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Cooking With Joy: Ktzizot – Israeli Mini...

 

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Remember the last time you opened up a new jar of spices or coffee?


 

4 Mother’s Day Brunch Menus

 

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This year the adage April Showers Bring May Flowers has proven to be quite true, and as May approaches so does Mother’s Day.  Brunch is a very special way to remind the special women in our lives that care.  Preparing brunch is a major task in and of itself, add to that the many delicious recipes out there, choosing your menu can at times be overwhelming.  Below are 4 menus to try this Mother’s Day.

 


 

Kosher Parmesan: A Passion

 

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If you had asked me in my twenties what I would be doing thirty years from now, never in a million years would “cheese production” have crossed my mind. My story stems from a passion for travel and a love of good food; I left the finance world to pursue my dreams, and along the way, I found one of my favorite foods: Parmesan cheese.

A few years ago, I had the chance to taste the most incredible aged Parmesan from Argentina. It was Cholov Yisroel, aged 2 years, and made by a second generation Italian family who had immigrated to Argentina. I fell in love with the cheese and knew I had to find a way to bring this incredible flavor to my friends and family back home. But sadly, this foray into importing did not last long. A year later, heavy import duties, shortages of milk, and currency fluctuations made it impossible for us to continue.


 

Easy Flourless No Added Sugar Banana Pancakes

 

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Way back when I was single and living in NYC I used to lose weight on Pesach. The story goes that I used the oven in my Manhattan apartment for storage – never turned the thing on. That’s not just some artistic liberty I took when writing my first book Quick & Kosher Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing, it was the G-d’s honest truth. I ate out, like it was my job and on Passover subsisted on yogurt, fresh fruits and veggies. All in all that made me a happy (skinny) TV Producer.

Now that I cook, for my family and for a living, I gain weight on Pesach (and sometimes year-round) and feel this crazy need to detox post-holiday. I discovered these flourless banana pancakes at about 1:05 into this cute banana mash up video I happened upon. Well wouldn’t you know that on Passover I loaded up on matzo brie (because I don’t have the nerve to inhale that heavy of a carb laden breakfast year-round), and decided to save these no flour banana pancakes for my healthy post-Passover mornings.


 

4 Spring Salads That Wow

 

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Throughout the year, a common Shabbat side dish in America might be butternut squash pies made with store-bought crusts laden with shortening. A dessert might be I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-cream-cheese cheesecake. Chicken might be smothered in duck sauce (what sauce? You mean sugar and cornstarch?) or barbeque sauce (a.k.a. molasses, vinegar and cornstarch)

Hearty Salad with Gorgeous Mustard Greens


 

In The JOK Kitchen With Beth Warren *Giveaway*

 

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There is so much nutrition talk out there in this age of information, but it is really hard for the average consumer to wade through and find the truth.  Beth Warren is a Registered Dietitian with a mission to break it down and make it simple to live a healthy life.  In Living a Real Life with Real Food, Beth shows us how to live healthfully and stay energized by eating real whole foods.  She includes 50 recipes in there too to help start us off on the right foot.   My health philosophy is very similar to Beth’s and I am so glad she came out with this book.  Let’s learn a bit more from Beth.

Your book is geared toward the kosher consumers who are always checking labels for kosher certifications, but the nutrition facts panel is left out of the buying equation.  Most people don’t even know how to use it, how does your book help?


 

Cooking With Joy: The Chicken Soup Test

 

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Hi! Welcome to my new blog, “Cooking With Joy“. No my name isn’t Joy, its Shoshie, (I see how that could be confusing). I am very excited about this project that I am about to embark on. My goal is to cook my way through every recipe of Jamie’s new cookbook, JOY of KOSHER Fast Fresh Family Recipes.


 

5 Must-Have Cupcake Recipes

 

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As sad as it is to see a holiday come to a close (re: Passover), it is an exciting moment when the last of the leftovers are tossed and the new cooking can begin.  Now that Passover is over and we all have access to our beloved chametz again, why not make good use of it by trying one (or all) of these 5 unique cupcake recipes.

 


 

Can You Live Below The Line?

 

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After spending a week celebrating our freedom and remembering our slavery it is time to turn our attention to a very real and current problem around the world. Next week is the kick off of a huge campaign to increase awareness and understanding of the 1.4 billion people living below the poverty line.  “Live Below the Line” is a campaign run by the Global Poverty Project where they challenge all of us to live off “$1.50 of food and drink for one to five days” between the dates of April 28 to May 2.

