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Kid-Friendly Breaded and Baked Chicken Breasts
For families with hungry, growing children, these Breaded Baked Boneless Chicken Breasts are the answer to your prayers. These are an economical, healthier and tastier main dish for your kids than frozen fried chicken, hot dogs or processed sandwich meat.
Roasted Cauliflower with Curry
Take roasted cauliflower to the next level by seasoning it with curry powder or another favorite spice blend. This easy, vegan recipe will show you how!
What Makes Certain Foods Kosher?
What is Kosher Food? Read a succinct, clear definition of kosher food.
What Are Those Symbols On My Food?
A breakdown of the various types of kosher certification agencies and symbols in the US and around the world.
Top 10 Krugel Recipes
Kugels have been a staple of Jewish cooking for centuries. Kugel, which means
Simple Matzo Brei (Parve, Passover)
Matzo brei means fried matzo in Yiddish. During the week of Passover, matzo brei makes a popular breakfast, lunch and dinner dish. While there are fancier matzo brei recipes with vegetables and spices, my kids prefer to make and eat this simple matzo brei recipe.
What Is Parve? A Quick Guide
Parve is a Hebrew term (pareve is the Yiddish term) that describes food without any meat or dairy ingredients. Jewish dietary laws considers pareve food to be neutral; Pareve food can be eaten with both meat and milk dishes. Fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables are parve.
Can I Substitute Passover Cake Meal for Matzo...
An explanation of the difference between Passover cake meal and matzo meal, and how to substitute one for the other.
A Super-Easy Potato Kugel Recipe
Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, this dish is a staple of Eastern European Jewish cooking. There are many versions; this is my favorite.
The 8 Jewish Dietary Laws for Keeping Kosher
A person keeps kosher if he or she follows Jewish Dietary Laws. What are Jewish Dietary Laws (the laws of kashrut)?
The World's Most Recognizable Kosher Symbols
Information about the OU, America's largest and most recognizable kosher supervision agency, with contact information and a photo of its kosher logo.
What Happens at a Passover Seder? A Quick Guide...
Each Passover, the story of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt is told at a special feast called the Passover Seder. Seder is the Hebrew word for order. This festive meal is conducted in an orderly way so that all the mitzvot (God's commandments) of Passover will be performed during the meal. Find a traditional menu and recipes for the Passover Seder.
Passover Cooking Substitutions
A list of ingredient substitutions that will help you adapt recipes for kosher for Passover Cooking.
Passover Macaroni and Cheese (Dairy, Passover)
This Passover Mac & Cheez recipe caught my attention because it is simple (as all Passover recipes should be), my kids love macaroni and cheese, and pasta is whatever everyone craves on Passover. After one trial run, the recipe became one of my family's favorite Passover meals.
Why are Kosher Hot Dogs So Popular?
A brief history of kosher hot dogs that explores their popularity far beyond the small kosher-observant Jewish population.
Matzo Farfel (Parve, Passover)
Looking for a starchy side dish your kids will like to eat for dinner during the week of Passover? Serve this Matzo Farfel with meat and a green vegetable for a satiating Passover meal.
What Is Glatt Kosher? Definition and Customs
What is Glatt Kosher? Kosher Food.
How Much Tuna Can You Safely Eat?
What is healthy about tuna? What is unhealthy about tuna? Which tuna is best to eat? How much tuna is safe to eat? The EPA provides guidelines for the safe amount of tuna to eat.
Passover Pancakes (Dairy)
A Kosher for Passover pancake recipe made with matzah cake meal and tapioca starch.
How to Prepare a Passover Seder Plate
Learn how to prepare the Passover Seder plate. These step-by-step instructions on how to make Pesach Seder plates are designed to help you prepare for this special Jewish holiday meal celebrating the Exodus from Egypt.
Make Classic Israeli Salad in a Snap
Israeli salad, finely diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers topped with olive oil, lemon juice and salt, is light, healthy and fresh tasting.
Lemon Ricotta Noodle Kugel with Dried Cherries...
A sweet noodle kugel recipe made with lemon-scented ricotta cheese, dried tart cherries, and golden raisins.
Kosher Wine vs. Kosher for Passover Wine:...
What's the difference between kosher wine and kosher for Passover wine?
Passover Cottage Cheese Kugel (Dairy, Passover)
My sister-in-law emailed me this recipe for Passover Cottage Cheese Kugel. She wrote that a friend brought
Quinoa With Arugula, Butternut Squash and...
A kosher for Passover quinoa salad recipe with roasted butternut squash, arugula, and citrus vinaigrette.
