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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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/

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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