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The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage Hack

The Ultimate Stuffed Cabbage Hack

Posted on 26 September 2018 by admin

Photo: Chaya Rappoport
Stuffed Cabbage Noodles

By Chaya Rappoport

(The Nosher via JTA) – My mother’s stuffed cabbage is one of my favorite dishes. She makes it with ground beef and rice, and simmers the stuffed cabbage leaves in a rich, savory tomato sauce. I could eat trays of it.
My late grandmother used to make a vegetarian version that included rice, mushrooms and barley. The sauce was sweeter than my mother’s, leaning a little more to the Polish side of tradition, where sweet foods are more prevalent. I could also eat trays of her stuffed cabbage, and I savored the scent of her cooking it up on special days before Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
There are countless delicious ways to make stuffed cabbage, with influences ranging from Eastern Europe to Asia, but all of them are undoubtedly a patchke (a bit of work). The leaves need to be boiled or frozen to become pliable enough for stuffing and wrapping, and the process from start to finish can take a good couple of hours.
It wasn’t until Sukkot of last year when I helped one of my aunts make kraut lokshen, or cabbage noodles, an Ashkenazi cabbage dish made of sautéed cabbage and egg noodles, that I thought of making unstuffed cabbage. Inspired by my aunt’s simple but delicious dish, I realized that instead of stuffing each cabbage leaf separately, I could cook everything together in one big pot, eliminating most of the work but none of the taste.
These unstuffed cabbage noodles combine the best elements of each dish — the cabbage and egg noodles from kraut lokshen, the meat and tomato sauce from stuffed cabbage — for a dish that’s hearty, savory and delicious. Smoky, salty beef bacon adds a layer of savory flavor to the dish, a tablespoon of sugar perks up the tomato sauce and the flavorful sauce is simmered and thickened before being combined with the noodles.
These noodles could never replace stuffed cabbage; what could? But this dish is an easy, tasty twist on tradition for when you don’t have hours to spend stuffing little bundles. Serve them on a chilly fall night, in a cozy sukkah or simply when you need a comforting dinner.

Unstuffed Cabbage Noodles

8 ounces beef bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 medium cabbage, core removed and chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 dried bay leaves
12 ounces uncooked egg noodles
Salt and pepper, to taste
Dried or fresh parsley, for garnish
1. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the chopped “bacon” until crisp and browned. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
2. Add the onion, garlic and chopped cabbage to the same skillet with the bacon fat and cook for 7-10 minutes on medium heat, until the onion is lightly browned and softened and the cabbage is wilting. Transfer the mixture and set aside.
3. Turn heat up to high and add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon as you go, until browned.
4. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes and bay leaves to the skillet. Stir to combine with the beef, cabbage and onion.
5. Add the beef bacon back to the pan, bring to a simmer, then turn down to medium so it bubbles gently. Cook for 10 minutes uncovered, then simmer for another 10-15 minutes, covered. Remove the bay leaves.
6. Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Taste the beef and cabbage mixture, and season with salt and pepper as desired.
7. Combine the beef and cabbage sauce with the noodles. Garnish with parsley. Serves 6.
Chaya Rappoport is the blogger, baker and picture taker behind Currently a pastry sous chef at a Brooklyn bakery, she’s been blogging since 2012 and her work has been featured on The Feed Feed,, Food and Wine, and Conde Nast Traveler.
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One-Pot Paprika Chicken with Orzo and Olives

One-Pot Paprika Chicken with Orzo and Olives

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

Photo: Samantha Ferraro
One-Pot Paprika Chicken with Orzo and Olives


By Samantha Ferraro
This one-pot paprika chicken is a take on my mom’s memorable paprika chicken recipe. I have very fond memories of cleaning the whole bird and then rubbing it down with loads of paprika for weeknight dinners. The spice gives a deep rich color and imparts a delicious smoky flavor.
This is my updated and modernized variation of mom’s simple recipe made into an easy one-pan meal. Oh, and find yourself some Castelvetrano olives — they are buttery with a bit of brine and are so addictive.
Tip: If you can’t find the specified olives, substitute with the easier-to-find green manzanilla olives.
This recipe is excerpted with permission from Samantha Ferraro’s new cookbook, The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen.
2 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in and skin-on
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
Olive oil, as needed
1 shallot, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves, chopped finely
8 ounces dried orzo
2 cups chicken stock
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup whole pitted Castelvetrano olives
Chopped parsley, for garnish
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, toss the chicken with the paprika and salt, making sure the spices evenly coat the chicken.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough olive oil to coat the bottom. Don’t add too much oil because the chicken will give off its own fat, as well.
4. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken thighs skin-side down into the hot pan and cook until a deep golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, and then flip the chicken over to the other side and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
5. Once both sides of the chicken are a deep golden brown, remove to a plate and set aside.
6. In the same hot skillet, add the shallot and sauté until lightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
7. Add the orzo and stir so it is coated in the oil and aromatics (this will give it great flavor). Use a spatula to even out the orzo. Add the chicken back into the pan, skin-side up, and pour in the stock.
8. Scatter the lemon slices and olives over the chicken and orzo and place in the oven, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove the cover and continue cooking for an additional 12 to 15 minutes.
9. Once cooked, remove from the oven and garnish with parsley. Serves 2-4.
Samantha Ferraro is the food blogger and photographer for The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Follow Samantha at
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Harissa Salmon Nicoise Salad: a spicy treat