Impress Your Guests with the Best Beef Brisket
Beef Brisket, a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest, is a popular Jewish holiday entree. Jews traditionally prepare beef brisket by braising it in a roasting pot. Learn how to prepare great brisket. Read the reasons why to prepare Jewish brisket for the holidays.
Cindy's Ashkenazi Charoset: A Parve Passover Hit
Cindy's Ashkenazi Charoset for Passover Seder is made of apples, nuts, wine, sugar and cinnamon. Simply chop and mix to create this sure-fire Pesach crowd pleaser!
How to Make Kosher-for-Passover Matzo
Every year Jews worldwide celebrate Passover by reliving the story of the Exodus from Egypt as if they themselves are going from slavery to freedom. The Israelite slaves fled Egypt in haste and had to eat their bread before it had time to rise. Thus, on Passover Jews eat matzo, which is unleavened bread. This Matzo Recipe can be used to make homemade matzo.
6 Recipes for the Perfect Jewish Sabbath Dinner...
Friday night dinner is the time when my family transitions from our busy and often stressful daily life to a more spiritual time. We set the Sabbath table with a white tablecloth and our best dishes. Candles, wine and challah loaves add a festive feel to the table. Then we sing
7 Favorite Kosher Brisket Recipes
In traditional Jewish cooking, the brisket - a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest - is braised as a pot roast. There are three secrets to cooking the perfect kosher brisket. Buy good brisket meat (meat #3 in Israel). Jewish brisket should be slow cooked. Choose any brisket recipe from this collection of Jewish brisket recipes. Thirdly, it is very important to slice the brisket correctly. Brisket must be sliced thinly and against the grain.
All You Need to Know about Fruity, Delicious...
The Passover Seder dish known as charoset, haroset or charoses, reminds Jews of the mortar used by the Israelite slaves in their building in Egypt. There are a great variety of recipes for this tasty fruit mixture.
How to Prepare Noodle Kugel for Passover
This is one of those Passover recipes doesn't taste like a Passover recipe. An added plus is that this kosher-for-Passover, Dairy Noodle Kugel can be made in advance and frozen.
Menus for Jewish Sabbath Meals
These various kosher menus for Jewish Sabbath meals aim to help make your Shabbat a wonderful experience for you, your family and your guests. Find menus and recipes for low carb and nutritious, quick and easy, winter, summer, spring and fall Sabbath meals.
Sauteed Mushrooms in Cream Sauce: A Delicious...
Use this easy-to-make Sauteed Mushrooms in Cream Sauce recipe when you want to serve a delicious dairy side dish. It can also be served on top of pasta.
Tangy Baked Chicken (Meat, Passover)
Our South African friend David served this Tangy Baked Chicken for Shabbat during Passover. Just mix together the marinade ingredients, which are economical, flexible and kosher for Passover. Let the chicken marinate for a few hours or overnight. And bake. The resulting chicken is so delicious that your Sabbath guests are likely to ask for the recipe.
Make Everyone's Hanukkah Favorite: Traditional...
Fried food is traditionally eaten on Hanukkah in commemoration of the oil that miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees purified and rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Fried Potato Pancakes (called Latkes in Yiddish and Levivot in Hebrew) are the hands-down, mouth-open holiday favorite.
Kosher Baked Apricot Chicken in Sauce
So simple and so good! This Apricot Chicken is my family's favorite saucy chicken recipe. I like to make it for Shabbat lunch because it is moist enough to serve the day after baked.
Savory Vegetable Kugel: A Favorite Parve...
This savory, pareve, vegetable kugel is a favorite among vegetarians who keep kosher. When made with matzo meal instead of flour, this kugel is a favorite among vegetarians who keep kosher for Passover.
The Most Irresistible Broccoli Ever
Take broccoli from ho-hum to totally irresistible with this quick and easy recipe for Ginger Roasted Broccoli. Olive oil, fresh ginger, and a quick stint in a hot oven are all it takes to transform the workhorse veggie into something special.
How to Make Sweet Cottage Cheese Noodle Kugel...
This Sweet Dairy Noodle Kugel - made with egg noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs and sugar - has old-fashioned flavor. It is a great brunch dish, when served with bagels and spreads. It is also the perfect dish to serve at the end of a fast such as Tisha B'Av or Yom Kippur.
Broccoli Kugel (Parve)
It's 5 p.m. on Friday. The Jewish Sabbath starts in two hours. My 16-year-old daughter walks in from the beach, and tells me she has to take a kugel to the potluck Shabbat dinner she is having with friends. I open up my freezer to find a bag of frozen broccoli. As fast as I can, I throw together this Broccoli Kugel. Boy was I surprised when she came home and told me the kugel was the hit of the party!
