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Passover Menus For Every Taste

 

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From traditional to original we have Passover menu ideas for you.

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2 Creative Traditional Passover Seder Menus


 

3 Purim Seudah Menus with a Global Taste

 

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Dressing up in costume, eating triangular shaped cookies called hamantaschen, and delivering gift baskets to our friends are all significant parts of the Purim holiday. And although there is no religious significance, a lot of us tend to go all out and match everything—our entire family’s costumes, our gift baskets, and our menu—to a theme.

I’m guilty! Last year, I went Mediterranean-inspired and my whole family dressed the part and delivered the chummos and pita-chip packages you see on Perfect Ideas for Mishloach Manot.   Since we love themes so, I’ve got three themed menus for you—Asian, Spanish, and Italian menus for every course, from starters to dessert. Pick one or mix and match. If you’re really adventurous, make the entire menu and serve the recipes in small tasting party dishes, allowing your guests to straddle the globe as they walk from one side of your dining room to the other.
Whether you’re sporting a sombrero or a kimono this Purim, you’re sure to savor something out-of-this-world.


 

2 Shabbat Meals in 2 1/2 Hours

 

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An interesting aspect to keeping Shabbat, is that every Shabbat dinner is like the once a year thanksgiving feast that most Americans discuss and plan for weeks in advance. Every week, Jewish men and women cook up a storm to celebrate Shabbat with food, family and friends. Listed below is a step by step guide to help you create a great tasting, and quick Shabbat dinner for eight. Keep in mind that the two and ½ hours include prep work and cooking time too. These recipes aren’t only for Shabbat; you can use the recipes for any occasion.

Shabbat Dinner


 

Dairy Indian Recipes To Spice Up Your Menu

 

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Just in case you didn’t notice, you can actually sort by cuisine on this site.  So, when you are in the mood to try something different or something not so different, in any cuisine we got you covered.  Today, we were thinking it might be fun to travel to India.  In Indian cooking they use a lot of dairy.  Whether it be in the flavorful clarified butter, Ghee, they use in most their dishes, the cream or the paneer cheese, a Dairy Indian menu is a wonderful way to spice up your Shavuot, especially since these foods sit well (think Indian buffet).

You can definitely substitute regular butter for Ghee, but there would be something missing and if you are going dairy, go all out.  Ghee is a clarified butter that you might find in the store, but is just as easy to prepare at home.  To prepare ghee, butter is melted in a pot over medium high heat. The butter begins to melt, forming a white froth on top. It is then simmered, stirring occasionally and the froth begins to thin slowly and the color of the butter changes to a pale yellow shade. Then it is cooked on low heat until it turns a golden color. The residue solids settle at the bottom and the ghee, which is now clear, golden and translucent and fragrant, is ready. The ghee is then filtered, and it will solidify when completely cool. Ghee can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration, provided it is kept in an airtight container.  (from Wikipedia) For a step by step photo guide to making your own Ghee check this out.


 

5 Foods for a Healthy Picnic

 

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This time of year is the best time to bring our food outside.  Hopefully, if the weather cooperates we should have some sunshine days that are not too hot and not too cold.  So, let’s pack up our food and take the family outside.  Picnics are great for Shabbat afternoons if you have a nice park nearby.  They are also a great part of a Sunday activity.  Go sightseeing to a mansion where they often have picnic tables or find a state park.  Bring a ball, a deck of cards and a frisbee for a fun and relaxing day as a family, a couple or even on your own.

The trick to making this a really great day is packing colorful, healthful foods that will be the envy of all who pass by.  Don’t just pick up potato chips and dip or bagels, take a moment to prepare a few dishes you won’t regret.  Almost any dish can be portable if packed well in a sealed container, but some sit better than others.  It is best not to bring salads that have to be dressed fresh instead find salads that do better after a couple of hours. Don’t worry about a perfect menu either, pick a few different kinds of foods so that there will be something for everyone.


 

An Elegant Shavuot Menu

 

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These spunky dairy dishes can challenge any fleishig fare for holiday feasting.  I love Shavuos. It’s such a happy yuntif—full of Torah and flowers, learning and family. And it’s our chance to indulge in yummy milchig meals that are as lavish and tantalizing as meat fests. This wonderful seasonal menu will make your dairy meals a gourmet’s delight, and will even placate the meat & potatoes fans in your family.

