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To light the eternal flame, the children of Israel are commanded to bring pure oil of olives crushed for lighting.  I use olive oil in most everything. The diversity of flavors – from herbal to earthy can bring out the best of breads, salads, vegetables, fish, poultry and even steaks.  Heart healthy and a staple of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is a precious part of our Biblical tradition and our culinary heritage.  This week we are highlighting a menu that shows many ways to use the amazing olive and its flavorful oil.

Zaatar and Olive Challah

Zaatar and Olive Challah

The best way to introduce olives and olive oil in one dish is by adding them both to your challah.  This challah recipe is so flavorful and delicious with the extra addition of Za'atar. 

Parsnip Olive Soup

Focaccia with Beetroot and Parsnip Olive Soup

This totally creamy and comforting Winter soup is topped with a drizzle of homemade black olive oil. 

Chicken with Green Olives

Chicken with Green Olives

Let's keep the olive theme going with a simple skillet chicken with lots of olives. 

Vegetable Barigoule

Vegetable Barigoule

This delicious braised veggie dish keeps the theme going and is the perfect Shabbat veggie side or main. 

Red Grape Cake with Olive Oil 

Red Grape Cake

Finish this meal with this unique olive oil grape cake, yum!


For last year's Shabbat Menu Tetzaveh.