Guess what? Two very special people are celebrating a birthday today. That’s right, it’s us, the Kosher Foodies! For our special day, we’re sharing some Chanukah treats with you. Head on over to our Instagram page to win a Manischewitz Chanukah package!
What better way to celebrate any Jewish holiday than with food? Chanukah is one of the best holidays for such celebrations, since it can’t get much better than deep fried foods. Sufganiyot and latkes? The best!
And a new addition to the Chanukah classics: Manischewitz’s Chanukah House Vanilla Cookie Decorating Kit. The box comes with everything you need to create your own kosher, blue and white (with a touch of yellow) holiday house, including, my favorite part, an edible mezuzah for the door post! We had a blast decorating the house and sharing our holiday preparations and Chanukah story with our friends.
You can win your very own Chanukah House kit, along with a Donut Mix Kit and Chanukah Cookies with Decorating Icing on our Instagram page.
Even though we’ve been known to make our own doughnuts (and beignets) before, even we like to have a little help in the kitchen! The Manischewitz Donut Mix Kit, which includes dough, blue and white sprinkles, and powdered sugar, makes it easy for anyone to make their own doughnuts.
Finally, you’ll win the dreidel and Star of David cookies, which come with decorating icing, for an easier dessert-decorating alternative.
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.
Follow us and Soy Vay on Instagram and repost our photo to enter our #shalomlomein giveaway!
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 and Sweet Potato Lancashire Hotpot from Kitchen Tested (and This American Bite)
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
Cream Cheese Spreads
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)
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Maple Pecan Muffins from Couldn’t be Pareve
Caramelized Banana Pancakes from AliBabka
Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Lil’ Miss Cakes
Lemon Meringue Pie
Cinnamon Raisin Mandelbrodt from Kitchen Tested
Peppered Strawberries with Orange-Scented Zabaglione from Ronnie Fein
Cream Cheese Truffles
Marshmallow Nut Log
Flourless Chocolate Cake
What’s your favorite kosher for Passover meal? Dessert? Let us know.
Chag Kasher VeSameach!
Passover roundups, previously: 2011, 2010
Happy September! This month, the Kosher Connection is spreading the joy the best way we know how to; with food! I”m excited to see what everyone comes up with this month, since it’s not much of a foodie theme. We are spreading the joy with freezer food for a mom-to-be; Jessica! She’s due on Friday and has been stocking her freezer with healthy goodies so she won’t have to cook for a long time, so I made this green mac & cheese for both of us. I split it in two, put half in my freezer and half in hers. Continue reading
Happy birthday, baby foodie! Today is Richie’s first birthday. On July second just one year ago (it was Saturday), I was in labor. At 6:49 pm, Riche arrived and screamed his first of many cries. He ate his first meal, and made us all extremely tired and happy. So, in honor of Richie’s birthday, we are doing a giveaway. Instead of Richie getting all the gifts, one of our readers will have the opportunity to receive a wonderful cookbook!
It’s that time of year again!
What time? You ask…well, the time when people serve Passover Food, including those gross rainbow cakes and macaroons from cans, thinking that this is food. Well, have no fear! We at the Kosher Foodies have posted many recipes that are Passover-friendly. They’re mostly savory, but we have some good ones for dessert, too. No need to make what’s considered Passover food, and eat only charoset (not that I would mind) and gefilte fish (ick) for eight days. And though I DO love matzah, sometimes you need to serve it with a side. Continue reading
The folks at Joburg sent us over a sample of biltong.
Biltong is marinated, seasoned and cured beef, similar to beef jerky, and a staple in South Africa.
I just got home from Royal Wine Corporation’s Kosher Food and Wine Experience, and WOW! From the selection of kosher food stations provided by a variety of restaurants in the area to the selection of kosher wines and wineries, this was the event of the year for any kosher foodie!