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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.


 

Dinner Tonight: A Week of Menus #6

 

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So this week as we gear up for the Oscars which will be next Sunday (Oscar menu) I am thinking about the movies I have seen and what I like to eat when I watch movies so here is a menu with that in mind.

On MondayI like to go easy and meatless and there is nothing my family likes more than potatoes at any time.  These Cheesey Stuffed Potatoes have it all.


 

A Movie Theme Menu For Your Oscar Party

 

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This year there are nine Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture and we are starting to celebrate already!  It is a great time to get some friends together and enjoy gourmet food.  What makes it even more fun is to find dishes that relate to the movies and have your guests try to connect the dots.  Here is a 9 course Oscar Party menu that will win everyone over.

Midnight in Paris features an American writer who travels in time to meet his idols, writers from the 20s like Hemingway.  Since this time period was the beginning of prohibition, I suggest you start the evening with this Watermelon Mocktail, if your guests fuss they can smuggle some of the good stuff in while no one is looking.


 

A Healthy Shabbat Dinner Menu

 

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Whether your soft spot is kugel, potato salad or Challah– or something in between every Friday presents the temptation to overindulge and pack on the pounds. Don’t let Shabbat dinner sabotage your healthy eating plan with these simple tips and
yummy recipes!

Israeli Inspired Chopped Salad


 

Purim Seudah Menus From All Around The Globe

 

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Jamie shares her mix and match Global menus, Mexican, Italian and Chinese in this month’s issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller.  (more…)


 

Dinner Tonight: A Week of Menus #3

 

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This weeks menu is inspired by all the comfort food we talked about this past month.   Let’s get comfortable together.

 


 

Dinner Tonight: A Week of Menus #2

 

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Last week I started giving you a fully planned week of dinner ideas.  If you are at all like me, you can’t eat the same food every week, so here it is again.  Let me know how you like my selections.

Monday: These Tofu Fingers are great for kids of all ages, I am sure the adults will enjoy them too.  Serve with ketchup for the kids and and easy Romesco dip, made from roasted pepper and almonds, for the grown ups.  On the side you can enjoy steamed broccoli and rice.


 

Shabbat Menu In 2 1/2 Hours Shopping List

 

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PRODUCE DEPARTMENT
2 heads of cauliflower
2 red peppers
2 green peppers
3 red onions
1 large eggplant
1 parsnip
2 zucchini
2 carrots
2 bunches asparagus
14 potatoes
1 sweet potato
8 Spanish onions
Thyme
2 package of baby spinach
1 container grape tomato
1 sliced mushrooms
4 Persian cucumbers
4 ripe tomatoes
1 small bunch basil
3 large Cortland apples
3 large granny smith apples
3 lemons
1 bunch scallions
1 orange pepper
1 lime
1 head garlic
1 bunch parsley
MEAT DEPARTMENT:
1 package chicken bones
2 packages of chicken
2 pounds cholent meat (flanken or beef
cheeks)
1 package pastrami
1 package smoked turkey
FISH DEPARTMENT
8 salmon fillets
1 roll gefilte fish
GROCERY DEPARTMENT
Black olives
Canned tomato sauce
Soy milk
1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 dozen eggs
Soy vanilla ice cream
2 packages instant chocolate puddings
2 8 oz container whipping cream
1 box chocolate graham cracker
Puff pastry squares
Sesame seeds
Honey
Chocolate chips
Bbq sauce
Barley
Lima beans
Cholent mix beans
Pickling Spices
PANTRY INGREDIENTS (if these ingredients are not in your pantry they need to be added to the shopping list)
Black pepper
Kosher salt
Sugar
Canola Oil
Mustard
Soy sauce
Mayonnaise
Lemon juice
Flour
Oregano
Extra virgin olive oil

 

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New Year’s Day 2012 – Brunch Ideas

 

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January 1st falls on a Sunday this year, so now you have two reasons to sleep late and celebrate with a bountiful New Year’s Day brunch.  Tell your closest friends and family to come on over, because you are going to start 2012 off right — with a full stomach and an empty plate.

