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Shavuot treats for those on gluten-free diets

It is customary to eat dairy food on Shavuot, which is May 30 and June 1 this year, for a number of reasons. One reason is that Shavuot is linked to the Exodus from Egypt into the Promised Land, and it is written “From the misery of Egypt to a country flowing with milk and honey...” (Exodus 3:8-17).

Wednesday 05/03/2017
Roasted foods ideal for Lag b’Omer meals
Posted: May 03, 2017

What holiday is not mentioned in the Torah or anywhere until the 13th century and has no particular foods associated with it? The answer is Lag b’Omer. The Torah commands us to begin on the second night of Passover and count the omer. Omer, which means sheaf, was a measure of grain from the new barley harvest cutting, brought to the Temple on the 16th of Nisan.

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Chick-In offers tasty kosher meat meals for Jewish students at ASU
Posted: April 26, 2017

Jewish students at Arizona State University finally have a kosher meat restaurant on the Tempe campus they can enjoy.

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Experimenting with tahini’s versatility
Posted: April 19, 2017

Tahini is a remarkably versatile ingredient. Its rich, nutty flavor adds unique character to everything from cookies to roasted veggies, raw veggie salads and simmer sauces. It’s not uncommon to find meatballs or fish fillets simmered in tahini when dining in Israel.

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Monday 04/10/2017
Chopped salad recipe pays tribute to New York store
Posted: April 10, 2017

Beets are a hot food trend, and many experts are singing their praises. This nutritional powerhouse is now available from Gefen, pre-peeled, vacuum-packed and ready to sweeten your Passover table or any occasion.

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Quiche for a Passover breakfast
Posted: April 10, 2017

Breakfast can be hard during Passover – no oatmeal, no toast and certainly no pancakes. (No, the boxed kind do not count.) I like making eggs or matzah brei or even shakshuka. But I am always looking for something a little different to serve as a satisfying breakfast or portable lunch.

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Wednesday 03/22/2017
‘Aussie Gourmet’ releases new Passover cookbook
Posted: March 22, 2017

Author Naomi Nachman, known as “The Aussie Gourmet,” shares some of her favorite Passover recipes that make delicious meals all year round in her debut cookbook “Perfect for Pesach: Passover Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year, released this month by Artscroll ($30, hardcover).

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Lighten up Passover menus by adding more fish and veggies
Posted: March 22, 2017

I love serving light foods that are naturally kosher for Passover. With so much matzah, vegetable and fish dishes are often a welcome addition in my home.

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Tuesday 03/21/2017
Chef Michael Solomonov goes 'In Search of Israeli Cuisine' in new film
Posted: March 21, 2017

“I thought it was just going to be about falafel and hummus."

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
613 Grill offers Mediterranean dining
Posted: March 08, 2017

The owners of the recently opened 613 Grill in North Central Phoenix invited a friend to come sample the food two weeks before the restaurant’s official grand opening, scheduled for mid-February. The invitation, intended as a gustatory “trial run” for one person, snowballed when the guest told others about the new glatt kosher restaurant. The result was a surprise “invasion.” Almost immediately, the place was packed, said Angelika Borochov.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Beth Tefillah presents Passover kosher food fest
Posted: March 01, 2017

Congregation Beth Tefillah will present a Passover Kosher Food Fest 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Allstate Appliances Showroom, 15250 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Levi Catering expands
Posted: February 22, 2017

Rabbis and community leaders gathered at the newly opened Levi Catering on Feb. 7 to hang mezuzot, cut the ribbon and, of course, eat.

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The story behind Purim’s hamantaschen
Posted: February 22, 2017

The most important aspect of most Purim pastries is their shape. Most Ashkenazic Jews only know of hamantaschen, the triangular pastries filled with prunes or other fruit fillings. This word is taken from the German words mohn (meaning poppy seeds) and taschen (referring to pockets). Some say the pockets refer to Haman who stuffed his pockets with bribe money.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Slow cooking: The Jewish connection
Posted: February 08, 2017

If you’ve ever walked into a house where a slow cooker is infusing the air with tantalizing aromas, you understand why the Crock-Pot has been a staple in American homes for more than 40 years.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Vegan Birthright trip takes flight in August
Posted: February 01, 2017

For the first time in its nearly two-decade long history of sending young Jewish adults to Israel for a free 10-day immersive cultural experience, Birthright Israel: Mayanot will be offering a trip specializing in the vegan diet and lifestyle.

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Wednesday 01/25/2017
Kitchen cheats and short cuts
Posted: January 25, 2017

My family traveled to Vermont over the December break and, upon arrival, I succumbed to the flu.

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Wednesday 01/18/2017
New cafe opens on JCC campus
Posted: January 18, 2017

If you’ve been to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus recently, you’ve probably noticed some big changes, including the addition of Milk + Honey, a new kosher restaurant that has replaced Levi Catering.

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Wednesday 11/23/2016
EVJCC hires chef for Challah Factory
Posted: November 23, 2016

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

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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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