Feb 27 2014
Ever tried hosting your own Shabbat dinner and felt a touch… overwhelmed? Bethany from The Glamorous Housewife is here to help with her monthly how-to series on Kveller. Read last month’s Shabbat Dinner Guide here.
We are deep into winter and although many of us long for spring, the weather is still cold and comfort food is often what we all crave. Therefore I thought a traditional brisket would be a perfect main dish for this month’s meal. The recipe I use the most is via The Barefoot Contessa because I think it is quite easy and totally foolproof. My favorite part about this dish is it can be made the day ahead and then reheated in the sauce. My only tip is to not use brisket but to substitute with chuck roast. Chuck often has more fat than brisket and fat equals flavor and tenderness, so when you cut into it there should be no resistance and the meat will melt like butter! Read the rest of this entry →
Jan 28 2014
Ever tried hosting your own Shabbat dinner and felt a touch… overwhelmed? Bethany from The Glamorous Housewife is here to help with her new series on Kveller.
Hi there! My name is Bethany Herwegh and I am The Glamorous Housewife. I am thrilled to be starting a new series here on Kveller regarding all things Shabbat dinner. I started making Shabbat meals about nine years ago and I now host about 35-40 meals per year. So though I am not a chef, I do know a few things about cooking and hostessing a dinner party, and I would like to share that knowledge with you.
Once a month I will be laying out an easy and tasty dinner meal based on seasonal products that are geared for the unskilled at-home cook. I know how intimidating it can be to have people over for dinner, especially if you are not experienced around the kitchen, but I think I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I would like to teach you so you too can enjoy all that Shabbat dinner has to offer.
I am starting with a simple winter meal with big bold flavors but not much effort. The main dish is maple dijon chicken with fresh rosemary and is supported by roasted brussels sprouts with a garlic dipping sauce, mashed potatoes, a roasted squash salad, and for dessert, a raspberry and chocolate trifle. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 18 2013
Want to raise kids who love to cook? Tina Wasserman’s new cookbook Entree to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children not only offers easy recipes to do with kids, but conversation starters and activities to help them connect to Jewish history and traditions. From Shabbat specialties like challah and chickens to twists on classic dishes like savory challah bread kugel with dried fruits and sun-dried tomatoes, there’s something for everyone, big and small, to love about this great new cookbook.
The good news? We’ve got three copies of Entree to Judaism for Families to giveaway to our hungriest readers. To enter, fill out the form below and we’ll choose our winners on this Thursday, November 21st. And if you’re in NYC, come meet Tina at her book signing at the Upper West Side Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, November 19th!
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Mar 11 2013
Turn this into something sweet.
Ah, the Passover dessert. Is it just us, or are flourless chocolate cake and coconut macaroons so 5772? This year, we’re looking for some more creative Passover desserts, and we’re turning to you.
Are you a matzah miracle worker? Do you laugh in the face of chametz? Prove it by sending us your original Passover dessert recipes. The winner will get their recipe published on Kveller.
To enter, send your recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Passover Dessert Contest” in the subject line. If you have a picture of the finished product, even better. Send it to us by next Monday, March 18th. We can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
Mar 1 2013
We’re sorry. We’re really, really sorry. But it’s time to talk about the P-word.
It’s coming, and it’s coming quick. This year, the big holiday falls on March 26th, which means even though you’re still putting away your Purim costumes, it’s really time to start thinking about what to do for Passover. And we’re hear to help, at least with the food part. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 22 2013
At last, the wackiest, craziest Jewish holiday of the year has arrived! Purim begins tomorrow night at sundown and goes until sundown on Sunday night, which means 24 hours of costumes, hamantaschen, noisemakers and more.
But Purim ain’t all cookies and costumes–it’s about beauty pageants, drinking, and evil plots, too! Refresh yourself on the Purim story, and then if you need some last minute ideas to make this year’s Purim extra fun, we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of this entry →
Feb 6 2013
The centerpiece of Purim is a big feast, a seudah, to be eaten with one’s family and friends during the day of Purim. This feast harkens back to the banquet that Esther held with King Ahaseurus and Haman as her honored guests. Also on Purim day, it’s customary to deliver packages of treats to friends, family, and the poor.
Basically, that means lots of delicious food on Purim. Here at Kveller we’ve got your back with lots of excellent Purim recipes. Read the rest of this entry →
Dec 12 2012
My favorite holiday memories revolve around my mother’s Hanukkah parties.
Three generations of Americans, Israelis, and Russians gathered in our small home by moonlight, their stories and voices and accents braiding together.
Old Hanukkah tapes would play, the almost-twangy music filling the spaces between food and loud and food and talk and food and fun.
Latkes were eaten, sufganiyot were devoured, and more than a few dreidels were spun.
My memories of these parties are golden, and their lesson equally bright: Hanukkah is meant to be a celebration. A fun one.
Today, my husband Jason and I are ready to create our own version of my mother’s parties for our (adult!) friends, with a twist.
Enter: The Vodka Latke Party. Read the rest of this entry →
Dec 7 2012
Hanukkah starts tomorrow night, so we’re wrapping up our 8 days of Hanukkah recipes with a recipe from Meredith Jacobs for chocolate mousse. Sure, it’s not a traditional Hanukkah food, but it’s chocolate! Need we say more? Check out all of our Hanukkah recipes here.
by Meredith Jacobs
We know Hanukkah’s known for fried foods: potato latkes, donuts, and the like. But truthfully, there’s really only so much oil you want to eat over an eight-day period. That’s where this delicious chocolate mousse comes in. It doesn’t take too long to prepare (just remember to budget the time to chill it before you want to eat), and it’s delicious. We like to top it with a few pieces of chocolate gelt for a special treat! Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 28 2012
What would a Jewish holiday be without food? Luckily, we don’t have to answer that. We’ve got plenty of delicious Hanukkah recipes to fill you up on every night of Hanukkah. And since Hanukkah is eight (week)days away, we thought we’d share one a day right here on the blog. First up: Rhea Yablon Kennedy’s recipe for Hanukkah cupcakes! Below is the recipe for jelly-filled cupcakes, and be sure to click here to get recipes for lemon cupcakes and deep-fried chocolate cupcakes, too.
Jelly-Filled “Sufganiyot” Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes. Read the rest of this entry →