The Shiksa Picks – Tori’s Favorite Finds on the Web 8.26.11

Every Friday, I take my favorite “picks” from my week on the web and post them here for you to enjoy. But before I announce The Shiksa Picks, here is a quick recap of this week’s posts on TheShiksa.com– just in case you missed them.  :)

THIS WEEK ON THESHIKSA.COM

ORGANIC DATES FROM A KIBBUTZ IN ISRAEL

This week I received a big, beautiful bunch of organic dates from a kibbutz in Israel! I’m thinking about carrying them in my online market. They came to me on the vine, just like this. These are literally the most amazing dates I’ve ever tasted, so sweet and moist. Perfection! Now, what to do with them?

TZATZIKI

Learn to make thick, rich tzatziki – a fragrant and luscious Middle Eastern mezze.

HOW TO STRAIN YOGURT

Make your own Greek yogurt, labane dip, and yogurt cheese. It’s easy!

THE SHIKSA’S WEEKLY WEB PICKS

Here are some of my favorite picks from the web this week.

PRETTY GOOD FOOD:
NUTELLA ICE CREAM WITHOUT AN ICE CREAM MAKER

Meredith at the Pretty Good Food blog posted this tasty looking (and simple!) Nutella ice cream recipe. I love that you don’t need an ice cream maker to prepare it. If you’re keeping kosher, make sure you use kosher marshmallows! :)

EATING WELL: GRILLED PIZZA WITH PESTO, TOMATOES, AND FETA

I’ve been in a grilling mood for the past few weeks. I started searching for grilled pizza recipes and came across this recipe. Pizza. With pesto. And tomatoes. And feta. Grilled. How delicious does that sound?? I haven’t made it yet, but I feel like I can taste it already… mmmm…

GRILLED SWEET POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY

This idea is simple, but brilliant, and perfect for the last few weeks of grilling season… hot, smoky, herby, and sweet rosemary grilled yams, courtesy of TruffleHead.com.

THE DECORATED COOKIE: RAINBOWS AND UNICORNS

Yeah, I’m sharing unicorn cookies. Because with hurricanes and disasters and economic collapses, sometimes you just need to feel like a kid again. :)

TABLET MAGAZINE: ROMAN HOLIDAY

Italy’s glorious food is well-known, but not its rich Jewish culinary heritage, spanning 2,000 years. In honor of the 40th birthday of Chez Panisse, Joan Nathan plans a menu of Italian Jewish classics. Includes some of Joan’s fantastic, well researched recipes!

NEW YORK TIMES: A ROADIE WITH A WHISK

In an effort to reinvent the awkward preconcert ritual of a “meet and greet,” the Zac Brown Band decided to try something different. Now, before each show, roadie chef Rusty Hamlin and the musicians dish up a Southern-style “eat and greet” for a few fans before each concert. Such a cool idea! Now, how to score an invite…

LA TIMES FOOD: CRANE MELON A TRUE “HEIRLOOM”

An excellent article on heirloom fruits and vegetables. I try to buy true heirlooms whenever they’re available… they can be difficult to track down sometimes. Fellow SoCal residents will want to check out these Heirloom Crane melons at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. They’re grown in Paso Robles, right near my hometown!

TWITTER SHOUT-OUTS

Every week, I post the Twitter accounts that make me smile with their
fun or interesting tweets. Here are this week’s picks…

@Pinterest

I just joined the Pinterest website, and I’m having fun with it! You create bulletin boards and “pin” your favorite things to them. So far I’ve started a board for favorite books (not cookbooks) and people who inspire me. I haven’t had a lot of time to fill out my boards yet, but I’m hoping to work on them more next week. If you’re a member of Pinterest, let me know so we can be pin buddies! Click here for my Pinterest page.

@THEtoughcookie

I’m loving Gail Dosik’s site One Tough Cookie! She’s a cookie decorating genius. Her tweets make me smile, too. She’s been helping with the #afundforjennie auction to benefit Jennifer Perillo, who recently lost her husband (see: A Pie for Mikey). You go, Gail!

@JewishTweets

This is the official Twitter account of the JewishTreats.org website. They provide fun, informative posts about Jewish holidays and other fun events/observances. Definitely worth a follow. :)

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

This comment came in on my Honey Apple Cake recipe from blog reader Nadia:

Tori, Thank you for your blog!!!! I am a huge fan! Yesterday I made honey apple cake and brought it to my last conversion class. I must say that I am not that great when it comes to baking, but your cake rocked! Everyone simply just loved it. Shabbat Shalom

Congrats on starting your conversion journey Nadia! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the cake, it’s one of my family’s favorites. Shabbat Shalom to you, too!

 

COMMENT AND SHARE

Did you read an article this week that you think my readers would find interesting? Are you a food blogger with a recipe that you want everybody see? Or maybe you want to share what’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend. Comment below and let us know about it!

Shabbat Shalom! Sending prayers to all who are in the path of Hurricane Irene. Stay safe!

Tori xo

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  1. Love the unicorn cookies – reminds me of Rainbow Bright and Pretty Ponies and a little girl who loved them all. Good thoughts. Even with all the discord in the weather, in politics, in the economy, life is good when you consider unicorns . . .

  2. I am so glad to have found your blog! (via Diethood’s FB page). Those dates look awesome. I live in Israel right now and we get the best dates! Can’t wait to see what you do with them (I’m obsessed with turkey-date meatballs).

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