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Roasted Salmon with Spiced Brown Sugar

An incredibly easy and insanely flavorful roasted salmon recipe. Just brown sugar, chili powder, salmon, and my secret ingredient for perfectly moist salmon.

Roasted Salmon with Spiced Brown Sugar- An incredibly easy and insanely flavorful roasted salmon recipe. Just brown sugar, chili powder, salmon, and my secret ingredient for perfectly moist salmon. passthechallah.com

I wish I could tell you that I came up with roasted salmon with spiced brown sugar recipe, because it is ah-mazing.  I would pretty much be able to call myself THE master of flavor if I dreamed up this flavor combination of brown sugar and chili powder.  Like I would probably make a bumper sticker for my car and make an award to put in my cubicle at work so everybody would know that I am the master of flavor.  Because this combination of brown sugar, chili powder, and salmon is ingenious and insane and out of this world (more on that to come).  But alas, I did not come up with this flavor combination.  I got it from my one true addiction in life—The Food Network.

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Creamy Ravioli Soup

A thick and creamy soup full of cheesy ravioli. Creamy ravioli soup is quick, easy, and a recipe your whole family is guaranteed to love.

Creamy Ravioli Soup- A thick and creamy soup full of cheesy ravioli. Ravioli soup is easy, simple, and a recipe your whole family is guaranteed to love. passthechallah.com

I created this recipe by accident.  Actually, by force.  Or more like desperation.  Ok let me explain.

I decided that I really wanted to make a creamy tortellini soup.  Because what could be bad about the words creamy and tortellini and soup all together in one recipe?  So I went to the local kosher grocery store to pick up the ingredients.  But this is where the issue started—with the kosher grocery store.

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Chocolate Chip Pomegranate Cookies

Pomegranate seeds truly shine in these unique chocolate chip pomegranate cookies.  Chocolate, pomegranate, and orange zest are the perfect combination!

Chocolate Chip Pomegranate Cookies

Next week is Tu B’Shvat and I am so excited! If you haven’t heard of Tu B’Shvat before, it probably looks like I accidentally had my fingers in the wrong place on the keyboard and typed a bunch of random letters.  Let me explain.  Tu B’Shvat is a minor Jewish holiday (yes, another holiday) that celebrates the beginning of a “new year” for trees, when trees will emerge from their winter slumber and start to blossom.  Isn’t that nice?

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Beef Stew with Parsnips

A classic beef stew recipe, made even better with parsnips!  It’s easy, comforting, and the sweet parsnips compliment the hearty beef perfectly.

Beef Stew with Parnsips- A classic beef stew recipe, made even better with parsnips! It’s easy, comforting, and the sweet parsnips compliment the hearty beef perfectly. passthechallah.com

It’s soup weather.  Enough said.  The question isn’t if you are going to make soup or not, but what type of soup you are going to make.

For my most recent soup weather craving, I wanted to make a classic and satisfying beef stew but with my own touch—lots of parsnips!

Parsnips have a history in my family.  When we make chicken soup, my mom and I always bicker about how many parsnips to use.  I stick to my grandma’s age-old chicken soup recipe which calls for 2 or 3 parsnips, but my mom likes to put in 4 or 5, or more.  Honestly, she’ll add however many she can sneak in while I’m not looking . . . probably because I’m texting.  Oops.  But I’m a millennial so you can’t even blame me.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

The classic tuna noodle casserole, with the flavor volume turned up! A few simple tweaks take this iconic comfort food recipe from delicious to divine.

Tuna Noodle Casserole- The classic tuna noodle casserole, with the flavor volume turned up! I’ve used a few simple tweaks to take this iconic comfort food recipe from delicious to divine. You’ll never guess one of the secret ingredients! passthechallah.com

In my opinion, any saucy pasta recipe is the quintessential comfort food.  Like macaroni and cheese.  Or spaghetti and meatballs.  Or what I most recently had a craving for (probably because of the cold and yucky weather)— tuna noodle casserole.

I developed this particular recipe last year while I was living and studying in Israel.  It was around Thanksgiving-time, and I was craving all the classic Thanksgiving comfort foods.  Like mashed potatoes, stuffing, butternut squash, and green bean casserole.  However, people in Israel don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving because…well it’s an American holiday.  All my friends were posting pictures of their Thanksgiving feasts, and I was sitting in a cold Israeli apartment eating falafel and pita.

