Contest to Celebrate 30,000 Facebook Friends


Happy Tuesday, cooking friends!

To celebrate hitting 30,000 “likes” on Facebook, I’ve decided to thank all of my loyal readers by launching an exciting new contest this week. By popular request, this giveaway will be open to anybody and everybody who follows my site, whether or not you use Twitter or Facebook! It’s a fun one this week, folks. You’re going to want in on this!


1) SUBSCRIBE to my website. You can do this by entering your email address in the “Subscribe” box located in the upper right hand corner of my blog home page (click the underlined link to open the blog home page in a new window). When you subscribe, a confirmation email will be sent to your email address. Be sure to confirm your subscription by clicking the link in that email. If you’ve already subscribed to my website, no need to subscribe again– your email address is already in our database.

2) COMMENT on this blog post. Just scroll down to where it says “Leave a Reply” and let me know two things– what is your favorite Jewish food, and why do you read The Shiksa in the Kitchen Blog? Make sure you comment here on my website and answer those two specific questions. Feel free to voice your support on both Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word about the contest!

That’s it! The contest ends on Monday, February 7 at 12:00pm PST. Winners will be announced that afternoon.

Just follow those simple steps, and you’re entered to win one of three fabulous prizes…


Pylones Cheese Grater

How cute is this girl?? Grate your cheese in style with help from Little Mrs. Pylones!  :)


Martha Stewart Collection 6-Piece Melamine Bowl Set

I adore these mixing bowls, I use them almost every day. They’re extremely durable, and they come in such pretty colors.


KitchenAid 5 Qt. Stand Mixer in Empire Red

This stand mixer is gorgeous, stunning, and amazingly functional. I have the exact same model in Pistachio Green. She’ll become your new baking BFF. I think she belongs in your kitchen. What do you think?  :)

I’ll pick my top ten favorite entries based on the creativity of your comments. Those ten names will be placed in a hat, then drawn at random to determine the three top winners.

Best of luck to you all!

xo Tori Avey
The Shiksa in the Kitchen

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  1. My favorite Jewish food is Ful Maddamas and I read the Shiksa blog to learn more about the history and recipes in Jewish cooking. I love the detail/love that goes into the lessons.

  2. My favorite Jewish food would be Matzo crackers, I’m constantly snacking on them! And I read your blog because I am a Shiksa that tends to pretty much only date Jewish men, and hey the way to a mans heart is through food, so of course the way to a Jewish mans heart is through kosher cooking!

  3. My favorite Jewish food is Matzah (sp?) Ball Soup and Kosher meats and pickles…

    I love reading your posts on FB about your transition into your new life and I enjoy your passion about food. We can all learn about great food from every different ethnic group. I enjoy food from a variety of countries

  4. My favorite if chicken soup and Matzo balls. It says home and always makes me feel better. The same reason I read your blog, love your stories and the recipes. They remind me of home.

  5. My favorite food so far are cheese blintzes with blueberry topping. They’re so yummy and addictive! And the reason I love your blog? Because I’m a Shiksa too! 😉 Thanks so much! Ashley

  6. I cannot think of anything better than vibrant Borscht !
    Because your blog keeps me grounded in my cultural roots and reminds me so very much of my mother, who is a Shiksa too !

  7. My favorite Jewish food is chopped chicken liver and I read the Shiksa blog because I am passionate about my Jewish heritage, cooking, and eating and I see the same passion coming from The Shiksa herself. I learn a lot about the history of Jewish food and how to cook it correctly. I have made the falafel recipe twice now and everyone who has eaten it told me that it’s the best falafel they’ve ever had!

  8. My favorite Jewish food is potatoe pancakes, and brisket!
    My grandmother use to make the Best potatoe pancakes, and she really didnt leave any us any recipes so I have been searching for the longest time for recipes that bring back some of the flavors of my childhood that were the happiess! I love your blog its cool and you have some awesome recipes@

  9. My favorite Jewish food is, and this soooo hard, would have to be chopped liver. My mother-in-law makes the best chopped liver EVER! I don’t eat it any other time of year except at the holidays at her house. I am thinking, I better get her recipe. She’s tried to modify and change it over the years and I FREAK OUT! I tell her to just keep to the same, the original, the awesome recipe you have always used. Don’t mess with a good thing.

    I follow your blog, because, I too, am a Jew By Choice and I am always intrigued and inspired by your recipes, your information on holidays and our culture. Todah Rabah!


  10. Hi, I just started reading. I love all kinds of Jewish foods. My Grandfather was Jewish and I have missed many of the foods we would eat with him. I would like to start learning how to make some of my childhood foods and thought this was a great place to start. Photos are great and recipes are easy to follow.

