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COOKING ISRAEL Chagim Cookbook W W W I S R A E L F O R E V E R O R G 1

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For some there is no closer connection to Israel than cooking up the incredible foods that embody its cultural and gastronomic flavors Adapted over centuries of Jewish migrations to and from our only ancestral land some of the best Israeli recipes have traveled from countries near and far evidence of the ingathering of exiles and the multicultural society we have rebuilt on the land of our heritage and our history Every recipe is a delicacy of its own kind each with its own story representing some of the most inventive combinations of cheeses produce spices meats and more making the Israeli menu a glorious collection of flavorful fun The information text graphics and other items on this Web Site are copyrighted by The Israel Forever Foundation Unauthorized use of these materials may be a violation of law Except as stated in the next paragraph below you may not reproduce distribute download transmit display or mirror on another server any of the materials on this Web Site without the prior written permission of The Israel Forever Foundation You may print reproduce or download the materials related to this program solely for personal non commercial use on a single computer provided that 1 you include the copyright or other proprietary notices that appear on the original materials and 2 you do not modify the materials If you breach any of these terms or conditions this permission will terminate automatically without notice or other action and you must delete or destroy all materials obtained from The Israel Forever Foundation Passionately Written and Compiled with personal recipes by Dr Elana Yael Heideman Executive Director elanayael israelforever org The inclusion of first fruits and herbs native to the Land of Israel are an integral part of the Israeli cuisine We are blessed with an abundance of vegetables grains and herbs that provide our harvest throughout the year allowing us to infuse the personality history culture and innovation of Israel in every delectable dish The Talmud even gives precise instruction for planting and watering these herbs an integral part of the local cuisine for the last 3000 years These recipes are a collection of some favorites each providing a taste of Israel you and your friends and family can enjoy as you come together to celebrate this new year As we welcome these special days and traditions of our Jewish calendar we should be reminded and should remind each other of the value of Israel our ancient homeland and her meaningfulness in our lives We at The Israel Forever Foundation strive to provide ongoing Israel Engagement to help you celebrate and strengthen your personal connection to our one and only Jewish State For centuries we have prayed for a return to Tzion and now we live to see that dream come to life Together we can inspire Israel in the hearts homes and lives of Jews around the world and what better way than through our appetites and celebrations Shanah Tovah U Metukah from all of us at The Israel Forever Foundation 2 3

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Table of Contents Rosh HaShanah Recipes for a Sweet New Year 5 Simanim Signs of a New Year 6 7 Apple Cinnamon Challah 8 Israeli White Bean Soup 9 Mizrahi Fish Head Soup 10 Simanim Salad 11 Moroccan Beet Citrus Salad 12 Pomegranate Roasted Chicken 13 Ethiopian Chicken Stew 14 Israeli Pumpkin Couscous 15 Leek and Onion Roasted Potatoes 16 Nuts and Honey Baked Apples 17 Spiced Israeli Honey Date Cake 18 Yom Kippur Break the Fast with Tastes of Israel 19 Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Silan Sauce 20 Zaatar Mint Israeli Salad with Feta and Olives 21 Israeli Leek Pashtida 22 Pomegranate Limonana 23 Morrocan Reifa Cookies 24 Sukkot Celebrating the Harvest 25 Roasted Pepper Soup 26 Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes and Tehina 27 Rosemary Foccacia with Herbs 28 Lemon and Garlic Chicken 29 Mimulaim Stuffed Vegetable Medley 30 Tehina Cookies 31 Honey Baked Dates and Figs 32 4 Rosh Hashana Called the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible the meaning of Rosh HaShanah implies a divine appointment a time to meet with God The liturgy and readings from the Torah serve as reminders of our mortality and personal responsibility we each bear for our behavior and the shofar is intended to be a wake up call to the human conscience Every year as Rosh HaShanah arrives Jews around the world come together for their annual commemoration of the birth of the world We contemplate how this year s celebration will be different than the year before who will join us at our chag table for our festive meal who we ll see in shul that we haven t seen since well the last time we gathered as a community We use this chag to honor our relationship with friends family our Jewish identity and of course with God We wish each other Chag Sameach and recite the same prayers but often hope for a little something different in the coming year 5

