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Sep 12, 2014

Rosh Hashanah Menu Ideas

Rosh Hashanah menu ideas, simple, sweet and savory

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Sep 12, 2014

Get the Most out of this Elul

As a KosherChannel reader, you are tuned-in woman. You want to get more out of life, out of your relationships and out of your days.

Rosh Hashanah is the time we examine those choices we make in our daily lives. We make choices all day, when to rise, what to say, whom we connect with and where to place ourselves. Some of these “choices” are really obligations over which we have little control. The one area we have total choice is HOW we approach every moment of our day.

Lack of control makes us feel overwhelmed. Are you the control freak who puts too much on her plate? The victim of your powerlessness? Or, are you the martyr, who sacrifices her own needs for her duties? Believe me, I have been all three!

What changed? Well, truthfully, I have to keep working on change. The control freak, the victim and the martyr all need one thing. Compassion. We have to show compassion first to ourselves, accept that we are flawed, but well-meaning. This gives us the clarity to know our deepest yearning is to connect and to perfect.

This is how Hashem sees you. When we know this, we can we start to see that He is pouring compassion on us all day. In Parshat Teruma it says, “Make me a mikdash (sanctuary), and I will dwell within them.” The great commentator Rashi notes that grammatically, it should say “I will dwell in it.” Rashi explains that G-d wants every Jew to make our physical space: our home, apartment or dorm room, a place where we recognize that our loving Father is involved in every moment of our life. We only need to choose to invite Him in. This is what Elul is all about.

~Rosh Hashanah menu ideas served up here....

This is why I wrote Cooking for the King. I want to help women to build a bridge between the tasks, appointments, distractions of our every day lives and our ultimate purpose as Jewish women.

Our purpose? To take the mundane and make it majestic.

As we prepare for the awesome days of Rosh Hashanah, Cooking for the King is your companion. As you shop and schlep, cook and look for the perfect recipes, you can count on this small, beautiful volume to give you renewed focus. May your efforts to connect and perfect be met with great success~ both in and out of the kitchen.

~Renee
Cooking for the King, recipes for life

Click here for free Rosh Hashanah recipe links: The Kosher Channel and Cooking for the King are your source for Rosh Hashanah menu ideas.

Sep 12, 2014

Living our Mourning

I'm writing a different kind of Nine Days blog post. Recipes links are at the end but first, a Jerusalemite's perspective as all eyes are on Israel now. The days have been cooler here in Jerusalem than any July I remember. The evening air is a caress of soft breezes. But there is no comfort. And despite the pleasant weather, our mood is tense. With each day anticipation and sorrow mount.

We mourn the loss of the sweet pure souls of our fallen chayalim. We pray for our wounded. We are connected with a tightly gripped heart to each and every son, father, brother in and waiting for battle, because they are in no uncertain terms- our family.

This is Am Yisrael (people of Israel). This is our job. To love each other, to expose and eradicate evil in our midst, and to rebuild.

Today, with the entry of Rosh Chodesh Av, we have reached a crescendo that something big is happening, going to happen, and our world will be very much changed in its wake.

This Av is different from the 2000 that came before. This year we are living our mourning. Our losses are real. But unlike the time of the churban (destruction of the Temple), when we palpably felt the presence of Hashem withdrawing, here we are also living through His miracles. The Kipat Barzel (Iron Dome) above makes us feel secure, and discovery of the tunnels below saved us from a diabolical plan of horror. Within, we have an achdus (unity) that has bound us since the kidnapping of Ayal, Gilad and Naftali broke our hearts wide open. Our connection to one another is astounding! Are we finally freed from the sinas chinam (sin of baseless hatred) that has kept is in galus (exile) for so long?

The world seems to be in a tailspin, but we seem more united in purpose than ever before. We are a different Am. May this Tisha b’Av 5774 be different as well, a day of complete and revealed joy.

Thank you for subscribing, I truly enjoy having you in my kitchen with me. Here are your meat free recipes for the coming days.

~Renee
renee@thekosherchannel.com
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Cooking for The King:
The book of Torah insights,
recipes and practical tips
designed to bring majesty to the mundane.

A few dates left for "Success in Elul-in and out of the kitchen" cooking demonstration and book tour this September.
Learn more about Renee's demo tour here

 

Sep 02, 2014

Rosh Hashanah Menus

Planning your Rosh Hashanah menus? Look no further! It's all here for you at thekoshechannel.com ! Rosh Hashanah recipes fit for a king.

