Bourekas are a Sephardi, and more specifically Turkish, treat coming from the word borek which means pie. They are often made with phyllo dough and can be shaped in a variety of ways. In Turkey they are formed into circles. But in Israel they are formed into small, hand-held pies akin to empanadas. Bourekas are one of the foods I most look forward to enjoying when I visit Israel. And you can truly find them everywhere — small ones at the breakfast buffet, larger ones at coffee shops, or row after row in the market — all shaped differently depending on the filling: potato, mushroom, eggplant, spinach or cheese.
Panzanella salad is about as classic summer (and Italian) as it gets. Day-old, crusty bread takes on a new, fresher life when paired with juicy summer tomatoes, veggies and a light dressing. There are so many variations of this beloved salad, but to me they all scream one simple thing: summer. Also resourcefulness. Also delicious. Ok, this salad screams three things to me.
Have you ever stared at your delicious Friday night challah and thought, “Wow, I bet this would be delicious stuffed with cheese, brushed with melted butter and parmesan and then dipped in tomato sauce”? Well, I did and the results were absolutely delicious.
Shavuot, the holiday known for blintzes and cheesecake and all things creamy and cheesy, begins on Saturday night and ends Monday night. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll love our recipes for cheese and herb-filled challahs, savory tarts, and s’mores-inspired rugelach. Here’s your ultimate guide to putting a fun and festive twist on Shavuot this year!
I will never tire of the classically Cuban iteration of savory and sweet found in guava and cheese, and I promise you that if given the opportunity, I will find ways to insert it into otherwise unsuspecting recipes. (My guava and cheese hamantaschen come to mind.) Naturally, it was only a matter of time before I infused one of my favorite Jewish recipes with a little taste of Cuba, and came up with a pull-apart challah stuffed with sticky guava paste and silky cream cheese.
If you can never decide what Jewish treat to nosh on because you’d rather just have a little bit of everything, mashup recipes are the ones for you–they seem to say, yes you really can have it all!
Have you ever wondered why Shavuot, the holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah, is celebrated with cheesecake? The video below explains a few reasons why Shavuot is a holiday for eating dairy, but it makes me wonder: with so many delicious dairy options to choose from–cheese boards, ice cream, grilled cheese, and cheese fondu–what makes cheesecake the food of choice on Shavuot?
Shavuot, The Festival of Weeks, marks the end of the seventh week counting of the Omer from the start of Passover. It’s significance is really agricultural, according to Gil Marks in The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Marks explained that the holiday celebrates the beginning of the wheat harvest in Israel, and a time when first fruits of the season were brought to the Temple.