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Apple Cinnamon Challah Marak Shuit Israeli Bean Soup 2 Tbsp instant yeast cup sugar 2 cups boiling water cup vegetable oil 6 cups broth or water 2 3 cups white or black eyed beans 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 lg onion peeled and chopped 2 tsp salt 6 cups flour 3 teaspoons cinnamon 4 Tbsp honey 1 apple peeled and cut into small chunks 1 egg beaten 3 stalks celery diced 3 carrots diced 1 potato small cubes 6 oz tomato puree 1 can crushed tomatoes 3 4 cloves garlic minced 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp thyme dried or fresh 1 Tbsp paprika sweet or spicy as preferred 2 bay leaves 1 tsp brown sugar tsp salt tsp pepper 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or cilantro if preferred In a large mixing bowl combine yeast sugar and hot water Let sit for 15 minutes until bubbly Add flour 1 cup at a time After 3 cups add oil cinnamon and honey Mix with hands or in mixer until sticky dough forms Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 12 minutes Flatten dough out into a disk and fold in apple pieces If using a mixer you can add the apple pieces right in for another 2 minutes of kneading Place dough into well oiled bowl and cover with a plastic wrap or damp towel Let rise in a warm dry area for 1 hour dough with double in size Punch down and let rise again for 1 hour Pre heat oven to 350 F 180 C Punch down dough and separate into 6 or 8 even sized pieces depending on if you want to do a 3 or 4 strand braid Roll out each piece into a long cylinder shape and lay side by side Pinch the ends of the dough together and braid Pinch the ends together tightly And lay on baking sheet In a small dish beat egg and brush on top of challah after 10 minutes of additional rising Brush on another coat after another 10 minutes and sprinkle the top with sea salt Bake for 30 35 minutes or until golden 8 If using dried beans Let beans soak overnight in 6 8 cups water Drain and rinse well Cook beans on medium low heat in 6 cups of water for 2 3 hrs In a medium skillet heat oil over medium high heat Add onion and saut until transparent but not brown Add celery carrot and potato and 1 2 cup water and steam until softened Place saut ed vegetables in a soup pot with beans crushed tomato tomato puree and garlic Add broth water garlic cumin thyme paprika bay leaves sugar salt pepper and parsley Bring to a boil over high heat stirring occasionally Reduce heat cover kettle and simmer for 1 5 hours longer for richer flavors 9

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Mizrahi Fish Head Soup 2 lbs sea bass heads or other preferred fish 2 chopped onions 2 cup sliced carrots 2 cup chopped celery in Israel we always include the celery leaves as well 1 chopped red pepper 6 mashed garlic cloves 1 cup cubed potatoes 1 cup corn 6 cups fish stock or fish broth 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp paprika sweet or spicy as preferred tsp oregano 1 tsp cumin 4 Tbsp tomato paste 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley Juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper to taste In a medium saucepan saut onions celery and carrot in light olive oil over medium heat until softened Add peppers potatoes garlic spices corn and 2 cups of broth Let simmer for 10 15 minutes Sprinkle fish heads with salt and add to pot Stir in tomato paste and rest of broth Bring to a boil Lower to medium heat and cook for 30 minutes Add juice of 1 lemon juice and add parsley and fresh ground pepper Cook for 10 more minutes and serve hot 10 Simanim Salad 1 Granny Smith apple cut in narrow slices with peel 1 Red Delicious apple cup chopped dates cooked beet cubed butternut squash lightly steamed and shredded julienne 1 large head lettuce ripped in small pieces 1 bag baby spinach Seeds from 1 2 a pomegranate cup minced scallion Dressing cup oil 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp honey 1 tsp mustard tsp salt tsp garlic powder 2 tsp pomegranate or orange juice pepper to taste ombine all ingredients in a large bowl C Mix dressing well in a separate bowl or shake in a container before pouring on top of salad just before serving 11