How to Make Sweet Brisket for Passover
Brisket, when correctly cooked and cut, is festive, fragrant, flavorful, and fork-tender. This simple brisket recipe produces moist, sweet meat. Enjoy this popular cut of breast meat for Passover Seder, Rosh Hashanah, or any Jewish holiday or Sabbath meal.
Eazy Lazy Meatballs (Meat)
One of the challenges I face in my life today is how to satiate the appetite of my always-hungry, 13-year-old son. I recently discovered that meatballs hit the spot. I call them Eazy Lazy Meatballs because they are easy enough for my son to make by himself so I can be lazy about dinner for a night or two.
Passover Rolls (Parve, Passover)
Not a fan of matzo? These Passover Rolls are the perfect replacement. Throughout the holiday week, fill these rolls with tuna, jelly, cheese, hot dogs, or sandwich meat to make a satisfying Pesach sandwich.
Passover Cheese Blintzes (Dairy, Passover)
Cheese blintzes, a classic Ashkenazic Jewish food that probably originated in Poland, can be made kosher for Passover simply by replacing the flour in the recipe with potato starch.
Baked Gefilte in Tomato Sauce (Parve)
Why work hard when you don't have to? You can enjoy great tasting gefilte fish without spending all day in the kitchen. Simply buy a frozen gefilte fish loaf, cover with tomato sauce, and bake. Baked Gefilte Fish in Tomato Sauce is an easy and delicious Shabbos appetizer.
Do All Jews Keep Kosher?
Do All Jews Keep Kosher? What percentage of American Jews today observe Jewish Dietary Laws?
Marinated Pargiot (Meat)
Whenever boneless chicken thighs (called Pargiot in Hebrew) go on sale, we buy, marinate and grill or cook them. Boneless chicken thighs are a tender, moist cut of chicken, and this marinade packs the meat with great flavor. We especially enjoy pargiot during the summer months because they are a lite source of protein. Serve these delicious Pargiot with rice and roasted vegetables for a delicious and satiating Shabbos or weekday family meal.
Potato Gnocchi With Pink Sauce
A gluten-free, kosher for Passover recipe for Potato Gnocchi With Pink Sauce from author Paula Shoyer's cookbook The New Passover Menu.
Passover Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Icing
This Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Icing is kosher for Passover, but it's so delicious, you'll want to serve it year-round.
Make Delicious Breaded Baked Chicken for...
This recipe for Breaded Baked Chicken is quick, easy, loved by all and even good the next day. What else could anyone ask of a recipe? This is a great Sabbath lunch entree.
Blintz Souffle (Dairy)
While Jews probably began making blintzes hundreds of years ago in Poland, they only began to use frozen blintzes to make this Blintz Souffle recipe in 20th-century America. When you have a crowd joining you for a dairy meal - such as for Sabbath, Shavuot, or the Nine Days - this easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing Blintz Souffle is the perfect dish to serve.
How to Make Colorful Cauliflower for Passover
My neighbor served this Colorful Cauliflower dish on Friday night, and it has become a staple on my Sabbath table ever since. I added a bit more onion and garlic powder to the recipe.
How to Make Gefilte Fish
Gefilte fish is traditionally served as a first course for Jewish Sabbath and holidays meals. You can make a large batch of gefilte fish in advance of the holiday or Shabbat, and store them in the freezer. Then just defrost, heat and serve for a festive and delicious first course. Here are recipes and step-by-step instructions for making gefilte fish.
How can I entertain a kosher guest in my...
My home is not kosher. I am hosting a Book Club meeting this week, and one of the members keeps kosher. What can I serve?
Gourmet Matzo Brei (Parve, Passover)
Matzo brei is so easy-to-make and tasty that it has become a Passover staple. My kids love matzo brei so much that they ask for it all year round.
Top Shabbat Chicken Recipes
Chicken is the most popular Shabbat entree. It is so versatile. Chicken is delicious whether roasted, fried, cooked, breaded, marinated, or stuffed. As such, I favor the easy-to-make chicken recipes. The following are my favorite chicken recipes for Jewish Sabbath meals.
Apple Kugel (Parve, Passover)
Something about the bland and heavy feeling of Passover food makes Apple Kugel (Parve, Passover) a welcome Pesach dish.
How to Set the Table for Passover Seder
How should I set the table for Passover Seder?
Is Quinoa Kosher for Passover?
Is quinoa kosher for Passover? Why is this health food becoming a Passover staple? Learn about quinoa and get kosher for Passover quinoa recipes.
