October 21, 2017

Leelach: Israeli Handmade Judaica & Clothing 10% off Coupon Code

Recently an Israeli company, Leelach, contacted me to show me their beautiful line of handmade art and clothing made by and for Israeli women. They are offering all Kosher Shopaholic readers 10%  off all purchases, including their new Passover collection. Check out these beautiful matzah and afikoman sets featured below, just in time for the Passover holiday!

Leelach.com is the only online shop for handmade art created by Israeli women. You can buy beautiful, unique Israeli jewelry, Judaica, Modest skirts, shirts & dresses, tichels- mitpachot, kippot, and more while you read a bit about the lives of these Israeli women and thus about the reality of life in Israel.

In honor of Passover, they are offering 10% discount off all purchases – all you need to do when checking out put in the code- leelach2013 and click save, continue the checkout, register to leelach.com or checkout as a guest and complete your purchase!

Check out some of these beautiful handmade items:

 

Happy Purim 2013

I want to wish all my wonderful Kosher Shopaholic fans a happy, freilichin, healthy and safe Purim!

I would also like to take this opportunity to share with you my newest baby, www.eatingforreal.com, a website full of ‘Real Food’ recipes, gluten-free, paleo-inspired, and of course, kosher recipes that are healthy and real.  By real I mean, dishes that are realistic to make and serve to your family yet super healthy and nutritious.  Sign up for the newsletter to get my latest smoothies, main dishes, desserts and sides as well as some unusual cookbook reviews and giveaways.  Come and enter the brave new world of unprocessed food along with me.

What’s on your Purim menu this year?  I have a great purim joke idea if you are hosting the meal at your house.  How about chicken feet for the opening course!? I recently made chicken feet for my husband because it is a delicacy that he loves and to my surprise, it tasted delicious.  Chicken feet are also full of nutrients – they taste a bit like the head of the wing where the soft bone is.  They look like a three fingered hand once they’re cooked and would make a great Purim gag, while also tasting great.  Here’s how I made them: first, I was lucky enough that the kosher chicken feet I purchased came with the skin-off (or else you have to boil them for about 3 minutes, cool and gently peel off the skin) I simply put them in the roasting pan and let them cook along with my famous Shabbos Chicken.  That’s it: simple, nutritious and delish!  Fun for Purim too.

If you’re not as daring to serve chicken feet for your Purim seuda, how about impressing your family and friends with this beautiful Wild Salmon from EatingForReal.com, full of rich nutrients and flavor.  Also try my gluten-free Real Hamantashen, they are even  better than last year’s Pecan-Filled Hamantashen and much healthier!  Stay posted because grain/flour/gluten-free recipes are perfect for our next holiday, Passover, inching up on us so I’ll have lots of  ‘real’ good recipes coming up soon.

For more purim ideas, take a look at my Purim Shpeal from last year as well as all about Purim!  Wishing you a freilichin, happy & healthy Purim!

Mid-Winter Vacation Ideas

Wondering what to do for a winter family vacation for “Yeshivah Break” (the end of January/February break from school).  Groupon Getaways has some amazing deals right now.

We usually take the kids to Great Wolf Lodge because they love the indoor waterpark and its easy.  But the Hope Lake Lodge Groupon offers an indoor water park, skiing, snow tubing and roller coasters with a full kitchen suite for half the price of Great Wolf and Trip Advisor gives it some really good reviews.

If you’re not in the NY area, Groupon is also offering amazing deals for Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Cincinatti and Williamsburg right now.  They also have some beautiful hotel deals for Niagra Falls and NYC.  Make sure to check them out!

Feldheim Pre-Chanukah Sale

Feldheim.com is having a huge pre-Chanukah Sale where you can get 25% off  almost everything in stock.

Use the coupon code’ early25′ at checkout here.

The coupon is valid thru Thrusday,  November 21st only.  So, hurry and check out the savings!

You can consider it a pre-Black Friday sale as well and add it to your Black Friday savings.

I like to stock up on my gifts in advance, when I see sweet deals like this so that I’m never stuck paying full retail price.  Its a great way to save.

Check out their newest Chic Made Simple Cookbook or the Best Selling Bais Yaakov Cookbook as a great Chanukah gift for that ‘mom’ or bestie in your life.

Shipping is free with an order of $70 or more. Or else shipping is a flat rate of $2.95 for media rate or $4.95 for Priority Mail.