See how easy it is to kick things up a notch in the New Year with our very best brunch menu…


 

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

 

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For New Year’s Eve, I am taking inspiration from the small plates (tapas, mezze, and more) that appear on restaurant menus all over the world.  Small plates encourage experimentation in the kitchen and are perfect for sampling and sharing.  Remember how the New Year’s Eve television special shows you celebrations all around the globe?  As 2011 draws to a close, invite your friends over for a glass or two of kosher champagne and ask each friend to bring over 2-3 small dishes from a particular country.  You can have your own international extravaganza without leaving your living room.  Here are a few ideas to get you started, click on the cuisine of your choice for a menu:

Spanish Tapas


 

An Alternative Thanksgiving Menu

 

 

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“Of course I’d be honored to write a Thanksgiving post for JoyofKosher.com but there’s only one problem…we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.” I’m Canadian, my wife is Czech, our kids are Israeli and even though we’ve been living in the States for nearly eight years we’ve never really gotten into it. There are a number of reasons we don’t, none of them religious. As a Rabbi I feel that celebrating Thanksgiving is perfectly permitted, maybe even sensible. But as a family, especially a rabbinic family, we rarely have quiet times. Every weekend is busy; of course Shabbat is packed, but then so is Sunday. (Oh yeah, and my wife dislikes turkey.)

Thanksgiving for us is one of the few times we can count on everyone else being busy and leaving us to ourselves. I’m a University Chaplain and a Hillel Rabbi and the campus is like a ghost town during the Thanksgiving recess. The streets are empty, no one calls us, and we have a chance to have what I imagine a weekend is like for people who are not Shabbat observant. A little quiet, some leaf-raking, a bunch of football and some nice food.


 

Not Your Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

 

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Don’t want to find endless ways to use up turkey leftovers? Don’t want to baby-sit a whole turkey?

Try a crispy-savory schnitzel. I love quick-easy to make schnitzels. I often make them out of the usual chicken and veal. Then, I got crazy one day and made duck schnitzel and it was a hit. See my first cookbook JEWISH COOKING FOR ALL SEASONS (John Wiley and Sons). So, why not turkey? Fast, easy crunchy and no troubling leftovers. I love it!


 

Recipe Ideas for a Thanksgiving Pre-Party

 

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The only hard and fast rule I have for the perfect Thanksgiving, is not to have any hard and fast rules for the perfect Thanksgiving.  Sometimes, my guests set the tone for an amazing meal, other times I try something new and see how it goes. Some years I get to be a guest or get to escape Thanksgiving entirely.

One year, I served a deconstructed turkey — presenting a stuffed boneless breast alongside turkey wings and drumsticks (for the dark meat lovers).  Coming to the table with a perfectly tucked and tied turkey breast roast, without needing to ask my father-in-law to do the carving was a real treat (for him and for me)!


 

Simchat Torah Menu

 

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Our Simchat Torah menu celebrates finger foods and grab on the go appetizers perfect for a late night bite or a late afternoon snack.

Tangy Salsa


 

A Simchat Torah Carnival Menu From Susie Fishbein

 

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Let’s party like it’s 5772!  After all, it’s Simchat Torah, time to have some fun.  I’ve got an idea that will put the summer in your Simchas… a carnival theme menu! With Susie Fishbein’s delicious recipes, you may have to invite the whole neighborhood over for this ferris wheel of flavor.  Come one, come all!  Take a ride on the tunnel of food love and test your strength with a spectacular Simchat Torah menu.

Hot Pretzel Challah
Coconut Chicken
Korean Beef Kimche Skewers
Cauliflower Popcorn
Lemon Pepper Fried Chicken
Hush Puppy Chicken
Breaded Mushrooms
Spicy Carrot sticks
Funnel Cakes
Frozen Banana Pops