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Shabbat Menu – “Split” Pea Soup

 

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The newly emancipated Hebrew slaves flee Egypt while Pharaoh and his army follow close behind.  Arriving at the Red Sea, the Israelites face a choice.  Turn back? Go forward?  Moses raises his staff and the waters split in two.  According to our Midrash, all the waters in the world divided.  In jars, cups, bowls and the heavenly waters, as well.  For our Shabbat menu this week, it is only fitting to start our meal with a Souped Up Split Pea Soup.

Souped Up Split Pea Soup

Souped Up Split Pea Soup


 

Shabbat Menu – Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

 

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In this week’s parsha, Egypt ‘s destruction is complete.  The plague of locusts decimates the land, followed by darkness and the death of the firstborn.  The Children of Israel are granted their freedom and begin their long journey to the Promised Land.  In Egypt, the darkness was so thick and unrelenting the Egyptians were immobilized.  For our Shabbat dessert this week, we’re going to introduce a dark chocolate cake so decadent and delicious no one is going to want to get out of their seat either – until after dessert!

Leek and Baby Spinach Soup


 

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


 

Shabbat Menu – Individual Apple Stuffed...

 

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This week’s parsha is a story of faith and of secrets.  Hashem does not reveal the location of the Promised Land until after Abraham embarks on his journey.  The beauty of Sarah is revealed to Abraham and he decides to hide the true identity of his wife from the Pharaoh.  Abraham launches a clandestine operation to rescue his brother from the evil kings.  An angel reveals the blessing of a son to a barren and distraught Sarah.  Hashem is described as the “God of Seeing” because for Abraham and Sarah, at their age, it is almost impossible to imagine progeny numbering like the stars in the sky.  This week seeing is believing as we reveal one of our most delicious “secret” recipes, Jamie Geller’s Individual Apple-Stuffed Challah.

 


 

Shabbat Menu – New World Potatoes

 

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  It sounds so simple, to build a world so complex.  With these few words, we begin anew our cycle of readings from tracing the beginning of the world to our journey across the desert and finally to the Promised Land.  Rich with imagery from darkness to light, from barrenness to fertility, from emptiness to a world teeming with life, this is the story of our world.  With all of its (and our) imperfections, Hashem is still waiting for us to complete the process He began in Genesis so many years ago.  This week, we give our Shabbat menu a new beginning with New World Potatoes — the finest this side of paradise!

corn fish chowder

Corn Fish Chowder


 

Shabbat Menu – Sukkot Comfort

 

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The Sukkot holiday has a strong connection to agriculture.  It is a harvest festival and the perfect time to celebrate the rich bounty of the land with a vegetarian feast for Shabbat.  Maybe its just me, but don’t we all need a little break from the abundance of meat?

Acorn-Squash-Chips-and-Lentil-Salad

Lentil Salad with Acorn Squash Chips


 

Shabbat Menu – Baked Corn Flake Crumb...

 

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In this week’s parsha, we hear the words of a song delivered by Moses to the Children of Israel on the last day of his life.  We are reminded of what we want to leave behind to our own children after we are gone.  What would be in your song?  When I think about my grandfathers who are no longer with us, a flood of memories comes into my mind.  I think of the family meals we would share, gathered around a table together laughing, singing and smiling.  This week I invite you to Haazinu – “listen in” on my Shabbat menu sharing some family favorites passed down lovingly from one generation to the next.

bubby's chicken soup

Bubby's Chicken Soup