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Chanukah Gift Guide

I’m so excited to share my tops favorites for Chanukah gifting this year! Check out this list and my Amazon Chanukah Gift Shop for even more ideas!

1// Toveedo is a video streaming service that offers a wide variety of educational and fun entertainment for kids in a safe, ad-free space.
From new releases, to your favorite classics, and exclusive originals, there’s always something new to discover.
Stream Toveedo on a computer, Smart TV and our award winning APP! $99.99/year purchase

2//Izzy is a video streaming service that offers 200+ hours of Israeli movies, shows, and documentaries from anywhere in the world. I’m always plugging my favorite Israeli series and now you can stream many of them from anywhere! $4.49 a month or $59.99 a year purchase

3// The Spice House is a purveyor of the finest spices, herbs, blends, and extracts. I visited their flagship store on one of the stops of my book tour and I’m hooked! Be sure to shop their KOSHER section as the entire site is not certified. Some favorites include: back of the yards blend, allepo pepper, chipotle garlic bbq blend, gateway to the North blend Purchase a gift card.

4// ArtscrollPrint is one of my favorite companies to work with because they can take your vision, no matter what it is, and put it into print! And if you don’t have a vision, they’ll help you create one! They’re now offering an array of personalized stationary at affordable prices that make the perfect Chanukah gift! $24.95. purchase

5// Raaka Chocolate I’ve been obsessed with their unique chocolate blends ever since visiting their Brooklyn factory last year! I signed up for their monthly subscription service and look forward to their creative seasonal (limited edition!) flavors. $24.95/month. purchase. (under Natural Food Certifiers kosher supervision)

6// NakiRadio is the first wifi radio player streaming only pre-approved Jewish channels. Their programming includes live streaming channels and library options you can select and play at will. My kids listen to the Jewish bedtime stories every night and we are hooked! $99-$199 purchase

7// Kid in the Kitchen 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks by Melissa Clark. I loved that this cookbook really teaches kids to cook without cooking kid food! I even learned a thing or two and I wanted to make EVERYTHING. $20 purchase

8// Seed & Mill I practically jumped through the roof when Seed & Mill offered a special edition kosher package for the holidays! It includes their raspberry, dark chocolate and pistachio halva, plus Raaka’s tahini swirl and gingersnap chocolate for the season. $50 purchase (please note not everything on their site is kosher certified).

9// NoCrumbsLeft Pottery Collection if you haven’t tried Terri’s marinated onions yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! They became so popular, she created a handmade bowl to with the recipe, which turned into a large collection of beautiful pottery in an array of colors and styles. $48 purchase

10// Fleishigs I can’t get enough of this magazine! It’s the best of Bon Appetit and all your favorite food magazines – except it’s all kosher! Their modern, creative and fun approach to kosher food is so refreshing, plus they help demystify all the cuts of kosher meat which is truly educational and eye opening. Worth every penny! Use code BIB to get 25% off newstand rates (only $49.50/year). purchase

11// World Market Smock my all time favorite apron. It’s comfy, has a big pocket and just looks awesome. $19.99 purchase

12// Bistro Tile S&P Shakers I am obsessed with this entire line from Anthropologie, and have purchased this set over and over again as gifts! $18 purchase

13// Truffle Oil Gift Set if you’re a truffle lover, this set is for you! Certified kosher by KLBD. $34.95 purchase

14// Cashmere Scented Candle most of us are fans of Zara clothes, but did you know that they sell the most beautiful home stuff too? It’s one of my favorite places to shop for props and their line of candles are especially amazing. .$35.90 purchase

15// YesChef I first learned of YesChef when Chef Erez Komarovsky, whom I so admire, shot a series for them. YesChef offers exclusive online video cooking classes where you can discover the secrets, techniques and dishes of the best chefs. $9/month purchase

16// Dinner Done the rockstar group of women from the popular site Between Carpools brings the best of their site (and more!) to their new cookbook, which is expertly designed with beautiful photographs and quick and easy dinners for the busy mom. $31.30 purchase

Thanksgiving Grazing Board

Thanksgiving 2020 is upon us and it’s looking different than usual. Many aren’t able to celebrate with family and the traditional Thanksgiving feast seems excessive for small groups and gatherings.

But it’s still Thanksgiving. And as hard as this year has been, just being here means there is what to be thankful for. Even if that means we don’t get to feast with family. Or we’re feasting over Zoom with a turkey sandwich.

So we adapt. And if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s how to do that. We do the best we can. One day at a time. We do with what we have. And who we have.

