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Shabbat Menu – Mod Matzo Ball Soup

 

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In Parsha Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law comes to visit.  And like all in-laws, has some advice for the leader of the Jewish people.  Of course, Yitro is right.  Moses is spending all day standing on his feet judging disputes between neighbors, deciding matters of Jewish law and acting as an intermediary between the Children of Israel and G-d.  This could, as you might imagine, get a little tiring.  Yitro recommends the establishment of a formal legal and judiciary system, providing a lifetime of nachas to future generations of Jewish lawyers (and their parents).   For our Shabbat menu this week, we celebrate the delicate task of judging by picking a few winners of our own for our Shabbat menu, starting with a winning recipe from the Man-o-Manischewitz Cookoff, “Mod” Matzo Ball Soup.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – “Split” Pea Soup

 

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The newly emancipated Hebrew slaves flee Egypt while Pharaoh and his army follow close behind.  Arriving at the Red Sea, the Israelites face a choice.  Turn back? Go forward?  Moses raises his staff and the waters split in two.  According to our Midrash, all the waters in the world divided.  In jars, cups, bowls and the heavenly waters, as well.  For our Shabbat menu this week, it is only fitting to start our meal with a Souped Up Split Pea Soup.

Souped Up Split Pea Soup

Souped Up Split Pea Soup


 

Shabbat Menu – Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

 

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In this week’s parsha, Egypt ‘s destruction is complete.  The plague of locusts decimates the land, followed by darkness and the death of the firstborn.  The Children of Israel are granted their freedom and begin their long journey to the Promised Land.  In Egypt, the darkness was so thick and unrelenting the Egyptians were immobilized.  For our Shabbat dessert this week, we’re going to introduce a dark chocolate cake so decadent and delicious no one is going to want to get out of their seat either – until after dessert!

Leek and Baby Spinach Soup


 

2 Shabbat Meals in 2 1/2 Hours

 

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An interesting aspect to keeping Shabbat, is that every Shabbat dinner is like the once a year thanksgiving feast that most Americans discuss and plan for weeks in advance. Every week, Jewish men and women cook up a storm to celebrate Shabbat with food, family and friends. Listed below is a step by step guide to help you create a great tasting, and quick Shabbat dinner for eight. Keep in mind that the two and ½ hours include prep work and cooking time too. These recipes aren’t only for Shabbat; you can use the recipes for any occasion.

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Shabbat Menu – Crispy Artichoke “...

 

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In this week’s parsha, Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh and demand their freedom.  Amid signs and wonders, Pharaoh will not acknowledge the sovereignty of any power other than his own.  The Torah recounts that “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go.”  I love this idea of Pharaoh’s hardened heart, refusing to relent as the entire world around him is turned upside down and inside out.  This week we highlight Jamie’s fabulous “hardened hearts” – much easier to swallow, just a few minutes to make and absolutely delicious!

Crispy Artichoke Hearts


 

Shabbat Menu – Asparagus In A Blanket

 

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Floating across the Nile river in a reed basket, a newborn baby boy is spared certain death.  In time, Moshe will move heaven and earth to bring the Jewish people out of slavery and towards the Promised Land and his name will be immortalized for eternity.  But not yet.  This parsha is about hiddenness. From being concealed by his mother Yocheved after his birth to avoid detection by Pharaoh’s midwives, to being shrouded in a basket for his safety, to running in hiding after his defense of the Hebrew slaves, to hearing the voice of Hashem from a Burning Bush, the demand for justice and righteousness doesn’t always shout, it whispers and it is up to us to reveal what is inside. Many people have the custom of marking this week’s parsha by eating Hot Dogs in a Blanket, appropriately called, Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moshe in the Ark).  I am going to recommend a healthier variation that I’ve been making for years, asparagus wrapped in dough — A perfect parsha-friendly appetizer that is destined to become a family favorite. This week we start the book of Shemot and many people have the custom of eating

 


 

Shabbat Menu – Fall Off Bone Lamb Shanks

 

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The Book of Genesis is our story of creation.  As we reach Vayechi (“and he lived”) we turn from the hopeful anticipation of life that greeted us during the opening chapters of the first book, to a reflective, contemplative awareness that we are not immortal and we are judged by what we do during our brief stay on earth.  The death of Jacob and the return of his bones to the Holy Land marks the end of the lives of the patriarchs.  The death of Joseph, with the resulting vow to take his bones from Egypt to the Promised Land, ushers in an era of harsh slavery and oppression, but ultimately redemption.  This week we’ll take bones and transform our Shabbat meal into a celebration of all things meat.

Lo Mein

Not Your Grandma


 

Shabbat Menu – Butternut Squash Soup with...

