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The Great Shabbat Menu

 

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This week is Shabbat Hagadol (translated as the great Shabbat), it is the Shabbat that precedes Passover and is connected to the miracles that happened in Egypt.  Since this Shabbat falls so close to Passover, many homes are already kashered and we are tasked to create a fabulous meal without any bread or any matzo.  Hopefully you will be able to get some Challah to enjoy and then try this menu that can be made before, during and after Passover and still be considered great.

Salad with Pastrami Croutons

Spring Salad with Pastrami Croutons and Balsamic Reduction


 

Shabbat Menu – A Clean New Year

 

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This week in parsha Tazria we continue reading about the laws purity, but it also happens to be Shabbat Hachodesh.  The Shabbat before the first of Nissan, which is considered the first month of the Jewish calendar.  At the same time Spring is in the air and we are cleaning our homes and preparing for the holiday of Passover.  Let’s start the new year off with clean and homes and clean bodies.  This week’s menu features clean healthy foods that have no processed ingredients.

Indian Inspired Salmon Cakes


 

Shabbat Menu – Purity and The Red Heiffer

 

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From the rejuvenating waters of the mikvah, to the memory of Miriam’s triumphant dancing after the splitting of the In this week’s Parsha Shmini we read of the purifying power of water and it is the first time we read in specific detail the kosher dietary laws concerning what animals are permissible and prohibited, the criteria for kosher fish and birds and a list of kosher insects (yuck!). This week is also called Shabbat Parah, the Shabbat of the red heifer, which describes the ways in which we purified ourselves to being to prepare for Passover. These days we are purifying our homes by purging them of chametz and so we will eat a chametz filled menu featuring the Red Heiffer.

vegetable barley soup

Vegetable Barley Soup


 

Shabbat Menu – Remembering

 

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This week’s parsha describes the laws and responsibilities of the kohanim, the holy priests.  The kohanim keep the fire on the altar burning constantly, from morning until night.  There is also the special Shabbat Zachor reading where we remember the attack of Amalek as we draw closer to the holiday of Purim.  In the spirit of remembering we will share a menu filled with Omega-3 fats, which have brain boosting powers.

Sesame Soy Salmon

Sesame Soy Salmon


 

Shabbat Menu – Eating The Clouds

 

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Finally, the Mishkan has been built and Aaron and his sons officially are anointed priests.  A cloud appears over the Mishkan to signify the divine presence.  To celebrate the completion of the Mishkan and the second book of the Torah we will rejoice with a cloud like dessert, Meringues.  You can make cookies, pavlova, pies or this amazing creation, the Baked Alaska!

wild rice chicken soup

Wild Rice Chicken Soup


 

The Shabbat After Thanksgivukkah

 

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This Shabbat we celebrate the third night of Hanukkah and it is also the day after the American holiday of Thanksgiving.  In this week’s parsha, Pharaoh dreams of seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of hunger.  After (at least) seven courses of Thanksgiving bounty, there is  undoubtedly an abundance of leftovers in our refrigerator this week. So we remake the plenty from the night before for a completely original  Shabbat Hanukkah menu that will feed your hungry family and guests.

Sweet Potato Soup with Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Soup with Sweet Potato Chips


 

Shabbat Menu – Rainbow Cake

 

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Every year it seems more and more people are jumping on the rainbow cake band wagon for Parsha Noach.  Probably for the same reason there are so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side.  There is just something magical and mysterious and exciting and it is an easy symbol to draw or create out of food.  You can go all out with multi layered Rainbow Cake or you can try my newest creation for those of us chocolate lovers with just a decorated rainbow made out of Mike and Ike on top.  Either way, we have nothing to hide.

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Soup with Sauteed Cremini Mushrooms


 

Shabbat Menu – A Bread Story

 

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The parsha this week continues Moshe’s closing remarks to his people. The 40 years of wandering in the desert, during which Hashem rained down manna from heaven, was to teach the people “that man does not live on bread alone…” But imagine if you had to. For just one Shabbat make a menu where every dish includes bread, but each course is completely unique and utterly delicious!

Panzanella


 

Panzanella

 

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Stuffing Topped Chicken

 

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Bread Pudding with Pears, Currants and Cinnamon

 

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Shabbat Menu – Cooking with Kids

 

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In parsha Vaetchanan, Moshe reminds the people to recount the miracles and the teachings to their children and their children’s children.  We pass down our traditions and our history through our food.  The moments I spend in the kitchen with my kids is my way of teaching them what I know and love and what I learned standing in the kitchen with my parents and what they learned at the feet of my grandparents.  This week’s Shabbat menu includes recipes that are perfect for preparing with children at your side.  Get your kids involved this week with age appropriate kitchen duties and this kid friendly menu they will love to eat as much as they love to prepare.

Pull Apart Challah


 

Oven Baked Chicken Fingers

 

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Potato Leek Quiche

 

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Iced Tea Fruit Coolers

 

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