Holidays

 

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.

 


 

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)


 

The Independence Day and Molasses Connection

 

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It’s almost July 4th and every American is thinking fireworks and parades or lemonade and fried chicken but my mind turns to molasses.

Really.


 

Eating Healthy With Red, White and Blue

 

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Fourth of July is a patriotic time to celebrate with family and friends. But it can also be a time to eat healthy, nutritious, red, white and blue food! This dish incorporates purple [blue] potatoes, red beets and white goat cheese. As a Registered Dietitian, I’m more than happy to serve up a healthy [and All-American!] dish this year. Purple potatoes are rich in the same antioxidants found in blueberries and pomegranate seeds. Red beets are rich in fiber, vitamins A, B and C, and folic acid [an especially important nutrient for mamas-to-be]. Goat cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, and offers a tangy and creamy bite. The cheese pairs nicely with the different textures of the potatoes and beets.

I always tell my clients to try and “eat the rainbow”, and this dish definitely fits the bill. And it doesn’t hurt that this recipe could not be simpler to put together!


 

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.

 


 

RSVP For #SummerWithGolds Twitter Party and WIN

 

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You’re invited to join our #SummerWithGolds Twitter chat!
Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by Gold’s.


 

Morad Pomegranate Wine for Dinner and a Cocktail

 

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We all know that wine isn’t just for drinking (you can cook with it too) but did you know that it’s important that the wine you cook with should be just as tasty as the wine you want to drink? In fact, when you open up a bottle of wine to pour into your favorite stews and sauces, it’s a good idea to pour yourself a glass to drink while you cook. That’s an order! And since I must practice what I preach, I’m opening up a bottle of Morad Pomegranate Wine right now to drink while I write about this incredible sweet and sour wine made entirely of the finest pomegranates from Israel.


 

Pomegranate Wine Osso Buco

 

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Pomegranate Wine Osso Buco Posted 06/23/2014 by Melinda Strauss
Sweet wine isn't just for drinking! It can also enhance a savory dish in place of red wine and the Morad Pomegranate Wine, which is made from the finest pomegranates grown in Israel, is always my go-to sweet cooking wine. This Osso Buco is the perfect example, with it's balance of rich heavy flavors with the sweet wine and bright fresh citrus.

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Made With Love For Father’s Day

 

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Growing up, my father was a Commander in the U.S. Navy. His position meant nothing at home of course, where my mother had him out-ranked. Still, it was ‘civilian’ Dad who taught me one of the most important lessons I ever learned in the kitchen. He taught me how to cook with love.

My father was the Sunday morning chef. He taught my siblings and me how to make all-manner of eggs, French toast, waffles with ice cream, and the best sandwiches ever! He explained the difference between just throwing the ingredients together in a bowl and taking ownership and responsibility of what we make. He explained to us that it was not just about the right measurements or even using the best ingredients, what mattered most in the kitchen was what mattered most in life. The secret ingredient was an attitude. He taught us, the most important part of the process was making the food with love.


 

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.

 


 

A Father’s Day Menu

 

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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


 

Cheesey Recipes For Shavuot

 

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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.


 

Kosher Wine for Shavuot

 

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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.


 

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.