menus for Tisha B’Av

 

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Fasting is no easy task, even less so at the height of the summer. My physical preparations for the fast involve a 48-hour hydration binge in which my water bottle never leaves my side.  As for food, during those 48-hours I try to increase my intake of fruits and vegetables that are high in water. I save my fish, egg or dairy intake for erev Tisha B’Av, the day before the fast, in order to prevent bloating and increase my overall nutrient intake.  Below are three menus– dairy, fish, and vegan– to help you plan out your pre-fast meal.

 


 

Lunch and Dinner Recipes for the Nine Days

 

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The period known as the nine days, which lead up to Tisha B’Av, a day of fasting, are difficult for more reason than one.  The spiritual preparations leading up to one of the most tragic days on the Jewish Calendar is a hefty burden that includes the physical limitations including a ban on meat. In the hope of easing some of the difficulty of this time, below are nine days worth of meat-less lunch and dinner recipes.

 


 

15 No Cook Recipes

 

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It’s difficult to not love the summer with it’s long sunny days and the abundance of ripe produce begging to eaten raw.  The summer heat is a welcome treat to those of us who live in colder climates and enjoying the great weather is reason alone to minimize your time in the kitchen, not to mention those blistering hot days when standing by the stove or oven can be very uncomfortable.  Below are 15 no-cook recipes to keep you out of the kitchen and enjoying the ever too short summer.

 


 

5 Ways to Cook With Ground Turkey

 

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Cooking for Two: Two Days of Meals in 30 Minutes

 

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As I prepare to leave for the summer (Israel here I come!), I can’t help but think about how it can be difficult to switch gears when it comes to preparing food for fewer people.  As you can well imagine, I’m a big fan of food and therefore of cooking.  When I’m home my family’s fridge is happily stocked with meals to feed our family, if not a few more people.  If your kids are leaving for the summer, really take advantage of spending less time cooking by not only having to prepare for less people, but also by making meals which are quick and can easily be repurposed.  Below you’ll find 30 minute meals that can truly go the distance.

 


 

10 Savory & Sweet Sandwiches for July 4th

 

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When I first started becoming religious it was a real challenge to sort through the secular holidays to decide which ones I still felt comfortable celebrating.  Certain holidays got the boot, but I’m proud that July 4th is a holiday that my secular and religious cohorts alike celebrate with relatively equal vigor.  Now, I’ll stop myself from going on a rant about how great America is and what a blessing it is that American Jewry has flourished so beautifully.  I will be newly arrived in Israel this 4th of July where my celebrations will be much more subdued, but I plan to celebrate by giving thanks for the simple, and often overlooked, pleasures that we enjoy in America.  With that simplicity in mind, here are 10 sweet and savory sandwiches, the ultimate marriage of simple and satisfying, to enjoy this 4th of July, no matter where in the world you happen to be.

 


 

10 Oil-Free Recipes

 

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I’m slow to admit that I may be a bit heavy-handed when it comes to oil, there’s something to love about the sound of it simmering in a pan ready to make anything you throw at it taste good.  As of late, my family has become suspicious about just how necessary all of this oil is. With that in mind, I started exploring oil-free recipes here at Joy of Kosher and was surprised to find that dishes from a plentitude of cuisines can be made oil-free.  I’m not planning to say good-bye to oil for good, but I’m definitely ready to cut back and am glad that there are many recipes on the site, including the ones below, that will make this task easier.

 


 

Father’s Day Comfort Food Redux

 

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Growing up, many summer Sunday nights were spent in the car traveling from Long Island back to Manhattan.  There was always one June weekend when we left unusually early in the day to beat post-barbecue Father’s Day traffic.   I learned two things, 1. Avoiding traffic is a game of strategy and 2. Barbecues are a popular Father’s Day minhag (custom/tradition).  As you can guess my family didn’t celebrate with a barbecue, because we were busy avoiding traffic, but you can’t help but love some of the classic foods served at summer barbecues.  That being said, many of those foods are served all year long and could use some revamping to help make the day special, below are 5 comfort foods perfect for a Father’s Day barbecue or just a quiet day with Dad.

 


 

25 Desserts for Shavuot

 

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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.

 


 

15 Italian Recipes for Shavuot

 

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Dairy meals are traditionally served on Shavuot because of the connection between the life sustaining properties of the Torah and milk.  Blintzes and cheesecakes are often served along with the favorite, special occasion dairy dishes.  When it comes to choosing certain cuisines, often we are faced with following the dairy or meat versions of the recipes.  This can be a particularly difficult challenge when it comes to Italian cuisine, because dairy is such a central component.  Here are 15 Italian dairy recipes to try this Shavuot.

 


 

15 Vegetarian Recipes for Memorial Day

 

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The newest issue of Joy of Kosher Magazine is out and it’s full of amazing vegetarian recipes.  Memorial Day is coming up, and taking a cue from this month’s issue, I was inspired to find some of our best vegetarian, yet barbecue appropriate recipes perfect for this national day of remembrance.  You’ll notice that every recipe carries the barbecue theme by roasting or grilling some aspect of the dish, providing those classic summer flavors with no need to serve meat.

 


 

15 Israeli Inspired Recipes for Lag B’Omer

 

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Lag Ba’Omer is a festive day in the midst of the mourning period known as Sefirat Ha’Omer.  Traditionally people make bonfires and children play with mock bows and arrows to celebrate the life and teachings of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  It seems that there are not necessarily a group of foods that people identify specifically with Lag Ba’Omer, although in Israel that seems to be changing.  This holiday is celebrated with vigor around the country, but none more so than in Meron, the resting place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  Many celebrate the holiday with kebabs and traditional foods, and many Americans have brought the tradition of s’mores to the holy land.  Below are 15 Israeli Inspired recipes for your Lag Ba’Omer celebration.

 


 

4 Mother’s Day Brunch Menus

 

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This year the adage April Showers Bring May Flowers has proven to be quite true, and as May approaches so does Mother’s Day.  Brunch is a very special way to remind the special women in our lives that care.  Preparing brunch is a major task in and of itself, add to that the many delicious recipes out there, choosing your menu can at times be overwhelming.  Below are 4 menus to try this Mother’s Day.

 


 

5 Must-Have Cupcake Recipes

 

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As sad as it is to see a holiday come to a close (re: Passover), it is an exciting moment when the last of the leftovers are tossed and the new cooking can begin.  Now that Passover is over and we all have access to our beloved chametz again, why not make good use of it by trying one (or all) of these 5 unique cupcake recipes.

 


 

After Passover Chametzfest

 

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I hope you all had a wonderful Pesach.  I can tell you my stomach is begging for some bread or at least to stop feeding it any matzah.  I tried my best to eat healthy through the holiday, but there is just too much eating.  Today, I am giving myself one last splurge so I can eat all the carbs, grains, beans and chametz I can stand.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Scones