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6 Cool Summer Desserts

 

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I have issues with dessert.  I love it too much.  Hubby, not so much.  So when we go out to dinner I order two – when I’m done with mine we swap plates and then I work on “his”.  Here and there he takes a spoonful and when it’s really good he takes more and then I get all bent out of shape  – cause if I knew he was going to eat so much I would have ordered a third, which I do on my birthday.  I am also a bad influence on Tamar — when we go out for dinner on my NYC trips I pressure our resident dietitian into ordering dessert, uhm, ok desserts.

These cool summer sweets incorporate a few of my favorite things into refreshing desserts – some of which Tamar may even approve of.


 

New Manischewitz Free Recipe App

 

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There is a new recipe app in town.  It is all kosher and made by Manischewitz.  Just in time for the High Holidays, the recipe app will help you prepare for this busy season and includes some favorite recipes from om our very own, Jamie Geller.   Many chefs and cookbook authors as well as home cooks and Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off contest winners have been included.

Find new ways to use all the Manischewitz products for recipes for Holidays and every day.  Enjoy Holiday fun facts and even weekly Shabbat times for your location, wherever you are.   Besides being kosher and easy to prepare, all the recipes feature some of the most popular Manischewitz® products including all natural broths, noodles, matzo, matzo meal, honey, and many more.  It is very easy to find recipes by typing in keywords or searching through the categories.


 

Homemade Beach Snacks For You and Your Kids

 

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Packing for a trip to the beach means making sure you have all of the essential items to making your day enjoyable and carefree.

The ultimate checklist consists of:


 

Flavorful Recipes Using BBQ Sauce

 

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In life there are two kinds of people.  Ketchup people and mustard people.  I am a mustard people.  I’ve never been a fan of ketchup, but I actually love BBQ sauce. Okay, I guess that means there are three kinds of people.  The rich, smoky flavor of BBQ sauce is very satisfying and depending on the sweetness or spice can offer a range of flavors that ketchup can’t seem to match. I never really used BBQ sauce on anything but meat or chicken until recently, and I can kick myself for not trying it sooner.

BBQ-Seitan-Pizza


 

Israel Substituion Guide

 

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Editor’s intro:

`A couple weeks ago we posted a Call To Cooks in Israel to help us start this Israel Substitution Guide to help new and old olim adapt recipes with ingredients they can find in Israel.  We had some fantastic responses with lots of tips and advice already in the comments over there.  Based on the questions we got and some of our own, Dvora has compiled this guide to help others.


 

Summer White Wines For a Picnic

 

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I Went on a Picnic and I Brought a Bottle of…

I had my first summer picnic the other day at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.  Caramoor is a former estate near Katonah, New York about 50 miles north of New York City.  Presently, it’s a venue for classical music performances and an art museum.  It is a beautiful area of Westchester, where you see about as many horses as people when driving down the winding roads between Bedford and Katonah.  In predictable New York summertime weather, our planned picnic day was hot and humid.  Not exactly the kind of weather that has you thinking about a glass of wine.  More like mojitos and margaritas.


 

How To Make Homemade Halva

 

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One of my favorite things to do when I am in Jerusalem is to go to the shuk. I love the bustle and energy of shopping there. The fresh produce, the spice shops, the fresh baked pita, all the stalls draw me in inviting me to purchase just a bit of this and a bit of that. But no display grabs me quite like the halvah stand. Huge slabs of halvah in every imaginable flavor, with the shopkeeper handing out samples so good you just can’t help but buy some. I always end up buying way too much, but no one seems to complain when I bring it home.

Since I don’t live in Jerusalem and don’t have the good fortune of regularly shopping at the shuk I wanted to try to recreate some of that amazing halvah in my own kitchen. It turns out that the flaky yet creamy texture that makes halvah so alluring it somewhat dependent on making industrial sized batches, which makes it a bit tricky to translate to the home kitchen. That being said, I have come up with a method that yields delicious halvah that is so much fresher and more delicious than any packaged halvah available for purchase. It is slightly less flaky than the halvah I remember from the shuk but it comes very close in texture and matches it in flavor.


 

A Summer Party Menu

 

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Later this Summer I will be heading to North Carolina to spend a week at the beach with my two siblings and their families.  I have never been to North Carolina and I haven’t shared a home with my brother and sister for almost 20 years (OMG, where did the time go?).  So I am excited to have this quality time, but a bit nervous and we have a lot of meals to plan for and we want every night to feel like a party.  The best part of renting a house together is we can put the kids to bed and enjoy quality grown up time with lots of food and drinks.

