Magnificent New Cookbook: Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes + Sample Recipe!

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Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek


Following their bestselling Secret Restaurant Recipes, Leah & Victoria go back into the kitchens of your favorite cafes, takeout spots, and restaurants to bring you family-friendly recipes that are easier to prepare.

Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Features:

  • Over 100 Family-Friendly Recipes for Any Day of the Week
  • Secret Techniques and Tips Direct from Restaurant Kitchens
  • Exquisite Full-Color Photos for Every Dish.
  • Shortcuts and Easy-to-Find Ingredients for Home Cooks

Click here to order your copies, then scroll down for a sample recipe!

Gong Bao Chicken – Dini’s Kosher Restaurant

Owner: Chabad Beijing | Location: Beijing, China | Yield: 4 servings | Category: meat


At Dini’s, Beijing’s only kosher restaurant, the chefs cook authentic Chinese food along with traditional Jewish dishes and Western favorites that travelers expect (there’s a sushi bar too). The restaurant is named for Dini Freundlich, the local Chabad shlucha. Local Chinese residents also enjoy eating at Dini’s because they feel that kosher food is
Gong Bao Chicken LR safer to eat; the Chinese term for kosher is “Jie Shi,” “clean food.”

1 lb chicken breast, cubed

3 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp water

Pinch coarse black pepper

oil, for frying

2 Chinese leeks or scallions

3 Tbsp salted peanuts


2 tsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp sugar

4 tsp vinegar

2 tsp hot sauce

4 tsp ketchup

Place chicken into a small bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch; top with water and black pepper. Mix to coat the chicken. Let stand for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or sauté pan over high heat. When oil is very hot, add chicken cubes in batches; fry for 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

Drain oil from the pan. Add soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, and ketchup. Cook until sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and scallions; toss to coat. Top with peanuts.

Tidbit: Dini makes her own version of hot chili sauce to use in the restaurant. She says it’s the Asian equivalent of Israeli red schug.

Home Cook: We’ve tested this with all different types of hot sauce and they’ve all been successful. Halve the quantity if serving this dish to children -L.

Recipe from Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, reproduced with permission from the copyright holders, ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications

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Download Six Free Recipes from ArtScroll’s Popular Cookbooks


This Yom Tov, let ArtScroll’s popular cookbooks enhance your menus. With recent releases such as Something Sweet, The Silver Platter and Secret Restaurant Recipes, you’re going to find something perfect to enhance your menus. We’ve picked six fantastic recipes to share from these cookbooks, so download them, share them, and enjoy them.


Appetizer: Duck Spring Roll from Secret Restaurant Recipes

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Duck Spring Rolls


Soup: Sweet Potato Soup from Secret Restaurant Recipes

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Sweet Potato Soup

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honey roasted chicken

Main: Honey Roasted Chicken with Squash and Onions from The Silver Platter

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Honey Roasted Chicken with Squash and Onions


Side: Sweet Potato Scallop from The Silver Platter

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Sweet Potato Scallop

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Dessert: Pomegranate Cupcakes from  Something Sweet

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Pomegranate Cupcake


Hot Gooey Caramel Pie from Something Sweet

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Free Download: Five Amazing Recipes for Shavuos


To help you plan and prepare for the upcoming holiday of Shavuos, we’ve combed through ArtScroll’s selection of best-selling cookbooks and picked five fabulous dairy recipes for an incredible meal that will enhance your shavuos menu.

Scroll down for a fantastic five-course meal – click each recipe title for a printable PDF of that recipe.

Tomato-Tart-from-Starters-and-Sides-Made-EasyAppetizer: Tomato Tart from Starters and Sides Made Easy

By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

Click here for the printable recipe: Tomato Tart

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Soup: Broccoli and Cheddar Soup from Dairy Made Easy

 By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

Click here for the printable recipe: Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

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Main: Spinach Quiche from Secret Restaurant Recipes

by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

Click here for the printable recipe: Spinach Quiche 

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Side: Cheesy Smashed Potatoes from the brand-new cookbook, The Silver Platter

by Daniella Silver with Norene Gilletz

Click here for the printable recipe: Cheesy Smashed Potatoes

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Dessert: Cheese Danish Galette from Kosher by Design Cooking Coach

by Susie Fishbein

Click here for the printable recipe: Cheese Danish Galette

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Click here for another sample recipe from our newest cookbook, The Silver Platter

Secret Restaurant Recipes – Pesach Guide


For Jewish cooks all over the world, the search for Passover recipes usually means shelving your favorite cookbooks for a week or two. But we have good news for all of you fans of  our latest hit cookbook, Secret Restaurant Recipes. Authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek have compiled a handy list of 39  favorite recipes from this fantastic book – so you can keep cooking those favorites all through Pesach!

