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Top 5 Jewish Comfort Foods You Should Make this...

 

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We survived January! Don’t listen to the groundhog, because despite whatever snow might be in store the days are only getting longer and you can forget it’s winter by getting a head start on Purim or Pesach planning (okay, maybe not quite yet).  We tend to reach for warming, comforting foods in the dark of winter and even more so on Shabbos when it’s a time to relax to truly enjoy.  Below are the 10 best recipes for 5 of the most famous Jewish comfort foods, since it can be a contentious subject they are not listed in any particular order, we all deserve to choose our own favorite foods!  A lot of people have family recipes from Bubbe, so let us know what you do different to make your classic Jewish foods truly comforting!

 


 

Cooking Portuguese with The Kosher Butcher’s...

 

 

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Adapted from ‘Cooking the Portuguese way in South Africa’ by Mimi Jardim

November 2014 was the first ever ‘South African Cook Book Awards’. TV cameras, radio personalities and journalists were eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner and runners up.


 

Israeli Inspired Cookies for Tu B’Shevat

 

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I wanted to create a recipe that was at once inspired by the foods of Israel- fruit, seed and nuts for Tu B’Shvat. The connection to using fruit is so clear- of the four renewal holidays in Judaism, it is all about trees and the fruit they bear at it’s literal essence after all. But many Jewish dishes for this celebration also utilize the Biblical 7 species: wheat, barley, dates or honey, figs, pomegranates, olives and grapes or wine.  I wanted to focus on the contemporary Israel- widely multi-cultural, sophisticated and rich in local food traditions as well. My first thought: tahini. I can’t think of the Middle East, or mizrachi cuisine without it.

Heralded chef Yotam Ottolenghi, in his book Jerusalem with Sami Tamimi, has a great recipe for a tahini cookie – and I have made  it and enjoyed it. There are plenty of tahini cookie  recipes around – Bon Appetit’s Tahini Cookies; David Lebovitz’s Tahini and Almond CookiesMartha Stewart’s Tahini Cookies


 

Travel The World Without Leaving Your Kitchen

 

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So Tamar and her Hubby (and really the entire family) love to travel the world, evidenced by their most recent trip to Bali, which I had to locate on the map, and which took them 3 days and 4 planes to get to.  So I may be exaggerating just a bit about their trek but I believe I am afforded some level of creative license when it comes to proving my point.

I on the other hand, am a real homebody.  I know it seems like I travel a fair amount for work but I do it just for work.  I don’t love flying, or bussing, or training, or boating, or driving for that matter.  I do love walking and hiking but not camping!  I don’t even like to leave the house at night.  I generally only leave for simchas, work and school meetings.


 

Cooking A Balinese Feast

 

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On my recent vacation in Bali, I relaxed, shopped, went to the spa, made jewelry and learned to cook.

The Caraway Cooking Class teaches all kinds of cooking classes and is located near Nusa Dua in Bali.  That is where I learned to make my own spring rolls, use a mortar and pestle, wrap food in a banana leaf and make spicy sambal.


 

Eat, Stay and Love in Bali

 

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The sun was setting over the Indian Ocean at the Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa.  The sky a mix of red, yellow, orange, purple and blue – like a box of crayons spilled across the sky.  The 21 hour, two stopover marathon flight from JFK was most certainly worth it for this moment.

If you’ve never been to Bali, it’s about time to add this beautiful island to your bucket list.  The people are incredibly friendly, greeting the weary traveler with the warmest of smiles.  Our driver, Nyoman, was a walking encyclopedia of Balinese culture, traditions and traffic avoidance techniques that would have made the late Steve McQueen proud.


 

Vietnamese Naames Spring Rolls

 

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Vietnamese Naames Spring Rolls Posted 01/30/2015 by ITONOCHEL

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Street Food Recipes From Around the World

 

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You are sitting at home imagining yourself traveling from country to country. Whether it is Thailand, Korea, Japan, India or Vietnam. You occasionally stop to purchase a hotel or house, or sometimes just stop to think “imagine if I was in…”

Many of us have already visited Asia but we are not referring to just the countries, we are referring to the different kitchens and culinary inspirations.


 

Vegetarian Samosas with a Mango Cilantro Chutney

 

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Vegetarian Samosas with a Mango Cilantro Chutney Posted 01/30/2015 by ITONOCHEL

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Late Winter/Purim 2015

 

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Check out our latest issue with recipes for Purim inspired Challah, edible gifts, Hamantaschen Galette, Duck 4 ways, Whole Roasted Fish, DIY Whole Grain Pita, Salted caramel, 3 ingredient soups, Chef wars: Quinoa and so much more. Subscribe at www.joyofkosher.com/subscribe









 

In The JOK Kitchen With Allergy Free Cooking ...

 

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Special diets due to allergies are seen more and more these days and Jenna Short is no stranger to allergies. Trained as a graphic designer, Jenna discovered a dairy allergy after eating her way through Italy – which you’ll hear more about later. Although finding out you have an allergy can be difficult, Jenna turned her discovery into a business venture. After some experimentation with cooking, she opened up her boutique catering company called ShortbreadNYC, and recently came out with a new cookbook, Cooking Allergy-Free, where every recipe comes with notes for specific allergies and how to adjust most to fit any diet.


 

10 Recipes to Help Escape the Winter

 

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At this moment I am questioning my life choices, I am enjoying a refreshing mango popsicle despite the fact that today was supposed to be day-two of the snow-pocalypse that turned out to be little more than a normal winter storm.  Tomorrow morning I won’t be able to escape a slippery-sliding trip to the subway on my way to work, but for now I can dream of recipes that will convince me that I have escaped to a warmer climate.

 


 

How To Celebrate a Tu b’Shevat Seder

 

 

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Tu b’Shevat is one of these hidden minor holidays, which haven’t gotten much attention until the last few decades. It is kind of a New Age, cutting age type of holiday with no ‘don’ts’ and not even any specific must ‘dos.’ If you are looking for spiritual renewal through mystical teachings, meditational practice and conscious mindful eating, then Tu b’Shevat has much to offer.

On Tu b’Shevat, the sap in the tree begins to flow once again to revitalize the tree. The secret of Tu b’Shevat gently whispers; “when everything looks dead, dark and murky, life, light and glory is hiding just below the surface.” The time when nothing seems to be happening on the outside is the beginning of the richest inner life. Tu b’Shevat begins a period of renewal for the individual and the community. On Tu b’Shevat we can tune into the redemption of spring. Even though we may be experiencing the winter of exile in both personal and collective stage of our lives on the outside, a new life force begins to emerge within our souls on the inside.


 

Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate...

 

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Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Pomegranate Glaze Posted 01/27/2015 by ToqueandScalpel
As we celebrate the Tu bishvat holiday this recipe came to mind. The components of this recipe bring together flavors that are the essence of holiday. The earthy distinctive savory flavor of the lamb combined with lemon and garlic. Which is then complemented by the sweetness of the pomegranate glaze. I have paired this with a Couscous of dates and toasted almonds. When you take one bite your mouth will crave more.

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3 Kinds of Super Bowl Wings

 

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According to the Chicken council of America, American’s eat an average of 1.25 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl.  What about duck and turkey? We don’t want to see them left out.

So this year consider a new kind of wing.  We have three new recipes and each one uses a different kind of wing, we didn’t leave anyone out.  Whether you want to make regular ol chicken wings or go for something new with duck wings or turkey wings, these recipe will inspire.