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Low-Fat Grilled Turkey Kibbeh for Thanksgiving

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Low-Fat Grilled Turkey Kibbeh for Thanksgiving

1 Comment 22 November 2013

“Who knew kibbeh could be grilled? This Turkish recipe is a healthy alternative to fried kibbeh torpedoes and is really delicious. These are easy to make – all of the ingredients are mixed together and formed into a torpedo shape. I like using a medium or coarse grain bulgur for a crunchy exterior. These are also excellent made with ground beef or lamb. Serve with pita bread, Israeli salad or fatoush, and lemon wedges. I love this as an appetizer for a holiday lunch! Perfect  for your Thanksgiving menu! Lisa Ades”


Adapted from Food and Wine magazine

  • 1 pound ground turkey (*see note below)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup medium or coarse grain bulgur, rinsed
  • 1/2 med. onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (flakes, not ground)
  • lemons, cut into wedges

‘How to’ Create kibbeh

In a mixing bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, rinsed bulgur, onion, flour, salt, allspice, cumin and Aleppo pepper. Add ground turkey and mix well. Form the mixture into 1-by-3-inch “torpedoes”.

Grill for 5 minutes over moderately high heat, turning frequently on all sides until they are golden brown and cooked through.  You can also broil them.

Serve the turkey kebabs with pita bread warmed on the grill, salad and lemon wedges. Makes about 16. Serves 4.

* note:  This is not great with all white meat turkey – it will be very dry.

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Passover Sandwich Rolls

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Passover Sandwich Rolls

3 Comments 03 April 2012

If you  get sick of Matzoh, then this is a quick way to disguise that cardboardy crunch.

Serve with sliced tomato and cheese, tuna fish, egg salad, or even a hamburger!

Ingredients for this Pesach Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of matzo meal
  • 3 eggs

Pesach Recipe: Directions for preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Boil water, add salt,oil, matzo meal and sugar
  3. Stir, and remove from heat.
  4. Beat eggs into mixture one at a time.
  5. Spoon batter onto sprayed parchment paper into smal mounds.
  6. Bake 1 hour at 375 degrees.
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Wilted Spinach with Toasted Garlic Chips

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Wilted Spinach with Toasted Garlic Chips

2 Comments 30 April 2011

I got this recipe from my mother in law who is always trying something new and delicious. Instead of sauteing the spinach, she uses the hot oil from frying the garlic to wilt the spinach. The result is a delicious “salad” spinach. This technique also leaves no room for “spinach soup“, which can happen from sauteing the spinach for too long a period. I usually serve the spinach as a salad at room temperature before the main course, or as a side dish to a salmon or steak. And I always eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Kosher Ingredients

Two bags Baby Spinach leaves refrigerated (I use the pre-washed bags and then wash and dry it very well one more time.)

4-6 Cloves of garlic sliced thin (I use a mandolin and put it on the medium setting)

Kosher salt or sea salt to taste

4 tablespoons Good quality extra virgin olive oil



Before you begin, make sure to have washed and dried the baby spinach leaves. Place the spinach in a large heatproof bowl, such as  pyrex. Refrigerate the spinach (the spinach must be cold prior to pouring the oil onto it).

In a medium sauce pan place the olive oil and sliced garlic cloves and season with salt-Do not over salt because you will add salt onto the leaves themselves after you pour the hot oil.

Heat oil and garlic on a medium to high flame. Cook garlic in oil until just golden, and  pour mixture  (very carefully) into the pyrex bowl. Toss gently so that the oil is well coated on the leaves. More salt can be added at this point if you prefer.

Leaves will slightly change in color and will wilt. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Can be refrigerated once cooled and served later that day.


Note Do not over cook the garlic slices as they will turn bitter if cooked too well done. Using a mandolin is preferred so that the garlic will cook evenly.

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Shabbat Roasted Chicken-Six Ways

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Shabbat Roasted Chicken-Six Ways

No Comments 01 September 2010

We dug up these recipes from our archives- perfect for the holidays…..