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Moroccan Beet Citrus Salad 3 large beets cooked and cubed 1 red onion minced or sliced very thin 1 cup Pomegranate seeds cup orange slices or mandarin oranges 1 2 Tbsp chopped parsley 2 Tbsp sliced black olives cup chopped mint cup walnuts or pine nuts optional Dressing cup olive oil cup lemon juice or red wine vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp paprika sweet or spice as preferred 1 tsp cumin 1 teaspoon salt more if needed 1 3 cloves garlic crushed teaspoon ground black pepper 2 green onions diced Combine all ingredients in a large bowl Mix dressing well in a separate bowl or shake in a container before pouring on top of salad just before serving 12 Never cooked beets before It s easy Place washed beets into a pot fully covered with water Bring to a boil then cover and lower heat to medium low Beets are ready when you can stick your fork in easily Skins pull away with a breeze and viola a delicious healthy snack all on its own Pomegranate Roasted Chicken cup olive oil 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 chicken quartered 1 pomegranate halved cup dry white wine 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp cardamom tsp nutmeg 1 Tbsp cinnamon 2 Tbsp sugar Salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 375 F 190 C Place chicken in a shallow baking dish In a cup mix olive oil and garlic and smother over the chicken Remove 1 tablespoon of seeds from pomegranates Set aside for garnish Squeeze juice from remaining pomegranate through a sieve into a small bowl In a small saucepan mix pomegranate juice wine lemon juice and cinnamon sugar Bring to a boil over high heat Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes to thicken Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste Drizzle a bit of the sauce over the chicken and put in preheated oven to bake for 45 minutes basting several times with pan juices Add a bit more of the sauce throughout the cooking When the skin is browned and juices run clear when a thigh is pierced at thickest part with a fork remove chicken from oven and cover with aluminum foil to rest for 10 15 minutes Combine sauce from pan and uncooked sauce Transfer roasted chicken to a serving platter and pierce each piece several times Pour sauce over chicken Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve 13

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Ethiopian Chicken Stew 1 pound boneless skinless chicken 8 cloves garlic chopped 1 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 cup mushrooms chopped 2 Tbsp tomato paste 3 Tbsp creamy peanut butter 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves 1 cup lentils orange or brown preferred 8 cups Chicken Broth 2 cups water tsp salt and pepper Preheat large deep skillet over medium high heat Season chicken with salt and pepper Add to skillet and brown the chicken pieces for about 5 minutes turning occasionally Add the garlic ginger and mushrooms Cook for another 3 minutes Add chicken Broth peanut butter tomato paste and thyme Mix well and bring to a boil After 10 minutes add lentils and mix again Cover tightly and simmer over low heat for 30 40 minutes Season to taste with salt and pepper 14 Israeli Pumpkin Couscous 2 cups couscous cooked 2 cups pumpkin cubed tsp turmeric tsp cumin tsp brown sugar 2 3 cloves of garlic minced 1 cup red pepper diced small tsp salt to taste 1 Tbsp chopped parsley cup pumpkin seeds cup pine nuts cup dried cranberries Cut pumpkin flesh into 1 in cubes Add 2 tsp olive oil to a skillet on medium high heat Brown pumpkin on all sides Add garlic turmeric cumin sugar and red pepper and simmer until pumpkin is soft stirring Add to cooked couscous preparation method will depend on the type you buy Add salt parsley seeds nuts cranberries and a drizzle of olive oil 15

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Roasted Leeks with Potatoes and Carrots Nuts and Honey Baked Apples 2 leeks 1 bag red baby potatoes cut in half 5 large carrots 2 stalks celery olive oil 3 cloves garlic diced 2 bay leaves tsp chopped thyme tsp chopped parsley 2 tsp salt 5 6 apples 2 cups of nut variety cedar hazelnuts walnuts pine nuts pecan 4 tsp sugar 5 tsp of sweet liqueur cup butter margarine room temperature and cubed 2 Tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg tsp cardamom 1 cups of honey glass of red Israeli wine Preheat oven to 375 F 190 C Cut off the hard green tips of the leeks Slice lengthwise and cut into smaller portions and wash thoroughly Wash potatoes and dry thoroughly for best crispiness Wash and peel carrots Cut carrots and celery angular slices Mix together with leeks and potatoes Add spices garlic and salt Drizzle with olive oil until fully covered Bake for 30 40 minutes For last five minutes set oven on broil to crisp everything up Preheat oven to 325 F 160 C Extract the apple core of each apple and place apples on a well buttered cookie sheet For pareve meals use margarine or spray pan with canola oil Chop or smash nuts for a rough texture Mix with sugar and liqueur and stuff inside each apple Combine cinnamon nutmeg and cardamom with margarine cubes and slather on top of each apple Mix honey with wine and pour over the top of the stuffed apples Bake for 25 30 minutes Can be served with ice cream or whipped cream or delicious all on its own 16 17