  11. I’m kinda new to your blog and dont know a lot about Jewish cooking But I wanted to learn. My lil sis came for a visit and we made your Mandle Bread recipe and we loved it. I want to make it again but add some of the optional ingredients that you talked about. Your pics are beautiful and very helpful. I would so love to win the grand prize of a red kitchen aide. That is every bakers dream….your second and third prizes are nice also.

  12. My favorite Jewish food is Kasha Varniskes (sp). I love reading your blog and following you on FB. I miss my Mom and Grandma very much and I enjoy seeing all of your family traditions and wonderful recipes, It reminds me of my family. Keep up the good work!!

  13. My favorite Jewish food is everything that is served at Passover. The symbolism makes me more thankful than ever to our Creator.

  14. Hey there!
    Very hard for me to come up with ONE favorite Jewish food, but I would probably say Hungarian style cholent. That stuff is awesome. I enjoy your blog because I personally find your choices of which foods to highlight and your descriptions to be fascinating.

  15. One of my favorite Jewish foods is Potatoe Latkes..I find them very comforting in remembering my childhood growing up in a “Kosher Home”,,,I love to read the Shiksa blog as I am Jewish and my husband isn’t,,I’ve called him the “Shaggits” in training for the last 20 years,,my mother called him Heshy to make herself feel better that I married out of the religion (2nd marriage)..I find your views refreshing and your recipes enticing and think you are fabulous for carrying on for us, (the Jews) the dwindling chosen few that are here now. I love your enthusiasm and love for the religion.

  16. What is your favorite Jewish food?
    Latkes, probably, because they’re tasty and you can use them for a bunch of different things. I like using them for sandwich wraps, personally.

    Why do you read The Shiksa in the Kitchen Blog?
    I’m a foodie with a growing interest in this sort of thing, and I like trying out a bunch of different recipes. I enjoy being introduced to new foods and new cuisines and meeting people with the same interests.

  17. My favorite Jewish food are my potato latkas. And matza ball soup made by my beautiful shiksa wife. :) I read your site for more recipes, and info

  18. My favorite Jewish food is Matzo Brie, made with egg beaters. Why do The Shiksa in the Kitchen Blog? I happened to find you on facebook. You have a wonderful humor about you. Also, where I live now, I am a lone Jew. So I trust your recipes will be ones my ‘Shiksa’ friends will enjoy:)

  19. My favorite Jewish food is potato latkies. Sorry if it is spelt wrong. I am from Long Island and have many Jewish friends. I miss all the good food. Now I can get some good recipes and I just love you read your stories.

  20. Hi Tori, My favorite Jewish food is challah bread. Plain, raisin, pumpkin. I LOVE it and I learned to make it by using your blog. So I LOVE your blog, not only for the great recipes and instructions you provide, but also because I too am a Shiksa. You have helped me learn and fit into the world of Judaism, and I will be forever grateful for your own personal story and how it has affected me personally, in a wonderful positive way! You’ve made me proud to call myself a Shiksa. Thank you.

  21. I’ve come a long way since I started cooking Jewish foods. My husband”s aunt taught me how to make a kugel. Everytime I make it, it reminds me of her and her kitchen and the wonderful smells.

    Reading the Shiksa in the Kitchen is a no brainer for me. I was a Shiksa (converted in 1965) who needed to learn everything from the ground up. I am still learning. You have contributed to my file of recipes with some great recipes. My daughter gave me your site and I have passed it on to friends and family. They all love your Shiksa in the Kitchen. Keep those recipes coming.

  22. I’m not Jewish, and don’t really know anyone who is. I enjoy your blog because many times your recipes are healthier and easier than I find other places.

    My favorite so far is definitely your Macaroons. I make that recipe at least twice a month.

  23. My favorite Jewish food is latkes and I subscribe because I am a kosher/parve pastry chef. Great job on the blog!

  24. My favorite Jewish food, this is very difficult, it has to be kreplach. This is the one recipe of my Grandma’s that I never quite mastered!
    I enjoy your blog because although Grandma taught me how to make all the wonderful dishes I grew up with, I am always looking for different twists. Also it reminds me of those that are gone who always enjoyed the Jewish cooking and instilled my heritage in me. Thanks

  25. hmmmm….. my favorite jewish food, i think would be kasha knishes…. they are so heavenly when you are a vegetarian. i love your recipes and they way you talk to us thru your blog. i[m not jewish, but my grandfather was. all the food my nana used to make was jewish, and all this time, we thought is was nova scotian! isn’t that funny> my great grandmother taught my nana how to cook, and she taught her jewish recipes. i now make them for my family,,,,, but i tell them they are nova scotian! i was just thinking, i think cranberry kugel is a favorite, too. so good on a cold night. i could eat the whole pan!