Click here to download a list of 39 Kosher for Passover recipes and substitutions from Secret Restaurant Recipes

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Also available: list of Kosher for Passover recipes from Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking.

For more Passover recipes:

Five Great Passover Recipes from ArtScroll’s Pesach Cookbooks


With Pesach around the corner, ArtScroll is here to help with your menu planning!

ArtScroll’s selection of Passover cookbooks have sold nearly 100,000 copies, so you know they’re great, that their recipes work, and people turn to them again and again. Here are five great sample recipes to enjoy over the holiday. Even though these recipes are Kosher for Pesach, you’ll probably turn to them all-year-round! Make sure to pick up a copy of Passover by Design, Passover Made Easy and A Taste of Pesach for hundreds more delicious menu options.


Scroll down for five delicious recipes…


Sweet Potato Crisp Saladcrisp-sweet-potato-salad

Recipe from A Taste of Pesach By Yeshivah Me’on HaTorah 

Click here to view or print the recipe for Sweet Potato Crisps Salad


Eggplant-Wrapped Chickenegg-plant-chicken-

Recipe from Passover Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

Click here to view or print the recipe for Eggplant-Wrapped Chicken



Spicy Potato StacksSpicyPotatoStacks

Recipe from Passover by Design by Susie Fishbein

Click here to view or print the recipe for Spicy Potato Stacks


Baby Bella and Cranberry Brisketbaby-bella-brisket

Recipe from A Taste of Pesach by Yeshivah Me’on HaTorah

Click here to view or print the recipe for Baby Bella and Cranberry Brisket



Recipe from A Taste of Pesach by Yeshivah Me’on HaTorah

Click here to view or print the recipe for Mandelbrodt/Biscotti


Looking for even more Passover recipes? Click here for last year’s free recipe downloads.

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Purim With ArtScroll’s Cookbooks: Savory Hamantashen Recipe

With Purim coming up in just a few weeks, Jewish cooks from all over the world are eagerly preparing their purim

Whenever you’re cooking, whether it’s for a Jewish Holiday, a weeknight supper, or anything in between, you’re bound to find the recipe you’re looking for in one of ArtScroll’s top-of-the-line Kosher cookbooks. With Purim coming up in just a few weeks, we figured it’s a good time for the Official ArtScroll Blog to share one of those fabulous recipes: Savory Hamantashen from Fresh and Easy by Leah Schapira. Traditional sweet hamantashen are great, but these Savory Hamantaschen, with their delicious dipping sauce, make a great appetizer for your Purim Seudah!

Looking for other hamantashen ideas? These crafty hamantashen from Crafting Jewish are a great mishloach manot container!


Savory Hamantaschen

Recipe from Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking by Leah Schapira. Copyright ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications. 

Click here to download a printable version of Savory Hamentashen on The Official ArtScroll Blog


4 (10-inch circles) frozen malawah dough

2 tbsp honey

3 cloves garlic

1 full tbsp salt

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp apple juice

3 chicken cutlets, cubed

¼ cup red bell pepper, finely diced

oil, for frying

Apricot Dipping Sauce

1 cup apricot jam

2 tbsp mustard

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp honey


  1. In a medium bowl, combine honey, garlic, salt, soy sauce, and apple juice. Marinate chicken in mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes. Add the diced red pepper.
  2. Remove malawah dough from freezer to begin defrosting.
  3. When dough has slightly defrosted (approximately 10 minute after removing from freezer), use a cookie cutter to cut out 2º-inch circles. Defrost circles for an additional 5 minutes. Using a rolling pin or pressing down with your hands, roll the dough circles slightly until they are 3Ω inches wide.
  4. Place a heaping teaspoonful of chicken mixture into the center of each circle. Pinch the edges together to form a hamentash.
  5. Heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet or frying pan. Add hamentashen to pan, filled side down. Fry over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through or until golden (the heat needs to be low enough so the chicken is cooked before the dough browns).
  6. To prepare dipping sauce, add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine thoroughly.
  7. Serve hamentashen warm with dipping sauce.