Harissa Salmon Nicoise Salad: a spicy treat

Posted on 25 July 2018 by admin

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By Chaya Rappoport
(The Nosher via JTA) — Harissa is a spicy, rich-flavored North African chili paste and it is one of my favorite condiments to use in the kitchen. It is traditionally made with roasted red pepper, chiles, garlic and a mixture of spices, depending on the family and exact origin. You can easily find several varieties in the supermarket (usually in the ethnic foods aisle), but I prefer making my own, in part so I can control the level of spice.
A traditional Nicoise salad features baby potatoes, haricots verts, European-style tuna, olives and hard-boiled egg. In this amped-up version, many of the traditional elements remain, but the tuna is swapped for a harissa-smothered salmon and preserved lemon is added for some North African authenticity, which makes it brighter and punchier.
Nicoise purists might balk at this recipe, but I promise: This spiced salmon salad is delicious, filling and perfect to enjoy all summer.
* You can simplify this recipe by buying harissa already made.
* Don’t stress about making your own dressing — you can also dress it simply with olive oil and lemon juice or white wine vinegar.
* You can prepare the salmon, potatoes, haricots verts and hard-boiled eggs ahead of time, and when ready to serve, simply assemble. It makes it a great dish for entertaining or Shabbat lunch.
For the salad:
4 ounces small red and purple potatoes
Kosher salt
4 ounces haricots verts (string beans), trimmed
4 ounces heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved crosswise
1 or 2 hard-boiled eggs, halved crosswise
4 cups lettuce and/or mixed greens, washed, dried and chopped
¼ cup black or Nicoise olives, pitted
Flaky salt and fresh black pepper, for serving

For the salmon:
6 ounces fresh salmon, skin removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Prepared harissa (around ½ cup to 1 cup depending on size of salmon and your preference)

For the harissa:
1 large red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 dried red chiles
1 tablespoon tomato paste
¼ cup fresh parsley
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ras el hanout
1½ teaspoons smoked paprika

For the dressing:
4 oil-packed anchovy fillets, finely minced
1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, finely minced
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons finely chopped preserved lemon peel
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. To make the harissa: Broil the red pepper on high for about 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until blackened on the outside. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let cool. This is called sweating, and it allows you to easily peel the skin off the pepper. Peel the pepper and discard its skin and seeds.
2. Rehydrate the chiles by placing them in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes.
3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and fry the onion, garlic and rehydrated chiles for 10 to 12 minutes, until dark and smoky. Now use a blender or a food processor to combine all the harissa ingredients until smooth, adding a little more oil if needed.
4. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a baking paper-lined baking dish and rub with olive oil. Spread harissa thickly on top, reserving the rest for something else. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and add cold water to cover by 1 inch.
6. Bring to a boil, season with kosher salt and cook until fork-tender, 15−20 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a plate with a slotted spoon.
7. Return water to a boil and cook haricots verts in same saucepan until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.
8. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl of ice water. Chill until cold, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and pat dry.
9. To make the dressing: Mash the anchovies and mustard in a small bowl to form a coarse paste. Add the minced shallot, garlic and preserved lemon to the bowl; whisk in the white wine vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper as needed.
10. Using a fork, flake the harissa salmon into large pieces; halve reserved potatoes crosswise.
11. Arrange lettuce on a platter; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with half of dressing.
Top with separate piles of potatoes, haricots verts, tomatoes, the hard-boiled eggs, olives and salmon.
12. Drizzle salad with remaining dressing. Sprinkle with flaky salt and pepper.
Chaya Rappoport is the blogger, baker and picture taker behind Currently a pastry sous chef at a Brooklyn bakery, she’s been blogging since 2012 and her work has been featured on The Feed,, Food and Wine, and Conde Nast Traveler.
The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at


Recipes that are great for lovers on Tu B’Av

Recipes that are great for lovers on Tu B’Av

Posted on 20 July 2018 by admin

Photo: Dave Carlin
Chicken Salad Veronique with Avocados

By Tina Wasserman

A good grape harvest in midsummer was cause for celebration in ancient Israel, promising an abundance of fruit to make wine, raisins and sweet syrup for the coming year, as well as the vine leaves to be brined and stuffed with meat, vegetables and rice.
Because the harvest began on the 15th of Av (the fifth month in the Jewish lunar calendar), the celebratory holiday was named Tu B’Av (Tu means 15). In time, the festival also came to celebrate love and its pursuit. The Talmud describes how unmarried girls, rich and poor alike, would dress in plain white clothing and sing and dance under the full moon in the vineyards surrounding Jerusalem (Ta’anit 30b–31a). Many betrothals ensued.
Today, the grape harvest is still celebrated in Israel, and many Israeli couples choose to get married on Tu B’Av for the “luck” it may bestow. Consider it the Jewish Valentine’s Day.
This Tu B’Av (July 26), I hope you spend the day with someone you love and enjoy these recipes that give thanks for the fruit of the vine, as well as pay homage to the No. 1 food of love: chocolate. I’ve thrown in some pretty pink for love, as well.
Chicken Salad Veronique
with Avocados
This cold salad, featuring Israel’s summer bounty, is perfect for a hot summer’s day. French recipes titled Veronique signify the inclusion of grapes. This one is a snap if you ask the deli person to cut the meat into half-inch thick slices (No. 35 on some slicers).