Mini Spanakopita


 

Kentucky Derby Menu

 

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The Kentucky Derby is the most famous horse race celebrated every year on the first Saturday of May.  This year it will be on May 5th and even though we might not be able to watch the race live, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the fastest two minutes in sports.

When I was living in Washington D.C., there were two sisters from Kentucky. Every year, they invited the whole community over for an afternoon Kentucky Derby celebration.  They brought everyone together Shabbat afternoon for a party, with big fancy hats, Derby Pie and of course, a Mint Julep.  You don’t have to be from Kentucky to have a Derby party.  This week tell your lunch guests to wear their funkiest Shabbat hats and “head” over for a Derby lunch and a shot of bourbon.


 

A Very Vegetarian Passover

 

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It’s not easy being green.  Vegetarians on Passover have it pretty rough, especially Ashkenazim who can’t eat beans or tofu.   I can’t even imagine menu planning for vegans who don’t eat eggs!  I’m not sure how they make it through eight days.  I have quite a few vegetarian friends, including my sister in law who will be with me for a couple of meals.  Passover tends to be a very meaty holiday, but there are some great Passover vegetarian and vegan friendly dish ideas that even carnivores will enjoy.

Roasted Vegetables


 

Saturday Night Seder Menu

 

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This year the second seder falls on Motzei Shabbat.  That means we really have to get everything ready early.  Usually we can cook on yom tov to prepare for the second night, but this year, we do not have that luxury.  I have been asked by a few people for good recipes to serve for the second seder considering the limiations.  My first thought is brisket, the classic seder recipe that is even better the next day, but you can really do any braised meat, short ribs, osso bucco, beef stew, even the ones with flour should work well with out it or you can use matzo meal to coat the meat when necessary.  After that comes a saucy chicken that won’t dry out when reheated.  Kugels are always good and so are the soups.  Here is a new menu that won’t take too much time to prepare.


 

A Chinese Seder

 

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Last year was my first year hosting a Passover Seder.  We finally live walking distance to my brother and his family and it allowed us the opportunity to be together and trade nights.  They hosted the first night and we hosted the second.  In the past, when we all went to my Abba’s house, we would complain about the turkey and brisket he made every year, even when it was delicious (which it usually was).  “Try something new,” we would whine.  He replied, “you will see how hard it is to try something new when you have 6 house guests for a 3 day Yom Tov including two Seders and no one living in town to help with the cooking.”  Okay, point taken.

I don’t have house guests and only have to host one Seder, so that means I can get creative.  Especially since I had the second night, I wanted to make sure I made something different from my sister-in-law, who is a very hard act to follow anytime of year.   Instead of negotiating, I created this amazing Chinese feast that I knew would be one of a kind.  (note – they now make kosher for passover no-soy soy sauce)


 

Mad Men Menu

 

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Mad Men is back!!!  Mad Men fans every where are eagerly awaiting the 2 hour premiere next week.

Even Banana Republic is getting into the act — they are debuting a 1960’s themed line of springtime clothing that will turn more heads than Joan at a holiday party.


 

Jewish Irish Menu

 

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My family was playing our usual game of Spin the Globe when for the first time the kids landed on Ireland.  As it so happens I have a small corned beef in the freezer that I now have reason to try.  And then it got me thinking about the connection between Jews and Corned Beef and the Irish and Corned Beef.  Here is what I found out.

First of all, there are around 2,000 Jews living in Ireland today and the community has been there for at least one thousand years. There is a Chabad and at least a few synagogues raging from Orthodox to liberal.  You can get kosher food and find out everything else about Jews in Ireland here.


 

A Mexican Seudah

 
 

What could be more fun than your guests walking into your home and being greeted by a riot of color: red, green, gold, white, terra cotta pottery, a festive tablecloth, sombreros, piñatas filled with kosher candy, and some music to round out the festivities?

The colors and interesting foods will delight children and adults alike.


 

Cowboy and Cowgirl Purim Menu

 

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We like themes.

The men, have rebelled though, and won, for the past few years.


 

Dinner Tonight – A Week of Menus

 

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Purim is getting closer and I am feeling the need to go veggie, I hope you will join me in this mostly meatless week of meals with three Quick & Kosher favorites from Jamie Geller.

Monday, let’s start the week off with an easy meatless meal that some might call breakfast, but I enjoy for a different kind of dinner, hopefully you will too.  Potato Pancakes with Guacamole and Poached Egg and serve with an Arugula Salad.