My Shavuos Menu

I am now taking you on a virtual tour of my Shavuos table. As I couldn’t – for obvious reasons! – take pictures of the actual table with food on it and guests around the table, I did the next best thing, rounding up collages of all five courses. Each dish is labeled and links to a respective post where you find the recipe for it. The one exception is my Gefilte Fish. I cheated, beautiful people! Certainly, there was gefilte fish on my table, but not this one. This is an old photo of the largest gefilte fish I’ve ever made, and I promise to tell The Story of Three Fishes and share the recipe before Rosh haShana. This Shavuos, I made do with store bought “fish-a-la-log” – frozen gefilte fish logs that are cooked and seasoned any which way you prefer. I was too embarrassed to photograph and post it, so please forgive me for this little deception.

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FIRST COURSE. APPETIZERS.

  1. Sweet and Healthy Pull-apart Challah
  2. Gefilte Fish-a-la-log
  3. Cheese and Scallions Pie
  4. Cheese and Raisins Pie
  5. Original Appetizer
  6. Eggplant Caviar
  7. Pickled Grape Tomatoes
  8. Marinated Baby Peppers
  9. Spicy String Beans
  10. Avocado Basil Hummus
  11. Daikon Salad

As all my food is made with fresh herbs and spices, I am also including a link to my earlier post Saving Animals and Herbs. Come back to the table for the second course.

SECOND COURSE. SOUP.

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Cold Green Borscht is served with sour cream, diced scallions, and chopped hard-boiled eggs on the side.  Enjoy and come back to the table for the third course.

Third Course - Blintzes

THIRD COURSE. BLINTZES.

1. Traditional Cheese Blintzes.

2. Whole Wheat Blueberry Blintzes.

You can serve them the American way, with apple sauce, or the way we do it, with sour cream, jam, and fresh berries. There is still the fourth course – come back to the table.

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FOURTH COURSE. FISH.

After posting Fried Flounder with New Potatoes , I found out that in some communities fish fried in oil is considered a Shavuos tradition. I will research further into it and report findings later. Meanwhile, come back to the table for the fifth course – dessert.

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FIFTH COURSE. DESSERT.

Having eaten all this, who has room for anything else but light and sweet Date and Nut Bites?

This concludes my Shavuos menu presentation, in memory of my father, Shimon ben Dov Ber, may his Neshoma look upon us on his birthday and always. Thank you, beautiful people, for giving me an opportunity to share it with you.

42 Comments Add yours

  1. I finally checked! Growing up, we ate a similar menu. My mother always made gefilte fish (as does my sister too) from scratch. I also find that people eat differently now. My mother calls sushi “the new gefilte fish.” She is quite funny!

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    1. That’s cute! I have to tell my friend Linda, the Mesorah Sushi chef. Did you also have “the green rule” and the spicy flaky cheese pie?

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      1. Some how I never saw this. The “green rule” I learned about once I came to the States. What is flaky cheese pie??

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      2. So good to hear from you – we have lot touch, somehow! I hope everything is fine with you and the girls. Gut Voch and happy Lag b’Omer!
        There are actually two flaky cheese pies, the savory one and the sweet one. Here is the spicy one – the real Shavuosdike “green and white” pie. The sweet one is also posted as part of our Shavuos menu, but that was just because my father Oleve v’Sholom loved it, so I made it for him.
        https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/cheese-and-scallions-pie/

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      3. I have been very preoccupied, and I am finally coming up for air. I have to check out the menu again.

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      4. I hope the girls are doing well! Happy Lag b’Omer and Happy Mother’s Day!

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      5. Raizel is slowly getting better. Happy Mother’s Day to you too! Today is my parents’ anniversary.

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      6. I am glad to hear that Raizel is getting better! Today is my adopted son’s anniversary. Mazl Tov to your parents!

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      7. Thank you! You should enjoy your parents’ love to 120!

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  2. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    With this summary, I am signing off for two days. Happy holiday, Beautiful People! A Gut Yom Tov! Hag Sameach!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  3. Wow! What a wonderful presentation!

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    1. Thank you, Michael! I tried to convey the sense of my holiday table. This holiday will remain a very sad day for me, because of my father, but I am trying to make the memories beautiful, rather than daunting.

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    1. Thank you so much for pingback, dear Jueseppi!

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  4. Wow! How long did it take you to prepare all these, Dolly?! I must try some but where do I start?

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    1. Ah, dear Sasha, it’s so good to hear from you! I started on Tuesday, and did a little every day, with the bulk of it yesterday. I don’t know what you like or what you find easy to do, so my advice would be to try the ones that seem the easiest to you. Good luck, and Happy Holiday!

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      1. Thank you, Dolly. I will need to impress my guests soon, so I am definitely going to use some of your recipes! And what holiday are we missing here (apart from not having been invited to the Royal wedding)? 🙂

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      2. That was Shavuos, the Giving of The Torah, “the cheesy holiday.”

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  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    WOW—THAT’S A LOT OF FOOD COURSES! (MAYBE NOT FOR A BIG GATHERING?)

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    1. Thank you for reblogging, darling. My grandmother, may she rest in peace, had 50 – 60 people around the table at each holiday. I unfortunately, we don’t have a large family around any more, so I usually have about 20 – 25 people. for holidays, and 6 – 10 or so every Friday night. This is for my usual Friday night table looks like: https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/hello-ovid-%D1%8F-%D0%B2%D0%B0%D0%BC-%D0%BD%D0%B5-%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%B6%D1%83-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE-%D0%B2%D1%81%D1%8E-%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%81%D1%83/

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      1. WOW! our parents—hers and mine—both had big families, I did not…except for special occasions! 🙂

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      2. I do miss the large extended family, to tell the truth, but such is life.

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  6. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a glorious menu…Now I am hungry…Hugs 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol, and hugs right back to you! Out of 7 lbs I had lost before the holiday, I managed to gain 2 lbs again. Back to the drawing board…

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        Thats ok, dear Dolly we are allowed to enjoy our special times as long as we are aware then we just make sure we are more mindful and it will just melt away 😊xxx

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      2. The weather we are having now, I melt away, but the pounds stubbornly stick to me!

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      3. CarolCooks2 says:

        Have you tried intermittent fasting that works for me ? 🙂 xx

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      4. I haven’t, because my doctor will kill me if I do, if my body doesn’t kill me first. Actually, the crazy diet I am trying is proving quite effective. I’ll wait for a couple of weeks more, and if it still works, I’ll write it up.

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      5. CarolCooks2 says:

        Look forward to reading it, Dolly, what works for one doesn’t always work for another does it? We know our own bodies best 🙂 Take care 🙂

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      6. You too, dear friend; have a fantastic day!

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  7. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a gloriously full table…I don’t think I would be able to move after sampling all of that…I am sure you father is looking down on you with love Hugs xx

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    1. You are so right, darling! Even taking only one small bite of everything, by the time we got to dessert, we couldn’t move…
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, dear friend!

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  8. You are so kind to invite us to your table, Dolly. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna! That was the beginning of my blogging journey, It served as grief therapy when I lost my father.

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