Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Purim Menus

Levana’s Purim menu from GKC friend Levana, yes, the Levana Kirschenbaum, best-selling author, restaurant owner, private instructor and culinary expert. Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy one of her classes where she prepared the best Miso soup ever (more on that after Pesach) and she agreed to share some healthy, wholesome kosher recipes with GKC readers. Want more from Levana? You should, visit her at http://www.levanacooks.com/and make sure to pre-order her new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen or try one of my all-time favorite books, Levana’s Table.

Stuffed! Purim: Open miracles, hidden goodies
Bison Shepards Pie
Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms
Lamb and Pine nut stuffed Grape Leaves
Hammentaschen Recipe: with Gluten-Free Variation

Indian Menu
Poppy Seed Bread
Indian-Spiced Cashews and Pistachios
Lamb in Filo Dough
Vegetable Samosas
Baked Basmati Rice with Cranberries
Lemon-Scented Almond Milk Custard

American Menu
Smoked Salmon and Wontons
Tequila Mustard Glazed Chicken Skewers
Rice with Lentils and Caramelized Onions
Butterscotch Blondies with Pretzel Caramel Topping
Iced Irish Coffee

Recipes of the Week

This week we are so lucky to have guest contributor Sarah Klinkowitz from foodinwordsandphotos.wordpress.com. It’s a fantastic description of Sarah’s (with the opinions of hubby and kids) food journey, passions and all things fun.

GKC loves sharing our friend’s insights and creativity in the kitchen. Thanks Sarah!

Dinner for the Family


Making dinner for the family takes a whole different meaning in my house. During the week, my DH (darling husband) works til after 7pm, so he eats dinner at work. By the time I come home, my 5 year old and 2 year old sons are fed by the sitter. They can’t wait until 5.30, which is the earliest DH, my almost 4 year old daughter and I walk in the door. Since my daughter eats at her after-school program, all she wants when she comes home is something light, like yogurt. Since the boys ate with the sitter, all they want is a snack, then they all go play with the neighbors’ kids before bed.

Besides Shabbos and Yom Tov, Sundays are my day if I am going to “make dinner”. Usually, its Shabbos leftovers. About twice a month, however, I really go all out and make dinner for the family: I invite DH’s parents, his aunt, and my aunt and uncle from Philadelphia. When I do this, I make a nice meal. However, I don’t want to spend forever in the kitchen, either. My requirements for a dinner for the family are something simple but excellent, that include elements everyone will enjoy, and one that gets me in and out of the kitchen quickly so I can enjoy my time with my family around me, all together.

Below is a typical meal I would make when I “make dinner”. I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine does!

Italian Herb Meatloaf
Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Meat Gravy with Mushrooms
Green Beans with Onions
Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies