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Tu B’Shvat Birthday Cake

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Make a Tu B’Shvat Tree Birthday Cake!
Using your favorite cake or cookie dough recipe, spread the batter onto a 11 X 14 cookie sheet (one without sides so that the cookie can be slipped off onto a board).
After baking, while the dough is still slightly warm…
Cut the basic shape of a tree out of the [...]

Tu B’Shvat Recipes

Friday, January 1st, 2016

From, “Taste of Tradition”  by Ruth Sirkis
Ruth, considered to be ‘the Julia Child of Israel” tells us, Tu B’Shvat is all about “going on a nature kick.” In Israel, “meadows, orchards and vineyards begin to blossom.” So, “foods of the holiday are related to nature and trees as well. It is traditional to [...]

Chanukah Recipes: Latkes and Applesauce

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Shira’s Famous Family Recipes
Latkes and Applesauce and don’t forget a little sour cream and then of course there’s sufganiyot (doughnuts) too.
Making Latkes and Applesauce with your children is the perfect way to celebrate this holiday together.  A little messy, but a LOT of fun! Play ShirLaLa Chanukah music to make it a party!  Or practice [...]

Passover Foods – The Way To My Heart

Monday, March 24th, 2014

All my life I’ve heard people say, “I hate Passover, you can’t eat ANYthing!” And I’ve always shaken my head and said, “You need to come over to my house.” Passover is straight up my favorite holiday because the food is SO GOOD! A large part of my Jewish identity was clearly formed by the [...]

Pesach Recipes – Make Your Own Matzah

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Make Your Own Matzah – Its much tastier and more fun!
Instructions based on my Dad’s. More info on his blog, Good-To-Be-A-Jew
"MAKE Matza???" You ask. Yes! It’s probably one of the easiest things you’ll ever bake in your kitchen. The experience and the unique taste of home-made matzah is enough to make a family [...]

Pesach Recipes – Sephardic Charoset

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Barbara Kline’s Charoset, Sephardic Style:
1 lb pitted chopped dates or date paste
Sweet Kosher for Pesach wine
Ground cinnamon
Chopped walnuts
Cover dates with water in a saucepan and cook over moderate heat until the dates break down into a smooth mass. The results should be like a thick jam. Mix in enough wine to loosen the consistency slightly. [...]

Pesach Recipes – Chocolate Caramel Brickle

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Pesach Brickle (thanks to Delores Gross who calls it a Pitzel Brickel, with slight variations by Barbara Kline)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1 C butter
1 C brown sugar
Almonds – whole or chopped coarsely
2 packages Kosher l’Pesach semi-sweet chocolate and 2 packages milk chocolate chips

Grease a cookie pan with butter. Cover the pan with a layer of [...]

Pesach Recipes – Middle Eastern Lamb Kubeh

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Barbara Kline’s Kubeh

Ground lamb
Finely chopped onion
Finely chopped garlic
1 egg
1 recipe of matzah ball mixture adding chopped parsley and ginger

All of the seasonings are to-taste. We make it quite spicy. Make matzah ball dough and refrigerate for at least one hour. Mix together the lamb and the following eight ingredients. Form a ball with [...]

Pesach Recipes – Spinach and Edam Cheese Souffle

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Pesach Souffle (thanks to Edna Cohen)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

6 eggs, separated
1 lb spinach
1/2 lb edam cheese, sliced
1 lb cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or to taste)

Butter the inside of a soufflé dish and cover the bottom with a double layer of matzah.
Plunge spinach into boiling water and remove almost immediately, squeezing some [...]

Pesach Recipe – Seven Layer Chocoalte Matzah Cake

Monday, March 24th, 2014

*This is an amazing cake.   One year, when I was a child, I practically poisoned myself with chocolate matzah cake I ate so much of it.  ENJOY!
Seven Layer Matzah  Cake
1/2 lb semi sweet chocolate
1 tblsp unsalted butter
1/2 lb or 1 jar raspberry jam without seeds (can also use marmalade)
2 eggs
2 tblsp brandy
3/4 C [...]