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Aug 24, 2014

Cooking for the King, order the book here

All the recipes you'll need for Rosh Hashanah and Sukkos in one cookbook!

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Jul 22, 2014

Kosher Cooking Demonstration Schedule for Renee's "Success in Elul" event

~Bring majesty to your menu with recipes from Cooking for the King~

I'm sad to leave Israel, but very excited to meet the lovely ladies of American communities who want to get a taste of what it means to cook for the king! Cooking Demos take a lot of effort and organizational time to pull off successfully. That's why I am limiting myself to six demos or cities this Elul. And here they are:

2014 Elul Kosher Cooking Demos

Sept. 8-Ohav Shalom, Merrick, New York

Sept. 9-Eishes Chayil & Partners, St. Louis, MO

Sept. 10-JWRP, St. Louis, MO

Sept. 14-Keneseth Beis Yisrael Sisterhood Kickoff Event, Richmond, VA

Sept. 15-Chabad of Manalapan, New Jersey

Available dates: Sept 17, 18 or 21*

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May 19, 2014

Shavuos Recipes

Pareve Shavuos Recipes: If you are serving meat and dairy for Shavuos, making lots of pareve side dishes will make life so much easier!

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Apr 24, 2014

Key Challah

Why is there a key in my challah? Find out why Jews make "Key Challah" or Shlissel Challah the Shabbat following Passover.

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Mar 04, 2014

Home for Purim

Home for Purim~Where does the Queen in the Kitchen want to be? Royal Purim recipes, and Purim food ideas to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with simcha and nobility.

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Nov 05, 2013

Chanukah, Shabbos & Thanksgiving in Cooking for the King

Maybe you thought Cooking for the King, first edition was just for Rosh Hashanah? Not at all. We make Dixie Corn Dollars and Sephardic Leek Patties every Chanukah in our house. And there are some delicious fish recipes and soups to go with your dairy and meat meals.

Classic Thanksgiving dishes like the Pumpkin Pie and Squash Casserole, got rave reviews. I think you are going to love these suggestions. So, please pull out your copy of Cooking for the King* and follow the links below to more recipes that include flavorful finger lickin’ latkes on theKosherChannel.com. Enjoy being Queen in your Chanukah Kitchen this year. Don’t forget ...

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Oct 17, 2013

No Dieting Allowed

Tishre was a wonderful uplifting month of introspection, moving tefilla and spending time with friends, family and food. In fact, food and I became very good friends over the chaggim, almost like family!

As Cheshvan transports us into the routine of daily living, I am trying to hold on the tshuva I worked so hard for, while trying to break free from those extra pounds that weigh me down in too many ways. But I have a big problem. Diets don't work for me and they don’t work for most people. Loosing weight is like.....

Click above to continue reading the newsletter. There you'll find the link to my newest cooking video that includes simple, satisfying dessert ideas.

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Oct 15, 2013

What happens when you bump in to a quince?

I bumped into a pile of quinces at the market last week. I'd never met a quince before. Now I am in love! Here's the story of how we got to know each other:

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Sep 20, 2013

~Sukkos Recipes and Menus For the Queen in The Kitchen Here~

Lulav and Esrog are the symbols of the holiday but Sukkot meals are the main event. In fact, I once heard an interviewer ask a man as the holiday approached, “What do you do in the sukkah?” His reply? “You eat, and you eat and then--you eat again!”

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May 06, 2013

Fire on the Mountain!

For most of Jewry, sad to say, Shavuos is a little known holiday. Yet this is the day we re-live the most momentous event in our history, when Hashem gave us His Torah, the framework through which we express true purpose of our lives.

Why is Shavuos hard for so many of us to grasp?
Maybe one reason is because this is the one holiday that has no tangible symbols. No shofar, no sukkah, no matzoh, no menorah. What it does have is…

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Apr 21, 2013

Look out-it's Lag b'Omer soon~

Welcome to The Kosher Channel's Lag b Omer Recipes Page! Here's the place you'll find links to many delicious to recipes and creative cooking ideas to make the day meaningful and memorable.

These bonfire cupcakes are sure to make the day.

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Mar 21, 2013

Pesach Recipes ~ Crowned in Simplicity

Who says it has to be complicated?
See all of the
Kosher for Passover Recipes and Menus
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Mar 12, 2013

Pareve Ranch Dressing

Secret recipe for Wall Street's Tangy Pareve Ranch Dressing is easy to make and great to have on hand.

