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Israeli Salads – Not 1 Leafy Green To Check


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What makes a salad Israeli?

After all, Israel is the ultimate melting pot of Jewish cuisine. To go even further and peg these salads as Middle-Eastern is so vague since each region from Turkey to Yemen has such a unique flavor profile. In fact, the signature “Israeli” Potato Salad is almost exactly like my Romanian- Hungarian grandparents’ chicken salad – go figure. Look, I’m no culinary anthropologist but I have a simple, straightforward way of defining Israeli salads… roll that drum… salads that are commonly eaten in Israel.


Israeli Food: The Fusion Continues


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Israeli cuisine, reflective of the Mediterranean diet, is redolent with fresh produce, legumes, fish, herbs, spices, and olive oil. But it was not always so. The first Hebrew cookbook, How to Cook in Palestine by Erna Meyer (1936), recommended: “We housewives must make an attempt to free our kitchens from European customs, which are not appropriate to Palestine.” Meyer appealed to adopt zucchini, eggplants, okra, and olives and eventually people did (although not so much okra). Diced cucumber and tomatoes became ubiquitous ‘salat’ or ‘Israeli salad.’ From the dining halls of kibbutzim arose a new way of eating and thinking about food, inspired by biblical Israel and based on the modern Levant. Some European food traditions endured.  The German quark cheese emerged as the predominant Israeli processed dairy product, g’vina levana. In due course, immigrants from more than 70 countries contributed to Israel’s culinary diversity and continuing evolution.


Highlights From The Joy of Kosher Cookbook Launch...


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Leah, Yocheved, Ephie and Yael!!!, Donna, Elise, Lisa, Dina, Esti, Hilda, Iris, Jason and Wifey!!! (so sorry forgot your first name), Jill, Judy, Lori, Malki and Malkie, Nancy, Miriam, Rachael, Sharon, Susan, Zessie and everyone else whose name I haven’t mentioned – THANK YOU!!! You all made Monday night the most special and amazing evening of my professional life. Meeting, talking, hugging (lol – you know me, I can NOT help myself!), and laughing with each and every one of you was utterly amazing. I am so touched that you snatched up tickets within hours of our party announcement – so totally cool!!! I am all teary at the thought of it, seriously. I really love you all so much. From Philly, to all parts of Jersey, to Jericho and 5-towns, and Queens and BK and more you came! Did I say I love you all yet?!?!?

We are planning a new and exciting event soon. Until then enjoy these pretty pictures (you are all so beautiful – I am kvelling!).


Vegan No Bake Brownies With Variations


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Sometimes I really miss baking.  Don’t get me wrong – working as a chocolatier is soul-satisfying, with fine chocolate’s unmistakable taste and aroma and the other fine ingredients I use, I’m in heaven.  On those days when I’m immersed in administrative business tasks and I’m away from the chocolate, I yearn to be back making it.  I love this beautiful food and how happy it makes everyone, including me.

But there is something very special about pastry too, with its varied components coming together in exciting ways when a dessert is assembled and its flavors and textures combined.  When I did pastry full time, I loved coming up with new creations for my clients – whether it was the restaurant needing something special for Mother’s Day or a client with a dietary restriction needing a creative solution.  I miss working regularly with those clients (though many have remained devoted fans of my chocolates too).  And while I still bake for my family, of course it isn’t the same.


Bean, Corn and Pear Surprise Salad and Link Up


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I used to make a delicious and nutritious black bean and corn salad all the time. It is one of those easy, last minute dishes you can almost always make in minutes when you’re worried there won’t be enough food. All you need is a can of red or black beans, a can of corn and fresh chopped peppers, onions and cilantro.

So, when the Kosher Connection decided to have a Chopped-style challenge this month that required us to use a creative combination of canned corn, pears and Mike and Ike candies (at least two out of three) it didn’t take long for me to come up with my recipe.


Enjoy The Most Comforting Cup of Coffee


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Today was the day. Yesterday was flip flop, cotton shirt, free spirited sunny weather, and today was tights wearing, jacket, rain boots attire. Fall is here and the leaves have magically turned colors overnight and have sprinkled the streets with beautiful Autumn hues. It’s that time of year when I go from cooling down with an ice coffee to warming up to a warm brew that really hits the spot.

Comfort food according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family, or friends.


In Season Persimmon Recipes


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Persimmons are tropical-tasting fruit that come in various shades and textures; the most common being the Fuyu persimmon (firm, round and light orange) and the Hachiya persimmon (soft texture, oval and dark orange). The firm, pale orange persimmons are the most versatile and can be eaten both raw and cooked. The deep orange varieties are extremely soft and are best used in soups, purees or jams. Fuyu persimmons ripen after they are picked, while Hachiya do not. Make sure not to eat unripe (firm) Hachiya persimmons as they can leave an uncomfortable, dry feeling in your mouth.

