Thursday, February 16, 2012

Welcome to The Kosher Bachelor!

The Kosher Bachelor is an idea that's been rattling around in my brain for a while. It was born of my love of cooking, my love of entertaining, and the inexplicable stereotype that single guys live off canned baked beans and cheese sandwiches.

Not so!

During my freshman year of college I volunteered as food chair of Hillel. Week in and week out, my co-chair and I prepared Shabbat dinners for 60-plus people. I've been cooking ever since and about once a month host a Shabbat meal. I look to cookbooks more for general inspiration and rarely follow recipes. Most of my recipes are my own creation, while the rest are family secrets.

A few years ago, I invited a rather large group of people over for Shabbat dinner. Many were regulars but one couple had never been over before. That couple figured that a single guy in his 20s, living alone, and working full time is not going to have the time or skill to prepare a decent meal, and so they ate before they arrived.

After the first course of homemade sushi and Thai peanut noodles, they admitted - and regretted - their deed as they piled more noodles on their plates. By the time I served the harissa chicken they were sold on my cooking.

Now, I am going to share some of those recipes with you. Some will be tried and true dishes I'm preparing for guests, others will be dishes I create one night on a whim. Please join me on this culinary adventure as I prove that it is possible for a bachelor living alone AND keeping kosher to prepare simple, delicious meals for himself and guests.


1 comment:

  1. This idea is genius! Can't wait to see the recipes. (Happy to share recipes too, though you'll have to double check mine for Kosher-worthiness.)