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Mar 04, 2013

Next demo: May 9!
"Salads & more salads...from shuk to special for your table."


You won't want to miss the Pesach presentation
of delicious recipes, shopping tips and wine!

 

Jerusalem area ladies have an opportunity to start our Pesach preparations with a wealth of practical classes brought to you by L'ayla, the OU Center's newest initiative that is attracting women by the hundreds to a variety of classes and presentations.

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This month, director Rivka Segal has outdone herself! I'll be joining great presenters, the well known author ...

 

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"Salads & more salads...from shuk to special for your table.""

Nov 30, 2012

The Recipe for a Wonderful Hanukkah~


So, you are planning cozy Hanukkah meals for family and friends gathering to celebrate together, as always~with food! It's wonderful to have Hanukkah as our oasis of warmth and light in the middle of a cold dark winter. But we still have our mantle of daily responsibilities to take care of. How can we handle it all with a smile?


Photographed by Chayim B. Alevsky

First, remember that our dedication to family and community is a mantle of royalty. We sometimes feel a burden that keeps us from our mission in life. This IS our mission. If you run a home, you have a leadership role, and every leader must have a PLAN.

That's why I am giving you some of my all time best recipes and planning tips.....

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Nov 13, 2012

Thr BIG Q: What's the Jewish take on Thanksgiving??

It's the question we seem to ask every year. Do Jews "do" Thanksgiving?

I've also been wondering if it is "kosher" to post Thanksgiving menus on TheKosherChannel.com ~So I did some google-research and found out that ...

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Nov 06, 2012

Mar Cheshvan, drop by drop

As personal stories of tragic loss and magnificent acts of aid and rescue unfold, this MarCheshvan shows us that in the darkness there is new potential.

The word mar, besides meaning "bitter," is also translated as “drop." This is the month the first drops of rain fall in Israel, the rains of blessing and promise for continued sustenance from Above. But what happens when the rains are not a blessing?

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Aug 30, 2012

New cookbook featuring the Rosh Hashanah Simanim


Announcing the beautiful new book, an excerpt from Cooking for The King ~the Rosh Hashanah Simanim~
with 20+ delicious recipes and deep insights into the Rosh Hashanah simanim.

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Aug 26, 2012

Rosh Hashanah Symbols Explained...& Eaten!

There is a well observed custom to eat certain foods on Rosh Hashanah accompanied by requests to Hashem. We ask Him to save us, increase us, consume and destroy our enemies and give us a sweet new year.

Read about preparing for Rosh Hashanah here

The most recognized example of this is the dipping of apple in honey and asking that our new year be as sweet as the flavors of the succulent apple mingled with delicious honey.

Why don’t we just come out and ask G-d for our needs? Why are specific foods necessary to punctuate our request? Clearly there is something else going on here....

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Jul 21, 2012

The Nine Days are Here & Here is Help

Av comes in and our simcha diminishes even further. During this period we are forced to recognize that things are not normal. Not in the way we dress, not the way we eat and not in the way we go through our days. Things are just not normal for the Jewish Nation as long as we do not have our Beis HaMikdash. read more...

So, for this not-normal week, I've gone through the pages of Cooking for The King and The Kosher Channel and brought it all together for you: Nine ideas for family fish dinners, frittatas step-by-step, and "Cook Once, Eat Twice" Recipes that save you time and money in the kitchen. I hope this helps you accomplish all you have to do during these nine days, both in the physical world and the spiritual one as well.

Special Feature: Queen of Cooking with Food Allergies~Dairy free 9 Days

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Jun 06, 2012

Long summer Fridays, the perfect time to bake Challah

If you are not in the habit of making challah for Shabbat, then now is a great time to try your hand at it. With the extra hours (did I really say that!) summer afternoons afford, why not dedicate two hours to enhance your Shabbat meal?

And with kids around the house, challa baking is a perfect activity that encourages excitement about the approach of the holy Shabbos.

Learn about the deeper significance of making and taking challah

A few years ago, I did just that and never looked back. I began to experiment with different challah recipes. I thought about how my grandmother probably learned this tradition from my great grandmother, and she from her mother.

As I stood in my kitchen measuring, mixing and kneading, I felt connected to these matriarchs of my family. It was as if they with their wisdom and whispered prayers were standing beside me. By baking this bread I became...

