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EVJCC hires chef for Challah Factory

The East Valley Jewish Community Center has hired a chef to make challah, pizza and other baked goods at its new Challah Factory.

Wednesday 10/19/2016
Spiritual doors of prayer open when making challah
Posted: October 19, 2016

My 10-year old daughter was helping me get ready for the upcoming holiday and offered to clean up the toy room. Later that evening she remarked to me that after cleaning it all up, the room was messy again from all the kids playing with the toys. She bemoaned the fact that she even cleaned up in the first place. I laughed, and explained to her that the same thing always happens to me, too. For example, I make delicious challah and food for Shabbos each week, and then it’s eaten all up – gone! – and I have to start all over. She smiled.

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Wednesday 10/12/2016
Sukkot shortcuts for a spectacular meal
Posted: October 12, 2016

By the time Sukkot arrives, we are three weeks into nonstop Jewish holiday mode. Some people might be a little tired of cooking, and I don’t blame them one bit.

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Wednesday 10/05/2016
New York’s Carnegie Deli to close
Posted: October 05, 2016

The Carnegie Deli, a New York City mecca for Jewish foods since 1937, will close at the end of the year.

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Wednesday 09/21/2016
Heavenly Hallah gift packs deliver a holiday tradition
Posted: September 21, 2016

Rosh Hashanah is around the corner, and many of Phoenix’s Jewish families are looking forward to coming together to ring in the New Year. But if your loved ones cannot make it home for the holiday, a Tucson-based business has a way for you to send the holiday to them.

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Friday 09/16/2016
Susie Fishbein says goodbye to her iconic ‘Kosher By Design’ series
Posted: September 16, 2016

When Susie Fishbein wrote her first “Kosher By Design” cookbook nearly 15 years ago, she saw an opening in the market for a book in the style of mainstream authors like Ina Garten and Martha Stewart.

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Wednesday 09/14/2016
Easiest Rosh Hashanah dinner ever
Posted: September 14, 2016

Some people take great pride and pleasure in planning their Rosh Hashanah menus for weeks or months in advance, chugging away at kugels and cakes and soup to put in the freezer. I know my grandmother and Aunt Ruth both did their High Holidays cooking all summer so they would be “ready.”

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Celebrity cooks share their Rosh Hashanah recipes
Posted: September 14, 2016

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, gives Jews a sense of change and new beginnings. One of the ways to signal that renewal and optimism is to engage our senses: We listen to the shofar, the clarion call of the season, and we eat symbolic foods, such as round challah (representing the cyclical nature of life) and enjoy the sweetness of apples dipped in honey.

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Tiny acts bring great rewards
Posted: September 14, 2016

Those who attend a cooking demo with Renee Rousso Chernin, the author of “Cooking for the King,” can expect it to be ribboned with food for thought.

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Tuesday 08/30/2016
This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin's hippest hummus joint
Posted: August 30, 2016

BERLIN — In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land.

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
NY State Fair to sell deep-fried matzah balls — and they’re kosher
Posted: August 03, 2016

NEW YORK — Kosher-observant Jews will, for the first time ever, be able to buy food at the New York State Fair this summer. And not just any food, but deep-fried matzah balls with ranch dressing.

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Wednesday 06/29/2016
Pineapple adds refreshing tang to chicken
Posted: June 29, 2016

make chicken so often that my kids once told me we were all going to grow feathers and start clucking. But they never complained that it was the same old chicken because it never was. There are few foods as versatile as this worthy bird, so it was always easy for me to prepare it in a multitude of ways. Over the years, I learned that chicken dinner never has to be boring.

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Scottsdale artist’s work will be featured at Pita Jungle restaurants
Posted: June 29, 2016

Scottsdale artist Deena Goldstein’s work will be on exhibit and available for purchase at Pita Jungle locations across the Valley for 15 months. Her exhibit debuted June 25 at the Pita Jungle at 7366 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, and will move to other locations throughout the 15 months. Goldstein’s acrylic, multimedia, digital and salvage work ranges from the ethereal to landscapes and western art. She is currently a juried artist at Scottsdale’s online Xanadu gallery. Visit deenagoldstein.com to follow the exhibit. 

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Torah Day School serves free kosher meals to children throughout July
Posted: June 29, 2016

Torah Day School of Phoenix is one of many Valley sites participating in Summer Lunch Buddies, an Arizona-based campaign to support the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). SFSP is a federally funded child nutrition program that ensures nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger while school is out of session. TDSP is located at 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix. Any child 18 years or younger may come to the facility 9:30-10:15 a.m. for breakfast or 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. for lunch throughout the month of July and will be served a free kosher meal.  Call 602-890-3011. Visit eatwellbewell.org/summerfood.

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Tuesday 06/14/2016
The 9 best Jewish food trucks in the US
Posted: June 14, 2016

Summer is upon us. And that means swimsuits, summer camps, sticky temperatures — and food trucks.

