VIDEO: How to Make Bourekas

Posted on December 12th, 2016
By Shannon Sarna for The Nosher in MyJewishLearning.com


Bourekas are a Sephardi, and more specifically Turkish, treat coming from the word borek which means pie. They are often made with phyllo dough and can be shaped in a variety of ways. In Turkey they are formed into circles. But in Israel they are formed into small, hand-held pies akin to empanadas. Bourekas are one of the foods I most look forward to enjoying when I visit Israel. And you can truly find them everywhere — small ones at the breakfast buffet, larger ones at coffee shops, or row after row in the market — all shaped differently depending on the filling: potato, mushroom, eggplant, spinach or cheese.

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How to Make Perfect Israeli-Style Schnitzel

Posted on December 5th, 2016
The Nosher for MyJewishLearning.com


Classic schnitzel – or chicken cutlets – is a dish that everyone loves, and any cook can master. Whether it’s the kind of meal you serve once a week, or once a year, it is simple, comforting and quite easy to throw together once you follow a few key steps.

Take a look below to see just how we make this classic dish and then get cooking.

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VIDEO: How to Make Cholent for Shabbat

Posted on November 28th, 2016
By Shannon Sarna in The Nosher


It could be said that cholent (and it’s Sephardi cousin dafina) is one of the most truly Jewish dishes. Born out of necessity and resourcefulness, it was a way to use scraps of meat and bones, potatoes and barley to make a hearty stew cooked low and slow on Friday night so that there would be a delicious and filling meal for Shabbat lunch without the additional use of fire (according to Jewish law, it is forbidden to light a fire from Friday night at sundown to Saturday night at sundown).

This recipe is not mine, in fact I almost never make cholent. But it is a close version of the beloved cholent recipe passed down from my husband’s grandmother, Baba Billie Goldberg of blessed memory, to my husband. It is so delicious and I love it, but it wasn’t until our wedding day that I was given the keys to the cholent car: My mother-in-law hand-wrote the recipe on a piece of paper and my husband gave it to me after the chuppah. My official welcome into the Goldberg clan was through a beloved family recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread Recipe

Posted on November 21st, 2016
By Dawn Lerman in The Nosher for MyJewishLearning.com    


I was the only person in Miss Duckler’s kindergarten class without a sibling. I had wished so long for a sister. But I had also wished on a star for a Baby Alive doll, and that never came true. So when my Aunt Jeannie picked me up from school and shared the birth of my sister April, I couldn’t really believe it. I started cheering, and skipping in circles. “I have a sister, I have a sister!”

As we drove off in her silver El Dorado Cadillac, I was dying with anticipation. I wanted to see what April looked like, hold her, and be one of the first voices she heard. Breaking the news that we would have to wait till morning before we could go to the hospital, Jeannie pulled out a bag of her just baked chocolate chip mandel bread. “They’re still warm,” she said, trying to comfort me.

Biting into the heavenly biscuits, still warm, with puddles of melted chocolate, my mood lifted.

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57 Shabbat Dinner Recipes You’re Going to Love

Posted on November 14th, 2016
By Shannon Sarna in The Nosher for MyJewishLearning.com


Friday night dinner: it’s truly something sacred. And delicious. Roast chicken and veggies, soup, salad, kugel, fresh baked challah and something sweet to finish.

We all love Shabbat dinner, but sometimes we need to change up our weekly routine to include something a little special: a new stew, a spicy soup or some truly decadent cookies.

So here is our ultimate Shabbat recipe round-up with over 50 mouth-watering recipes that are perfect for Friday night dinner. Get ready to menu plan, friends.

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