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Shabbat Menu – Vegan Peach Streusel Bars

 

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Would you change your diet if animals could talk? In parsha Balak we read the story of Balaam and his talking donkey.  It is a remarkable tale of what happens when we simply open our eyes.  Our curses can become blessings. We become aware of something divine standing right in front of us.  Does vision require something more than seeing?  This week we experiment with a menu that is animal free, but will open your eyes to a wide world of flavor.

Sara Maybergers Water Challah

Layered Hummus and Eggplant with Roasted Garlic and Pine Nuts


 

Father’s Day Recipes

 

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Based on everything I read and hear from my friends and neighbors, Father’s Day often involves grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. That’s also what I ate, growing up, when we spent every Father’s Day at my Uncle Herb’s house.

But those days are long gone. My daughters and their husbands come to my house for the Father’s Day weekend and, to tell the truth, the men would really rather have something else.


 

Shabbat Menu – Watermelon Glazed Mini...

 

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After the death of Moshe’s sister, Miriam, the Israelites find themselves thirsty.  And the now familiar complaints rise up to a grieving Moses and Aaron.  They hold back their anger and frustration to hear Hashem’s instruction to speak to the rock.  But Moses can hold himself back no longer and strikes the rock with his staff, and the water springs forth.  Without any anger we present this recipe for Watermelon Glazed Mini Meatballs, get started with Watercress Tea Finger Sandwiches (or save for third meal) and you can be overflowing with water.

This week’s menu is sponsored by KOL Foods 100% Grass Fed Meat.  Place your order today and get 5% off your Ground Beef order with coupon code: Meatball – valid through June 16thOrder Now!


 

New Father’s Day Gift Idea – Homemade...

 

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Finding the perfect gift can become a real guessing game. Some people become overwhelmed with doubt, unsure whether the gift they choose will be appropriate and appreciated. Yet one thing that is always sure to please is a present made with a personal touch, chock-full of love. For the modern day foodie, the go-to DIY gift is, naturally, a gourmet treat.

And there is no better place to start than with homemade flavored olive oil, also known as infused oil. It is a quick yet sophisticated option to be
given out at various holidays and occasions: At dinner parties or birthdays, as housewarming gifts, or “just thinking of you.” You will be giving more than a fantastic kitchen staple that can be used for salads, sauces, garnishes and more; it will be a gift of your time, thought, and little bit of yourself too.


 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

 

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, you have less than 2 weeks to get the dads in your life something to let them know you love them.  BBQ is usually the theme of the day.  Not sure when that started, but it has become a tradition for many families to get together to grill on Father’s day.  If that is what you do then the gift giving is easy.  There are so many fantastic BBQ related gifts.

You could make your own spice rub, really any flavor goes, but this is the recipe from our grilling expert – Homemade Spice Rub. Package it in a nice spice tin.


 

Shabbat Menu – Lamb Tajine with Dried Fruit...

 

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I know it is overdone, but how can I resist?  A staff sprouting almonds in Parsha Korach a menu featuring almonds is our only choice.  This week a rebellion is quashed, but there are still murmurings against the leadership of Moses and Aaron continue.  Aaron’s staff sprouting almonds serves as a powerful image conveying Hashem’s selection of the Priestly class and a life of service for the tribe of Levi.   Luckily almonds are healthy and delicious so go ahead and enjoy your almonds as if they were sprouting from your kitchen.

This week’s menu is sponsored by KOL Foods Grass Fed Meat- right now get 10% off lamb shanks with the coupon code, SHANK, now through June 9th and get cooking this amazing Lamb Tajine.   Click here to order your Lamb Shanks. 


 

Shabbat Menu – Pomegrante Barbecue Chicken

 

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Parshat Shelach is the parsha of the spies.  We read of the spies journey and exploration of the land of Canaan.  They return with an amazing array of grapes, pomegranate and a fig – a sure sign of providence and a land that is blessed.  Although a false tale of giant warriors is the headline, it is the symbolic foods that help sustain the hope and prayers of the faithful.  In this week’s Shabbat menu we celebrate with recipes that feature the delicious fruits of the land.

This menu is sponsored by KOL Foods 100% Grass Fed Beef – Click here to order your meat and get it in time to make this amazing chicken.


 

Shabbat Menu – Grilled Marinated London...