Shepherd's Pie (Meat)
Shepherd's Pie, which is believed to have originated in northern England and Scotland, was originally made with lamb meat, as the name implies. However, in America, many make Shepherd's Pie with ground beef. Just serve a green salad with Shepherd's Pie for an economical and satiating family dinner, Sabbath lunch or even Passover meal.
Potatoes Baked in Coconut Milk (Parve)
When God commanded the separation of meat and milk, He challenged us to find creative ways to eat creamy potatoes with meat meals. One easy and delicious solution is baking the potatoes is parve coconut milk instead of dairy milk. You can serve these Potatoes Baked in Coconut Milk with Roast Chicken at your upcoming Sabbath or holiday meal. Enjoy this easy-to-prepare, non-dairy scalloped potato recipe with a touch of curry flavor.
Indian-Spiced Salmon
A quick kosher recipe for oven-roasted Indian-Spiced Salmon, made with garam masala, tamari, maple syrup, and lime.
2-Minute Cole Slaw (Pareve)
I like to be able to quickly make a variety of salads, especially in the summer. They add a colorful, healthy and light touch to everyday and Sabbath meals. Simply buy a package of ready-cut vegies, combine a few ingredients for the dressing, and stir. In addition to being a quick-fix, I like this 2-Minute Cole Slaw recipe because it is not too heavy and saucy.
Coffee Meringue Cookies (Pareve, Passover)
I was looking for a lite, easy-to-serve, sweet dessert to end the Passover Seder. I tested these Coffee Meringue Cookies this Shabbos, and everyone, even the kids, loved them. In addition, they had a surprisingly pretty appearance as the coffee grains give the meringues a nice color and stripe. Best of all, I can prepare these a few days before the Seder and store in an airtight container.
Shavuot Menus and Recipes
Shavuot, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel and the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Find a traditional dairy menu and recipes for the Shavuot holiday.
Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup
A kosher, vegetarian recipe for Roasted Carrot, Apple, and Celery Soup.
Passover Seder
Many - but not all - kosher for Passover products are gluten-free. Likewise, many - but not all - Passover recipes are gluten-free. This Passover Seder menu, designed for those with celiac disease, includes gluten-free ingredients and recipes.
10 Awesome Ways to Top Matzo
10 delicious ways to top matzo during Passover and beyond.
Simple Roast Chicken (Meat)
Roast chicken proves that sometimes simple is better. Simply mix spices, coat chicken and then bake, uncovered, in the oven. You can make preparation and serving even easier by buying a chicken cut into eighths. The result is a moist and flavorful chicken entree that everyone will love.
Duck Sauce Chicken
When there is no time to cook but your family is hungry, you can turn to this easy Duck Sauce Chicken recipe for help. Just pour the ready sauce on the chicken and bake. Serve this baked sweet and sour chicken with rice and broccoli for a satiating meal.
Top 10 Tips for Creative Kosher Cooking
Get tips for making kosher cooking creative, fun, fresh, and delicious.
Make Mouthwatering Matzo Ball Soup with Chicken...
Matzo balls are dumplings served in chicken soup, especially on Passover. Enjoy this simple, fool-proof recipe for matzo ball soup.
Ask the Rabbi - What makes milk kosher?
Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner is asked the explain the difference between milk certified as kosher and milk without a kosher symbol on the carton.
Dried Fruit Compote (Parve, Passover)
This Dried Fruit Compote is the perfect ending to a filling Passover Seder feast. This compote also works well for a Shabbat dessert or Tu B'Shvat treat.
Baked Gefilte Fish Loaf (Pareve, Passover)
Gefilte fish is a loaf of chopped up fish, usually white-fleshed freshwater fish such as carp or pike. The chopped fish is generally mixed with onions, carrots and parsley. Eggs and matzah meal hold the mixture together. This gefilte fish recipe is unique in that it uses gefilte fish from a jar and bakes, rather than boils, the fish.
Levana Kirshchenbaum's Kosher Chocolate Chip...
Too many times I've wanted to make Chocolate Chip Cookies, but discovered that either my margarine was not soft enough (at room temperature) or I did not even have margarine. So I was thrilled to find this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies made with vegetable oil in Levana Kirshchenbaum's cookbook, Levana's Table.
Chocolate Mousse (Parve)
This recipe was given to me by an old flatmate who is also an artist. She prepares the most wonderful food and this chocolate mouse always gets rave reviews. I have made it here with 250 grams of chocolate but you can use any amount that you like always keeping the ratio of 1 egg per every 50 grams of chocolate plus one extra egg white. Thanks Liora!
