January 21, 2018

Yiddish Kitchen – A Grain-Free Passover Cookbook

YiddishKitchen-Image-squaresGrain Free / Paleo Jewish Holiday ebook Cookbook

As I’m preparing for Passover (I’ll bet you are too!), I came across a really cute and helpful looking e-book called, Yiddish Kitchen – Grain Free Jewish Recipes for the Holidays and Everyday. Its not free and its not on Amazon either. Its available here on sale for $14.99 and is well worth it since its authors are grain free/Paleo bloggers who have created a great kosher Jewish style handbook with delicious and healthy grain and gluten free recipes that will definitely come in handy this Passover and all year round.

Here’s to hoping your Passover preparations are going well.  Wishing you a happy and healthy Passover!

Check out Yiddish Kitchen here:






If you are looking for more grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo ebooks, that are either free or as low as $1.99 visit here.

Grain Free & Paleo Cookbooks now $0 – $1.99 on Amazon E-books

againstallgrainWith Passover around the corner, these grain-free and Paleo cookbooks will come in very handy.  For the next 24 hours the prices range from $0 to $1.99.  You can read them on your PC, mac, Ipad, Kindle or any other device.  Grab this batch, get some great new Passover recipes and hey, use them throughout the year to get fit and healthy.

I’ve seen Danielle Walker’s NY Time’s Best Selling Against All Grain cookbook in Costco recently and wanted to buy it.  I’m glad I didn’t because it is now $1.99 on Amazon ebooks.
And here are some more healthy cookbooks for great prices!

Clean Eating


Eat Fat Get Fit Essentials


Daneille Walker’s Against All Grain Holiday Cookbook


Paleo for Weight Loss the 14 day plan


52 Healthy Paleo Breakfast Ideas


Paleo Diet for Beginners – Lose weight & Age Gracefully


All About That Neis, Jewish All Stars & Chanukah House Contest – Win up to $2,000!

I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite things floating around the internet this Chanukah season.

All About The Miracles

First, is the adorable and thoroughly enjoyable Maccabeats newest YouTube Video,  All About that Neis – a play on the hit song, All About that Bass by Meghan Trainor.  Watch it here and enjoy.

Meet Jewish All Stars

Second, is the awesome, inspiring and creative Jew in the City’s 2014 Jewish Orthodox All Stars video featuring Joyce Azria BCBG Generation’s Creative Director, Barry Simon winner of the prestigious  Poincaré Prize in theoretical mathematics, Disney Animator and Director Saul Blinkoff and more.  Watch and share this video to share some light on American Orthodox Judaism today.

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Chanukah House Contest – Win Lots of Money!

Finally, Manischewitz has their annual Chanukah House contest where people can design a Chanukah House using the Chanukah House Decorating Kit, share a picture of your decorated Cookie Chanukah House on the Manischewitz® Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Manischewitz) and be entered into the contest to win up to $2,000!

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,000

Second Prize $1,000, and

Third Prize receives $500.

Contest ends December 23,2014. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the contest, however, minors under the age of 18 can submit their entry with parental permission, using a parent or guardian’s e-mail address.  There is a limit of one online entry per person.  For a complete list of rules, please visit www.Facebook.com/manischewitz or visit their website www.manischewitz.com/chrules.

Wishing all my Kosher Shopaholic fans and readers a happy and healthy Chanukah!

Rosh Hashana Recipe Round-Up, Tips & Greetings

round challahWhile standing in my kitchen earlier today, like most of us, preparing for the six yontif meals that lay ahead of us, I was thinking about you, my dear faithful KosherShopaholic readers. I was thinking about how much I wanted to share with you all: some recipes, shopping suggestions and warm, inspiring New Year greetings.

First, I wanted to tell you that the two kitchen gadgets you MUST have before Rosh Hashana this year are this handy apple corer
that will save you so much time and energy while you prepare the festive apples and honey for your families.  I also can never say enough about this ever faithful Braun food processor with which I make and prep everything from cakes to dips to grated or chopped veggies.  Buy yourself and/or your hostess a gift this Rosh Hashana – an apple corer like this one from Amazon and/or a Braun food processor
Throw in the new Artscroll Living Emuna book, that Rabbi Pesach Krohn recommended to me in his pre-rosh hashana shiur/class that I listened to while cooking earlier today.

