Rosh Chodesh Av: Kosher Cooking Carnival # 20

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Welcome to the July 16, 2007, 20th edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival!

When I suggested this date to Batya, I didn’t realize that it fell on the first day of the Hebrew month of Av. According to the mishnah, “Mishenichnas Av mamaatin be-simcha.” When Av enters, one minimizes happiness. The ninth of Av commemorates the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem, and Jews observe a semi-mourning period from the first day of Av through the middle of the tenth day that includes refraining from meat, unnecessary laundry and bathing, and parties, including weddings. So while it feels a bit inappropriate to host a carnival today, I can choose to look at the literal meaning of the word, “removal of meat.” The original “carnival” took place (lehavdil) to commemorate the beginning of Lent, when Catholics also refrain from eating meat.

At any rate, even observant Jews eat meat on Shabbat during the Nine Days, and most Sefaradim (Jews of Spanish and north African descent) also eat meat until the actual week of 9 Av.

Whatever your custom, I hope you enjoy the contributions. May the Temple be restored speedily!

Previous editions can be found here: KCC #1, KCC #2, KCC #3, KCC #4, KCC #5, KCC #6, KCC #7, KCC #8, KCC #9, KCC #10, KCC #11, KCC #12, KCC #13, KCC #14, KCC #15, KCC #16, KCC #17, KCC #18, and KCC #19.

If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome! I invite you to take a look at the posts on parenting, homemaking and life in Israel.

Without further ado:

Carolyn presents Recipe for Pita Bread (pareve, uses bread machine) posted at Juggling Frogs.

Orthonomics presents Approaching Shabbat Calmly posted at Orthonomics. Be sure to check the comments for more ideas!

Aish presents a challah recipe.

Carolyn presents an Index of Recipes on Juggling Frogs posted at Juggling Frogs, saying, “I organized the recipes on Juggling Frogs into this post.” Thank you, Carolyn, for the wonderful resource!

anything kosher!

Oh no, the S word! Shmita strikes fear into the heart of every observant Israeli homemaker. muse presents The every seven year dilemma posted at Shiloh Musings.

suburbanchef presents Garlic – The Stinking Rose « the suburbanchef posted at the suburbanchef, saying, “This is an article detailing the amazing history and health properties of garlic, an herb that has ‘roots’ in Jewish history and recipes.”

muse presents “9 Days” Food Planning posted at me-ander.


Here’s Carolyn again, with her Recipe for Strudel (pareve, uses bread machine) posted at Juggling Frogs.


imabiologist presents Adjusting to Israeli Cooking posted at I’m(a) Biologist.

I stumbled across a bilingual Russian/English kosher cooking blog. Here Alla presents Grilled salmon with Baby Greens, Mango & Marinated Onion posted at Cooking with Yiddishe mama.

I posted an email from Helene of California, who shares with us a few of her favorites, including ROAST SALMON WITH THAI COCONUT SAUCE, CITRUS KUGEL, and STRAWBERRY SOUP. Keep in mind that they all require some specialty ingredients. Preview of the Kosher Cooking Carnival posted at A Mother in Israel.

In this post, I asked readers for simple, healthy, and inexpensive dinner ideas. Most are pareve–check out the comments. mominisrael presents What’s for dinner? posted at A Mother in Israel.


Here’s another blog I hadn’t seen before: Annette Berlin presents Leah’s Soup posted at Frugal Journey, saying, “Makes a good, pareve soup for Shabbos.” Frugal is good. Thank you, Annette!

diet food

I’m not sure what this has to do with kosher cooking, but I post it in the interest of inclusion. FitBuff presents’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog » What Is Glycemic Index? posted at’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, “Glycemic Index is finally garnering some mainstream attention, but many people are still unaware of what it means exactly and how they can use it to improve their health. This article explains Glycemic Index and provides a very useful tool to look up any food’s GI value.”

Finally, Sephardi Lady emailed me with the recipe for the Moroccan chicken she mentions in the Shabbat post.

Moroccan Chicken Stew
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
1 Tbsp Flour
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz. can of diced or crushed tomatoes
15 oz can garbanzo beans
1.5 cups water
1/2 cup raisins
Dice chicken into pieces. Coat the pieces with a mixture of flour, coriander, cumin, paprika, salt, and cinnamon.
Suatee onion and garlic in olive oil until browned and remove from pan. Using the reserved oil in pan, add chicken pieces and sautee until lightly browned.
Return onion mixture to pan. Add tomatoes, beans, water, and raisins. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 10 minutes. Stirr occasionlly.
Serve over couscous or, alternatively with basmati rice.

That concludes this edition. Thanks to everyone for the posts and submissions. Submit your blog article to the next edition of kosher cooking carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. The next edition will be hosted by Carolyn of Juggling Frogs on August 20th, 2007.

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  1. Hi there I love Your recipes! I run a soul food site and was wordering if you mind If I use some of them on my site?

    • mominisrael says

      Hi Jamin,
      You would need to ask the others about theirs but you can use mine as long as you include a link and don’t offer it for sale.

  2. Thanks so much.


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