It is a great opportunity for synagogues, youth groups, or just a group of friends to get together and take the challenge as a team and learn to empathize with the cause.  The challenge will spark dialogue and raise money to help end extreme poverty by 2030, the goal of the Global Poverty Project.


 

After Passover Chametzfest

 

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I hope you all had a wonderful Pesach.  I can tell you my stomach is begging for some bread or at least to stop feeding it any matzah.  I tried my best to eat healthy through the holiday, but there is just too much eating.  Today, I am giving myself one last splurge so I can eat all the carbs, grains, beans and chametz I can stand.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Scones


 

DIY – Fruit Filled Popsicles

 

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There is nothing like a cold refreshing fruit flavored popsicle in the heat of Summer, but you don’t have to wait for Summer to start enjoying these cool fruit filled pops.  Start mixing, pureeing and freezing now with these amazing flavor combos.

Enjoy these popsicles for dessert or a quick snack. You can use any popsicle molds you desire or you can simply freeze these recipes in cups inserted with popsicle sticks.  Start with these flavors and then go on to try your own, you will learn you can “Let It Go” and you can’t get too far off the frozen path.


 

A Trio of Passover Picnic Menus

 

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The interim days of Passover, chol ha’moed, are a great time to take trips and enjoy time with family and friends.  This year Shabbat falls in the midst of the interim days, still leaving three days to take chol ha’moed trips.  It may be hard to find kosher for Passover food while traveling, so consider packing a picnic basket inspired by the recipes below.

 


 

15 Passover Recipes With Honey

 

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Honey is my secret ingredient during Passover. It can be used in a variety of recipes – from entrees, to sides, to dessert – it is just so versatile. It provides balance to any dish complementing and enhancing a variety of foods and flavors, On Passover, we have to contend with a number of limitations and restrictions to our familiar recipes, but honey is easy to find and even easier to cook with. I love to cook with honey because it has a velvety texture and mouth feel that is completely unique. Honey is also a natural humectant which helps to lock in moisture and adds a rich golden color to both sweet and savory dishes.

Honey is all natural and the label should only list one ingredient – honey. Honey that is 100% pure is kosher all year long. On Passover, it is recommended to find honey with a reliable kosher for Passover certification to guarantee that it is actually 100% pure honey with no other ingredients or sweeteners. I also recommend that you buy honey in bulk, so you can enjoy so many fabulous and versatile recipes year-round. A miracle of nature, honey doesn’t spoil and can be stored indefinitely, so stock up!


 

Passover Cocktails

 

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If you haven’t noticed I have been really getting into cocktails lately, to the point that I am not ashamed to admit I have one practically every night.  You see the key to everything is moderation and if you stick to just 1 a night you can take the edge off and possibly decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke.  Plus I like my drinks with citrus, typically a whole lime or half a lemon goes into my drink and with it a little shot of vitamin C.  Now that I have rationalized my drinking for you I want to share an amazing infographic I found for Passover cocktails.

These cocktails were developed in honor of the four glasses of wine we drink during the Passover seder, Naomi Levy, assistant bar manager at Eastern Standard, created four original (and tasty!) cocktails inspired by different parts of the seder.  This fabulous guide shows you how to make regular simple syrup as well as special for Passover Manischewitz Concord Grape Syrup.  Now I know what to do with the bottle after I make charoset.  Just take note of the brands, they list which ones are kosher for Passover, amazing that we can get Gin, Tequila, and really good Vodka, but most of the brands listed in the actual recipes are not acceptable for Passover.


 

Salmon Croquettes for Passover

 

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While gefilte fish is a Passover staple, we have more non-gefilte fish eaters in our family than gefilte fish eaters.  As a pescatarian, I am often looking for non-meat options to serve at our family’s seder.  This year, I will be making these Salmon Croquettes in place of gefilte fish.  With many of the same flavors and ingredients, this is an easy, timesaving and nutritious alternative.

Salmon, is of course, a hugely nutritious fish: rich in healthy fats and protein. Whether you are using canned salmon or you are cooking your own, you and your seder guests will reap the benefits of this true superfood. A note on canned salmon: it often comes packed with pinbones – which are rich in both bone building calcium and vitamin D. Choosing wild over farmed salmon will ensure optimal nutrition, because just remember: if you don’t know what they eat, you don’t know what you eat.