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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It’s the first day of Chanuka and I am sitting in my family room with a Boston creme sufganiya and a huge cup of super-strong espresso with a splash of milk. I am also sitting here in a flowing summer blouse, my favorite black summer skirt and a pair of Teva Naot sandals. It’s the first day of Chanuka, it’s December 2nd, and we haven’t seen rain in over a month, let alone winter.
My daughter Sassy is buried under eight inches of snow in London and my cousin Rebecca just offered to trade houses with me, she’s in Sweden where the temps have just hit a high of -15 C!
We’ve prayed, we’ve fasted, we’ve promised to be good, we’ve even gotten together in spite of religious and national issues, and still it doesn’t rain.
The entire nation of Israel is depressed due to the weather. Have you ever known beautiful, bright sunny days to do this to a person (let alone a whole country)?
Last Friday one of my favorite JBloggers, RivkA, of Coffee and Chemo (how can you not love a blog with that kind of outlook just in the name?), finally gave in to the cancer that sparked her blogging life. I say finally gave in, because that was something RivkA didn’t do, she never gave in to it. Even at the very end, it’s not Cancer 1, RivkA 0, because RivkA bat Yishaya left behind a legacy, a message to choose life and to cope with adversity.
I never met RivkA, but I feel like I knew her, through her words, her gestures, her attitude. And based on what her F2F friends have been writing, I wish I had known her in real life as well.
If you go to Coffee and Chemo now, the site is all about life after RivkA. Those of us who read her regularly know that that’s not what she was about. If you are just learning about RivkA now, read one of her favorite posts, Choose Life. That’s how I will always remember her.
RivkA died on Friday at 11:10 AM, and on Friday night the heavens opened up and it rained and rained, gishmei bracha, the blessed rains. I was feeling down due to the news, but when it rained, I smiled. Rain always makes me smile, as it does so many of us here in Israel, and it was as if RivkA blessed us with the joy she always felt in life. A small legacy that can mean so much.