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Wednesday 06/08/2016
How to make perfect cheesecake 5 ways
Posted: June 08, 2016

You know Shavuot is coming when you begin to see cheesecakes everywhere. Countless variations in the bakeries and supermarkets. Endless numbers of recipes in the media. Cheesecake is the iconic Shavuot dessert, as sacrosanct as a Hanukkah latke or Passover matzah ball.

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Sweet Shavuot: Ricotta & Strawberry bourekas
Posted: June 08, 2016

I’m a cheese and dairy fanatic. So for obvious reasons, my favorite holiday is Shavuot. 

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Potato-carrot dish a Passover-perfect side
Posted: April 13, 2016

With Passover comes lots of cleaning, matzah eating and potato peeling. I know, I know – potatoes get a bad rap during Passover because they’re one of the seemingly few things we can eat (and therefore are made very frequently during these eight days). But I say don’t fight the potatoes. Embrace them! They’re cheap, they’re easy, everybody likes them and they really are delicious.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Chef Paula Shoyer’s menu enlivens seder
Posted: April 06, 2016

Chef and best-selling author Paula Shoyer offers recommendations that she guarantees will match the Passover culinary tradition while simultaneously enlivening your seder.

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Linzer Tart (gluten-free)
Posted: April 06, 2016

The crust requires 3 cups of three different kinds of groundnuts; if you do not have enough of one type, you can substitute another.

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A light lunch that’s tasty, too
Posted: April 06, 2016

Even during Jewish holidays, when food is so abundant, it is possible to eat well.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Kol Ami votes for best brisket
Posted: March 30, 2016

Temple Kol Ami held its first brisket cook-off on March 20, which featured submissions from 14 contestants who competed for a $100 cash prize. 

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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Cannoli Hamantaschen for Purim
Posted: March 15, 2016

My love of Italian cuisine was honed at a very early age — there was no lack of Italian restaurants, pizzerias and bakeries. If I had to pick my favorite Italian pastry, it would be no contest — I am #teamcannoli all the way.

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
A breakfast-themed Purim
Posted: March 09, 2016

It’s that time of year, when bloggers and crazy Jewish women everywhere scramble to come up with unique variations of hamantaschen. And I am nothing if not a crazy Jewish woman.

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
Turkish-style pizza offers spicy taste of Istanbul
Posted: March 02, 2016

Two years ago, my husband and I went on a food tour across Istanbul, and our guide was boasting about lahmacun, Turkish-style pizza, and how we couldn’t leave Turkey without trying it.

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Cookbook author to present a demo at Temple Chai
Posted: March 02, 2016

Award-winning cookbook author Amelia Saltsman will present a cooking demo and tasting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. She will introduce a few recipes from her new cookbook, “The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition,” and will be available to sign copies.

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
'Seasonal Jewish Kitchen' author to visit Temple Chai
Posted: February 24, 2016

Award-winning cookbook author Amelia Saltsman will present a cooking demo and tasting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. She will introduce a few recipes from her new cookbook, "The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition," and will be available to sign copies.

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Monday 02/15/2016
Hummus in Hanoi: Israeli chef brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Vietnam
Posted: February 15, 2016

HANOI, Vietnam — Shahar Lubin earned his culinary chops in Israel and, later the United States, cooking his way through more than 20 restaurants, starting at the age of 16.

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Tuesday 02/02/2016
For Orlando vacations, kosher food easy to find at Disney
Posted: February 02, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. — As any religiously observant Jew knows, going on vacation can take a lot of work.

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Wednesday 12/30/2015
VOSJCC offers Indian cooking seminar
Posted: December 30, 2015

A “Healthy Indian Cooking” event, presented in partnership with Allstate Appliances, will be held 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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All-you-can-eat kosher Brazilian buffet
Posted: December 30, 2015

Chabad of Phoenix will serve up an all-you-can-eat kosher Brazilian-style barbecue 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the synagogue, 2110 E. Lincoln Drive. Ribs, roast and chicken will be offered Brazilian churrasco-style.

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Temple Beth Shalom hosts chili cook-off
Posted: December 30, 2015

The Temple Beth Shalom Chili Cook-Off and Fun Fest will be held noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the temple, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City. The event will include lunch, games, music, clowns and a silent auction. Awards will be given in several categories.

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Local chef co-hosts European cruise
Posted: December 30, 2015

Chef Andy Broder, along with travel consultant Judi Ziffrin Walker, will co-host a sailing of Regent Seven Seas Cruises from Stockholm to Copenhagen Sept. 5-12, 2016. Broder, who lives in Scottsdale runs the Kitchen Think blog at andyfood.com/blog. The cruise will include a number of cooking demonstrations.

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Perfect Israeli-style schnitzel
Posted: December 30, 2015

Classic schnitzel – or chicken cutlets – is a dish that everyone loves, and any cook can master. Whether it’s the kind of meal you serve once a week, or once a year, it is simple, comforting and quite easy to throw together once you follow a few key steps.

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