I also found a new salad recipe that is perfect for Rosh Hashana since it contains apples and is also really tasty and healthy.

Rosh Hashana Health Salad Recipe

Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (which happens to have many health benefits), 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl stirring with a whisk.  Add 1 1/2 cups julienned cut apple, 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb, and 1 cup thinly sliced celery. Toss to coat.

And, for those of you who asked (and those who didn’t) here are some of the dishes that I’ve placed on my yom tov menu this year.  I’ve linked to the recipes whenever they were available.

Pomegranate Brisket – our all-time favorite – it out trumps all other brisket recipes and is healthy too!

Homemade Challah

Apple Cake

Turkey from Norene Gilletz’s The Food Processor Bible

Coffee Cake from Norene Gilletz’s The Food Processor Bible

Carrot cake with parve cream cheese frosting from Norene Gilletz’s The Food Processor Bible (if you can’t tell – this is my favorite cookbook!)

My family’s ‘Shabbos Chicken’

I’m also making things like Tongue (my kids LOVE it) and there’s no recipe because all I do is boil it, twice, then peel (yuk), slice and serve.

Sheppard’s Pie, not fancy but requested nonetheless.  You can find a good recipe in all of the Kosher cookbooks

Chicken Soup and

Hot Crock-pot apple crisp

What’s on your Rosh Hashana menu? Please share it with us on Facebook or in the comments below.

Wishing you all a kasiva v’chasima tova – may you be signed and sealed in the book of life, health and good mazel.  Looking forward to sharing more with you next year. Until then, Happy New Year!






Give And Win $50 From JGives

In honor of the High Holidays, JGives asked to write this guest post.

Have you heard about the new way of giving with jgives?

Our lives are so busy that it’s often hard to find the time to relax let alone to give tzedakkah. Well, the founders of jdeal have come up with a great new philanthropic tool – jgives, a website where you can sift through charities, that are all jgives approved, and choose where to make your donation. The best part is after one donation, your payment details are securely stored so that next time it’s just a click!

This week is the Aseret Yemei Teshuva (10 days of repentance) and jgives wants to make sure that everyone is a part of this new giving revolution. So, for this week (September 9th – September 13, 2013 ), every donor will be entered into a draw to win a further donation of $50 to the charity of their choice AND a further $50 credit for jdeal as a reward for giving! 

“When we come together we can make the world a truly great place, so make sure to check out the charities on jgives and support them.
Through jgives and your contributions, each charity can have a great impact.”

This is a chance not to miss out on, with a simple donation of as little as $9, you could have the chance to give $50 to your charity of choice!

jgives – changing the world, $18 at a time

Wishing all my readers a G’mar Chasima Tova – that you be signed and sealed in the book of life!

Rosh Hashana 2013 Recipe Roundup

I want to take this opportunity to wish you, my loyal, wonderful readers a happy, healthy and fruitful New Year. May you all be signed and sealed in the book of life, health and sustenance.  I haven’t had much time to post here in a while but I couldn’t go into the new year without some goodies for you.  I have gathered below links to some of my favorite Rosh Hashana recipes for you to enjoy!

Pomegranate Brisket .  This is my all-time favorite brisket recipe, which is also perfect for Rosh Hashana because of the Pomegranate ingredients. This recipe is from The No Potato Passover cookbook.

Classic Challah and Water Challah.  My favorite challah is the water challah but my family prefers the classic challah version which is really the best challah around.

Here is also my favorite video on how to make a round challah by Couldn’t Be Parve.

Shabbos Chicken. I make this every Friday night and I make sure to use an organic pasture raised chicken so that there are no antibiotics.  This chicken along with chicken soup may be the most nutrients I get into my kids all week so I make it count!

Chicken Soup.  This soup is so rich and delicious we’ve gotten used to eating just the plain broth without any noodles or soup nuts. For yontif I add matzah balls to the soup as a special treat.

Matzah Balls.  I make Norene Gilletz’s matzah ball recipe. In fact, whenever I need a classic recipe, I turn to her classic, The New Food Processor Bible because every recipe under the sun is in it and they are all excellent!

