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Manischewitz Cook-Off National Finals 2011

The Fifth Annual Man-O-Manischewitz National Cook Off just finished, and, man, I’m still buzzing. There was some serious high-octane, high-pressure, high-quality cooking, and I don’t think I expected to see any of that. I mean, this is Manischewitz you’re talking about — the matzah and wine people.

But this wasn’t your bubbe’s Manischewitz. Not only was the competition a slick, well-presented show at the stylin’ Uptown …

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The cholent sucks here

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When I first moved out here I didn’t mind the green kiddush much, some chips and salsa, veggie sticks, guacamole and several varieties of cookies seemed alright to me – but I’ve been here a year and this is one of the true sides to living in the west.

I’m sure there are shuls in LA that know how to throw a kiddush, but here in the Bay Area and several other west coast …

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Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

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I generally don’t read blogs, heck I schedule most of my blog posts, tweets and other goodies so I don’t have to spend valuable outdoors time keeping up with this wonderful online community that has been outgrowing this blog and forcing some fans to even meet each other in real life.

I find that every few days, I get an email from someone asking me to add their blog to my …

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Can you imagine if frummies were liberal?

If frummies ever decided to be liberals we would all be in trouble, not only would they hold by unnecessary stringencies when it came to Judaism, they may also start to try and control the communities life in other ways. Can you imagine what it may look like?

Kiddush: Is that cholent made with free range beef? Are you sure it’s grass fed, or is it fed grass and then fattened up with corn for the last week …

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No-Sugar Whole Wheat Fruit Cake—Delicious!

… that is sugar-free, with no added sweeteners, whole wheat fruit cake….a healthy alternative to well, you know, that regular sugar and oil laden cake that tastes good but isn’t very good for you! You are joining me on the quest for healthier eating right? You’ll feel so much better, believe me!

One small disclaimer: I thought this cake was great and could have easily eaten it all, and a very nice guest said it was the best cake she’s eaten in Israel, though she is a …

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I slept through schachris on my mothers yertzeit so God screwed with me

… around this time I get a call from my old man reminding me about my mothers yertzeit so I make it to shul to say kadesh. Being a cook doesn’t make things any easier when it comes to getting up in the morning or actually making it… to shul. Last night amidst an insane dinner rush (half a dozen tickets deep) I had to run out for maariv, but when my alarm went off this morning I didn’t even hear it and was jolted awake an hour after it first began buzzing,

I felt pretty crappy to

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Eating Jewish: Krupnik (Polish Barley Soup)

If I had to choose one word to describe the last few weeks it would, without a doubt, be indulgence. Between my birthday celebrations and holiday celebrations, I’ve done quite a lot of feasting. Friends and family have fed me delicious meals and I’ve also had the opportunity to cook some fabulous food as well. Yet, as good as it all was, when thinking about what to make for dinner one night last …

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Hanukkah Safety in the Kitchen

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Hanukkah is a time when people are busy preparing foods for Hanukkah. Here are a few safety tips as you cook your favorite Hanukkah meals:

Make sure that your kitchen is free from all fire hazards like kitchen curtain, candles, matches, paper goods and dish towels.

Never leave your stove unattended when cooking.

Keep hot pans and other hot kitchen utensils as knives away …

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Hanukkah and Generosity

Hanukkah and Generosity

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Hanukkah is a time of giving. It is during this time of the year that we give gifts to friends and share our blessings to our favorite charity. You don’t have to go far if you want to show generosity and share your blessings this holiday season. You can start your good deed within your community. Here’s how.

Give gelt to children within your community. You will certainly …

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Low-Fat Latkes for Hanukkah

Low-Fat Latkes for Hanukkah

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Serving fried food during Hanukkah has been part of Jewish tradition. It is during this time of the year that we cook latkes, sufganiyot, fritters and other Hanukkah foods. Here’s a simple latke recipe that’s low-fat for those who want to stay healthy this Hanukkah.

For this recipe you will need 4 teaspoons of canola oil, four peeled potatoes, ¾ cup of chopped onion, one …

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Hanukkah is family time!

Hanukkah is family time!

