Purim

 

Recipe Ideas For Your Mishloach Manot

 

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It is less than a month until Purim and time to get planning.  Every year we work to come up with new costumes, new hamantashen recipes, and new Seudah themes.  We also love to put together the perfect gift baskets to send our friends, from using recyclables to make our containers to Healthy Themed Mishloach Manot there is always something new to try.  Here are some homemade treats to include in your baskets this year.

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Gluten Free Purim Treats

 

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On the holiday of Purim we eat hamantashen and send baskets of goodies to our friends and families.  This has become much more difficult in the age of allergies that we are living in.  Most often the baskets are filled with fresh baked goods, luckily the gluten free options have come a long way and we have a slew of amazing Gluten Free Treats for you to include in your mishloach manot this year.  All the recipes can be found by clicking on the images.

PumpkinAppleButterRugelach

Pumpkin Apple Butter Gluten Free Rugelach


 

20 Unique Hamantashen Recipes

 

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During a leap year, when there are two Adars, it is said to be a time of increased simcha.  This extra month is a blessing and is giving me time to increase my simcha before Purim.  It also has given me more time to think about Hamantashen, those amazing litte hat-shaped cookies and all of the flavors I can fill them with.

 


 

Why Are There Two Months of Adar and What is Purim...

 

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The Hebrew calendar allows us to track the Jewish year. Without that, we would not be able to celebrate the Jewish holidays at their correct time.

Unlike the other calendars in existence today, the Jewish calendar goes according to the moon. Once a month at Rosh Chodesh as the new moon appears, we restart counting the days in the month. The decision when to begin the new month used to be based upon the testimony of witnesses verifying they had seen the new moon in the sky. The Beis Din would light fires on mountains informing the people of the new moon. After a while the Sadducees began to light fake fires on mountains to confuse people and stop the information flowing from city to city. That is when they created a fixed calendar that we still use today.


 

DIY – Homemade Bubbly Cocktails

 

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This time of year sparkling wine and champagne are in high demand.   We love to toast with champagne and we love to mix it up too.   Light and fruity wine cocktails are the perfect complement to any celebration. When you have some bubbles, a bit of spice, and some succulent fruit, you can’t go wrong.

How to choose good wines to use in cocktails?


 

Drinks and Desserts with Liquor

 

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Red and white wine, and even vodka and beer, make it to the ingredient list often when we’re cooking. But now we’re serving wine and liqueurs as the last course for Purim desserts that are in the spirit.

Purim Cocktails for Non-Drinkers

These cocktails can double as dessert


 

Homemade Chutney For Your Friends

 

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When I grill a perfect (and perfectly expensive) steak and I see my husband pouring ketchup onto his plate so he can dip that perfectly grilled steak into it, I am absolutely horrified.

Ditto A-1 Sauce.


 

3 Purim Seudah Menus with a Global Taste

 

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Dressing up in costume, eating triangular shaped cookies called hamantaschen, and delivering gift baskets to our friends are all significant parts of the Purim holiday. And although there is no religious significance, a lot of us tend to go all out and match everything—our entire family’s costumes, our gift baskets, and our menu—to a theme.

I’m guilty! Last year, I went Mediterranean-inspired and my whole family dressed the part and delivered the chummos and pita-chip packages you see on Perfect Ideas for Mishloach Manot.   Since we love themes so, I’ve got three themed menus for you—Asian, Spanish, and Italian menus for every course, from starters to dessert. Pick one or mix and match. If you’re really adventurous, make the entire menu and serve the recipes in small tasting party dishes, allowing your guests to straddle the globe as they walk from one side of your dining room to the other.
Whether you’re sporting a sombrero or a kimono this Purim, you’re sure to savor something out-of-this-world.


 

Kreplach Recipes With a Twist

 

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Eating kreplach is a tradition held by many Jews around the holidays of Purim, Hoshana Raba and Erev Yom Kippur. Traditional kreplach are incredible. Similar to Japanese dumplings and Italian ravioli, kreplach are stuffed dough pockets that are usually simmered with soup, but can be fried as well. We have switched things up a bit and are offering kreplach with various international flavors to add excitement to the traditional dish. We have Middle Eastern, Greek and Indian inspired kreplach that are sure to excite your palate, and more importantly, they are really easy to prepare.

three kinds of kreplach


 

Purim Baskets – More Mishloach Manot Ideas

 

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Purim is a time to be generous and give people something they will truly enjoy.  Who doesn’t enjoy coffee and Italian food?  Here are two basket ideas for the gourmand in all of us, plus more articles with tons of ideas for everyone.

Coffee

Create the ultimate coffee basket with an on-the-go coffee cup, coffee beans, tea bags, instant coffee and chocolate bars.  You can even add small packets of sugar, honey, agave nectar or flavored syrups.


 

Hamantaschen Makeover: A Twist On Tradition

 

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I first learned how to make hamentaschen with my grandmother, who based all her measurements on empty yartzeit (memorial) candle holders. Three glasses of flour, one of sugar and so on. Thankfully I don’t have memorial candles on hand these days, so I make use of proper measuring cups when baking.

 hamantashen


 

Homemade Candy for Purim

 

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Homemade candy is a wonderful treat any time of the year and it’s especially delightful when you can share it with your friends and family in your shalach manot. Who needs a shalach manot theme when you can just impress everyone with your homemade sweet confections?!?   But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional baker or candy maker to create these sweet treats this year. I’ve put together a list of tips that will make the process safe and simple. Once you’ve got your technique down, try out some of my easy-to-follow candy recipes and let me know what you think!

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It’s On The Inside That Counts –...

 

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When I think of hamantaschen, the first thing that comes to mind is their delicious fruit centers. That’s why I chuck store-bought jelly and canned pie fillings in favor of my own homemade versions—giving my Purim cookies other worldly dimensions.
When most people take a bite of a hamantaschen that is completely homemade, filling and all, they don’t know what to do with themselves—the taste is that good. Once you try one of these renditions, you’ll never go back to the canned.

Poppy Seed Filling


 

Help Me Make a Where’s Waldo Themed Shalach...

 

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SOS!  I am not kidding, somebody help!

So usually I am full of tips, tricks and tasty tidbits but right now I am totally tapped.  If you read this months AWESOME!!!! Purim Magazine  then you know my Purim has been planned since last year.  My favorite pulled BBQ brisket sandwiches already had a test run and I was shopping for cowboy boots– or at least I was, in my head.


 

The Salad Course – 4 New Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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I’m big into salads. Super salads. Some people go crazy with dessert buffets, but I let out all my creativity in creating my signature salad course. And why not? Salad is always the first thing to go, and guests don’t feel guilty eating it (but they hate you when you make them taste all the desserts!).
Anything can be called a salad nowadays, and it doesn’t have to start with lettuce. This Purim, I’m including these four new favorites on my table. You’ll love ‘em and no one can accuse you of the same ‘ol salad tricks.

WARM FINGERLING POTATO SALAD
You don’t usually serve potato salad because it looks like mush, right? I agree, but here’s the solution! Potato salad goes upscale with this very elegant version. Fingerlings are small, funny-shaped potatoes, but still manage to look exquisite. They’re tasty and the skin is as soft and
delicious as the tender flesh.