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Cooking With Joy: Spinach Turkey Meatloaf

 

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This was another early morning for me. In about 15 minutes the meatloaf was prepped and ready to go into the crock pot. It felt really great knowing that dinner was taken care of before I even left to work. I knew all I would have to cook when I got home was the sauce.


 

Latkes: Stuffed, Topped & Paired to...

 

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This past shabbos someone asked me what to do for her Chanukah event asking “Aren’t people tired of latkes?”.  I staunchly replied no; Chanukah hasn’t even started, how can people be tired of latkes!  In some ways she was right, though, serving the same plain latkes year after year can make things feel a bit cliche or even kitschy.  It doesn’t take much to make latkes exciting, I mean fried potatoes alone (when done well) are pretty appetizing on their own.  Breathe new life into your Chanukah latkes by stuffing them, topping them with exciting sauces or dips, and even creating a meal around them.

 


 

The Secrets Behind Israeli Street Food

 

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Who hasn’t eaten a delicious dish at a restaurant or fast food counter and tried to replicate it at home?

When it comes to the replication of a dish from an elite restaurant, it is actually not as complicated as you might expect. Yes, it involves much preparation, buying special ingredients, but the cooking techniques, even if they look complicated, can be learned at any cooking school, through books, and even through online videos. Sometimes, chefs generously provide a pretty accurate recipe.


 

The Best Chanukah Recipe That Is Not A Latke *WIN*

 

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This year try something new and different for your Chanukah party or even just one of your eight nights at home with the family.   Sure we are big latke fans over here on Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, have you seen the new issue of the magazine with a cover full of latkes? Or have you browsed our collection of over 90 Laktes right here on the site? Once you are done with all those come back here and try something new.


 

Israeli Inspired Sufganiot

 

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Nothing says Chanukah in Israel like sufganiot. About 15 minutes after the completion of the sukkot holiday bakeries all over the country start getting ready for Chanukah, more than a month and a half away, flooding their store fronts, print adds, and Internet sights with mouthwatering samples of their gorgeously crafted and oft uniquely flavoured seasonal treats. Gone are the days of raspberry jam filled, powdered sugar covered sufganiot. The classic has evolved into gourmet offerings ranging from caramel cream and chocolate filled, to specialty confections featuring halva, pistachio, espresso, and other high end pastry creams. Over the past few years some bakeries developed the ingenious system of incorporating small infusion bottles filled with sweet liquors into their treats, making the whole sufgania experience into one Israelis and visitors alike anxiously look forward to.


 

Day In Jerusalem: Hanukkah

 

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The holiday feeling is in the air in Jerusalem. The local bakeries have started to compete with their gourmet sufganiyot flavors. You can find traditional donuts in the following flavors; banana cotte, Irish crème, pistachio, Crème Brule, biscotella and more. It’s worth a trip to Israel for Hanukkah just to see all the gourmet options.

Once you have tasted your perfect choice, it’s time to plan your activity itinerary. Instead of our traditional daily itinerary we would like to offer you lots of great suggestions for Hanukka activities in Jerusalem.


 

Cooking With Joy: Asian Roasted Chicken

 

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When I first saw this picture, I was like “yah right” I am not going to even attempt to patchke and make those beautiful little sushi style chicken rolls. So making the dressed down version was an easy decision.


 

Italian Chanukah Party

 

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Chanukah is just around the corner, I can’t believe it!  I’m still going strong with my post-Tishrei diet which excludes dairy and, as of two days ago, gluten.  So let’s just say I’m living vicariously by compiling these recipes, and boy do they look good.  In addition to latkes and doughnuts, having a dairy meal is another Chanukah tradition.  The dairy meal is connected to women in particular because it was Yehudis who helped win the war against the Greeks by feeding their commander salty cheese and copious amounts of wine before killing him and sending the Greek army into chaos.  Just a little food for thought!  The Italian Chanukah party is a great way to pay homage to the strong women in your life and is a festive way to participate in the traditional Chanukah dairy meal.