How to Make Healthy Cauliflower Latkes
These Cauliflower Latkes are perfect for Hanukkah or Passover. They are healthier and lower in carbohydrates than traditional Potato Pancakes. They are also easier to prepare than Potato Latkes. And in my humble opinion they are tastier. For an even healthier touch, add steamed and mashed broccoli to the pancake batter to create cauliflower-broccoli vegetable latkes for a nutritious Jewish holiday meal.
Lemon Bars (Pareve, Passover)
Looking for a new Passover dessert recipe? These Lemon Bars are a nice change of pace from the traditional Sponge Cake and easy-to-make Chocolate Brownies usually baked on Passover.
Why do Jews eat hamantashen pastries on Purim?
Why do Jews eat hamantashen pastries on Purim?
Israeli Pita Bread (Parve)
Warm pita, hummus and Israeli salad reminds me of eating outside on a peaceful, summer evening in Israel. You can use this recipe to make your own Israeli Pita Pockets (pitot in Hebrew).
Passover Noodles (Parve, Passover)
If you have a pre-teen in the house, this is a great recipe to let them prepare for the Passover Seder. My teen puts on the music and stands for hours happily making kosher for Passover blintzes which we later cut into strips for these noodles.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Pareve, Passover)
You don't have to give up eating Chocolate Chip Cookies just because it is Passover!
Eggplant Cutlets (Parve, Passover)
My teenage daughter, who is not a big fan of meat, loves to eat these vegetarian Eggplant Cutlets every Passover. The tomato-lemon-sugar seasoning makes them moist and tangy.
Top American Kosher Certification Agencies
A guide to top regional kosher certifiers in the United States, with hechsher (kosher symbol) photos, and background, client, and contact information.
What is Kosher?
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Israeli Charoset with Mixed Nuts (Parve,...
At the Passover Seder, charoset is meant to look like and remind us of the mortar the Israelite slaves used in their building. This charoset combines a variety of nuts - almonds, walnuts, pistachios - with fresh fruit, dried fruit, wine and spices. If you like nuts, then this Israeli Charoset with Mixed Nuts recipe is for you!
How To Make Challah
Making challah is not as difficult as its final braided shape makes it appear to be. And any effort that is invested in making challah is well worth the result! The smell and taste of freshly baked challah can turn a house into a home.
Vegetable Kugel for Passover (Pareve, Passover)
Looking for a healthy, delicious Passover side dish that is relatively easy to prepare? This delicious Vegetable Kugel contains grated carrots, zucchini, celery, potatoes, onion and garlic mixed with eggs, oil, potato starch and spices. Given that Passover food tends to be heavy, the more vegetables used in Passover cooking, the better.
Pita with Zaatar (Parve)
So easy and so delicious. This recipe for Toasted Pita with Zaatar is a definite must-try. Serve with an Israeli or Greek Salad for a light summer meal.
Passover Seder Chicken
I was looking for a chicken recipe for Passover Seder that would be different than my regular Shabbos chicken recipe and festive enough for the special Seder meal. My cousin Meryll emailed me her adaptation (simplification) of Joan Nathan's Patchke Pesah Chicken. The sauteed shallots, shittake mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes give the chicken intense flavor, and the marinade keeps the chicken moist. This chicken recipe is perfect for Passover Seder.
Easy Avocado Dip
Is that avocado you bought getting soft? Just mash it up with the back of a fork, and add some mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic and salt to create a kosher-pareve and child-friendly dip.
Brisket in Wine Sauce (Meat)
Jamie Geller, author of Quick and Kosher Recipes from the Bride Who Knew Nothing, contributed this recipe for Brisket in Wine Sauce. Geller once again demonstrates how delicious and festive dishes can be easily and quickly prepared. Brisket is a popular Jewish holiday entree, especially for Rosh Hashanah and Passover.
Broccoli Souffle (Parve or Dairy)
This Broccoli Souffle, provided by Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer of Columbus, Ohio, is one of those easy, versatile, sure-fire success recipes that should be in the recipe box of every kosher cook. This souffle can be pareve or dairy depending on whether it is made with milk, soy milk or coffee rich. And it can even be made kosher for Passover by using matzo meal instead of flour.
Jewish Holiday Brisket
It wouldn't be a Jewish holiday in my home without brisket. This simple brisket recipe, which can be prepared in advance, produces moist, sweet meat which can be enjoyed throughout the holiday.
Top 10 Kosher Soup Recipes
Chicken soup is. Kosher Food.
Cream Cheese Noodle Kugel (Dairy)
This sweet kugel can be prepared a day in advance and baked the day of the meal. What this kugel lacks
The Ultimate Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake
This kosher pareve chocolate cake recipe gets its rich chocolate flavor from a mix of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The dairy free cake batter is perfect for Bundt cakes or layer cakes.
