By Amy Zylberman
JFLV Director of Community Development
The Jewish Federation is cooking up something exciting for the 60 Day Challenge, so make a plan to meet us weekly in the kitchen during our Celebrity Chefs series launching Wednesday, Feb. 16 and ending Wednesday, March 2. All classes are at 8 p.m. EST. Attendees can cook along or take notes to plan a future, delicious meal. Before each individual session, registered attendees will receive an ingredients list and preparation requirements.
Paula Shoyer, known as “The Kosher Baker,” will lead the first session of the series. Shoyer is the author of five cookbooks: "The Kosher Baker," "The Holiday Kosher Baker," "The New Passover Menu," "The Healthy Jewish Kitchen," and "The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook." She has taught classes worldwide and hundreds of classes online. She has competed on the Food Network and has made dozens of television appearances, and can be found on Instagram @kosherbaker. Her menu during the class will be a dry rub salmon, mango coleslaw and babka.
On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Idan Chabasov, known as “The Challah Prince,” will help you get your dough to go the extra mile - he’ll be baking a Jerusalem bagel, pita with za’atar and an eleven-braid challah. Idan was born and raised in Tel Aviv and made his way back to Israel after seven years in Berlin. He has a background in professional dancing, video production and PR, but has made it his mission to bring art into the challah baking world. The “Challah Prince” started as a small Instagram account but became an ever-growing account of art and creativity. He is well on his way to spreading delicious challah masterpieces to every corner of the world.
Finally, on Wednesday, March 2, chef and food host Dini Klein, founder of the Prep + Rally meal prep service and author of fall’s upcoming Prep + Rally cookbook, will be sharing a simplified dinner solution that has helped thousands of busy families get through hectic weeks with ease. She shares cooking tips, recipes and authentic family moments on Instagram @prepandrally. Dini will be making red lentil, squash and tomato soup with rosemary and lemon, one-pan sesame noodles with chicken and vegetables, with a tofu alternative for vegetarians.
We hope you take the opportunity to log on from your own kitchens and learn new skills and recipes that may beautify your Shabbat tables, simplify busy schedules, and reimagine your menus.
We are fortunate to partner with many Jewish Federations across the country to be able to cook alongside diverse and exciting chefs. Registration can be found at jewishlehighvalley.org/cooking.