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I just finished five fabulous days of photography for my cookbook “Eating the Bible” which is forthcoming from Skyhorse Publishing in September 2013. It’s been a very exciting process, but also an exhausting one and I haven’t been able to manage to do much except obsess about every aspect of the photo shoots and the recipes.

The most exciting part is that the book is already up on Amazon! And Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads, and probably all sorts of places I haven’t even seen yet! It is available for pre-order, even though we don’t have a cover up yet. But the cover is coming….very very soon.

My family and I are going into the weekend with a fridge full of fabulous food that I made this past Wednesday – the day of the last photo shoot.

Our menu:
Honey Coriander Manna Bread
Crispy Potato Nests with three fillings (creamy mushroom, sundried tomato and chicken, and roasted vegetables)
Golden Brisket with Roasted Root Vegetables
Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry Haroset
Curried Jasmine Rice with Figs
Cat’s Got Your Tongue Cookies
Apple Mounds in Pastry Dough

And I’ll throw together a salad from all the leftover fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs!

I look forward to explaining all the dishes to my guests. We have invited over good friends, and they invited over five hungry teens! So between our kids and their kids and the extra teen stomachs I have no doubt that all the food will be gone in no time! I am having over my friend Dina, who is personally responsible for making my Gingerbread Tabernacle happen. Without her it would have been shabby looking indeed.

Stay tuned for more cookbook updates and I wish all of your a fabulous weekend. Spring is in the air! I’ve added a new recipe to the blog for Mincha Spice Cookies, though we tend to make spice cookies in the winter, when we want to warm up with a mug of hot cider or cocoa and something sweet and spicy, the addition of the almonds and the sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar gives it a springy feel. Enjoy!

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“And they embittered their lives with hard labor, with mortar and with bricks and with all kinds of labor in the fields, all their work that they worked with them with back-breaking labor.” (Exodus 1:14)

Questions: What is the difference between “hard labor,” work with “mortar and bricks” and “all kinds of labor in the fields”? Why does the Bible list these different types of work like this: “all the work that they worked with back breaking labor“? Ok, we get the point. They worked hard. Enough! Is it just for emphasis? Or is there something else going on here?

Ideas: Use peanut butter, apple butter, caramel spread, chocolate spread or any other thick and gooey, mortar-like substance to put together cookie pr cracker “bricks”. Hummus or cream cheese could be used as mortar too.

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“May the angel who redeemed me from all harm bless the youths, and may they be called by my name and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, and may they multiply abundantly like fish, in the midst of the land.” (Genesis 48:16)

Questions: Why do you think it is a blessing to increase like the fish of the sea? Why are the children of Israel compared to fish? Why do you think that we sing this song to little children? Who is the angel that is mentioned in the verse?

Ideas: Fish! Gefilte fish, sardines, tuna quiche, salmon concealed in puff pastry or phyllo dough, Angel Food Cake. Set your table with hamsas, scatter turquoise beads and eye charms or tie napkins with red string.

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“Joseph gave the wagons according to Pharaoh’s instructions, and he also provided them with food for the journey…. Joseph sent the following to his father: ten male donkeys carrying Egypt’s finest products, and ten female donkeys carrying grain, bread and food for his father’s journey.” (Genesis 45:21–23)
“And when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of Jacob their father was revived.” (Genesis 45:27)

Questions: Why do you think that Joseph sent wagons to his father instead of going himself? Why do you think that Jacob’s spirit was revived at the sight of the wagons?

Ideas: Arrange slices of citrus, avocado, red pepper or other vegetables on a plate in the shape of a wagon wheel. Make little wagons out of celery, carrots, peanut butter and raisins (cut a small section of celery, fill with peanut butter, use two round carrot slices for wheels and decorate with raisins). Serve round cookies for dessert, and don’t forget some good-quality aged wine!

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“If that’s the way it must be, do this: take products that the land is famous for in your baggage, a little balsam, a little honey, some gum and resin, pistachios and almonds.” (Genesis 43:11)

Questions: Why do you think that Jacob felt a need to send gifts with Benjamin at all? Why did they choose such an unusual assortment of goods? Why did the Bible feel it important to tell us exactly the gifts that they brought?

Ideas: Serve pistachios or almonds, almond or honey cookies, marzipan, make or buy a honey cake, serve honey with tea, offer gum instead of an after-dinner mint, or bring a gift of sugared almonds, roasted pistachio nuts and honey.

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“’And Esau ran toward him and embraced him, and he fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” (Genesis 33:4)

Questions: Why do you think Esau was the one who ran to his brother? Do you think he was sincere in giving him a hug and a kiss? The verse says that both of the brothers wept – what do you think that each one was crying about?

Ideas: Serve chocolate chips or raisins, serve cinnamon raisin bread or bake chocolate chips or raisins into bread or challa to spark discussion about ‘dots.’ Make chicken soup with a chicken or turkey neck and place the neck in a bowl on the table. Serve ‘bite’-sized hors d’oeuvres, or use Tabasco sauce or hot peppers in your cooking – to give everything at your table a little ‘bite.’ For dessert: Hershey’s kisses.

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“Reuben went in the days of the wheat harvest, and he found dudaim in the field and brought them to Leah, his mother, and Rachel said to Leah, ‘Now give me some of your son’s dudaim.’ And she said to her, ‘Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband, that you wish also to take my son’s dudaim?’ So Rachel said, ‘Therefore, he shall sleep with you tonight as payment for your son’s dudaim.’ When Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah came forth toward him, and she said, ‘You shall come to me, because I have hired you with my son’s dudaim,’ and he slept with her on that night.” (Genesis 30:14–16)

Questions: What do you think these dudaim represent? Why was Reuben involved in all of this? Why do you think Rachel was so desperate to purchase these dudaim that she was willing to give up a night with her husband for the privilege or pleasure of having them?

Ideas: Jasmine tea, plain jasmine rice, dried figs, fig bars, placing a pot of African violets on your table, and even mandrake liqueur from Kibbutz Mishmar Ha’emek in the North of Israel, where mandrakes are grown!

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