 

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Even Manna get’s boring.  In this week’s parsha, the false memory of an Egyptian bounty of fish, cucumbers, watermelons, leeks, onions and garlic leads the people to beg for meat instead of manna.  Moshe’s reply is priceless and timeless: “If sheep and cattle were slaughtered for them, would it suffice for them? If all the fish of the sea were gathered for them, would it suffice for them?”  Sounds a lot like my dinner table.  This week I give in with a menu (including meat) worth kvetching for.

This post is sponsored by KOL Foods, 100% Grass Fed beef. KOL Foods is giving you a a 5% discount valid from 5/20 to 5/27 using the coupon code GrassFedLBClick here to order your London Broil and  have it delivered to your door in time to make this week’s Shabbat menu.


 

The Best Gold’s BBQ Sauce and Giveaway

 

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About 6 years ago, the summer before the release of my first book, I drove to the Gold’s factory and warehouse out on Long Island for the first of many visits.  I was going to meet Steven Gold, a kind man fiercely dedicated to his craft, to discuss a series of cooking videos I was commissioned to do for the OU featuring his products.

About 9 years ago I was the Bride Who Knew Nothing, a newlywed without a clue in the kitchen. Yeah, yeah I know you read that book and know that story but keep reading, this is a new one. Even way back then, when it came to entertaining there was one rule that I lived by and still live by to this day: the 3 Ps.


 

Shabbat Menu – Angel Food Strawberry...

 

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At the end of Parshat Naso, we see Moses walking into the Tent of Meeting and hearing the voice of Hashem speaking from the space between the two cherubim above the covering over the Ark. The angelic faces bear witness to the miracle of the divine communing with man.  In honor of the angels, we feature this  a heavenly dish that will leave your guests with much to talk about, too.  Along with a meat filled menu for those craving extra meat after Shavuot.

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Roasted Vegetables and Pastrami Salad


 

The Ultimate Nachos – 3 Ways

 

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I am addicted to cheese! I could probably stop talking right now and you would totally understand what I mean when you check out these recipes. But just for good measure, I’ll explain where this addiction came from. When I was pregnant with both of my children, I could eat cheese all day long! In fact, I ate nachos for dinner at least twice a week. I would melt tons of cheddar cheese on taco chips in the microwave and I was a happy pregnant-lady. These days, I have to be more careful with what I eat since I no longer have the excuse that I’m “eating for two” so loaded cheesy nachos are a special treat. With Shavuot just around the corner, it’s time to bring out that special treat!

There are so many things that can be done with the simple concept of a nacho. Sure, you could just melt cheese on chips and devour but I wanted to take it a few steps further for the holidays. First up is the fully-loaded Nacho Casserole. This is a great make-ahead casserole so you can enjoy your nachos day and night. Lots of cheddar cheese, corn, black beans, salsa and whatever else you can think of stacked in a casserole dish and baked to cheesy perfection!


 

Cheese Appetizer Recipes

 

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Cheese appetizers are very easy to prepare—and very gourmet. These are some of my favorite ways to turn Les Petites Fermieres and Natural and Kosher cheeses into company-ready appetizers (in no time at all).

Brie with Fruit Brigitte


 

Shavuot Menus For Everyone

 

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We have so many Shavuot menus on this site already and I want to make sure you don’t miss any of them as you are planning your holiday.  Whether you like to spice it up with Indian food or get elegant this year, we have something for everyone.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything new for you.  If you are anything like me you at least like to look at new ideas and think about them and maybe make some of them.

Start by perusing all our Shavuot Menus from years past and then onto the future.  This year I am thinking of going Mexican!!  We have a few Kosher Mexican menus designed for other holidays, but this one is perfect for the dairy holiday of Shavuot and for enjoying the sun while you sip some Margaritas.


 

Shavuot Coloring Activity

 

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This Shavuot, have your kids brighten your walls with some flower power! Even the youngest ones will be able to get easy and beautiful results.  While you are cooking in the kitchen, keep the kids busy with this easy to do craft everyone can enjoy.


 

Chilled Israeli Labane Soup

 

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It gets very hot very quickly in Israel. By the time Shavuot comes around there is no way you can serve your guests a hot soup as an appetizer. The heat and the cheesecake we all know is around the corner makes a light dinner that much more appealing. This soup is light, easy and incredibly delicious; not to mention its mosaic mix of colors.

There is always that debate over where you want to put most of your efforts, making fancy food for the holiday, or actually enjoying your vacation. When I made this soup I was surprised at just how quick it was done. It basically requires no cooking, just a bit of roasting, five minutes of chopping, a flick of wrist to mix it all together, and you’re done. The best part, when your family takes its first bite they’ll think you spent hours laboring over it.