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Chanukah Treats Made with Finds from Kosherfest 2014

Ring in the new year of the trees, even when it’s the middle of winter

 


Celebrate Tu B’Shevat With Chocolate Bark

Ring in the new year of the trees, even when it’s the middle of winter

 


It’s a Cookie! It’s a Hamantaschen! It’s Purim!

 


36 Mouthwatering Hamantaschen To Make This Purim

Check out my Balsamic Onion Blue Cheese Savory Hamantaschen #36

 


Get Cooking!

Get Cooking! is my vibrant celebration guide complete with activities, a rollicking CD soundtrack, and tons of tasty recipes that present traditional Jewish faves in Global and American flavors….. plus a nice helping of easy-to-make chocolate treats!


Some Super Soup in the Sukkah for Soul Satisfaction
Some Super Soup in the Sukkah for Soul Satisfaction

About Our Children: It’s uncanny how Sukkot almost always presents itself at the perfect moment in autumn… And the only thing needed to complete this setting is a cozy sweater and a bowl of delicious soup.


A Rosh Hashanah Meal with Meaning
A Rosh Hashanah Meal with Meaning

Tablet Magazine: Recipes featuring the Talmud’s five ingredients for a sweet new year.


Standing With Israel As We Sit Down at Our Rosh Hashanah Table
Standing With Israel As We Sit Down at Our Rosh Hashanah Table

About Our Children: Solidarity can be demonstrated in a number of ways. For me preparing and serving the recipes and flavors that I associate with my trips to Israel, and epitomize the tastes and textures of the land itself was my way of feeling close to and part of am yisrael.


Lox-Bagel-Turned Cheesecake
For a New Twist on Shavuot, Try this Lox-Bagel-Turned Cheesecake

MomentMag.com: This dish reverses the idea of cheesecake as dessert into a savory, robustly flavored appetizer or main course. One of my guests described it as tasting “like extra-rich and creamy bagels, lox, and cream cheese.”


White Chocolate Cherry Challah Pudding
Not Your Bubbe’s Recipe: White Chocolate Cherry Challah Pudding

Jewcy.com: There’s nothing new about re-purposing bread and transforming it to another dish for another day (think panzanella salad, French onion soup, stuffing), but when using challah leftovers the re-purposed dishes have a distinctly Jewish flavor and “soul.”


Sparkling Sour Cherry Float Cocktails
Not Your Bubbe’s Recipe: Sparkling Sour Cherry Float Cocktails

Jewcy.com: Seriously, how good does a Sparkling Sour Cherry Float sound? I based this Shavuot cocktail on the Hungarian dish Meggyleves (pronounced meddj-lev-esh), which translates to sour cherry soup.


Matzah Pizza
Matzah Pizza

Jewcy.com: Delicious for Pesach or year-round, these pizzas convert the bread of our affliction into a platform for fun flavor, pleasing color, and a variety of textures.


Make Mom Smile With with Sweet or Savory Pancakes for Breakfast or Brunch
Make Mom Smile

with Sweet or Savory Pancakes for Breakfast or Brunch on Mother’s Day, coming up right around the corner!


Not Your Bubbe’s Passover Chicken

Jewcy.com:
Ashkenazi meets Sephardi in this recipe for Marmalade-Garlic Glazed Roasted Chicken with Cranberry-Almond Quinoa Stuffing.


Not Your Bubbe’s Passover Dessert: Mini Macaroon Berry Tarts

Jewcy.com:
Goodbye, boring processed macaroons. Hello, adorable fruity mini-tarts!


New Flavored Charosets

Charoset is always a Seder treat


Not Your Bubby’s Purim Cookie: Kolooschen

Jewcy.com:
This fruity, cardamom cookie is a fun riff on Persian koloochehs and Eastern European hamantaschen.


Persian Vegetarian Fare on the Table for Purim

About Our Children:
When preparing a Purim menu, I like to imagine what Esther might have served. Since the story is set in Persia, and because Esther was said to follow a vegetarian diet in order to maintain the standards of kashrut, I imagine a Persian-accented vegetarian meal made in a 21st century American kitchen.


There Are Only Winners in the Caramel vs. Chocolate Lover War

About Our Children:
What’s your dessert profile? What do you go for in desserts? Sure, absolutely, take a few minutes to think about it. Perhaps this brief questionnaire will be helpful in figuring it out.


How Have You Bean?

About Our Children:
Serving dishes brimming with beans is a New Year’s tradition the world over. With this basic recipe you can make a beautiful and healthful bean dish to suit your tastes.


Not Your Bubbe’s Thanksgivingukkah Meal

Jewcy.com:
Celebrate the greatest Jewish American festival of our time, and for another 70,000 plus years to come, with a deep-fried feast that combines Jewish flavors with traditional American dishes, and mixes long-loved Jewish dishes with rich and sweet American flavors. In this Thanksgivukkah menu, the latkes aren’t the only things that are being mashed up.


