Cheesecakes, Pastas and Teas….. that’s old news, and you have will have the blitzes, quiches and cakes you family likes too. But this year, why not make Shavuot 2018 a family gathering with matching clothes and snacks you can buy or prepare easily. After much research, I think I prepared something for everyone to “stay up all night for.”

The Fashion

How about matching T-Shirts for the entire family? Stacey Spivak started Old Shul Apparel just two short months ago as a passion project. According to Spivak, “I work as a web developer full time and I needed to find an outlet for my creative side. I felt like I could offer a unique perspective to Jewish clothing market with some of my ideas and designs. I was also hoping to use it as a platform to deepen my connection with the Jewish community at large. I only have a few designs offered now, but I already have ideas and plans for the summer camp season, Tu’bishvat, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah and more general themes.”

The shirts from Old Shul Apparel are perfect for the entire family to show off their Jewish pride. They are printed on Hanes Tagless tees and would be a very comfortable and stylish option to wear out on a family picnic. https://teespring.com/stores/oldshulapparel

Trendy Snacks That Are Gluten Free, Low In Sugar and Delicious

I chose foods that don’t spoil in hot weather and can be eaten by an individual or a huge crowd.

Absolutely Gluten Free, maker of all-natural crackers, flatbreads, and pizza that are both delicious and gluten-free, is taking on the energy bar category with the launch of TahiniBAR, a grab-and-go sesame seedsnack that weighs in at only 100 calories. All varieties are certified OU Kosher and dairy-free. TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends. Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast. These bars come in several flavors, each 100 calories and very filling. http://www.absolutelygf.com/

Two popular fruit snacks blend with the holiday theme of celebrating the Feast of The First Fruits. Fruits By Pesha specializes in dehydrated fruits like blood oranges, kiwi and honeydew. They also arrange platters. www.fruitsbypesha.com/ Pure Bites has added Fruit-A-Peel packets to their growing business. These handmade fruit snacks are high in fiber, only 70 calories and like Pesha’s fruits are all natural. www.purebitessnacks.com/

Homemade With Amy of Kosher Taste

Amy Stopincki is the author of the bestselling book, Kosher Taste and a food stylist. As the organizer of many events in Canada, she pointed out two recipes many are requesting from her menu this Shavuot. “I am often asked what is current, easy to make and looks “fancy”. I love the rice paper spring rolls, they are so versatile, can be made with so many different fillings and are a great Gluten free option. They present beautifully, I love how the colors of the filling show through.”

Baked Pita Chips
Status: pareve
Yield: serves 6-8
Plan
You can bake these in batches and keep in storage bags for up to 5-7 days.

5 6-inch pitas cut into wedges (whole wheat or white)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle

Prepare
1.​Preheat oven to 425°F.
2.​Place pita wedges flat on a large cookie sheet.
3.​Drizzle with olive oil, salt and garlic powder. Toss well.
4.​Bake for 10-15 minutes or until chips are slightly golden.
5.​Allow to cool. Store in a cool, dry place.

Plate
These chips are a treat served as an appetizer plated with your favorite dip, or in a big bowl with the dips on the side.

Salmon Rice Paper Rolls
Status: pareve
Yield: 12 rolls

Plan
This is an easy recipe that just needs a little practice. The rice paper spring rolls can be found in most grocery stores. I always keep them in my pantry because it’s a great last-minute option if you have the filling ingredients. The filling can be changed—add an ingredient or take one out—the sky is the limit to what you can create!

1 cup sushi rice
1⁄2 lb. salmon fillet
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
12 rice paper sheets
1 cup shredded carrots
3 green onions, cleaned and checked, julienned

Prepare
1. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
3. Coat salmon with oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
4. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until salmon is golden on top. Let cool.
5. When cool, break salmon into small chunks.
6. Place one sheet of rice paper in warm water for approximately 15 seconds, until paper softens
and becomes translucent. Remove from water and place on a flat surface.
7. Place a tablespoon of cooked sushi rice, a tablespoon of chunked salmon, a few shredded
carrots and a few julienned green onions in the centre of the rice paper sheet.
8.Fold in the sides and roll up the rice paper like a jellyroll. Repeat with remaining rolls.
9. For dipping sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Plate
I like to serve these plated, sliced in half diagonally, one placed on top of the other with a small cup of dipping sauce on the plate. Garnish with green onions. Www.amazon.com/go/aw/d/1680250329/ref

Here’s to a making your Festival of Weeks a little more trendy with new ideas to enjoy with some traditional blitzes.