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Cheese Blintzes With Fresh Raspberry Sauce

 

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Cheese Blintzes With Fresh Raspberry Sauce Posted 05/15/2015 by The Kosher Chef
These deliciously classic cheese blintzes are covered in a homemade raspberry sauce that is so easy to make. Top the dish off with fresh raspberries and blueberries for a cool addition to the sizzling blintzes.

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Savory Green Chard Blintz

 

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Savory Green Chard Blintz Posted 05/15/2015 by Chef Karen Nicolas
The chard adds a unique spin and ups the health factor of the classic Jewish comfort food dish, the potato blintz. In place of chard, you can use any green of substance. You can even use frozen spinach, just make sure to defrost and squeeze out all extra liquid.

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Gluten Free Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

 

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Gluten Free Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza Posted 05/14/2015 by Orly Gottesman
The first time my husband and I visited Chicago, he took me to Giordano’s Pizzeria just to make me take in the smells of the pizza. Even though he could no longer eat the deep-dish pizza, his former favorite dish, the smell was enough of an experience to satisfy his nostalgia for the days before celiac and kosher. Shortly after developing Blends by Orly, I was given the challenging opportunity to develop a gluten-free deep-dish pizza for a restaurant in LA. You can only imagine the excitement in my husband’s eyes (and mouth) when he dug his teeth into his first gluten-free deep-dish pizza. This recipe has a crusty outside and soft doughy inside. If you don’t want to make your own sauce, you can use jarred tomato sauce. This extra cheesy Gluten Free Chicago Style Pizza will impress all at your Shavuot table.

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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.


 

Our Favorite Cheese Blintzes Recipes Plus...

 

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Continuing with our dairy recipe roundup theme, here are our favorite blintz recipes for Shavuot.  Last week we extolled the virtues of cheesecake as a Shavuot staple and this week we share the need for blintzes, the next best dairy food for Shavuot.


 

Israeli Inspired Frozen Yogurt Recipes

 

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There’s this place that I visit just a little too often.

And in between visits I dream.


 

How To Serve Your Own Grilled Cheese Bar

 

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First off, I want to make one thing very clear: Nothing beats white bread with American cheese and ketchup, slowly panfried in a pan with butter. The bread takes on a golden brown color and the cheese melts together with the sweet acidic ketchup and forms the perfect bite. But…

Unfortunately for me, I can’t really put that sandwich on our tasting menu (our customers expect something a bit more glamorous) so we had to think about grilled cheese a bit out of the box, and came up with the famous ‘Epic Bites Grilled Cheese Bar.’ This is the ultimate grilled cheese experience and popular party menu.


 

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

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Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes Posted 05/07/2015 by Orly Gottesman
There is no better way to get feedback on dessert than a dessert tasting party. Since I was a pastry chef even before I dove into my career as a creator of gluten free flour, I used to host many gluten free tasting parties for both gluten free and non-gluten guests. The focus of my first tasting party was cupcakes. I baked 10 different flavors of cupcakes with Blends by Orly Paris Blend, the Blend I created to prepare cakes and cupcakes. Cupcake flavors ranged from chocolate peanut butter and smores to simply delicious vanilla. The results from my anonymous feedback survey placed the red velvet cupcakes as the most popular flavor. Red velvet cake touts a good balance of flavors because it has a light chocolaty flavor without the ultra-rich character of dark chocolate. A great cream cheese frosting pulls it all together and makes for a beautiful and delicious Shavuot dessert!

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A Cheesecake Roundup For Shavuot

 

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It feels like Passover just ended, but we celebrate 33 days tonight with Lag Baomer and that means Shavuot is only a few weeks away!!

That means it’s about time to start thinking about what you are going to cook.


 

Mother’s Day Brunch White Bread Recipes

 

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You know what gets really under appreciated? White bread.


 

Celebrate Mother’s Day With A Cook-off

 

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We haven’t gone out to a restaurant on Mother’s Day in years. I can’t handle the crowds, the rushed service, the same old tired food. And frankly, now that we have 5 grandchildren, we also don’t want to make them wait and – perhaps – become restless and cranky, which only makes it more stressful for us (and everyone else in the restaurant).

It’s just easier at home.


 

A Loving Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

 

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When I think of a description for Mom’s around the world, I think of “loving” and when I think of what kind of food and what kind of menu to create “loving” is there again.  Isn’t there an old saying that the reason Mom’s food tastes better is because she made it with love?  Even if your mother doesn’t show her affection with tons of hugs and kisses and traditional signs of love, I know there is love behind all her actions.  In honor of all the loving Mother’s and everyone planning a Brunch to celebrate Mom, this menu is for you.

Double Espresso Hot Chocolate


 

4 Sizzling Hot Dog Topping Ideas

 

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Lag B’Omer is almost here, and it’s time to get into that BBQ mindset. As a child, I’ve always put the 3 classic condiments on my hotdog: ketchup, mustard and relish. This year I decided to go off the well traveled dog path and transform the simple hot dog in a bun to ‘The Ultimate Dog’. I couldn’t decide on just one recipe so I’ve created FOUR fun and fresh recipes to tempt each and every one of you.

Hot Dog with Mushroom and Onion Topping


 

2 Ways To Flambe for Lag Baomer

 

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Lag Baomer is the 33rd day that we count between Passover and Shavuot.  It is also a day that marks celebration among a time of mourning.  Celebrations typically include bonfires and you can read the full reasons and history here then get lots of fun S’more Recipe Ideas here.   Sometimes bonfires are not as easy to come by especially when you live in a city, so I like to find other ways to light my fire.

This year I am learning to Flambe.  Flambé refers to a cooking method where alcohol is added to a pan of cooked food and then gets set aflame.  Often seen in fancy restaurants and in movies, this technique is actually quite easy to do at home, just follow some basic fire safety rules.  Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen at all times.  Keep a pot lid close by to smother the flame if needed and don’t pour liquor directly from a bottle into the pan.  Now that we have safety out of the way, here are the recipes.