Lag Ba'omer

 

Summer Barbecue 101: Planning a Healthy Cookout

 

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Summertime is the time when many of our spouses love to don their chef’s apron and light up the barbecue grill to cook outdoors.  Personally, I love it!  I do prepare the foods in the house, the marinades, salads etc.   I set up everything in individual Tupperware containers with seals, so they stay bug-free outdoors, than I let “hubbie” take over!  I am free to enjoy my guests without worrying about the cooking. All the men also love to congregate around the barbecue grill sharing their opinions.

Grilling is a favorite summer cooking technique that enhances the flavor of many dishes, including lean meat, skinless chicken breasts, fish, veggies, and even fruits. Whether you’re already a grill master — or aspiring to become one — you’ll still benefit from using the right grilling utensils. If you are a“newbie”, make sure you have the following equipment on hand before you get started. (clicking on the links will take you to our Amazon store page)


 

Homemade Graham Crackers Make The Best S’...

 

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It is finally warming up a bit, with warm days and cool nights, it is the perfect season to be outside and enjoy a nice bonfire.  Luckily, it is also going to be Lag Baomer next Sunday when bonfires are abundant.  Learn more about the history of Lag Baomer and ways to celebrate.  I know I like to celebrate with S’mores.  Nothing quite says Summer like toasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between sweet and crunchy graham crackers.  The only way to improve upon this camping staple is to make your own graham crackers.

Graham crackers have always been considered a more healthy type of cookie mostly because they are generally lower in sugar than most other cookies.  Originally they were made with graham flour which is a white flour that had bran and germ added back to it for flavor.  The original version had little or no sugar and was more like a cracker, but at some point sugar or honey was added.  Nowadays, most graham crackers are mostly made from white flour with some graham flour used, but if you make your own you will see that using 100% whole wheat flour actually improves the end result.


 

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.

 


 

A Lag B Omer BBQ with Gold’s

 

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Family owned and operated Gold’s Pure Foods offer lots of ready-to-go condiments for your hot dogs this Lag B’Omer . We use them in our JoK Test Kitchens, try them in yours.

It all starts with the ketchup and mustard. Gold’s offers, Deli, Dijon, Reduced-Salt and Honey Mustard as well as both ketchup and mustard spiked with their signature horseradish. Gold’s Hot Dog Relish rounds out their classic hot dog topping, offering.


 

The Best Picnic Food Ideas

 

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Every time I see people with a picnic food I am jealous.  I think wow, they came prepared.  As kosher consumers we often find ourselves in places where we need to be prepared and over time we realize that granola bars and chips won’t cut it.  Especially when you have kids it is important to pack real food for an outing and there is no reason everyone else eating their pizza and hot dogs at the park shouldn’t be jealous of you and your picnic.

Whether you just pick up some fancy wine and cheese with a baguette or take out some sushi from a local store or you prepare your own salads, sandwiches, snacks and more, take pride in your picnic.  Get a nice bag or basket, bring nice paper goods and make sure to have lots of napkins or even better wipes.  Head out on a nice Sunday with a ball and frisbee and have a great time not worrying about what you will eat.


 

Create a Hot Dog Toppings Bar

 

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As we are approaching Lag Baomer, many of us are stocking up on hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken wings, and buns. We are getting countless invitations to BBQs and parties. This year, as I was finalizing my Lag Baomer plans, I started to think about why BBQs and bonfires seem to symbolize this beautiful holiday.

Lag Baomer, literally the 33rd of the counting of the omer, is a day of tremendous celebration. We mourn during Sefirat Haomer (the days between Passover and Shavuot), because of the plague that claimed the lives of 12,000 pairs of students of Rabbi Akiva. We celebrate because on Lag Baomer, the plague finally ended! So why the bonfires and BBQs? After the plague ended, Rabbi Akiva was able to rebuild, this time with only 5 students, among them the great Torah scholar Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who also passed away during this time, revealed many secrets of the Torah through his study of Kaballah. He brought enormous light into the world through his studies and teaching. Because he passed away on Lag Baomer, the custom of lighting fires and cooking over an open flame symbolizes the powerful light of the Torah.


