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How To Make a Shlissel Key Shaped Challah

 

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Shlissel Challah, or Key Challah is customarily made the Shabbos after passover. It is said to be a Segula for livelihood and Parnasa (income). A key is placed into the Challah dough while being braided and some even shape their Challah like a key. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to shape your challah dough into a key using our favorite Challah Recipe (Jamie’s Geller’s famous dough).

Now, how to shape the key, check out our step by step instructions (using play dough for illustration purposes, but it is also fun to play with):


 

Cookbook Spotlight: Spiritual Kneading *Giveaway*

 

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Spiritual Kneading Through The Jewish Months is Dahlia Abraham-Klein’s newest cookbook. In it, she features an evocative collection of challah recipes, Jewish spiritual insights, and Torah study as it relates to each Jewish month. The separation of Challah, in addition to baking challah, is a a woman’s mitzvah (commandment) and Rosh Chodesh, the first of each Jewish month, is traditionally a women’s holiday. In Spiritual Kneading, Dahlia focuses on women’s spiritual growth via the tradition of challah baking while meditating upon the Jewish theme of the month.

The book covers all twelve months of the Jewish year, with specific Torah text for each month. The book also features  a specific challah that relates to the Torah theme for that month, such as a Spiral Challah with Apple and Silan for Tishrei, a  Rainbow Shaped Challah for Cheshvan, a Cheese Loaf  for Kislev and a Star of David Challah for Tevet. Dahlia believes that kneading is an action meditation and so she also includes a meditation guided through the kneading of the challah dough.


 

Shabbat Recipe: Shemini

 

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In this week’s parsha, Shemini, Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu offer a sacrifice to God, but bring “alien fire.” “Fire came forth from the Lord and consumed them: thus they died at the instance of the Lord” (Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz, Jewish Theological Seminary). After their deaths, Aaron was instructed by Moses, “you must distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the impure and pure; and you must teach the Israelites all the laws which the Lord has imparted to them through Moses” (Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz. Jewish Theological Seminary).

Commentary about the episode, notes, “Aaron is the gentle man of peace who never reprocess but only tries to bring people to God through love and kindness.’” (Reuven Hammer in The Classic Midrash, p. 189).  Being a disciple of Aaron is a daily challenge for each of us. Through our humble behaviors and speech, we can live in relationship with God as his vessels spreading the light of Torah to the darkest corners of the world.  Rabbi Brad Artson notes, “Our minds cannot master God, but the quest is essential nonetheless. . . . But to seek God, to yearn for holiness and to strive for righteousness, these orient our lives as a magnet positions the needle of a compass, providing us purpose, direction, and hope” (Rabbi Bradley Shavit ArtsonZiegler School of Rabbinic Studies).


 

Cooking With Joy: Garlic Honey Brisket

 

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Most people I work with are used to me talking about “The Blog” and what I have cooking up that week. One of the cool things about me doing this project is people asking me for recipes and cooking advice. It is a nice feeling for sure, but the nicer feeling is them giving me feedback saying that I was helpful. My go to recipe to offer people when they ask what’s good in the book is this Honey Garlic Brisket. I have told many people at work that this is a no fail recipe and everyone who has made it agrees. I am going to say that it is probably my favorite recipe in the cookbook so far!


 

Simple Salmon In 10 Minutes Or Less

 

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The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to preparing salmon, or any fish for that matter, is overcooking. I learned (from a famed Long Island fish monger) when doing research for my first book that if your house starts to smell fishy that means you’ve gone too far. But when you don’t know the proper techniques or how to test for doneness with a degree of certainty, it’s almost impossible not to fall prey to the mistake that will leave you with the dried out, rubbery, tasteless fish (that cost you a pretty penny!).

So follow these flawless and fail proof Simple Salmon techniques for perfection on a plate. When you have the know-how you can then “Dress Up” your Simple Salmon dishes with glazes, sauces and flavorful poaching liquids. Although my grandfather (the gourmet chef I always talk about) taught me that if cooked right, salt (sometimes pepper) and lemon are all most fish need. After testing, tasting and mastering these techniques, I tend to agree.