Tomato Dip.  The combination of this dip with challah is absolutely addicting! However, it is full of very healthy raw garlic which is said to be excellent for preventing cancerous tumors.  But make sure to use your mouthwash after enjoying this dip with your challah.  And enjoy it, you will!

Butternut Squash Kugel. This is a much healthier version of the classic kugel from since it calls for coconut milk instead of the parve whip.  You’ll never taste the difference!

Hot Crock Pot Apple Crisp. Perfect to use in that crock pot that will be out all 3 days in preparation for Shabbat. It is also the yummiest dessert.

Meringue Cookies.  These are my children’s favorite cookies. It is also the best way to use up those egg whites from your challah dough ( use the egg yolks to give the tops a brown sheen). It always amazes me how much I can get out of 2 little egg whites.


Win The No Potato Passover Cookbook










As many of you know, I created a new website called, EatingForReal.com where I post recipes that are gluten-free, processed food free and made of only real and natural ingredients. I have been on a bit of a health kick lately, reading everything I can find on ‘clean’ and ‘Paleo’ lifestyles, a way of eating that is wheat, gluten, sugar and processed food-free.  I have lost a ton of weight and feel energetic and much healthier than I have in years. I started this new website as a way to help Kosher keepers, like myself, become more aware of the many ways we can choose to eat more healthfully without compromising quality and taste. I hope you’ll come subscribe to the website and that it will serve to inspire you in much the same way I have been inspired by ‘eating for real’ in my life.  Don’t worry, I am not abandoning my KosherShopaholic fans, I plan on managing this new website along with The KosherShopaholic as always.

As a special thank you to you, my loyal KosherShopaholic fans, I am including you in a Cookbook Giveaway that I am running on EatingForReal.  You can enter the Giveaway through the widget below to win one of two copies of The No Potato Passover Cookbook just in time for Passover.

I loved this cookbook. To read my review of it, click here.  Here are links to some of my favorite recipes form this cookbook as well: Cajun Carrot Fries, Baked ‘Ziti’, Pomegranate Brisket, Lavender Mint Roasted Chicken.

Wishing you a Happy & Healthy Passover!

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Layering Shells, Dresses, Skirts Deal: $15 for $25

Let the pre-pesach clothing sales begin!  Shell Sheli starts us off with just what we need: $15 for $25 worth of shellsThis deal is just in time to take advantage of the pre-Pesach clothing rush along with the change of seasons.  All items in the store are included in this promotion, including Kikki Rikki shells, skirts, Linda Leal’s, layering dresses and their newly arrived children’s shells.

Layering shells are a favorite item of mine. I use them as soft comfortable undershirts for my daughters and put one under everything I wear. They allow the Jewish woman who dresses more modestly to wear any style shirt of dress without compromising fashion or modesty.  This is a great deal: $15 for $25 worth of shells! I know I’m ready for some new ones.  How about you?

Come visit Shell Sheli today so that your order can arrive well before Passover!





Do-It-Yourself Bag Of Plagues For Your Passover Seder

This is a repost from last year.

Do-it-yourself Bag Of Plagues

Here is a guest post from my artist friend Not2Shabbey Abbey.  She has some really creative and fun ways to spruce up your seder table.  Check it out!

Pesach is around the corner and the time to prepare is upon us. I can only imagine the facebook posts that are already being displayed about the long hours spent in the kitchen cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning.  However, I have a little secret to share with you……..I absolutely positively have no clue how to clean.  Somehow when God was giving out the cleaning gene, he promptly skipped me. For the first 10 years of my marriage I thought I hid it very well from my husband. It was right before the very first Pesach that I had to make on my own that it became rudely apparent that I lacked the fundamental skills of organizing and housekeeping. I quickly confessed my sins to my husband who matter of factly told me that he’s known for years!

Although God may not have given me the cleaning talent, he did bestow upon me an awfully good one. Creativity.  One of my favorite creative projects for Pesach is a relatively simple idea that I wanted to share with you.  Much like crafting guru Martha Stewart, I like making my bag of plagues from scratch since it gives over that homemade feeling you can’t get from anywhere else.  To get an idea of a home made one, watch Martha’s video hereBut instead of using the ingredients that she recommends, check out mine – I’ll guarentee they’ll be more exciting!