 

Lag B Omer Picnics, Crafts and S’more

 

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Lag B Omer is the day between Passover and Shavuot when everyone goes out to celebrate.  Set in the Spring it has become a day to enjoy the season with relay races and outdoor sports all culminating in the memorable bonfires.  This year Lag B Omer falls on a Sunday so I expect even more of us getting in on the excitement.  Whether you go out for a quaint picnic with the family or invite the gang over for a BBQ we have everything you need to make it memorable including the S’mores.


 

Happy Lag BaOmer

 

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Today we celebrate Lag BaOmer!! Translated as the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and falls right between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot.  It is a day that we all celebrate typically with BBQ’s, Bonfires, Food and Games.  Jamie shares a bit about the history that has lead to this day and how it is celebrated in Israel and America in this post All About Lag BaOmer.

Potato Salad with Arugula and Tomato


 

Smore’s Recipes for Lag BaOmer

 

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Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day in the counting of the omer between Passover and Shavout, is a day of great celebration. This year it falls on May 10th.  The semi-mourning period of the first thirty-three days of the omer ends with a celebration of the life of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, among other things. The zohar states “[When Rav Shimon died], all that day, the fire did not desist from the house, and no one approached it, since they could not as the fire was all around.” As a reminder of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai bonfires are an important component of many Lag BaOmer celebrations.


 

Perfect Potato Salad Recipes

 

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Idaho about you, but my kids love potatoes.  Baked, fried (especially fried), mashed they are easy to please.  But for spring time picnics and summer time barbecues there is nothing like a perfect potato salad. Here are a few different recipes for you to try.

Almond Caper Potato Salad


 

Six Super Slaws

 

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If you are bored by the same old slaw, it’s time to start using your head (of cabbage).  Take stalk of your refrigerator (with broccoli) and root for your favorite vegetable (carrots, parsnips, kohlrabi, and celery root). Here are six super slaws that will satisfy your most selective eater.

Country Coleslaw


 

Lag B’Omer Salads

 

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This year, Lag B’Omer falls on Sunday, May 22 — time to bust out the BBQ and fire it up! Let’s kick off grilling season with some delicious recipes.

I like to think of myself as unconventional, so I say let’s leave meat grilling tips for another time. I want to give special attention to our BBQ bash salads. Nothing can eclipse beautifully barbequed meat or fish, but let’s talk about how to spruce up the sides to superbly set off that grilled cuisine.


 

It’s Lag BaOmer – Let’s Have a...

 

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Lag BaOmer falls on May 2, 2010 – the perfect time to head outdoors for wonderful family fun.

In Hebrew numerals, the first two letters of Lag BaOmer, the lamed and gimmel, add up to the number 33 (lamed is 30, gimmel is 3). Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and falls right between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. It’s a day of fun and celebration when many head outdoors for bonfires and picnics.


 

DIY Kosher – Lag BaOmer Crafts for the Whole...

 

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When Lag BaOmer rolls around, picnic baskets and bonfires take center stage, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative with these nifty holiday projects.

While the 33rd day of the Omer may not be a crafty holiday, all it takes is a little imagination—and a love of all things Jewish—for Laurie Bellet, an art specialist from Oakland Hebrew Day School, to come up with fabulous art fun.


 

The Flames of Lag BaOmer

 

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When preparing for this year’s Lag BaOmer picnic and bonfire, in between making the pasta salad and packing the paper goods, I wondered, “What does this have to do with Lag BaOmer?”

I live in south Florida, where dining al fresco is a year-round affair.  We don’t need the impetus of a holiday to bring out the wicker basket and checkered blanket.  Even so, gathering with friends and family around a bonfire (or at least firing up a grill) makes Lag BaOmer picnics extra-ordinarily special.