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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

 

For the full menu associated with this shopping list click here.


 

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


 

Sukkot Lunch Menus

 

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Sukkot Lunch Menu 1 (Meat)

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Salad


 

A Sukkot Menu From Susie Fishbein – With...

 

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I hope you had a rocking Rosh Hashanah and enjoyed our Susie Fishbein menu.  Now it’s time to prepare for Sukkot with Susie.  Since it’s already October, I am thinking this is going to be the kind of year where we sit outside in our winter coats — so to warm us all up, I am including a hearty seasonal soup on our menu with a fabulous Italian Focaccia. There is a tradition to eat stuffed foods on Sukkot, so we have an Apricot Almond Stuffed Chicken that is the highlight of our spectacular Susie Sukkot menu.

Focaccia Bread Three Ways
Meatball Minestrone
Apricot Almond Stuffed Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Spinach and Parsnip Gratin
Cappucino Mousse


 

Sukkot Dinner Menus

 

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I live in an apartment and sadly I don’t have my own Sukkah.  That means I will be eating most of my meals as a guest, looking forward to that and bringing a picnic to the Sukkah at our shul.  Anotherwords I am not going to be cooking very much and don’t really need to plan any menus, but I know that most of you are on the opposite side of me, the hosts that are having those like me, especially if you live in a city where not everyone can have their own Sukkah.  So I would like to help you out plus Jamie is busy taking care of the newest Geller addition (number 5!) so I don’t think she is planning any big menus that don’t come from the gazillion meatballs she froze before she had the baby.  Anyways, here you go, two Sukkot Night menus.

 


 

Pre Yom Kippur Menu

 

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This week Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, so there is no need for a Shabbat menu, but I will supply you with a pre fast meal that will prepare you for this Day of Atonement.

If you missed it around Tisha B’av or need a reminder, take a look at my fasting tips.  At this meal we do want to eat well, but not overstuff ourselves and of course go light on the salt.


 

Conversations at Levana’s Rosh Hashanah...

 

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Before every holiday we like to get together with our friend Levana Kirschenbaum, cooking teacher and cookbook author with a practical and nutritious approach to cooking.  Don’t miss her latest cookbook: “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple”. I attend her holiday cooking demo, we schmooze, we eat and we share it all with you.

Q: What do you like about cooking for Rosh Hashanah?