Category Archives: Kosher Cooking Carnival
Welcome to the 61st Kosher Cooking Carnival — the Tevet 5771 issue! As I’m putting together this issue it is still Kislev. We are in the midst of Chanuka and the candles are burning, as is our wonderful land of Israel, both physically and psychologically. The horrific forest fire in the Carmel Forest has claimed 41 lives (edited after posting — 42). The weather continues to be hotter than normal for this time of year. As the sun continues to shine and balmy weather brings warm breezes and banishes all thoughts of a wintry Chanuka, we still continue with our holiday traditions, the frying of latkes, the filling of sufganiyot, the caloric intake as if to bulk up for a winter that has yet to arrive. But rumor has it that with the month of Tevet comes that rain! Inclement weather is predicted for the erev of and the first day of Rosh Chodesh. May the rains come and wash the burning land and perhaps the Carmel Forest can start to regenerate the green we long for.
Just a note — today, as I finish writing this post, erev Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the rain has come, washing the country in its blessing and causing Am Yisrael to smile and breathe a sigh of relief. But still, the showers of last night and today are not enough, so please pray that the weather stays wet and gray!
Over the centuries Israel has been beset by many a tragedy, and how have we always managed to get through it? We eat! So let the Kosher Cooking Carnival begin!
The Kosher Cooking Carnival KCC is a monthly blog carnival, a “round-up” of blog posts about all aspects of kosher food and cooking. It includes Jewish Law, customs, kosher restaurants, cookbooks and kosher recipes, too. Every month it’s on another blog. Next month the KCC is once again going home and will be hosted by Batya at me-ander. If you’d like to host an edition, please contact Batya.
Batya, of me-ander, decided to do something we do almost weekly in our house and did a little Cashing In, Frozen Foods. In our house we always cook twice or three times as much as we need, just to feed the Freezer Gods.
Even though we are in the midst of Chanuka, not too long ago we were celebrating Thanksgiving. Mirj of Miriyummy (hey, that’s me!) didn’t quite make the traditional dinner, but had a little party to give thanks, and served up some unconventional Thanksgiving food.
What do you do when you just don’t know what to call your creation? You do what Mrs. S. over at Our Shiputzim: A Work in Progress did. Curious? Find out what she called her dessert in Freshly Baked Goods Friday: Nameless Edition.
Not that I want to get political or anythings, but… with all this talk about a building freeze, Jennifer and her Adventures in MamaLand is building houses, gingerbread houses, and they look good! Have a peek at Gingerbread Night.
There were no entries this month for Diet Food. Like, duh! This is the Chanuka season! Latkes, sufganiyot, anything fried, oil, oil, oil, get the picture? Just in case you don’t, here’s one…
Jewish Shabbat and Holiday Food
Over at JewishBoston.com we have an interesting take on the usual latke thanks to Dan Brosgol. Check out Hybrid Latkes: Low-Fat, High-Flavor, and Interestingly Textured.
Just because it doesn’t feel like winter yet here in Israel, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world isn’t freezing its tuchas off and in need of hot and nourishing food to stave off the cold. Beth, the Upper West Side Mom, has a warming recipe for Fassoulyeh b’Lah’meh (Syrian Cholent).
Restaurants and Cookbook Reviews
Okay, so while this doesn’t fall under the issue of kashrut per se, I just couldn’t pass up including this entry from Erin Lenderts from Bachelor’s Degree Online: 40 Beautiful Coffee Table Books for Foodies.
Maybe I should call this the Not Kosher But Interesting Nonetheless category. In any case, Jennifer Lynch submitted an entry which is good for those of you who keep kosher but like to read about weird, non-kosher restaurants. Check out 20 Strangest Restaurants Around The World over at TopOnlineColleges.com.
Everything you wanted to know about the food pyramid but couldn’t be bothered to Google it yourself? You can find the Top 50 Blogs About the Food Pyramid and Macronutrients at ADN to BSN.
So how many of us who regularly read the KCC deep-fry their turkeys for Thanksgiving? Hmmmm, thought so. We’re just not in that demographic, are we… But just in case you ever get the, erm, hankering to try, Susan Howe discusses how Deep-fried turkey fiascos can spoil Thankgiving at Insure.com.
Have a happy holiday full of light!
