I grew up in a kosher home, so in many ways, keeping my own kosher kitchen sort of feels like second nature. I know without color-coding that my pareve soup ladle lives here, my fleishig chef's knife is in that drawer. I wash and inspect produce as a matter of course. I notice when a hechsher disappears from the front of a cereal box, and that -- phew! -- they just moved it to the side when they redesigned the package.
Most of the time, I don't really mull over the day-to-day intricacies of keeping kosher. It's more like habit. I hope that what I cook, on the other hand, never becomes rote.
Yes, I love the comfort and ritual in occasionally pulling out an old family recipe. And if I didn't have some reliable go-to recipes to handle busy nights/empty-pantry conundrums/WHAT do you mean there are unexpected guests coming in 40 minutes?!!! situations, I'd probably lose it. But I also love food entirely too much not to explore the myriad and amazing ways to prepare it. So I've got some rules of my own to keep me on my toes, and to infuse my kosher cooking with as much creativity as possible. I hope you'll enjoy them, too!
How do you keep your menus exciting? Please share your tips!
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