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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


 

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.

 


 

Honey Flavored Marshmallows

 

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Honey Flavored Marshmallows Posted 02/16/2015 by ITONOCHEL
in order to create this recipe, you will need some basic tools, including a candy thermometer and a few ingredients which can all be found at specialty food shops. Don't be afraid to try some of the additional options and varieties, such as saffron and rosemary.

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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.


 

Barley Lentil Vegetable Soup

 

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Barley Lentil Vegetable Soup Posted 02/12/2015 by Tamar Genger MA, RD
This hearty, healthy soup is a full meal in 1 pot, but I made it all separate so that I could offer each of my kids their choices to make their bowl their own. One likes carrots and not tomatoes and one is the opposite, one likes beans and one doesn't, so I made them pick out the tomatoes or carrots, but the rest I kept separate until they added it to their bowl.

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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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