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Shabbat Menu – Pomegrante Barbecue Chicken

 

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Parshat Shelach is the parsha of the spies.  We read of the spies journey and exploration of the land of Canaan.  They return with an amazing array of grapes, pomegranate and a fig – a sure sign of providence and a land that is blessed.  Although a false tale of giant warriors is the headline, it is the symbolic foods that help sustain the hope and prayers of the faithful.  In this week’s Shabbat menu we celebrate with recipes that feature the delicious fruits of the land.

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Shabbat Menu – Grilled Marinated London...

 

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Even Manna get’s boring.  In this week’s parsha, the false memory of an Egyptian bounty of fish, cucumbers, watermelons, leeks, onions and garlic leads the people to beg for meat instead of manna.  Moshe’s reply is priceless and timeless: “If sheep and cattle were slaughtered for them, would it suffice for them? If all the fish of the sea were gathered for them, would it suffice for them?”  Sounds a lot like my dinner table.  This week I give in with a menu (including meat) worth kvetching for.

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Shabbat Menu – Angel Food Strawberry...

 

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At the end of Parshat Naso, we see Moses walking into the Tent of Meeting and hearing the voice of Hashem speaking from the space between the two cherubim above the covering over the Ark. The angelic faces bear witness to the miracle of the divine communing with man.  In honor of the angels, we feature this  a heavenly dish that will leave your guests with much to talk about, too.  Along with a meat filled menu for those craving extra meat after Shavuot.

Roasted Veg and Pastrami Salad Pic

Roasted Vegetables and Pastrami Salad


 

Shabbat Menu – Pulled Chicken Sliders

 

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Bamidbar is referred to as the Book of Numbers, but the definition is actually In The Desert.  The Jewish people are wandering on their way to the Holy Land.  The destination is certain, but the path remains unclear.  The Levites carry the equipment to construct and deconstruct the Mishkan and the 12 tribes following in tight formation.  It reminds me of a picnic and it is the perfect time of year for just that.   With this week’s Shabbat menu, we pick camping/picnic friendly foods that travel well and are perfect for wherever your lunchtime wanderings may take you.

sushi roll

Sushi Roll


 

Shabbat Menu for Passover

 

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This week smack in the middle of Pesach we just want a nice kosher for Passover meal that is easy to prepare and that everyone will love.   I recommend my favorite comforting one pot meal, Chicken in a Pot.  This recipe is easily adapted and you can certainly leave out the preserved lemon, you should even be able to make it in a disposable tin, brown everything in a frying pan place it in the pot and cover tightly with foil.  It really doesn’t need much else, but in case you have company here’s a full menu.

spinach gefilte

Spinach Gefilte Fish


 

Shabbat Menu – Deconstructed Apple Pie

 

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Bezalel and Oholiab, the master artisans entrusted with the building of the Mishkan, would take the daily contributions of gold, silver, copper, embroidery and more and use these gifts towards their holy task.  The generosity overwhelmed the artists and Moses told Bnai Yisrael to stop giving.  There was more than enough.  Even for leftovers.  As I imagine how amazing it must have been to witness this outpouring from the people, I also wonder (as I do most every Shabbat) when is enough, enough?  There are days when I prepare a chicken soup, but my oldest child doesn’t like pieces of chicken, my middle child doesn’t like carrots, and my youngest – hold the celery.  Sometimes, you need a notepad to keep track of the requests coming from the kids table. The genius of Jamie’s Deconstructed Apple Pie is it takes a classic American recipe, but dares to be different.  Slightly tart and spicy and 100% delicious.  If you’re tired of asking for new dessert ideas or looking for something quick & kosher that everyone will love, you’ve come to the right place!

Gefilte Fish Terrine

Gefilte and Salmon Terrine


 

Shabbat Menu – Crispy Artichoke “...

 

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In this week’s parsha, Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh and demand their freedom.  Amid signs and wonders, Pharaoh will not acknowledge the sovereignty of any power other than his own.  The Torah recounts that “the heart of Pharaoh was hardened and he would not let the children of Israel go.”  I love this idea of Pharaoh’s hardened heart, refusing to relent as the entire world around him is turned upside down and inside out.  This week we highlight Jamie’s fabulous “hardened hearts” – much easier to swallow, just a few minutes to make and absolutely delicious!

