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Shabbat Menu – A Bread Story

 

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The parsha this week continues Moshe’s closing remarks to his people. The 40 years of wandering in the desert, during which Hashem rained down manna from heaven, was to teach the people “that man does not live on bread alone…” But imagine if you had to. For just one Shabbat make a menu where every dish includes bread, but each course is completely unique and utterly delicious!

Panzanella


 

A Shabbat Menu with Gold’s

 

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Sometimes all it takes for a perfect meal are a few great quality ingredients. Enjoy the summer weather with these quick and gourmet recipes for Shabbat and every day of the week.

Panko Crusted Salmon


 

Shabbat Menu – Cooking with Kids

 

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In parsha Vaetchanan, Moshe reminds the people to recount the miracles and the teachings to their children and their children’s children.  We pass down our traditions and our history through our food.  The moments I spend in the kitchen with my kids is my way of teaching them what I know and love and what I learned standing in the kitchen with my parents and what they learned at the feet of my grandparents.  This week’s Shabbat menu includes recipes that are perfect for preparing with children at your side.  Get your kids involved this week with age appropriate kitchen duties and this kid friendly menu they will love to eat as much as they love to prepare.

Pull Apart Challah


 

Wishing An Easy Fast With Break Fast Ideas

 

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We’d like to wish everyone an easy and meaningful fast.I don’t want to take the focus of the day off what’s important and over emphasize the break fast in an inappropriate way.  So I will simply list some light easy to prep recipes below.  Additionally I would like to direct you to Rabbi Lawrence’s post explaining The Nine Days and Tisha B’Av so we all know what our focus should be on this sad day.  Also please see this post explaining What is the Seudah Hamafsekes including food customs.

 


 

Flavored Ice Cubes

 

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In the insane summer heat in Long Island, I pretty much drink everything ice-cold. But watered down drinks are a pet peeve of mine so I’ve been having some fun with the solution to that problem. By making my own flavored ice cubes, I have control over the flavors that keep my drinks cool and my kids love helping fill the ice cube trays with their favorite fruits and drinks! Here are my 6 favorite ice cube flavors but the options are endless! You can even make savory and spicy ice cubes for whiskey and tomato juice.

Strawberry and Blueberry Flavored Ice Cubes


 

Prefast Meal for Tisha B’av

 

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It is a very strong custom to refrain from eating meat and drinking alcohol during the 9 days leading up to Tisha B’av.  This year, Tisha B’av falls on July 16, 2013.  We have shared quite a few dairy menus and meal ideas for you over the past week and now I want to offer some tips for the fast including my menu suggestion.

To start with I always push hydration.  There is nothing as important during these hot days of Summer than staying hydrated.  During the three days leading up to the fast it is best to focus as much as possible on drinking more fluids, preferably water or herbal iced tea.


 

The Meal Before Tisha B’Av – Seudah...

 

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Tisha B’av (the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av) is the national day of mourning for the Jewish people.

The final meal before Tisha B’Av (“Seudah Mafseket”) is eaten in a state of “mourning”, sitting on the floor, eating a piece of bread and a hard boiled egg with some ashes.


 

Spiced Up Meatless Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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This year Tisha B’av falls out on July 16th, 2013. During the 9 days leading up to the fast it is a custom to refrain from meat. A meatless menu for the 9 days can keep you busy with pizza (we have 100), pasta and potatoes.  And if that’s you’re thing and you’re OK with it then may I recommend my Peach and Arugula Pizza, My Light Fettuccine Alfredo, and my Colorful Mashed Potatoes featuring Gold’s Healthy Horseradish and Wasabi Sauce.  But if you’d like to try something different this year and spice up your meatless recipe repertoire then I have two new dishes just for you.

Peach and Arugula Pizza


 

Shabbat Menu – Traditional Jewish Food

 

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We start the last book of the Torah this week and it is a time for reflection.  Moshe gathers together the Children of Israel and recounts our history from Egypt to Sinai to their dramatic approach to the Promised Land.  As we say farewell to Moshe we say hello to our future.  We are a people bound by our history and one part of that is our food.  This week’s Shabbat menu highlights  traditional Jewish ashkenazi food as passed down through our history as a Jewish people.

Homemade Gefilte Fish


 

A Week of Dairy Menus

 

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It’s that time of year again!!!  Nine days of dairy, well really, it doesn’t have to be dairy, it just shouldn’t be meat.  During the 9 days before Tisha B’ Av it is a very serious custom to refrain from eating meat and drinking wine.  For more on this custom click here.

To be honest I don’t eat meat much during the week and so I am here to help with a week of 5 weeknight menu ideas for the 9 days.


 

Watch Warm Potato Salad With Horseradish Sauce

 

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I went to ETC Steakhouse in Teaneck NJ for my birthday a few years back after we featured Chef Seth, his restaurant and recipes in the pages of our magazine.  Among other things I ordered a Warm Tarragon Potato Salad and could not get it out of my mind.  Crispy taters tossed in creamy dressing have been dancing around in my head, my thoughts, my dreams for what seems like years.  I took one look at the Gold’s creamy Horseradish Sauce and instantly thought about recreating my Quick & Kosher version of this perfect summer BBQ recipe for you all.  This dish is all kinds of crazy good… Watch this easy how-to-video and learn how to make my new obsession in less than 3 minutes.

Get the printable recipe here.


 

Grilled Desserts

 

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Grilling fruit has become popular recently and once you try it you will know why.  In this issue of the magazine we pair grilled plums with grilled pound cake but you can see here that pineapple, peaches and mango are all amazing on the grill.  Don’t worry chocolate lovers, we have not left you out.  Whether for July 4th or any other BBQ day, these desserts will keep you out of the kitchen and enjoying the Summer.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – Slow Cooked Chicken and...

 

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This week the boundaries of the Holy Land are established and the Children of Israel stand on the edge of the Jordan River. Reuven, Gad and ultimately half of Menasseh petition for land east of the Jordan River — prime grazing land — as their inheritance.  There must be something remarkable about this pastureland to lead the tribes to forsake the Holy Land.  I will not speculate, but if you’ve ever tried grass-fed meat you might begin to understand their choice.  The years of wandering are nearing an end and the land beckons.  The waiting is the hardest part.  A highlight of our Shabbat menu this week is Slow Cooked Italian Chicken and Mushrooms — it does not require a lot of work, just time.  I promise the wait is worth it.

fennel caesar salad

Fennel Caesar Salad


 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with Recipes

 

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The Summer is in full swing and we are celebrating with America in grand ole barbecue fashion.  The barbecue craze is upon us, whether you are at the beach, outside at your pool or just in your apartment, you can celebrate with food. Here are some fantastic red, white and blue recipes to keep you in the spirit.

Wild Blueberry Daiquiri

Wild Blueberry Daiquiri


 

Shabbat Menu – Mexican Skirt Steak With Corn

 

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There are a whole lot of numbers going on this week’s Parsha Pinchas.  First, we add up all adult males between 20 and 60, as part of the census.  Second, we describe the division of the land of Israel amongst the tribes. Third, we contemplate a Jewish nation without Moses — a most painful subtraction — and the ascension of Joshua.  Fourth and final, the parsha ends with instructions on the multiplication of sacrifices offered on Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and other festive days.   For this week’s Shabbat menu we are featuring recipes with 1 pot, 2 potatoes, 3 beans and petit 4s.

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad