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I’m in a bit of a backlog with my posts, as my Hebrew cookbook came out and I’ve been blessed by a flurry of media attention here (TV, print, radio, online and more…) I’m going to take a break from my Prophecy in the Kitchen posts (even thought I have two recipes from the Book of Amos ready to go: Miniature Summer Fruit Basket Pies and Mashed Potato Mountains with Zaatar, Silan and Red Wine Sauce).

Today I had a journalist come cook with me. She asked me to prepare recipes related to the Weekly Portion of “Chayei Sarah – The Life of Sarah” which spans from Chapter 23 verse 1 of Genesis, to Chapter 25, verse 18. The recipes and photos were too beautiful not to share! And perhaps I will find a way to connect them to some of the books of the prophets as I go, but for now, I wanted to post some of them here.

We made:

Spiced Acorn Squash and Apple Soup in Squash “Wells”

Chicken Thighs in Silan, Beer and Mustard

Bejeweled Beluga Lentils with Lemon-Mint Dressing

Vegetable Bracelets and Rings with Coriander Pesto

Tunnel of Fudge Cave Cake

all the recipes from chayei sarah

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“And Esau said to Jacob, ‘Give me some of this red, red stew, for I am faint;’ he was therefore named Edom.” (Genesis 25:30)

Questions: Why did Esau think that he was about to die? Why do you think he calls the food that Jacob is cooking “red” twice? Why does the Bible then make the point of telling us that it is because of this request of his (or this incident) that he is called “Edom”?

Ideas: Add lentils to your cholent or stew, serve a lentil salad, or mujadara (rice and lentils). You could also serve red things – red peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, red jello, tomato sauce, red meat etc. Or “twin” foods like sandwich cookies, two serving plates of every food you are serving, or give everyone two forks, two plates, two cups etc.

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