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Fresh Fig, Carrot, Fennel and Kale Salad

 

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Fresh Fig, Carrot, Fennel and Kale Salad Posted 10/08/2014 by Chef Tami Weiser
An all purpose fall and winter dish is always welcome in my home kitchen. This salad makes use of so many of the treasures of the fall and it’s great for the High Holidays, Sukkot and even Chanukah. If you are serving vegans, substitute 2 teaspoons grade B maple syrup for the honey- it tastes different, but it’s equally delicious and will pair with wonderfully with turkey.

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Join Us For The Shabbos Project

 

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Last year The Shabbos Project took South Africa by storm with a weekend dedicated to getting as many people as they could to keep Shabbat from sundown to stars out.  The weekend kicked off with a mass challah baking lead by our dear friend and regular contributor, The Kosher Butcher’s Wife, Sharon Lurie.

The Great Challah Bake


 

The Best Stuffed Peppers With Variations

 

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Present a tray of multi colored stuffed peppers for an easy holiday dish that will surely elicit oohs and aahs. I am going to give you a few variations on this recipe that’s ready in 40 minutes: from start to serve.

Colors: Don’t stress on the colors – it’s just for presentation. Of course a green bell pepper is not as sweet as yellow, orange and red but after that consideration buy what’s on sale, available or pleasing to your eye.


 

Kosher Wine for Sukkot

 

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This year we enjoy a mid-October Sukkot.  The stars are coming out a little earlier, there is a chill in the air, leaves are starting to change color and the bees and mosquitoes are (hopefully) gone for the season.  Sukkot is also my most favorite holiday, there is nothing quite like al fresco dining and drinking.

Living in an apartment in the city our family relies on the kindness of friends and family during Sukkot, so we’re frequently visiting others with a bottle of wine in hand and thankfulness in our hearts.  Here are some of the wines we’ll be sharing this week.


 

A Menu That Is Easily Brought Outside For Sukkot

 

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When it comes to Succot, I think it’s really important to choose a menu that is a simple as possible. The tradition and fun of eating in a Succah is best highlighted by fill in your table with easily transported dishes and foods that taste best at room temperature. By removing the stress of serving hot foods and finding adequate space to place it, you can enjoy your family and friends and focus on what the holidays are really about!

The recipes below can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature- what more can you ask for?


 

30 Stuffed Foods for Sukkot

 

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In terms of the sheer number of holidays (not talking about amount of work…nissan has that one covered!) Tishrei is simply stuffed!  This year’s three-day-long chagim require a lot of advanced cooking and with that comes a lot of eating.  While we all look forward to enjoying certain traditional foods at Rosh Hashanah and (pre/post) Yom Kippur, Sukkos leaves a lot of room for culinary creativity.  A great way to exercise the foodie in all of us is by finding different ways to pack as many (read: pleasant) flavors into your dishes, the most literal manner of doing this is by cooking meats and vegetables that are literally quite literally stuffed with vegetables or dairy, respectively.  Here are 30 stuffed foods to try this sukkos.

 


 

Yom Kippur Pre Fast Meal

 

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Just before Yom Kippur, it’s important to eat foods that make fasting easier – in fact it’s a mitzvah. First, you want to minimize salt and spices that may induce thirst. But that doesn’t mean the pre-Yom Kippur feast must be bland or boring. This menu is simple and satisfying and can mostly be made in advance.


 

A Modern Break The Fast For Yom Kippur

 

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Lately, it seems everyone is really into either nostalgia or modern.  Either we want to make our traditional Jewish foods, like gefilte fish and kugel or we want to change it up and go modern.   Both have their merits, for me nostalgia often brings to mind the break fast I had growing up which I shared with you a few years ago, see that menu here.  I know Jamie has gone more modern lately looking for healthier foods and she shared some of her favorites last year, in her Yom Kippur Break The Fast Recipes post here.   This year I offer a simple modern menu for those looking for something a little different, but still true to our roots.

