Shavuot

 

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

 

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I am so happy to make an appearance here at JoyofKosher.com. I am so honored to be asked by the loyal and friendly staff of Joy of Kosher to develop a recipe for Shavuot, along with my photographs.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful opportunity to connect with your readers!

As Jonathan and I were heading up to Massachusetts last month for Passover, I asked him what was his favorite ice cream? He responded ‘not ice cream, but frozen yogurt is my favorite’, which completely took me by surprise.  When I thought about it a tad longer it all made complete sense.  During his undergraduate days at Tel Aviv University, his barren refrigerator would always be graced by a couple of family size containers of a strawberry yogurt drink, called Prili (fruit-for-me). He would have one family size Prili for breakfast every day. He would shake it first before removing the aluminum top. When I saw early strawberries popping up here and there at the farmers markets recently, I couldn’t resist getting a couple of pints to make a Frozen Strawberry Yogurt dessert to celebrate Shavuot, inspired by Jonathan’s love for Prili.


 

Conversations at Levana’s Shavuot

 

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What do you like about the holiday of Shavuot?

Several fun things:


 

The Perfect Shavuos Menu

 

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Shavuos is just around the corner. Quick – what do you think of first? Me too. Images of cheesecakes start dancing before my eyes, calling my name as they do every year. I love them and they love me so much they just plant themselves on my hips, forever – now that’s love. This year Shavuos begins the evening of June 7 and ends the evening of the 9th. I wonder, how many cheesecakes I can squeeze into 48 hours?

Creamy Polenta


 

Recipes for an Italian Shavuot

 

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Shavuot is just two weeks away, and just like every year my phone is ringing off the hook. As it is customary to eat dairy foods on this holiday, it is no wonder that everybody should think of calling their Italian friend and asking for recipes.

After all, Italian Jews (and Italians in general), unlike their Ashkenazi counterparts, have never been huge meat-eaters. For Jews in Italy, meat used to be so hard to get that they would add vegetables to meatballs and meatloaves to “stretch” it.


 

Top 5 Kosher Quiche Recipes – Shavuot at...

 

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Quiche is a perfect make-ahead dish for Shavuot. If you’re looking for a great kosher quiche recipe, here are 5 of my favorites including my foolproof Quick & Kosher Cheese Quiche.

Kosher Quiche Recipes

Crowd Pleasing Kosher Cheese Quiche


 

Top 5 Kosher Cheesecake Recipes – Shavuot at...

 

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Shavuot doesn’t have to be exclusively cheesecake and blintzes, but just in case you’re looking for a great kosher cheesecake recipe, here are 5 of my favorites including two Quick & Kosher low-fat versions.

Shavuot Cheesecake Recipes

Happy Shavuot!


 

How You Too Can Celebrate Shavuot on a Budget &...

 

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Shavuot meals lend themselves to laid-back entertaining. The holiday is a great opportunity to having guests without fear of busting your budget.

After Passover, Shavuot, a much easier holiday, is a welcome change.  Instead of long seders and heavy meat meals, Shavuot’s simplicity (as in not having to make the house chametz-free) and dairy food are reason enough to rejoice.  The fact that we are celebrating the giving of the Torah is an added bonus!


 

Why Shavuot is Different from Every Other Jewish...

 

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Jewish holiday menus tend to be kosher meat heavy. Then there’s Shavuot. Arriving with the first fruits of the spring harvest, Shavuot is the time to reconnect with kosher dairy dining.

If you love dairy, this is your time of year because the holiday of Shavuot is next on the calendar of Jewish holidays.  The holiday of Shavuot begins on the evening of May 18th, 2010. For those who are lactose intolerant, get your Lactaid ready, because this holiday might otherwise do your stomach in.  Yes, it is when we roll out our favorite kosher cheesecakes, blintzes, kosher pastries, quiches or as the Israelis do, pashtida (similar to a quiche, but usually baked in square not round pans and often without a crust).


 

Zip it Up! 10 Exquisite Shavuot Salads that Add...

 

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Crisp salads and tangy dressings offer a perfect counterpoint to the many sweet dishes served on Shavuot.

If you read my Mother’s Day post, you know that my mom is the Salad Queen. While I don’t have quite her verve with salads, I do love them. Salads are quick, easy to make and they can be as bold or subtle in flavor as you like. Best of all, by adding protein, what starts as a first course can easily serve as a meal.


 

What, a Shavuot Recipe that Isn’t Cheesecake...

 

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Try pizza with roasted vegetables on Shavuot. Don’t worry, there will still be plenty of time to eat cheesecake.

Not every recipe for Shavuos has to involve cheesecake (although I personally don’t mind if they do!)  In fact, not every recipe for Shavuos has to involve dessert!  Here is a possible fun main course option – pizza!  I like this grilled vegetable version but I would probably make a plain one also for the kids and other finicky eaters.


 

Top 5 Tips for Kosher Cheesecake Perfection

 

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For Shavuot splash out with the perfect cheesecake. These 5 tips show you how.
Shavuot is a wonderful time of year. This special holiday celebrates the giving of the Torah, so dairy foods are traditional for festive yom tov meals because the rules for meat-eating were established only after the giving of the Torah. Many of us use Shavuot as the one time a year to experiment with decadent dairy dessert recipes, most notably the fabulous, rich and unique cheesecake.

Cheesecake recipes can be simple or complex, but as long as they’re not overbaked, they are uniformly delicious. We at CKCA prefer a simple-to-prepare cheesecake with very few ingredients, and we will share our Oreo® Experience cheesecake at the end of this article.


 

Everything you ever wanted to know about Shavuot...

 

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When it comes to Shavuot, I skip the blintzes and go straight to the cheesecake.   Sliced in wedges or cut into bars, if it has cream cheese, I’ll eat it.

While I love a generous slice baked on top of a classic graham cracker crust, many different ingredients and baking techniques reflect distinct styles of this delightful dessert.