8 ounces cooked chicken or smoked turkey
1½ avocados, ripe but firm
Juice of 1 lime
2 cups seedless red grapes, sliced in half
1 cup mayonnaise, or as needed
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 good pinch of dried summer savory or thyme
1–2 tablespoons sweet vermouth or red wine
Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish

1. Cut the chicken into half-inch cubes and transfer to a medium sized bowl.
2. Slice the full avocado into half-inch cubes and place in a small bowl. Add about ¾ of the lime juice. Toss gently to coat the avocado cubes.
3. Mix in the halved grapes with the chicken.
4. Stir the mayonnaise in a small bowl to make it smooth. Add ketchup, savory and sweet vermouth. Mix well to form a smooth sauce.
5. Drain the avocado cubes. Using a rubber spatula, gently toss the avocados with the chicken and grapes.
6. Carefully blend in the mayonnaise mixture so that you don’t break up the avocado chunks.
7. Thinly slice the remaining avocado half, place in another bowl, and coat with the reserved lime juice or any extra residual juice from the drained avocado cubes. When ready to serve, arrange the slices over the top of the prepared salad and sprinkle with toasted almond slices.
Serves 3-4.

Tina’s Tidbits:
•Whenever you’re mixing ingredients that include soft fruits or vegetables, use a rubber spatula; it will prevent the food from being nicked or mashed.
•Although mayonnaise appears smooth from the jar, it is imperative to stir it first before adding any liquids to prevent the mixture from looking curdled.
Wine Jelly and Frosted Grapes
What better way is there to relax on a hot summer’s night than with a cheese board, wine jelly (a wonderfully sweet counterfoil to strong and earthy blue-veined or chevre cheeses) and a good bottle of wine (preferably from the wine country in northern Israel)?

2 cups of red wine (preferably Shiraz or Zinfandel)
4 whole allspice berries
1 3-inch stick of cinnamon
3 cups of sugar
1 3-ounce pouch of liquid fruit pectin

Frosted Grapes
1 lightly beaten egg white (foamy, not in peaks) or ¼ cup water
¼ cup sugar
1. Combine the wine and spices in a 2-quart saucepan. Heat the wine over medium heat until it is warm but not simmering. Turn off the heat and allow the spiced wine to steep for 30 minutes.
2. Add the sugar and then heat to a rolling boil. Stir constantly for about a minute, until the sugar is totally dissolved.
3. Add the pectin. As soon as the mixture returns to a rolling boil, stir for exactly 1 minute to activate the pectin and then pour the jelly into a clean, 16-ounce glass mold or rectangular dish or two or three 6-ounce ramekins.
4. Cool at room temperature for about a half-hour or until close to room temperature and it begins to solidify.
5. Cover dish(es) loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.
6. Unmold the jelly onto a plate and decorate with frosted grapes by tossing the grapes in slightly beaten egg whites or wetting them under water and then rolling them in a small dish with the sugar and then dry them for about 15 minutes or until crusty.
Serves 15-20.

Tina’s Tidbits:
•Keep the sugar-coated grapes in the refrigerator once the sugar has hardened. The same process that keeps your refrigerator “frost-free” also keeps the interior as dry as possible, a necessity on hot, humid summer days.
Hungarian Cherry Soup (Meggy Leves)
Hungarians use sour cream in many recipes because it is readily available. If you would like to make this pareve, you could use soy or coconut creamer.

16-ounce bag frozen sweet cherries with juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1½ cups water
1/3 cup dry red wine (Zinfandel or shiraz would be good)
½ teaspoon almond extract

Habaras (Thickening Mixture)
¾ cup sour cream
3-4 tablespoons powdered sugar, according to taste
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1. Combine the first seven ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes until cherries are tender and flavors have combined.
2. Remove 12 cherries and set aside.
3. Pass the cherries and liquid through a food mill to puree. Alternatively, blend the mixture in a blender or in a processor until mixture is fairly smooth. Return pureed cherries to the pan along with the reserved cherries. Re-heat as you make the Habaras.
4. In a 1-quart bowl, whisk the sour cream, sugar and flour together, combining well.
5. Whisk some of the soup into the sour cream to thin it, then add all of the mixture into the pot of soup.
6. Simmer soup for 5 minutes or until thickened. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Serves 4-6.
Tina’s Tidbits:
•Sour cherries (the traditional type for this recipe) are very hard to find. However, the frozen, sweet variety is not that sweet and will adapt in any recipe calling for tart cherries.
•Powdered sugar not only subtly sweetens this soup; it helps thicken it as well because it contains 3 percent cornstarch.
Molten Mocha Cinnamon Chocolate Cookies
How can you talk about love without chocolate? From the beginning of its consumption (when Montezuma was purported to drink 50 cups of chocolate flavored with chili a day to feed his libido) to boxes of chocolates given to lovers, the theobromide in chocolate has wooed many a person to thoughts of love.
These cookies are perfect for summer. Not only can you have them on hand to bake at a moment’s notice, but also transporting these cookies to a summer picnic will slightly warm them up to their original gooeyness.
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon instant espresso
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup semisweet chocolate, either chips or chopped ¼-inch pieces

