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5 Hot Cocoa Drinks For Winter Warmth

 

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I love tummy warming hot drinks, even in the summer, but especially during the cool winter months. I drink about 3 large glasses of green tea a day (I have appropriated Hubby’s big beer mug for this noble effort) and a tall hot cocoa a few times a week. The kiddies have followed suit and regularly beg for tea, which someone usually manages to spill and when I say usually, I do mean always!

Last night, the boys were out and my 3-year old was busting out of strapped safely in her high chair so I decided to make something warm and sweet and chocolaty for my girls.


 

A Healthy Brunch Menu

 

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As I sit down to write up this menu, I am still full from the Sunday birthday brunch I just came from for my almost 9 year old niece.  My sister in law did got raves for her egg casserole and pecan streusel french toast shuffle, which she noted are her faves because she can prep the the night before.  They were delicious, but after hearing about them, I have to note they were not the healthiest.


 

The Secret To Rich Chocolatey Desserts *Giveaway*

 

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Chocolate and coffee and go together like chocolate and vanilla.   Coffee highlights the chocolate deep, rich flavor without imparting flavor of its own. There are many ways to get the coffee flavor, but my new favorite way is this Double Espresso Liqeuer form Morad winery in Israel.  They just started bringing in the Doulbe Espresso, so look for it in your liquor store by you or ask them to get it for you.  It is wonderful to sip over ice or to mix with a dairy  milk based cocktail, but I am most excited about the way it pairs with chocolate.


 

Cooking With Joy: Pretzel Chicken

 

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This recipe seemed like a great way to jazz up the common schnitzel or chicken nugget, and who doesn’t love a good dipping sauce? To me and Hubs our favorite thing about going to a schnitzel bar is getting to taste all the sauces and slathering them on sandwiches. So I was looking forward to tasting this herbed curried mustard.


 

20 Healthy, Homemade Chinese Dinners

 

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There’s a certain day in December when an extraordinary number of Jews head out to their local Chinese restaurant to enjoy a healthy dose of delicious wok-fried foods.  If you don’t have a kosher Chinese place near you or you’re looking to make some healthy changes to your favorite Chinese restaurant worthy recipes, then have no fear below are 20 soup, appetizer, vegetarian, and main meals to help you get your fried fix.

 


 

The Sichuan Peppercorn Story

 

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Ever have Chinese food with a lot of spice, but more than the heat from the peppers, you feel a sort of tingling sensation in your mouth?  It doesn’t happen very often at kosher restaurants, but if you learn to cook your own you can make it spicy and tingly now that the ban on sichuan is over.

Sichuan peppercorns can be used or ground up into a spice blends.  It is commonly used whole in Szechuan cuisine and it is one of the classic ingredients in Chinese 5 spice powder, it provides and almost acidic flavor but most notable is the tingly sensation it leaves in your mouth that makes it ideal paired with hot spices.


 

Make Your Own Chinese Food

 

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Chinese food and Jews go way back.  I don’t know when it started for everyone else, but in my family, it started when my Grandfather moved to Shanghai form Russia back in the 1930′s. To be honest I don’t know much more than that, but I do know that when I visited his sister in Israel when I was in College she cooked some mean Chinese food.  Maybe that is why I love the cuisine so much.

I know Jamie has been searching for great Chinese food in Israel, apparently the real connection for most Jews is New York.  Ever heard of the Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival that takes place on on the lower east side? It is a cross cultural celebration of the Jewish and Chinese communities.  And of course the well known tradition of many to go out for Chinese food on December 25th.  We here at Joy of Kosher like to recommend to make your own.  Make it healthier and make it tastier, try some of our favorite Chinese recipes.


 

Purple Latkes with Truffle Yogurt and Arugula ...

 

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There is always room for one more latke recipe, right? I hope you said yes, because I can’t get enough!

I’m Amy, and I blog over at What Jew Wanna Eat. I take my Bubbe’s traditional Jewish recipes like brisket and kugel, and modernize them with new ingredients and techniques to make Bourbon and Coffee Braised Brisket with Cranberry Sauce and Caramel Apple Kugel. And latkes are no exception. When I first saw purple potatoes at my local supermarket, I knew they’d make the perfect fancy latke. But feel free to use sweet potatoes if you can’t find them. This recipe offers some tricks for the crispiest sweet potato latkes around! Topped off with a simple arugula and yogurt sauce. This certainly isn’t your Bubbe’s applesauce and sour cream!


 

Italian Jewish Food For Hanukkah

 

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Food. Italy. Jewish.

Put them all together and you’d be hard-pressed to come up with anything more mouthwateringly delectable. This recipe is my spin, Gnocco Fritto, a less well known classic of the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, where the famed gnocchi dumpling, rich in cheese and eggs and made with semolina flour (not potatoes), reigns supreme.


 

Party Platters In 20 Minutes Or Less

 

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Last year I judged a food competition at the Nachum Segal Network. We had a blast and it was a fun, food-oriented competition among the talented staff at the network. The competition was close. The winner of the Chopped-style competition beat his competitors simply because of ONE unique item he produced: he made the most incredible pickled shallots. It was that one component on his plate that put him in the lead. This reflects a secret of many chefs and party planners. You don’t need to spend lengthy amounts of time making every component. Use fresh, store-bought ingredients and focus your energy on that ONE amazing component and you will have immediate success and awesome feedback from your guests.


 

A Healthy Paleo Chanukah Menu

 

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There are lots of things I love about Chanuakah. I love spending time with family, watching the candles burn as we sing Chanukkah songs. I love watching how excited my kids get about playing dreidel. And of course, I love the food. 8 days of decadent fried treats, from the traditional latkes and sufganiot to the less traditional deep fried cookie dough and cheese bunuelos, I love it all. But if I am being totally honest, I don’t love the way I feel after indulging in so much fried heavy foods. I usually try to offset some of the grease by serving a big kale salad alongside all the fried dishes but even with that nod to something green the heaviness of the traditional Chanukkah treats is a bit much.

That’s why this year I decided to come up with a Chanukkah menu that celebrates the miracle of the oil in a healthier, less deep fried, way. Don’t worry, it is still totally delicious, but it has the advantage of not leaving you feeling weighed down and unable to move by the end of the holiday. In fact, this menu is paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but it tastes so good no one would ever suspect it is so healthy.


 

Easy Fried Sweets For Chanukah

 

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Ah, Hanukkah! It’s all about the fried, right?

Well, of course it’s about much more meaningful events, but when it comes to the food part, it’s all about the fried, to commemorate the oil found by the victorious Maccabees when they went to rededicate the Temple.


 

Cooking With Joy: Salt and Pepper Chicken

 

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You may recognize this picture; it is after all on the cover of the cookbook! Aside from it looking pretty, I think it also says a lot about the recipes in the book. Jamie is giving delicious recipes for families to be able to prepare quickly (for the most part). This recipe is the epitome of that. The prep took minutes and the results were beyond words delicious!


 

Classic Sufganiyot (Doughnut) Recipes to Make at...

 

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Baked or fried and glazed or filled, doughnuts are a Chanukah tradition and a favorite of probably everybody!  It’s easy to pick up doughnuts from your local kosher market, or at Winn-Dixie if you’re lucky enough to live by one! Or you can try your hand at frying or baking your own at home, leaving you with the freedom to adjust them to your taste.


 

Decorating Donuts

 

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No time to make homemade doughnuts but want to make a home run party??

Luckily, there are lots of ways to dress up store bought doughnuts.