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Spiced Israeli Honey Date Cake with Caramel Sauce 2 cups Israeli dates pitted and chopped 1 1 4 cups water 1 tsp baking soda 1 4 cup margarine cut into pieces 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 1 4 cup self rising flour 1 2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 2 cup honey 1 tsp cardamom 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp ground ginger Caramel Sauce 3 4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup heavy cream or non dairy creamer 1 Tbsp corn syrup 1 4 cup butter 1 tsp cinnamon 1 2 tsp nutmeg Grease 8 inch spring form baking pan or pan of choice Preheat oven to 350 F 180 C Place chopped dates and water in small saucepan Stir and bring to a boil over high heat Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and butter The baking soda will get a bit foamy and butter will melt Set aside for about 25 minutes to cool In a medium bowl mix flour and brown sugar Add eggs vanilla and spices to cooled date mixture and blend until smooth Combine wet and dry ingredients folding together until just combined Pour into pan and bake for about 40 45 minutes For sauce put all ingredients in a small saucepot and stir well Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until sauce comes to a simmer Lower heat to low and continue to cook stirring as needed for 5 minutes Remove from heat and set aside Using a skewer randomly pierce cake in multiple places Pour 1 2 cup of the sauce over cake and allow to sit for 5 minutes Remove cake from pan and put on desired serving tray Drizzle with remaining sauce or add to each slice as you serve it for the gorgeous dripping effect that makes you want to lick your fingers 18 Yom Kippur There is a strong common thread among all Israelis on Yom Kippur a feeling of connecting to others and being part of a community The fast ends and normal life resumes at sundown after 25 hours of this blessed peace with a blast of the shofar and the immediate singing of Next Year in Jerusalem And then the return to the hubub of the daily reality with a glimmer of hope that the People of Israel and the State of Israel as a whole has been sealed in the Book of Life So as you enter into this unique and special day on our Jewish calendar think about how lucky we are to have a place where our daily life is in sync with our faith and identity where Jews of every background and practice feel the peace that emanates from our land and where we can all accept our misgivings and differences of opinion and say for this I am grateful 19

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Roasted Cauliflower with Tehina Silan Sauce 1 head cauliflower cut into florets 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 2 tsp salt Sauce 2 Tbsp olive oil cup tahina 2 Tbsp silan date honey or pomegranate molasses Tbsp sumac 2 cloves garlic pressed 1 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice salt and pepper to taste 1 Tbsp sesame seeds Preheat oven to 400 F 200 C Drizzle oil and sprinkle salt over cauliflower florets Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet Roast until golden about 20 minutes Lay out on serving dish to cool While the cauliflower is roasting combine tahina silan or preferred substitute garlic sumac lemon juice and sesame seeds in a small bowl Whisk to combine Drizzle sauce over cauliflower and an extra dash of olive oil Add the finishing touch of a sprinkle of parsley salt and pepper Serve warm or at room temperature 20 Zaatar Mint Israeli Salad with Feta and Olives 4 cucumbers 4 large tomatoes 1 medium red onion diced small 2 tsp fresh mint chopped 2 tsp fresh parsley chopped Feta cheese cubed Black Israeli style olives Dressing 2 3 Tbsp olive oil Juice of lemon 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp za atar Cut cucumbers and tomatoes into small cubes Add diced red onion mint parsley olives and feta and mix gently Cover with dressing and enjoy 21

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Israeli Leek Pashtida Crust 1 3 4 cup 180 grams all purpose flour 4 oz 120 grams butter margarine cold and cubed 3 4 tsp salt 2 tsp garlic powder 2 3 Tbsp cold water Filling 1 large leek washed and cut into slices 1 large onion 2 3 cloves garlic 1 8 oz 250 gram container sweet cream 2 eggs slightly beaten 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 s tsp nutmeg 2 Tbsp mozzarella cheese shredded Salt and freshly ground pepper according to taste Post Fast Pomegranate Limonana 2 cups fresh pomegranate juice 1 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup sugar 7 cups water or sparkling water cup fresh nana mint leaves ice cubes Make Simple Syrup Boil sugar in 1 cup water until thickens Pour into large pitcher with pomegranate and lemon juice and stir well Fill pitcher with remaining water or sparkling water if preferred and mix well Add mint leaves and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving If not sweet enough for you melt additional sugar in boiling water and add to pitcher For the crust Add flour salt and garlic powder to your food processor and then drop in the chunks of cold butter Pulse on low medium until you get a crumby mixture Slowly add the water while pulsing just until dough forms Take out and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes Filling Preheat the oven to 350 F 180 C In a skillet heat oil over medium heat Add the leeks onion and garlic and saut until golden Spice with salt and pepper Set aside to cool In a separate bowl mix together the cream eggs mustard and thyme Season with salt and pepper Spray a 9 inch 22 cm round pan with non stick cooking spray Flatten out the dough on the bottom and up the sides of the pan Arrange the cooled cooked leeks on top of the dough Pour the creamy egg mixture on top of the leeks Sprinkle Mozzarella on top Bake uncovered at 350 F 180 C for 30 minutes or until golden brown 22 23