These unbelievable roasted chicken recipes are from  Mark Bittman’s blog ….Of course I recommend using organic kosher chicken.

All of these recipes are perfect for Shabbat and can be modified for the  Passover Seder.

PLEASE let me know if your family likes these new dishes!

Which one is your favorite?

Simplest Whole Roast Chicken, Six Ways:
Makes 4 servings
Time: About 1 hour
This method works because the high heat provided by the heated skillet cooks the thighs faster than the breasts, which are exposed only to the heat of the oven. It gives you nice browning without drying out the breast meat, and it’s easily varied. If at any point during the cooking the pan juices begin to smoke, just add a little water or wine (white or red, your choice) to the pan. This will reduce browning, however, so don’t do it unless you must. I suggest serving the pan juices with the chicken (you can call it sauce naturel if you like).
1 whole chicken, 3 to 4 pounds, trimmed of excess fat
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A few sprigs fresh tarragon, rosemary, or thyme (optional)
5 or 6 cloves garlic, peeled (optional)
Chopped fresh herbs for garnish

Directions for Creating this Kosher Recipe
1. Heat the oven to 450°F. Five minutes after turning on the oven, put a cast-iron or other heavy ovenproof skillet on a rack set low in the oven. Rub the chicken with the olive oil, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and put the herb sprigs on it if you’re using them.
2. When both oven and pan are hot, 10 or 15 minutes later, carefully put the chicken, breast side up, in the hot skillet; if you’re using garlic, scatter it around the bird. Roast, undisturbed, for 40 to 50 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh registers 155–165°F. 3. Tip the pan to let the juices from the bird’s cavity flow into the pan (if they are red, cook for another 5 minutes). Transfer the bird to a platter and let it rest; if you like, pour the pan juices into a clear measuring cup, then pour or spoon off some of the fat. Reheat the juices if necessary, quarter the bird (see the illustrations on page 685), garnish, and serve with the pan juices.
Herb-Roasted Chicken:
A little more elegant: Start the cooking without the olive oil. About halfway through, spoon a mixture of 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, chervil, basil, or dill over the chicken. Garnish with more chopped herbs.
Lemon-Roasted Chicken.
Brush the chicken with olive oil before roasting; cut a lemon in half and put it in the chicken’s cavity. Roast, more or less undisturbed, until done; squeeze the juice from the cooked lemon over the chicken and carve.
Roast Chicken with Paprika:
With good paprika, quite delicious: Combine the olive oil with about 1 tablespoon sweet paprika or smoked pimentón. Roast Chicken with Soy Sauce(for Passover, use soy sauce substitute). Chinese-style roast chicken, made easy: Replace the olive oil with peanut or neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn. Halfway through the cooking, spoon or brush over the chicken a mixture of 1/4 cup soy sauce( for Passover, use a soy sauce substitute), 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon grated or minced fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger), and 1/4 cup minced scallion.
Roast Chicken with Cumin, Honey, and Orange Juice.
Sweet and exotic: Halfway through the cooking, spoon or brush over the chicken a mixture of 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 teaspoons ground cumin, and salt and pepper to taste.
5 More Ways to Flavor Simplest Whole Roast Chicken:
There are many ways to flavor a roast chicken; here are some simple ideas to get you started:
1. Lemon: Use 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice in addition to or in place of olive oil.
2. Lime: Use 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice in a soy sauce mix (as in the Roast Chicken with Soy Sauce variation) or with some minced jalapeño or serrano chiles or hot red pepper flakes, chopped fresh cilantro leaves to taste, and a tablespoon or two of peanut oil (use Passover substitutes).
3. Honey-Mustard: Combine 2 tablespoons to 1/3 cup mustard with 2 tablespoons honey and rub the chicken with this mixture during the final stages of roasting.(use mustard substitute for Passover cooking).
4. Wine: Put 1/2 cup white wine and 2 cloves crushed garlic in the bottom of the roasting pan; baste with this in addition to or in place of the olive oil mixture.
5. Curry: In place of the olive oil, use neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn-or butter. Combine 1/2 cup coconut milk and 2 tablespoons curry powder and baste the chicken with this mixture during the final stages of roasting.(please use caution with recipe #5 for kosher Passover ingredients).


