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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


 

Shabbat Menu – Individual Apple Stuffed...

 

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This week’s parsha is a story of faith and of secrets.  Hashem does not reveal the location of the Promised Land until after Abraham embarks on his journey.  The beauty of Sarah is revealed to Abraham and he decides to hide the true identity of his wife from the Pharaoh.  Abraham launches a clandestine operation to rescue his brother from the evil kings.  An angel reveals the blessing of a son to a barren and distraught Sarah.  Hashem is described as the “God of Seeing” because for Abraham and Sarah, at their age, it is almost impossible to imagine progeny numbering like the stars in the sky.  This week seeing is believing as we reveal one of our most delicious “secret” recipes, Jamie Geller’s Individual Apple-Stuffed Challah.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – Concord Grape and Pear...

 

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When you think of the world’s great winemakers, Noah might not be the first name that comes to mind.  After the flood and the destruction of humanity, Noah and his family is spared and granted the opportunity to repopulate the earth and restore order to the world.  Noah decides to plant a vineyard and becomes the first and most famous winemaker in human history.  This week we share a grape-tasting Shabbat menu that celebrates the fruit of the vine.

corn fish chowder

Corn Fish Chowder


 

Shabbat Menu – New World Potatoes

 

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  It sounds so simple, to build a world so complex.  With these few words, we begin anew our cycle of readings from tracing the beginning of the world to our journey across the desert and finally to the Promised Land.  Rich with imagery from darkness to light, from barrenness to fertility, from emptiness to a world teeming with life, this is the story of our world.  With all of its (and our) imperfections, Hashem is still waiting for us to complete the process He began in Genesis so many years ago.  This week, we give our Shabbat menu a new beginning with New World Potatoes — the finest this side of paradise!

corn fish chowder

Corn Fish Chowder


 

Shabbat Menu – Sukkot Comfort

 

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The Sukkot holiday has a strong connection to agriculture.  It is a harvest festival and the perfect time to celebrate the rich bounty of the land with a vegetarian feast for Shabbat.  Maybe its just me, but don’t we all need a little break from the abundance of meat?

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Lentil Salad with Acorn Squash Chips


 

Shabbat Menu – Baked Corn Flake Crumb...

 

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In this week’s parsha, we hear the words of a song delivered by Moses to the Children of Israel on the last day of his life.  We are reminded of what we want to leave behind to our own children after we are gone.  What would be in your song?  When I think about my grandfathers who are no longer with us, a flood of memories comes into my mind.  I think of the family meals we would share, gathered around a table together laughing, singing and smiling.  This week I invite you to Haazinu – “listen in” on my Shabbat menu sharing some family favorites passed down lovingly from one generation to the next.

bubby's chicken soup

Bubby's Chicken Soup


 

Pressure Cooker Stews for Succot

 

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I usually spend Succot in Seattle with my family and the weather is always really cold! I know I should be talking about how much I love spending time with everyone when I return to my hometown (and I really do), but all I can think about is putting on layers and layers of clothes to eat in the succah every night. We put on our heavy coats, enter the succah and hope the soup will warm us very quickly.

As a kid, my Succot memories in chilly Seattle always existed around my Savtah’s incredible cooking and her recipes are still in full-swing today. For years, I’ve been making her cous cous, tongue, meringues, ice cream and more! But until this year, I never tackled two of my favorite recipes that my Savtah made every Succot: Cabbage Borscht and Oxtail Soup. Making these recipes in my own home has brought back so many sweet memories I know you will love these hearty stews as much as I always have.


 

Shabbat Menu – Honey Recipes

 

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This week Moses completes the transfer of leadership to Joshua and reminds the Children of Israel of the centrality of Torah in their lives at this time and for all time.  As the Jewish people are about to enter the Land of Milk and Honey and considering this week’s parsha “falls” during our fall holiday season from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah, I hope it’s understandable that I’ve got honey on my mind and in my recipes for this week’s Shabbat menu.  Wishing our amazing Joy of Kosher community a Shana Tovah U’Metucha (Happy and Sweet New Year)!

Tuna Tartare with Honey Sesame Wonton Crisps

Tuna Tartare with Honey Sesame Wonton Crisps


 

Shabbat Menu – Crispy Artichoke Hearts

 

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In this week’s parsha Nitzavim, we learn that the mitzvot “is not beyond you, nor is it remote from you. It is not in heaven . . . It is not across the sea . . . Rather, it is very close to you, in your mouth, in your heart, that you may do it.”  We’re bringing the heart this week with a spectacular appetizer from Jamie Geller, Crispy Kosher Artichoke Hearts, that are easy on the eyes and oh so easy to make.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – Pomegranate Braised Brisket

 

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In parsha Ki Tavo, Moses tells the Children of Israel to bring the first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple after they settle the land of Israel and declare their gratitude to Hashem.  As we plan this week’s Shabbat menu and look ahead to the High Holiday meals, we have a beautiful brisket recipe that highlights the pomegranate, one of the seven species of Israel traditionally associated with the bikkurim offering.

Beet Carpaccio

Beet Carpaccio


 

Shabbat Menu – Mango Banana Phyllo Nests

 

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One of the most beautiful passages in this week’s parsha, concerns the bird and her young. We are told: If you should encounter a bird’s nest and the mother is sitting with her baby birds or upon the eggs, you shall not take the mother upon the young, but should send the mother away before taking any eggs. This week we’re going to give the birds a break, but I can’t resist the opportunity to include a simply sensational dessert recipe for a Mango Banana Phyllo Nest that will leave your guests squawking for more.

Golden Gazpacho

Golden Gazpacho


 

Shabbat Menu – The Scales of Justice

 

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Jewish lawyers of the world unite in celebrating this week’s parsha, where Moses instructs the people of Israel to appoint judges and law enforcement administrators in every city. “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” Moses explains, without corruption or favoritism to the rich or powerful.  In my mind, I think of the scales of justice in perfect balance.  On my plate, I think of the scales of a delicious baked trout – dressed up for Shabbat with a light fennel salad.

Potato Napoleon with Vegetables

Potato Napoleon