Shop Feldheim’s pre-Black Friday Sale here.

Water Challah Recipe

This week was a bit more hectic than usual since, as some of you might be aware, I’ve been helping out in the relief effort for Huricane Sandy victims.  This relief effort, along with the crushing devastation many of our beloved friends and Jewish communities have experienced is quite surreal, and something that needs to be shared  (which I hope to do in my next blog post).  For now, I wanted to share with you my Water Challah Recipe because it is so fast & fabulous to make.  It needs only a total of 45 minutes rise time and another 40 minutes in the oven.  Its a great recipe to have for when you’re short on time.  If like me, you realize you have to run back to the store to buy flour (I’m usually well stocked!) and the clock has been turned back and you want to take Challah for the extra Bracha it can bring to k’lal Yisrael… this Water Challah Recipe is your answer.  It is done all by hand and is really delicious.

(This recipe comes from someone in Passaic, New Jersey I’m not sure who.  If you know whose original recipe this is then please let us know in the comments section below).

Water Challah Recipe

Ingredients

1 bag of flour (sifted optional)

6 Tbsp dry yeast

3 Tbsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup oil (+ extra for rubbing)

6 cups warm water

 

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, empty 1 bag of flour.  Make a small hole in the middle of the bowl and add the dry yeast.  Add 2 cups of warm water to the middle and watch the yeast bubble a few seconds to make sure its alive.  Add the sugar into the middle and edges.  Sprinkle the salt around the outer edges of the flour.  Add the oil and remaining 4 cups of water.  Mix with your clean hands (yes, they will get messy) until it forms a nice soft dough.  If the dough is sticky it means that your challah will be delicious, just sprinkle a dusting of flour on top and/or add some oil to your hands and keep mixing to be able to work with it after it rises.   Once it is in a non-sticky dough form let it rise, covered for 15 minutes.  Now you are ready to take the Challah with your Blessing and shape it.  Once shaped and in baking pans or sheets, bake it in a preheated oven at 375 degrees farenheit for 40 minutes.  Let it cool and enjoy!

Wishing you a warm, dry and wonderful Shabbos full of light!

 

 

Shabbos Chicken Recipe

This recipe was created by my mother-in-law.   It is actually quite simple, with few ingredients and a lot of crispy, juicy deliciousness.  I make this chicken dish every Friday night so in my house, we call it, ‘Shabbos Chicken’.   I had a housekeeper who thought that this was the traditional chicken dish made in every Jewish household on Friday  nights, until she consulted with a friend of hers who helps her family makes schnitzel every Friday night.  This recipe is a much healthier alternative to schnitzel, to say the least.   Because I serve this dish on Friday nights when I have a good chance of actually getting chicken into my kids’ stomachs, I splurge on using all Organic ingredients.  I use organic onions, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes (the only other ingredients in this recipe). I buy the whole organic Empire Kosher chickens from Trader Joe’s because they have them at a very reasonable price and are consistent in their pricing, freshness and quality. But any whole chicken can be used for this recipe.  Using the whole chicken has many advantages, first, its very economical, second, it gives you much more meat and third, the flavors and juices are enhanced when the bones are intact.  So, here’s the Raff Family Shabbos Chicken Recipe.

Shabbos Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

1 whole 3-4 lb Kosher chicken

1 large onion

1 large carrot

1 large tomato

3-4  potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks

Pereg grilled chicken spice (or your own mixture of paprika, garlic & onion powder)

Gravy powder

Sea Salt & Pepper

Directions

Using your Food Processor or a hand grater, grate 1 onion and 1 large carrot.  Place the grated vegetables around the inside edges of a large roasting pan, this is the stainless steel pan I use.  The Food Processor that I use to grate the vegetables with (and use all day long, for baking, cooking, grating and all my dips) is this Braun Multiquick 3.

Next, again using your Food Processor or grater, grate 1 tomato and add 1 teaspoon of brown gravy powder to the tomato mixture (the gravy powder is optional, on Passover I don’t have the powder and it tastes just as good).  Set the tomato mixture aside for later.

Using a kitchen scissor like this one, clean the excess fat and skin off of the chicken.  I  like to use these kitchen shears to snip off the extra skin and fat – the skin that’s not covering meat that falls over and the extra fat all around.  This makes the chicken less fatty and healthier.  I like to cut off the ends (the tush & neck) because they are full of fat and no-one in my house eats them, but you can leave them on if you like them.  After cleaning the chicken, rinse it off all around in cool water, pat dry.

