Israeli Couscous Mac & Cheese Recipe
By Shannon Sarna for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
An American-style pasta dish gets a Middle Eastern makeover.
Mac and cheese is one of those comfort food dishes that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
So when my co-workers suggested I try out a mac and cheese made with Israeli couscous, instead of traditionally larger pasta like elbows or shells or cavatappi, I happily accepted the challenge and decided to combine a more American-style pasta dish with some Israeli flavors, like cottage cheese and feta.
How to Make Cold Borscht
BY RONNIE FEIN for The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
A smooth, pureed soup of beets garnished with mint and citrus.
I can’t eat borscht that comes from a jar that’s been sitting on a supermarket shelf for who knows how long. So sue me. Tell me I’m a snob. I just can’t. It’s the wrong color, it’s too thin and has these shimmering chopped-looking things on the bottom that I suppose are beets but remind me of pocket lint.
But I do love borscht, all kinds. Years ago I was surprised when a friend served me a version that wasn’t at all like the simple beet soup so familiar to Ashkenazi Jewish families. Hers was a thick, marrow-bone based dish laden with vegetables that included lots of cabbage, carrots, parsnips and potatoes, and beets of course.
Cheesecake: A Dairy Tale
by Eileen Lavine for Moment
While cheesecake has long been popular among Jews with a sweet tooth, the creamy, rich indulgence is now as American as apple pie, a symbol of how thoroughly Jews have integrated into American life. As cookbook author Joan Nathan says, “Jews like cheesecake because they like to eat good rich dishes, even if they shouldn’t”—but then again, who doesn’t?
What’s Jewish about the storied cake? “Cheesecake became a tradition for Jews because of the cycle of the year, when Shavuot welcomes the plentiful milk of springtime with dairy dishes,” says Nathan. Explanations abound for serving cheesecake—and other dairy dishes—at Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Among them are that Abraham served cottage cheese and milk to the angels at the first meal in Genesis, and that King Solomon’s Song of Songs compares the Torah to milk and honey.
23 Recipes That Use Za’atar–the Israeli Spice You Need to Know
The Nosher for myjewishlearning.com
When you’re traveling through Israel, it’s hard to find a restaurant or home that doesn’t sprinkle za’atar on everything from pizza to salads to chicken. What is za’atar, you might be asking? It’s a blend of dried thyme, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds. It’s delicious and very versatile.
Here in the U.S., a love for za’atar is finally starting to catch on, with dozens and dozens of recipes cropping up and restaurants finding innovative new ways to use the quintessential Middle Eastern spice blend.
If you haven’t yet jumped on this bandwagon, here are 23 drool-worthy ways to start adding za’atar spiced dishes to your weekly menu.
Chocolate cake for breakfast? Research says it's good for both your brain and your waistline
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here's why it should also be the sweetest.
File this one under "studies we would definitely volunteer for:" New research says eating chocolate regularly can actually improve brain function.
Yes, that sweet, sticky treat you seem to crave at the most inopportune times is now being associated with a host of cognitive benefits, including memory and abstract reasoning. It's all part of a long-term, large-scale study out of Syracuse University in New York that measured the effects of chocolate consumption on 968 people aged 23 to 98, without changing their overall dietary habits.