To be honest, I wasn’t only missing the Thanksgiving food itself.  I was missing the whole process of a Thanksgiving meal.  The planning, shopping, table decorating, cooking all day for family and friends.  I mean let’s be real, Thanksgiving is a holiday made for foodies like us.

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The Most Popular Recipe of 2015: Unstuffed Cabbage

All the rich and hearty flavor of stuffed cabbage without all the work! This unstuffed cabbage recipe transforms the classic into a one pot wonder.

2015 has been an important year in the life of Pass the Challah . . . .mostly because 2015 is its birth year!  There have been highs, like writing for The Nosher and Joy of Kosher, and being featured in a BuzzFeed article.  There have also been a few lows, mainly involving food photography fails.  My most recent fail was putting a clove of garlic through the laundry.  And since it was in my hoodie pocket, it obviously didn’t make it into my tuna noodle casserole pics like I had planned (recipe coming soon!).  Not sure which one is worse.

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Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss!  This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings.

An addictive Chinese takeout favorite without all the fuss! This baked sweet and sour chicken recipe is so easy, so flavorful, and will satisfy all your Chinese food cravings. passthechallah.com

It’s almost December 25th, which means it’s almost time for me to partake in the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas.  If you’re Jewish, you know exactly what I’m talking about and count down the days to ordering sesame chicken and egg drop soup every year.  If you’re not Jewish, you are probably scratching your head at this strange custom.  The truth is, I have no idea how it started.  Maybe because Chinese restaurants were the only places open on Christmas?  Fellow Jews, does anybody know how this tradition started?  Why are Jews obsessed with Chinese food, especially on December 25th?  Whatever the reason, I am more than happy to partake.

I love Chinese food, especially the greasy unhealthy kind.  All the sticky, savory, salty sauces coating tender chicken, crisp vegetables smothered in soy sauce, crispy fried wontons and pillowy soft dumplings. . . okay I need to stop before I go into a virtual food coma.  Do you have the same infatuation with Chinese food?  Why is it so insanely delicious and addicting and why isn’t there any in front of me right now?!

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Roasted Chicken Thighs

A classic roasted chicken thighs recipe with a stunning presentation.  Made with just chicken, vegetables, potatoes and spices.  The best (and easiest) one pan meal out there!

A classic roasted chicken thighs recipe with a stunning presentation. Made with just chicken, vegetables, potatoes and spices. The best (and easiest) one pan meal out there! passthechallah.com

Whether you just finished celebrating Hanukkah (I can’t believe it’s over already!) or you will be celebrating Christmas very soon, this time of year is always characterized by tons of food.  And usually tons of unhealthy food.  For Hanukkah, it’s chocolate coins, fried latkes, fried donuts, and anything else you can fry.  For Christmas, it’s cookies galore!  Along with huge and heavy holiday meals.  Let’s just say that I ate my fair share of latkes for this Hanukkah, next Hanukkah, and maybe even the Hanukkah after that.  And don’t even ask about Hanukkah desserts.

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Homemade Applesauce + A Hanukkah Giveaway

An easy and delicious recipe for homemade applesauce. Made with just apples, lemon juice, and sugar, and it comes together so quickly. You’ll never eat store bought applesauce again!

Homemade Applesauce- An easy and delicious recipe for homemade applesauce. Made with just apples, lemon juice, and sugar, and it comes together so quickly. You’ll never eat store bought applesauce again! passthechallah.com

Happy Hanukkah everybody!  Yup, it’s those miraculous 8 days a year where something magical really is in the air.  And no, I’m not talking about the lingering smell of oil in your house from frying latkes, or sufganiyot, or whatever else you are frying up this week (although that is definitely in the air too).  I’m talking about the sense of happiness and family that Hanukkah brings.

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10 Kitchen Gifts for the Home Cook Who Has Everything

It’s December!  And that means its the holiday season, which means it’s time to think about two activities: #1 Cooking. #2 Buying Things.  Whether it’s shopping for electronic things, or toy things, or kitchen things (now you’re speakin’ my language!), this time of year is definitely characterized by buying “things”.  So I am killing two birds with one stone (have you figured out yet that I’m into efficiency) by giving you a list of the best things to buy when it comes to cooking!  Whether you’re looking for gifts to buy others or new tools to add to your kitchen, here are my top kitchen gifts for the home cook who has everything.

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