Crispy Artichoke Hearts


 

Shabbat Menu – Asparagus In A Blanket

 

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Floating across the Nile river in a reed basket, a newborn baby boy is spared certain death.  In time, Moshe will move heaven and earth to bring the Jewish people out of slavery and towards the Promised Land and his name will be immortalized for eternity.  But not yet.  This parsha is about hiddenness. From being concealed by his mother Yocheved after his birth to avoid detection by Pharaoh’s midwives, to being shrouded in a basket for his safety, to running in hiding after his defense of the Hebrew slaves, to hearing the voice of Hashem from a Burning Bush, the demand for justice and righteousness doesn’t always shout, it whispers and it is up to us to reveal what is inside. Many people have the custom of marking this week’s parsha by eating Hot Dogs in a Blanket, appropriately called, Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moshe in the Ark).  I am going to recommend a healthier variation that I’ve been making for years, asparagus wrapped in dough — A perfect parsha-friendly appetizer that is destined to become a family favorite. This week we start the book of Shemot and many people have the custom of eating

 


 

Shabbat Menu – Fall Off Bone Lamb Shanks

 

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The Book of Genesis is our story of creation.  As we reach Vayechi (“and he lived”) we turn from the hopeful anticipation of life that greeted us during the opening chapters of the first book, to a reflective, contemplative awareness that we are not immortal and we are judged by what we do during our brief stay on earth.  The death of Jacob and the return of his bones to the Holy Land marks the end of the lives of the patriarchs.  The death of Joseph, with the resulting vow to take his bones from Egypt to the Promised Land, ushers in an era of harsh slavery and oppression, but ultimately redemption.  This week we’ll take bones and transform our Shabbat meal into a celebration of all things meat.

Lo Mein

Not Your Grandma


 

Shabbat Menu – Butternut Squash Soup with...

 

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Revealing himself to his palace guests as their long lost brother, Joseph brings together the Children of Israel.  The emotional reunion is complete when Jacob brings the rest of his family from the Holy Land to settle in Goshen.  The Jews stand out in Goshen, growing in numbers and wealth.  It is said that during the famine, Joseph sustained his father and his brothers and their entire household with bread.  I can’t think of a better way to sustain our Shabbat guests either – you’ll love this savory Butternut Squash Soup with Orange Croutons and a decadent Gingerbread Eggnog Bread Pudding Muffins for dessert.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – Olive Bread

 

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In this week’s parsha we read the remarkable tale of Joseph who ascends from the depths of the pit from which his brothers had originally sentenced him to death to reemerge in Egypt as a master of the house of the wealthy and powerful Potiphar.  Joseph enjoys peace and comfort for only a short time – he is callously sent down into the prison of Egypt’s Pharaoh for resisting the urges of Potiphar’s wife.  Sometimes from the “pits” or depths great things emerge, so too our Shabbat menu.  Bursting with olives, figs, pomegranate and other “pitted” fruit we celebrate a spectacular Shabbat menu with you!


 

Shabbat Menu – Israeli Kebabs with...

 

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As Esau approaches with an army of men, Jacob divides his family and prays for his life.  Separated from his wives and family and all his worldly possessions, Jacob is left all alone on the other side of the River Jabbok.  After wrestling with an angel until the break of dawn, and proving his strength under the most difficult of circumstances, Jacob and the angel reach a stalemate.  Jacob refuses to let go until the angel gives him a blessing – and the angel changes his name to Israel.  In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel, we celebrate our homeland with an Israeli Inspired Shabbat menu.

Spiced Chicken & Lentil Soup with Garlic Toast

Spiced Chicken & Lentil Soup with Garlic Toast


 

Shabbat Menu – Angel Wings Pasta

 

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Jacob leaves Beersheva following the theft of Esau’s birthright and spends a long, lonely night in the desert.  Unsure about his future and fearful over his brother’s wrath, Jacob dreams of a ladder with angels rising and descending to earth.  Jacob is reassured that Hashem is still with him and he will inherit the promises made to Isaac and Avraham.  If you are looking for a perfectly pareve side that can lighten up any meal this Shabbat, I promise you will love this heavenly Angel Wings Pasta recipe!

shiitake mushroom soup

Kosher Asian Shiitake Mushroom Soup Recipe


 

Shabbat Menu – Buffalo Sliders with Crispy...

 

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When Eliezer is sent by Abraham to seek out a wife for Isaac, Eliezer comes upon a well of water tended by the beautiful Rebecca. Rebecca shows the graciousness and hospitality befitting a matriarch of the Jewish people and is rewarded with gold and silver jewelry and clothing and the promise of marriage.  If you like our Shabbat menu, then you shoulda put a ring on it… like we do with our Buffalo Sliders with Crispy Onion Rings.

Buffalo Sliders with Crispy Onion Rings

Buffalo Sliders with Crispy Onion Rings


 

Shabbat Menu – Chicken in a Salt Crust

 

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It is little wonder that there are so many Jewish lawyers.  Abraham’s negotiations with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorroh and his demand for righteousness and justice have been echoed for centuries by Jewish leaders of courage and conviction. In the end, Sodom and Gomorroh are beyond redemption and the cities are destroyed.  Lot and his family are given the chance to flee and start a new life, but Lot’s wife looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt.  This week we remember this dramatic story with a Shabbat menu that will “turn around” your ordinary Shabbat dinner into something salt-sational!

zucchini pasta

Zucchini Pasta