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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.


 

A Special Israeli Menu for Yom Haatzmaut

 

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Every year my synagogue has a big program to celebrate Yom Haatzamut.  The night the holiday begins all the men get together and enjoy a free BBQ.  I am sure it is not only for men, but in my circle the wives stay home with the kids and the men gorge themselves on steak.  Don’t worry we girls have plenty of nights out.  Anyways, the next day the families all come together after school for bounce houses, face painting and mediocre food.  I know I admit to being a food snob, but I would rather make my own.  Despite the busy day I like to have something special to celebrate Israel, be it Israeli flavors and/or blue and white desserts and/or something grilled to celebrate like they do in Israel.  Here is what I have in store this year.

shawarma carrots roasted


 

Triple Layer Blueberry Mousse Cake

 

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Triple Layer Blueberry Mousse Cake Posted 04/17/2015 by Tova Feigelstock
This cake is a must for Yom Ha'aztmaut with its blue and white layers representing the blue and white of the flag of Israel. Although there are several steps, don't let that scare you because the final product is both beautiful and delicious.

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67 Israeli Food Recipes You Need To Try

 

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Yom Haatzamut is just around the corner and Israeli is turning 67!!!  Let’s celebrate with some Israeli food.  It might intimidate you to try making your own Israeli food, but it is easier than you think and JoyofKosher has got your back.

Prepare a breakfast so delicious it will transport you to a hotel in Jerusalem eating in the sun. Go all out with a three course feast, or take it easy with a simple on-the-go Israeli salad in pita. Whether it’s making homemade tahini or hummus or tackling Israeli meatballs simmered in tahini, choose from these sixty seven Israeli recipes to create an authentic and fun Yom Haatzamut and celebrate Israel.


 

How To Make a Shlissel Key Shaped Challah

 

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Shlissel Challah, or Key Challah is customarily made the Shabbos after passover. It is said to be a Segula for livelihood and Parnasa (income). A key is placed into the Challah dough while being braided and some even shape their Challah like a key. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to shape your challah dough into a key using our favorite Challah Recipe (Jamie’s Geller’s famous dough).

Now, how to shape the key, check out our step by step instructions (using play dough for illustration purposes, but it is also fun to play with):


 

Shabbat Recipe: Shemini

 

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In this week’s parsha, Shemini, Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu offer a sacrifice to God, but bring “alien fire.” “Fire came forth from the Lord and consumed them: thus they died at the instance of the Lord” (Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, Jewish Theological Seminary). After their deaths, Aaron was instructed by Moses, “you must distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the impure and pure; and you must teach the Israelites all the laws which the Lord has imparted to them through Moses” (Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz. Jewish Theological Seminary).

Commentary about the episode, notes, “Aaron is the gentle man of peace who never reprocess but only tries to bring people to God through love and kindness.’” (Reuven Hammer in The Classic Midrash, p. 189).  Being a disciple of Aaron is a daily challenge for each of us. Through our humble behaviors and speech, we can live in relationship with God as his vessels spreading the light of Torah to the darkest corners of the world.  Rabbi Brad Artson notes, “Our minds cannot master God, but the quest is essential nonetheless. . . . But to seek God, to yearn for holiness and to strive for righteousness, these orient our lives as a magnet positions the needle of a compass, providing us purpose, direction, and hope” (Rabbi Bradley Shavit ArtsonZiegler School of Rabbinic Studies).


 

Matzo Brei – A Passover Brunch Delight

 

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There are so many matzo brei recipes out there that choosing one can be overwhelming. Whether you make a basic traditional recipe, such as the one found here, or something more extravagant, with matzo brei you can rarely go wrong. My favorite is Jamie’s new Banana and Peach Matzo Brie Bake (see the video and recipe link below), but with any version you make you have to be sure not to over-soak the matzo or else your matzo brei will come out soggy. Don’t hesitate to try one or all of the recipes below as they are each different and have a unique take on matzo brei. EnJOY!

Matzo Brei Mac 'N Cheese


 

Passover Dairy Lunch Mains

 

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Whether you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a Passover hotel dairy lunch buffet or just heard about what it’s like in (great!) detail, you know that those chefs put out a spread like nobody’s business. I have been to quite a few in my day whether for work or as a guest and can tell you the recipes are so impressive, so creative and so delicious that everyone walks around exclaiming (to themselves, to each other or to anyone within earshot) “I can’t believe this is Passover food!”


 

How To Use Up Your Seder Leftovers

 

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This year we are lucky to have a full 4 days of Chol Hamoed (5 if you live in Israel). With Passover Yom Tov on Saturday and Sunday we have the whole week to go on day trips with family and friends.  This gives you the opportunity to cook up some delicious dinners. In honor of the full 4 days of Chol Hamoed I have created a collection of recipes to use up your Seder leftovers for easy Chol Hamoed dinners.


 

4 Passover Pack N Go Ideas

 

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This Passover we have four full days of Chol Hamoed. That means we have four whole days to keep the kids busy, entertained and well fed while on the go. Here are four great recipes that are easy to make and easy to take.  The PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese really amps up the flavor in all of them.  Pack them up and enjoy your day on the town.


 

Shabbat Menu – The Last Day Of Passover

 

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I just realized that those living in Israel will have to keep the same 8 days of Pesach that we have here in the US.  The last day is on Shabbat and it is preceded by Yom Tov.  So everyone needs a really good, use up all my Passover ingredients Shabbat dinner this year.  So let’s join together for a Passover Shabbat dinner like no other.

Whole Wheat Spinach Matzo Balls


 

Happy Passover

 

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You made it through our countdown, you clean, you planned, you shopped, you cooked (and are still cooking) and now we hope you have the most amazing holiday with family and friends and all your delicious food.  Wishing you all a happy, delicious, meaningful, sweet, kosher Passover. Lots of love from the entire JOY of KOSHER team.

In case you missed any of our countdown we had 25 days of tips, tricks and recipes to guide you through, go back and find your favorites here.


 

Watch Me Share 4 Ways To Use Matzo On The Today...

 

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It was so much fun to be on the Today Show again with Kathie Lee and Hoda!!  I showed them how to really enjoy matzo this Passover, see the pics, watch the clip and don’t forget to make the recipes.


 

Hallel/Nirtza – Next Year In Jerusalem

 

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Hallel is a song of praise that is sung in synagogue on holidays and is said as the second to last step of the seder, while Nirtza is the final step that bring it all home. We joyfully say “Next Year In Jerusalem!” as the seder comes to a close. With Passover in 1 day and this countdown coming to a close for this year there are so many last minute details to take care of, but when I mull over what has just passed I am thankful that I took part in this countdown as I am a lot further along because of it.

The last step to think about is packing up after the holiday is complete. I know that seems like the end of Passover is a while away, the days will fly by because of the time you will spend with family and friends. Here are some tips on packing up after the holiday has come to a close.


 

15 Matzo Free Recipes

 

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Pesach (Passover) is upon us!  Welcome to the healthiest religious cleanse world, unless of course you’re like 99.9% of Jews and enjoy your fair share of meats, kugels and pesach cakes (yum?) throughout the week.  Despite the countless seder guests you are likely to have plenty of leftovers to get you through some of chol hamoed, but when those run out and you get sick of the matzo, enjoy these 15 matzo free recipes which make for 3  (or more!) matzo free meals.