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The Great Shabbat Menu

 

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This week is Shabbat Hagadol (translated as the great Shabbat), it is the Shabbat that precedes Passover and is connected to the miracles that happened in Egypt.  Since this Shabbat falls so close to Passover, many homes are already kashered and we are tasked to create a fabulous meal without any bread or any matzo.  Hopefully you will be able to get some Challah to enjoy and then try this menu that can be made before, during and after Passover and still be considered great.

Salad with Pastrami Croutons

Spring Salad with Pastrami Croutons and Balsamic Reduction


 

Shabbat Menu – A Clean New Year

 

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This week in parsha Tazria we continue reading about the laws purity, but it also happens to be Shabbat Hachodesh.  The Shabbat before the first of Nissan, which is considered the first month of the Jewish calendar.  At the same time Spring is in the air and we are cleaning our homes and preparing for the holiday of Passover.  Let’s start the new year off with clean and homes and clean bodies.  This week’s menu features clean healthy foods that have no processed ingredients.

Indian Inspired Salmon Cakes


 

Shabbat Menu – Purity and The Red Heiffer

 

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From the rejuvenating waters of the mikvah, to the memory of Miriam’s triumphant dancing after the splitting of the In this week’s Parsha Shmini we read of the purifying power of water and it is the first time we read in specific detail the kosher dietary laws concerning what animals are permissible and prohibited, the criteria for kosher fish and birds and a list of kosher insects (yuck!). This week is also called Shabbat Parah, the Shabbat of the red heifer, which describes the ways in which we purified ourselves to being to prepare for Passover. These days we are purifying our homes by purging them of chametz and so we will eat a chametz filled menu featuring the Red Heiffer.

vegetable barley soup

Vegetable Barley Soup


 

Shabbat Menu – Remembering

 

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This week’s parsha describes the laws and responsibilities of the kohanim, the holy priests.  The kohanim keep the fire on the altar burning constantly, from morning until night.  There is also the special Shabbat Zachor reading where we remember the attack of Amalek as we draw closer to the holiday of Purim.  In the spirit of remembering we will share a menu filled with Omega-3 fats, which have brain boosting powers.

Sesame Soy Salmon

Sesame Soy Salmon


 

Shabbat Menu – Eating The Clouds

 

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Finally, the Mishkan has been built and Aaron and his sons officially are anointed priests.  A cloud appears over the Mishkan to signify the divine presence.  To celebrate the completion of the Mishkan and the second book of the Torah we will rejoice with a cloud like dessert, Meringues.  You can make cookies, pavlova, pies or this amazing creation, the Baked Alaska!

wild rice chicken soup

Wild Rice Chicken Soup


 

The Shabbat After Thanksgivukkah

 

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This Shabbat we celebrate the third night of Hanukkah and it is also the day after the American holiday of Thanksgiving.  In this week’s parsha, Pharaoh dreams of seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of hunger.  After (at least) seven courses of Thanksgiving bounty, there is  undoubtedly an abundance of leftovers in our refrigerator this week. So we remake the plenty from the night before for a completely original  Shabbat Hanukkah menu that will feed your hungry family and guests.

Sweet Potato Soup with Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Soup with Sweet Potato Chips


 

Shabbat Menu – Rainbow Cake

 

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Every year it seems more and more people are jumping on the rainbow cake band wagon for Parsha Noach.  Probably for the same reason there are so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side.  There is just something magical and mysterious and exciting and it is an easy symbol to draw or create out of food.  You can go all out with multi layered Rainbow Cake or you can try my newest creation for those of us chocolate lovers with just a decorated rainbow made out of Mike and Ike on top.  Either way, we have nothing to hide.

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms


 

Shabbat Menu – A Bread Story

 

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The parsha this week continues Moshe’s closing remarks to his people. The 40 years of wandering in the desert, during which Hashem rained down manna from heaven, was to teach the people “that man does not live on bread alone…” But imagine if you had to. For just one Shabbat make a menu where every dish includes bread, but each course is completely unique and utterly delicious!

