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Shabbos Chic Blog

Shabbos recipes

Taste of Shabbos Yitro - Cholent Forever!

Enjoy listening to the acoustic folk song Shabbos Kodesh from  Shemesh Music in Beit Shemesh Israel while you're reading...

There's no doubt that the traditional Shabbos stew called Cholent is a favorite all over the world. Devorah Klein Lev-Tov shares her stories, saying, "Cholent is one of a small number of dishes that are intrinsically Jewish. Because Jews have been scattered all over the world for generations, however, there is no single recipe: The flavors have been refined according to each region’s tastes, resulting in a large variety of cholents."

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Get your own Cholent started this week with a half dozen recipes, and send me your own recipes and photos to share!

Rabbi Marshall I. Klaven of ISJL.org wrote a dvar Torah that brings Parsha Yitro right into our daily lives. He says, "Though written hundreds of years ago, the dynamics involved in this midrash could easily apply to today's world, particularly with how people deal with the sometimes conflicting obligations of work and family." 

And Rabbi Yosef B. Friedman of Kehot.com shared the following in his email this week, "Important as the mother's influence on her children is in their formative years, her role does not end there. Throughout their lives, the entire family's spiritual and even physical well-being remain dependent upon the mother's  ongoing  ability to inculcate them with love for G-d and His Torah. Even the husband's spirituality is greatly dependent upon his wife's. Every woman sets the tone in her home and is thus actively responsible for the physical and spiritual health of her entire family."

What an awesome privilege and responsibility to create Shalom Bayit, a peaceful home in the light of Shabbos!

ShevatInfographic from  Rabbi Avraham ben Yaakov Greenbaum

"Just like it is the woman who gives birth physically, so does she bring forth spirituality and Torah into the world."
Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum

Shabbos Shemot Cholent with Fresh Swiss Chard

Living in north Texas (north of Dallas) I don't usually have fresh greens in January. But tonight, on Shabbat Shemot Eve I may be serving cholent including fresh Swiss Chard from my winter garden Yum...

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Here's a delicious recipe I will use and improvise (of course) and you might want to do the same, whether your greens come from the garden or from the market.



Chicken and Kasha Cholent

I found this recipe in an old Australian Jewish magazine from the 1800s and thought it looked good for 2011.   Kasha is  roasted seeds of  the Buckwheat plant, which is not related to wheat, in fact it is not technically a grain at all.  Kasha is gluten free and very nutritious. It has a unique flavor I have grown to love, and it was very popular with our ancestors.  Try it for your Shabbos meal!

Chicken and Kasha Cholent

1 cup dry kasha (not cooked)
1 chicken
1 - 2 onions, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
olive oil
salt & pepper
water

In a 4-qt pot saute the onions and celery in the olive oil, then place chicken in the pot and steam for 35-45 minutes. Add kasha with enough water to cover kasha and steam another 20 minutes.  Add water if keeping warm for Shabbos.

They didn't have slow cookers in Australia in the 1800s, but this looks like a perfect Crockpot meal to me... Just transfer the sauteed onions and celery to the Crockpot and then make the additions, allowing for longer cooking times. Cook on high, keep warm on low or warm setting.You will have a delicious, nutritious, gluten-free meal for the Sabbath Day!

And here's a good book to read about Australian Jews...
Click photo for link to book publisher to order and enjoy.

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