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Our Where’s Waldo? Purim Theme

 

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We’re doing it again.  I am not too cool to be seen in the same outfit twice.  No siree.  Not even on TV.  Not even if it’s a super memorable statement piece like an animal print cardigan.  Case in point:


 

The Ultimate Kosher Gift Basket For Any Occasion ...

 

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Choosing the right gift basket is like choosing the perfect birthday card. It’s not just how it looks on the outside, but what it says on the inside that counts. There are many reasons to give a gift basket, from sending condolences, to simply saying hi to a faraway friend, to thanking a host for a special meal. With the holiday of Purim coming up soon, everyone is looking for the right basket to send. I’m excited to tell you I’ve found the ultimate kosher gift basket right here in New York City!

Kosher Fruit Basket


 

Swingin’ Sixties Seudah – A Hippie...

 

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Maybe it’s all the hype over the anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America. But suddenly I’m nostalgic over an era I never even lived through! I love the music, the handmade clothes, the beads and the spirit. And this year, we’re going back to the garden!

Coconut Ambrosia Hamantashen

Coconut Ambrosia Hamantashen


 

The Kosher Food and Wine Experience Expands

 

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This past Monday night the whole Joy of Kosher team enjoyed a night out at the eight annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience in New York City.  As always we ate a lot, drank a lot and talked a lot.  It was amazing to see so many of our online friends in person.  This is the premier event for the kosher food and wine enthusiast and has grown so much that it is now happening in LA, London, Israel and Miami.  This year they also added a yacht to showcase desserts and offer a little more space.  I will admit it  was a bit rocky, but it was nice to have a place to sit down and chat.


 

Thanksgiving Inspired Savory Hamantaschen

 

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Happy Thanksgiving…I mean, Happy Purim!!! Two of my favorite holidays have come together to create this unique Thanksgiving Hamantaschen. Layers of sautéed ground turkey and roasted squash stuffed in a rich savory dough flecked with fresh sage. It seriously doesn’t get any better for me. And I highly recommend making extra filling so you can eat the leftovers all week long.


 

10 Candy Recipes for Purim

 

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I’m a big fan of sending, or receiving, candy in my mishloach manot.  Although it is easier to find your favorite kosher candies in the supermarket, it is fun and rewarding to make your own candy at home.  Below are 10 DIY candy recipes.

 


 

A Cowboy Themed Menu

 

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Irony of all ironies, the year before we made Aliyah we were dressed like Israelis (don’t ask) and delivered mishloach manot full of pitas and hummus.   Then when I got to Israel I went for a cowboy and cowgirl costume for the family and made a down home all-American meal. Now, I’m not all that creative, and not all that country, I just stole a page out of my friend Aliza’s playbook. A few years ago she hosted a food-from-the-frontier shindig and together we created a menu similar to the one you see here. I’m not embarrassed to admit it because, on this side of the pond, I’ve got a whole new crew to share it with. These recipes already had a test run, and I know this meal is going to make y’all scream yeehaw (or at least yummy!).

sweet spicy chili

Sweet and Spicy Chili


 

An Oscar Night Menu

 

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Every year I love to plan a special menu for watching the Oscars.  It is so much fun to try and incorporate something from all the best picture nominations into our party.  This year with 10 nominations it is not going to be easy to get them all in, but I will try.  I also got a real kick out of the Oscar Matzos that Wolfgaang Puck will be serving this year, albeit with some beluga cavair, who would have though that matzo of any kind would make it to the awards.

Here is my take on an Oscar night menu for 2014 based on the best picture nominees: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena,12 Years As A Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.


 

Create The Perfect Purim Gift Basket *Giveaway*

 

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Even though we had an extra month of Adar this year I still feel like all of a sudden Purim is creeping up on me.  I have been undecided about my plan for Mishloach Manot this year when I got a call from Oh! Nuts.  I knew all about Oh! Nuts, I love the gift baskets they sell, but I usually prepare my own baskets and I didn’t realize the extent of what they sold.  Turns out they are are a mecca of supplies to help make any food gift basket, especially though for Purim.  They have homemade hamantashen, tons of chocolate specialties and tons of candy if every different color.


 

3 Cheese Fondue Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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Fondue for two sounds nice, but lately I’ve been doing fondue for five. My kids get so excited when they hear we are having fondue and although we’re talking some serious cheese, I know I will get them to eat their veggies.

Fondue is the perfect family night IN.  Get your kids involved by letting them choose the cheese and their favorite items to dip.  You can all delight in the ooey gooey goodness.  Serve a salad on the side and dinner is served.


 

Recipe Ideas For Your Mishloach Manot

 

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It is less than a month until Purim and time to get planning.  Every year we work to come up with new costumes, new hamantashen recipes, and new Seudah themes.  We also love to put together the perfect gift baskets to send our friends, from using recyclables to make our containers to Healthy Themed Mishloach Manot there is always something new to try.  Here are some homemade treats to include in your baskets this year.

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A New Look at Rye

 

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Some foods leave an indelible imprint on your taste buds, no matter how old you are when you taste them. The flavors that grab you as a child not only remain, they often, later in life propel food quests. One of my searches is for great rye. If you grew up eating Wall Bakery’s breads from Woodmere, like I did, you know why. True, the bread from other bakeries—Cedarhurst Bake Shop, or Zomick in Far Rockaway was also very good, excellent really, but Wall’s bread stood alone. It has a crust both crunchy and pliable while the inside is plush, heavy and always moist. It’s what I think of when I hear the phrase “the staff of life”–bread so sustaining I believed I could live on bread alone.

There was a second type of rye at those bakeries called corn bread. Now, this is not my mother’s corn bread. She grew up south of the Mason Dixon line and hers was a quick bread, basically corn muffins in a pan. Old world corn was rye with light rye flour and cornmeal and the one thing both rye’s have in common is simple. No matter how many culinary degrees I get, no matter how many bakers I ask, no matter how many pizza stones I use, sourdough starters I nurture, or the amount water I schpritz while it cooks, darn it, I cannot replicate either of these breads at home.


 

Gluten Free Purim Treats

 

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On the holiday of Purim we eat hamantashen and send baskets of goodies to our friends and families.  This has become much more difficult in the age of allergies that we are living in.  Most often the baskets are filled with fresh baked goods, luckily the gluten free options have come a long way and we have a slew of amazing Gluten Free Treats for you to include in your mishloach manot this year.  All the recipes can be found by clicking on the images.

PumpkinAppleButterRugelach

Pumpkin Apple Butter Gluten Free Rugelach


 

Winter Comfort Food

 

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Never has there been a winter in need of comfort food as this one.  The freezing cold, the snowy days, all we need is some warmth in the kitchen and in our tummies.  Check out these gourmet comfort food recipes for every night of the week.

Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks


 

Make Your Own Korean Bimbimbop

 

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BimBimBop is a delicious and beautiful Korean dish for both the eyes and the mouth. The literal translation means “bowl of rice” and utilizes many flavorful and colorful vegetables and proteins to create a filling and satisfying meal with everyday items from the fridge. It can be served either hot or cold and an egg is cracked on top to give the dish depth and creaminess.

Traditionally, bimbimbop is made in a clay pot and heated till the bottom layer of the rice becomes crispy. I wanted to get that same affect, so I heated up the already made rice in a hot wok until it became crispy. I then added the rest of already prepared and cooked vegetables and meat, cracked an egg on top and had one of the best meals I have ever eaten!