Say CHEESE for Shavuos!

Contrary to all other Jewish holidays, when we prepare festive meals that include both fish and meat, signifying rejoicing in His benevolence that grants us abundance, traditional Shavuos table is laden with dairy dishes, from blintzes to cheesecakes, and anything milky delicious you can think of.  One of the reasons for this unique menu is…

Say CHEESE for Shavuos!

Contrary to all other Jewish holidays, when we prepare festive meals that include both fish and meat, signifying rejoicing in His benevolence that grants us abundance, traditional Shavuos table is laden with dairy dishes, from blintzes to cheesecakes, and anything milky delicious you can think of.  One of the reasons for this unique menu is…

Cheese Shlishkes (Lazy Kreplach)

If you recognize them as cheese gnocchi, I won’t argue. But I grew up knowing them as Farmer Cheese Shilshkes in Yiddish or Galushki in Ukrainian. I also knew them as Lazy Kreplach  – lenivye vareniki (Kreplach is a Yiddish word for ravioli).  I thought it was just my grandmother’s name for them. Think about it:…

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…

Sweet and Healthy Pull-apart Challah

I don’t know why we have pull-apart challahs on Shavuos. There are tons of different recipes, but no explanation. There are also different creative shapes, such as ladder shape challah, Torah study challah, Mount Sinai challah, but the prevalent tradition is still a pull-apart. I can understand two oblong challahs, to represent the Tablets of…

Dates and Nuts Desserts

Duality inspired by two beautiful people, or, to be more precise, two beautiful ladies who’ve never met, caused the appearance of this dessert on my Shavuos table. Dates have a dual meaning for this holiday. First of all, one of the explanations for a dairy menu on Shavuos is the verse  from The Song of…

Fried Flounder with New Potatoes

A man comes to a Rabbi for an advice. He describes the situation, then relates his wife’s opinion. Next, he reports his father-in-law’s point of view, his brother-in-law’s outlook on the issue, his mother-in-law’s judgement, his best friend’s sage estimation of the matter… “Wait, Reb Yid, – interrupts the Rabbi,- don’t you have your own…

Whole Wheat Blueberry Blintzes

I’ve been trying different recipes for healthier, no fat, low cholesterol, and – dare I say it? – non-dairy blintzes for quite some time, but somehow it wasn’t happening. None of them had that Shavuosdike tam – the taste of holiday.   Until suddenly, about two weeks before Yom Tov, my husband decided to stay…

Traditional Cheese Blintzes

Where did blintzes come from and what made them into a Shavuos tradition? The first and obvious idea that comes to one’s mind is Russian blini, thin pancakes essential to Maslenitza, the Butter-Week, an ancient pagan worship retained and transformed with the conversion of Kievan Rus to Christianity in 10th century and still celebrated today….

Cold Green Borscht

You might recognize it as Schav, but we called it Cold Green Borscht, as opposed to Hot Green Borscht, as opposed to Cold Red Borscht, as opposed to Hot Red Borscht. Enough confusion? There is also Cold Shchi, as opposed to Hot Shchi, as opposed to Sour Shchi… Ok already! The long and short of…

Cheese and Raisins Pie

I am sure this was more of an afterthought. It was like, hey, we are already making traditional green spicy pies, why not bake something sweet for kids to enjoy! I remember my father, the quintessential kid,  sneaking into my grandmother’s kitchen to snack on the sweet filling while the dough was being rolled and…

Cheese and Scallions Pie

Salads are just salads, no matter how unusual and how creative they are. But here we get into the meat of our family tradition for Shavuos, if you can say that about a dairy pie. I don’t even know whether it is correct to translate it as a pie, but you can blame Google Translate…