1. Combine the 10 ounces of chocolate and the butter in a 1-quart glass bowl. Microwave this mixture on high for 1 minute. Stir. Place bowl back and microwave for another 30 seconds. Remove, stir until all chocolate is melted and set aside.
2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Beat eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and lemon colored. Add the espresso, cinnamon and vanilla and beat to combine.
4. Add the chocolate mixture to the mixing bowl and beat until all egg mixture is incorporated.
5. Add the flour mixture and mix only until there is no flour visible. Stir in the chopped chocolate or chips. Remove beaters and scrape down sides of bowl. Refrigerate in bowl for 15 minutes.
6. Using a 1-tablespoon portion scoop or a rounded measuring spoon, place dough onto a parchment or foil-lined baking sheet.
7. Freeze dough uncovered until very hard. When frozen, remove individual dough balls to a zip-lock freezer bag and freeze until ready to bake.
8. To bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place frozen mounds of dough onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are crisp but very soft to the touch. Cookies will harden a little as they cool.
9. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes if you want them to be hot and gooey; longer if you want them to hold their shape a little better.
Yield: About 2 dozen cookies

Tina’s Tidbits:
• Baked cookies may be refrigerated and then re-heated in a microwave for 20 seconds on high. However, cold, baked cookies are like a cross between a cookie and a truffle and quite delicious.
• Gluten-free flour can easily be substituted for the all-purpose flour in this recipe.


Frozen Limonana: The Israeli slushie your summer needs

Frozen Limonana: The Israeli slushie your summer needs

Posted on 05 July 2018 by admin

By Chaya Rappoport
(The Nosher via JTA)

Limonana is a classic Israeli drink that combines freshly squeezed lemon juice and mint leaves for a unique Israeli-style lemonade treat that’s beloved throughout the country.

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Limonana is a combination of the Hebrew and Arabic words limon and nana, which mean lemon and mint, respectively. While the drink may have originated elsewhere in the Middle East, it’s an Israeli advertising agency that provided the catchy portmanteau of a name in the 1990s. In an attempt to get public bus advertising off the ground in Israel, the agency advertised a new soft drink called Limonana in sprawling ads across the sides of buses and reported that local athletes and celebrities couldn’t get enough of it.

Although the drink was advertised on buses only, the ad campaign was a huge success. Customers begged for the drink and stores pleaded to carry it until the advertising agency was forced to admit the truth: no such drink existed.
Undeterred, soft drink companies began to manufacture the flavor — the drink that had existed only as a marketing ploy was now a reality. Restaurants and cafés quickly followed suit, reimagining the drink in iced, slushed and alcoholic variations. It’s been a nationwide hit ever since.
The ubiquitous drink is peddled by vendors on nearly every street in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but those of you across the ocean can make this simple, invigorating version at home. Creating a simple syrup with the sugar and water, which turns the sugar liquid, means it’s much easier to blend into a cold drink, and steeping mint in the simple syrup infuses the drink with an extra layer of flavor.
It’s delicious as is, but you can make it alcoholic for a fun, adult twist on the classic.
Or if you’re feeling really adventurous, use Arak, an anise-flavored spirit that’s popular in Israel, and see where it takes you.
With or without alcohol, you’re going to want to make these icy, cooling, sweet and tart slushies all summer long.

  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from around 3 lemons
  • ½ cup loosely packed mint
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  1. Combine water, sugar and half of the mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes. Discard the mint leaves and refrigerate the syrup to let it cool.
  3. Combine the mint simple syrup, the rest of the fresh mint leaves and the fresh lemon juice in a blender. Blend at high speed until well mixed.
  4. Add the ice and blend until the ice is thoroughly crushed. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Serves 2.

Clegg’s new cookbook makes great Father’s Day gift

Clegg’s new cookbook makes great Father’s Day gift

Posted on 31 May 2018 by admin

Staff Report

Fort Worth native and now part-time Dallasite Holly Clegg has released a new installment in her Trim & Terrific cookbook series. Just in time for Father’s Day, A Guy’s Guide to Eating Well is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Holly will be signing copies of her book from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Barnes and Noble at Preston and Royal in Dallas and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Barnes and Noble at Hulen Center (4801 Overton Ridge Blvd.) in Fort Worth. Since her first cookbook in 1993, Clegg, who is the daughter of Ruthie and the late Jerry Berkowitz of Fort Worth, has sold more than 1.5 million cookbooks. In the last few years, her cookbooks — which previously focused on easy to prepare, healthy recipes with KITCHEN 101 — have focused on wellness with Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Eating Well Through Cancer. Holly and her husband Mike live in Baton Rouge. In recent years, they have been spending about half their time in Dallas to be closer to their children and grandchildren. “We live just seven minutes away from our daughter and son-in-law, Courtney and Chad Goldberg and our grandsons, Clegg, almost 6, and Kase, 4. We love to have the boys spend the night and can’t wait to meet our newest grandson due in July.”
Here is a sampling of recipes from A Guy’s Guide to Eating Well: A Man’s Cookbook for Health and Wellness, which Berkowitz dedicated to her father Jerry, who passed away on Sept. 20, 2017, after battling laryngeal cancer for 17 years.


Kale Chips

Move over bar food and munch on these simple, crunchy chips that melt in your mouth.