Here are the items that I like to put into MY Makkos Bags.

Abbey’s Makkos Bags


Now yes, Martha’s red cherry chocolate is quite delicious, but does it REALLY scream blood to you??? I don’t think so.  How about this Blood Putty for $.99cents– I will be my 8 year olds best friend when he opens up his bag, let me tell you!


For lice, if you really want to ramp up your Seder table give your kids each a small container of Glitter or Confetti
Plastic Glitter Pack - Set of 6Glitter Confetti - 8 oz.


For wild animals I personally love these wild animal bubble containers  which adds an extra layer of fun, but there are also these great wild animal toys that come in handy all year round as well.


Cattle Disease

These are seriously fabulous for Dever, Cattle disease, but if they really gross you out why not try the farm animal bookmarks which can be useful for the rest of the Seder or these relaxing sqeeze balls , all perfect choices.


Boils may take a little bit of work on your part. I would buy these sticky hands and draw small dots all over them, giving the hands the appearance of boils.  Cute right?



For hail I’m thinking ping pong balls.  Can you just imagine them flying and bouncing throughout your Seder!!!  HOW FUN!?! But if you are more of the reserved type you can get these reusable ice cubes.



For Locust you could go a little bit more buggier with these adorable snap & play bugs.
Snap 'n' Learn Number Bugs - 18 Pieces


For darkness your best bet are sunglasses which everyone has fun putting on and playing with.


Death of Firstborn

For the death of the firstborn these glow in the dark skeletons  are pretty freaky.


Last but not least, your seder isn’t complete without some of these plastic jumping frogs!


How To Assemble

Now that all the contents have been ordered let’s discuss how it will be presented. Martha recommends using a wax bag, but any brown paper bag, or even white bag is perfectly fine. You can get them at any local grocery store. You can use these fancy craft scissors to cut the top off your bags, put each of the 10 plagues into a bag and fold over the top.   Attach the ribbon to the bag as well.


For the decorative paper that goes on top of the bag print out this coloring sheet on cardstock paper and give it to your children to color during one of the endless days before Pesach when they have nothing to do.  When they are finished (make sure their names are on it – don’t want to go mixing them up!) glue them to each of the bags.  It’s the perfect personal touch.

Of course, you can also buy a ready-made bag of plagues like this one if you’re short on time.


So while you are meticulously cleaning and scrubbing, I will be meticulously painting down in my studio bringing creativity back to each of your dining room tables.  Come and visit my store & choose something unique and special to enhance your Passover Table.

Share pictures of your Makkos Bags here in the comments or on our Facebook pages: KosherShopaholic & Not2Shabbey – we can’t wait to see them!  Wishing you all a Chag Kasher V’Sameach.

Not 2 Shabbey, Abbey & The Kosher Shopaholic, Shoshana

Beautiful Hair Accessories: 10% off Coupon Code & $50 Giveaway

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My Headcoverings.com has a great selection of ladies headcoverings and hair accessories for both children and adults.  If you have little girls, you might have noticed that the huge flowers on headbands and clips are all the rage now, and they are very, very cute.  I was looking for some to accessorize my girls’ Passover Yontif outfits and found that My Headcovering has a lot of choices at unbelievably low prices, probably the lowest you’ll find anywhere on the web or in stores.  Here are some of my favorites.

This beautiful rose pony holder/clip is only $2.99 





This chiffon 3 rose headband is only $2.49





This 3 rose headband is only $2.99






And for us ladies, this sequenced women’s beret is only $13.99 !





10% off Coupon Code

Wait, it gets even better (I know I sound like an infomercial) but you can use the “Koshershop” coupon code from now until Pesach to get an additional 10% off of your order.  Can’t beat these prices!

Win A $50 Box of Hair Accessories

Wait, it gets even better.  As a Passover gift to you, My Headcoverings is giving away a $50 surprise gift basket filled with different hair accessories to 1 lucky winner!  Here’s how you can win: Share a picture or the name of Your Favorite item from MyHeadcoverings.com on my Facebook page here and you’ll be entered into the raffle to win a mystery box of hair accessories and head coverings valued at over $50.00! Contest ends Sunday, March 17, 2013.