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Urchatz – DIY cleaning Products

 

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While preparing for passover one of the first things that I do is buy cleaning products. I guess in my mind the more cleaning products I have the more prepared I am for the passover cleaning frenzy.

Since I made Aliyah five years ago I discovered something that has changed my outlook on cleaning products forever. The water consistency in Israel is different then the US and tends to stain glass showers. No matter what I did or used I wasn’t able to clean my shower doors properly. Then one day my landlord came over and suggested I use apple cider vinegar to remove the stains. The stains came off immediately and I decided to stop buying overpriced cleaning products and learn more about homemade cleaning products that would save both time and money. Did I forget to mention the added benefit of using chemical free products in your home?


 

Check Out The #ShareSabra Blogger Dinner

 

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So much of our lives these days are set around our computer or another digital device.  Most of our communication takes place through email, texting and sometimes voice or video calls.  As someone who works from a home office, it is nice to have the chance to get out for a night and it always nice to get to see all the bloggers we work with and email with in person once in a while.  It is especially great when a bunch of foodies get together for a pot luck style dinner featuring Sabra recipes.   With a food demo, a prop swap, Israeli wines and lots of food, we had a great time.  Some of you may have followed along on social media with #ShareSabra and here is the full recap, recipes and all!!

You can see even more pictures over on our Facebook page here.


 

My Passover Faves *Giveaway*

 

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Every year at this time I usually put together a list of my favorite Passover recipes for you.  You can find some of my favorite collections from previous years here and here.  This time around I thought to feature some of my favorite recipes from some of my favorite foodie friends – so you can be inspired by the food and folks that inspire me.


 

Kadesh – 10 Kosher Wines for Passover

 

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Passover begins this year in the evening of Friday, April 3 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 11 2015.  As usual, there is an abundance of wonderful kosher wines for Passover for every budget.

With our overview of 10 kosher wines for Passover, we wanted to share a selection of recent favorites from a few new and emerging wine producers and highlight several reliable standbys that seem to always have a spot at our dinner table and would be a welcome addition to yours.


 

Matzo Farfel with Feta and Basil

 

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Matzo Farfel with Feta and Basil Posted 03/18/2015 by Jamie Geller
“Chiffonade” is a French term which means “rags.” To make a chiffonade of basil: Stack the leaves and roll them into a tight cigar shape. Slice crosswise into thin strips. Fluff the strips to separate them.

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12 Passover Seder Mains

 

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It feels like Passover is just around the corner!  Conversations always seem to lead to discussions of pesach (Passover) preparations, whether it’s cleaning, menu planning, or figuring out how to configure the house for all of the guests.  While I am not one to give cleaning tips, I would like to offer up the plethora of Pesach recipes here at Joy of Kosher.  If you’re looking for articles with a mix of recipes, check out some of mine from last year (I can’t believe how the time has flown!) including A Trio of Passover Picnic Menus15 Salad Recipes for Passover; 15 Healthy Passover Chicken Recipes; 25 Passover Dessert Recipes; and 101 Passover Recipes.  There are plenty of recipes for many of your menu planning needs, and to add to that below are 12 ideas for main dishes to serve after the seder including meat and vegetarian recipes.

 


 

Cooking With Wine

 

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Let’s start with a confession: I can’t drink. Not much, at least. Anything more than half a cup of wine makes me extremely tipsy. For this reason, even if I do like the taste, I’ve always had to stop at the first glass, and never had the chance to fine-tune my sensory abilities and learn to appreciate the more complex bouquets.

My lack of tolerance for alcohol has often made me feel not only deprived, but also a bit insecure. After all, since we share with France the title of largest producer in the world, wine in Italy is a big deal.


 

Passover Comfort Foods

 

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With all the stress that passover tends to bring it is essential that we have some great comfort food recipes in our back pocket!


 

Passover Make Ahead Breakfasts

 

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Effortless entertaining while often seemingly elusive can actually, easily be achieved with make-ahead meals.


 

Gluten-Free Matzo Balls

 

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Gluten-Free Matzo Balls Posted 03/17/2015 by Gluten-Free Nosh
Matzo balls are a favorite at Passover and any time of the year. But what to do if you are gluten-free and can’t have regular matzo or matzo meal, let alone matzo balls? While some gluten-free matzo ball mixes are available for Passover (my favorite is Lieber’s knaidel mix), they can be hard to find. Inspired by German potato dumplings, this recipe uses potatoes, potato starch and almond meal to make fluffy matzo balls — without the matzo. The result is gluten-free, non-gebrokts knaidlach that are fluffy on the outside, while slightly dense on the inside. Make sure to plan out this recipe in advance, as you’ll need to refrigerate the boiled potatoes ahead of time. A potato ricer works well here to finely shred the cooked potatoes, but you can them well by hand, too. When boiling the matzo balls, do so at a light boil, so vigorous bubbling won’t break up the delicate matzo balls. While you can make the batter ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator, the matzo balls are best cooked close to serving time.

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Eggplant Roll Ups Recipe Video

 

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Yes, the rumor is true. I did eat 6 of these all by my lonesome when testing the recipe. Now in the interest of full disclosure I ate 3 for breakfast (was a late breakfast, more like brunch) and 3 for lunch (was a late lunch, more like linner). And yes you may have heard that I also fried up some extra eggplant to snack on in between. And while some people may be embarrassed to admit this I think it just proves how much of a winner this recipe really is. So hang on to your hats folks and watch me fry and roll and bake your new favorite Passover and year-round brunch, lunch, linner or dinner dish.


 

Secret Substitutes to Enhance Passover Meals

 

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Passover is a great holiday, it’s fun, family oriented but most of all it can be a lot of work. With all of the eating restrictions sometimes it is hard to find something to eat or serve that everyone will like. I found that there are three secret substitutes that will help you make it through the holiday without missing your favorite non kosher for passover foods.

The first is Cauliflower. It is so versatile and can be used in so many different dishes! Try some of these cauliflower recipes :


 

Kosher Pastured Raised Top of the Rib *Giveaway*

 

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Using only seven ingredients, our signature concept, our Red Wine Top of the Rib recipe is easy to make and is fall-apart delicious! The trick to tenderized, fall-apart meat is to slice it against the grain after the initial cooking process and then to put it back in the oven for a final roast. We highly recommend that you use red wine that you can enjoy after the recipe is complete; try a full flavored wine such as a Merlot or a Shiraz. The red wine adds so much flavor to the recipe and may help to tenderize the meat as well.


 

Passover Refrigerator Stocking Tips

 

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When preparing for Passover one of the most important things we can do is purchase the proper products to stock the fridge. While the holiday is always hectic and draining, make sure to get products that enable you to make quick and delicious dishes.  Instead of dreading the holiday because of all the eating restrictions it poses, buy the products that will keep you and your family happy over Passover.


 

What Are Kitniyot and Gebrokts?

 

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Kitniyot refers to  grains and legumes such as rice, corn, soy beans, string beans, peas, lentils, mustard, sesame seeds and poppy seeds which are traditionally not eaten by Ashkenazic Jews on Passover.

Gebrokts is a yiddish word that refers to matzah that has come in contact with water, many hassidic Jews refrain from eating Gebrokts on Passover.