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?


A Rosh Hashanah Menu From Susie Fishbein


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Susie Fishbein gave me a chance to search through her best-selling Kosher By Design cookbook series to design three exclusive holiday menus for the Joy of Kosher community – complete with a shopping list for each menu!  My goal is to cook my way through these amazing recipes over the holidays and share my feedback (and the reviews of my guests) in the Comments section below each recipe.

Today we are starting with Rosh Hashanah evening.  We’ve got a mix of simanim, sweet stuff and even something new to help you celebrate the New Year in the most delicious way!


4 Simanim Inspired Quick & Kosher Holiday...


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So this is where it all comes together.  All the thought. All the planning. The testing. The tasting, the tasting, and the tasting. (That’s the best part).  A simanim-inspired menu brings added challenges, but also adds a level of meaning to your Rosh Hashanah meal.  I have been doing this for the past few years, using the opportunity as a Rosh Hashanah conversation starter with my kids during our cooking and prep time together. My guests, my kids, my guests’ kids – everybody loves identifying which simanim are on the table openly or “hidden” as an ingredient. Our discussion takes on a special Yuntif energy that only comes with Rosh Hashanah.

I hope you enjoy preparing and eating these simanim-inspired dishes and menus as much as I did creating them.


A Rosh Hashanah Lunch Menu


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We have lots of amazing Rosh Hashanah menus around here, but most are for dinner.  Now don’t get me wrong, dinner is one of my three favorite meals of the day.  But with three (way past) overtired children, I sometimes prefer to entertain for lunch.  Sure shul may go on until 2pm,  but when we get back everyone is truly hungry and it is a perfect time to show off some yummy creations.

Orange and Date Challah


Rosh Hashanah Recipes – Images by Danny...


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We are so lucky today to introduce you to a fantastic Israeli food photographer.  Danny has graciously shared with us a beautiful menu with Israeli inspiration for our Rosh Hashanah feast.

Who is Danny?  Danny Lerner is considered a specialist in foods of the Mediterranean Region (North African, Eastern Mediterranean and Southern European).   Danny enjoys photographing its bold flavors. The golden olive oil, pungent onion and garlic, aromatic spices, sweet honey and wine – all gracefully come alive in his work.


How to Break Your Fast


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The end of a fast can lead you into an eating binge which will only make you sick. The best thing to do after a fast, is to eat light. If you don’t plan ahead, you will be tempted to just stuff your face with everything in sight.

Start with a drink you like that has a little bit of natural sugar — orange or apple juice are perfect.  Most people take their inspiration from breakfast foods, since we really are breaking a fast every morning. Whole grains, eggs, yogurt, fruit are filling and won’t upset your stomach. The key is to keep it light, avoid spicy or saucy foods and don’t over do it.
Here is a menu to help you to plan your break the fast in style. You can make both of these dishes if you are entertaining, but either one of these delicious dishes will do the trick.


Fasting Tips With a Pre-Fast Dairy Menu


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Everyone has their tips and tricks on how best to prepare for a fast. My brother likes to drink a bottle of Powerade to build up his electrolytes.  My father slowly weans off his coffee starting a week before to help avoid the caffeine withdrawal headache.  My mother always made us bland food so we wouldn’t be thirsty from too much salt.  Some people feel you have to just eat like crazy the day before so you are so full you won’t feel hungry the next day. Others gradually eat less and less beginning a few days before the fast.  Whatever your personal eating strategy, the most important advice I can give is to drink plenty of water the day before.  The hardest part of fasting and the side-effects are caused by dehydration.  So drink up the whole day before and then enjoy a well-balanced meal before your fast begins.

Here is a menu to help you have an easy fast:


Afternoon Tea Recipes


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Most of us have some relationship with tea. For many Jews with ties to the “Old Country,” a “glezel tay” – hot tea served in a clear glass — is one of life’s untainted pleasures. The experts knew how to sip it through a sugar cube held between the teeth. Surely it’s impossible for anyone born in the USA, or at least that’s what I like to tell myself.

But I have a totally different relationship to tea and it is firmly grounded in a fantastic childhood memory. My family was known to frequent some pretty posh hotels across the United States and my mother introduced me to Afternoon Tea as a rite of passage. (This custom was imported from England about 300 years ago, but I’ll tell you a little secret about that at the end of this article.) No, we didn’t wear big floppy hats, white gloves, or speak with snooty accents. We didn’t sit too primly either, though I tried. What I loved about it was that it was special, delicious, and just for us ladies. (Daddy didn’t go for the tiny sandwiches or tea; his style is more the all-you-can-eat buffet.) But I just adored those soft mini-sandwiches with the crusts cut off, scones slathered in creamy butter, a touch of jam and, of course, the tea!


July 4th Kosher Recipe Ideas


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Fourth of July is all about celebrating liberty and freedom, and for many home cooks, that means independence from a hot kitchen and endless pots and pans. It’s also a great time to make the most of the season’s bounty, including fresh herbs straight from your garden and sweet summer fruit. This menu, which has recipes from both my first book, Recipes Remembered, a Celebration of Survival and The Kosher Carnivore, which is due out this fall, has all the makings of a liberating BBQ.

Grilled Steak Chimichurri


Conversations at Levana’s Shavuot


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What do you like about the holiday of Shavuot?

Several fun things:


The Perfect Shavuos Menu


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Shavuos is just around the corner. Quick – what do you think of first? Me too. Images of cheesecakes start dancing before my eyes, calling my name as they do every year. I love them and they love me so much they just plant themselves on my hips, forever – now that’s love. This year Shavuos begins the evening of June 7 and ends the evening of the 9th. I wonder, how many cheesecakes I can squeeze into 48 hours?

Creamy Polenta


Shavuot Menu Ideas


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Two dairy menus to help you plan your Shavuot feasts: (more…)