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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.


 

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.