posts tagged "jewish"

Apple Fritters

Posted on December 18, 2014

All of the Jewish holidays have fabulous culinary traditions, and Hanukkah is no exception. During Hanukkah, we celebrate the miracle of lights with fried food. How is frying connected to Judaism? I’ll get to that in a minute. First, a few words about this apple fritter recipe, a spectacular Hanukkah dessert. Sweet rings of freshly sliced apple are dipped in a grain-free, nut-free batter made of coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and eggs, then deep fried until golden and crispy.

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Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again –Purim. Which means time for Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. This year because so many of you requested it on my Facebook page, I’ve developed Hamantaschen that are not only gluten and grain-free, they are nut-free as well.

Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar took quite some time to perfect. While I typically use almond flour to make cookies here, I use coconut flour –a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, and baked goods. This is the first time that I have developed a gluten-free cookie recipe using coconut flour.

Paleo Rosh Hashanah Menu

Posted on August 29, 2013

Pack this year’s Rosh Hashanah dinner table with Paleo goodness.

Are you wondering what to serve for the Jewish High Holidays? Are you looking for gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free or Paleo options for your Rosh Hashanah meal?

Below is a Paleo Rosh Hashanah menu that will suit a variety of guests with a cornucopia of food allergies and intolerances. And from my experience, Jews seem to have as many, or more digestive issues and food intolerances than most other folks. So if you’re […]

Paleo Passover Recipes

Posted on April 2, 2012

Paleo recipes take your gluten free seder to the next level of healthiness.

Although I’ve been grain free since 2001, this will be our first strictly Paleo Passover seder. I’m sharing my seder menu since the requests for Paleo Passover recipes are coming in a mile a minute.

Many of these gluten free Passover recipes are traditional Jewish fare and can be used for other Jewish holidays as well –think Squash Pie, which I serve as kugel.

I hope this menu will make […]

Gluten Free Tu B’shevat

Posted on January 26, 2012

photo by tess_marie on flickr.com

What is Tu B’shevat you ask? Why it is the holiday of trees established by the Talmudic rabbis sometime between the 3rd to 5th century –the early part of the Middle Ages.

As the daughter of liberal Jewish activists (my parents met at a civil rights meeting in the 1960’s) I’ve always been really into this holiday which is described by wikipedia as follows:

Tu Bishvat is considered by secular Israeli Jews and organizations to be the Jewish […]

Gefilte Fish

Posted on March 23, 2011

This recipe is based on one by Ellyn Goodrich at epicurious.com, called “Alaskan Halibut and Salmon Gefilte Fish Terrine.” While Goodrich’s recipe makes a gefilte fish “loaf,” mine is for traditional (yet gluten free) gefilte fish balls (like my Bubby made) only with more vegetables, so that they are a bit lighter and healthier than the standard gefilte-fare. What are gefilte fish?

Here is Wikipedia’s definition:

“Yiddish Gefüllte Fisch (Gefilte fish;from German gefüllte “stuffed” fish) (Hebrew: dagim memula’im, literally “filled fish”) is a […]

Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen

Posted on March 15, 2011

I’ve been on a gluten free Hamantaschen rampage the last few days and these are my latest and greatest.  I’ll be serving them at today’s Purim party for my younger son’s Chavurah.  We’re having 7 families over in a little while to celebrate Purim and the story of Esther.

I hope you all enjoy these gluten free Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen!

Carrot Scallion Latkes

Posted on November 30, 2010

Latkes are everyone’s favorite Jewish fried food.  The typical latke is made with potato, flour and eggs.  I however, like to make a more Paleo friendly latke and now with this new recipe, I have 2 versions of Paleo pancakes.

Generally at Hanukkah, I make a Butternut Squash Latke, though this year I was searching for a bit of variety and so came up with this Carrot Scallion Latke.  Why carrots?  Well, first of all, my younger son asked me to […]

Yom Kippur Break Fast

Posted on September 17, 2010

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest days of the year for Jews. Fasting begins 20 minutes before sundown and ends after nightfall the following day. 

Over here, we’re getting ready.  As you can see from the menu below, we enjoy breaking our fast in a lighter way –we’re not into the typical bagel and lox break fast with numerous rich and gooey desserts to follow.  In our house, soup is very soothing […]

Rosh Hashanah Menu

Posted on September 7, 2010

We had a great Labor Day weekend with lots of festivities.  In fact, my older son turned 12 during the weekend and we celebrated in various ways with lots of his friends.  It was an absolutely delightful time.
Now, though, it’s a bit of a zany week; a 2 day work week, given that Monday was a holiday and that Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday evening at sundown.  We will be in synagogue Thursday and Friday, so there is an extra lot […]

Purim Roundup

Posted on February 26, 2010

Purim is here! One of my favorite festivals (it’s not a holy day) Purim is a wonderful time to gather together with family and friends.

