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Watch Mike and Ike Bejeweled Sugar Cookies ...

 

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So for this one I had a little help from my friends.  First I needed a great recipe.  That’s where my neighbor, who just happens to be a professional baker stepped in.  Meet Amy Schneider of Amy’s.  She makes cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more sweet treats exclusive and made-to-order for everyone’s simchas and celebrations in these parts.  Mike and Ikes are her favorite candy, maybe that’s what we get along so well.  Her favorite flavor is blue, mine is red – so maybe that’s really why we get along so well.  I asked her to “make something sweet, something special and something easy with Mike and Ikes”.  She happily obliged.


 

Spread The Joy Link Up

 

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Tamar, that awesome executive editor of ours, is full of good ideas. So for this Yom Tov season she challenged us (me and all our blogging friends) to “Spread the Joy.” She wants us to think of some food-related charitable cause, a way to give back to family, friends and community in the medium we understand best: food.

Such a great idea. Wish I could say it was mine.


 

New Joy of Kosher Cookbook Q&A *Giveaway*

 

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I figure you may be wondering about my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, like what’s the Mah Nishtanah this time. So I interviewed myself, asking the questions people ask me.   If I missed anything you just gotta know, ask in the comments and I will answer you – a whole lot more fun than talking to myself.

Q: So this is your third cookbook. Did you always want to write cookbooks?


 

Simanim Inspired Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

 

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I don’t like being put into a box, given a label or pegged as this or that.  Do you?  In food and life I appreciate the freedom to be creative and try new things and not let a single style define me.  Aside from words like fast, effortless and easy – which is how I characterize my cooking – I don’t fit into a movement or a mold in anyway, at least in my eyes.  When it comes to Rosh Hashanah though, I am more than happy to state my signature style – it has always been “simanim inspired”.  For a detailed explanation of simanim click here.  For my inspired recipes just scroll down.

Unstuffed Cabbage Soup


 

Top Ten Honey Recipes and Hosting Tips

 

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Cause I am feeling sweet I’m sharing my top 10 honey recipes along with my top 10 tips for hosting this holiday.  But not before a word from our sponsor… honey, the sweetest of all the simanim this Rosh Hashanah.

What are simanim?


 

6 Cool Summer Desserts

 

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I have issues with dessert.  I love it too much.  Hubby, not so much.  So when we go out to dinner I order two – when I’m done with mine we swap plates and then I work on “his”.  Here and there he takes a spoonful and when it’s really good he takes more and then I get all bent out of shape  – cause if I knew he was going to eat so much I would have ordered a third, which I do on my birthday.  I am also a bad influence on Tamar — when we go out for dinner on my NYC trips I pressure our resident dietitian into ordering dessert, uhm, ok desserts.

These cool summer sweets incorporate a few of my favorite things into refreshing desserts – some of which Tamar may even approve of.


 

Duck Sauce Kishka Chicken Roll Ups

 

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I have a few “famous” recipes.  In no particular order, my Challah, Honey Chicken, Chulent, and Chicken Pastrami Rolls are all up there.  These recipes have received a nice number of comments and video views but more importantly they generate lots of in person discussion.  Meaning when I catch up with people on the street, or at a business meeting, or at a friend’s shabbos table – these are the recipes I hear about over and over and over again.

chicken pastrami rolls

Chicken Pastrami Rolls


 

Spiced Up Meatless Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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This year Tisha B’av falls out on July 16th, 2013. During the 9 days leading up to the fast it is a custom to refrain from meat. A meatless menu for the 9 days can keep you busy with pizza (we have 100), pasta and potatoes.  And if that’s you’re thing and you’re OK with it then may I recommend my Peach and Arugula Pizza, My Light Fettuccine Alfredo, and my Colorful Mashed Potatoes featuring Gold’s Healthy Horseradish and Wasabi Sauce.  But if you’d like to try something different this year and spice up your meatless recipe repertoire then I have two new dishes just for you.

Peach and Arugula Pizza


 

Calling All Cooks In Israel

 

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Let’s help each other.  One of the most amazing things I love about our community is the immediate feedback.  Whether via Facebook, email or as a JoK.com comment you all let us know how you feel.  And I love it, most probably cause the feedback is generally positive and often inspiring – both in the kitchen and in life.  Lately though, we have been getting a lot of comments like this one:

I love to read all your super recipes and hints but please — not all of your readers live in America and, as you must yourself know by now, not all the ingredients you mention are available here in Israel.
-Laura B. 


 

Easy Duck Sauce Recipes **Giveaway**

 

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When I write about Gold’s I get uber nostalgic.  Gold’s Duck Sauce was perhaps my first kitchen lifesaver.  My first proof (to no one other than myself) that YES, I got this!  My first triumph with Hubby back seat cooking right by my side.

About a week into my marriage, as a recovering vegetarian, I found myself staring at this raw chicken, wondering if there is a way to cook it without touching it. Hubby came to my rescue sharing his all-time favorite chicken recipe.  I called it bachelor food until I realized this “recipe” graced many a Shabbos table all over the world.


 

Favorite BBQ Recipes

 

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It’s time to take the party outside. Well in Israel we’ve actually been grilling since we got here. Hubby’s got the grilling bug and we’re regulars at the table outside. But if it’s just heating up where you live, you gotta know there are so many healthful and creative ways to top your everyday BBQ favorites. Try these on for size and live it up this summer.

steak with chimichurri


 

Favorite Shabbat Meal Ideas

 

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The Best Gold’s BBQ Sauce and Giveaway

 

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About 6 years ago, the summer before the release of my first book, I drove to the Gold’s factory and warehouse out on Long Island for the first of many visits.  I was going to meet Steven Gold, a kind man fiercely dedicated to his craft, to discuss a series of cooking videos I was commissioned to do for the OU featuring his products.

About 9 years ago I was the Bride Who Knew Nothing, a newlywed without a clue in the kitchen. Yeah, yeah I know you read that book and know that story but keep reading, this is a new one. Even way back then, when it came to entertaining there was one rule that I lived by and still live by to this day: the 3 Ps.


 

Joy of Israel: Kurdish Cuisine, Caves and Kabbalah

 

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Don’t miss the latest in my Joy of Israel series. Let’s learn to cook Kurdish cuisines, visit the caves and maybe a bit of Kabbalah.


You know how it goes.  In life we often travel to far off places, in search of happiness, success, spirituality, opportunity, adventure.  For the last episode of Joy of Israel with Jamie Geller we trekked almost 4 hours to the northern tip of the country, a stones throw from Syria, to sled and see Israeli Cowboys.  It was an incredible family trip but like all trips (especially those with young kids), it was good to go and even better to come home.


 

A Mom Inspired Blend

 

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Nothing super juicy about this confession. Except well, the juice. Just an honest answer to a common question. People come up to me and say, with a little wink, “…So what do you actually make most of the time?”

The answer really depends on the day and my mood and my mom.