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/

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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