I’m an eggplant convert. I never ever used to eat it, but I’ve been experimenting with it lately, and really it’s not so bad! The key is the salt drain—never skip it! I started off simply with eggplant parmesan, and eggplant with meat and tomato sauce, but now I’m going way out of my comfort zone with this vegetarian moussaka. Continue reading
Congratulations to our giveaway winners! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prizes. Happy Hanukkah and shabbat shalom!
When I made these lamb riblets for dinner, I proclaimed that they were the best thing I’ve ever made, and David said that they’re better than lamb chops. So obviously I had to share them with you guys. Then I thought to myself, today is a good day to share this recipe with you, because it’s our birthday, and what’s a better birthday present to ourselves than my favorite new recipe? Usually we make ourselves decadent desserts like s’mores ice cream sandwiches or maple crunch layer cakes for our birthday, but there’s nothing wrong with a special savory treat!
Hanukkah starts next week, but here in the city, it’s hard even for us Jews to avoid the Christmas cheer. This holiday season, we’re embracing Jewish stereotypes by eating Chinese food and watching movies on Christmas; we’re teaming up with Soy Vay for a #ShalomLomein giveaway, so you can host your very own Jewish Christmas Eve party.
We love Soy Vay sauces not only because they’re kosher (OU), but because they’re made without preservatives and other gross ingredients that we avoid in our cooking. You can read more about Soy Vay, and how the company started, here.
Ten winners will receive their very own #ShalomLomein party kit, which includes:
- $50 grocery gift card
- $25 Netflix gift card
- Soy Vay product: Veri Veri Teriyaki, Island Teriyaki and Hoisin Garlic
- Soy Vay recipe cards: Veri Veri Teriyaki Saucy Vegetable Chow Mein, Island Teriyaki Mango Chicken and Hoisin Garlic Beef and Asparagus Stir-fry
- Decorations for the Christmas Eve parties including paper lanterns, chopsticks, and toys/games (Mahjong and Dreidel)
Winner will be announced December 18.
Plus, share your Christmas eve party with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the #shalomlomein hashtag, to be entered to win the grand prize of $100 gift card for cooking class or personal chef.
Not sure what to get your fellow foodie friend for Hanukkah this year? We’re not big on gifts, but if someone wanted to send us something from this list, we wouldn’t complain!
Here are some of our favorite things in the kitchen these days, along with some things we’ve been eyeing—might have to treat ourselves this holiday season! Continue reading
Even though we’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus lately (but if you follow us on Instagram, you know we’re still busy in the kitchen!), we couldn’t let our 5 year blogiversary pass by without acknowledgement, so we’ve rounded up five of our favorite recipes from each category to share with you:
- We have quite a few challah recipes on this website, but we find ourselves returning to this 5-lb bag of challah recipe whenever it’s time to make a new batch.
- We’ve probably been making this recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread since we were five years old, and we don’t have any reason to stop.
- Overnight cinnamon rolls are always worth the wait! We love breaking the fast on something like this.
- We usually buy kaak, since it’s difficult and time consuming to make, but sometimes we need a challenge in the kitchen, and being a Syrian recipe blog, we couldn’t leave this out.
- When we have overripe bananas, we don’t just make regular banana bread, we go all out and make chocolate banana marble bread!
Breakfasts and Brunches
- Whenever we host a brunch, we make sure to serve baked eggs with cheddar dill sauce; it’s a great way to serve eggs to a crowd, and it’s always a hit!
- These peanut butter banana muffins are flourless, sugarless, and delicious, making them a great snack for anyone, toddlers and grown ups alike.
- Looking for a decadent breakfast, or a special Shabbat treat? Bake up some cheese babka!
- We love making our own granola, since we can control what goes in it, and since it keeps in the freezer for quite a while, we always have some on hand.
- There’s nothing better than a poached egg on a Sunday morning! We especially like to make shakshuka, poached eggs in tomato sauce.