1 bunch of curly kale, washed, dried, torn into 2-inch pieces
Salt to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Spread kale on prepared pan in single layer. Coat kale lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Season to taste.
3. Bake 8-10 minutes or until kale is crispy and edges brown.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 128, Calories from Fat0%, Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 22 mg, Carbohydrates 5 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Total Sugars 0 g, Protein 2 g. Dietary Exchanges: 1 vegetable

Barbecued Salami

Highly requested simple, stand-up kind of appetizer everyone gravitates to. From the “Fix it Fast or Fix It Slow” chapter.
Makes 32 (1-ounce) servings

1 (2-pound) salami (all beef)
1 (16-ounce) jar chunky apricot preserves
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat baking pan with foil.
2. Remove wrappings from salami. Score diagonally with knife in both directions creating diamond cut and place salami on prepared pan.
3. In small bowl, mix together preserves and mustard. Spoon sauce over and inside salami cuts. Bake about 1 hour, spooning sauce on top salami halfway through cooking or until salami is crisp.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 145, Calories from Fat 57%, Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 521mg, Carbohydrates 10g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 9g, Protein 6g, Dietary Exchanges: ½ other carbohydrate, 1 lean meat, 1 fat.

Beef Fajitas in Slow Cooker

Fajitas have never been simpler! A quick fajita rub, combined with salsa, peppers and onions in slow cooker for fall-apart tender fajitas.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: About 5-8 hours
Makes 8 (about ½ cup meat) servings

1 (16-ounce) jar salsa
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds flank steak, skirt steak or boneless chuck
1 large onion, sliced
3 assorted bell peppers, cored and sliced (any combination green, red, yellow)
1. In 3½- to 6-quart slow cooker, pour salsa on bottom.
2. In small bowl, mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and season to taste. Season meat with all seasonings. Add meat, remaining seasoning, onion and peppers.
3. Cook on LOW 8 hours, or HIGH 5-6 hours or until tender. Use slotted spoon to remove meat, onions and pepper.

Nutritional info per serving: Calories 211, Calories from Fat 41%, Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 48 mg, Sodium 288 mg, Carbohydrates 10 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Total Sugars 5 g, Protein 20 g, Dietary Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat
Serving Suggestion: Serve with your favorite condiments and tortillas. Use corn tortillas to keep gluten-free.

Roasted Lemon Broccoli

You’ll be surprised how simple ingredients like lemon and garlic turn broccoli into a delectable, delicious vegetable.
8 cups broccoli florets
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Toss broccoli with garlic and olive oil. Spread on prepared pan. Season to taste.
3. Roast 18-24 minutes or until crisp tender and tips browned.
4. Remove from oven and toss with lemon zest and lemon juice.
Nutrition Nugget
Broccoli is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and carotenoids.

Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

Yes, you can fix this dynamic dessert and appear “fancy!” Pick up at the store a chocolate crust, ice cream, pistachio pudding and chocolate topping, for a frozen creamy melt-in-your-mouth nutty dessert.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Makes 10 servings

1½ cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
3 tablespoons butter, melted
¼ cup chopped pistachios
1 quart fat-free vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened
1 (4-serving) instant pistachio flavored pudding and pie filling
½ cup chocolate fat-free fudge topping, warmed
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In 9-inch pie plate, stir together graham cracker crumbs and butter; press on bottom and up sides. Bake 8–10 minutes. Cool completely.
3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, quickly combine the pistachios, ice cream and pudding until well mixed. Transfer mixture into cooled crust. Freeze, covered, at least 4 hours or until firm. Serve with warmed chocolate fudge topping on each slice.
Terrific Tip:
Take a shortcut and use a prepared chocolate crust from the grocery.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 257, Protein 6 g, Carbohydrate 47 g, Calories from Fat 21%, Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Total Sugars 29 g , Cholesterol 9 mg, Sodium 341 mg, Dietary Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate, 1 fat


A cornucopia of Memorial Day grilling ideas

Posted on 24 May 2018 by admin

By Tina Wasserman

Memorial Day. The unofficial start of summer, the last school holiday and the time to get out all the grilling recipes you wanted to try last year or did try and marked the recipe with “great.”
Grilling is no longer relegated to steak, hamburgers and hot dogs. If you look at a housewares catalog, you will find woks for the grill, vertical holders for roasting jalapeños, plates that have indentations to hold seafood or stands to insert a can of beer into a chicken cavity while it grills. And recently, while perusing goods in a store, I saw specialty sheets that go over the grill so no food falls through the cracks. I wonder if the food still has a smoky taste?
The following recipes will transform basic fare to fantastic, and you don’t need any special utensils other than a good spatula, tongs and some long skewers (preferably flattened, not round, and, if you can find them, nonstick). Enjoy and don’t forget the marshmallows.

Sate Manis

I have been making this recipe since I was a teenager when I fell in love with the taste of coriander. Unlike cilantro, which is the plant’s leaf, the seed has a warm, sweet flavor that adds a wonderful accent to a dish. Coupled with the caraway seed, this basic marinade takes on a greater dimension, which will impress. I promise.

4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons garlic powder or 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1½-2 pounds shoulder, chuck or rib-eye steak
1. Combine the first seven ingredients in a 2-quart glass bowl.
2. Cut the meat into 1½-inch cubes and place the cubes in the bowl with the marinade. Marinate at least 1 hour, or overnight.
3. Skewer the meat with any vegetables you desire (I recommend wedges of onion, green pepper, cherry tomatoes and mushroom caps).
4. Broil over hot coals for 10-15 minutes, or until meat is the desired color.
5. Serve with the accompanying sauce if you wish.


½ cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
Salt to taste

1. Combine water and lemon juice. Set aside.
2. Whisk peanut butter and slowly add the water mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, until you get a smooth sauce consistency. NOTE: You will not use all of the lemon water.
3. Stir in the red pepper flakes and salt. Serve with Sate Manis.

Tina’s Tidbits —————————
• When creating a marinade, always include an acidic ingredient such as citrus juice, vinegar, wine or soy sauce. The acid tenderizes the meat.
• Beef can withstand longer marinating and often needs it to tenderize tougher sections.
• Beef and lamb can be marinated, covered, at room temperature for half the time called for in the refrigerator. I.e., 4-6 hours can be 2-3 sitting in a cool part of your kitchen (not near a window on a summer’s day).

Grilled Tofu Thai-Styled

Tofu provides a neutral platform for building rich flavors. Marinating adds flavor, and I find lightly piercing the thickly sliced tofu before marinating allows the flavors to permeate the interior of the tofu, creating a richer taste.

12 ounces extra-firm tofu
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Thai red or green curry paste
1 clove garlic, finely minced
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 or more tablespoons canned coconut milk

1. Remove the tofu from its package and rinse. Wrap in paper towel and place a large bowl or teapot over it for 20-40 minutes to press out excess moisture. Paper towels can be replaced if excessively wet.
2. While the tofu is being pressed, combine the next four ingredients in a 9-inch glass pie plate or other non-metal dish with sides. Set aside.
3. Slice the tofu lengthwise into ½-inch slices and pierce the surface with a toothpick. Place in the dish with the marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes or longer.
4. Combine the peanut butter with enough coconut milk to make a smooth paste. Remove tofu to a plate and add any remaining marinade to the peanut mixture. Set aside.
5. Grill the tofu over medium high heat until golden brown on both sides, brushing each side with some of the peanut sauce. Do not let the tofu burn.
6. Serve as steaks or cubed over a salad or rice with any remaining sauce.
Serves 2-4 for an entrée or salad.

Tina’s Tidbits —————————
• Because tofu is a plant protein, it is safe to add the used marinade to the peanut sauce for basting and dressing later. Never reuse a marinade from chicken or fish without boiling it first or you could get sick.
• Grilled tofu can be refrigerated and then added to a salad or even a sandwich for a high-protein, low-fat alternative to steak or chicken.

Grilled Chicken with Spices

Sometimes you want your chicken to be flavorful but not smothered in a sauce. This recipe is the perfect answer to your wish, and it is fast to prepare and fast to cook.

1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon coriander seed, crushed
1 tablespoon black peppercorn, crushed
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large clove of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1-1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1. Combine all of the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
2. Remove the fillets (if present) from the breast. If the white membrane is present in the fillet, remove it using the technique listed below. Rinse the chicken breasts and pat dry. If necessary, lightly pound the breast to make the thickness of the meat uniform.
3. Rub the chicken breasts with some of the spice rub to coat well. Cover and keep at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to marinate. If marinating for several hours, keep food in the refrigerator but bring to room temperature before grilling.
4. Grill the chicken breasts for 3 minutes per side, or until firm but springy to the touch.

Tina’s Tidbits —————————
• If a chicken breast looks very thick at the wide end, the fillet or chicken tender is probably attached. Look for a white satiny strand through the meat. Gently pull the fillet out of its membrane sac. Hold on to the tip of the white membrane while you slide a knife’s edge on a 45-degree angle along the membrane beneath the meat and gently tug the membrane free. This prevents the fillet from curling up when grilled.
• Rule of thumb is to estimate 10 minutes per inch thickness for grilling chicken, fish and beef. Since boneless chicken breasts are generally ¾ of an inch, you can estimate 6-7 minutes total time for cooking. The same is true when you are pan-frying.
• Chicken may be cut into cubes before marinating and then skewered with vegetables.

Grilled Swordfish with Papaya-Pineapple Salsa

Many years ago, swordfish was declared kosher by the Masorti rabbinate because the fish had scales in its embryonic stage. If you don’t want to use this fish, tuna, salmon or any thick fish fillet will do just fine. Just be careful if you grill tuna. It can go from moist to “Chicken of the Sea” in a nanosecond.

1½ pounds swordfish steaks, cut ¾-inch thick
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon minced fresh Mexican Mint Marigold (or tarragon)
1 ripe papaya, peeled and de-seeded
½ medium pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into irregular chunks
1 tablespoon minced fresh Mexican Mint Marigold
Lime juice to taste
1. Marinate the swordfish in the oil, lime juice, coriander and mint marigold for 15-30 minutes.
2. Prepare the salsa by placing the papaya meat in a processor work bowl with the pineapple. Pulse on and off 10 times or until mixture looks slightly coarse. Don’t over-process, or you will have soup. Transfer to a bowl.
3. Mince the Mint Marigold so that the herb is small but of uniform size. Stir into the papaya mixture. Add a little lime juice to taste and refrigerate until ready to use.
4. Heat a grill and cook the swordfish for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender but not overdone.
5. Serve the fish with some of the salsa draped over the fish and pass the rest.

Tina’s Tidbits —————————
• Never marinate fish for more than 30 minutes, or you will wind up “cooking” the fish in the acidic marinade.