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Make Falafel From Scratch

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Make Falafel From Scratch

2 Comments 19 April 2010

Falafel, Parve, Serves 6

Don’t be intimidated to make falafel from scratch. Once you read the recipe, you will see its fairly simple. So go ahead and get cooking to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day.

I like to serve falafel with warm pita (or even a wrap), sliced tomatoes, hummus and tehine.

Note: a cooking thermometer is needed for this recipe

Falafel, Parve, Serves 6

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe for Falafel

1 1/4 cup dried chick peas

2 cloves garlic

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tsp fine sea salt

3/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. ground coriander

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

6 cups vegetable oil (for frying)

To Start:

Soak chick peas in cold water to cover by 2 inches in a bowl at room temperature for 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse well.

Puree chick peas with garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, salt, cumin, coriander, pepper, baking powder and cayenne pepper in a food processor until mixture is smooth (about 2 minutes).

Spread puree in a 15 x 10 inch baking pan and set on a counter to dry, uncovered, for one hour.

Scoop 2 tablespoons of the puree onto a wax paper-lined tray, then press and pat with your fingers into a 2 inch wide patty. Make a small dent in the center of the patty with the tip of your pinky finger (to help cook evenly). Continue, arranging patties in one layer on wax paper.

Heat about 1 inch of oil in a 5 quart heavy pot until thermometer registers 340 degrees. Working in batches of 4-6, gently drop patties into hot oil to fry for 2-3 minutes, turning occasionally until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked falafel patties to a paper towel lined platter to drain.  Be sure oil returns to 340 degrees between batches.

Falafel may be served warm or at room temperature, as a side dish, an appetizer, or even a main dish.

***For a low fat alternative, place falafel patties on a lightly greased baking sheet and spray them with oil. Bake at 375 degrees until golden.

This delicious falafel recipe is from “The Best of Lottie’s Kitchen” cookbook. To read more about Lottie’s Kitchen in Jerusalem click here.

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Pamper Yourself After the Seders

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Pamper Yourself After the Seders

No Comments 01 April 2010

Cocomint Foot Balm & Peppermint Foot Scrub

Shabbat Shalom;

Your Peace of the Week

by: Marissa Anteby


Ahhh, the count down is on. Only a little while till Shabbat. Why not pamper yourself with a body scrub?Here’s an easy body scrub that you can make right now. Here’s what you’ll need:


1.  1 cup of salt; it can be sea, Epsom or plain old table salt.

2.  1 cup of oil; baby, coconut, sweet almond, or even vegetable oil.

3.  6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

4.  4 drops peppermint essential oil.


(Don’t worry, you can do it without the essential oils this time. But go to a health food store during the week and buy some, so you can use them next time.)


• Mix the oil in to the salt. Then add the drops of essential oil.

  • Pour a spoonful of the scrub mixture on to a loofah or a washcloth. It’s ok if the salt has settled to the bottom, get that part on your spoon.
  • Apply the concoction to your skin, liberally. Don’t  scour too abrasively; salt can be harsh on delicate skin. Avoid getting the scrub on your face and neck. But feel free to spend extra time on your elbows, knees, and bottoms of feet.
  • Now spoon on only the oil to your loofah or washcloth. Cover all the spots you got with the salt. Again, you could spend more time on your elbows, knees, and bottoms of feet.
  • Rinse thoroughly in the shower or bath.

You should feel invigorated. The salt exfoliates your skin and the oil softens and moisturizes it. Enjoy this while you can, because your few moments of that “Calgon take me away,”  feeling are almost over… it’ll be time to get dressed and back to reality!


Shabbat Shalom,




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