The Shiksa Picks – Tori’s Favorite Finds on the Web 9.2.11

Every Friday, I take my favorite “picks” from my week on the web and post them here for you to enjoy. But before I announce The Shiksa Picks, here is a quick recap of this week’s posts on– just in case you missed them.  :)



Looking for a lighter option for your Labor Day barbecue? Try my grilled Sephardic Fish Skewers, marinated in flavorful Middle Eastern spices and finished on a smoky grill.


Get your grill on this Labor Day weekend with my Grilled Lemon Butter Zucchini! Zesty lemon butter and fresh herbs bring out the natural flavor of fresh zucchini. Delish!


Here are some of my favorite picks from the web this week.


The ingredients of this one, along with the beautiful picture, totally hooked me. Crème fraiche, cream cheese, vanilla, sliced peaches, raspberry jam and a no-bake gingersnap crust? Sign me up! The fact that it’s no-bake makes it perfect for a hot Labor Day weekend.


This mouth-watering grilled salmon recipe pairs sweet syrup and a smoky rub for lots of delicious grilled flavor.


These adorable piggy mooncakes are not treif… so you can have your pig and eat it, too! Includes a fun video tutorial.


The Jewish community lost a very special person on August 18 – Jerome Shestack. Among his many contributions to the public, Jerome was president of the American Bar Association in the late 90′s, and acted as ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. He served on the boards of the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. He was a human rights advocate, campaigning to allow women and African Americans into law school when such a thing was unheard of. He was a remarkable man. I met Jerome’s son Jonathan earlier this year, and had lunch with Jerome’s wife Marciarose in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, but I never had the chance to meet Jerome himself. When I visited their home, Marciarose was gracious beyond measure; her kosher live-in cook made us a delicious meal to remember. I am so sorry for their family’s loss, and I wanted to share Jerome’s legacy with my readers. What an impressive life dedicated to public service. Read more about Jerome by clicking the link above, which will take you to all of the tribute articles that have been published about him (there are many!). May his memory be a blessing.


Every week, I post the Twitter accounts that make me smile with their
fun or interesting tweets. Here are this week’s picks…


Bloggers Without Borders is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting bloggers for good causes. Recently they raised over $60,000 for blogger Jennifer Perillo, who lost her young husband to a sudden heart attack and was faced with subsequent financial hardship. Follow them on Twitter by clicking the link above.


Faythe at the blog Recipes Collected made my Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad this week– she blogged about it here. Thanks Faythe!


R. Jean Roth runs a fun apparel company called Rotem Gear; many of her t-shirts are Jewish themed. Check her out!


This comment came in on my Grilled Lemon Butter Zucchini blog from Spinny:

The marinade is a match made in heaven…love the grill marks. I’ll add this one to the bucket list!

Spinny happens to be my cousin’s nickname. He’s also one of the most talented grill-meisters I know, so this was high praise indeed. Thanks Spinny!



Did you read an article this week that you think my readers would find interesting? Are you a food blogger with a recipe that you want everybody see? Or maybe you want to share what’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend. Comment below and let us know about it!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Labor Day! Have a delicious weekend.

Tori xo

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  1. Angela Perez says:

    That salmon has me drooling! I might try the tart too. I always love your Friday links. Thanks Shiksa!

  2. Lauren M. says:

    Another great week, thanks Tori!

  3. Ann says:

    Another fabulous week, Tori! I love the piggy moon cakes…adorable!

  4. Andrea Robinson says:

    Hi Tori,

    I haven’t received any emails from you lately. I think Google is having problems.

    I wanted to let you know that I ordered schmaltz and a few other things from the kosher store that you recommended. They just cancelled the order without any notification to me. I kept waiting and waiting and finally contacted them. I was very disappointed.
    Do you have any other tips that might work?

    • Tori Avey says:

      Hi Andrea, I don’t know why you haven’t received my emails; we are now on a weekly email schedule instead of emailing every blog post. Have you checked your spam filter? I will go and make sure your email address is confirmed in my system.

      Re: the schmaltz, I’m sorry you had trouble with your order… I honestly can’t remember the store I recommended to you, it must have been several months ago. Are you trying to render schmaltz? You can easily do it yourself by following the instructions on my blog at the following link: link to

      The good news is that I will be opening a store in early October with lots of kosher certified products, many imported from Israel! Details will be posted on the site soon. :)

    • Tori Avey says:

      Hi Andrea, you are confirmed in my email system. I just resent you a welcome email. If it doesn’t come to your inbox, check you spam folder, and make sure your spam filter doesn’t mark this email address as spam:

  5. Faythe says:

    Thanks for the mention. :)

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