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Download Six Free Recipes for a Magnificent Succos Meal

Treat your family and guests to a magnificent meal with six free recipes from ArtScroll’s best-selling cookbooks. Scroll down for free downloadable recipe cards, or click the images below to view the individual recipes larger on your screen.

We’re excited to announce the forthcoming addition to ArtScroll’s best-selling collection of cookbooks:


Secret Restaurant Recipes: from the world’s top kosher restaurants

Release date: 11/14/14. Click here to pre-order your copy.

This innovative new cookbook is like nothing you’ve seen before. Veteran kosher food writers, Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek take you on a global culinary tour of over 70 top kosher restaurants from all over the world. They’ll introduce you to the restaurants, the cuisine, and the chefs who produce the food. This book is filled with over 80 recipes, plus tips, tricks and techniques from acclaimed chefs. With recipes for special occasions and every day meals, all of which have been adapted for home use by Leah and Victoria, this book will soon become your new favorite.

Keep on checking The Official ArtScroll blog as we’ll be sharing behind the scenes information, author interviews, and giveaways. In the meantime, we’re giving an exclusive, pre-release recipe to our readers. To further assist in your Succos meal planning, we’ve put together an entire menu from ArtScroll’s extensive cookbook collections – available as a free download!

Scroll down for free downloadable recipe cards, or click the images to view the individual recipes larger on your screen.


Appetizer: Teriyaki Salmon Skewers from Fresh and Easy:

Teriyaki Salmon Skewers

Soup: Winter White Soup from Kosher by Design Entertains:

Winter White Soup

Main Course: Braised Short Ribs from the forthcoming Secret Restaurant Recipes:

braised short ribs

Side: Silan Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Leeks from Kosher by Design Cooking Coach:

Silan Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Leeks

Side: Pecan, Basil and Green Bean Salad from Starters and Sides Made Easy:

Green Bean, Basil and Pecan Salad

Dessert: Cappuccino Mousse from Kosher by Design Teens and 20-Somethings:

Cappuccino Mousse

Click here to download all of these recipes.

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9 Days Recipes from Dairy Made Easy

Stumped by dairy menu planning for the 9 days? Dairy Made Easy is here to help.

During the nine days of mourning prior to the fast day of Tishah B’Av, it is traditional to abstain from eating meat and chicken. It can be a challenge to cook vegetarian for over a week, but with Dairy Made Easy, this task is easier than you think!

Dairy Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek showcases over 60 dairy recipes, from breakfast favorites like cheese pancakes to suppertime classics like pizza and pasta. Here’s an easy and family friendly recipe to put on your menu: Creamy Cajun Penne. Click here for more dairy recipes from the Made Easy cookbook series.


Cajun Creamy Penne

Recipe from Dairy Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Reproduced with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications LTD.

4 servings creamy-cajun-penne


¾ lb   penne

2 Tbsp   butter

2   plum tomatoes, diced

¼ tsp   paprika

¼ tsp   chili powder

½ tsp   cayenne pepper

½ tsp   garlic powder

2   scallions, diced

1¾ cups   heavy cream

½ tsp   kosher salt

¼ tsp   coarse black pepper


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and sauté over high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Add scallions and heavy cream; cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add pasta to cream, a little at a time, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

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They Won’t Be Bored This Summer: Kids Cooking Made Easy + Giveaway!

Scroll down to the end of the post for instructions on entering a giveaway for a free copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy!

This summer, keep your kids busy in an educational and fun way: introduce them to the kitchen!


My mother always said that hungry children are cranky children. Bored, hungry, cranky…these are the less exciting aspects of having children on vacation for three months. But we have a solution: introduce the kids to the joys of cooking with Kids Cooking Made Easy!

