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Use Your Leftover Brisket For New Meals


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I hate wasting food. I hate throwing out leftovers. It’s a hangover from my upbringing. I can still hear my parents’ voice in my head, telling me about the poor starving children in Europe.

Usually there’s no waste at my house though because these days I’m cooking just for two, which means small portions and not much extra. But at holiday time it’s back to mama for my grown daughters and their families, and like most other old-fashioned Jewish mothers, I always cook too much of everything. My kids leave with doggie bags. Still, there’s always plenty of food left in the fridge.


New Joy of Kosher Cookbook Q&A *Giveaway*


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I figure you may be wondering about my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, like what’s the Mah Nishtanah this time. So I interviewed myself, asking the questions people ask me.   If I missed anything you just gotta know, ask in the comments and I will answer you – a whole lot more fun than talking to myself.

Q: So this is your third cookbook. Did you always want to write cookbooks?


New Chicken and Quince Recipe For Rosh Hashanah


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We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to do a guest post for Joy of Kosher. So much so, that we immediately started thinking of different dishes we could create. We wanted something unique,  something that would represent our cooking and also that would appeal to the Joy of Kosher readers. At the same time, we wanted to step out of “our” box a little bit. As some of you may know, most of the recipes you’ll find in our blog are vegan and vegetarian. And that is mainly how we cook at home… but the Holidays are always a bit more special. So we wanted to incorporate some meat this time and get creative with it.

That’s when the idea of chicken and quince came to mind.


And Then There Was Cake, Cookbook From Montreal ...


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As the Hebrew Academy of Montreal looks ahead to their 50th anniversary they decided to assemble the new kosher cookbook, And Then There Was Cake, desserts to enjoy and impress.  Throughout the years the leaders of the parent association found themselves in kitchens and around food as they worked to build a better school.  Now they are passing on these recipes to the next generation.

Glazed Pear Tart


The Ultimate Kosher Gift Basket for Rosh Hashanah ...


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There is something so exciting about receiving a kosher gift basket filled with unexpected (and delicious) gourmet goodies.   I am reminded of that magic Mary Poppins purse and wonder how they fit so many yummy foods in one basket and made it look so pretty!  As our thoughts turn to celebrating the Jewish holidays with family and friends and sharing our love with those who live too far away or aren’t able to join us around the table, I am reminded again why a specially made Rosh Hashanah kosher gift basket is the perfect gift to give or get right now.

Many kosher gift baskets come filled with store bought cookies and crackers and a bottle of generic Kiddush grape juice.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy opening these thoughtful gifts, but they typically get left in my pantry and forgotten or brought to work to share.  I knew there had to be a company out there that made gift baskets that I would want to keep all for myself!  That’s when I discovered Manhattan Fruitier, a 25 year old gift basket company offering kosher gift baskets filled with a combination of fresh fruit and gourmet goodies with a sense of style that will make Martha Stewart jealous.


Simanim Inspired Recipes For Rosh Hashanah


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I don’t like being put into a box, given a label or pegged as this or that.  Do you?  In food and life I appreciate the freedom to be creative and try new things and not let a single style define me.  Aside from words like fast, effortless and easy – which is how I characterize my cooking – I don’t fit into a movement or a mold in anyway, at least in my eyes.  When it comes to Rosh Hashanah though, I am more than happy to state my signature style – it has always been “simanim inspired”.  For a detailed explanation of simanim click here.  For my inspired recipes just scroll down.

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup


New Year’s Resolutions – Health and...


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In the year 5774, just about every holiday table features someone on a special diet. Whether it’s gluten free, lactose free, paleo, clean, vegan, vegetarian, and of course the new year’s resolution diet.  Unfortunately, it’s often the word die that gets the emphasis when you cook following the diet’s guidelines. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially with all the family, food and festivities on Rosh Hashanah.

This salad that eats like a meal is coming to the rescue.  It’s easy to make, healthy, satisfying, filled with nutrients, and diet friendly, whichever diet that might be.


A South African Rosh Hashanah Menu


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Smoked Steak Sushi Cake

What do you do if your family believes that a meal is not complete without meat? Smoked Steak Sushi Salad was created for my son Ryan who loves sushi, but won’t eat fish. As most of the starters in our home are meat, I like to serve this with a plate of chopped liver puffs. The length of the ingredient list doesn’t make the recipe lengthier and harder, sometimes just a little tastier!


Introducing Orly and Her Poppyseed Cake


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Before I start I would like to thank Jamie and Tamar for the opportunity to write a regular guest blog on Joy of Kosher. I have to confess that I’ve never written a blog before and I’m not sure what I’m supposed to write. If you’re reading me now please tell me what you would like to keep reading here.