 


 

Celebrate With Greek Food

 

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Greece and the Greek isles are one of the popular destinations for Israelis in the summer months. Greek food is characterized by fresh Mediterranean ingredients (just like here in Israel), along with pickled vegetables, fresh fish and souvlaki or steaming shwarma.

You can find a preparatory course for pretty much anything, so we travelled to Raanana to Pardes Meshutaf St. to a place called Makom BaLev (the restaurant is not kosher but the recipes we learned are), to take a crash course in the Greek kitchen. You travel on the main Raanana streets, but one small turn to a side-street leads you to a hidden garden, rich in beautifully manicured greenery, and you are no longer in the city, but rather in a beautiful cozy corner. When you arrive at Makom BaLev you will hear Greek music and smell the scent of ouzo and souvlaki in the air.


 

Having Fun With The Mensch on a Bench *Giveaway*

 

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What started as a small Kickstarter campaign has become the latest popular holiday gift for Jewish and interfaith families this holiday season.  The Mensch on a Bench, a 12” plush doll with an accompanying hardcover storybook, is the brainchild of Neal Hoffman, a former toy marketing executive turned entrepreneur.  The purpose is to introduce children to the story and traditions of Hanukkah, from the viewpoint of “Moshe” the Mensch.

In Hoffman’s fictional story, Moshe the Mensch, volunteered to watch over the Menorah in the Temple after the Maccabees victory.  During each of the eight nights, Moshe is inspired to continue to serve and witness the Hanukkah miracle.


 

A Clever Way To Turn Food Into Art

 

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When I was in Israel this Summer, Jamie and I had the most wonderful time meeting our new friend Meir Bulka.  Meir is one of those people who reminds you never to judge a book by it’s cover.  He is a big Israeli man probably in his late forties, married with grown kids and he is also the mastermind behind the new digital Israeli magazine, Itonochel.  When I first heard from Meir about his magazine I immediately thought I was talking (emailing) with a  woman.  When I saw his name I realized I must be wrong, so I figured he must be in his twenties.  When we met Meir he told us of a time when he was on a TV show for food bloggers he said, “when the producer asked me what my job was and I told him, he said he was sure that the person behind my blog and the magazine is none other than a young Tel Avivian girl, photographer and food freak. When he noticed that I was just the opposite (as is well known, I live in Samaria, I’m not a girl and I’m not so young), I saw his disappointment on his face but we both doubled over in laughter.” It turns out Meir has more tricks up his sleeve.


 

Prepare For Cyber Monday With Our Chanukah Gift...

 

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The timing of Chanukah every year really dictates which sales we are able to take advantage of. Last year with Thanksgivukkah the sales were not in our favor, but this year we have more than two weeks to go and still have Cyber Monday to enjoy tomorrow.  You can see my guide for last year’s Hanukkah gift guide here.  This year I have found some fun new foods that will make the perfect gift.


 

RSVP #WinnDixieKosher Chanukah Twitter Party

 

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You’re invited to join our #WinnDixieKosher Twitter chat!
Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by @WinnDixie.

We are cleaning our fryers and menorahs and getting ready to #CelebrateDelicious this Chanukah with Winn-Dixie by our side.   Winn-Dixie has over 1,000 kosher products plus many kosher baked goods in most of their stores and Jamie will be in Orlando and Jacksonville sharing latkes donuts with everyone who visits.


 

Cooking With Joy: Veal Meatballs

 

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I have always kept away from veal. Not for any political reason, just texturally it was never something I was into. My mother has made it a few times, that is how I know it’s not something I like, I have never cooked it.


 

A Week of Dinners that Make Good Lunches

 

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Is there a better week to discuss dinners that easily transform into the next day’s lunch? If you are in the midst of preparing for Thanksgiving, cooking for a large crowd, or just planning your weekly meal plan, double duty recipes are budget and life savers.  It makes for a streamlined grocery list and requires less time in the kitchen, plus it is an easy way to ensure that you are eating a real meal more than once a day.  Below are 7 recipes that are delicious for dinner and the next day’s lunch.