December 15, 2017

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!






Cheesy Recipes: Less than $8 To Make

Here are some great cheesy recipes for Shavuot (a Jewish holiday where we traditionally serve dairy meals) or for the 9 Days ( a Jewish period of mourning where we don’t eat meat meals)  that are rich in taste but very low in price!   They each cost $5- $8  in ingredients.

Home made PIZZA.  I like to buy my pizza dough at Trader Joes for .99 cents.  Trader Joe’s has kosher pre-made regular, whole wheat and pesto pizza doughs in the refrigerator section.  If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, most local kosher pizza stores will sell you pre-made pizza dough for around $2 – $3.  Combine that with 2- 3 tablespoons of  tomato basil marinara sauce – which I have found both at Trader Joe’s and retail grocery stores, Kosher, for $2.00.  Add a bag of  shredded mozzarella cheese for $2.50, when you find it on sale at the Kosher market, and you have your pizza for $5.50.

Tasty tipI like to splurge on the spicy marinated mozzarella cheese on Shavuot to make a fancier pizza. Even if I splurge on that $5.49 for marinated mozzarella cheese, I still get my pizza for $7.50 (we split the cost of the marinara sauce with the baked ziti below) !

 Ingredients: 1 pizza dough, 2-3 tablespoons of marinara sauce, 1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese or 1 log shredded.
Preparation: Roll out the pizza dough by hand till it fits in a round pizza dish. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of marinara sauce to cover all the dough. Optional – sprinkle some garlic powder, basil and oregano on top. Pour the mozzarella cheese on top – try to cover all the dough. Bake, uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Baked Ziti is so easy and quick to make and always tastes great.  Following my  7 Steps to Kosher Savings, you should be getting your pasta for under $1.00 these days.  Combine that with the remainder of the tomato basil marinara sauce from above ($2.00) and your bag of shredded mozzarella cheese for $2.50 and this dish cost you $4.00!  Splurge on the fancy cheese and it costs you $7.00 splitting the cost of marinara sauce with pizza above.
Ingrediants: 1 box of Ziti, 3/4 jar of marinara sauce, 1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese or buy a log and shred it yourself.  Preparation: Boil water in a large pot.  Add the ziti and cook according to directions on box (around 10 minutes).  When ready, drain the pasta and pour into a baking dish. Pour 3/4 jar of marinara sauce over the pasta. Pour the shredded mozzarella over the pasta.  Mix all together and bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
While the Pizza and Baked Ziti recipes are my own, I adapted them from
Jamie Geller’s Quick & Kosher Meals in Minutes cookbook

Hungarian Potato Casserole.  I probably got my shopping genes from my Hungarian grandmothers.  I also received from them some heirloom recipes that are to die for!  This dish might be heavy on your hips but its is light on the wallet and really delish.

Ingredients: 6 large potatoes, 1 large onion, 2 Tablespoons of oil (canola or vegetable), 2 cups sourcream (you substitute heavy cream as well), 1-2 teaspoons of salt, 1-2 teaspoons of paprika, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.  Preparation: In a large pot, heat water until boiling.  Add peeled potatoes and cook until a knife can be easily inserted (approximately 35 minutes). Cook the potatoes until they are soft but firm enough to slice nicely. Drain. Set aside. Heat oil in a frying pan.  Chop the onion and saute until translucent. Set aside. Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. In a bowl, mix onion, sour cream, salt, half the paprika and pepper. Combine the potatoes with the sour cream mixture. Grease a baking dish and layer the potato slices into the dish.   Sprinkle the rest of the paprika on top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 Since potatoes are the main ingredient here, this dish is really inexpensive. (6 potatoes x $.69cents each) + (1 onion x $.50) + (8oz sour cream $1.39) = $6.03.  If you want to get fancy, throw in a layer of frozen broccoli flowers to add some extra health and color.
While this recipe is my family’s, there is a similar one found in Spice and Spirit: The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook (A Kosher living classic).""
Cheesy Challah Casserole.   I make this dish on Sundays when I have leftover challahs.  It is devoured in minutes.  Its like a fancy grilled cheese without having to stand over a hot grill.  This recipe is from The Balabustas Choice Cookbook.
Ingrediants: 1 medium challah, (sliced), butter, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, 2 cups milk, 4 eggs.   Preparation: Spread some butter onto both sides of the challah slices.  Arrange challah onto bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese.  Add more challah and cheese to fill the pan.  Beat the eggs with a fork and mix with the milk.  Pour the mixture over the challah and cheese.  Refrigerate until the liquid is well set into the challah (2-3 hours or overnight).  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Here’s my breakdown of the cost of ingredients for The Balabuste’s Choice Cheesy Casserole we’ve got 1 leftover Challah $3.00 + 1 bag of cheese ($2.50) + some milk ($1.00) and some eggs ($1.00)= $7.00.
Let me know in the comments section below how these recipes worked out for you!
Happy Kosher Savings!

Passover Giveaway #3: Win The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen {& view 3 of Levana’s most popular Pesach recipes}


I have a copy of the popular cookbook, “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen” written by my dear friend and professional chef extraordinnaire, Levana Kirschenbaum, to give away.  Here’s how you can win it in time for Pesach!  This cookbook is chock full of gluten-free & Passover-friendly recipes.

