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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?

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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


 

Shabbat Menu – Pomegranate Braised Brisket

 

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In parsha Ki Tavo, Moses tells the Children of Israel to bring the first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) to the Temple after they settle the land of Israel and declare their gratitude to Hashem.  As we plan this week’s Shabbat menu and look ahead to the High Holiday meals, we have a beautiful brisket recipe that highlights the pomegranate, one of the seven species of Israel traditionally associated with the bikkurim offering.

Beet Carpaccio

Beet Carpaccio


 

Shabbat Menu – The Scales of Justice

 

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Jewish lawyers of the world unite in celebrating this week’s parsha, where Moses instructs the people of Israel to appoint judges and law enforcement administrators in every city. “Justice, justice shall you pursue,” Moses explains, without corruption or favoritism to the rich or powerful.  In my mind, I think of the scales of justice in perfect balance.  On my plate, I think of the scales of a delicious baked trout – dressed up for Shabbat with a light fennel salad.

Potato Napoleon with Vegetables

Potato Napoleon


 

Shabbat Menu – Stuffed Veal Roast

 

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In this week’s parsha (Eikev), Moses is reflecting on forty years of wandering in the desert, and reminds the Children of Israel how Hashem sustained them with daily manna from heaven.  The lesson Moses teaches is “that man does not live on bread alone, but by the utterance of Hashem’s mouth.”  We agree, but we still love our bread.  This week we are bringing the bread.  We celebrate with a challah recipe your guests will be hollering for (Jamie’s special), a spectacular stuffing and a bountiful bread pudding.


 

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