9 Must Try Shavuot Recipes

by | May 29, 2017 | Entertainment, Food, Hillel Ontario, Jewish Holiday | 0 comments

Shavuot starts tomorrow night and you may know that it’s customary to eat dairy food during this holiday. There is, of course, a debate in Jewish texts as to where this custom originates. Some Jewish scholars argue that it is based on the Torah, which says that dairy symbolizes the “land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). Another theory refers to the many dairy products that were produced during the harvest season (the season of Shavuot). If you want to learn more about the various perspectives explaining this custom, click here.

We think that this tradition is the perfect excuse to get our hands dirty in the kitchen and experiment with all sorts of yummy, dairy foods. Whether you are into savoury, or if you have a sweet tooth, this list of delicious, dairy Shavuot recipes has something for everyone.
1. Cheesecake

Cheesecake is the typical go to food on Shavuot, which is why it is the number one recipe on this list. This creamy goodness will leave you, your family and your friends wanting more. Once you try this easy, delicious cheesecake recipe on Shavout you will have a new favourite go-to dessert.

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www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/philadelphia-3-step-cheesecake-51208.aspx

 

2. Cheese Bourekas
We already mentioned these flaky pastry pockets in a previous blog post, so clearly we can’t get enough of them. If you are looking for a good excuse to enjoy fresh cheese Bourekas , Shavuot is your opportunity!

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© www.toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2012/02/cheese-bourekas/

 

3. Blintzes
Another Shavuot classic. Blintzes are available in all different flavours, sweet and savoury. On Shavout, we recommend you go for the cheesy ones. You can either buy them pre-made at your grocery store, or you can get in the kitchen and make your own, fresh batch of cheese filled blintzes. If you want to spice up your Shavuot meal a little bit, this recipe suggests drizzling some hot blueberry sauce over your blitzes.

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www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/cheese-blintzes-with-blueberry-sauce-232828

 

4. Quiche
This is our best savoury Shavuot recipe. Whether you’re only cooking for yourself, or you’re preparing a meal for the whole family, a good quiche is going to make everyone happy. Who doesn’t like crusty dough, filled with hot, egg and cheese filling? This recipe calls for spinach to give your quiche some extra flavouring, but you could add whatever you are craving most- mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, etc.

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www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-cheese-quiche

 

5. Homemade Frozen Yogurt
Picking up FroYo is easy, but with Shavuot around the corner and the temperatures finally going up, we challenge you to make your own FroYo at home!

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www.skinnyms.com/creamy-vanilla-frozen-yogurt/#_a5y_p=1499471

 

6. Wacky Mac
Enough said. Looking for Wacky Mac inspiration? Click here!

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www.stagetest2.wpengine.com/guelph/six-ways-make-wacky-mac-aka-mac-cheese-exciting/

 

7. Caesar Salad
Can’t neglect your greens! That is why we decided to add a healthy option to this list. Crunchy lettuce, creamy dressing, sharp Parmesan cheese and toasted croutons can be the perfect side dish to your quiche. Or you could also enjoy your Caesar Salad as a light, healthy lunch.

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© www.thechunkychef.com/homemade-caesar-salad-dressing/

 

8. Fettuccini Alfredo
If we put Wacky Mac on this list, it would be wrong to leave out the original: Fettuccini Alfredo. If you are craving something hearty on Shavuot, you gotta go with a hot, cheesy plate of freshly cooked pasta.

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© www.aspiringsmalltowngirl.com/2016/12/best-fettuccine-alfredo/?utm_medium=yummly&utm_source=yummly&utm_campaign=yummly

 

9. Homemade Ice Cream
Finally, the perfect dessert to round out a satisfying Shavuot meal – ice cream. Everyone loves it, so you can’t go wrong. Now all you need to do is choose the right flavour and get started.

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© www.kevinandamanda.com/easy-homemade-ice-cream-without-a-machine/

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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