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Morrocan Reifa Cookies A healthy post fast treat Courtesy of Haaretz cup of oil cup of water 1 Tbsp of anise seeds washed well 1 egg zest of half a lemon cup of sugar tsp of baking powder 250 grams of flour Mix oil water egg lemon shavings and anise seeds in a bowl Add in dry ingredients sugar baking powder and flour gradually until dough forms Roll out dough until approximately centimeter thick Cut out cookies to desired shape and make design using fork tines Bake at 325 F 160 C 12 15 min or until golden 24 Sukkot In so many ways Sukkot offers us the opportunity to connect with the Land in which we were destined to thrive as a people Every year we take ourselves out of the comforts of our home to relive an experience that spans the generations and helps us connect with the memory of our ancestors and the journey they traveled to reach the land promised to the Children of Israel So much meaning has been placed on these temporary dwellings wherein families gather guests are welcomed and delicious dishes concocted to celebrate the abundance of the Land of Israel Indeed it was once said that One should concentrate on being part of the entire people of Israel with intense love and peace until it may be considered as if all of Israel dwells together in one sukkah While we may not all be together in the land to fulfill the mitzvah of dwelling in the land we can unite in our mitzvah of inspiring Israel by combining something temporary with something permanent our commitment and belonging to Israel 25

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Roasted Pepper Soup Courtesy of Puzzle Israel Makes 6 servings 6 red peppers 1 red onion 1 Tbsp chopped ginger 1 Tbsp chopped garlic cup olive oil 2 3 cups of water cup coconut milk 2 3 Tbsp honey cup roasted almonds touch of salt and pepper according to your tastes Heat up the oven to 500 F 250 C Sprinkle a little oil on the peppers and roast them until charred Remove pan from oven and place the red peppers into a plastic bag sealing the bag well Let the peppers cool for 20 minutes Heat up a frying pan with 3 4 tablespoons of oil Chop the onion and cook it until it begins to brown Add the chopped ginger and garlic into the onion and cook for 2 3 minutes Peel the roasted peppers and chop them Add to the chopped onions etc in the pan and cook for 2 3 minutes Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil Use a hand blender to blend it all together until you have a smooth pepper puree Add the coconut milk salt and pepper Bring to a second boil and add water as needed Sprinkle some of the almonds before serving and add a sprig of fresh basil 26 Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes and Tehina 1 large eggplant 1 lemon or lime halved 4 Tbsp tahini 1 clove garlic crushed 2 Tbsp silan date honey 2 large tomato 2 Tbsp feta cheese 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 teaspoons fresh za atar oregano or basil Salt and pepper to taste Fresh basil Grill the eggplant over a flame or in your oven till soft and the peel is charred about 40 minutes If grilling in oven cut a slit into the side of the vegetable to prevent its bursting open Cut in half horizontally and spread out on plate Scrape flesh with a fork to loosen and sprinkle salt and pepper Mix Tehina silan garlic and spices and pour over the flesh Top with tomatoes and feta Drizzle olive oil over everything and top with pine nuts Eat hot or cool with fresh pita or baguette 27