 

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Revealing himself to his palace guests as their long lost brother, Joseph brings together the Children of Israel.  The emotional reunion is complete when Jacob brings the rest of his family from the Holy Land to settle in Goshen.  The Jews stand out in Goshen, growing in numbers and wealth.  It is said that during the famine, Joseph sustained his father and his brothers and their entire household with bread.  I can’t think of a better way to sustain our Shabbat guests either – you’ll love this savory Butternut Squash Soup with Orange Croutons and a decadent Gingerbread Eggnog Bread Pudding Muffins for dessert.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – The Reliable Roast

 

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Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows swallowed by seven emaciated cows, and then seven fat stalks of grain swallowed by seven lean stalks of grain.  In one of Joseph’s most evocative interpretations, the forgotten prisoner predicts seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.  As we plunge deeper into the harsh cold winter, we’d better stir things up with a hearty Shabbat Mikeitz meal sporting a variety of wild grains and a big, fat juicy steak.

Warm Kamut Salad with Caramelized Squash and Cranberry Fig Chutney

Warm Kamut Salad with Caramelized Squash and Cranberry Fig Chutney


 

Shabbat Menu – Olive Bread

 

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In this week’s parsha we read the remarkable tale of Joseph who ascends from the depths of the pit from which his brothers had originally sentenced him to death to reemerge in Egypt as a master of the house of the wealthy and powerful Potiphar.  Joseph enjoys peace and comfort for only a short time – he is callously sent down into the prison of Egypt’s Pharaoh for resisting the urges of Potiphar’s wife.  Sometimes from the “pits” or depths great things emerge, so too our Shabbat menu.  Bursting with olives, figs, pomegranate and other “pitted” fruit we celebrate a spectacular Shabbat menu with you!


 

Shabbat Menu – Israeli Kebabs with...

 

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As Esau approaches with an army of men, Jacob divides his family and prays for his life.  Separated from his wives and family and all his worldly possessions, Jacob is left all alone on the other side of the River Jabbok.  After wrestling with an angel until the break of dawn, and proving his strength under the most difficult of circumstances, Jacob and the angel reach a stalemate.  Jacob refuses to let go until the angel gives him a blessing – and the angel changes his name to Israel.  In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel, we celebrate our homeland with an Israeli Inspired Shabbat menu.

Spiced Chicken & Lentil Soup with Garlic Toast

Spiced Chicken & Lentil Soup with Garlic Toast


 

Shabbat Menu – Angel Wings Pasta

 

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Jacob leaves Beersheva following the theft of Esau’s birthright and spends a long, lonely night in the desert.  Unsure about his future and fearful over his brother’s wrath, Jacob dreams of a ladder with angels rising and descending to earth.  Jacob is reassured that Hashem is still with him and he will inherit the promises made to Isaac and Avraham.  If you are looking for a perfectly pareve side that can lighten up any meal this Shabbat, I promise you will love this heavenly Angel Wings Pasta recipe!

shiitake mushroom soup

Kosher Asian Shiitake Mushroom Soup Recipe


 

Shabbat Menu – Autumn Lamb Stew

 

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In one of the most dramatic cooking adventures in the Torah, Isaac asks his son Esau to go to the field, hunt game and prepare a meal prior to receiving his firstborn blessing.   Rebecca intercedes and orchestrates a clever ruse, asking Jacob to bring a lamb from their flock so she can prepare the meal for Isaac.  Jacob would wear the clothes of Isaac and receive the blessing in place of his brother.  If you are trying to imagine a stew so delicious that Isaac would willingly bestow his blessing on Jacob before Esau’s arrival, this Autumn Lamb Stew would be it!

zucchini and potato pancakes

Grated Zucchini & Potato Pancake with Smoked Salmon & Apricot Horseradish Sauce


 

Shabbat Menu – Buffalo Sliders with Crispy...

 

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When Eliezer is sent by Abraham to seek out a wife for Isaac, Eliezer comes upon a well of water tended by the beautiful Rebecca. Rebecca shows the graciousness and hospitality befitting a matriarch of the Jewish people and is rewarded with gold and silver jewelry and clothing and the promise of marriage.  If you like our Shabbat menu, then you shoulda put a ring on it… like we do with our Buffalo Sliders with Crispy Onion Rings.

Buffalo Sliders with Crispy Onion Rings

Buffalo Sliders with Crispy Onion Rings


 

Shabbat Menu – Chicken in a Salt Crust

 

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It is little wonder that there are so many Jewish lawyers.  Abraham’s negotiations with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorroh and his demand for righteousness and justice have been echoed for centuries by Jewish leaders of courage and conviction. In the end, Sodom and Gomorroh are beyond redemption and the cities are destroyed.  Lot and his family are given the chance to flee and start a new life, but Lot’s wife looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt.  This week we remember this dramatic story with a Shabbat menu that will “turn around” your ordinary Shabbat dinner into something salt-sational!

zucchini pasta

Zucchini Pasta