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Hanukkah is one of the widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the world. Hanukkah is a time to spend time with the family. This Jewish holiday is also a time to share your blessings and to show generosity. Hanukkah is a great time to show people you love the most how important they are to you.  Here are some tips how.

Light the Hanukkah Menorah together as one family. Say the …

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Hanukkah Traditions

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Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with a number of customs and traditions like, candle …

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The Shabbos Shiron: A Treasury of Grace After Meals

… inspiring commentary. A special section details why we eat traditional Shabbos foods, from challah to cholent and kugel! Translation, transliteration, songs, calligraphy, benching and messages walk the scholar and Shabbos novice alike, through the majesty of this holy day. Full-color, large 6″x9″ format, 160 pages.

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Shabbos Secrets: The Mysteries Revealed

… customs that have been practiced throughout the generations. It is through painstaking attention to every detail of these customs that we capture the true spirit of Shabbos. From our weekday preparations to learning the laws of Shabbos and eating the three Shabbos meals, these customs express our love for Shabbos and devotion to the day that is me’ein Olam Haba, a sembelance of the World to Come. }Discover the dozens of different kugels that have become a part of our Shabbos meals … the …

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Kashrus in the Kitchen Q & A - A Comprehensive Question-and-Answer Guide to the Halachos of Meat and Milk

Rabbi A. Wiesenfeld

Publisher: Feldheim

Finally–the book the cook (and all other family members!) has long awaited. This question-and-answer guide takes the guesswork out of kashrus. With clear, authoritative answers to real-life questions, you’ll feel that the author has been listening in on your kitchen when you read this comprehensive book. Can a microwave be kashered? What happens when milk spills into a batch of chicken? How many hours do children …

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Crowning Elegance: A Kosher Culinary Experience

… of Arie Crown Hebrew Day School, Skokie, IL

A Must Have Kosher Cookbook Featuring:

–Close to 300 new and irresistible recipes

–180 richly colored photographs

–Carefully chosen, foolproof, tested recipes

–Step by step photographs

–Easy to follow instructions

–Preparation time, cook time and difficulty level

–Menus, wine suggestions, and entertaining tips

–Hard cover, bound book with wipe clean pages

For everyday dinners, company filled meals or extravagant …

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Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own

Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own

… Babies have been born and grown up, friends have moved or divorced, but the principals continue to gather in her rustic Cape Cod home to participate in a seder that Piercy takes joy in tweaking each spring to make it more meaningful. In this journey through the ritual, Piercy coaxes us toward “a significant contemporary interpretation, rather than an emphasis on what is strictly ‘correct’ or traditional.†She reminisces about her grandmother, who thought herself …

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Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lovers Treasury of Classics and Improvisations

… Jewish history when cooking for the holidays can be a daunting task. Jewish Holiday Cooking comes to the rescue with recipes drawn from Jayne Cohen’s first book, The Gefilte Variations — called an “outstanding debut” by Publisher’s Weekly — as well as over 100 new recipes and information on cooking for the holidays. More than just a cookbook, this is the definitive guide to celebrating the Jewish holidays. Cohen provides practical advice and creative suggestions on everything from …

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Chef’s Confidential

… ass’t editor

Publisher: Wimmer Cookbooks, Inc.

Here is the ultimate insiders’ guide to recipes and tips from the world’s most famous chefs, Jacques Pepin, Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges and many more have contributed recipes that were adapted by French Culinary Institute Chef Michele Friedman specifically for the home cook.

Recipes feature current food trends and plating techniques so explicit you will feel as if the chefs are guiding you in your home.

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What’s Cooking - A Unique Collection of Kosher Recipes

Publisher: Morris Cook Books

As the recipes in these pages you begin to review, We’re sure you’ll find something just right for you. Whether for a special occasion or a family meal, to the discriminating palate these dishes will appeal. We’ve tried and tested each recipe in this book, to be certain that nothing will fail when you cook. Planning your next meal will no longer tax your imagination, because …

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The New York Times Jewish Cookbook: More than 825 Traditional & Contemporary Recipes from Around the World

… Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. It is a collection to cook from as well as to celebrate the history, culture, culinary creativity, and enduring tradition of Jews around the world.

