22 Creamy, Cheesy, Milky Recipes for a Very-Dairy Shavuot

May 29, 2017

Your impulse on Memorial Day may be to trade in dark colors for light, winter boots for toe-baring Tevas, heavy stews for zippy watermelon salads, but not so fast! A cheese feast awaits.

Because it's also nearly Shavuot, and for Jews who will be celebrating on Tuesday night, that means tucking into rich and creamy dairy dishes.

The holiday of Shavuot commemorates the day that the Israelites received the Torah from God, seven weeks after fleeing Pharaoh in Egypt. So why the dairy fest? Since the Torah was given to the Jews on Shabbat, no animals could be sacrificed in celebration, causing the people to look to dairy instead. Milk is also considered a symbol for the Torah itself, which nourishes the Jewish people as does a mother's milk. (Some Jews also make a connection between the numerical value of the three Hebrew letters that make up the word for dairy—chalav—and the number of years the Jews wandered in the desert: Both equal 40.)

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So break out the Lactaid pills (I know I'm not the only one!), bring the cream cheese to room temperature, and ready your springform pans. We've got 22 milky, creamy, silky recipes—sweet and savory—for celebrating Shavuot until the cows come home (or, you know, meeting your weekly cheese quota).



What's your favorite recipe for celebrating the glory of dairy? Tell us in the comments below.

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Bevi May 30, 2017
Kukla's Lemon Ricotta bars on this site.
creamtea May 30, 2017
I'll be making my mother's blintzes, my Dilled Cruncy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing (, Lasagne, and black-bottom chocolate cupcakes with a cream-cheese-chocolate chip filling to see us through several meals of Shavuot. If I have time I'll make lemon curd; I have a cake pan that looks like a tart mold. I would fill it with the curd, and add some blueberries and whipped cream.
Sarah J. May 30, 2017
Oooh can I see what this cake pan looks like? And black-bottom cupcakes are my favorite!