 

Matzo Brei – A Passover Brunch Delight

 

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There are so many matzo brei recipes out there that choosing one can be overwhelming. Whether you make a basic traditional recipe, such as the one found here, or something more extravagant, with matzo brei you can rarely go wrong. My favorite is Jamie’s new Banana and Peach Matzo Brie Bake (see the video and recipe link below), but with any version you make you have to be sure not to over-soak the matzo or else your matzo brei will come out soggy. Don’t hesitate to try one or all of the recipes below as they are each different and have a unique take on matzo brei. EnJOY!

Matzo Brei Mac 'N Cheese


 

Passover Dairy Lunch Mains

 

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Whether you’ve had the pleasure of experiencing a Passover hotel dairy lunch buffet or just heard about what it’s like in (great!) detail, you know that those chefs put out a spread like nobody’s business. I have been to quite a few in my day whether for work or as a guest and can tell you the recipes are so impressive, so creative and so delicious that everyone walks around exclaiming (to themselves, to each other or to anyone within earshot) “I can’t believe this is Passover food!”


 

Ice Cream Blintzes

 

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Ice Cream Blintzes Posted 04/08/2015 by Shifra Klein
This recipe can be made dairy or parve based on the ingredients you choose. We include recipes for crepes and chocolate sauce, but you can make it in seconds if you use store bought of either or both.

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How To Use Up Your Seder Leftovers

 

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This year we are lucky to have a full 4 days of Chol Hamoed (5 if you live in Israel). With Passover Yom Tov on Saturday and Sunday we have the whole week to go on day trips with family and friends.  This gives you the opportunity to cook up some delicious dinners. In honor of the full 4 days of Chol Hamoed I have created a collection of recipes to use up your Seder leftovers for easy Chol Hamoed dinners.


 

4 Passover Pack N Go Ideas

 

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This Passover we have four full days of Chol Hamoed. That means we have four whole days to keep the kids busy, entertained and well fed while on the go. Here are four great recipes that are easy to make and easy to take.  The PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese really amps up the flavor in all of them.  Pack them up and enjoy your day on the town.


 

Shabbat Menu – The Last Day Of Passover

 

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I just realized that those living in Israel will have to keep the same 8 days of Pesach that we have here in the US.  The last day is on Shabbat and it is preceded by Yom Tov.  So everyone needs a really good, use up all my Passover ingredients Shabbat dinner this year.  So let’s join together for a Passover Shabbat dinner like no other.

Whole Wheat Spinach Matzo Balls


 

Happy Passover

 

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You made it through our countdown, you clean, you planned, you shopped, you cooked (and are still cooking) and now we hope you have the most amazing holiday with family and friends and all your delicious food.  Wishing you all a happy, delicious, meaningful, sweet, kosher Passover. Lots of love from the entire JOY of KOSHER team.

In case you missed any of our countdown we had 25 days of tips, tricks and recipes to guide you through, go back and find your favorites here.


 

Watch Me Share 4 Ways To Use Matzo On The Today...

 

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It was so much fun to be on the Today Show again with Kathie Lee and Hoda!!  I showed them how to really enjoy matzo this Passover, see the pics, watch the clip and don’t forget to make the recipes.


 

Spicy Turkey Sausage Okra Gumbo

 

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Spicy Turkey Sausage Okra Gumbo Posted 04/02/2015 by ToqueandScalpel

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Hallel/Nirtza – Next Year In Jerusalem

 

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Hallel is a song of praise that is sung in synagogue on holidays and is said as the second to last step of the seder, while Nirtza is the final step that bring it all home. We joyfully say “Next Year In Jerusalem!” as the seder comes to a close. With Passover in 1 day and this countdown coming to a close for this year there are so many last minute details to take care of, but when I mull over what has just passed I am thankful that I took part in this countdown as I am a lot further along because of it.

The last step to think about is packing up after the holiday is complete. I know that seems like the end of Passover is a while away, the days will fly by because of the time you will spend with family and friends. Here are some tips on packing up after the holiday has come to a close.