Welcome to the 53rd Kosher Cooking Carnival! The brainchild of Batya from Shiloh, it is a monthly compendium of blog posts on kashrut in Jewish law, reviews of kosher restaurants and cookbooks, Shabbat and holiday menus, and kosher recipes. (To submit a post for the next blog carnival, click on the Blog Carnival link here.)
To view previous editions, click on any of the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, KCC Meta Carnival, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, and 52.
The next edition will be on Rosh Chodesh Sivan (May 13), hosted by Leora.
And off we go!
Recipes and menu suggestions
Pesach may be over but for those with leftover matzah, Blog d’Elisson offers a new twist on matzo brei, bourmalikas, which he says can be eaten either sweet or savory, and which he says he would welcome any time of year. (I definitely like the look of the grape tomato-mozarella ball-basil salad he eats with his!)
Batya at Me-Ander suggests a Simple Sliced Fruit Plate for dessert: easy, nutritious, and suitable for diabetics (and, I would add, the gluten-averse and vegans). She also points out that consuming enough fruit can satisfy her cravings for sweets—a good health tip.
She also has a recipe for Easy and Tasty Tofu and Vegetables which looks healthful and delicious, and insists that even festive Shabbat meals should be easy to prepare, providing photos but refusing to list ingredients. YOU decide what goes into these scrumptious-looking meals.
Mottel at Letters of Thought has a recipe for Sweet Mustard Chicken and Quinoa. Not only does the dish have serious appeal, but Mottel includes an interesting discussion of the ingredients that go into it.
Mimi of Israeli Kitchen has a recipe for stewed chicken and gravy with a decidedly Middle Eastern flair, good for colds (a solid alternative to chicken soup), Shabbat dinner, and anytime one needs to raise one’s spirits.
And in honor of Yom HaAtzma’ut next week, Ilana Epstein offers us the Mish-kebab, a dainty sampler of grilled meats for the holiday.
Restaurant and cookbook reviews
Batya rates Jerusalem’s Best Bar and Grill, The Lion’s Den.
While I love browsing cookbooks, the best cookbook I own is the one I compiled myself.
Essays and photo-essays
Batya dreads cleaning in general, and Pesach cleaning particularly, and shares her memories of why in Traffic Will Only Get Worse Until… and Unpleasant Memories.
I, on the other hand, find cleaning a satisfying, rewarding experience, especially when I think about what happens in the kitchens of people who DON’T clean every year, and the food relics that turn up in their pantries, refrigerators, and freezers.