While I am planning I thought I would share some Summer menu ideas with all of you.  I hope you are all entertaining and enjoying company as much as you can in a more casual way then when the holidays come in, so here is my first Summer menu idea, let me know if you want me to share more in the comments below.  And if you have any tips on surviving (and enjoying) a week in a beach house with 13 people, 7 under the age of 10 let me know.


 

Duck Sauce Kishka Chicken Roll Ups

 

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I have a few “famous” recipes.  In no particular order, my Challah, Honey Chicken, Chulent, and Chicken Pastrami Rolls are all up there.  These recipes have received a nice number of comments and video views but more importantly they generate lots of in person discussion.  Meaning when I catch up with people on the street, or at a business meeting, or at a friend’s shabbos table – these are the recipes I hear about over and over and over again.

chicken pastrami rolls

Chicken Pastrami Rolls


 

Banana Oat Chocolate Muffin Top Cookies Link Up...

 

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I love making muffins. They are quick and easy and a favorite “quick” breakfast. One of my favorite muffin recipes is for Multigrain Blueberry Muffins. I use this recipe as a base and often change the grains based on what I have around the house. It’s hard to mess this one up and it’s a healthy treat my kids love!

For this month’s Kosher Connection link up, we decided to do a blog swap. We were each anonymously assigned a different blogger and asked to make one of their recipes. I laughed when I was assigned to Lil Miss Cakes, a baking blog mostly showcasing my neighbor and friend, Melissa’s gorgeous cakes. As a Dietitian who likes to bake, I stick to cookies and bundt cakes, I knew that I was not going anywhere near those works of art. But when I stumbled on these muffin top cookies I knew I found my perfect recipe.


 

A Shabbat Menu with Gold’s

 

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Sometimes all it takes for a perfect meal are a few great quality ingredients. Enjoy the summer weather with these quick and gourmet recipes for Shabbat and every day of the week.

Panko Crusted Salmon


 

New Finds from 2013 Fancy Food Show

 

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It is so much fun to be able to attend the fancy food show and learn about the new products and new trends in the food industry. Then to read all the highlights of the show from other perspectives and find out all the things I missed at this huge food show. According to the Specialty Food Association who hosts the event the top 5 trends were, Reinvented Frozen Treats, Grains and Seeds in New Places, Global Meal Starter, Retro Mania Done New, and Be Your Own Mixologist. Look out for specialty foods across all these categories in stores near you and note some of the articles and recipes we will be sharing in the coming year follow these trends as well.

Last time I attended the show (Fancy Food Show 2011) I remember noticing many new loose leaf tea companies. This year I found that specialty salts were all the rage. Flavored, smoked, or blended, these salts were everywhere. Fortunately for us the company Salt Works has a line of smoked salts with OU certification and hopefully will continue to offer more flavored salts with certification, click here to see Salt Works Kosher certified salts.


 

New Recipes with Beets

 

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I’m embarrassed to admit that before Joy of Kosher’s #GoForTheGold’s campaign, I had never tried a Gold’s product. Surprising, yes. I knew they made horseradish, but since gefilte fish is a rarity in my cooking I never used it. Nevertheless, I was up for the challenge of using one of their many condiments in my cooking and I picked that purple jar of Borscht.


 

Cook The Cover Contest

 

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Enter to win the Mariposa Platter (MSRP $150) featured on Page 20 of this month’s Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine.

Show us how your Jerk Chicken came out by posting your picture to our Facebook Wall or on Instagram with the tag #silverspoonstore and #cookthecover or email magazine@joyofkosher.com and you will automatically be entered to win a beautiful flat salad bowl from The Silver Spoon Store. Like the Silver Spoon on Facebook for gorgeous tableware and more great giveaways.


 

Kosher Pasture Raised Meat With Grow & Behold

 

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One balmy June afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Anna and Naftali Hanau. My goal was to learn more about pasture-raised beef as this is a fairly new concept to the kosher world. It was inspiring to hear Anna and Naftali share their story and give a tour of their backyard. We chatted over a BBQ feast they prepared, and the simple but truly mouthwatering food was an unexpected perk. We enjoyed Grow & Behold beef tartare (exceptional!), beef burgers, and marinated lamb chops with a salad of greens freshly picked that morning from the garden.