Shavuot

 

4 Brilliant Ways To Cook With Basil

 

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We have this expression in Italian, “Essere come il prezzemolo,” (to be like parsley), which can be loosely translated as “to have a finger in every pie” and is used to describe someone who seems to always turn up everywhere. That should be enough to give you an idea of how ubiquitous parsley is in Italian cooking, probably because, when used in small amounts, it gives foods a boost without adding a distinctive flavor – all year long and in all kinds of dishes, from soups to sauces, from seafood to meat.


 

Use Stale Bread In These Panzanella Salad Recipes

 

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In a little county inn in Israel on the boarder of Lebanon my husband found true love… in a salad.

I’ve never actually seen him react to vegetables in that way, although he’s quite a foodie.


 

No Pasta “Mac” and Cheese Recipes

 

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Confession time!!  My secret comfort food has always been Fold’s Macaroni and Cheese.  As a teenager I could finish a box and barely feel guilty about it afterwards. At least I made it all by myself.  It doesn’t get easier than mac and cheese out of a box and what is it about bright orange cheese powder that just gets me salivating?

Truthfully,


 

Shiloh for Shavuot

 

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The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins in the evening on Saturday, May 23, 2015 and ends in the evening of Monday, May 25, 2015.

As we prepare for the giving of the Torah and three days of meals and entertaining with family and friends, our thoughts turn to the Holy Land and its many natural blessings.  Approximately 800 meters above sea level, overlooking the breathtaking views of the Benjamin strip in the Judean desert, lies some of the most fertile soil for winemaking on earth.  The region enjoys cold nights and warm sunny days, creating the ideal climate for the production of fine wines and Shiloh Winery has set a new standard of craftsmanship as one of the most awarded wineries in Israel since its founding in 2005.


 

Step-by-Step DIY Shavuot Flower Arrangement

 

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Looking for a sophisticated floral centerpiece for Shavuot? We’ve got just the thing. It looks complicated, but we’ve detailed each step for you and made it super-easy. Before we get started, one great tip to remember is when trimming the flowers, try to trim the stem at a 45 degree angle, that way the flowers can absorb more water = longer life!

Flowers Close Up


 

An Easy Traditional Shavuot Menu

 

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We have so many Shavuot menus that we have shared over the years, from Mexican to Italian to Indian to Brunch.   This year I thought we could go back to tradition.  It is tradition to serve dairy on Shavuot, there are several religious reasons we do this, but for me I just prefer dairy and jump at the opportunity to make a gourmet meal that can even be heated and finished just before serving!! Oh, the glories of yuntiff.

If you are a meat lover stay tuned for next week’s menu where I will share a Memorial Day Shavuot Menu, get your grills ready for holiday feast.


 

Our Favorite Cheese Blintzes Recipes Plus...

 

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Continuing with our dairy recipe roundup theme, here are our favorite blintz recipes for Shavuot.  Last week we extolled the virtues of cheesecake as a Shavuot staple and this week we share the need for blintzes, the next best dairy food for Shavuot.


 

Israeli Inspired Frozen Yogurt Recipes

 

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There’s this place that I visit just a little too often.

And in between visits I dream.


 

How To Serve Your Own Grilled Cheese Bar

 

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First off, I want to make one thing very clear: Nothing beats white bread with American cheese and ketchup, slowly panfried in a pan with butter. The bread takes on a golden brown color and the cheese melts together with the sweet acidic ketchup and forms the perfect bite. But…

Unfortunately for me, I can’t really put that sandwich on our tasting menu (our customers expect something a bit more glamorous) so we had to think about grilled cheese a bit out of the box, and came up with the famous ‘Epic Bites Grilled Cheese Bar.’ This is the ultimate grilled cheese experience and popular party menu.


 

A Cheesecake Roundup For Shavuot

 

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It feels like Passover just ended, but we celebrate 33 days tonight with Lag Baomer and that means Shavuot is only a few weeks away!!

That means it’s about time to start thinking about what you are going to cook.


 

Cheesey Recipes For Shavuot

 

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This recipe for halibut comes from a fisherman we met many years ago in Alaska. We spent a wonderful day out on his boat halibut fishing, and we caught some huge fish. Since we knew we would be eating halibut from the freezer for months to come we asked the fisherman for his favorite halibut recipe. His answer surprised us. He told us to stuff it with cheese and roll it in bread crumbs.  It was a surprising answer. Up until that point I never would have thought to combine fish and cheese, but we figured that a halibut fisherman must know something about eating fish .  That night I made this cheesy fish in the cramped kitchen of our RV and it instantly became a favorite.  It isn’t an elegant dish, since the cheese oozes all over, but it is do delicious no one seems to mind.  I like to make the dish with halibut but any firm white fish will work just as well.


 

Kosher Wine for Shavuot

 

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This year at Shavuot, anticipating some serious dairy and the inevitable cheesecake I wanted to lighten things up with our kosher wine selections.  Let’s face it, if you’re going to be up late learning you probably don’t want to be staring across the table at a bottle of Cabernet.  So let’s throw our pretensions aside and enjoy a few “ready to drink right now” wines that are fun and easy to approach.

2013 Or Haganuz Amuka Rose (Israel); $20. Or Haganuz winery was founded in 2005 at the foot of Mount Meron.  A blend of Cabernet Franc (25%), Merlot (25%), Shiraz (25%) and Mourvedre (25%), this semi-dry rosé wine from the northern Galilee was blended from grapes from the Naburia plot in Amuka Vineyard.


 

25 Desserts for Shavuot

 

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In terms of dessert, Shavuot is is known for dairy desserts, especially cheesecakes.  It is a wonderful time to experiment with a new and exciting cheesecake recipe.  In addition to dairy meals, many people make a point to enjoy meat as a way to honor the yom tov.  Here at Joy of Kosher we have hundreds of dessert recipes, the 25 below are a mix of dairy and non-dairy cheesecakes, pareve, gluten-free, no-bake and vegan desserts to help you plan your holiday menu.

 


 

Hubby Picked The Shavuot Menu

 

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We usually have meat for some of the Shavuot meals, although I love dairy so this meat menu was picked by hubby.

In the past 6 years I have put together 9 Shavuot menus for you: 3 book menus, 3 magazine menus, and 3 website menus.   After 9 menus it’s kinda (super) hard to keep creative.  Truth is after 8 menus I started having menu block.   Menu block looks like this:  After developing and testing over 200 recipes in under 10 weeks for my new book (my skirt tooooo tight to button), looking into the book is like looking into your closet (busting with shmatas clothes) and screaming feeling like you have NOTHING to wear!!!


 

5 Easy Shavuot Crafts

 

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There is something about Shavuot that seems to demand crafts.  Usually they revolve around flowers.  I remember when my children would bring home the tissue paper flowers, or little decorated vases to use a centerpiece for the festive holiday.  I guess it is because it is at a time of year when everything is in bloom and we want to enjoy the bounty of the season. But it is also because Shavuot is an agriculture holiday and very much connected to plants.  We share a few favorite Floral Crafts in this article including a flower pony holder, napkin ring, tissue flowers and decoupage plates, oldies but goodies that never get boring.  Here are some new ideas