Pastrami Gravlax


 

Easy Overnight Apple Date Danish

 

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Easy Overnight Apple Date Danish Posted 09/29/2014 by Aviv Harkov
New Year, old classic; well that doesn't sounds right. An apple danish is standard all over the world, including Israel. In just about every bakery, coffee shop, and mini market you can get some version of this beloved dessert. When you think about an apple danish, you picture the crisp pastry and light and sweet filling. Often the ones we find at our corner coffee shop fall short of our expectations and we convince ourselves that we can't do better. But we can, and quite easily. You can make the dough and filling the night before and set up the cake after the fast ends or bake the day before. Either way, this is a delicious and impressive looking dessert. We don't have to tell anyone how easy this beautiful dessert is to make. 

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10 Soup and Salad Combinations for the Break Fast

 

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This year Yom Kippur falls on shabbos, which is making me double down on the “ease factor” in my pre and post break fast cooking.  For the most part I fast pretty well, but post fast is always an issue because it is only too easy to overeat.  I prefer to have a meat meal, but usually soup and salad make up the majority of the meal  with the meat dish as a small but filling factor.  Below are 5 soups which can be made way in advance of the fast that pair well with 5 salads that are quick to prepare post fast.

 


 

Picking Apples In Season and Apple Honey Cake

 

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Fall is all about apples: from apple picking (straight off the tree) to using them in everything you make — salads, appetizers, main dishes and of course, dessert. Apples epitomize fall and are a significant symbol of the upcoming holiday. The humble apple is a really unique food, being full of nutrition, affordable and versatile all at once. What better way to celebrate the season so redolent of apples than with apples themselves!


 

Shana Tova

 

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In the coming year, may all of your meals be cooked to perfection — nothing burns, nothing sogs, nothing falls apart. May it be a year of culinary delights and taste-bud adventures!

And may you and your loved ones eat in good health, happiness, sweetness and peace.


 

My Middle Eastern Menu

 

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My sister and I were brainstorming recipe ideas when she described an incredible meal she had recently made, featuring lamb turnovers. I was immediately fired up to create my own version of her delicious turnovers, incorporating sweet cinnamon and spicy cumin; the Middle Eastern spices of fall.

My inspiration for Middle Eastern fare filtered even further into the side dishes, resulting in a beautiful, plated meal filled with golden yellow turmeric, green arugula, sweet mint and crunchy red pomegranate seeds; simply the perfect menu to celebrate the New Year.


 

Freekeh Stuffed Red Peppers

 

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Freekeh Stuffed Red Peppers Posted 09/19/2014 by Chef Tami Weiser
Creating vegan entrees that are so good that your omnivore family and guests are happy is no easy feat. As a former vegetarian and vegan, for over 2 decades, including doing catering, I found that the best dishes were based on real whole foods. I love to find a new grain to learn about and experiment with. Fear not the freekah. It’s an easy to use, readily available grain. Not the adventurous sort? You can substitute most familiar hearty grains- barley, whole buckwheat or even brown rice- if you prefer. Try this recipe stuffed in an onion instead of a pepper or add some ground turkey or try a pungent salty feta tossed in—it’s an easy recipe to play with. The spices are influenced by Egyptian dukkah, with a pine nuts twist. Freekeh, an ancient Egyptian grain, is a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition. Stuffing it, Sephardic style, into fresh seasonal vegetables, is a great way to showcase it. It’s a great vegan entree for your Rosh Hashanah or Sukkot celebration.

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5 Date Recipes for your Seudah

 

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The word for date in hebrew is tamri, similar to the word sheyitamu “may they be consumed”, the accompanying blessing that many people make on Rosh Hashanah asks that our enemies be consumed.  This summer I was in Israel where I felt firsthand the devastation that comes from the baseless hatred of the enemies of the Jewish people.  In truth, the enemy of the Jews is a threat to all peoples because in each generation we fight more than a group of oppressors; we are truly fighting against the blindness and darkness that comes from a lack of light and truth in the world.  Here at Joy of Kosher we have thousands of recipes which, yes, taste amazing, but more importantly are part a mission to be hiddur l’mitzvah, to beautify the mitzvah of kosher.  We hope that the holiday and year-round kosher recipes we share bring simcha (happiness) to your homes and helps you to beautify the incredible joy, and responsibility, that is keeping kosher.  Shanah Tovah U’Mesukah!