Nina Safar l Kosher Food Blogger @kosherinthekitch
Nina Safar l Kosher Food Blogger @kosherinthekitch

Hi, I’m Nina! I’m the hungriest laziest cook you will find in the kitchen. I don’t actually like cooking, I just really like food and my love language is feeding people. On Kosher in the Kitch you will find super simple Kosher recipes that are easy to prepare AND taste delicious. As a single mom I don’t have time for complicated cooking, so my mission is to create the easiest recipes possible without sacrificing flavor.

I love taking the traditional recipes I learned as a child and bringing them into my own kitchen with a modern twist. Updating the classics (topping chicken pot pie with matzo balls, and turning my bubbe’s recipe for challah into barbecue pastrami–stu ed challah, for instance) is a favorite challenge of mine. For me, kosher cooking is as much about joy as it is about rituals and guidelines.

I hope you enjoy browsing the site and if you want to lick your screen, go for it. I won’t tell ;)


FOOD IS MAGIC. The ability a single dish has to connect those gathered around it, eating it, creating moments remembered once the dish is long gone, is simply magical. Growing up in a large family of 11 children spanning different ages (with a 21-year gap between the oldest and youngest), it would have been so easy for us to get lost in the daily routine of work, school, and homework—if not for our nightly meals as a family. Without fail, when it was time for supper, we would take a time-out from deadlines, essay writing, and friends, and join together around the kitchen table for the chance to refuel and connect over delicious mouthfuls of my mother’s food. Even as a young child I always looked forward to those precious moments together, full of happy—and loud—chatter. Now, I wish to create those memories for my own children.

When I create a recipe, I have three things in mind: It has to be kosher, it hopefully tastes good, and it must be easy. You might be surprised to learn that I don’t actually enjoy cooking all that much. I just really like serving—and eating!—good food. Less time spent in the kitchen means more time spent with my family and friends around the table. Those are the moments I cherish.

I am excited to share my favorite recipes with you right here on the blog: the food
I actually cook for myself and my family on a weekly basis. Depending on my energy level (and who I want to impress), sometimes I might dress up a recipe, but most nights, my motto is “super simple and seriously tasty.” Forget Pinterest-perfect composition: At the end of the day, all this hungry girl wants is a delicious and fuss-free dinner (with minimal dishes to wash!).

I learned how to cook by watching my mother, queen of quickly prepared tasty meals and delectable kid-friendly treats. There was always a warm home-cooked meal and some kind of yummy snack waiting for us after school. My mother’s chocolate babka is still my favorite dessert. When I was in high school, I would often cook dinner for my siblings, which is kind of where my love for easy cooking comes from. I had tests to prep for and work to do, so I couldn’t exactly fuss around in the kitchen (especially cooking for 10 people). When I write a recipe, I like to strip it down to the essentials. What does it really need to taste good? Everything else is optional and can depend on how much energy I have left at the end of the day.

Whether you want to impress your future mother-in-law with a good potato kugel, cook an easy rush-hour dinner that your children will eat, or score points hosting a dinner party for friends, there is a recipe here for you just waiting to be cooked, eaten, and enjoyed with loved ones.

Happy Cooking!
xx Nina

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