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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!


 

Healthy Holiday Menus Under 600 Calories

 

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We all know the High holidays are filled with reflection, prayer and lots and lots of eating.  This September will essentially be a month of big meals.  There is no hard data on the average Rosh Hashanaha meal, but considering the challah, the honey, the meats, starchy sides and desserts it has got to rival those of Thanksgiving, which according to Caloric Control Council tops 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat.  That is more than double the average persons daily recommended calorie limit.  I know it is the holidays and we should be joyous and not think about fat and calories, but we are not just celebrating for one day, we have 9 of them!!!

So, go ahead and enjoy yourself on the first night and then consider lightening it up a bit for the other 8 holiday days.  If you are careful with serving sizes and plan to eat lots of veggies you can keep the calories down without missing any of the fun.  An average slice of challah will run you between 60 and 100 calories.  Excluding the challah, here are three menus to help you keep it light as we welcome in a new year.


 

A Rosh Hashanah Menu From Kim Kushner

 

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After talking to Kim and looking through her new cookbook, The Modern Menu, I knew you would love these recipes for your High Holiday meal planning.   Kim suggests menus in her book, but recommends readers to pick and choose and make it their own.  Read our interview with Kim here and enter our giveaway and then enjoy a sampling of her recipes in this Modern Rosh Hashanah Menu.  Mediteranean Sea Bass is a snap to prepare and the perfect starter for your High Holiday meal.


 

Simanim Inspired Menus

 

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This time of year we are all about simanim. You will find tons of articles and recipes all around the site, click here for 4 Jamie Geller Rosh Hashanah menus.


 

A Summer Party Menu

 

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Later this Summer I will be heading to North Carolina to spend a week at the beach with my two siblings and their families.  I have never been to North Carolina and I haven’t shared a home with my brother and sister for almost 20 years (OMG, where did the time go?).  So I am excited to have this quality time, but a bit nervous and we have a lot of meals to plan for and we want every night to feel like a party.  The best part of renting a house together is we can put the kids to bed and enjoy quality grown up time with lots of food and drinks.

While I am planning I thought I would share some Summer menu ideas with all of you.  I hope you are all entertaining and enjoying company as much as you can in a more casual way then when the holidays come in, so here is my first Summer menu idea, let me know if you want me to share more in the comments below.  And if you have any tips on surviving (and enjoying) a week in a beach house with 13 people, 7 under the age of 10 let me know.


 

A Shabbat Menu with Gold’s

 

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Sometimes all it takes for a perfect meal are a few great quality ingredients. Enjoy the summer weather with these quick and gourmet recipes for Shabbat and every day of the week.

Panko Crusted Salmon


 

Prefast Meal for Tisha B’av

 

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It is a very strong custom to refrain from eating meat and drinking alcohol during the 9 days leading up to Tisha B’av.  This year, Tisha B’av falls on July 16, 2013.  We have shared quite a few dairy menus and meal ideas for you over the past week and now I want to offer some tips for the fast including my menu suggestion.

To start with I always push hydration.  There is nothing as important during these hot days of Summer than staying hydrated.  During the three days leading up to the fast it is best to focus as much as possible on drinking more fluids, preferably water or herbal iced tea.


 

A Week of Dairy Menus

 

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It’s that time of year again!!!  Nine days of dairy, well really, it doesn’t have to be dairy, it just shouldn’t be meat.  During the 9 days before Tisha B’ Av it is a very serious custom to refrain from eating meat and drinking wine.  For more on this custom click here.

To be honest I don’t eat meat much during the week and so I am here to help with a week of 5 weeknight menu ideas for the 9 days.