I’ll start by telling you a little about me – I was born in Tel Aviv and lived my whole life in Israel. Food was and still is my passion. From a young age I used to bake and make all the dessert at home while my mother did the cooking. I started collecting recipes from friends, neighbors, magazines etc. I still have my first notebook where I used to keep all the recipes, which I marked so I would know whether to repeat them or not.


Free Issue of Joy of Kosher Magazine Now On Your...


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We are pleased to announce that the digital edition of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller is now available on your iPad.   You can subscribe, download single issues and even download back issues.  Click here to get the Free App Now!

Test it out and get our special Yom Tov issue FREE!!!


Healthy Holiday Menus Under 600 Calories


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We all know the High holidays are filled with reflection, prayer and lots and lots of eating.  This September will essentially be a month of big meals.  There is no hard data on the average Rosh Hashanaha meal, but considering the challah, the honey, the meats, starchy sides and desserts it has got to rival those of Thanksgiving, which according to Caloric Control Council tops 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat.  That is more than double the average persons daily recommended calorie limit.  I know it is the holidays and we should be joyous and not think about fat and calories, but we are not just celebrating for one day, we have 9 of them!!!

So, go ahead and enjoy yourself on the first night and then consider lightening it up a bit for the other 8 holiday days.  If you are careful with serving sizes and plan to eat lots of veggies you can keep the calories down without missing any of the fun.  An average slice of challah will run you between 60 and 100 calories.  Excluding the challah, here are three menus to help you keep it light as we welcome in a new year.


Sephardic Simanim With Turkish Recipes


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Every year we reach this time, the month of Elul. A time when we start to think about our lives, what they mean, how we relate to each other and how we relate to G-d. It’s also a time when we realize . . . “Holy Cow! Rosh HaShana is right around the corner.” All the cooking and all the inviting and all the cooking and all the guests and all the cleaning and did I mention all the cooking?

And interestingly, all this cooking has a direct relationship to the whole meaning of Rosh HaShana. Rosh HaShana is a lot more than a “New Year”, it’s a time of repentance and atonement. Even though we refer to Yom Kippur as the “Day of Atonement” we have to make our efforts at atonement beforehand. And food actually can help us do that.


In the JOK Kitchen with The Modern Menu *Giveaway*


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Kim Kushner has become known for her healthy, hearty and seasonal foods through her private chef business in Manhattan and now her new cookbook, The Modern Menu.  You know how when you learn a new word all of a sudden you hear that word everywhere?  Well, that is what happened with me and Kim.  Kim’s book came out in March and I have been wanting to talk to her and write about her book, but other things kept getting in the way.  Then I saw the book at a friends house one Shabbat, the following week another friend mentioned how much she loved Kim Kushner, I started following her on Instagram and found her on the Today Show, go Kim!

The Modern Menu is all about simplicity.  “To my mind, less is more, simple is always best, and food should look as good as it tastes”, says Kim.  She offers vibrant, every day recipes that should be used as a guide with tips and tricks to make them your own. There are no hard and fast rules with Kim, so mix and match and create your own menus as I did in this Modern Rosh Hashanah Menu From Kim Kushner.


The Healthy Apple


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Apples are my go to healthy snack all year long.  They are sturdy and and can sit in the bottom of my messy purse without getting too bruised or (more importantly) damaging the rest of my stuff.  Apples fill the need for a perfect anytime snack, and whether you like your fruit sweet, tangy or tart you’ll find an apple that will willingly cooperate. The average apple has less than 100 calories and provides 4 grams of fiber. It will take you from lunch until dinner or keep you from the midnight munchies if you like to snack at night.  When May comes around and bright red strawberries hit the grocery shelves, I leave the apples behind and binge on berries, peaches, nectarines and plums all summer long.   But now that  fall, Rosh Hashanah and apple picking season are approaching, I start to crave the crunch. While apples don’t need anything to make them more appealing (apple-ing?) , I also enjoy cooking with apples and playing with the flavors of the season.  Who can resist an apple dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah?  What about an apple dipped in date honey and roasted just enough to caramelize to perfection? These roasted apples are really best eaten right off the pan (I just can’t help myself), being careful not to burn your mouth, of course! But if you fancy yourself a bit more civilized, you could serve them atop a vanilla frozen dessert or along side a sponge cake for a delicious holiday treat.


Click here to get the recipe for Roasted Apples with Date Honey


Rosh Hashanah Brisket Recipe with Apples


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Apples and Honey are perhaps the most symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year.  A traditional Rosh Hashanah Seder (yup I said seder) is a “program” run through at the start of a Rosh Hashanah meal, where we partake of a series of symbolic foods (the simanim) each followed by a specific blessing.

Simanim – literally means signs or indicators – that are meant to point the way to improved circumstances.