This year Thanksgiving might mean putting out a snacking board and playing a game of Kahoot over Zoom. And that is more than ok. We can all celebrate something. Somehow.

This board was inspired by Abeles & Heymann all new cabanossi that come in natural kosher casings in both regular and spicy flavors! The mini’s are super fun, just warm them up for a few minutes at 350 degrees to give that casing some extra snap!

Wishing you and yours a very festive and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bubby’s Marble Cake

I think about my Bubby a lot this time of year. Oh how I miss her. 

On the eve of Yom Kippur, just as we finished the first pre-fast meal, we’d walk over to her house to ask for a piece of lekach, or honey cake. This custom was instituted as a means of asking for something, in case it had been decreed that during the year one would need to resort to a handout from others, the decree would be satisfied with the asking for honey cake.

(Bubby’s recipe cards for Marble Cake)

One by one, my siblings and I would walk over to Bubby and whisper in yiddish, “Biteh ken ich huben lekach“, or “Please can I have a piece of honey cake”. We didn’t speak yiddish from home, but it was customary to ask in the yiddish language, and Bubby would wait patiently until we said it before handing us a piece wrapped in a white napkin. She would bless us with a myriad of blessings for the year, kissing our foreheads as the line to retrieve her cake wrapped in blessings continued to grow with cousins, aunts and uncles.

When my Zaidy was still alive, we were lucky enough to be blessed by his holy hands, as he cried and patted us on on the forehead in the way only he knew how.

On Sukkos, our house was permeated with the smell of Bubby’s stuffed cabbage and there was nothing like it. Her secret was adding ketchup to the meat mixture to keep it soft, sweet and juicy. And it was the BEST.

But really, Bubby was known for her cakes, and when my mom was growing up, she would always come home to a freshly baked cake after school each day. There was Bubby’s chocolate cake, her honey cake, blueberry pie cake, and of course, her marble cake. And I’m so proud to share a little piece of her with you all as I think of her this holiday season.

Chag Sameach!

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Bubby’s challah kugel
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Charcuterie Stuffed Figs

Leftovers! We all have a love/hate relationship with day-old food that we’ve already eaten. I mean we had it once, we enjoyed it, now why have it again, right?

Sunday night is usually our leftovers day because of all the food we have from Shabbosfest. I tend to repurpose the leftovers and find a new, fun way to serve them, because lets face it, the kids will turn their noses at it otherwise! It’s kind of a competition to me and I love to have fun with it – but we never touch it after the weekend.

Mondays is meatless in our house, and Tuesdays is for tacos (duh), which basically means anything with ground beef. Wednesdays I tend to make chicken, but it’s also the day that I’ll go through the fridge and see if there are any leftover ingredients that are going bad before I do my Thursday restock for Shabbat. If I have fruits on the fringe, I’ll know to make a fruit crisp for dessert and if my veggies are not quite crisp enough for salad, then there’s something with roasted veg on the menu.

This week, when I had leftover deli meat, and a couple of fresh figs, I came up with this sweet and salty appetizer – because that combo is my JAM! I won’t say how many I ate but it was many. And I could have probably eaten the whole tray in one sitting.

 

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halva and ricotta stuffed figs
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Smoothies Two Ways!

I’ve never been a big smoothie drinker, and mostly because I just find it a hassle to have to blend everything up. You have to shlep out the blender, clean it after, and all for a drink? It doesn’t seem worth it.

But a new product on the market has totally revolutionized the smoothie industry – Swirbie! The fruit comes in nifty pods that all but dissolve in your drink, no blender required. I am hooked!

My kids have been drinking smoothies all summer, no blender necessary, and we even get to prepare smoothies on Shabbos. I love to add the pods to coconut water, seltzer or different varieties of milk for a truly refreshing drink.

One of the best parts about the pods is that since they’re frozen, you don’t need to add ice, so there’s no watering down your drink. I call that a win-win!

This chili lime smoothie was inspired by Trader Joes viral chili lime seasoning, and I’ve been drinking it on repeat, it’s that good!

One of my favorite smoothie blends that I picked up from living in Israel is banana + date + tahini + milk. The flavors pair really well and it makes for a filling breakfast on the go.

And for a truly decadent treat, top off your smoothie with some shredded halva (or halva floss, as I like to call it!), it really takes it over the top.

Swirbie pods are available in strawberry, mango, peach, blueberry, banana and spinach flavors. You can use them on their own or blend two flavors together for an equally delicious drink!

You can find Swirbie pods in the freezer section of your local kosher supermarket.

This post is sponsored by Swirbie.

 

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