For those that aren’t familiar, Purim, (like so many other Jewish holidays and festivals) involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent redemption to “freedom” and much feasting. Hooray for freedom and feasting! Hooray for Jewish celebrations!

Yesterday afternoon, we had a Purim Party at our house during which […]

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Posted on September 17, 2009

Rosh Hashanah is tomorrow at sundown and although I’m a tad behind in my planning, we are getting ready.  Thus far, I have put together the below menu.  I’ve been perusing Claudia Roden’s The Book of Jewish Food for additional ideas, as she is one of my favorite cookbook authors.  Of all time.

Although I will not be making the challah that is listed below, I thought others might enjoy using this recipe for the holiday.  I think the recipe […]

Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake

Posted on April 27, 2009

Here’s another flourless cake for those looking for an alternative to almond flour or in search of a nut-free recipe.  My husband and older son loved this fruity chocolate cake.  I was thinking that with a nice strawberry frosting this cake would make a delicious banana split type dessert.

This gluten-free, grain-free cake is quick and easy.  You’ll just want to make sure that your bananas are quite ripe to ensure its sweetness.  If you can do dairy, this cake would […]

Hanukkah Dinner

Posted on December 19, 2008

Hanukkah is only 2 days away!  It starts on December 21st at sundown.  The big question?  What to serve for the holiday of lights and oil.

Here is a festive menu that I have put together for a delicious Hanukkah dinner, full of lovely winter vegetables in peak season.  You don’t have to tell anyone it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and does not contain processed white sugar.  I’ve served this to crowds before and no one had a clue.  They just chowed.  Enjoy […]

Pomegranate Salad

Posted on September 26, 2008

With only two more days until erev Rosh Hashanah I am putting the final touches on the planning phase of our holiday feast.  Soon much cooking and celebrating will begin.

Today I made this tangy pomegranate salad.  During dinner my children coveted the pomegranate seeds and needed a bit of convincing to eat the spicy greens –in the end my husband and I ate the bulk of the salad greens and for once let them indulge in the fruit portion somewhat […]

Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Posted on September 19, 2008

Lately I have received many requests for a gluten free Rosh Hashanah menu.  People are asking what I will serve for this celebration of the Jewish New Year and so I am posting my dinner plans more than a week ahead of the actual holiday.  You people really know how to get me organized!

I make a habit of serving rich, seasonal and of course, gluten free fare at all of my family’s festive celebrations; below is a list of dishes […]

Vanilla Torte with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

Posted on April 11, 2008

Ok, so in yesterday’s “reach out and touch someone” post I failed. In fact, I fell flat. On my face. Do you know how many comments were posted? One. Not much community in one post.

To cheer myself up, I can always read some Dooce. That woman makes me laugh out loud. Or I can listen to the Captain and Tenille’s Love Will Keep Us Together. Either way, I do not despair, Passover is near and […]

Charoset

Posted on April 2, 2008

Charoset is one of my favorite Passover foods. During the Seder, this sweet, fruity dish holds a special, symbolic place, reminding us of the mortar which the Jews used to bond bricks while enslaved in Egypt. European Jews (Ashkenazi) traditionally use nuts, apples, cinnamon and sweet wine for this dish.

Jews of Middle Eastern descent (Sephardic) commonly use raisins, figs dates and sesame seeds. In general, Middle Eastern Jews have a far richer culinary tradition than European Jewry and charoset […]

Hamantaschen

Posted on March 15, 2008

Purim is this Friday, March 21st, less than one week away.

For those who aren’t familiar with Purim, it is a festival as opposed to a major holiday or “holy day.” Purim involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent escape to “freedom” and much feasting, a set of themes that run throughout many of our celebrations.

Purim is recorded in the Book of Ester and dates back to 600 BCE. At this time, Jewish exiles […]

Butternut Squash Latkes

Posted on December 3, 2007

Healthy, gluten free, potato free latke recipe for Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is a day away and that means only one thing: fried food! Lots of it. Yum. I love a good crispy latke, or just about anything fried for that matter.

Below is my favorite recipe for latkes. I have been making these gluten-free latkes for 5 plus years and my family still rejoices each Hanukkah when I serve them.

Butternut Squash Latkes

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4 cups butternut squash, peeled and grated
1 small onion, peeled and grated
3 […]