  26. I’m not sure I can pick just one Jewish food as my favorite, but if forced, I’d have to say my mother’s potato latkes. Her kugel, matzo ball soup and matzah candy are also to die for! And I read you because I find your insight as a Jew by choice very interesting. I was also very impressed with your personal response to my inquiry about your choice of title.

  27. My favorite Jewish food? It’s a tough call, but I will go with blintzes.
    I follow your blog because I saw it it referenced on another food blog. I grew up in a college town and had lots of friends whose moms made tasty Jewish food. Now I live in a small Southern town and if I want any blintzes, latkes, or whatever, I have to cook it myself!

  28. I LOVE the shiksa blog because I am one . . . . I grew up in a predominantly Jewish/Catholic neighborhood (that is a story unto itself) but, my best friend’s mom would “babysit” us (my 3 brothers & I) for my professional mother. I remember being sent to Hebrew schule with my best friend & learning about Hebrew traditions. I grew up loving the flavors of this friend’s kitchen & incorporating these dishes into my family’s experiences. I still have fond memories of matzo ball soup, challa, kasha, gefilte fish, kugel, pirushkes, shkedei marak, the homentashn of High Holiday, matzah brei & my personal favorite paprikash & stuffed cabbage rolls.

  29. Like many others it is hard to pick ONE but if I must I would choose my mother’s kamish bread.

    I enjoy your website because it helps to keep me anchored to my roots, and inspires me to keep the traditions of our food alive on my table every week at least at one meal.

    Thank you for that.

  30. My favorite Jewish food is my Sephardic grandmother’s bourekas! The recipe is straight from HER grandmother’s kitchen in Istanbul, and they are sooooo delightful with a glass of cold milk – YUM!!! I read your blog for a few reasons: (a) I LOVE your recipes – they are foolproof, and I appreciate the reliable consideration of the rules of kashrut!; (b) I think your self-appointed title is rather humorous; and (c) You’ve got a great variety of recipes that guard against boredom. Keep up the great work! -From a non-shiksa with plenty of beloved shiksa friends who are honorary members of the tribe.

  31. My Jewish sister-in-law has taught me a number of her family recipes that have become my family favorites, but your blog has really expanded my repertoire! I love challah, but have never made a pretty one until I tried your braiding technique. The way you use photos to instruct is very helpful. I often have my laptop sitting next to my work area and try not to get schmutz on it! Mazel Tov!

  32. Hi Tori!
    I have so many favorite Jewish foods – matzo ball soup, kosher corned beef on rye, brisket, challah, etc. – but my absolute favorite thing to eat is kugel baked by my husband’s 89-year old bubbe, a recipe she has tweaked to perfection over the years. There is something special she does with it that can’t be replicated by any of us in the family. :)

    I read your blog because I am a Shiksa too! I married a nice Jewish guy who loves good home cooked food, so I’m always looking for new recipes. Learning from your recipes and cooking Jewish food has helped me connect with the Jewish people in my life, and learning about the history of the food has been a lot of fun. Thank you for your blog and everything that you share. I have to agree with the poster above me – you make me proud to be a Shiksa!

  33. My favorite Jewish food is the potato latkas, and I love the matza ball soup. I am not Jewish, but I love your food, and enjoy reading your stories and learning more about your culture. I loe to cook and I love to try new recipes,(you should see my cookbook collection). Keep up the good work, and may God Bless.

  34. Our favorite Jewish food is Challah because the kids (8 and 10) come home from school on Friday and we make Challah together. The kids love to help knead and braid the bread in preparation for Shabbat. Nothing is better than spending quality time with the kids and the aroma of fresh challah filling the house for Shabbat.

    Other favorites with the kids are homemade Passover macaroons, Chanukah latkes and doughnuts and chicken stew with matzah balls for Shabbat. The kids are always in the kitchen with me helping make our special foods.

    I started reading the Shiksa blog when my dad found it and sent it to me through Facebook. The recipes and information you provide are absolutely wonderful and fun to read. My 10 year old daughter has recently started reading as well.

  35. My favorite Jewish food is the potato latkas, and I love the matza ball soup. I am not Jewish, but I love your food, and enjoy reading your stories and learning more about your culture. I love to cook and I love to try new recipes,(you should see my cookbook collection). Keep up the good work, and may God Bless.

  36. My favorite Jewish food is Challah… I love all bread . but this is my favorite to eat plain, toasted, French toast…
    I am not a baker, but your detailed step by step recipe and pictures gave me the courage to attempt to bake my own.
    I also love the history that your provide with each recipe.

