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Simply Southern – With A Dash Of Kosher Soul

I recently received the cookbook “Simply Southern, with a dash of kosher soul”  and I was so happy to find some amazingly delicious recipes and I was excited to give a few a try!

Simply Southern is a compilation of over 300 of the best recipes submitted to the editorial committee at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis, TN. They are kosher recipes turned Southen and traditional Southern recipes turned Kosher!

I tried a few different recipes at home for my family and I look forward to trying many more!

The first one I cooked was the Thai-Spiced Cilantro Chicken. It called for one green chili pepper and since I live in Southern California…to me, that meant Jalapeno! Oh man, was the dish spicy!! A little too spicy for the kids, but James adn I absolutely loved it! I served it with a side of Lemony, Lemony Rice and some green beans and we ate it up! Next time I will use a less spicy pepper or just use a smaller amount!

Another night I made Chicken Breasts with Lemons, artichokes and mushrooms with a side of Jasmine Rice and green beans. (yes…we like green beans in this house. The kids gobble them up so I serve them all the time) This dish was delicious the night we cooked it, but the leftovers were even better! I ate it for lunch the next day. The rice soaked up the sauce overnight and it was amazing! I’ll be sure to double the recipe next time so I have more for lunches!

While I was cooking, this came parading through my kitchen! These two crack me up! We eat dinner at the table as a family every single night and it truly is my favorite time of the day! I’ve never enjoyed cooking as much as I do now that I have a family.

Simply Southern With a Dash of Kosher Soul is available at Jewish and general interest bookstores in the U.S., Canada, and Israel, as well as online at

Just in case you are like me and are unfamiliar with Kosher Foods and their history, click here for the Wikipedia definition.

*company sent sample copy for review

Originally written by Melissa

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