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May 16, 2012

Queen in the Kitchen Cooking Class in June!

What are your most pressing cooking questions?

Everyone has them and I'll be answering yours in a hands on class this June 6 from 1-4pm.

We'll be doing the "5 for 5" Class. Students submit 5 cooking questions and we'll prepare 5 new dishes that address those questions. You'll go home with 5 new recipes and 5 newly acquired cooking skills!

The cost is 150NIS. I limit the class to 7 people so you can all get the most out of it. The deadline for registration is June 1. I hope you'll join us & bring a friend!

Here's more info & how you can sign up:

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May 04, 2012

Pareve Condensed Milk

How to make pareve condensed milk. Now you can have all sorts of dairy free desserts-like Magic Bars, yum...

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Apr 18, 2012

What is a Shlissel Challah
...or why do we hide a key in the challah?

Shlissel or Key Challah, makes the first challah after Pesach even more special. This is a well observed custom you might want to try for yourself. This practice is considered a segula, good omen, for parnassa, or livelihood. But it is really so much more. See the video and find out more about making Shlissel challah.

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...or why do we hide a key in the challah?"

Mar 31, 2012

Passover 2012 Newsletter

Passover 2012 /5772 newsletter tells you how to prepare for Pesach and arrive at the Seder as a Queen

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Mar 27, 2012

Passover Pie Crust Recipe

Our Passover Pie Crust Recipe got "OMGoodness!" rave reviews. Good for both sweets and quiches, gluten free too!

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Mar 19, 2012

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake is perfect kosher for Passover recipe, great for gluten-free. Rich and satisfying for all.

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Mar 14, 2012

Kosher for Passover Recipes: Here we are!

Passover's coming and we're eying the grocery shelves of chometz-like stand-ins giving us more choice than ever. I don’t know about you, but my mind buzzes when I see aisles of new products.

Do I really have to pay inflated prices just to find out if a product performs and then risk disappointment when the family turns up a nose?

Pesach is the time to stick with simple, tried and true. Passover food on thekosherchannel.com is what it is~ and it isn’t what it is not. And that's all because of the things you've SAID you want:

Simple ~goes together without much fuss
Adaptable~dont' like it? Change it, after all, YOU are the Queen in the Kitchen
Ingredients~you'll find in any grocery store
Delish~of course, or else, why bother??

The Kosher Channel is here for you. Because you SAID that's the way you want it~

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Mar 04, 2012

Your Complete Purim Menu~full of surprises!

Sukkot and Purim are Jewish holidays when stuffed foods are traditionally served. Here's the entire Purim menu we are serving this year with The Kosher Channel's Meatloaf Roulade in the starring role.

Yes, meatloaf. Like Esther, this delicious recipe also has a hidden beauty and is destined for nobility.

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Feb 22, 2012

Hear Ye, Hear Ye:
The Kosher Channel Gift Shop is now open!

See what's in store for your favorite Queen of the Kitchen
~ and that means YOU, too~

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye:
The Kosher Channel Gift Shop is now open!"

Jan 30, 2012

Tasty Treats for Tu b'Shvat

Tu B'Shvat is on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

So click below to see what's cookin' on The Kosher Channel and get in the spirit for this very special holiday!

Read more about why we celebrate Tu B'Shvat here.

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Jan 04, 2012

It's Soup Season

Soup is powerful food. It has the power to warm both our bodies and our souls. It makes us feel loved, cared for, cherished. No wonder that its only mention in the entire Torah appears intertwined with themes of relationship and eternal values....

So, take out that big soup pot and turn on the back burner, and I'll supply the recipes that will warm your family inside and out.

Bean and Barley soup sounds mundane, but I knew this hearty soup recipe was a winner when I came into the kitchen that first Friday night I tried it, and found one of our guests literally licking the empty pot with his finger!

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Dec 10, 2011

Hanukkah Recipes, Menus & More:

So, you're planning cozy Hanukkah meals as family and friends gather to celebrate together, as always~with food! It's wonderful to have Hanukkah as our oasis of warmth and light in the middle of a cold dark winter. But we still have our mantle of daily responsibilities to take care of. How can we handle it all with a smile?


Photographed by Chayim B. Alevsky

Not to worry, I have a PLAN. Click below for 20 delicious kosher recipes designed to make your reign as Queen in the Kitchen this Chanukah a simcha filled one ....

