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The Ultimate Babka for Tu Bishvat

This post is sponsored by the Jewish National Fund.

It’s Tu Bishvat – the birthday of the trees! And we are celebrating this year with the folks at Jewish National Fund and a brand new, one-of-a-kind babka made with the “seven species.” The Jewish National Fund is actually the original “tree people” and to date have planted 240 million trees in Israel, making Israel one of only 2 countries to enter the 21st century with a net- tree gain.

The seven species actually comes straight from the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes (or wine), olives (or olive oil), pomegranates, dates and figs. It is traditional in some communities to host a Tu Bishvat seder, where these foods are enjoyed as part of a Passover-like seder.

To participate in Tu Bishvat Across America check out Jewish National Fund’s website and consider planting a tree, hosting a seder or baking up one of these delicious babkas. (It tastes like a sophisticated Fig Newton!) And if you purchase a tree this Tu Bishvat with The Jewish National Fund, you will be entered to win a trip to Israel.

See our short video below about Tu Bishvat and this special holiday babka.

This Miami Jewish Baker Is Now Opening Up a Deli

Have you heard of the Zak the Baker yet? Well, if you haven’t heard of his extraordinary breads and cafe in Miami, you may soon hear about his deli and old-world classics like p’tcha because his cafe is set to transform into a classic Jewish deli sometime in the near future.

According to both Miami New Times and, Zak and his team are in the process of researching recipes that will keep classic Jewish dishes like yapchik (a kugel and flanken dish), gribenes and yerushalmi kugel (Jerusalem kugel) alive — a trend we have seen throughout the United States, demonstrated by the new-ish Jewish delis that have opened in Boston, San Francisco, DC and numerous other cities. It might be said that Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz were the catalysts for this popular trend of reclaiming classic Jewish dishes and keeping them alive and vibrant when they launched The Gefilteria almost five years ago.

No specific timeline has been set, but we look forward to hearing more soon and then booking our flights to Miami. In the meantime, we’ll continue drooling over their beautiful creations via instagram and you should too.

Our Free Latke Recipes Ebook is Exactly What You Need This Holiday

If you are looking for menu inspiration for your eight crazy nights of latkes, our recipe ebook is everything you need. It’s chock full of not one or two but EIGHT completely unique sweet, savory and even a little wacky latke recipes. You can download it here. Did we mention that it’s free?

Download your free recipe ebook here, and share with your friends!

How to Make Grilled Cheese Latkes

Around these parts we love latkes that think outside the box: ramen noodle latkes, plantain latkes and even cauliflower latkes just to name a few.

But there are few things more indulgent and drool-worthy than a grilled cheese latke sandwich. And since it is traditional to eat dairy and fried foods for Hanukkah, making one of these melty masterpieces is practically a mitzvah.

Check out our short video on how to create your own cheesy Hanukkah sandwich. For the full recipe for this ooey gooey goodness check out Melinda’s full recipe here. Also make sure to check out Melinda’s blog Kitchen-Tested to check out some of her other drool-worthy dishes.


17 Epic Latke Recipes You’re Going to Want to Try This Hanukkah

We all love classic potato latkes. But, sometimes you crave something a little different during Hanukkah. After all, with eight nights to celebrate the holiday, it’s best to shake up your menu every once in awhile.

And this list of latkes is definitely a little different. These are anything but your average potato latkes, and we hope they will inspire you to get a little crazy this holiday season.

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Indian-Spiced Cauliflower Latkes with Cilantro Chutney

Ramen Latkes with Sriracha Mayo

Grilled Cheese Latkes

Brisket Topped Latkes 

Everything Bagel Latkes

Cilantro Jalapeno Latkes from Leite’s Culinary

Pizza Latkes from

Kale Latkes from Food Republic

Curried Sweet Potato Latkes

Basil and Sweet Potato Latkes with Pistachio Pesto and Labneh from George Eats

Broccoli Stem Latkes

Cheese Latkes from the James Beard Foundation

Latke Waffles from Smitten Kitchen

Fennel Lemon Latkes with Toasted Caraway Sour Cream from The Kitchn

Mashed Potato Latkes with Dill and Shallots from Joan Nathan 

Potato Latke with Gin-Cured Salmon, Pickled Beets, and Boursin from The Forward

Southern Latkes with Dill Pickles and Cornmeal from Deep Fried Kudzu

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3 Jewish Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Month

In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this month in the U.S. we will also be celebrating National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! There is truly a holiday for everyone.

Here at The Nosher we like to celebrate all fun “food holidays” with a little Jewish flair. So here’s three peanut butter recipes for all you fellow peanut butter lovers. What’s your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter!? Make sure to comment below, comment on Facebook or show us on Instagram by tagging @JewishFood and #noshthis.

Peanut butter chocolate chip challah

Peanut butter & jelly babka

Peanut butter & jelly sufganiyot


PBJ donuts

5 Chicken Soup Crockpot Recipes

Is there anything more satisfying or comforting than a hearty, homemade bowl of chicken soup? Well yes, and it’s when your chicken soup was made in a crockpot and you didn’t have to do any of the hard work.

So sit back and relax, forget slaving over a hot stove and set your slow cooker for one of these delicious chicken soup recipes.

Crockpot matzo ball soup from Tablespoon

The best crockpot chicken noodle soup from Family Fresh Meals

Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup from The Pioneer Woman

Crockpot chicken zoodle soup from Dashing Dish

Crockpot chicken veggie quinoa soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

5 Jewish Rainbow Foods for Parshat Noah

This week, in celebration of Parshat Noah – in which we read the Torah portion that includes the story of Noah’s ark – we have the perfect excuse to eat the rainbow! “When I see My rainbow in the clouds I will recall the Covenant that exists between Me, you and every living soul on earth,” reads a line from this beautiful and significant passage.

Many families have taken this symbolism and made it fun and delicious for their families, preparing an array of rainbow-themed treats and dishes. Here are a few of our favorites to celebrate with this Shabbat:

Rainbow Challah
Rainbow Bagels with Strawberry Funfetti Cream Cheese
Rainbow Hamantaschen from Kitchen Tested
No Bake Funfetti Cheesecake
Rainbow Cookies from The Smitten Kitchen

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Use Your Etrog With These 5 Recipes

Sukkot is over (holidays are over finally – yay) and it’s back to normal life again. Now, what to do with that etrog?

For those of you who have wondered, “can I eat the etrog?” The answer is yes, yes you can. Though it does take a little elbow grease. Here are five unique ways to put your beautiful etrog to good use, even after the holidays.

Etrog liquor from Couldn’t Be Parve

Etrog marmalade from Not Derby Pie

Etrog cake from Joy of Kosher

Candied citron (etrog) from David Lebovitz

Etrog candy cookies with etrog salt from Kitchen-Tested

8 Comforting Stuffed Cabbage Recipes for Sukkot

Stuffed cabbage is one of those quintessential, Eastern European Jewish comfort foods enjoyed at holidays and special occasions.

But did you know that the origins of stuffed cabbage can be traced across Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and as far east as Iran and Northern China! In Europe, it’s commonly stuffed with ground beef, pork (for non-Jews) or lamb, grains like rice or barley, and seasoned with onions, garlic, paprika and cumin. The cabbage rolls aren’t just about the filling though; the tomato sauce they’re cooked in is just as important. With the addition of pickled vegetables and some sugar, for example, the sauce can be sweet-and-sour, or with more tomatoes and herbs the sauce can be savory.

Food historian Gil Marks, author of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, wrote that stuffed cabbage rolls entered Jewish cooking 2,000 years ago in Iran, and spread throughout Europe and to Russia with the migration of Jews throughout history. It’s especially popular to eat stuffed cabbage rolls on Simchat Torah, when it’s customary to eat foods that resemble the rolled scrolls of the Torah.

Try one of these delicious stuffed cabbage recipes, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options included!

Savory Stuffed Cabbage

Brisket-Stuffed Cabbage

Chanterelle Quinoa ‘Risotto’ Stuffed Cabbage with Butternut Squash Puree from Cravings in Amsterdam

 Ashkenazi Stuffed Cabbage (Holishkes/Prakes) from food historian Gil Marks

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

Gluten-Free Stuffed Cabbage

Vegan Stuffed Cabbage from The Minimalist Vegan

Crockpot Stuffed Cabbage from Taste of Home

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