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Shabbat Shalom

In our household, Erev Shabbat (the Eve of the Sabbath) is my favorite night of the week.  We usually spend the evening at home with family, and I like to cook a special meal for us to share. I always serve comfort food– no counting calories. It’s a time for togetherness, when you can sit …

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Matzo Brei Main

Matzo Brei

Learn to make Matzo Brei, an Ashkenazi Passover breakfast dish with matzo, eggs, applesauce and sour cream. Kosher, Dairy, Deli Favorites.

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Tahini Sauce

Tahini Sauce

Learn to make authentic tahini sauce from sesame paste, lemon, garlic, water and salt. Easy recipe, all you need is a blender. Kosher, Pareve.

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Shiksa Matzo Ball Soup

It’s been a soupy few days here at The Shiksa Blog, so I thought I’d finish the week by sharing my “Shiksa Matzo Ball Soup” recipe with you.  I make this soup at least once a month.  For the Passover Seder, I cook two or three large stockpots full.  And somehow, we never seem to …

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This chicken stock is from my "Shiksa Matzo Ball Soup" recipe.

The Shiksa’s “Stock Secrets”

No, I’m not going to share my stock trading tips with you.  I have none.  The stock market is way too risky for this Shiksa.  I’m talking about chicken soup stock, of course! There is nothing so delicious on a cold winter’s day than a piping hot bowl of chicken soup—and every yummy pot of …

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These are the simple ingredients used in my "Shiksa Brisket" recipe.

Slow Cooker Brisket

I promised yesterday that I would share one of my slow cooker brisket recipes with you, so here you go! This is a salty brisket (no sweetness in the sauce).  It’s super easy to make, just pop it in the slow cooker in the morning and let it cook.  Your kitchen will smell delicious all …

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Slicing the brisket I made for our Ashkenazi feast.

Let’s Talk Brisket

Last Friday, I helped prepare a traditional Ashkenazi feast with my friend Etti Hadar and her family. I’ll be blogging about the experience later this week, when I’ve had a chance to download all the pictures we took. A couple of weeks ago, when we were planning the meal, I asked Etti if I could …

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The Power of Words

Discussing the word shiksa, the definition, the modern context, and reclaiming the word in order to redefine it.

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These latkes are a traditional Ashkenazi Jews dish.

Ashkenazi vs. Sephardic Cuisine

In an earlier blog, I wrote about the two major Jewish groups in the world– Ashkenazi Jews and Sephardic Jews.  These two groups have the same religious beliefs, but their cooking styles are quite different.  Ashkenazi foods might seem more familiar to American cooks (matzo ball soup and gefilte fish), while Sephardic foods tend to …

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The Jewish Diaspora

Since becoming involved in Jewish cooking, I’ve learned that the term “Jewish cuisine” covers a very broad range of foods from all over the world.  That’s because Jews have settled in many different countries throughout history.  In what has become known as the Jewish Diaspora, the Roman army conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Second Temple (year …

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The Shiksa 3

The Shiksa Is Blogging!

  Hello friends, and Happy New Year! My name is Tori, and I’m The Shiksa in the Kitchen. Welcome to my blog! Here I will be posting articles, recipes, and cooking tips for people who are interested in Jewish cuisine. So, what exactly is a shiksa?  More importantly, why is this shiksa writing a blog? …

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