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Oct 17, 2011

Finally! Kosher Cooking Lessons in the Old City of Jerusalem

Now offering this special, introductory course in kosher cooking this Fall 2011. As I address your most pressing cooking questions, I'll appreciate your feedback on presentation and information. Together, we'll hone our skills.

Personally designed kosher cooking lessons for FIVE women based on the class's top FIVE questions about cooking. You'll learn skills and tips along the way and you'll get FIVE delicious, tried and true recipes to take home!

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Aug 12, 2011

Summertime and the livin' is easy..

...& so is this delicious gazpacho recipe everyone is asks me to share.

And now you can find the recipe for Cooking for The King's Famous Gazpacho with Curry Cream right here on TheKosherChannel.com~

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Jul 22, 2011

It's the newest cooking video!

~fennel~

There is a strange phenomenon I've been watching at the shuk. Beautiful Israeli women crowd vegetable bins and climb over each other to load their agalaot (carts) with smooth, green outer-space looking vegetables I learned are fennel bulbs.

Watching this with interest, I wondered what all the fuss was about. So I set to discover what's so great about fennel. And that led me to a whole new vegetable world I'm only just beginning to explore.

I got so excited about it that I made a new video! You'll see me demonstrate two easy fennel recipes and I share some fascinating facts (at least to me) to start your foray into the vast world of cooking with fennel.

So tune in right now to The Kosher Channel and
see what's so great about fennel
~

Inspiration is just a click away:

on The Kosher Channel :

Now you're Cooking... for The King.

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It's the newest cooking video!"

Jul 11, 2011

Fennel

Fennel

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Jul 02, 2011

Fire up the grill for Kosher Beef Ribs

What's the secret to cooking perfectly tender, juicy bbq beef ribs? Well, I found out the hard way, it's not standing over a hot grill and it's not a secret barbecue sauce recipe. Now, the real secret to cooking juicy beef ribs (and a deeper secret, too) is out...here, on The Kosher Channel.

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Jun 12, 2011

What's so great about okra? SEE for yourself!


Summer is here, that means it's high season for okra. If you never thought you'd like okra, you've got to try this recipe for Sephardic Okra, which we call "Bamia."

Featuring this easy pareve side dish recipe on video here:

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What's so great about okra? SEE for yourself!
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May 11, 2011

Bonfire Cupcakes and More for Lag b'Omer

Here you'll find links to many delicious to recipes and creative cooking ideas to make the day memorable. There's even a load of info if you want to know more about why we celebrate Lag b'Omer and learn about the various customs of the day.

One thing we all love to do is to have a picnic. Perhaps because the weather is predictably warm, perhaps so that we can be ready for that bonfire as the sun sets. What ever the reason, we love to eat outside on Lag b'Omer. That means Lag b Omer recipes have to be portable, uncomplicated and resistant to spoilage.

With this in mind, here are fun and delicious recipesfor your Lag b'Omer menu:

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Apr 28, 2011

Shlissel Challah~the key to success

Video is UP!
How to make your own Key Challah
for Shlissel Challah Shabbos

Shlissel or Key Challah, makes the first challah after Pesach even more special. This is a well observed custom you might want to try for yourself. You can do this by slipping a key directly in the challah, by baking it in the dough or placing it in the braids as you shape. Many even shape their challah to look like a key.

Shlissel Challah is a segula, good omen, for parnassa, or livelihood. It's a very interesting custom with many sources and traditions.

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Mar 13, 2011

Queen Esther in the kitchen ~ Cooking for The King

A Persian Menu for Purim seems like a natural idea, after all that's where the whole megilla began. But when I started looking for recipes and testing them, I realized authentic Persian recipes require authentic Persian ingredients. But those can be very hard to find.

I thought it would be so much easier to google for substitutions (& I found them!) than to negotiate unfamiliar neighborhoods in search of spices whose names I cannot even pronounce. That's the way I'm being Queen in the Kitchen this Purim.

So, with all due apology to the true Persian princesses out there, please join me in my kitchen. We're going to cook up a lot of fun and festive recipes with elegance and ease because ~you know as we are cooking, we are Cooking for The King.

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Mar 13, 2011

Purim Recipe for Onion Soup

Looking for fun food to serve this Purim? Our best Purim recipe for Onion Soup is healthy, too. Going Persian on theKosherChannel.com!

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Feb 11, 2011

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