Israeli food today is a unique collection of recipes passed down from generations in the Diaspora (the Jewish population outside Israel). Inspired by a Persian dish called Fesenjan, this stew is a classic example of how Jewish culture has preserved some of the most delightful and ancient flavor combinations. This hearty chicken stew boasts theContinue Reading »
“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land…a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey.” Deuteronomy 8:7a–8 The seven species are a collection of grains and fruits that depict the landscape of both ancient and modern Israel. As inContinue Reading »
Click here for Recipe Kibbeh (or kubba) has been called the Middle Eastern meatball or meatloaf, depending whom you ask. It comes from the Arabic word meaning “to form a ball,” and is essentially deep-fried meat-stuffed meat (what’s not to love?). You can also bake it in a pan or serve it raw, like steakContinue Reading »
The fattoush salad is a Middle Eastern classic, consisting of simple, fresh vegetables, a lemony dressing and bread—lots and lots of bread. Traditionally, the salad is tossed with freshly toasted pita bread right before serving, allowing the pita to soak up the delicious dressing and melt into the rest of the salad. When in aContinue Reading »
During Pesach (Passover), the Jewish people eat unleavened bread to commemorate their hasty departure from Egypt. The seder (Passover ritual meal) includes many symbols of their time in slavery, including charoset—a cinnamon, apple and walnut blend commemorating the mortar the Israelites used. Our leaven-free cheesecake, a traditional Pesach dessert, is infused with the flavors ofContinue Reading »
The prophet Isaiah said: “Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit” (Isa. 27:6 NIV). Spend only an hour in the Jerusalem shuk (outdoor market) and you will see this prophecy fulfilled as you smell and taste the hundreds of different fruits and vegetables grown in the Promised Land. Among these,Continue Reading »
The history of the Jewish people in Morocco spans over 2,000 years, with 275,000 Jews calling the country home before the State of Israel’s rebirth in 1948. Although today less than 3,000 Jews remain in Morocco, the exotic flavors of this North African country are embedded in Israeli dishes throughout the Land. This winter, warmContinue Reading »
Challah…Although today the word conjures up images of a mouthwatering braided loaf enjoyed during Shabbat (Sabbath) and special occasions, the bread has a much richer biblical history. The word challah first appears in the Tanakh (OT) in Numbers 15:18–21, where God commands the Israelites to set aside the first portion of their dough as anContinue Reading »
The theme of sweetness is central to the celebration of Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year). Israelis wish one another Shanah tovah u’metuka (have a good, sweet year) and enjoy a popular holiday treat of apples dipped in honey. This doubly sweet snack is not the only sugary staple on a traditional New Year’s menu. InContinue Reading »
Nearly every feast in Israel comes with its own food-related traditions. Some holidays call for abstinence from a food group, while others command fasting altogether. Then there are those that invite you to indulge in special delicacies. Shavuot falls in the latter category. On the Feast of Weeks, Israelis dine on all kinds of dairyContinue Reading »
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