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Rosemary Focaccia Lemon and Garlic Herb Chicken Makes 6 servings 3 cups white flour 3 cups whole wheat flour 3 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp dry yeast 4 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp kosher salt 2 cups cold water rosemary finely chopped fresh or dried Heat up the oven to 450 F 230 C Mix the dry ingredients except the salt in a bowl Add the water and start mixing with one hand in the center of the bowl After 3 minutes of mixing add the olive oil salt and chopped rosemary and Continue mixing from the center out filling the dough with air for 5 10 minutes Cover with a plastic bag for 1 hour Add three tablespoons of chopped rosemary to three tablespoons of flour and knead the dough for 3 minutes Cover for 1 more hour Shape 6 8 balls of dough using a good amount of flour so the dough does not stick to your hands Roll out each ball of dough 2 3 cm thick Sprinkle some olive oil and salt Place dough on a pan and put in the oven until brown and crispy 28 8 chicken breasts boneless cup olive oil 5 cloves garlic minced cup dry white wine 1 lemon zested and squeezed 1 lemon cut into 8 wedges 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 tspdried oregano 2 sprigs fresh thyme finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped 1 Tbsp capers optional kosher salt black pepper freshly ground Preheat oven to 400 F 200 C In a small saucepan over medium low heat heat the olive oil Add garlic and cook for just about a minute don t let the garlic burn Add white wine lemon zest lemon juice herbs teaspoon of kosher salt and teaspoon of pepper and stir gently for 2 3 minutes Set aside Wash and dry chicken well and place in the dish Cover with sauce and coat all sides Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and some pepper and scatter lemon wedges around and under the breasts If using capers scatter on top Bake chicken for 30 35 minutes After removing from oven baste in juices and then cover with foil Allow to rest for ten minutes before serving Serve with its own juices and fresh lemon slices Goes great with rice orzo or Israeli couscous 29

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Mimoulaim Stuffed Vegetable Med ley 6 8 vegetables for filling peppers zucchini acorn squash tomatoes artichoke bottoms 1 pound ground beef 2 onion diced small cup uncooked rice cup water or broth cup tomato paste 1 egg 1 4 cup pine nuts 4 cloves garlic diced or minced 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp parsley chopped 1 tsp thyme chopped 1 2 tsp salt 1 4 tsp black pepper 2 Tbsp oil 20 oz can tomatoes chopped if possible 4 Tbsp lemon juice 4 Tbsp sugar Tehina Cookies 1 cup 140 g all purpose flour 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons 140 g whole wheat flour 5 1 2 oz 150 g cold unsalted butter or margerine cut into cubes 2 1 2 oz 70 g ground almonds 3 4 cup 150 g sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt 2 Tbsp water 1 cup raw tehina Preheat oven to 350 F 175 C degrees In a food processor blend the all purpose flour whole wheat flour ground almonds butter sugar vanilla and salt and process until the mixture looks crumbly Add water and tehina and process until a smooth dough begins to form Remove the dough from the food processor bowl and knead it a few times on the counter until smooth Create small balls of the dough place them on the baking sheet then flatten each one slightly with your fingers Bake for about 12 14 minutes or until golden brown Cool completely and serve In a saucepan brown the chopped onion in the oil Add tomatoes tomato paste sugar cumin garlic lemon juice and salt and pepper Let simmer while preparing vegetables Cut the top off the peppers zucchini and squash and scoop out the insides Chop the flesh of the zucchini and mix in a bowl with meat onion rice nuts herbs and egg with water and 3 4 Tbsp of tomato sauce Stuff vegetables with the filling and place in a roasting pan Pour remaining sauce over and around the vegetables For decoration cover with the tops of the peppers squash Cover with aluminum foil and bake 1 hour at 350 F 180 C basting once or twice 30 31

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Honey Baked Dates and Figs 12 fresh figs 12 fresh dates 24 blanched almonds 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground allspice Juice of 1 lemons 1 3 cup Israeli honey Preheat the oven to 430 F 220 C Grease a shallow baking dish Make an X in the top of each fig with a knife Holding the fig from the bottom squeeze and the quarters will fan out like leaves Place 1 almond in the center of each fig Slice the dates in half lengthways and remove the pits Place almond inside and close back up Arrange the dates and figs alternately in the dish Combine spices lemon juice and honey and pour over the top Bake for 20 minutes or until the honey starts to bubble Be Recognized for Your Commitment to our one and only Jewish State Declare Your Pride as a Virtual Citizen of Israel Join us and Get Involved Today www israelforever org vci 32 33

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There are a million cookbooks out there by world renowned chefs and based on Jewish tradition Our goal is to help people add a particular focus on Israel as we celebrate this season of reconnecting repentance redemption After all every one of the Jewish holidays has its own unique relationship with the land and history that are linked with Israel in a positive and inspiring way Now more people can get excited about incorporating them into their holiday meals These recipes are a diverse collection of dairy meat and vegetarian dishes each providing a taste of Israel you and your friends and family can enjoy as you come together to celebrate this new year Just as we seek to reconnect in so many ways over the holidays so too should we be reminded of our connection to Israel our ancient homeland and her meaningfulness in our lives W W W I S R A E L F O R E V E R O R G

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