Flantastic Coconut Milk

Koshereye.com:
I’m about to introduce you, the avid and discerning kosher cook, to your new best friend. Don’t worry — you can thank me later. Coconut milk will dazzle you! It’s versatility will impress you: it can be sweet — it can be savory; it’s full–bodied texture will make you forget all about Dairy, and may I mention how rich it is!?


A Mashup Feast Combining Thanksgiving and Chanukah

About Our Children:
Q: What do you get when you add the first night of Chanukah to Thanksgiving dinner? A: The greatest Jewish-American mashup meal of all time. Thanksgivukkah.


Bagels ‘N Lox Salad

MyJewishLearning.com:
After a few months of gluten-free, lean-protein, low-carb, whole-grain, raw-food living, the taste buds may begin to cry out indignantly: “Why does everything taste the same? Why do we have to be so healthy? Why can’t we have pizza? If we have to eat another leafy green salad dressed in olive oil and vinegar we’re going revolt!


Summerfruit Kuchenbuckle

Kveller.com:
Sometimes a dessert can be like a great poem–taking on a different interpretation every time it is approached, yet always retaining its greatness. The Summerfruit Kuchenbuckle is that kind of cake. It is uncomplicated in assemblage yet multi-layered in flavor. It is a celebration of sweet and juicy seasonal fruits, and fluffy flavorful cake.


Recipes Are Edible Snapshots of Israel

Jewishfoodexperience.com:
Whenever my family and I visit Israel, there are a few dishes that we refuse to miss. For those times when we can’t be in Israel, I have come up with some variations that give us a taste of Israel at home.


Baking Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake for Hanukkah

Cityspoonful.com:
Made with warm cardamom spice and topped with bright citrus flavors, this olive oil cake for Hanukkah celebrates both flavor and olive oil in every bite.


Sassy Seitan Reubens

Koshereye.com:
Seitan is made from wheat gluten. It offers a chewy, dense, and dare I say “meatier” texture than tofu, plus has more protein, less calories and fat per serving.


Nontraditional Matzah Brei Recipes

Kveller.com:
Spice up the classic Passover dish with these sweet and savory variations.


Israeli Sabich with Grilled Eggplant, Mango Umba and Parsley Vinaigrette

Cityspoonful.com:
The elements in this popular Israeli sandwich are familiar items from any Iraqi-Jewish table: fried eggplant, hardboiled eggs and spicy mango umba.


Stacked Blintz Cake: A New Spin on a Shavuot Tradition

Cityspoonful.com:
For the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, it is customary to eat light dairy dishes and desserts—most notably sweet and savory versions of blintzes.


Sambusaks: An Iraqi-Jewish Tradition for Purim

Cityspoonful.com:
Tired of hamantaschen for Purim? Check out these savory pastries filled with spiced chickpeas—an Iraqi-Jewish favorite.


Savory Hamantaschen

Kveller.com:
The same shape with some surprising new flavors for Purim.


Kosher Food, Glorious Kosher Food

About Our Children:
Kosher Food, Glorious Kosher Food


What to do With That Big Bird

About Our Children:
No Sandwiches Here from Thanksgiving Leftovers


A 4th of July Family Treat: Johnny Cakes

 

 


More Smores for a Most Scrumptious Purim Treat

Themed Mishloch Manot Help Celebrants Give Goodies in a Creative Way

 


During the Summer We All Scream for Ice Cream

From the Lower East Side to Israel, Getting Creative with the Frozen Treat

 


The Sweetest French Toast for Mom on Her Day

Carmel Gives Traditional Breakfast-in-Bed Fare a Special Twist

 


Burgers All Ways

Make Backyard Eating Delicious
A panoply of patties from American style beef to asian-inspired fish…

 


Matzah Brei: Passover Comfort Food Goes Gourmet

Dish is a “Blank Canvas” to create Tastes from Savory to Sweet, Fruit to Nuts

 


Blizzard of Blintzes for Delicious Dairy Days

Jewish Crepe Skips Between Sweet and Savory for Holiday or Anytime

 


How Chocolaty and Rich Can Chocolate Get?

Variations of Fudge Take the Sweet Treat to New Heights

 


Move Over Turkey

Side Dishes Become Stars for the Day at the Thanksgiving Feast

 


Kids Love Fresh and Fruity Smoothies

…And it’s Easy to Make Them at Home

 


Teens Take Susie Fishbein for a Test Drive

Fun Food Recipes Rank High with Generation Text

 


Diary of a Greasy Week

Eight Days of Delicious Chanukah Recipes to Help Satiate While you Celebrate

 


Foods and Crafts Usher in the Season of Chanukah

 


Beyond Butter and Salt

Ten Fun and Easy Things to Do with Matzah

 


Peppers Stuffed with Grains

Celebrate the Bounty of Edible Gifts
Melange of vegetables and chocolate treats make Sukkah dining delicious

 


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Glossary

Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack