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Having Fun With The Mensch on a Bench *Giveaway*

 

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What started as a small Kickstarter campaign has become the latest popular holiday gift for Jewish and interfaith families this holiday season.  The Mensch on a Bench, a 12” plush doll with an accompanying hardcover storybook, is the brainchild of Neal Hoffman, a former toy marketing executive turned entrepreneur.  The purpose is to introduce children to the story and traditions of Hanukkah, from the viewpoint of “Moshe” the Mensch.

In Hoffman’s fictional story, Moshe the Mensch, volunteered to watch over the Menorah in the Temple after the Maccabees victory.  During each of the eight nights, Moshe is inspired to continue to serve and witness the Hanukkah miracle.


 

A Clever Way To Turn Food Into Art

 

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When I was in Israel this Summer, Jamie and I had the most wonderful time meeting our new friend Meir Bulka.  Meir is one of those people who reminds you never to judge a book by it’s cover.  He is a big Israeli man probably in his late forties, married with grown kids and he is also the mastermind behind the new digital Israeli magazine, Itonochel.  When I first heard from Meir about his magazine I immediately thought I was talking (emailing) with a  woman.  When I saw his name I realized I must be wrong, so I figured he must be in his twenties.  When we met Meir he told us of a time when he was on a TV show for food bloggers he said, “when the producer asked me what my job was and I told him, he said he was sure that the person behind my blog and the magazine is none other than a young Tel Avivian girl, photographer and food freak. When he noticed that I was just the opposite (as is well known, I live in Samaria, I’m not a girl and I’m not so young), I saw his disappointment on his face but we both doubled over in laughter.” It turns out Meir has more tricks up his sleeve.


 

Prepare For Cyber Monday With Our Chanukah Gift...

 

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The timing of Chanukah every year really dictates which sales we are able to take advantage of. Last year with Thanksgivukkah the sales were not in our favor, but this year we have more than two weeks to go and still have Cyber Monday to enjoy tomorrow.  You can see my guide for last year’s Hanukkah gift guide here.  This year I have found some fun new foods that will make the perfect gift.


 

RSVP #WinnDixieKosher Chanukah Twitter Party

 

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You’re invited to join our #WinnDixieKosher Twitter chat!
Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by @WinnDixie.

We are cleaning our fryers and menorahs and getting ready to #CelebrateDelicious this Chanukah with Winn-Dixie by our side.   Winn-Dixie has over 1,000 kosher products plus many kosher baked goods in most of their stores and Jamie will be in Orlando and Jacksonville sharing latkes donuts with everyone who visits.


 

Cooking With Joy: Veal Meatballs

 

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I have always kept away from veal. Not for any political reason, just texturally it was never something I was into. My mother has made it a few times, that is how I know it’s not something I like, I have never cooked it.


 

A Week of Dinners that Make Good Lunches

 

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Is there a better week to discuss dinners that easily transform into the next day’s lunch? If you are in the midst of preparing for Thanksgiving, cooking for a large crowd, or just planning your weekly meal plan, double duty recipes are budget and life savers.  It makes for a streamlined grocery list and requires less time in the kitchen, plus it is an easy way to ensure that you are eating a real meal more than once a day.  Below are 7 recipes that are delicious for dinner and the next day’s lunch.

 


 

A Kosher KitchenSurfing Dinner To Remember

 

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Last month Joy of Kosher had the amazing opportunity to partner with KitchenSurfing to promote their new kosher section.  KitchenSurfing is an online service that pairs people with chefs.  Instead of going out to a fancy dinner you can bring the fancy dinner in and the chef can tailor the meal to your exact needs and wants.  The chef will shop, cook, serve and clean up and we got to experience it first hand last month with Chef David Egidio Donagrandi. We ran a contest and invited 5 winners plus guests to join the entire Joy of Kosher team for dinner in Brooklyn.


 

Kosher Sausage Recipe Challenge: Vote and Submit

 

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KOSHER SAUSAGE & JACK’S GOURMET

In recent years, kosher sausage options have expanded tremendously, due to the diligent work of Chef Jack Silberstein and Dr. Alan Broner, co-founders of Jack’s Gourmet. In 2010, Jack Silberstein, a highly successful chef, introduced a variety of ethnic-flavored sausages to the kosher market. These included Sweet Italian, Hot Italian, Mexican-style Chorizo, Bratwurst and Boerewors. Through the years, Jack’s Gourmet has continued to revolutionize the kosher palate with gourmet offerings such as Facon, Spicy Italian-Style Salami, old-world Corned Beef and Pastrami, and a variety of nitrite-free sausage patties and burgers. The general philosophy of Jack’s Gourmet is to use quality ingredients and avoid gluten, MSG, fillers, byproducts, and artificial ingre- dients, which explains the loyal customers and many accolades the company receives. In line with their mission to continually introduce new flavors to the kosher con- sumer’s palate, Jack’s Gourmet has recently released an all-new flavor which premiered this fall: Beef Merguez Sausage.


 

Betting On Winter Greens

 

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Wen I was studying to become a dietitian and cramming for an exam, I followed the mantra “bet on green” whenever I was unsure of an answer on a test. Packed with dozens of vitamins and minerals, it was hard to go wrong then, and even now, I still bet on green. With the winter approaching, most of the colorful tomatoes, corn and squashes begin to disappear off the supermarket shelves, replaced by bright leafy winter greens. Winter greens are green-leafed vegetables, hardy enough to thrive in the colder winter weather. They include chard, collards, mustard greens, escarole, kale and beet greens, among many others. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals and phy- tonutrients, which may help prevent heart disease and cancer.


In 2009, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (a nationally recognized not-for-profit research organization where I used to work) ranked nearly 85 vegetables in order of highest to lowest nutrient content and found kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, and Swiss chard in the top five.


 

Make Desserts Better With One Simple Ingredient

 

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I am a simple baker. I don’t make fancy cakes or decorated cookies. You’ll never see my concoctions dressing up a bakery window and I’ve accepted this fact. I make bundt cakes, chewy chocolate chip cookies and yummy brownies. My family loves them, but Paula Shoyer doesn’t have to look over her shoulder.


 

Gondi (Persian Turkey Rice Dumplings)

 

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Gondi (Persian Turkey Rice Dumplings) Posted 11/20/2014 by My Jerusalem Kitchen
Tradition means a lot to my family. Because of this, I could never suggest, on Thanksgiving of all days, that they try to evolve. But unlike my family, I think tradition is a give and take -- a little questioning and a little embracing. That's why I want to share my family's recipe for gondi with you, and politely ... hopefully ... cautiously suggest that you consider bringing a new tradition to this year's Thanksgiving table. Gondi, pronounced go-n-dee, is a uniquely Persian Jewish dish usually served on Shabbat. Traditionally, the gondi are made from chickpea flour, ground meat, and served in a clear broth. But in my family, we do it better. The ground turkey is loaded with cups and cups of all the best herbs, spiced up, and cooked in a dried lemon and tomato sauce. This dish is intensely comforting, and I hope that you will welcome it to your Shabbat, every day life, and maybe even to your Thanksgiving table. Recipe slightly adapted from a family recipe I received from my grandfather's niece, Linda.

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Cook Thanksgiving in an Hour

 

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I’m not kidding, it is possible to spend Thanksgiving outside of the kitchen!  Each dish seems to add up to more and more hours in the kitchen, but with a good game plan and the recipes below you will be out of the kitchen and able to enjoy the day.  I’m no miracle worker though, sorry to say that there are no whole roasted turkey recipes here, those actually take a while to cook!  Instead there are plenty of elegant and alternative turkey based options which will make you wonder why you ever bothered cooking the whole bird anyway!

 


 

English Summer Pudding Cake

 

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English Summer Pudding Cake Posted 11/19/2014 by ITONOCHEL
English Summer pudding cakes are classic molded desserts that alternate layers of cake or bread, fruit and custard. It is a classic British dessert that is somehow a cross between a cake and a pie. It is best to use fresh fruit and is great way to use the fruits of Summer when they are plentiful. Frozen fruits work great though and make the recipe even easier to make any time of year. This dessert is deceptively easy. It looks so gorgeous, but you don't even need a measuring cup to get this right. All you need is a nice mold, I used a flower pot and some patience, it has to set for at least 12 hours. Oh, you can wait. The best part of this recipe is you don't need a measuring cup.

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The Chanukah Issue Makes The Perfect Gift

 

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This winter issue is all about Chanukah. Get healthy frying tips and tons of latke recipes. Don’t miss our Doughnut Cookies and gifts for every budget. We go crazy for olive oil and celebrate with a Chanukah party!!  Order 2 subscriptions and get the Joy of Kosher Cookbook as a FREE gift!!


 

Winn-Dixie Kosher Stores Within A Store *Giveaway*

 

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Check out this video as Jamie takes us through the Kosher Winn-Dixie grocery store in South Florida.

HEYYYYYYYYYY! Watch my #WinnDixieKosher store-within-a-store tour in South Florida. I shopped till I dropped and after eating fresh hot pizza and sushi I capped it all off with a 250+ person demo and book signing in the midst of one of those notorious Floridian torrential downpours!