Mimi Sheraton, food critic and cookbook author, has written a full introduction to the book as well as to each chapter, providing context and expertise to entertain and inspire. Editor Linda Amster has organized chapters to cover every course: appetizers, breads, …

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Dining In

Publisher: Judaica Press

From simple to splendid… enjoyed in your home!

Indulge in Dining In, the new cookbook with a choice selection of delectable dishes, from classic to gourmet. Over 500 tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes conveniently featuring familiar ingredients include a tempting variety for the enthusiastic novice as well as the more sophisticated connoisseur.

Dining In includes several special features:

Brachos: …

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The Food Processor Bible

The Food Processor Bible

Norene Gilletz

Publisher: Whitecap Books

You don’t have to be Jewish to discover the joy, not the “oy,” of processing! Whether you are a new reader or an old fan, you’ll love this completely updated, revised, expanded edition of my best-selling cookbook, The Pleasures of your Food Processor (now out of print).

With a new generation of cooks and a new generation of food processors, Gilletz felt that it was time to completely revise, update and …

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Making of a Meal

Amit Chapter of Chicago

Delicious and easy recipes for the cook who wants the meal to reflect a professional touch. Edited and compiled by the Amit Chapter of Chicago. All recipes in accordance with the strictest laws of kashruth.

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Jewish Holiday Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

… Zoloth, Lisa Hubbard

Publisher: Chronicle Books

From Chanukah, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot to Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, Jewish Holiday Treats serves up the traditional with clever twists. Welcome the festivities with tempting treats like Chanukah Star Cookies and Amazing Honey Cake. Tots and grandparents alike will take pleasure in constructing simple toys and decorations such as a deliciously detailed Gingerbread Sukkah. There’s something in here for everyone. Classic recipes and …

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1,000 Jewish Recipes

… kosher cooking and tradition, this expert cookbook offers all the recipes and information any cook needs to celebrate Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and many other Jewish holidays.

Excerpted from 1,000 Jewish Recipes by Faye Levy. Copyright � 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved

Recipes, p.88 Smoked Whitefish Spread Makes about 6 servings

In many homes smoked fish is a favorite food on the break-the-fast table, and so are bagels. This spread is a perfect topping for …

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Kosher By Design: Picture-Perfect Food for the Holidays and Every Day

… meals that look like you�ve spent hours in the kitchen, without the fuss. �I want the cook to feel like I�m standing in the kitchen, guiding every step,� says Susie. �Cooking tips, presentation ideas and practical, down-to-earth instructions make all the difference.�

Creative and sumptuous, Kosher By Design shows you how to cook delectable dishes like a pro, and suggests magnificent table d�cor to enhance the dining experience for your family and guests. …

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A Taste of Tradition

… culinary experience. With full-color photos and mouth-watering recipes for everything from soup to fish to chicken to dessert, this cookbook offers every cook a wide range of options and contains step-by-step instructions for more intricate recipes. Feast your eyes on the delightful recipes, and treat your family to a Pesach feast that they will truly remember! A very valuable tool for those with wheat/gluten allergies, as well.

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Jewish Food: The World at Table

… offerings Goodman gathered range from such iconic specialties as bagels, kugel, and chopped liver to such favorites, mostly unknown in the United States, as Turkish borekas, flaky cheese-filled turnovers; chelou, an Iranian rice specialty; and shtritzlach, a sweet blueberry pastry unique to Toronto. Together the recipes celebrate the ingenuity of Jewish cooks around the world, in Mexican Baked Blintzes with Vegetables and Roasted Poblano Peppers, Syrian Bulgur Salad with Pomegranate Molasses, …

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The Silver Spoon: Kosher Cooking for the Discerning Palate

… was sold out instantly–now available in its second printing! A panorama of dishes–from simple to spectacular–sure to please the most discriminating palate. Choose from more than 400 step-by-step recipes, many of which include serving tips, and all of which are absolutely delicious. So cook up a wonderful meal for your family with this delightful new cookbook!

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