Kosher Family Dinners
Studies show that kids who eat dinner with their families eat more nutritiously, feel less stressed, and perform better. Nevertheless, daily demands often sap our time and energy, making it hard to plan, shop and put meals on the table during the work week. These easy kosher recipes for family dinners are designed to help you give your children the nourishment, comfort and support they need.
How can we keep kosher at Walt Disney World in...
Are there kosher restaurants at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? Where is there kosher dining at Disney World? How can you find kosher food to eat at Disney? Planning your kosher meals will enable you to better enjoy your visit to the Magic Kingdom.
Breaded Fried Tofu - Tofu Schnitzel (Parve)
My 15-year-old son has become a vegetarian, and some days I struggle to find meatless dishes to satiate his teenage boy appetite. The other day when I was making chicken schnitzel for his siblings, I decided to make Tofu Schnitzel for him. I just sliced a tofu cake, breaded it and then fried it as if it was a piece of chicken. He loved it!
Simple Baked Salmon Fillet with Garlic and Lemon
For a moist and flavorful salmon entree, simply drip seasonings on the fish, wrap the fillet tightly in foil, and bake. Easy; healthy and light; aesthetic.
The Best Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup Ever
A kosher for Passover vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup recipe
Potato Borekas (Parve)
I grew up in Israel eating borekas. We tended to eat potato-filled borekas for lunch on the Sabbath, and cheese-filled borekas for dinner, along with salad, during the week. Borekas are readily available in any Israeli grocery store, but homemade borekas can't be beat.
Kosher Israeli Chicken Schnitzel (Meat)
Schnitzel, which means cutlet in German, originally referred to deep-fried, breaded veal cutlets popular in German cuisine. The name and idea were borrowed by Jews, and today Israeli children are practically raised on chicken schnitzel.
Matboucha
Matboucha, a traditional Moroccan dish, is so popular in Israel that it can be found right next to the Hummus on Israeli grocery store shelves. Once you make it yourself, you won't want to settle for store-bought Matboucha anymore. My neighbor in Israel, Carmit, came over and showed me how to make this Matboucha recipe. While Matboucha can be served hot or cold, we like it best cold on a cracker or fresh pita.
Spinach Kugel (Pareve, Passover)
This Spinach Kugel is the perfect dish to serve for Sabbath meals during the week of Passover.
A Traditional Hanukkah Menu
Read a succinct explanation of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Get a traditional Hanukkah meat menu, a traditional Hanukkah dairy menu, and favorite Hanukkah recipes.
Miriam's Red Cabbage (Parve, Passover)
It is important to include Passover recipes that contain vegetables and fruit in your Passover menu, as they balance all the heavy egg and matzo Passover dishes eaten during the holiday week. Miriam's Red Cabbage can be made several days in advance, refrigerated and reheated. Thus, this delicious and pareve vegetable dish is good for body and soul!
Susie Fishbein's Purple Cabbage Salad (Parve)
Susie Fishbein includes this recipe for Purple Cabbage Salad in her Passover by Design cookbook. This colorful salad, contributed by her friend Beth Eidman, can be prepared early in the day of the Passover Seder and then served as a Pesach salad or side dish.
What is Treif?
Non-kosher food, food not in accord with Jewish dietary laws, is called treif.
Passover Blueberry Muffins (Parve, Passover)
If you don't want to start your Passover mornings with matzo, try preparing and serving these delicious Pesach Blueberry Muffins for breakfast. These muffins are a big hit because the ratio of fruit to Pesach ingredients is perfect.
Kugel Yerushalmi - Jerusalem Kugel (Parve)
This uniquely-flavored savory kugel, of caramelized noodles spiced with black pepper, was brought to the city of Jerusalem by Eastern European Hasidic Jews in the eighteenth century. Thus the kugel is called Kugel Yerushalmi, which means Jerusalem Kugel. Kugel Yerushalmi is traditionally eaten after Sabbath morning prayer services - either for kiddish or lunch - along with cholent and pickles.
Rice with Carrots (Pareve)
Rice with Carrots is easy to prepare. Simply saute onion and carrots, and then add rice and boiling water. My kids love this Sabbath side dish because the onions and carrots add sweet flavor to the rice.
Surprisingly Simple Baked Garlic Sea Bass with...
This Garlic Baked Sea Bass recipe is easy enough for novice fish cooks to master. Simply rub some olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper into this mild fish, and bake for 20 minutes. Sometimes it is surprisingly simple to prepare a delicious, healthy main dish.
