A Fashionable Shavuos Menu

Monday, May 21, 2012

My nature is to easily get bored of things. My husband used to joke around with me that it's fine as long as I don't get bored of him. And recently on Pinterest, my eyes have been glazing over the fashion and design photos for the more glorious looking food photos. So considering that I was away for Pesach and haven't gotten down and dirty in the kitchen, cooking for Yom Tov (the Jewish Holidays) since October, I'm really excited about the prospect of making some new and exciting dishes, and going all out for this coming Shavuos. And that's saying a lot coming from someone like me who doesn't really love to cook and bake.

Uh oh, hold on, I just realized I left some groceries in the trunk of my car and then got distracted by my computer. I guess I'm not off to a very good start am I? I'll be right back...

Okay, I'm back. And now that my groceries are unpacked and my kitchen is straightened up, I can get back to writing about fashionable food. (Let's see if I get to actually make any of it.) Here's a really nice menu I've compiled for a veggie filled gourmet Shavuos Dairy/Parve meal based on some of my favorite finds on Pinterest.

Now if I could only get myself in the kitchen and get my food to look this good!

First Course: Butternut Squash Salad
Original Recipe HERE
Modified Kosher Recipe:



  1. Heat oven to 400° F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the squash with 2 tablespoons of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until golden brown and tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, spread the hazelnuts on a second rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then rub in a clean dish towel to remove the skins (discard skins). Roughly chop.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add the squash, hazelnuts, greens, and onion and toss to combine. Sprinkle with the feta cheese.
Second Course: Cream of Leek Soup
Recipe HERE

Main Course:

Sear-Roasted Halibut or Sea Bass
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
 Vidalia Onion Tart 
Vegetable Tian

see links to recipes below each photo
 Sear Roasted Halibut or Sea Bass Recipe HERE
 Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Recipe HERE

Onion Tart Recipe HERE
Vegetable Tian Recipe HERE


Creamy Lemon Blueberry Crepes
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
 Recipe HERE
Recipe HERE

I've even compiled a complete shopping list with all the ingredients needed for everything on this page. All you have to do is print it out and take it with you to the store!

Produce:                                                Basics:                                      Dairy:
Butternut squash                                    Olive Oil                                  Feta Cheese
Mixed Greens                                        Kosher Salt/Pepper                  Ricotta Cheese
Red Onion                                             Red Wine Vinegar                   Parmesan cheese
3 Leeks                                                  Vegetable Oil                           Butter
Regular Onions                                      Dijon Mustard                          Mozzarella Cheese
3 Large Vidalia Onions                          Flour                                        Cream Cheese
1 Pint Grape Tomatoes                           White Wine                            
Fresh Garlic                                            Dry Red Wine
2 Red Peppers                                         Hazelnuts                                 Cans:
3 Medium Zucchinis                               Balsamic Vinegar                     Crushed Tomatoes
1 Yellow Zucchini                                  Vanilla                                      Tomato Paste
1 Med. Eggplant                                     Cinnamon                                 Crushed Pineapple
4 Med. Portabello Mushrooms                Oregano
Fresh Basil                                              Eggs
1 pkg frozen spinach                               Thyme                                       Fish:
Potatoes                                                   Lasagna Noodles                      Halibut or Sea Bass
3 Large Tomatoes                                    Lemon Curd
Blueberries                                              Chopped Walnuts
Carrots                                                    Shredded Coconut
 So what do you think about this menu? Would you consider making this meal?
Happy Cooking!
Until next time,

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  1. Delicious menu! Do you want more guests ;)? Happy Cooking!

  2. you've got a great menu going here. shavuous gets me excited at the anticipation of delicious food. then i groan with dread of working it off later!

  3. I'm thinking I'm lacking self-control if I want to eat all of these at 7:07 AM. Lord, give me strength. Maybe it's a creative person type quality but I get bored easy too. xoxo

  4. You are so cute with the recipes,pics and then the shopping list as well...Everything looks yummy

  5. I just found your blog and I have to tell you, I love it! It's beautiful and informative, thank you for sharing. Lisa S.

  6. Oh my gosh...this sounds fabulous...wishing I had the desserts with my morning coffee!!

  7. Sharon,
    Great ideas. I love all these are so healthy, but also delicious and go together well.
    Love your writing. You make me laugh. The grocery comment is so me..I can't tell you how many times I've done this. I am keeping all these recipes.

    Hope you have a good week!



  8. Oh, thank you. I captured the recipe for the sea bass {our favourite} and the layered vegan dish.
    These all look so delicious. And I assume we will not be hearing from your for a few days...... you will be cooking a mountain of food.

  9. If you're making all of that may I ask what time dinner is? It sounds wonderful and I plan on trying a couple of these recipes. Thanks!


  10. You want to be in all my balcony pics and I want to EAT all yours haha:) OMGG that lasagna look DELISH mmm Must try it soon:)

    LOVE Maria


  12. Looks so delicious! I just found your blog and I'm so happy to be your newest follower/fan! I'm looking forward to reading more beautiful posts from you in the future. :)

  13. yummy it looks so delicious (:

  14. Wow, delicious looking food. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. I will flag this post! Lots of wonderful menu ideas. I'll have to try the leek soup. It's been a challenge finding one that has good flavor. So funny that you left your groceries in the car! Yesterday I bought a piece of fish and stuck it in my glove compartment because I was running errands with my dogs ( they have gotten into groceries before) and it wasn't until late afternoon I remembered it was there! That's one of the worst items to leave in refrigerated!

  16. Wow, this is an incredibly impressive spread!'♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

  17. Hello Sharon! Even though you may not love to cook, you are inspiring here and I certainly love to try new things too even if I have my favorites(:
    I will get on it this weekend, thanks for the tips...this week is busy with my tv fashion show (I am showing on a model the MUPS flats that you introduced me to!!) and getting an air conditioning installed and my son's classes etc.((: But weekend comes and I make what you are tempting me with for my men! xox Z

  18. I wish I was a good cook! All of these recipes look delish ;)


  19. Wow! This is a crazy perfect post for anyone throwing a dinner party. THank you!

  20. Yum, a perfect menu of food, I would eat all of these!! xx