Lunches and Dinners: Dairy and Pareve
- We had to include these black bean tacos in this roundup, since we probably eat them twice a month.
- Creamy risotto is such a treat, since it’s usually such a labor-intensive meal to make, but not if you make it in the oven!
- We love making pizza, and while plain old margherita is always delicious, it’s also fun to mix things up by making cacio e pepe pizza with roasted radishes
- Caramelized onions are at the top of our list of most delicious foods ever, and this onion tarte tatin is definitely one of the most delicious (and beautiful!) dishes ever to come out of our oven.
- There is nothing in this world like a plate of fresh homemade pasta, the boxed stuff doesn’t even compare!
Lunches and Dinners: Meat, Chicken, and Fish
- This chicken with tomatoes is one of our mom’s signature dishes, and we love making it her way, or with potato chips.
- Who doesn’t love garlic? Chicken with 40 cloves is one of our go-to chicken recipes. Use pre-peeled garlic to make your life easier.
- What’s your favorite kibbe preparation? We love peas and kibbe, and so do our kids!
- When Jessica posted this Korean ground beef recipe on the blog, David commented to ask Stephanie to make it for dinner, and variations of it are now on the regular dinner rotation. We especially like to make Korean lettuce wraps.
- Wrapping fish in thin slices of potato and pan-frying it is a great way to fancy up some store-bought fish filets! The lemon-infused mayonnaise dipping sauce doesn’t hurt, either.
Salads, Sides, Snacks, and Soups
- Salad Nicoise is a classic for a reason, and makes a great poolside lunch.
- Tokyo Salad is a meal all on its own, and one of our favorites for a hot summer evening.
- There’s nothing like a bowl of our famous Yemenite Soup. Nothing.
- This Spicy edamame recipe is the only way we ever want to eat edamame again.
- We always stock our freezers with cheese sambusak, a savory Syrian pastry that’s as delicious as it is pretty.
Candies and Desserts
- We have a secret to tell you: salted butter caramels are delicious and so easy to make, but people will always be impressed when you tell them you made your own candy.
- It’s so easy to make candied nuts, plus they’re ever-adaptable, and make a great gift for a host or a holiday!
- This banana cream pie is probably one of our favorite desserts ever.
- This past Purim, we wanted to mix up our hamentaschen game, so we adapted our regular version with graham cracker dough and a chocolate marshmallow filling to make s’mores hamentaschen.
- We joined the Cronut craze, but of course we made our own instead of waiting on line at 5am!
So there you have it, happy cooking!
Thank you all for letting us into your kitchens these last five amazing years, and for every opportunity that came our way through this little slice of the internet.
Check back here soon for some new, delicious recipes!
Pesach starts on Monday! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes from our blog, along with dishes from our fellow kosher bloggers and around the web that we can’t wait to try this Passover!
What’s cooking in your kosher for Passover kitchen?
Amerikaner Yapchik from Food, Words, Photos
Lamb Shanks with White Wine and Rosemary from Ronnie Fein
French Fried Chicken Nuggets from Busy in Brooklyn
Cheesy Stuffed Peppers from Busy in Brooklyn
Cauliflower Cutlets from Confident Cook, Hesitant Baker
Spinach and Potato Nest Bites from May I Have That Recipe
Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower “Cous-Cous” from Jew Hungry (if you have a KforP food processor)
Maple Pecan Muffins from Couldn’t be Pareve
Caramelized Banana Pancakes from AliBabka
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Lil’ Miss Cakes
Cinnamon Raisin Mandelbrodt from Kitchen Tested
Peppered Strawberries with Orange-Scented Zabaglione from Ronnie Fein
What’s your favorite kosher for Passover meal? Dessert? Let us know.
Chag Kasher VeSameach!
Before Alexandra “Alex” Guarnaschelli became a Food Network celebrity chef, she was crowned as America’s Next Iron Chef on Iron Chef America in 2012. Now, aside from her successful shows on the Food Network, she is the world-renowned executive chef at both New York City’s Butter restaurant and The Darby restaurant.