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5 Unexpected Hamantaschen Flavors

 

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Raspberry, poppy seed and chocolate all make for great fillings for those addicting little hamantaschen we get to enjoy each Purim, only thing is those are the only flavors we seem to receive.  I’ve seen some pretty exciting flavors of hamantaschen popping up on instagram pages of kosher bloggers and thought I would join in on the out-of-the-box hamantaschen party.  Below are 5 fun and unexpected hamantaschen flavors.

 


 

Mishloach Manot in a Jar

 

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Mason jars make an incredible gift basket for a variety of edible goodies. You can buy them in bulk (www.amazon.com or your local home goods store) for a mishloach manot treat everyone will remember. You can fill mason jars with anything you can dream up, from  soup to pasta sauce to sweets. Make it extra special by dressing up the jar with ribbon and a fun homemade gift tag.

Here are 10 great ideas for mishloach manot in a jar:


 

Cookbook Spotlight: Chocolate-Covered Katie ...

 

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Katie’s favorite food is chocolate. She doesn’t go a day without eating at least one square and one square can sometimes lead to cake for breakfast! She had always thought of chocolate as an enjoyable addition to her day, but while in college her sugar habit started affecting her energy levels. Realizing she couldn’t go on eating how she had been, she began to develop recipes that were sweet but had less effect on her physically. Katie started off by posting recipes online on her blog Chocolate-Covered Katie, which has become an internet sensation. After gaining quite the following on her blog and on social media, Katie has put out a cookbook: Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good For You.

Here are a few of the recipes from her cookbook:


 

Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles: 4 Variations

 

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Sweet and sophisticated chocolate truffles are simpler to make than you might think. Earn yourself a compliment at the Purim seudah, or package them in a simple gift box for an elegant and delightful Mishloach Manot. Just don’t forget to save a few of these goodies for yourself.

Classic Chocolate Truffles


 

Lights, Camera, Cook For An Oscar Night Feast

 

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According to film reviewers, the 2015 Oscars Best Picture race is the closest in a decade. Whether it’s Boyhood or Birdman (the two front runners) or The Imitation Game, American Sniper, Whiplash, The Theory of Everything, Selma, or The Grand Budapest Hotel, you can be sure that the Oscars will provide audiences with glamour and plenty of nail-biting moments. While you are sitting at the edge of your seats waiting for the announcement of the winner of the Best Picture category why not try these recipes inspired by the 2015 Oscar Nominated Best Pictures.

 


 

Learn To Make Your Own Candy From A Pro

 

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Ilzy Rappaport is a jeweler who creates edible gems. She invents rare boutique sweets, whose flavors will raise the bar on your taste buds. Ilzy is a woman of sugar. She’s super sweet and bubbly, and her work is amazing! Whoever knows Ilzy, can attest that the surplus of sweetness is found within her, and not only in her delicacies. She is a certified confectioner (the title for someone who makes sweets). Even the name sounds appetizing!

Honey Flavoured Marshmallows


 

RSVP #ChosenCandy Party Planning Twitter Chat

 

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You’re invited to join our #ChosenCandy Twitter chat!

Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by MIKE AND IKE® and GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®


 

My Philly Fave’s Mishloach Manot

 

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Philadelphia favorites are the theme of this Mishloach Manot, complete with a map of City Center, you won’t want to miss out on these great ideas.


 

Persian Cardamon Rice Cookies (“Naan-e...

 

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Persian Cardamon Rice Cookies (“Naan-e Berenji”) Posted 02/12/2015 by My Jerusalem Kitchen
Purim is a time when our reality is upside-down. For me, an upside-down reality is eating butter and sugar -- powdered sugar. Enjoying a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth rice cookie teeming with sweet cardamon notes is me in my "real" state. But since I can't live in my real state every day, 'lest risking cardiac arrest and impossible to keep up with bakery costs, why not do so on Purim? These cookies, commonly served for Purim and at weddings, are the perfect addition to your Purim feast, and I hope you enjoy them!

