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Picking Apples In Season and Apple Honey Cake

 

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Fall is all about apples: from apple picking (straight off the tree) to using them in everything you make — salads, appetizers, main dishes and of course, dessert. Apples epitomize fall and are a significant symbol of the upcoming holiday. The humble apple is a really unique food, being full of nutrition, affordable and versatile all at once. What better way to celebrate the season so redolent of apples than with apples themselves!


 

Watch Me On The Today Show For Rosh Hashanah

 

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So exciting to be back on the TODAY Show! Kathie Lee and Hoda were sooooooo nice as usual. Really, they are kind and warm and welcoming and funny!


 

Shana Tova

 

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In the coming year, may all of your meals be cooked to perfection — nothing burns, nothing sogs, nothing falls apart. May it be a year of culinary delights and taste-bud adventures!

And may you and your loved ones eat in good health, happiness, sweetness and peace.


 

My Middle Eastern Menu

 

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My sister and I were brainstorming recipe ideas when she described an incredible meal she had recently made, featuring lamb turnovers. I was immediately fired up to create my own version of her delicious turnovers, incorporating sweet cinnamon and spicy cumin; the Middle Eastern spices of fall.

My inspiration for Middle Eastern fare filtered even further into the side dishes, resulting in a beautiful, plated meal filled with golden yellow turmeric, green arugula, sweet mint and crunchy red pomegranate seeds; simply the perfect menu to celebrate the New Year.


 

How To Make Your Cut Flowers Last

 

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It is important to cut and condition your flowers when you get them home from the store before putting them in your vase in order to have a long lasting bouquet.  Here are the steps to prepare your flowers:

1. Start off with preparing a clean vase and fresh water from the tap.


 

Freekeh Stuffed Red Peppers

 

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Freekeh Stuffed Red Peppers Posted 09/19/2014 by Chef Tami Weiser
Creating vegan entrees that are so good that your omnivore family and guests are happy is no easy feat. As a former vegetarian and vegan, for over 2 decades, including doing catering, I found that the best dishes were based on real whole foods. I love to find a new grain to learn about and experiment with. Fear not the freekah. It’s an easy to use, readily available grain. Not the adventurous sort? You can substitute most familiar hearty grains- barley, whole buckwheat or even brown rice- if you prefer. Try this recipe stuffed in an onion instead of a pepper or add some ground turkey or try a pungent salty feta tossed in—it’s an easy recipe to play with. The spices are influenced by Egyptian dukkah, with a pine nuts twist. Freekeh, an ancient Egyptian grain, is a powerhouse of flavor and nutrition. Stuffing it, Sephardic style, into fresh seasonal vegetables, is a great way to showcase it. It’s a great vegan entree for your Rosh Hashanah or Sukkot celebration.

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Cooking With Joy: Winter Citrus Salad and Avocado...

 

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Both of these salads are super simple to prepare and really delicious! I find these type of salads are really great to have on hand for a three day Yom Tov or a long summer Shabbos when shalosh seudos needs to be hearty. Just keep the raw ingredients in the fridge and put them together right before the meal.


 

5 Date Recipes for your Seudah

 

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The word for date in hebrew is tamri, similar to the word sheyitamu “may they be consumed”, the accompanying blessing that many people make on Rosh Hashanah asks that our enemies be consumed.  This summer I was in Israel where I felt firsthand the devastation that comes from the baseless hatred of the enemies of the Jewish people.  In truth, the enemy of the Jews is a threat to all peoples because in each generation we fight more than a group of oppressors; we are truly fighting against the blindness and darkness that comes from a lack of light and truth in the world.  Here at Joy of Kosher we have thousands of recipes which, yes, taste amazing, but more importantly are part a mission to be hiddur l’mitzvah, to beautify the mitzvah of kosher.  We hope that the holiday and year-round kosher recipes we share bring simcha (happiness) to your homes and helps you to beautify the incredible joy, and responsibility, that is keeping kosher.  Shanah Tovah U’Mesukah!

 


 

Joy of Israel 6 – City of David With Israeli...

 

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This here is part 1 of the amazing 2-part cooking show we produced with beloved Israeli Master Chef Tom Franz!!!!! (I know that’s lots of exclamation points but I am super-duper excited!!!! Can you tell?!??!?!) In the heart of Biblical Jerusalem, in the gorgeous City of David courtyard, under the shade of olive trees, in front of a live audience, we prepared (as in Tom cooked and I helped) 3 recipes featuring the 7 Super Foods of the Bible aka the Sheva Minim: wheat, barley, figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes (wine), and olives (oil).


 

All The Wonderful Things You Can Do With Broth ...

 

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One of my absolute most favorite go-to kitchen staples for quick cooking meals in minutes is broth – especially around the holidays, when I don’t want to feel like I am cooking around the clock (even if I am!). I always have about a case of Manischewitz All-Natural Chicken, Vegetable and Beef Broth in my kitchen cupboard. Yes, a case, of each. I kinda love to stock up on the things that I love.


 

The Curious Case of Pomegranate Wine

 

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My first memory of the sweet and tart pomegranate was on Rosh Hashanah, when every year my parents would bring a small bag of these crimson spheres into the house for us to enjoy as our new fruit.  My dad would cut a hole in the bottom and roll the fruit around the table to help get the juices flowing.  My siblings and I would then fight over who gets the pleasure of sucking out the juice of the pomegranate.  Of course, this was long before POM and all the other brands of pomegranate juice available just about everywhere, but nothing tastes as good as that memory.


 

A Simanim Inspired Rosh Hashanah Menu

 

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Simanim are so my thing. Now of course I know that on Rosh Hashanah they are everyone’s thing, but in addition to holding a Rosh Hashanah Seder where all the simanim make an appearance (even that fish head!)

I let them inspire my menu. This fish course features no less than 9 simanim (fish, honey, spinach, carrots, cabbage, pomegranate, apples, leeks and dates). I am nothing if not efficient. And all recipes are kissed with honey… well more than kissed. I call for generous measurements because why shouldn’t our cup runneth over with sweetness this new year?!


 

Kosher Wine for Rosh Hashanah

 

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According to our tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the first day of creation of humankind.  We celebrate this holy day with a festive meal and of course, a special wine (or two).  On Rosh Hashanah we like to share a new wine for the New Year, appreciating the amazing diversity and creativity of kosher winemakers around the world.  It’s the perfect time to try something new.  Here are a few of the bottles we will be pouring at our table over the next week or two.

2012 1848 2nd Generation Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel); $23.
Aged in European oak barrels for 10 months, this wine has a purple color with bright burgundy tones.  An aroma of ripe red fruit, blackberries, mint, vanilla and tobacco in the background. The wine is full-bodied and complex, and gives a very balance, long and pleasant finish.


 

Cooking With Joy: Eat Your Veggies

 

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Eat your veggies! Isn’t that what your parents always said? Well Thank G-d that is one problem that we do not have here. We have successfully gotten our kids to eat broccoli, spinach, asparagus and even the forbidden brussel sprout!


 

10 All-Time Favorite, Healthy, and Fancy Kugel...

 

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Kugel seems like a minhag, a tradition, for many families, although it’s not actually compulsory for the holiday celebration!  This is because kugels are such a treat 1) to eat  and 2) to make in advance and freeze.  If you haven’t yet experimented with making some of kugels below, now is a great time to experiment before the height of holiday cooking season is underway.  Below are just a few of the many  kugel recipes on the site (we have almost 100!); for more great ideas check out all of the great new recipes in the latest issue of Joy of Kosher Magazine.  What’s your favorite kugel recipe to serve at the holidays? Please share below!