  37. My favorite Jewish food would have to be kugel, broccoli, noodle, butternut squash, potato, you name it I love it. I make them all Gluten Free and there is nothing to miss. Just as good as my Bubba makes. , I read The Shiksa in the Kitchen Blog because it bring me back to my heritage, coming a family of blended religions, both Russian/Polish Jewish and Swedish protestant. I love being able to teach my chlildren about their jewish ansestry and food culture. I too am a blogger and you inspire me. I love how you share your families traditions and your Jewish traditions. Your travel stories and your life. You are amazing.

  38. Hi Tori!
    I so enjoy your website. I love cooking and trying new things from other cultures. I really like themed dinners. Also, I’m really excited that I can share your recipes and the stories behind them with my boys who are 6, 4, and 2. We had so much fun making the Hannukkah dreidels together!
    I like everything you put on here that I’ve made, especially challah bread because I am a carbohydrate fanatic, and I am looking forward to trying those little powdered doughnuts!! Thanks a lot!

  39. My favorite Jewish food is noodle kugel. My recipe is like a souffle. My youngest daughter-in-law is not Jewish. The biggest compliment I got was when she asked for this recipe to take to her family’s Christmas celebration. I read the blog for a new and different perspective on Jewish cooking. I love the recipes and the look at Judaism and Jewish cooking from a young lady that chose this way of life.

  40. My favorite Jewish food…oy so hard to choose just one! I would have to say my grandmother’s recipe for apricot and walnut strudel. It is filled with jam and coconut and made with sour cream, and it is also filled with memories. Just thinking about those end pieces covered in powdered sugar makes my mouth water. It’s so delicious and easy to make! ( I can send you the recipe if you want)

    I read The Shiksa blog not only for your great recipes but because your story really touched me. And I love that you wish everyone a Good Shabbos on Fridays, such a personal touch even though (of course) I don’t even know you!

    Be well.

  41. I have to say, I have loved and referenced your blog ever since I stumbled across you on FB. I am slowly in the process of learning my own Jewish heritage as a grafted-in Shiksa, and the foods and traditions I find here are a great help. Make me feel all warm and bubbly on the inside! My family and friends treat me like I’m meshugge, but hey! I think we all are, at least a little!

  42. My favorite has to be challah but I did make cholent for the first time this past weekend {I merged your recipe with my husband’s Rabbi’s recipe} and I absolutely LOVED it.

    The reason I read your blog {aside from my love for trying new recipes} is because my husband is converting to Judaism and I wanted to arm myself with kosher knowledge and recipes both :)

    Confirmed subscriber! mrscoxblog{at}gmail{dot}com
    Thanks for the chance :)

  43. I enjoy your reading your blog..I like how you show how to make your recipes with photos. Not being Jewish, but having Jewish friends I have been introduce to your wonderful cusine, and now I can attempt some of these dishes!

  44. Hi! My favorite food/treat is actually Hamantaschen. I made them for the first time using your recipe and loved using the apricot and cream cheese fillings. There was something about the process that felt so comforting and traditional. I read your blog for the same reason – understanding the food culture of my ancestors is a way of feeling closer to them. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!

  45. My favorite Jewish food is latkes because they are the ultimate comfort food for any meal…I love your blog because I am a foodie and I love to learn. Your blogs are so informative and the recipes are a real blessing. The perfect combination – information and recipes…

  46. My favourite Jewish food… really? I have to choose only 1? Brisket? Knish? Challah bread…. really its too hard to choose. There isn’t much I have tried that I don’t love :) The reason I read your blog is a few reasons, your recipes are delicious, pretty easy to make and well, I’m about to be a shiksa in the kitchen myself. I marry my Jewish fiance in August :)

  47. My favorite Jewish food?!?! I have no idea. Maybe my grandmother’s Sephardic charoset made with dates and orange juice/zest, but probably a big fat piece of fluffy challah. With charoset on it. I read your blog because I love reading about food and trying new recipes, especially when they have a connection to the culture I know and love. Great contest, Tori!

  48. my favorite reciep has to be matzo ball soup. now the reason i read your site is because i need to know more about jewish cooking if my favorite is matzo ball soup. I KNOW that there is much better food out there than is and i want to learn it, eat it and share it. I work on an organic farm and I want to find new ways to enjoy my food. thanks for your site.

  49. what is your favorite Jewish food- challa bread, which I can’t find around here so I learned to make it.
    why do you read The Shiksa in the Kitchen Blog?- I read lots of food blogs and really like this one. I didn’t know I was a shiksa, I just thought I was a methodist that likes Jewish food!

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