Go ahead and ‘like‘ The Kosher Shopaholic &/or Levana’s Facebook pages, and/or subscribe to The Kosher Shopaholic or Levana Cooks emails using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Each of these actions gets you an additional entry to win this awesome cookbook.
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Gluten Free Kosher Food Delivery is an online store that caters specifically to those who need a wide variety of Kosher-gluten-free-soy free-nut free- allergy sensitive food products.  Many of their products come with free at-home delivery and they have a great loyalty reward program as well.   

I have a neighbor whose 4 year old is allergic to soy, wheat and gluten.  I looked through this website to see which products might be good for her son.  I found Pastariso White Rice Mac and Cheese with COR, an excellent Kosher certification from Canada.  They are free of Gluten, Wheat, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish and Soy.  They do contain dairy.  They also happen to be on sale right now for $2.99 for a 6oz box or $2.78 when you buy 3 or more boxes.  They also have Pastato Cheddar macaroni and cheese for $2.99 for a 6oz box which is made from potato and is again gluten, wheat, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish and soy free, made in a gluten free facility to avoid cross contamination and contains no preservatives.  Also Kosher certified by COR.   

They also have a wide-variety of cakes, cookies, breads and challahs that are specific to each allergy-free group, as well as cake, bread and pizza  mixes, hot and cold cereals, snacks, soups and pastas that are free of all or some of the following allergy ingredients: gluten, soy, nuts, wheat, eggs, peanuts, and or fish.  Some of the popular products are the gluten-free Better Batter Fudge Brownie Mix, the Biscottea Blueberry Tea Shortbread, and the Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Bread Mix. You can search the site  based on allergy, brand, category or price. 

A nice money-saving feature is the loyalty rewards program where you get a point for each dollar purchase which can be redeemed for money off when you buy more products from this site. 

But the greatest convenience of all, in my opinion, is that all the nutritional information, allergy information, complete ingredients list and Kosher certification is easily viewable for each product before you buy it. 

It saves you a lot of time going up and down the whole food/health food stores searching for ingredients and Kosher certification.  I think this website is a great chessed(kindness) for all busy moms who have kids with allergies. 

Visit allergyfreekosher today and order some organic, allergy-free food products for your family.

If you’ve tried any of these products, let us all know how you like them in the comments section below.

It’s Another Blog Party – Live at Nargila Tonight!

Bukharian Bread & dumpling soup called shurb...

Bukharian Bread & Dumpling Soup called Shurb...

Join me tonight, with  Blog Talk Radio & The Kosher Scene, where we will once again, be’ezras Hashem, be transmitting live from Nargila Grill (1599 York Avenue – between E. 84 and E. 85th Street – New York 10028; Tel: 212.535.3700).  Why? Because… tonight the owner’s mother will be cooking her famed Bukharian dishes (not to mention that its also my birthday)! 

Our all-star cast includes Alessandra Rovati (Dinner in Venice), Esti Berkowitz (Primetime Parenting), Levana Kirschenbaum (Levana Cooks), Kim Amzallag (Kosher Inspired/Mishpacha Magazine), Marlene Mamiye (The Jewish Hostess), and me- Suzannah Raff (The Kosher Shopaholic).

We will discuss the cultural differences in Jewish foods, how the Jews throughout history were influenced by the local environment, but still managed to keep a strong Jewish tradition. It’s been said that its food defines a people, we will discuss how we adapted ourselves, how the Jewish cuisine evolved and is far more than just gefilte fish, brisket and tcholent.  I hope to discuss my family’s Hungarian Jewish cooking tradition, my father’s entrepreneurial restaurants, Challah Baking and all its Blessings.

You can tune in to us at 7:30pm (Eastern Time) tonight at: or you can join us at Nargila Grill ((1599 York Avenue – between E. 84 and E. 85th Street – New York 10028; Tel: 212.535.3700) for an evening of great talk and superb food.  Nargila Grill is under the hasgacha of of the O K Labs.

We are all really excited to sample the owner Michael’s mother’s Bukharian cooking.  What a great way to celebrate – great talk, great food, great friends and you! Why not come over and say hello?  Or listen in to the great discussion on-line here or over the phone or in the archives.

Levana’s newest cookbook & JoyOfKosher Giveaway Bonanza

 Hot off the presses, Levana’s newest cookbook,  The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple is available for just $9.95 which is a 33% discount by ordering it here from Amazon.   This book should be in every kosher kitchen, especially at such a great price!  Levana is one of the most prolific and talented Kosher cooks of today.  This book is a must have for any Kosher kitchen, combining excellent taste with health, quality and kosher standards.

   While we’re on the topic of Kosher cookbooks, Joyof Kosher  is having a really great giveaway bonanza.  Take advantage of all these expensive, high quality products that you can win – For FREE.   You can win a free Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, a Talisman Cherry Chopper (not quite sure what that is but if you win it you can find out!), a Kuhn Rikan Watermelon Knife – (great for watermelon season coming up), The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook, A Zoku Ice Pop Maker, Michael Aram Tulip Servers or a Vegan Desserts Cookbook.  You can win any of these really great products for free by clicking on link here and following the instructions for entering these contests.  This blog post gets me my entries.  If you do win, be sure to check back here and let us know in the comments section below.

Happy Kosher Cooking!