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I spend a lot of time (some may say too much time) reading foodie blogs. They are always good for some entertainment, inspiration and it fills my need for food porn.
Here are some of the posts that have sparked my interest lately…
Risa over at Isramom is hosting the Kislev edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival. I totally agree that it’s so weird that we’re now entering the month of Chanuka, with visions of latke parties while it snows outside, yet here in Israel we’re baking in the longest Indian summer on record. Lots of great postings over at the Carnival, so check them out.
Hadassah of In the Pink is taking a school lunch poll. In elementary and junior high we ate whatever the cafeteria served up that day, slowly dragging our feet when mystery noodle casserole was served, speeding up on Fridays when we had tuna sandwiches with potato chips, cutting the line for pizza and felafel day. What did you take to school for lunch?
My favorite Cooking Manager, Hannah, regularly interviews bloggers on a Monday morning (I even got interviewed a few months ago). This week she spoke with Sara Melamed who blogs Foodbridge. Sarah actually made melouchia, and all I can say about that is better her than me!
The Nana10 webportal is always full of interesting recipes. This week I found a recipe for Chicken Patties with Tehina in Silan Sauce. Silan, for those of you who have yet to taste this ambrosia, is date honey. I use it instead of bee honey many times, and it’s great with chicken. This is going to be on my table this Friday night! The recipe is in Hebrew, so for those of you that lo medabrim hasafa (don’t speak the language), if you really want the recipe, contact me and I’ll translate.
While not a foodie blog per se, Life in Israel has a very interesting post about someone who is trying to sell their leftover cholent on eBay! Starting bid was $2 and someone eventually bought it for $4! At the Miriyummy household we never have leftover cholent because we don’t eat cholent. Or rather, Ju-Boy and progeny don’t eat cholent. I love the stuff. Maybe next time I should just buy a portion on eBay?
Baroness Tapuzina paid a visit to the Organic Farmers Market in Tel Aviv. The market is situated down at Hatahana, the renovated Ottoman train station near Jaffa. We’ve been going more and more organic at home, but for the time being have bought our produce and dairy products at the new “Green” section of our Supersol Deal. But Michelle’s pictures are just so tempting, we just might give up a precious Friday morning and stop by.
And now for a subject close to my heart: pizza, and New York pizza specifically. Serious Eats takes their pizza, well, seriously. I always enjoy their pizza articles, and was not disappointed with this one either. I always try to make a good slice at home, but until I invest in a real pizza oven with a pizza stone, I’m going to have to try to settle for the Miriyummy version (coming soon to a blog near you). But one very interesting thing I learned is that you get a much better dough if you make it up in the food processor. I’ve been touting the wonders of my Kenwood Major, and what I really should be doing is bugging Ju-Boy and the kids for a really amazing food processor to replace the pitiful one I’ve been working with now. Hey, it’s my birthday this Wednesday, help me nag Ju-boy! Just comment on this blog and maybe it will sway the unswayable (he’s bought me perfume, again, I just know it…).
You know how you can tell Chanuka is on the way? When the sufganiyot (jelly donuts) start showing up in the bakeries and supermarkets. Just as the Christmas decorations start hitting the stores in the States sometime after Halloween, the jam-filled calorie bombs are showing up earlier and earlier. I think I saw the first ones right after Rosh Hashana. Now Roladin, that mmmmmmmmm bakery, has the 2010 parade of donuts up on their website. Check them out, you can’t gain weight just by looking (or can you?).
Batya of me-ander is hosting this month’s Kosher Cooking Carnival. My (David Curwin’s) Japanese Pickled Radishes are featured, check them out if you missed them at Miriyummy. Also featured are my posts for Crock Pot Brisket, my (Ruth Sirkis’) Rosh Hashana Honey Cake, Unstuffed Cabbage (Ju-Boy’s abomination), and finally, my Headless Chicken Couscous Salad. Wow, didn’t I have a busy month?
I’ve got three posts featured this month:
Lots of other yummy things to make in the carnival — don’t take my word for it, check it out yourselves!
I don’t remember entering so many posts, but I have quite a few in here:
- Age Old Friends
- A Fishy Story in Two Parts
- Shmaltz — The Sequel
- Dulce Dog Days of Summer
- Oh Didi Honey
- Lambs to the Daughter