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by Hadassah Milner, blog InThePink

This chicken soup will heal you, body and soul. Perfect for Shabbat, a holiday meal or just anytime you need comfort.


4 large chicken breasts
4 ribs of celery, sliced
8 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 parsnips, peeled and sliced
2 large onions – diced
1 large zucchini - diced
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbs fresh chopped dill
3 bay leaves

Optional: Chicken / turkey necks, giblets


Put all the ingredients into a 10 Qt pot, cover with plenty of water. Boil to a rolling boil, and then simmer for a few hours.

If you want, remove the chicken and bay leaves and use your immersion blender to blend the soup. Use the chicken for chicken salad or chicken pot pie.Serve with Matzah Balls.

Matzah Balls

1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup cold water
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
Approx one cup of Matzah Meal

Mix all the ingredients together till you get a consistency of wet cement. Refrigerate for an hour. Boil up the soup to a rolling boil, form mixture into balls and drop in to soup gently. They will fluff up as they cook. Simmer for at least an hour.

Alternatively, you can boil up a pot of water to cook the matzah balls.


Serves: Approximately 15-18 servings

Recipes: Soup, Chicken, Matzah Balls, Kosher

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By Reyna Simnegar. Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride

I like using dry active yeast because it is very easy to find and store. I keep it in the freezer to make it last longer. Also, there is one gadget that I could not do without when making challah: my beloved Bosch mixer. It can handle huge amounts of dough and, while I agree that making challah by hand can be therapeutic, I find that keeping my sanity can be therapeutic too.


3 Tablespoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (3/4 cup boiling water mixed with 3/4 cup cold water)

For the dough
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil, plus additional for spraying on the dough
1-tablespoon salt
3 cups warm water, divided
1 (5–lb.) bag flour (approximately 15 to 15 1/4 cups flour)

For the glaze
1 egg, beaten
1-Tablespoon oil


In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for the yeast mixture. Set aside.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a large mixer, place the sugar, oil, salt, 2 cups water, and 7 cups flour. Mix until a smooth paste forms.

Add the yeast mixture, which should be bubbling, to the dough. Then, add the remaining 1 cup water and 8 cups flour until a consistency like that of play dough is reached.

Spray the dough with canola oil and cover with plastic wrap.

Let dough rise 1 hour and then punch down. Then shape the challah. You can make braids or just big balls of dough. Several small balls of dough placed together in a round baking pan that has been sprayed with oil make a pretty “pull-apart” challah. Remember that challah grows; so don’t make the balls too big. I shape 12 balls the size of limes and place them next to each other in a 9-inch baking pan. Spray the dough with canola oil and cover with plastic wrap. Mix the egg and the oil and paint challot with the glaze. Let it rise another 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Place into oven preheated to 350 °F for approximately 25 to 45 minutes, depending on the size. The challot should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Wait until the challot cool before putting into plastic bags. At this point you can use them, freeze them, or give them away. You can also wrap them in foil and warm them in the oven right before “Hamotzi.”

Enjoy Reyna’s videos on challah making in her beloved Bosch. 

Part 1 – Making the dough

Part 2 – Challah braiding

Recipes: Bread, Challah, Parve, Kosher

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by Tina Wasserman, Cooking & More

I developed this recipe based on the old country recipe but using modern science to avoid the usual pitfalls of either having the dough be underdone or the honey mixture being hard as a rock when it cools down.  Instead of "cooking" the dough in the boiling syrup, I bake the dough in advance and then boil the syrup for the right amount of time to create a soft honey coating for the Teiglach tower.


3 eggs
3 tablespoons oil
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons water
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4-teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pound wildflower honey (any honey is O.K. but wildflower is the best)
1/2  cup sugar
1/2  teaspoon ginger
1 piece of orange zest 2-inches  long 1/2 inch wide
1 cup toasted hazelnuts
1/2 cup candied cherries or raisins


Preheat the oven to 375F.

In a small bowl combine the eggs, oil, water, and vanilla and beat with a fork or whisk until light and combined.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, ginger, and baking powder.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a fork until well combined.  Knead with your hands for a few minutes until dough is smooth and shiny.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.

Roll out small balls of dough into long 1/2-inch wide snakes and cut into 1/3 inch pieces.  Roll dough pieces briefly in your hands to make balls and place them on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool completely or freeze until later use.

When you are ready to complete recipe, combine the honey, sugar, orange zest and ginger in a heavy 3-quart saucepan and bring slowly to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the teiglach balls, nuts and cherries or raisins to the honey mixture and stir to coat well.  Place in a pie plate or individual tart tins mounded to form a pyramid.


Recipes: Desserts, Holiday, Parve, Kosher

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               photo – courtesy of Bitayavon Magazine

A KosherEye Signature Recipe. Featured in the summer 2011 issue of Bitayavon Magazine.

Adapted for the kosher kitchen from an iconic southern destination restaurant - one renowned for the best fried chicken in Georgia, almost identical to Mattie’s pan fried chicken.


3 chickens cut in 8, rinsed, cleaned and dried
2 cups parve buttermilk substitute: 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) and enough parve rice milk to equal two cups
2 cups flour mixed with 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon paprika
Vegetable oil to half-fill a deep cast iron or stainless steel skillet (enough to nearly cover the chicken while frying)


Whisk together parve buttermilk substitute mixture. Let stand 6 minutes.

Pour mixture over chicken. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove each piece, drain thoroughly.

Whisk flour mixture until combined. Dip each piece of chicken into mixture, using enough flour to coat well. Shake off excess.

Heat oil to 375 degrees.*

Place chicken in hot oil allowing space between pieces and pan fry until golden brown, turning once with fork or tongs.

Drain and serve immediately, or set aside and reheat, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven.


Yield: Serves 10-12

*A frying thermometer is an excellent investment for today’s kitchen. A meat/poultry thermometer ensures that poultry and meat are cooked to the right temperature.

Recipes: Poultry, Fried Chicken, Kosher

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Coca Cola brisket Mobile
From a family recipe of Eli Evans, author of The Provincials

After he moved to New York, and missed North Carolina Jewish “home cookin”, Eli Evans prepared Atlanta Coca Cola Brisket, consulting with his childhood family cooks, Zola Hargrave and Roady Adams. This recipe is adapted from "The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook," edited by Sara Roahen and John T. Edge.


1  3-pound brisket
5 cups Coca-Cola, divided (four cups for marinade plus one additional cup for cooking liquid, if desired)

Rub: 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt,  2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons black pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 packet onion soup mix
1 cup ketchup (optional)
2 onions, peeled and sliced
2 bay leaves


Place brisket in a dish; cover with four cups of the Coca-Cola and marinate in refrigerator, tightly covered, overnight.

Remove brisket from marinating liquid and drain. Rub meat all over with spice mix. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a deep, heavy skillet or casserole,  and brown brisket on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.

In a small bowl, combine the onion soup mix, remaining cup of Coca-Cola (if using), 1 cup of ketchup* and 1 cup of water. (If omitting Coca-Cola and ketchup, substitute 3 cups of water). Stir until mixed well. Pour over brisket.

Pour mixture over brisket; surround brisket with sliced onions and bay leaves. Cover casserole with lid, and cook on low for about two hours, checking often. Add some additional boiling water if necessary, to keep the meat from drying out or sticking, and to make the gravy. Simmer until fork tender about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. When cool, slice against the grain. Or, refrigerate overnight, and then slice.

*Some versions of this popular vintage recipe use bottled chili sauce (such as Heinz) instead of ketchup.


Yield: Serves about 8

Recipes: Meat, Brisket, Kosher

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