Once again, I’ve been selected as the lucky host blogger for the Av (August 1, 2011) edition of kosher cooking carnival-kcc, a monthly round-up of kosher cooking ideas, eats and – who can resist? – treats!
The special thing about this edition, however, is that it’s LATE! The Three Weeks are traditionally a less-than-fortuitous time for the Jewish people, and this Jewish blogger ushered the season in with a bike accident & broken ankle. So that’s my excuse!
I like a theme – who doesn’t? But it’s hard to come up with one for a month whose most significant date is one in which we go WITHOUT food. That said, there’s another date in Av - “Tu b’Av” (ט"ו באב), the 15th of Av, traditionally seen as an auspicious date for shidduchim and love matches of all kinds.
Sort of like a Jewish Valentine’s Day – but you didn’t hear that from me. So: love, love, love… falling in love with food, all over again. Ketubahs and Croissants, as it were.
Anyway, that’s enough from me: let’s see what you-all have got for us this month!
Nothing says lovin’ like a zucchini! Hmm. Well, isn’t YOUR garden or local farmer’s market overflowing with fabulous zucchini? You could make zuke bread, or fry them, or bread them, or stuff them… or shred them for a really unique Marinated Zucchini Salad, presented by Rivki Locker at Kosher Cooking for Ordinary People.
Sharon A presents Summer in the Shuk « The Real Jerusalem Streets posted at The Real Jerusalem Streets's Blog, saying, "Nothing like the food in Machane Yehuda market for Balabusta.” A great street festival, and a beautiful reflection on Jerusalem past and present.
By the way, if you’re in the Baltimore area, Avivah’s making aliyah – and selling off her pantry contents! Check out Cleaning Out the Pantry at her blog, Oceans of Joy, for reasonable prices on bulk foods – and help support a great family as they resettle in Israel.
Looking for a special treat to woo a certain kosher someone? Look no further than last month’s host, Yosefa (hey, that’s MY Hebrew name, too!) at Cooking Outside the Box, for Reduced-Fat Mini Cherry Pies!
If you’re feeling inspired, you could always take a professional KOSHER baking course at the Centre for Kosher Culinary Arts… next summer. I’m afraid you’ve missed the boat for this year. Drat: I think I could definitely fall in love with A Summer Filled With Pastry!!!
Have you ever wondered which pareve milk was best to use for a sauce, a drink, a dessert? You’ll love this Pareve Milk Comparison from the experts at the Gourmet Kosher Cooking blog! Readers are also welcome to leave questions in the comments section, and the blog writers seem very good about answering them.
Every day meals
Unless you homeschool (ha ha ha ha), fall will soon be upon us, and for many of us that means PACKING LUNCHES. Lunches that are nut-free and delicious but stay fresh in punishing backpack conditions. Tiffany over at FrugalGourmetMom has some great ideas in her post Back to School Lunch Planning… and she invites you to add yours!
Lisa Rose presents Quick Homemade Nutella – Just Three Ingredients! (Dairy-Free) posted at Real Food Digest. Mmm… chocolate!
phyllis presents Reap What You Sow: Basil into Pesto posted at Ima on (and off) the Bimah. (p.s. I tried pesto for the first time at Shavuot… and LOVED it! We have since harvested our “pesto bush” again and made more! I really ought to freeze it – even if I don’t have beautiful ice-cube trays like Phyllis does)
And… to welcome us all to the Nine Days (no meat, no wine – what’s a gourmet to do?), there’s a 'Nine Days' Vegetarian Tortilla Soup from Liz Kratz over at Classically Kosher. You can also find some yummy suggestions for Nine Days dining over at Gourmet Kosher Cooking.
What happens when a caterer makes false kosher claims??? Not exactly a blog post, but I researched & wrote it myself and you can read all about it in the Canadian Jewish News.
It’s always fun to find a new challah recipe! Well, I found one that sounded a bit more fun than it actually was… but we have been enjoying it every week, sharing it with friends and family, and getting rave reviews. I posted about it over at my (now sort of infrequent) bread blog, Adventures in Breadland. (p.s. this is a NO-KNEAD challah recipe – save yourself all that work in the summertime!)
Don’t feel like cooking for a summer Shabbos? How about a Big Hunk o’ Beef for Shabbos, from my very own blog??? It was my first time making this, but it won’t be the last. Make it overnight anytime and stick it in the fridge. You won’t heat up your house (we especially won’t, because the crock pot is in the basement), and you can use up some of that disgusting Pesach Coke. Doesn’t everybody have lots of that sitting around all year, like we do?
My favourite kosher restaurant here in Toronto – for a date or otherwise – is Bistro Grande on Eglinton. It’s dairy, which may come as a surprise, because usually people think fleishik when they think swanky, but it’s got nice-enough atmosphere, great service (wow!), and the food really is yummy.
Heading to New York? I did last summer, and ended up eating mediocre kosher Indian food. Wish I’d had these two reviews by sensible-food maven Batya, freshly returned to Israel after a brief stay stateside. What’s she got for us over at her blog, me-ander?
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of kosher cooking carnival-kcc using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
Stay cool… and Happy Tu b’Av when it gets here, everybody!