Quick & Kosher giveaway!

By | January 22, 2012

There are about 12 things I should be doing right now. But I’m too excited to work or hang up laundry or order a new gas cylinder for the stove top.

That’s because I’m giving away Jamie Geller’s first cookbook, the best-selling Quick & Kosher: Recipes From the Bride Who Knew Nothing!

The 160+ recipes in Quick & Kosher are easy enough for a novice chef (bride or not!) but present well enough for anyone to serve with pride.

Although I love being in the kitchen, I don’t have all day to potchke, and I often reply on quick recipes to get us through the week. That’s why several of the recipes here are adaptations of dishes in Quick & Kosher, including my homemade chummus, classic lentil soup, baked cheesy vegetable crocks, and baked sweet potato wedges.

But Quick & Kosher isn’t just about the recipes (which you’ll find categorized under appetizers, soups, salads, fish, poultry, meat, sides, desserts, challah, and dairy). It’s also filled with tips for stocking your pantry and buying produce, meat, fish, and wine. And make sure to check out the holiday menus and the list of Pesach-friendly recipes at the back!

If you already own this cookbook, give it a go and enter anyway. You can always gift it and earn someone’s eternal gratitude.

To enter:

* Leave a comment on this post that answers this question: What is your go-to recipe when you don’t have a lot of time to cook?

* Did you hear about this giveaway through someone else? Leave a separate comment with that person’s name and email address, and s/he will receive an extra entry. A comment of this kind will not be published. It is for entry recording only.

So you know what that means…to boost your chances of winning, spread the word about this giveaway to everyone you know. Just make sure they post separate comments saying that they heard about the giveaway from you.

The giveaway ends at midnight IST this Thursday, Jan. 26. The winner will be announced and contacted by motsei Shabbos, Jan. 28. Good luck!

This giveaway contest is sponsored by Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, but the opinions expressed in this post and elsewhere on the blog are my own.

The winner will be selected by an online random number generator to receive one copy of Quick & Kosher: Recipes From the Bride Who Knew Nothing, shipped to a U.S. address only. Live outside the U.S.? Consider having your prize shipped to a friend/relative planning to visit your area.


50 Comments

sara s on January 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm.

Fun! My go to recipe? I guess that would be either a quick and easy chicken stir fry with some veggies, or for milchigs, pancakes! (served with fruit, syryp and whipped cream!!)

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Rachel on January 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm.

“Terriyaki” Chicken- the sauce is equal parts soy sauce, ketchup and sugar. Pour it over chicken and canned pineapple chunks. Bake. DONE

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M on January 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm.

Um, macaroni? It’s OK to admit that if I’m anonymous, right? Because when I don’t have time to cook …I don’t.

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M on January 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm.

Do I get a second entry if I heard about the giveaway from you, via g-chat? :)

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Tali Simon on January 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm.

‘fraid not. :)

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Aviva on January 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm.

Teriyaki Salmon – My family’s fave! (equal parts soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and brown sugar, with a sprinkle of sesame seeds)
If I have a few more minutes, I whip up an avocado salad with tomatoes and red onion, with a dressing of salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and grape juice! AMAZING!

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Shaindy on January 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm.

frozen fish- does that count? or else pasta.

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tzina nechumah on January 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm.

Quick and easy when I’m on the go? Pasta with sauce from a jar. Don’t shout! If you grate in a shallot and a clove of garlic, dice in some fresh tomatoes, and toss; in just a few minutes: presto! Add grated cheese to taste! Mmmmm.

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Naomi on January 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm.

Macaroni and cheese

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Tanya on January 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm.

What is your go-to recipe when you don’t have a lot of time to cook? That would be ‘zucchini bake’. A chopped sauteed onion, several zucchini’s shredded, one shredded carrot, a few eggs, salt, pepper and bake! Serve with fresh salad and maybe potato boats or Israeli couscous!

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Ester on January 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm.

My go to food when I haven’t planned anything is lentil sloppy joes (vegetarian)! Cooks very quickly and just pair with rolls or pitot and you almost have a whole meal.

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Esther on January 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm.

Veggie fried rice – use leftover rice (I usually have some left over from Shabbos), saute an onion, add whatever veggies I’ve got around the house (zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, sweet potato, corn, etc.). Mix the veggies with the rice in a wok, add a scrambled egg or 2 and stir-fry it up!

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Sheri on January 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm.

Stir fry, with whatever vegetables and protein ((fish, chicken, tofu) I have in the fridge!

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Rivki @ Life in the Married Lane on January 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm.

Noodles and cheese, with a salad of pre-checked lettuce.

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Dani Lent on January 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm.

Omelet with vegetables and cheese. And some toast on the side!

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Yoni Halpern on January 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm.

Pizza bagels!

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Melanie Simon on January 22, 2012 at 10:22 pm.

I just boil some pasta (whole wheat!) and pour on tomato sauce from a jar, topped with some parmesan cheese.

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Ahuvah Taub on January 23, 2012 at 12:53 am.

Pizza made with whole wheat pita sliced opened, homemade sauce (tomato paste with spices and some water to thin the sauce), grated cheese and of course topped with sliced green olives. (My kids love olives. They polish off a can in less than a week (maybe I help a little)!

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Shosh on January 23, 2012 at 2:33 am.

one of my new favorites is vegetarian chili. its so quick and yummy. The best part is that the whole family loves it!

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Rena on January 23, 2012 at 11:53 am.

Garlic Chicken. Very easy and everyone loves it. And even better, they think it took you hours to make!
Sprinkle chicken with paprika and pepper and a bunch of cloves of garlic (if even shorter on time, i just sprinkle a lot of garlic powder/minced garlic and it still comes out great) then sprinkle with 3-5 TB of vinegar. Bake in oven and thats all!