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10 Mishloach Manot (Shalach Manos) Ideas

 

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Purim is coming up in just a few short weeks which means there is plenty of time to plan and prep what you’ll give for mishloach (shalach) manot, which consists of two different ready-to-eat foods (or treats!). Of course, we’ll all be in the same position just a few days before, rushing to come up with a creative idea because, well, life happens and planning can fall by the wayside.  In anticipation of normal life, below are 10 practical and delicious ideas for mishloach manot.

 


 

Jewish Comfort Food: Chulent Re-Make

 

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Hubby is a shy guy.  Actually, let me restate: Hubby is not a spotlight/limelight kinda dude, more the behind-the-scenes type.  He calls himself the idea man.  And we all laugh about it.  Cause most things that I end up doing are his idea – like writing my first cookbook, making Aliyah and most everything in between.

But he is really really, really, really, funny.  Like crazy funny.  The kids always comment about how much we laugh together and how much fun we have.  We cook together, we clean together (although he would argue he does much of that on his own), we shop together, (except, again, when he is doing that all by his lonesome with a crazy long list from me) and we generally travel as a pair.


 

How and Why To Use Pressure and Slow Cookers

 

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Ask any of your middle-aged friends or relatives about pressure cookers, and they’ll likely conjure up a scene straight out of “Pulp Fiction.” While pressure cookers were at their most popular between the 1950s and 1970s, the rubber valves in those early versions could explode in your face pretty easily if the pressure got too strong, and many of us are still scarred by our childhood memories.

Pressure Cooker Risotto


 

Cookbook Spotlight: Gefiltefest *Giveaway*

 

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The word doesn’t really exist – it was made up by Michael Leventhal, founder and organiser of a Jewish food charity and annual Jewish food festival in London.  It’s a play on the words ‘gefilte fish‘ perhaps the best known Ashkenazi dish.

This engaging cookbook is a collection of recipes from well known Ashkenazi and Sephardi chefs and food writers from across the globe, with a foreword by the best known of all, Claudia Roden.  It features personal favourites that you know are charged with emotion and every recipe has a story behind it.   Every dish reveals the writer’s roots, global wanderings and modern practicalities and passions.


 

A Healthier Take on Jewish Classics

 

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There are only a few things more confusing than advice on healthful eating: Paleoists, vegans, carb cyclers, ketone diet adepts, fructarians, vegetarians, flexitarians, doctors, dietitians, trainers, scientists, celebrities, coaches, chefs–and the list keeps going– all state that they’ve found the perfect way to eat, but many of them give opposite recommendations. And then, if we were already confused, there’s kashrut…However, if you look closely, there’s something everyone–including kosher laws–agrees upon: plants are great for us, and they should be the core of our diets.

We don’t normally think of Jewish dietary laws being plant based, however, they do give us plenty of freedom when it comes to the plant world. They also promote moderation with products from the animal kingdom; restricting us on how to obtain, combine and eat them. We do obsess with meat and dairy, however, maybe our eyes should be on the plants, which are pretty much free for all (except for checking them for insects, which are not plants!).


 

Cooking With Joy: Somewhat Sephardic Chulent

 

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One aspect of this cookbook that I really like, are the intro’s that Jamie writes before all the recipes. Some of the things that she writes really pertain to me and how I am cooking my way through this book. In this recipe’s intro, Jamie writes “Who reads a cookbook in order, anyway?” Well I am very happy she wrote that. Originally when I started this project I thought that I would just go in order and cook every recipe. Well I haven’t really been doing that. Jamie was right- maybe nobody actually reads a cookbook in order! I am skipping around, and still building up the courage to cook the Family Fricasee from pg 171, not sure what about it scares me; I just haven’t brought myself to face it yet. Also, how many briskets or huge pieces of meat can my family eat in a row? (Don’t answer that)