There’s a great educational aspect to cooking and following a recipe. As explained by the authors, Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. “Kids Cooking Made Easy is a picky eater solution,” says Victoria Dwek. “Kids either become more open-minded when they see how something is prepared, or they learn to prepare their own favorites.” Aside from kitchen skills, learning to cook has hidden educational benefits. As Leah Schapira points out, “Children learn about math and fractions when following a recipe.” They also learn to read and follow instructions – all while having a good time!

Chock full of exciting summer recipes such as Teriyaki Beef Sticks, Peach and Mango Salad and Creamsicle Sorbet and fun crafts and edible activities such as Edible Sand Art and Homemade Button Candy, this book will be a delight for your children and a lifesaver (or at least sanity saver!) for you.

Click here to purchase Kids Cooking Made Easy.

Here’s a sample recipe for you and your kids to enjoy. Make sure to scroll past the recipe for a chance to win a copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy!



Click image to enlarge, or  click here to download a printable version of Teriyaki Beef Sticks

To enter the giveaway for a copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy:

Comment on this post telling us: What is the first dish you remember cooking? 

**Giveaway ends on Friday, July 11th at 11:00 am eastern time. Winner will receive one copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be notified via email. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Limit one entry per person. 

Shavuos Cooking Made Easy!


The latest release in our Made Easy cookbook series, Dairy Made Easy, is just in time to help you prepare your dairy meals for shavuos. To help you get started, we’ve prepared a sample menu, compiled from all four Made Easy cookbooks.

You can print the PDFs by clicking the links below, or you can scroll down for image files of the recipes. Make sure to read our helpful tips from the authors and the handy make-ahead and freezer guide!

Menu (Click the links for a downloadable PDF):

Avocado Cigars

Pomegranate and Apple Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup

Penne Rosa

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Make ahead and freezer friendly food guide:

Many of the recipes in Dairy Made Easy can be made ahead, making your Yom Tov prep much easier. Here is a list of make-ahead tips and instructions.

  • Many appetizers that get fried such as Arancini Balls (page 28) and Broccoli Spring Rolls (page 30) can be prepared ahead and frozen, then fried fresh.
  • Pizza doughs, such as the Bistro Style Pizza Dough (page 70) and the 30 minute Thin Crust Pizza Dough (page 72) can be prepared ahead and frozen, then defrosted before using.
  • For the Roasted Veggie Galete (page 36), let it thaw completely before rewarming. If you try to reheat it straight from the freezer, the dough will thaw much faster than the veggies.
  • Herbed Pull Apart Bread (page 79) can be prepared completely and frozen. Reheat before serving.
  • Many blended soups, such as the Cauliflower and Lemon soup (page 50) and the Broccoli Cheddar soup (page 46) freeze nicely.
  • To prepare the Baked Roasted Veggie Pasta (page 94) ahead, make each component separately and reheat them together just before serving.
  •  Pasta sauces (see chapter on pasta, starting on page 82) can be frozen up to a month. Cook the pasta fresh, and warm up together with the sauce.
  • All desserts in Dairy Made Easy (other than Peanut Butter Crème Brule) can be frozen fully prepared.
  • Three Cheese Quiche (page 34) can be frozen after baking and reheated just before serving.
  • Calsones (page 90) freeze nicely. When you defrost them, leave uncovered for a crunchy dish, or cover it while reheating for a softer dish.
  • Salad dressings can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the fridge.

Holiday Cooking Tips from Leah and Victoria:

There will be enough pastries to go around. Instead, prepare and serve a couple of (easy-to-make-ahead) frozen desserts. Shavuos signals the beginning of summer, and everyone will be appreciative when you bring refreshing treats out from the freezer. I’m making Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (from Dairy Made Easy) in little mason jars and Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches (from Kids Cooking Made Easy) for the kids. – Victoria Dwek

Even if you’ll be preparing your meals fresh, get as many components as you can out of the way in advance. For example, prepare your salad dressings in advance. Balance your menu with items you can prep ahead, like Arancini balls (fry fresh!) and quick to assemble sides like cauliflower garlic bites. – Leah Schapira

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