Panzanella


 

Shabbat Menu – Cooking with Kids

 

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In parsha Vaetchanan, Moshe reminds the people to recount the miracles and the teachings to their children and their children’s children.  We pass down our traditions and our history through our food.  The moments I spend in the kitchen with my kids is my way of teaching them what I know and love and what I learned standing in the kitchen with my parents and what they learned at the feet of my grandparents.  This week’s Shabbat menu includes recipes that are perfect for preparing with children at your side.  Get your kids involved this week with age appropriate kitchen duties and this kid friendly menu they will love to eat as much as they love to prepare.

Pull Apart Challah


 

Shabbat Menu – Traditional Jewish Food

 

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We start the last book of the Torah this week and it is a time for reflection.  Moshe gathers together the Children of Israel and recounts our history from Egypt to Sinai to their dramatic approach to the Promised Land.  As we say farewell to Moshe we say hello to our future.  We are a people bound by our history and one part of that is our food.  This week’s Shabbat menu highlights  traditional Jewish ashkenazi food as passed down through our history as a Jewish people.

Homemade Gefilte Fish


 

Shabbat Menu – Slow Cooked Chicken and...

 

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This week the boundaries of the Holy Land are established and the Children of Israel stand on the edge of the Jordan River. Reuven, Gad and ultimately half of Menasseh petition for land east of the Jordan River — prime grazing land — as their inheritance.  There must be something remarkable about this pastureland to lead the tribes to forsake the Holy Land.  I will not speculate, but if you’ve ever tried grass-fed meat you might begin to understand their choice.  The years of wandering are nearing an end and the land beckons.  The waiting is the hardest part.  A highlight of our Shabbat menu this week is Slow Cooked Italian Chicken and Mushrooms — it does not require a lot of work, just time.  I promise the wait is worth it.

fennel caesar salad

Fennel Caesar Salad


 

Shabbat Menu – Mexican Skirt Steak With Corn

 

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There are a whole lot of numbers going on this week’s Parsha Pinchas.  First, we add up all adult males between 20 and 60, as part of the census.  Second, we describe the division of the land of Israel amongst the tribes. Third, we contemplate a Jewish nation without Moses — a most painful subtraction — and the ascension of Joshua.  Fourth and final, the parsha ends with instructions on the multiplication of sacrifices offered on Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and other festive days.   For this week’s Shabbat menu we are featuring recipes with 1 pot, 2 potatoes, 3 beans and petit 4s.

Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad


 

Shabbat Menu – Vegan Peach Streusel Bars

 

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Would you change your diet if animals could talk? In parsha Balak we read the story of Balaam and his talking donkey.  It is a remarkable tale of what happens when we simply open our eyes.  Our curses can become blessings. We become aware of something divine standing right in front of us.  Does vision require something more than seeing?  This week we experiment with a menu that is animal free, but will open your eyes to a wide world of flavor.

Sara Maybergers Water Challah

Layered Hummus and Eggplant with Roasted Garlic and Pine Nuts


 

Shabbat Menu – Watermelon Glazed Mini...

 

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After the death of Moshe’s sister, Miriam, the Israelites find themselves thirsty.  And the now familiar complaints rise up to a grieving Moses and Aaron.  They hold back their anger and frustration to hear Hashem’s instruction to speak to the rock.  But Moses can hold himself back no longer and strikes the rock with his staff, and the water springs forth.  Without any anger we present this recipe for Watermelon Glazed Mini Meatballs, get started with Watercress Tea Finger Sandwiches (or save for third meal) and you can be overflowing with water.

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Shabbat Menu – Lamb Tajine with Dried Fruit...

 

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I know it is overdone, but how can I resist?  A staff sprouting almonds in Parsha Korach a menu featuring almonds is our only choice.  This week a rebellion is quashed, but there are still murmurings against the leadership of Moses and Aaron continue.  Aaron’s staff sprouting almonds serves as a powerful image conveying Hashem’s selection of the Priestly class and a life of service for the tribe of Levi.   Luckily almonds are healthy and delicious so go ahead and enjoy your almonds as if they were sprouting from your kitchen.

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