Sprinkle the chicken lightly with sea salt all around on both sides.  I use sea salt because it is not only healthier but I find it brings out a much nicer flavor in everything I make.  I buy my Sea Salt in bulk, on Amazon using my Amazon Prime account for convenience and price since most of the sea salt in Health Food Stores are over-priced.  This is the Kosher brand of Sea Salt I get from Amazon.  Sprinkle the chicken with a dash of black pepper as well.

Next, season the chicken generously with Pereg Mixed Spices for Grilled Chicken spice mix.  This is not a promotional post for Pereg, it happens to just be a great spice mixture for this chicken.  You can make it yourself since its a simple mixture of Paprika, Garlic, Onion and Salt.  Gives a great flavor and color to the chicken.  I cover the entire chicken on both sides with this spice mixture.  (i don’t see this spice on Amazon, I checked, but it can be found in most Kosher grocery stores).

Place clean and spiced chicken into the roasting pan, breast side up, with the grated onion/carrot mixture around it.  You will now bake the chicken at 350 for 2 hours alternating sides and covering it and uncovering it.  Its this alteration of covering, uncovering, turning, uncovering and covering that keeps it crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.  Here’s how I do it:

  1.  bake in the oven covered for 30 minutes.
  2. uncover the chicken and bake uncovered for another 30 minutes.
  3. after the first hour its half done.  Now, take the roasting pan out of the oven, remove the chicken and add the tomato mixture to the carrot/onions on the bottom of the pan.  Add the cut potatoes to the sides of the pan.  Turn the chicken over and place it back into the roasting pan.  If you started with breast side up, you will now place the breast side down (this keeps the white meat juicy).  Put roasting pan back in the oven uncovered for another 30 – 40 minutes.
  4. finally, cover it again and cook it covered for the remaining 30 minutes.   I usually make it about 3 hours before Shabbos starts and then keep it covered on warm (about 250 degrees) until I’m ready to serve it.  To serve, remove the chicken from the pan, slice off desired pieces (at this point its very tender so slices very easily) and serve with sauce and potatoes on top of the chicken.  It is so delicious.  Enjoy!

One final tip:  I often prepare the chicken in the morning when my kids are in school and leave it ready to go in the refrigerator until about 3 hours before Shabbos at which time I place it in the oven to cook.  I also set my timer so that I know when to take the top off, turn the chicken and put the top back on.

For more Shabbat Recipes, like Challah, visit here.

Here are some of the kitchen tools I use for this recipe

 

Carrot Zucchini Muffin Recipe

Here’s my recipe for Zucchini Carrot Muffins that are healthy and delicious.  I use white whole wheat flour instead of regular white flour and agave nectar instead of sugar making a healthy choice filled with vegetables and healthier sweets and carbs.  They go perfectly in the fall / Sukkot season.  Enjoy!  Wishing you a Chag Sameach – a good sweet Sukkos holiday.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 cups agave nectar

1/2 cup oats

3/4 cup oil

1 T baking powder

1 t salt

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1 T vanilla

4 eggs

1 zucchinni with peel

2 carrots

Directions

Grate carrots and zucchini.   Add remaining ingredients and mix.  Bake in greased muffin tins at 350 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.  Muffins are ready when top springs back if touched.  Enjoy!

Where To Go For Sukkot 2011 Chol HaMoed Trips

Where To Go For Sukkot Chol HaMoed

(editors’s note: I wrote this post in 2011 and since then, Fun City has shut down.  Also note that The Bronx Zoo is free on Wenedsdays which is the first day of chol ha moed this year, 2012)

Apple Picking

The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot conveniently falls out in the fall every year which is also the height of apple picking season (on the East Coast at least).  There’s a great apple picking orchard near our house so we make it a habit to go apple picking every Chol Ha Moed.  The orchardsofconcklin near us also has blow-up bounce house rides and a corn maze that kids really love for a really fun filled out-door activity.  For other apple picking locations, MommyPoppins and NJ.org websites list where to Pick Your Own Fruits and Vegetables in New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut.

Freebies

If you live in the New York area and want to save some money on your chol ha moed outing, there are Free boat rides to be found in lower Manhattan as well as a Free carnival in Monsey, NY.

