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Pnina’s Chicken Pilaf

I grew up eating this dish almost every erev Shabbat (Friday evening). My mom learned from her mom who learned it from her mother-in-law. This recipe has been in our family ever since they left Bucharia (now known as Uzbekistan). It is traditional to cook the pilaf in a large cast iron pot but a

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Picnics are a popular summer activity all around the world and Israel is no different. Matbucha, a traditional Moroccan dish, is a popular side to grilled meat and accompanying salads.This cooked tomato dip is a family recipe, best served as a mezze (part of a selection of small appetizer dishes) and eaten with bread. Ingredients

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Jerusalem Mixed Grill—מעורב צלי ירושלמי

Jerusalem’s best-loved street food was an accident. A group of hungry soldiers were clamoring for service at a small restaurant. The kitchen was almost out of meat so the cook stir-fried some chicken offals on the hot griddle, spiced it all up and served it to the impatient crowd. The rest is history. Ingredients 250

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Sweet Potato “Cups” filled with Dried Fruits and Couscous

Ingredients: 5 slices of sweet potato, each 2” thick 5 tbsp. date honey (or regular honey) 3 tbsp. roasted almond slivers 3 tbsp. prunes, cubed 3 tbsp. dried apricots, cubed 3 tbsp. dried cranberries 6 dates, sliced 2/3 cup cooked couscous, seasoned with salt and pepper 1 onion, sliced into small cubes Olive oil Brown

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Decorated Hanukkah Cookies

Ingredients: ½ c.              unsalted butter, softened 1 (3 oz.)        package cream cheese ½ c.              granulated sugar ¼ c.              honey 1                  egg ½ tsp.           vanilla extract 2½ c.            all-purpose flour 1/3 c.            finely ground walnuts 1 tsp.            baking powder ¼ tsp.           salt Assorted colored icings, sprinkles and colored sugars Instructions: Beat

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Rosh HaShanah Menu

Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah in Hebrew), is the beginning of the new year in Israel. It is also the first of the autumn biblical festivals. The two-day festival begins on the evening of the new moon that occurs on Tishrei 1 and 2 on the Hebrew calendar during

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Dates—a Tasty Treat

Dates are native to Israel and are mentioned throughout the Bible. Dates are one of the seven species referred in Deuteronomy 8:8 “a land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey” (date palm honey). In Israel, date palm plantations are located in the Jordan Valley and Arava. They are

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Summertime Is Salad Time

An array of lush produce is grown in Israel throughout the summer months. Mango orchards produce a whopping harvest of 50,000 tons, of which 60% is sold in local markets and 40% exported around the world. Orchards are primarily located in the Galilee area, but grow as far south as the western Negev. Avocado orchards

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Passover—Remembering the Birth of a Nation

In her book, Jewish Holiday Style, Rita Milos Brownstein writes, “Perhaps no other holiday has as strong a pull on the Jewish soul as Passover [Pesach]. From the most observant to those with merely a nodding acquaintance with tradition, Jews everywhere are drawn to the seder table each year to retell the story of freedom

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Apples Fresh from the Oven

During the cold, rainy months of winter in Israel, a warm and sweet dessert is quite appealing. The recipe this month features a baked apple dish that is sure to please. Apples were carried over trade routes in the Middle East centuries ago, and are now a common fruit in many countries today. Israeli apple orchards

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