Yom Ha'atzmaut

 

I Am An Israeli Woman

 

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In honor of this Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 66th Independence Day, Haaretz, put out a list of 66 Israeli Women You Should Know.

It’s my biggest surprise and honor to be counted among them. Thanks to all of you because if you weren’t here I wouldn’t be there. And with immeasurable gratitude to G-d that our family has been able to realize our dream of living in Israel.


 

Celebrate Israel with Traditional Israeli Food

 

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There are many ways to celebrate Israel here in the US on Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s independence day.  Most of the time it involves eating our favorite Israeli foods.  In Israel families pack large picnics and go out to BBQ and there is no reason we can’t do the same here.  Israeli food like Hummus and Zaatar has become increasingly popular among all people in the US over the past couple of years and it has become such a part of most of our homes that I rarely sit at a Shabbat table without being served hummus and often matbucha.  My favorite part is starting the meal with lots of little salads and spreads with some fresh pita.  Then you can grill up some chicken or kabobs or fry some falafel and your meal is complete.  Here is the menu I am thinking about this year, feel free to make your own spreads or take a little help from the store.

israeli style hummus

Israeli Style Hummus


 

Celebrating Freedom With Favorite Israeli Recipes

 

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Food has the power to transport you to another time and place…

One bite of something can lead me to my grandparents’ warm little kitchen, with my feet dangling from the chair, waiting patiently for magic on a plate. A bite of something else can take me to the streets of Yerushalayim, with its heady aromas of Middle Eastern cookery.


 

The Flavors of Limonana for Yom Haatzmaut

 

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When I think about celebrating Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, my thoughts naturally turn to Israeli food. Yom Haatzmaut is a day of celebration and barbecues across Israel, and just thinking about all the delicious spiced grilled meats and veggies stuffed into fresh pita with hummus and other salatim makes me hungry. I want the flavors of Israel to be front and center in any Yom Haatzmaut menu I create and I try to have an Israeli meal from beginning to end.

One of quintessential flavors of Israel that I like to include is the refreshing combination of lemon and spearmint, called limonana (a combination of the Hebrew words for lemon and mint).  The combination of lemon and mint is the perfect way to cool off on a hot Israeli day and limonana abounds in Israeli supermarkets both in the form of drinks and other frozen treats.


 

Chocolate Falafel with Fruit Salad and Parmesan...

 

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This blog post is all about reinventing Israeli cuisine in honor of Jamie making Aliyah. With Yom Ha’atzmeut around the corner, I don’t think there’s a better time to introduce it! When you think about Israeli foods, I think that there is nothing more Israeli then falafel.

Falafel is the quintessential example of Israel itself, not just its cuisine. Its flavors are loud, obnoxious, and loved by all; this dessert rendition is the same. You have the rich fried chocolate falafel balls paired with the fresh and sweet fruit salad and perfectly balanced with the salty parmesan tuile.


 

Blue and White Cheesecake for Yom Ha’Atzmaut

 

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The weather’s warming up and Yom Ha’Atzmaut is just about here — I’d say this calls for some cheesecake squares, Israeli style.

Israel is often praised for its dairy products, even the basic ones. My Canadian mother-in-law says the milk is better here, and the cheeses are wonderful, too.


 

Celebrating Israel Independence Day

 

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This year Yom HaAtzmaut is on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

So, probably you wanna know what I’m gonna make.  It’s not like Shavuos where I wait for an excuse to make cheesecake, I don’t really wait for Yom HaAtzmaut to make Israeli food.  Hummus and Tahina are staples in our house – we eat them with everything from chicken nuggets, to pizza and on salads.  Other middle eastern dips like Turkish salad and babaganoush are slathered in between butterflied potato borekas or smothered on spicy beef cigars weekly at our shabbos table and we eat falafel like it’s going out of style.


 

Israeli Recipes for Israel Independence Day

 

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Israel’s Independence Day is synonyms with BBQ, known in Hebrew as the “mangal”.  Herds of Israelis (we like to travel in packs), fill up backyards and public parks, set up mobile grill stations, folding tables and chairs, and feast on kebabs (grilled meat patties), shishliks (chicken skewers), hummus, tehini and many other varieties of salads. The holiday itself is the unofficial inauguration of the Israeli grilling season- which lasts throughout the entire summer, which tends to span at least until October.

Unfortunately, twenty-one years of American barbeque left its mark on me, and I still, after nearly eight years of living in Israel, prefer the Yankee kind. I pride myself that I have really been able to assimilate well into the Israeli culture, yet this is one of the last things, along with politeness, that I am unwilling to give up. Last year I took matters into my own hands and had the holiday at my house. My friends were delightfully treated to a do-it-yourself hamburger and hotdog buffet. They loved it-but one year was enough of a divergence from the norm. This year we are back to the mangal.


 

Yom Haatzmaut Recipes

 

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Yom Haatzmaut falls this year on Tuesday May 10 2011. Traditionally Yom Haatzmaut is a day off from work for Israelis, a day to spend with family and celebrate Israel’s Independence Day – this year is Israel’s 63rd birthday!

In honor of this special day we bring you a round up of our Israeli recipes – everything you need for an authentic Israeli feast.


 

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israeli Food Blog Round-up

 

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Looking for Israeli food information for Yom Ha’atzmaut? These 10 blogs give you a taste of what’s out there.

Israeli cuisine is a vibrant mix of traditional Jewish dishes, both Sephardi and Ashkenazi, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare, plus cooking from around the world. In addition to the array of dishes brought by immigrants, or olim as they are called in Hebrew, Israelis’ love of travel and exposure to other cultures contributes greatly to the country’s culinary diversity. In a, dare-to-say, delicious irony, English speaking migrants from places like the United States are called anglosaksim (Anglo-Saxons) in Israel. And, while their culinary influence may be less readily apparent than that of other larger Israeli ethnic communities, their presence is felt in the blogosphere. These sites give a sense of what’s available.


 

Yom Ha’atzmaut Recipes on Kosher.com

 

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Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Independence Day – is April 20th, 2010 and Kosher.com has everything you need to prepare your celebration.

When you visit Israel, come with a big appetite because there’s something for everyone in Israeli cuisine. Israel’s culinary traditions are as diverse as the people who inhabit the country and the restaurants serve everything from Middle-eastern classics to American-style burgers to Thai food, plus a whole lot in between. For Yom Ha’atzmaut I’ve brought together some of the standards that you’ll find on nearly every Israeli table with Mediterranean dishes that will delight your palate.


 

Israel Independence Day – Get Your Grills Out!

 

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Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel Independence Day always follows soon after Passover, and though it may be raining where you are, Israelis will be heading outdoors for the thrill of the grill. I talk with Linda Maurice about mangal – Israeli barbecue culture.

Okay Linda, you lived in Israel for many years, what is mangal and what is its significance?