I just happened to bring 3 toddlers with me to pick up a Hungarian/English Dictionary from Barnes & Noble today and discovered the FREE play areas.  My kids were playing happily for over an hour.  I had to drag them away to go upstairs to get some Kosher Pizza and a train ride at Fun City since we were at the Palisades Mall.  There are of course, Barnes&Noble stores with free children’s play areas all over the country (unlike Border’s who sadly closed their doors last month).  Click here to find a Barnes&Noble location near you.

Bowcraft Amusement Park Sukkos Spectactular

The Bowcraft Amusement Park is available all chol hamoed sukkos with Kosher food and a sukkah to eat in.  All day ride passes are $17 and if you print this coupon parents get half off.

Fun City

If you find yourself close enough to Rockland County, New York during the Sukkot season, you can head up to the Palisades Mall and enjoy the day at a huge indoor amusement park and home to the only MagiQuest in the New York area.  For more information on Fun City and its Kosher Pizza, click on these links to read my posts on them.

Great Wolf Lodge

Once you get hooked on the MagiQuest fantasy quiz game, you can head out to Great Wolf Lodge and divide your time between their awesome, huge and so much fun indoor Water Park well built for toddlers, young & older children as well as adults along with their MagiQuest.

Sesame Place

The Indoor Water Park at Great Wolf Lodge looks to me like it was built by the same company as the Outdoor Water Park found at Sesame Place.  Sesame Place is another fun toddler and child friendly Chol ha Moed activity for families to enjoy.  For coupons and information about Sesame Place click on the link for my earlier post.

Dutch Country

Dutch Country, Lancaster Pensylvania is very child friendly and a great place for Kosher keepers during the Sukkot holiday because the three main attractions: Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland and CherryCrest Farms all house Kosher restaurants with their own Sukkah to eat in.  Click on the links here for more information about these attractions and their Kosher food and coupons.

Uncle Moishe Concerts:  (these are dates and times from 2011)

Here is a listing of every Jewish Child’s favorite Uncle Moishy & The Mitzvah Men Concerts during Chol Ha Moed Sukkos, 2011.

Sunday, October 16, Shulamit School: 1277 E. 14th off Ave. M, Brooklyn, NY. Showtimes: 12:30, 2:30, 4:00

Monday, October 17, Anshei S’fard: 4506-14th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 12:30, 2:30 shows

Tueday, October 18, Torah Academy for Girls, 444 Beach 6th street, Far Rockaway, NY. 12:30, 2:30 shows

Wednesday, October 19, Yeshivah of Central Queens, Queens, NY.  12:30 show.  For more information call Uncle Moisy Headquarters at: 718-376-9395.

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Hot Crock-Pot Apple Crisp

Hot Crock-Pot Apple Crisp

I served this on Friday night during a three day yontif and it was soooo amazing.  The yom tov happened to be the Sukkot holiday where we eat outside in our Sukkah.  It was cool outside so this warm, sweet and gooey apple crisp with vanilla parve ice cream was absolutely amazing!  All my guests (B”H we had a full sukkah) requested the recipe.  So I decided to share it here.   It was also a great way to use up all my extra apples from our apple picking trip!

Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

1. Coat a slow cooker/ crock pot bowl with nonstick cooking spray

2. Filling: peel and slice 6-10 apples (any-type) into 1/2 inch wedges (10 cups).  Add  3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (more if you love cinnamon like I do).  Wisk the sugar, lemon and cinnamon together.  Stir in apples and toss to coat.

3. Topping: In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup all purpose flour,  1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, pinch of salt, 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil.  Work the oil into the flour mixture with fingers or using a pastry blender until course crumbs form.  (optional: Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans).

4. Spoon apple mixture into crock pot and sprinkle topping over it.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours or on HIGH for 2 hours.  Serve hot with (parve/tofutti/soy/coconut ) vanilla ice cream.  Here are some coupons for the parve coconut ice cream.

This recipe serves 8 but doubles easily.

I adapted this recipe from the original version which I got from my free family circle slow-cooker recipe book.  To get this freebie cookbook yourself, go ‘like’ Family Circle on Facebook and click on the free cookbook tab in the left sidebar.

Here are some more of my favorite recipes.

 

L’Shana Tova

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support of my efforts on this website and wish you, my readers, a happy, healthy and sweet new year may all your prayers be answered for the good, this year and always.

 

Shoshana Raff