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Romantic Dinner For Two

 

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It has been a cold snowy winter for most of us.  Everyone is staying home more than usual.  The silver lining is finding the perfect menu to make a romantic dinner for two.  Whatever the occasion, a first date, a first anniversary or just a night without any kids here is a heart warming menu that can be served on a table filled with roses and candles.

Creamy Hot Tomato Soup

Creamy Hot Tomato Soup


 

Spice Up Your Super Bowl

 

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This year we want to spice things up.  I just love the little bit of heat and flavor that comes from adding just a bit of horseradish to almost any dish.  The most popular foods to serve for the Super Bowl are wings, chili, pizza and guacamole.  The main idea is to serve food that is easy to eat in front of the television.  And easy to snack and enjoy as the game goes on.

 Veal-Sliders-with-Red-Slaw.

Veal Sliders with Red Slaw


 

Tu B’Shevat Celebration Menu

 

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One week from now is the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, beginning the evening of January 15th.  For many years in my life this holiday went unnoticed.  Of course, I remember the celebrations in school with the hard to chew boxer that you either loved or hated and the annual planting of trees (I grew up in Florida, so we could plant this time of year and not freeze to death), but in the years between my being in school and having kids, I will admit I didn’t do much celebrating.  Now, I realize that there many ways we can go about celebrating this holiday, whether it be the smallest gesture of making a seven species granola (thanks for the great idea in the comments here) or going all out with a Tu B’shevat Seder.

Tu B’Shevat literally means the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat.  It is the birthday of the trees in Israel.  The day that the trees begin their new fruit bearing cycle.  So we celebrate by eating the fruits of the trees.  Really any fruit counts, but it is tradition to eat the kinds that are mentioned in the Torah when praising the bounty of Israel: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates.  Some go even further and like to include the full seven species of Israel which adds wheat and barley to the fruits.   There are also many kabalistic rituals around this holiday which have become more popular recently and is the reason many people hold a seder, get a guide to making your own seder from Hazon, here.


 

Brunch with An Asian Kick

 

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Family Game Night Menu

 

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It has been a really cold Winter so far and Winter hasn’t even started yet.  A friend told me that she heard this is going to be the snowiest winter in years and I can’t even begin to guess what the Jerusalem snow storm is supposed to tell us.  The lesson I am choosing to glean is to start planning some fun nights in.

Even without snow, when it starts to get really cold, people just want to cuddle up in their pajamas and stay warm.  That doesn’t mean the fun has to stop, instead, it is time to host a game night!!  Get the kids or your friends together and enjoy your winter at home.  You have to work a bit to prepare some fun food, but we will keep it easy so you don’t miss out on any of the action.


 

A Brunch Hanukkah Party Menu

 

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We have shared tons of recipes for Hanukkah, new recipes for Thanksgivukkah and tons of Hanukkah menus and table ideas.  The other day, someone on facebook asked for menu ideas for a day time party.  She said they were having a family get together the Sunday after Thanksgiving and were going to be having lunch, what did we suggest.  I realized that we never shared a menu for people to use during the day.  Most people stay together for a Hanukkah party so they can light candles together, but that doesn’t work for everyone and some people need to get their kids home and to bed early (I remember those days).  Some people might even call everyone over for a lunch and then family can stay through to light candles and still get home for dinner.   So, let’s thank our Facebook friend for reminding me to share this menu.  My feeling is that most of the daytime parties will be on Sunday, which means brunch goes all day.  And since latkes are always in order, a brunch menu is perfect.  Latkes go so well with eggs and/or smoked salmon, the possibilities are endless.

Honestly, I can’t decide, so here are a couple options…


 

An Early Fall Menu

 

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Now that the craziness of the holidays are behind us and Summer is officially over, it is time to get back to normal, every day life.  Of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to stop planning and cooking and celebrating with food.  I know you all like to browse through my interesting menu ideas and so here is one specially made for you to use right now.  Whether you use it for Shabbat or maybe you are having the girls over for a fun night in, this menu is seasonal, flavorful and ready to be savored and enjoyed by family or friends.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup


 

A Kosher Oktoberfest Menu

 

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A few years ago I wrote all about my experience at Oktoberfest which was a really fun two day layover on my way to Israel for Sukkot.  Read the full Oktoberfest experience here.  When I got back I couldn’t help but make these classic German recipes and they have since become a regular go to menu for Shabbat or any night of the week.

soft pretzels

Soft Pretzels


 

Shemini Atzeret Menu

 

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In our family, whenever there is something that needs doing and it hasn’t yet been done, my husband Ed says “what are you waiting for, Shemini Atzeret?” It was meaningless to our children when they were young but they understood what he meant. There is a finality to things, an ending, when what we need to accomplish, we must accomplish.

On Shemini Atzeret the year has ended, the annual cycle of Torah readings has come to its end. I like to think of this joyful “ending” as akin to school commencement, which of course means “a beginning.”


 

Mix and Match Sukkot Menus

 

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Here we go, get ready for two more three day yom tovim. Unless you live in Israel.  I haven’t heard much from you all in regards to my low calorie Rosh Hashanah menus.  A lot of people read them, but not so many commented to let me know if they liked them and wanted to see more of them.  So, for Sukkot I am offering you a Mix and Match game.  Please comment and let me know which type of holiday menus you prefer.

Menu planning is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  All you have to do is choose.


 

A Healthy Vegetarian Sukkot Menu

 

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After too much meat over these holidays I am going veggie with this Sukkot menu.  It is still high in protein and filling, but much healthier.  Here is my menu, simple, healthy and delicoius:

Citrus Salad with Beets, Candied Kumquats and Tangerine Honey Vinaigrette


 

It’s Been 1 Year Since I Made Aliyah and My...

 

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Just about a year ago, Hubby and I decided to pick up with our five children and move from our comfortable home in Monsey, New York to a cottage in Israel, a place where we would all have to learn the language and culture, a place where we would be immigrants, just like my parents had been in the USA.  People are still asking me why.


 

Pre-Yom Kippur Menu: Hearty and Filling Foods

 

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Before a fast day, it’s important to fill yourself up with hearty foods but it’s also very important to avoid overly spicy and salty ingredients. Keeping that in mind, I’ve created a menu of recipes that will fill you up before the fast but won’t make you feel bloated or thirsty. A few tips to remember for your last meal before the fast of Yom Kipper: don’t overeat, drink tons of water, eat foods that are easy to digest and eat a lot of protein and complex carbohydrates. So enjoy your pre-Yom Kippur meal and have a safe and meaningful fast!

Salsa Baked Salmon


 

An Italian Holiday Feast

 

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In last year’s Rosh Hashanah issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller we shared three unique holiday menus.  Italian, Moroccan and Traditional.  Today we will share Alessandra’s Italian feast with you, but you don’t want to have to wait a year for the amazing recipes and menus we feature in our magazine, get your subscription here.

Click through to each recipe to find make ahead tips to make this menu easier to prepare.


 

A South African Rosh Hashanah Menu

 

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Smoked Steak Sushi Cake

What do you do if your family believes that a meal is not complete without meat? Smoked Steak Sushi Salad was created for my son Ryan who loves sushi, but won’t eat fish. As most of the starters in our home are meat, I like to serve this with a plate of chopped liver puffs. The length of the ingredient list doesn’t make the recipe lengthier and harder, sometimes just a little tastier!