Shavuot

 

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


 

How To Serve A Yogurt Bar

 

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Our Inspiration: The Mamilla hotel in Jerusalem is a culinary experience like no other. While vacationing in Israel with my family this past winter, the Shabbat weekend we spent at Mamilla was one that took our trip to a whole new level. We were surrounded by gourmet dishes bursting with classic and new flavor combinations; it was a veritable feast for the senses.


 

4 Dairy Shavuot Menus

 

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The count up continues!!  With less than two weeks to go until the holiday of Shavuot we really need to start planning.  I know some people have the custom to eat meat some of the days or some of the meals, but I figure we have enough meat menus on the site, what we are missing is more dairy menus that are nice enough to host company and enjoy as a festive holiday meal.

Here are four menus to take you through the two day holiday, if you live in Israel you get to choose, for the rest of you I got you covered.


 

It’s Time For Cauliflower To Take Center...

 

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Vegetables have long been the trusty side kick to steak, chicken and fish.  A sort of companion to the main meal, in the best meals, it can highlight the best of the main, but in many instances it is really nothing, but a forgotten afterthought.  Recently with the farm to table popularity and more interest in vegetarian and vegan foods, vegetables are finally playing a starring role on our plates.

Not just for vegetarians.  In many restaurants around the country, vegetables are assuming the part of the hero with or without meat.  Just because you are highlighting the vegetable doesn’t mean you can’t include a little meat flavoring to enhance it unless you are a vegetarian.  I love getting inspired around the web and I feel like every few months there is a new vegetable taking center stage.  Last month I shared a recipe for Shawarma Carrots which I happened to just serve again with beluga lentils and my kids couldn’t get enough (especially the one that hates carrots and loves meat and spice), I was amazed.


 

15 Italian Recipes for Shavuot

 

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Dairy meals are traditionally served on Shavuot because of the connection between the life sustaining properties of the Torah and milk.  Blintzes and cheesecakes are often served along with the favorite, special occasion dairy dishes.  When it comes to choosing certain cuisines, often we are faced with following the dairy or meat versions of the recipes.  This can be a particularly difficult challenge when it comes to Italian cuisine, because dairy is such a central component.  Here are 15 Italian dairy recipes to try this Shavuot.

 


 

Ricotta Recipes For Shavuot Link Up

 

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We only eat meat about once or twice a week in my house.  I am not sure when it happened, but over the years we just gravitated to a more vegetarian lifestyle.  We all like a good steak and we enjoy burgers and hot dogs and stews and roasts, we are true omnivores, we just limit our meat.  I think that keeping kosher actually pushes many of us in one direction or the other.  If we are eating pasta we tend to go dairy so we can have our Parmesan cheese, while non kosher keepers don’t think that way.  Plus I have a small kitchen and only one sink, so I prefer to just stay on the dairy side of things most of the time.

Now that it is time to start planning for Shavuot it should be easy for me, but I like to find new things, different foods, something elevated that I don’t cook all year.  That is how I ended up with these two dishes perfect for the holiday, both using ricotta cheese.


 

Bourbon Pine Nut Baked Camembert

 

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Bourbon Pine Nut Baked Camembert Posted 01/05/2014 by Melinda Strauss
This fancy French dish is actually much easier to make than you think! With pre-made pastry or crescent dough, a wheel of Les Petite Fermieres camembert cheese and just a few ingredients mixed together in a bowl, you can create this beautiful show-stopping appetizer.

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The Ultimate Nachos – 3 Ways

 

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I am addicted to cheese! I could probably stop talking right now and you would totally understand what I mean when you check out these recipes. But just for good measure, I’ll explain where this addiction came from. When I was pregnant with both of my children, I could eat cheese all day long! In fact, I ate nachos for dinner at least twice a week. I would melt tons of cheddar cheese on taco chips in the microwave and I was a happy pregnant-lady. These days, I have to be more careful with what I eat since I no longer have the excuse that I’m “eating for two” so loaded cheesy nachos are a special treat. With Shavuot just around the corner, it’s time to bring out that special treat!

There are so many things that can be done with the simple concept of a nacho. Sure, you could just melt cheese on chips and devour but I wanted to take it a few steps further for the holidays. First up is the fully-loaded Nacho Casserole. This is a great make-ahead casserole so you can enjoy your nachos day and night. Lots of cheddar cheese, corn, black beans, salsa and whatever else you can think of stacked in a casserole dish and baked to cheesy perfection!


 

Cheese Appetizer Recipes

 

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Cheese appetizers are very easy to prepare—and very gourmet. These are some of my favorite ways to turn Les Petites Fermieres and Natural and Kosher cheeses into company-ready appetizers (in no time at all).

Brie with Fruit Brigitte


 

Shavuot Menus For Everyone

 

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We have so many Shavuot menus on this site already and I want to make sure you don’t miss any of them as you are planning your holiday.  Whether you like to spice it up with Indian food or get elegant this year, we have something for everyone.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything new for you.  If you are anything like me you at least like to look at new ideas and think about them and maybe make some of them.

Start by perusing all our Shavuot Menus from years past and then onto the future.  This year I am thinking of going Mexican!!  We have a few Kosher Mexican menus designed for other holidays, but this one is perfect for the dairy holiday of Shavuot and for enjoying the sun while you sip some Margaritas.