Holidays

 

12 Ideas For A July 4th Shabbat Potluck

 

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Let me guess…

For your Shabbat July 4th celebration you are having or attending a potluck. Great idea!


 

Shabbat Recipe: Balak

 

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In this week’s parsha, we read the story of Balaam, who is asked by Balak to curse the Israelis.  Despite his intentions to vilify them, Balaam’s words become blessings. Balaam’s story makes clear that God gave us free will and we have the choice to give blessings or curses in the world.

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, in his book, The Everyday Torah, summarizes God speaking with Balaam as “’The choice is yours, human. You are free to decide for yourself. ‘ In the words of the Talmud, ‘A person is led the way s/he wishes to go.’” (p. 263).


 

4th of July Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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This year the 4th of July falls on Shabbat, so we can all enjoy some havdalah fireworks.  Before you head out to the fireworks, food must be had. The fireworks can’t wait for you to cook up a storm after Shabbat so check out these make ahead 4th of July recipe ideas.


 

RSVP For #GoForTheGolds Twitter Party and WIN

 

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You’re invited to join our #GoForTheGolds Twitter chat!
Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by @GoldPureFoods


 

Healthy Summer Slow Cooker Cholent Recipes

 

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I am told there are many people out there that serve the same cholent every week, every shabbat!!  There is no regard to outside temperate and there is no interest for something different.  Is it really true?

I understand the desire for an easy to prepare meal that fills everyone up and can stay warm all of Shabbat without overheating the kitchen, but I can’t understand two things.


 

Chicago Style Hot Dogs For Father’s Day

 

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Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and all the Dad’s of the world, today and everyday! This recipe is for you, you awesome, strong, courageous, hard working, amazing, protective, smart, loving fathers!

Chicago Style Hot Dogs


 

Foodie Father’s Day Gifts

 

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It’s always nice to celebrate our Fathers, but it is never easy to find the right gift.  In our opinion, the best gifts are edible.  This year try one our edible suggestions for your favorite foodie father.


 

Father’s Day Top Grilling Recipes

 

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I just got back from a wonderful family early summer vacation with my Aba (father). To celebrate his 65th birthday, he took my brother and sister and I away for a week in Whistler, British Columbia without any distractions. No little ones, no spouses, just us. It was a very special time that I know we will all cherish forever. We had some serious conversations, we cried and we laughed (especially at our home videos), but most of all we enJOYed!

My Aba likes to cook and is pretty good at it too, but somehow I got drafted to guide the menu for the trip and we grilled most of the meals, a perfect way to eat amid the cool mountain air and star-filled sky. So as we approach Father’s Day, I have a few newly Aba-tested (and approved) recipes to share with you today, that you and your family will love!


 

4 Brilliant Ways To Cook With Basil

 

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We have this expression in Italian, “Essere come il prezzemolo,” (to be like parsley), which can be loosely translated as “to have a finger in every pie” and is used to describe someone who seems to always turn up everywhere. That should be enough to give you an idea of how ubiquitous parsley is in Italian cooking, probably because, when used in small amounts, it gives foods a boost without adding a distinctive flavor – all year long and in all kinds of dishes, from soups to sauces, from seafood to meat.


 

Use Stale Bread In These Panzanella Salad Recipes

 

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In a little county inn in Israel on the boarder of Lebanon my husband found true love… in a salad.

I’ve never actually seen him react to vegetables in that way, although he’s quite a foodie.


 

A Memorial Day Shavuot Menu

 

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This year Memorial day is the second day of Shavuot.  I remember the last time they overlapped I took advantage and went to the beach, but this year I am staying put and hoping someone will invite me to a Shavuot Memorial Day BBQ.  I am all about the dairy, as you can see in last week’s dairy Shavuot menu, but we have 4 meals, not including Shabbat and I like outdoor cooking, so here it is, my meat BBQ menu that works for Memorial Day and Shavuot.

Since there is so much eating going on I am still going to keep it light with a focus on chicken.


 

No Pasta “Mac” and Cheese Recipes

 

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Confession time!!  My secret comfort food has always been Fold’s Macaroni and Cheese.  As a teenager I could finish a box and barely feel guilty about it afterwards. At least I made it all by myself.  It doesn’t get easier than mac and cheese out of a box and what is it about bright orange cheese powder that just gets me salivating?

Truthfully,


 

Shiloh for Shavuot

 

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The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins in the evening on Saturday, May 23, 2015 and ends in the evening of Monday, May 25, 2015.

As we prepare for the giving of the Torah and three days of meals and entertaining with family and friends, our thoughts turn to the Holy Land and its many natural blessings.  Approximately 800 meters above sea level, overlooking the breathtaking views of the Benjamin strip in the Judean desert, lies some of the most fertile soil for winemaking on earth.  The region enjoys cold nights and warm sunny days, creating the ideal climate for the production of fine wines and Shiloh Winery has set a new standard of craftsmanship as one of the most awarded wineries in Israel since its founding in 2005.


 

Step-by-Step DIY Shavuot Flower Arrangement

 

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Looking for a sophisticated floral centerpiece for Shavuot? We’ve got just the thing. It looks complicated, but we’ve detailed each step for you and made it super-easy. Before we get started, one great tip to remember is when trimming the flowers, try to trim the stem at a 45 degree angle, that way the flowers can absorb more water = longer life!

Flowers Close Up


 

An Easy Traditional Shavuot Menu

 

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We have so many Shavuot menus that we have shared over the years, from Mexican to Italian to Indian to Brunch.   This year I thought we could go back to tradition.  It is tradition to serve dairy on Shavuot, there are several religious reasons we do this, but for me I just prefer dairy and jump at the opportunity to make a gourmet meal that can even be heated and finished just before serving!! Oh, the glories of yuntiff.

If you are a meat lover stay tuned for next week’s menu where I will share a Memorial Day Shavuot Menu, get your grills ready for holiday feast.