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A Unique Israeli Menu For Purim

 

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These recipes let you imagine you are walking in the streets of Israel, tasting the flavors, smelling the aromas and enjoying the colors of one of the most interesting and provocative places on earth — Israel.

The dishes resemble the character of the country and the people with sweet and spicy flavors.


 

Themed Purim Seudah Menu Ideas *Giveaway*

 

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Adar is the month of increasing in simcha, happiness, and Purim, the main event of the month, brings that happiness to an all time high.  The Purim Seudah, holiday meal, is a highlight for many because the mitzvah to eat and drink in abundance brings the holiday induced happiness to new highs.  Whether you’re having a large or small crowd, the menus below have plenty of options to suit all crowds.


 

Cookbook Spotlight: Iranian Cuisine

 

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Iranian Cuisine is a unique and beautiful cookbook with recipes written in both English and Persian. Author Vida Leveim was born in Teheran and Persian culture and cuisine is close to her heart. The recipes are very authentic with ingredients like rosewater, cardamom and saffron in many of the dishes. It is a great cookbook to use to experiment with a new culinary tradition especially during Purim-time when you can impress your guests with a delicious Persian Seudah!

 


 

VIDEO How To: Hamantaschen

 

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As the JOK Taster I’ve been cooking up a lot of yummy’ness lately – but this project, well it’s one that I think you’re really gonna enjoy. We’ve made a really fun and quick video to boost your hamantaschen inspiration. If you’ve been having a hard time getting into the baking mood take a minute and watch the video, really it’ll only take you a minute, ok 90 seconds to be exact :) but truly, its worth it. And if you’re already uber excited about spending some quality time in the kitchen for Purim this video will at least bring a smile to your face.


 

The Secret Israeli Ingredient That Will Change...

 

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Not long ago I was eating a delicious Crème Brûlée at a popular restaurant in Tel-Aviv when I noticed the chef had used sesame as his main ingredient. As I savored my dessert, I started thinking about these flavorful little seeds and just how central they are to Israeli cuisine.

In fact, you could call sesame the king of Israeli cuisine.


 

Win a Seat At Our Sabra Food Blogger Dinner

 

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This March we will be hosting a dinner with all your favorite foodie bloggers and we are giving you a chance to WIN a seat at our table.  The pot luck style dinner is sponsored by our favorite Mediterranean Salad company, Sabra, and most of the food you will enjoy will be made with one of the Sabra salads. You won’t believe how creative our bloggers can be! Check out the variety of recipes we already have and know there are more to come.

Join Tamar Genger (Executive Editor of our site) along with the following bloggers:


 

How To Decorate A Party Sweets Table *Giveaway*

 

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Every party or Purim Seudah needs a dessert table. The best way to decorate for your party is to invest in the sweets. Now you can create a designer worthy display with these simple tips and tricks.


 

Hamantashen Challah

 

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Hamantashen Challah Posted 02/20/2015 by Shifra Klein
Homemade bread, more so challah, is the ultimate comfort food. Challah conjures up nostalgic emotions and memories, and holds much significance in Jewish culture, as it helps celebrate the holiest day of the week — Shabbos. The following twist on challah adds a gourmet and surprising element to the classic challah; a perfect addition to your Purim feast.

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Queen Esther Could Have Been Plant Based, Right?

 

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Who is to say whether or not the banquet Queen Esther planned for the King didn’t include some plant-based dishes? There is talk about her vegetarian stance in the palace and just maybe her switch to eating more fruits, vegetables, tubers, legumes, and whole grains impacted how she felt in her body and in the world.

Eating plant-based food might have


 

Techina Date Hamantaschen with Silan Glaze

 

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Techina Date Hamantaschen with Silan Glaze Posted 02/19/2015 by Rebecca Pliner
This is my mother in laws go to hamantaschen recipe. Being the good obedient daughter in law that I am, I went ahead and changed it up- Mediterranean style! Sticky date syrup glaze is drizzled over these nutty techina hamantaschen. Don't be afraid to bake with Techina! Typically a falafel topper, this condiment shines in baked goods. Think of it as the new peanut butter... But better! For more of my wild and untraditional baked goods, head on over to www.iwantthatdessert.com

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Expert Tips On Making Hamantashen

 

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Making hamatashen is a fun annual tradition! Whether it’s picking the fillings, deciding on if it will be savory or sweet or even figuring out what kind of drizzle is best, hamatashen are a big part of getting together and celebrating Purim. The only issue is that hamantashen can be very tricky to make. Sometimes the filling oozes out a bit too much or the dough won’t form or the hamantashen open up completely when baking and don’t look at all like Haman’s hat (or ears).  We asked around the kosher cooking world to find out what hamatashen experts do to make the perfect batch. Here are a few tips that will help you with your baking this year:

1. Alex Idov a.k.a The Kosherologist explains that it is very important to keep the hamenstashen dough refrigerated. Alex takes out a little at a time, so the dough will be easier to roll out and work with.


 

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