Something different: High Tea for Mother’s Day

Something different: High Tea for Mother’s Day

Posted on 03 May 2018 by admin

By Tina Wasserman

The act of celebrating Mother’s Day has become a timeworn cliché. Although there is no mother who doesn’t enjoy her children jumping on the bed to present her with breakfast while she feigns sleep, it is the ceremony, not the food, that is memorable. Being treated as a special person and presented with a flower in a crowded restaurant does not discount that the food will be good, but it does create a non-personal atmosphere.
Why not do something difference for your mothers and aunts and grandmothers this year and have a tea party? Take advantage of the warm, breezy weather of May and have a leisurely light, albeit rich, meal in your peaceful surroundings. Many, if not all, can be made in advance with little last-minute preparation.
Enjoy, and a Happy Mother’s Day to all.
Tea Sandwich Spreads
You can make tea sandwiches as simple or elaborate as your imagination allows. We all remember those little rectangular “fingers” filled with pimento cheese or egg salad and the delicate flower shapes cut out of buttery, firm white bread, which were then spread with a subtly flavored butter and topped with thin slices of radish or cucumber.
Here are two basic spreads that allow you to explore the infinite possibilities of toppings from the aforementioned vegetables to smoked trout caviar, or tuna fish. Prepare a variety of flavors and shapes, and your tea plate will look stunning.

Garlic Herb Spread
8 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream or cream
½ teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 tablespoons minced basil
3 tablespoons minced scallions
¼ teaspoon salt
4 drops Tabasco sauce

1. Whip the cream cheese with the sour cream in a food processor until smooth. Add the herbs and pulse the machine on and off 5-10 times until herbs are incorporated.
2. Use this spread with thin slices of plum tomato on assorted bread rounds.

Tina’s Tidbits:
• If mixing by hand, have cream cheese at room temperature to avoid any lumps.
• Over-processing a mixture containing green herbs brings out more of the chlorophyll in the herb and makes the mixture bitter.

Lemon Dill Butter
1 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1. Whip the butter until smooth in a processor workbowl or with an electric mixer. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
2. Use this spread on white rounds with thinly sliced cucumber or on pumpernickel rounds with a slice of smoked salmon garnished with a sprig of dill.

Tina’s Tidbits:
• For the same reason listed above, if you are mixing the butter by hand, make sure the butter is soft so that the ingredients will blend in well and all will be smooth.
Lemon Curd Tarts
I love the sweet/tart flavor of lemon curd, but I hate when the overwhelming flavor is that of egg yolk. That totally ruins the enjoyment for me. However, this recipe, adapted from Maida Heatter, is an incredible exception to this problem. The essence of lemon lollipop comes through unmasked. This sunny yellow spread is great on toast and scones (see recipe) as well.
The following recipe can be made in advance and frozen. After thawing in the refrigerator and then brought to room temperature they taste as good as freshly baked. Topping each tartlet with a raspberry or candied lavender would be an elegant presentation for a Mother’s Day tea.

Pastry dough:
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, partially frozen
1 large egg

1. Place the flour, sugar and salt in a processor workbowl and pulse on and off twice to “sift.”
2. Cut the butter into eight pieces and add to the processor. Process until the mixture is crumbly.
3. Lightly beat the egg in a small glass dish. With the processor running, add the egg to the dough and process only just until a ball of dough begins to form. Divide the dough in half and cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.
4. Using 1 tablespoon of dough at a time, press the dough evenly into individual fluted tartlet pans. Put a small square of foil over each tartlet and weigh down with a few pie weights or dried beans. Place on a baking sheet.
5. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Refreeze the dough in the tartlet pans until ready to bake.
6. Bake the shells for 13 minutes and then remove the foil and beans. Return the shells to the oven and continue baking for 5 minutes more or until the tartlets are golden on the inside and nicely browned but not burnt on the edges. Remove shells from their pans and cool completely.
7. When the shells are cool, fill with the lemon curd. Serve at room temperature, cold or even frozen.

Lemon Curd Filling
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick butter
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
6 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Place the eggs and the sugar in the top of a double boiler and beat lightly to combine.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir constantly until thick but still pourable. Strain the liquid into a large measuring cup and then carefully fill the tartlets.

Tina’s Tidbits:
• Overhandling dough, especially if it is too warm, can make it tough so gently and quickly press your dough into the tartlet pans.
• Your knuckle is cooler and more efficient to press dough into a mold. Use your fingertip to finish the task.
Rose Geranium Tea Biscuits
The addition of the rose geranium leaves gives a subtle flavor to these cookies. This plant looks like a typical geranium but instead of the leaf having a musty smell, the leaf has a lemony herb scent to it. If you cannot find a rose geranium then look for lemon thyme at the plant nursery. Basil also makes an interesting flavor enhancement but rose geranium knocks their socks off.

1½ cups hazelnuts or pecans
2 sticks unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup rose geranium leaves, finely chopped

1. Place the nuts in a food processor workbowl and pulse on and off until the nuts are ground very fine. Remove to a bowl.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in the same processor work bowl (no need to wash), using the metal blade. Add the vanilla and process for 5 seconds.
3. Combine the flour and salt with the ground nuts.
4. Add the flour nut mixture to the workbowl and process 5 seconds.
5. Add the rose geranium leaves and process until the mixture is well combined and just begins to form a ball.
6. Place the dough in the leftover flour bowl and cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use parchment paper to line 2 cookie sheets.
8. Form cold dough into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool for 10 minutes.
9. Completely cool before storing in an airtight container. They taste even better if allowed to sit for a day.