Persimmon tart

Persimmon Tart


Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas


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If your life is anything like mine your mornings are crazy and getting everyone to sit and eat their breakfast before the bus comes is the worst part of my day.   I know breakfast is important for all of us and in case you missed it you can get some great breakfast tips and cereal advice here.  This year we have tried to implement a schedule, Monday is oatmeal, Tuesday is eggs and Toast, Wednesday is waffles and veggie sausage, Thursday is bagels, and Friday we decide the night before.  Having a schedule has definitely helped, but I still wish I could get more veggies in since none of my kids do well with lunch at school and some days even just toasting a waffle seems to take too long. Oh and did I mention they don’t really do healthy cereal.

What I have discovered is that there are some breakfast ideas you can make the day before and either serve cold or quickly heat in the microwave, the days that I cook ahead I find I have a minute to twiddle my thumbs (yeah right, maybe a minute to put away the laundry).


Choose The Best Cereal To Eat For Breakfast


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Hear the word “breakfast” and you may conjure up a picture of the archetypal cereal bowl and milk or perhaps you envision a mad morning dash where you’re just lucky to get all the kids out along with their lunches.

Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day, with very good reason. Besides for providing the needed start up for a long day (we have been fasting for at least 7 hours), it also…


Day In Jerusalem – Volunteer Tourism


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Did you know there is an easy and fun way to do some good while you travel?

Jerusalem is not only home to some of Judaism’s most historic sites but it is also an epicenter for goodness and chesed.


The Joy of Kosher Cookbook Now Available *Cheese...


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TODAY IS THE DAY!!! I am flipping, I am freaking, I am crying – tears of joy! My new cookbook Joy of Kosher is on shelves TODAY!!! If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to order your copy on Amazon and get it in two days!! Quick before the first printing sells out!

I am a woman of many words – 73,802 words to be exact – laid out over 384 pages in 207 recipes. Want another sneak peek?


In the Joy of Kosher Kitchen with Balaboosta


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I know what you are thinking, aren’t we all balaboosta? Or maybe you are thinking I am in a no way a balaboosta or what is a balaboosta? A balaboosta is the Yiddish term for the perfect housewife. The dream of little girls long ago was to be a balaboosta just like their mothers.

Some of that changed with the feminist movement, but just as women have evolved, Einat Admony believes that the term “balaboosta” is to be embraced not embarrassed. A twenty-first century balaboosta navigates the pitfalls of life with courageous heart, a head filled with determination, and a spirit of risk and adventure. The modern balaboosta can be anyone, young or old, male or female, religious or not who lives with gusto, shuns fear and relies on instinct over precision.


Tips To Dress Up Your Table *Giveaway*


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Malky is the founder of the Silverspoon store and website www.SilverSpoonStore.com. Born from a passion for entertaining, the Silver Spoon first opened the doors of its boutique in 2000. Malky had a desire to offer fine quality tabletop at the most competitive prices available. It soon became obvious that more than a few shared her appreciation for beautiful tableware and her passion for stunning presentation.  Malky shares her tips and recommendations to help you create a one-of-a-kind table setting. Malky and her staff are always available to assist you with any of your tabletop needs.

  1. Salt and pepper cellars or grinders scattered around the table make them easy to reach.
  2. Make homemade place cards. Use lady apples or small pears, insert a toothpick with your guests’ names in each one for an innovative place card or card holder, adding an element of interest to the table.
  3. Use stamps to mark cardstock with pretty designs for an instant place card solution.
  4. Don’t be intimidated by white china; white china is now trending and looks good with everything.
  5. Emerald green is the color of the year.
  6. Use inexpensive large leaves as chargers.
  7. Use random material like burlap to wrap flatware or silverware and bring a new dimension to any table setting.
  8. Napkin rings add a wow factor.
  9. Use placemats orrunnerseven though you have a tablecloth; it adds another dimension of color, texture and level of design to your table.
  10. Accent color plates create an instant upgrade to any china or dinnerware set; great to use with a basic white set.
  11. Use an elegant bowl filled with seasonal apples as a surprisingly easy, yet show-stopping centerpiece.Placement:
    The napkin is lightly starched, pressed, folded — and placed to the left of the plate.
    Glassware is at the top right of the plate: water glass in front, white wine glass for first course next, then the red wine glass.

***Giveaway*** Silver Spoon Store is giving away a set of 12 Lady Anne Signature By Gorham Iced Beverage Glasses (retail value $120)!!  Share your tips or ask your questions for setting the perfect table below, Like Silver Spoon on Facebook, and Tweet about this giveaway to be entered to WIN!


Light the Menurkey and Celebrate Thanksgivukkah


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If you haven’t heard or realized it yet, Hanukkah is really early this year.  So early, that the first day of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving here in America.  While the anomalies of the Jewish calendar never fail to amaze the casual observer, the confluence of one of America’s most popular secular holidays with one of the best known Jewish holidays occurring on the same day in a happenstance that will not happen again for over 70,000 years* has led to a feathered flurry of holiday mashups.

In the spirit of gobbling good fun, here are some of our favorite Hanukkah/Thanksgiving articles, products and recipe ideas.


Versatile Kale Recipes


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Every once in a while my daughters, now grown up and married with children will ask, “how come we never ate [fill in the blank] when we were kids?”

The answers vary, of course, depending on the particular food.