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Reclining At The Seder In Style

 

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Put Some “Seder” to your Seder!

It is a Mitzvah to lean by the Seder as stated in the words of the ” Mah Nishtana. This is part of the general theme of “Cheirut” – Freedom as we celebrate our freedom from the Egyptians and act by the Seder in a most royal and regal manner.  And for the most part, we play our roles beautifully. The Seder Table is adorned with a pristine white table cloth, the freshly polished silver glistens, everyone stands around in their new Yom Tov finery – and then there are the pillow cases! From the boys room the brown and blue Scooby Doo, from the girls room the pink floral, from the guestroom the old camp line; you get the idea!


 

Tips and Tricks for Cooking With Kids

 

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Pesach is a time we focus on 3 specific themes: Traditions, Children, and Food. With all the time spent in the kitchen preparing food for the plethora of meals consumed over this week, now is a great time to begin the tradition of getting kids involved with food preparation. Not only is it a great way to teach family and religious customs, but there are so many more benefits to be gained, such as:

  • Learning math, science, and language skills
  • Learning about nutrition, food skills, and social skills involved with working together and sharing space and equipment
  • Being more likely to eat with family resulting in: making better food choices, having better nutrient intake, healthier weight, reduced risk of developing eating disorders, improved social interactions with peers, and better school performance
  • Better intake of fruits and vegetables with decreased intake of fats, soda and fried food

While you may be wary of including children in food preparation as you can do it so much faster and neater without their involvement, cooking with your children can be a positive and fun experience. These tips make it a fun and safe way to reconnect after a long day, or just relax together with a shared activity.


 

Cooking A Whole Brisket Overnight Is Perfection

 

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It took me a long time to love brisket. It’s the kind of meat that can be dry, stringy and hard-to-chew if you don’t cook it right.

My mother-in-law changed my mind. Unlike my mom, who insisted on using the first-cut portion, my mother-in-law clued me in to the second cut, which is more flavorful. Yes, it has a lot of fat but most of it melts away during cooking. Besides, it’s the fat that softens and enriches the meat as it cooks.


 

A Spanish Seder Menu

 

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I love ethnic food. Well, okay, I love all food, but I have a special place in my heart for creating menu based on a specific international cuisine. So a few years ago when I found kosher for Passover soy sauce I created a Chinese Seder. It got rave reviews and has become a new family tradition. Last year, I had to host two Seders, so I was looking for something new and decided to try Spanish food and it worked beautifully!

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Saffron Matzo Ball Soup With Sofrito


 

15 Healthy Passover Chicken Recipes

 

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Passover would probably be at the top of the list of healthiest Jewish holidays.  Sometimes, though, because of the many restricted ingredients, we may find ourselves adding a little extra oil and salt than is necessary.  These 15 kosher for Passover chicken recipes are easy, healthy, and full flavor.

 


 

Shortcut Matbucha Shakshuka Video *Giveaway*

 

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I’m kind of a connoisseur when it comes to Shakshuka.  The fact that I have ordered it in most every restaurant that serves it should certainly qualify me as an expert of some sort, dontchya think?

I have had Spinach and Cream Shakshuka at Café Rimon in Mamilla, an open air mall outside the Old City of Jerusalem.  I have had Leek and Eggplant Shakshuka at Gavna an outdoor cafe overlooking the Judean Hills in the Gush and I have had the traditional tomato and pepper Shakshuka at café chains across the country and at Ikea’s kosher cafeteria in Rishon L’Ziyon.  I have eaten Shakshuka both with and without both  Feta and Bulgarian cheeses, both with runny and firm yolks and both spicy hot and not spicy enough.  I love it.  In truth, I just adore it still, this after 18 months of making it my mission to try every Shakshuka in Israel.


 

A Passover Tablescape

 

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Before I can sit down to plan my seder night menu (or maybe we should leave that one to Jamie), I like to design my tablesetting for the evening well in advance of Pesach, as let’s face it, who has time later. Make it fun and easy so the entire family will enjoy. All you need is some cardstock, scissors, corks for the placecards, a good craft store and dollar store (shekel shop for those of us living in Israel), a computer and a little imagination.


