How to Make Shavuot Special for Kids

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How to Make Shavuot Special for Kids

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By Carol Ungar

1. The counting of the Omer is exciting for kids especially if they’ve counted the whole way through at home or at school. Emphasize this.

2. It’s customary to decorate the home and synagogue with greenery because  on the day that  the Torah was given Mt. Sinai was full of flowers . Send your kids out into the garden to clip flowers and shrubs. Better yet, go out there with them.

3.Kids usually love the Shavuot dairy menu. In addition to blintzes think lasagna, quiche and yogurt soups.

4. Tell the story of Mount Sinai with great  drama. Hachai Press has a wonderful kids book about called  ”When the World Was Quiet”  which describes that very special day

5. Talk about what it means to recieve the Torah.

6. Go to the synagogue to hear the Ten Commandments.

Click below for a great assortment of books for kids bedtime. A great holiday present!

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Super Bowl Chili

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Super Bowl Chili

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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner! As a party planner I would generally be talking about table settings with a twist football.. or some fabulous take on Super Bowl. But let’s be honest ladies, our boyfriends, husbands, brothers, etc.., aren’t about to gather ’round the table and have a civilized meal on super bowl Sunday. You’re more likely to find them slightly possessed and consumed with their flat screens. With that being said, I think Super Bowl Sunday calls for good times, informality, and best of all- comfort food.

Which brings me to this…

I hope you all enjoy this chili recipe. It’s one of my husbands favorite dishes and pairs best with rice, pasta, tortilla chips, hamburger buns, or eat it as is!

What you will need for this Kosher Recipe

  • 2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 3 – 8 Ounce cans of Hunts Tomato Sauce
  • 1 – 8 Ounce Jar of Salsa
  • 2 Cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 4 Tablespoons Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Beer
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic powder

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

1. Saute the onion with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium / high heat in a large pot until translucent, or for 5 minutes.

2. Add the meat until browned

3. Add All of the remaining ingredients, mix, and lower heat to a simmer.

4. Let the chili simmer for about 1 hour and 15 minutes uncovered. Stir occasionally.

5. Enjoy!

So stay in this Sunday, watch your favorite team playing in chilling weather while you’re in the comfort of your home, and enjoy a bowl of Super Bowl Chili!

Lillian Antar Shomer

Event Design & Planning

Phone: (917) 621-5985

Email: LillyShomer@gmail.com

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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

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Black Bean Super Bowl Salsa with Tortilla Crisps

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Black Bean Super Bowl Salsa with Tortilla Crisps

1 Comment 01 January 2011

Salsa means “sauce” in Spanish and it is usually a condiment made from tomatoes, onion,garlic, cilantro, salt and hot peppers, with a touch of vinegar or lemon juice for acidity. The mixture is usually chopped and served fresh with tortilla chips.

Salsa has tons of vitamin C, plus, it is low in carbohydrates, fat and cholesterol. On average, a serving of salsa has about 15 calories — certainly better than your average mayonaisse based dip.

This recipe has been renamed by family members as SUPER BOWL SALSA-!

Add it to your menu for next Sunday February 6, 2011 for all the football fans that will gather by

the screen!!!

Serve with chicken or fish any night of the week,or as a healthy  snack if your kids and their friends come over to hang out.

Check out the video above from EHOW.com. The tomatoes are cooked, and corn and cumin are added. Obviously, salsa has a lot of variations so you can go with the flow, experiment, and let us know which version your family like best!

Superbowl Salsa

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 flour tortillas cut into triangles
  • spray with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with sea salt
  • bake for 10 minutes at 350.

For the Salsa

  • 1 can black beans rinsed drained and chopped
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Combine all kosher recipe ingredients and serve with fresh tortilllas.

by Esther Serouya

Check out Giada De Laurentiis spicy salsa HERE. She even adds a dash of orange juice!

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Almond Date Truffles for Tu B’shvat

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Almond Date Truffles for Tu B’shvat

9 Comments 01 January 2011

Don’t miss out on Tu B’shvat this year! We traditionally celebrate this day by eating fruits of the seven species from  Israel that is praised in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives, and dates. Ancient Sepharadic Jews originated  the idea of a  Tu B’shvat seder, where participants enjoy munching on a variety of fruits and nuts, drinking wine, and discussing the day’s spiritual and mystical meanings.

Dates are a great Tu B’shvat ingredient for two reasons: first, they are one of the seven species.  Second, they are really delicious – available fresh in season and dried year-round, dates are super sweet and almost candy-like.  They are great by themselves or added to a variety of sweet or savory dishes.

Almonds, another one of the “Tu B’shvat seven”, are loaded with calcium and protein.  Traditional truffles are made of chocolate and heavy cream – yes, they taste great, but they’re far from healthy.  This modern spin on truffles  are a rich, sweet, and a wonderfully healthy alternative to their chocolatey counterpart. Encourage your kids to try these healthy treats and remind them of the the Tu B’shvat holiday. I will be serving them for Shabbat dessert this week so that we can get a head start on Tu B’shvat, which begins on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Enjoy! Marlene

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup chopped  almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or ground walnuts to coat (optional)

Directions for making this Kosher Recipe

  1. Grind almond in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant  and slightly darker.
  2. Place the dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and honey in a food processor.  Pulse the processor until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
  3. Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture and roll them in cocoa powder , ground almonds, or coconut to coat.  Enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for later!
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A Shavuot Blintz Souffle and a Chance to Win Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot

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A Shavuot Blintz Souffle and a Chance to Win Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot

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Who wants to Win an autographed copy of award winning author Sylvia Rouss’s Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot??

Just comment below with a valid email address (so we can notify you if you win!) and tell us who you would give this book to for Shavuot!

Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot


Thank you author Sylvia Rouss for sending in this easy Shavuot blintz souffle! So easy to layer and pop into the oven!

Blintz Souffle Recipe for Shavuot:

Batter:

  • ¼ lb. butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

Blintz Souffle Filling:

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, cut up
  • 1 pt. small curd cottage cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix batter ingredients. Pour ½ of the batter into a greased 9 X 13
baking pan. Mix filling ingredients well and spread evenly over
batter. Pour remaining batter over the filling and bake at 350 for 50
– 60 minutes. Serve with jam, thawed fresh frozen fruit or applesauce.

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educatorwho created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.

Check out her blog and Shavuot stories and songs for kids HERE

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