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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.


 

Budget Mediterranean Family Dinners

 

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What to make in between the hectic days of Yom Tov & Back to School Madness?

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to cook great tasting, exotic meals that can be prepared in minutes.


 

DIY – Painted Lace Honey Jar

 

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I know it may seem that the lace on this jar is real, but I have to tell you that it’s actually painted on. When I painted it this morning and showed it around to my friends, they couldn’t believe that the lace was actually paint and had to go and touch it to make sure.


 

New Year Issue Available Now – Sneak Peek

 

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Shana Tova!!!  Let us all start the new year off right and let us start you off with a special New Year issue.  Join us as we spend a-day-in-the-food-life-of world famous Jewish comedian Mendy Pellin;  visit the secret spots in Sante Fe; peek into the famed Mamilla Hotel; and spotlight the things we love in part 1 of our shiny new, in depth, favorite Pots and Pans series.  For the NEW Year, we’ll bring you everything that’s NEW, (don’t miss the new Joy of Kosher cookbook, out in October) gadgets, gifts, home design, food, wine, hotels and a look at Kosher in 5774.  And for our pièce de résistance… THE ULTIMATE YOM TOV GUIDE… course-by-course recipes, tips, tablescaping and entertaining ideas.


 

The Best Olive Oil For Rosh Hashanah *Giveaway*

 

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You all know how much Jamie loves to share Simanim inspired recipes and menus this time of year. It’s a fun challenge to integrate as many Simanim (symbolic) foods as we can over the course of the high holidays and start the New Year right.

So I want to take us beyond tradition.  If someone can suggest that celery and raisins on your Rosh Hashanah table will help you get a “raise in salary” then I’m willing to go so far to suggest that adding more olive to your meals will increase the love in your life (if you unscramble the letters you get “I love”).  For that matter, olives and olive oil are good for your heart, too. So why not use the best tasting olive oil you can find, especially now during this auspicious time of year.


 

Top Ten Honey Recipes and Hosting Tips

 

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Cause I am feeling sweet I’m sharing my top 10 honey recipes along with my top 10 tips for hosting this holiday.  But not before a word from our sponsor… honey, the sweetest of all the simanim this Rosh Hashanah.

What are simanim?


 

Rosh Hashanah Gifts – Honey Finds

 

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Rosh Hashanah is now less than a month away, have you started planning your menus yet?  If your lucky, maybe you are eating some of your meals out.  Whether as a hostess gift for someone else or a fun new addition to your High Holiday table, these honey themed finds will sweeten your year.