Passover Seder Guide
Each Passover, Jews worldwide take part in a special feast called the Passover Seder. The Passover Seder is the most widely observed Jewish practice today. Find Passover menus and recipes, as well as guides on cooking for Pesach Seder, setting the Passover Seder table, and preparing for Seder Plate.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets (Parve,...
This Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Beets recipe comes from Tamar Ansh's wonderful Kosher for Passover cookbook, A Taste of Tradition: Pesach - Anything's Possible! This parve vegetable side dish is healthy, simple to make, special to serve, and complementary to any meat, poultry, fish or vegetarian main dish served for the Passover Seder meal.
Roasted Broccoli (Parve)
Roasted Broccoli is the perfect side dish. Since this recipe is pareve, it can be eaten with a meat or dairy meal. Roasted Broccoli is easy to make, healthy, delicious and even colorful. For extra color and more flavor, add sliced red peppers.
What is Mehadrin?
Mehadrin refers to the most stringent level of kosher supervision.
Rustic Whole Grain Layer Cake With Strawberries...
A recipe for Rustic Whole Grain Layer Cake with Strawberries and Cream, made with white whole wheat flour, spread with marmalade, and topped with a tangy whipped cream cheese frosting and fresh berries.
Top 10 Kosher Cheesecake Recipes for Shavuot
As it is customary to eat dairy food on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, it is no wonder that cheesecake has become the most popular Shavuot dessert. This page offers a variety of cheesecake recipes - including Fast, Vegan, Low Fat, Gourmet, and more - so you can find the cheesecake recipe that best meets your holiday menu needs.
Whip Up Roasted Asparagus for Any Special Meal
Roasted Asparagus is the perfect side dish for any Sabbath or Jewish holiday meal. It is easy to make, and the color and taste complement meat main dishes.
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Cherries,...
A recipe for Israeli Couscous with Cherries and Pine Nuts, flavored with scallions, fresh mint, and a balsamic vinaigrette.
Three-Color Gefilte Fish Loaf (Parve)
I fell in love with this recipe, which was created by Canada's leading kosher cookbook author Norene Gilletz, because it raises traditional Jewish gefilte fish to new heights. This Three-Color Gefilte Fish Loaf is healthy, beautiful and festive. And it is surprisingly easy to prepare. I plan to serve it for our Purim Seudah, Passover Seder and many holiday meals to come.
Easy Sweet and Sour Brisket
This easy Sweet and Sour Brisket recipe is great for Shabbos as well as Purim and Hanukkah holiday meals. Just marinate the meat in a mixture of sauerkraut, peeled tomatoes and brown sugar, and then bake for 4 hours. It is amazingly easy to prepare a moist and delicious meat main dish for your family.
Parmesan Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
A kosher for Passover, gluten-free recipe for Parmesan Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello mushrooms that can be served as an appetizer or vegetarian main course.
Susie Fishbein's Moussaka Recipe (Meat)
Sometimes, for a special occasion, it is worthwhile to invest in a dish. This Moussaka, from Susie Fishbein's Kosher by Design Entertains cookbook, is one of those dishes. The recipe requires a few more ingredients and a bit more effort, but your guests will remember dining with you in your home.
Israeli Chocolate Balls (Parve or Dairy)
I made these when I was in preschool in Israel, and my children make these in their preschools in Israel. Kids love to make them and eat them. Israelis call them Kadori Shokolad (Chocolate Balls), but elsewhere they are referred to as truffles. By rolling them in a variety of coverings (powdered sugar, coconut, or candy sprinkles), they can make a colorful dessert.
Israeli Chocolate Cinnamon Rugelach Pastries
While I prefer rugelach filled with preserves and nuts, my kids like chocolate rugelach the best. This version uses a hint of cinnamon in the chocolate.
Russian Potato Salad (Parve)
This Russian Potato Salad is hearty and delicious. The peas and carrots add color and flavor that set this salad apart from other potato salads. For a pleasing summer meal, serve this potato salad with fried chicken.
Sloppy Joe (Meat)
It's Sloppy Joe's fault. Upon returning home from school one day, my 15-year-old son was greeted by Sloppy Joe. His stomach began to gurgle and his mouth began to water, and then my son, a vegetarian of two years, became a carnivore. I thank this winning recipe for converting my son and making my life as the family chef easier.
Tuna Salad (Parve)
My sister-in-law, with her six children and job as a Realtor, doesn't have much time to cook. But she is neighborhood-renown for her egg salad and tuna salad. Her fridge is always stocked with these salads, so her kids can easily make themselves sandwiches. Her tuna salad recipe proves, once again, that sometimes simple is best.
Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives (Meat)
Want to make a chicken dish with Israeli flavor? My neighbor Carmit showed me how to make her family’s favorite chicken - Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives. She covers the chicken with lemons and olives, along with her grandmother’s Sephardic spices, to create a delicious and easy-to-make main course for Friday night dinner.
Parve Scalloped Potatoes (Parve)
When God commanded the separation of meat and milk, He challenged us to find creative ways to eat creamy potatoes with meat meals. This Scalloped Potatoes recipe is one attempt. You can serve these Parve Scalloped Potatoes with Roast Chicken at your upcoming Sabbath or holiday meal.
Are Brussels Sprouts Kosher?
Learn about the kosher status of fresh brussels sprouts, why many rabbinic authorities recommend kosher-certified frozen Brussels sprouts, and how individual cooks handle the kosher Brussels sprouts controversy.
The Passover Cookie Recipe You'll Crave...
A recipe for kosher for Passover Hazelnut Chocolate Chip cookies made with ground hazelnuts and chopped dark chocolate.
Passover Turkey Burgers
Given the cumbersome nature of Passover cooking, it makes a lot of sense to double recipes and freeze. I bring this ground meat home from the butcher, immediately prepare the burgers by adding vegetables, eggs, matzah meal and spices, form the patties and freeze. Then throughout the holiday, whenever we want burgers, we just take them out of the freezer and toss on the grill.
Sweet and Sour Tongue (Meat)
Susan Portman is a very talented artist who also knows how to cook artfully. She highly recommends her mother's Sweet and Sour Tongue recipe. Susan likes to serve this tender and tasty kosher meat dish for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Love Nutella, but wish you could make a homemade version? This easy, dairy-free recipe for Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Spread is even better than the jarred stuff!
Easy Kosher Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is a great way to use chicken left-over from making soup. This recipe is easy because the crust is made from frozen puff pastry dough. Parve margarine makes it possible for a creamy chicken pie to be kosher. Serve for Shabbat lunch or a Sukkot holiday meal.
Carrot Kugel (Parve)
While many carrot kugels are really carrot cake in disguise, this Carrot Kugel has a definite kugel quality about it. The flavor of this honey-sweetened kugel is dominated by carrots and complemented by lemon rind. The egg whites add a light touch. Bake the kugel in loaf pans, muffin pans or a bundt pan.
Top Kosher Cookbooks
A roundup of exceptional kosher cookbooks for the discerning cook. Covering everything from kosher vegetarian and meat cookery to Jewish diapsora cuisine, from quick cooking to traditional holiday meals, there's something for everyone in this collection of kosher cookbooks.
Rosh Hashanah Menus and Recipes
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Special Rosh Hashanah food customs have developed over the centuries. Enjoy these traditional Ashkenazic Rosh Hashanah holiday dinner and lunch menus and recipes.
What is Matzo?
Matzo is an unleavened bread that Jews eat during the Jewish Festival of Freedom called Passover (Pesach in Hebrew).
Israeli Hummus (Pareve)
Hummus, made from garbanzo beans (a.k.a. chickpeas), is served as an appetizer, side dish or main course in Israel. Today grocery stores in Israel sell a variety of Hummus spreads (with pine nuts, with olive oil and paprika, with zaatar, with tahina...). Hummus tastes best when scooped up by a piece of warm Pita bread.
Vegetarian Bean Cholent (Parve)
This vegetarian cholent is hearty and delicious, but much lighter than meat cholent recipes.
Kids' Favorite Cucumber Salad (Parve)
This is the only salad my kids request. Simply wash cucumbers, slice (for thin, even slices a food processor is recommended), add spices, and refrigerate. Your family will enjoy, especially during the hot summer months, this sweet cucumber salad all week long.
Easy Cheese Cake (Dairy)
This is one of my favorite cheese cakes, and as cheese cakes go it is quite low in calories (though this has never stopped anyone from licking the plate and asking for more). This cake is a must in my house for Shavuot. I make it without a crust, but you can always add a cookie/butter crust of your choice (crush around 200 grams of plain cookies and mix with about 75 grams of melted butter).
Quick Easy Meat Pie (Meat)
This quick easy Meat Pie is simple enough to prepare with your kids. Simply saute onions, brown ground beef, mix with frozen vegetables and Marinara sauce, and then bake in puff pastry dough. It is the perfect dish to serve for Shabbos lunch when you have invited a crowd, especially when the guests include lots of children and teens. If there is any meat pie leftover after Saturday lunch, it will get eaten for sure on Sunday.

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