 

Fresh, Fast and Fancy Passover Sides

 

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I had a blast tasting and testing these 7 sweet and savory Seder sides for Passover. All ingredients are easily accessible in both the U.S. and Israel, and all recipes are non-gebrochts. Watch these simple Seder side dishes become staples at your table year-round!

Salad with Pastrami Croutons

Spring Salad with Pastrami Croutons and Balsamic Reduction


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Let My Children Cook! ...

 

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Tamar Ansh, otherwise known as the challah queen (at least that is how I know her cause of her book, Taste of Challah), just came out with the perfect Passover coobook for you and your kids.  Let My Children Cook!, would be a fun book for anyone and can really help get your kids get involved in the kitchen his year.  She covers all the basics, like matzah balls and charoset as well as lots of new serving ideas and recipes for the whole family to enjoy.  She even throws in a few clever crafts.  I spoke with Tamar and learned a bit more about her.

1. What inspired you to write this cookbook for kids?


 

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How To Eat Pizza Like an Israeli

 

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A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Jamie Geller.  As the resident adviser to new (and not so new) olim, I get all kinds of questions about cooking and baking in Israel.  But this one made me realize, the questions are about eating in Israel, too!

Jamie wanted to know if I had a recipe for the delicious dipping sauce that frequently accompanies pizzas here in Israel, and while I was at it, if I knew how to make the tavlinim – spices – that come with every delivery.  It occurred to me that the way we eat pizza has changed since we made Aliyah. It used to be plain pizza, with a side of French fries.  Here, French fries are rarely available in pizza shops, and it is the condiments that make the meal.  Spices are sprinkled on top (green or the more spicy red combination), and sauce is drizzled over the top or on the side for dunking your slice.  But while I have a sufficient number of spice packets to cover a football field of pizzas, I would prefer to make my own spice mixes, leaving off the ubiquitous MSG and controlling the amount of salt, for a healthier result.  The same is true for dipping sauce – I can use lower fat and sugar ingredients, and minimize the sodium.


 

Peanut Butter Bamba Mousse

 

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Peanut Butter Bamba Mousse Posted 03/20/2014 by Aviv Harkov
Peanut Butter Mousse with a Roasted Peanut Brittle Aka Bamba Mousse. A sweet and salty peanuty mousse with crunch that is inspired by the classic Israeli snack, bamba. Is there anything more Israeli than Bamba? Bamba is almost like the edible version of an Israeli. With its smell, its presence can’t be ignored. It's bright and bursting with flavor and attitude and its delightful crunch is right in your face. The one thing about Bamba, like most things Israeli, is its lack of formality. How does one take an Israeli and transform him into something a little more elegant? A lot of pleasing, praying, and coercing; not to mention a touch of creativity. This mousse recipe is incredibly simple, and delicious. The rich mousse is balanced perfectly with the sweet and salty brittle. The recipe stays true to the snack that inspired it but also fits in perfectly on your Shabbat table.

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Spring 2014 Sneak Peek

 

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This Pesach issue is 100% Gluten Free. Get decadent dessert recipes to fancify your Seder plus a vegan miracle mousse you won’t believe has only 2 ingredients. Learn everything you need to know about meat and salmon for the holiday and beyond is in this issue. Wineries, wine gadgets, and cooking with wine with tips and recipes. Goat cheese recipes for your health and lots of Spring time salads, soups and fruit recipes.  Take a look at our sneak peek below and then Subscribe Today!


 

Putting More Joy into Kosher: Our Best Restaurant...

 

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The voters have eaten. And the eaters have voted.

Why did fans come out in force when Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed (named for an off-beat uncle and Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed) was in the running for Joy of Kosher’s Best Restaurant of 2013?


 

15 Salad Recipes for Passover

 

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This is how it works isn’t it: as soon as Purim is over we all start planning (stressing over) our menus for Passover.  After indulging in hamantashen and other treats during Purim the last thing I want to do is think about food.  I can make an exception for salads because they are my go-to for passover and are currently a main feature of my post-purim cleanse!

Pesach (Passover) is probably my favorite holiday to cook for; despite all of the restrictions it a great learning experience because it forces you to transform basic ingredients into meals worthy of the holiday.  These 15 salads are kosher for pesach and are a nice way to balance some of the heavier seder meals, or to serve at lunch with leftover fish or meat from the night before.