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Celebrate Mother’s Day With A Cook-off

 

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We haven’t gone out to a restaurant on Mother’s Day in years. I can’t handle the crowds, the rushed service, the same old tired food. And frankly, now that we have 5 grandchildren, we also don’t want to make them wait and – perhaps – become restless and cranky, which only makes it more stressful for us (and everyone else in the restaurant).

It’s just easier at home.


 

A Loving Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

 

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When I think of a description for Mom’s around the world, I think of “loving” and when I think of what kind of food and what kind of menu to create “loving” is there again.  Isn’t there an old saying that the reason Mom’s food tastes better is because she made it with love?  Even if your mother doesn’t show her affection with tons of hugs and kisses and traditional signs of love, I know there is love behind all her actions.  In honor of all the loving Mother’s and everyone planning a Brunch to celebrate Mom, this menu is for you.

Double Espresso Hot Chocolate


 

Baked Pecan French Toast Casserole

 

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Baked Pecan French Toast Casserole Posted 05/04/2015 by Joy of Kosher
Prep this french toast casserole the night before then pop it in the oven just before your guests arrive or your family wakes up. The house will smell delicious and you will have the most amazing french toast to serve that took no time to make. Add some chocolate chips or your favorite fruit and it can even work for dessert. Best way to use up leftover challah, no more slaving over a hot stove for you. Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

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Marble Cinnamon French Toast Bites

 

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Marble Cinnamon French Toast Bites Posted 05/04/2015 by Seven Bites
This French toast recipes serves them up as bites, the perfect Mother's day brunch recipe. We love that each bite is fully coated in batter and filled with cinnamon flavor we can't get enough of. The marble color of the challah looks gorgeous and adds a nice change in texture.

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Rum Raisin Bread Pudding

 

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Rum Raisin Bread Pudding Posted 04/30/2015 by Jamie Geller
My love of all things bread pudding comes from my mom. And my mom's love comes from her mom. You can say it's in our DNA and we didn't really have a choice. My grandmother a"h, on occasion, would even go so far as to eat a piece of fresh, crusty, Italian bread for dessert. So this Rum Raisin Bread Pudding, a "slight" upgrade on a simple slice of bread to end the meal, is for my mom (and grandmom). Don't have day-old bread? Place bread cubes on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes to dry out. Happy Mother's Day!

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4 Sizzling Hot Dog Topping Ideas

 

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Lag B’Omer is almost here, and it’s time to get into that BBQ mindset. As a child, I’ve always put the 3 classic condiments on my hotdog: ketchup, mustard and relish. This year I decided to go off the well traveled dog path and transform the simple hot dog in a bun to ‘The Ultimate Dog’. I couldn’t decide on just one recipe so I’ve created FOUR fun and fresh recipes to tempt each and every one of you.

Hot Dog with Mushroom and Onion Topping


 

Cooking with Joy: BBQ Short Rib Sandwich With...

 

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Disclaimer! This is not an “I think I’ll make short ribs tonight” kinda recipe. This recipe takes time, but the results are ridiculously worth it!


 

2 Ways To Flambe for Lag Baomer

 

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Lag Baomer is the 33rd day that we count between Passover and Shavuot.  It is also a day that marks celebration among a time of mourning.  Celebrations typically include bonfires and you can read the full reasons and history here then get lots of fun S’more Recipe Ideas here.   Sometimes bonfires are not as easy to come by especially when you live in a city, so I like to find other ways to light my fire.

This year I am learning to Flambe.  Flambé refers to a cooking method where alcohol is added to a pan of cooked food and then gets set aflame.  Often seen in fancy restaurants and in movies, this technique is actually quite easy to do at home, just follow some basic fire safety rules.  Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen at all times.  Keep a pot lid close by to smother the flame if needed and don’t pour liquor directly from a bottle into the pan.  Now that we have safety out of the way, here are the recipes.


 

Three Spring Menu Ideas

 

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I know how much you all love menus and I just happen to love creating them for you, but also for me.  I need to plan my menus ahead so I can stay organized and food is the one part of my life I can always plan for.  My goal is to share a new seasonal menu every week, but this week I thought I would share three in honor of Spring!!

Keep reading for one meat menu, one dairy menu and one vegan menu, try one or try them all or mix and match, just get inspired for every day dinners.


 

Watch Our Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe

 

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You can thank a fellow Joy of Kosher fan for this video. On our YouTube Channel YouTube.com/JOYofKOSHER, she posted a comment requesting that we share a video demonstrating pizza dough from scratch.

So even though the request was posted way back in November 2014,  we never forgot.  As soon as the first opportunity presented itself I called in an expert – my friend Chef Zissie of ChefZissie.com to help me create this video especially for her.


 

Why I Love Niçoise Salad

 

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The first time I actually ate and fell in love with Niçoise Salad was in Israel.  I was 15 and we were staying at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.  After trying the salad in the hotel lobby for lunch I continued to order it almost every day followed by a Cafe Haphuch (“upside-down” coffee, Israel’s answer to cappuccino) for the term of our 2 week trip.

Now more than 2 decades later (how in the world is it that I have a memory from 20 years ago that doesn’t include me in diapers?!) it’s still a favorite.


 

Fennel 4 Ways

 

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Fennel is a highly aromatic vegetable with a flavor profile that most closely resembles black licorice. But don’t let that scare you away! Even if you don’t like black licorice, once you learn how to cook with fennel, you will fall for the mild and natural anise flavor. Fennel is an unusually shaped vegetable with a bulb on the bottom and fronds coming out of the top that make a beautiful garnish. You can also find fennel seeds in the dry spice aisle, where it is commonly used in Mediterranean as well as Indian food. In fact, in many parts of India, roasted fennel seeds are offered after the meal as a digestive and breath freshener. Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet and can be eaten raw or cooked. To bring out the full flavor, I love roasting fennel along with other root vegetables. Fennel is low in calories, high in vitamin C and fiber and has antioxidants as well.

Here are 4 fennel recipes that you should definitely give a try:


 

Cooking With Joy: Argentinian Brisket With...

 

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By now you have noticed that Evergreen is where I do most of my shopping, especially for meat. Since I am there pretty often, I have built up a relationship with many of the managers. AJ is my go to guy. He will often ask me “what’s on the menu this week?” or “I’m waiting for samples”. This week when he looked in my shopping cart he saw that I had a first cut brisket. He told me to put it back and to take a second cut instead. I was hesitant at first, but listened to his reasoning. AJ said that second cut brisket is a fattier piece of meat which makes for a softer more flavorful roast. When I have bought brisket in the past I have only bought first cut, thinking it was superior. It is all in a person’s taste; however, I soon found out that I in fact agree with AJ. This recipe turned out AMAZING using the second cut.  Let me know in the comments below which cut you prefer, but first let me tell you how the rest of the recipe went!


 

6 Unexpected Asparagus Recipes

 

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Is it really finally Spring?


 

A Special Israeli Menu for Yom Haatzmaut

 

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Every year my synagogue has a big program to celebrate Yom Haatzamut.  The night the holiday begins all the men get together and enjoy a free BBQ.  I am sure it is not only for men, but in my circle the wives stay home with the kids and the men gorge themselves on steak.  Don’t worry we girls have plenty of nights out.  Anyways, the next day the families all come together after school for bounce houses, face painting and mediocre food.  I know I admit to being a food snob, but I would rather make my own.  Despite the busy day I like to have something special to celebrate Israel, be it Israeli flavors and/or blue and white desserts and/or something grilled to celebrate like they do in Israel.  Here is what I have in store this year.

shawarma carrots roasted