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Pnina on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm.

sounds fun! I would love to write out a whole nice easy recipe. But to be honest, when theres no time- its always pasta, cheese and jar of pasta sauce.

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Abigail on January 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm.

Gidi told me I wasn’t allowed to write eggs and beans (very English of us) – heat the baked, put a couple of slices of bread in to toast, and fry a couple of eggs

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Abigail on January 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm.

It sent my comment without me finishing – but seeing Pnina’s comment I felt more normal! Surely lack of time means very little cooking and things from jars/cans????

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dayna simon on January 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm.

go to recipe? cereal. always cereal. doesn’t matter the time of day. no prep time, no clean up time, delicious and nutritious.

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Rivka Markowitz on January 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm.

My go to recipe with limited time is a salad that includes some protein, usually tuna from a can or an easy grilled chicken, some canned corn to add substance and sometimes tortilla chips to add a crunch. My real go to quick dessert, and you cant forget dessert even in a time constraint, is pareve dark chocolate chips straight out of the bag :)

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Hindy on January 23, 2012 at 6:53 pm.

Easy go-to recipe? I will usually throw together a quick stir fry with whatever veggies I have on hand and pair it with rice noodles or basmati rice.

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Andrea A on January 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm.

anything stir fry..it is fast and easy, and served with rice makes a complete meal!

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tzippi on January 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm.

chicken alferedo and rice cassarole

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Rachel on January 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm.

Omelet with sauteed vegetables and cheese! yum!

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Yael @ countrymousecooks on January 23, 2012 at 10:29 pm.

pancakes! Wait, can breakfast foods count?

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Hannah on January 24, 2012 at 3:03 am.

For a last-minute week night dinner, I often make a quick curry that uses up whatever is on hand at the moment. Coconut milk is critical, but all the rest is variable- Sweet potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, and chickpeas are favorite additions though.

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Aliza S. on January 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm.

Homemade fettuccine alfredo! A friend gave me this recipe years ago, and its sooo yummy! Take a box of cooking cream (in Israel its the boxes with either a broccoli or mushroom on it), a packet of instant mushroom soup mix, and a cup of milk- mix together and bring just to a boil. Pour over any type of cooked pasta.

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Maya on January 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm.

My easiest go to recipe is “Chicken A La Nothing”. Put a fresh or frozen chicken in a pot on the stovetop and cook at a medium heat for 1-2 hours. It’s incredible! You can also do the same chicken in the oven and let it get very crispy. That with easy Indian Lentil soup and a salad.

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Yiscah on January 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm.

Macaroni sauce and cheese! I am glad 2 see that i am not alone in serving this!!

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Michal on January 25, 2012 at 12:16 am.

Pasta and cheese. I seem to be in good company on this one :)

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Miriam on January 25, 2012 at 7:22 am.

pasta and cheese

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Notable Exception on January 25, 2012 at 11:11 am.

When I’m really pressed for time I like to make a quick confit of duck with thrice cooked french fries (a la Heston Blumenthal) with a small chocolate souffle and pear tarte tatin for desert. But only when I’m really rushing.

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Malka on January 25, 2012 at 11:36 am.

for moshe eliyahu…really pressed…I open up a can of tuna. He would eat it straight from the can but I dont let him. For us grown-ups, a go-to meal is soup and bread from the freezer – does that count?

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Rachel B. on January 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm.

Bean burritos. I try to have all the ingredients around at all times for bean burrito emergencies – tortillas, salsa, refried beans, sour cream, cheese…but some have become harder to find since we made aliyah a few months ago.
PS I love your blog!

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Brina on January 26, 2012 at 10:09 pm.

I love to cook. If I’m pressed for time I make chicken tortilla soup in my crock pot. I stick everything in the morning so at night I have supper waiting.

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Beth on January 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm.

Pizza subs!!! just made them last night when i was fresh out of dinner ideas. I always keep garlic bread in the freezer – easy to pop out, defrost and make subs. the kids loved it!

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natalie on January 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm.

Stir-fry.

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Rivka on March 21, 2012 at 3:04 am.

Questillas (is that how you spell it?) just put a wrap on the bottom of frying pan and topped it with with avocado and shredded cheese and cover it another wrap. You could do it with any kind of vegetables or even throw in some kind of sauce. Easy and yummy!

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Ilana on March 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm.

If I had the time I would make a seared stake, served with a wine and onion reduction sauce And garlic mashed potatos and salad

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Edda on March 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm.

I would really like recipes for unusual, foreign foods, like Thai, etc. but which the ingrediants are easy to find. Possible?

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Carolsue on January 24, 2013 at 10:10 am.

Probably something like Orange Chicken using Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken Sauce! Or if I am really desperate, Trader Joe’s frozen bagged Orange Chicken with homemade rice! Ha Ha.

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Carolsue on January 24, 2013 at 10:12 am.

Oops, I am just a bit late! Oh well. :(

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karla marks on August 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm.

I think my go to receipe would be ….my Mother-n-law’s recepe from Russia with Love…
Fry up onions…
Boil Lochen noodles….
After onions are friend take them out of the frying pan and fry up cabbage cut in pieces…..
This can be done with a little bit of oil or pam on the frying pan or stir fry pan…..
Add a little salt and pepper …
Serve over hot noodles….A Michaya….

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Sara Springer on November 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm.

Spaghetti with butter and Parmesan ! While the water is boiling I cut peppers, cucumbers and whatever vegetables I have.

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Tzippy Erblich on December 20, 2013 at 1:03 am.

My fastest and easiest recipe for chicken or fish is to sprinkle on garlic, tarragon and salt. (I add fresh lemon sometimes). Bake for 50 minutes and it is delicious-and never fails!

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