Tina’s Tidbits:
• Always pulse your machine when chopping nuts to prevent a fine nut butter from forming on the bottom of the bowl. Pulsing throws the nuts up and then down into the blades to efficiently chop.
• If you choose, you can roll cookies in powdered sugar before serving or if storing at room temperature for a day or two.
• Coating cookies with powdered sugar before freezing is a waste of time, as sugar will appear to disappear or look blotchy when defrosted.
Strawberries with Cracked Pepper
It doesn’t get any simpler or more elegant than this. The brandy combined with the pepper makes these simple berries burst with intriguing flavor. Think of pepper as a cousin to cloves and cinnamon instead of the fraternal twin of salt.

1 pint strawberries or mixture of strawberries and blackberries
Granulated sugar to taste
1 tablespoon brandy
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns, cracked

1. Cut the washed strawberries in half and place in a bowl with the sugar.
2. Add the brandy, orange liqueur and cracked peppercorns. Let sit for 15 minutes and serve plain or with a little crème fraiche.

Tina’s Tidbits:
• Cracking black peppercorns is different from using a pepper mill unless you can open the aperture wide enough to give you big pieces of pepper.
• An easy way to crack peppercorns is to place them in a small plastic bag and then pound them with the bottom of a heavy pan or the flat side of a meat mallet.
Orange juice, balsamic vinegar or a combination of the two can be substituted for the alcohol if needed.
Tea Scones
Scones used to be the pastry you ate when you went to London or when you got dressed up and went for High Tea at an elegant hotel or tea room. Nowadays, you can find scones at almost every coffee emporium, and the quality generally leans toward the heavy, pasty variety. This recipe does not need to be a substitute for a hockey puck. Light, flaky and yet dense, scones can be simple and buttery or orange scented with dried fruit buried in their crevices. They are easy to make and are superb served with clotted cream, crème fraiche or mascarpone cheese. Raspberry jelly is pretty fine, too.

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
1 egg, beaten
½-¾ cup milk
¼ cup currants

1. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the processor workbowl and pulse on and off to “sift.”
2. Cut the butter into 6 pieces and add to workbowl. Pulse on and off for 5 seconds or until a coarse meal is formed.
3. Combine the egg and ½ cup milk. Slowly pour this mixture into the processor while machine is running. When a fairly sticky mass forms, stop. If the mixture is too dry, add a little more milk.
4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and sprinkle the dough with the currants. Gently knead the currants into the dough, using only 15 or 20 strokes.
5. Roll or pat dough out to ½-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter.
6. Place dough on a greased or paper-lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees. for 12 minutes or until golden. Serve with clotted cream and preserves.


New twists on old favorites for Seder menu

New twists on old favorites for Seder menu

Posted on 22 March 2018 by admin

By Jamie Geller

My Passover menu always features a beautiful brisket (something hand-picked from my new book Brisket 101), perfectly presentable potato kugel cups (with almost 1 MILLION likes, views, shares and comments) and a fresh spring salad.
Braised Brisket
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Makes 10 servings
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 large Spanish onions, thinly sliced
¼ cup tomato paste
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (7-pound) whole brisket (or second cut)
3 whole heads garlic, cut in half to expose the cloves
3 cups beef broth
1 cup dry red wine
Bouquet garnish: several thyme sprigs, parsley stems, bay leaves tied to celery rib
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees or preheat slow cooker to low.
2. Heat a large sauté pan or Dutch oven, lightly coated with oil, over medium-high heat. Brown onions until dark and very soft. Stir tomato paste in and continue cooking for a few minutes to sear tomato paste. Transfer onions to slow cooker, or if using a Dutch oven, push onions to the side.
3. Season brisket with salt and pepper and brown on both sides in the same pan. You may need to cut brisket in half to fit into a slow cooker.
4. Nestle brisket into pan with onions. Add garlic, broth, wine, and bouquet garnish.
5. Cover and braise for 3½ to 4 hours in a 300-degree oven or for 8 hours in a slow cooker, until a fork, inserted, comes out with no resistance.
6. Cool brisket at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving or cool completely before slicing and storing with pan juices in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
7. To serve fresh, slice brisket against the grain. Squeeze garlic out of heads and add to pan juices. Serve with pan juices and onions.
8. To serve another day, remove sliced brisket from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before reheating in a 300-degree oven, covered, for 1 hour.
Personal Potato Cups
With almost 1 million views, comments, shares and likes, this is easily one of the No. 1 recipes on Let my family favorite become yours this Passover. (Secret Tip: For a half the fat, half the carbs, half the calories, hubby-approved version of this very same recipe, check out my How-To Healthier Potato Kugel recipes and video on
Makes 4 to 6 servings
1½ cups extra-virgin olive oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 large Idaho potatoes
1 large onion, quartered
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Liberally oil six (4- to 6-ounce) glass dessert dishes or custard cups with 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil each. Place custard cups on a baking pan.
2. Fill a large bowl with cold water and, as you peel potatoes, place them in cold water to prevent browning.
3. Place the pan of cups in 425-degree oven to heat up the oil.
4. Beat eggs in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper, mix well, and set aside.
5. Pour ¾ cup of oil in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat.
6. Cut potatoes lengthwise into halves or quarters so they fit into food processor feed tube. Process potatoes and onions using the blade that creates thin, shoestring-like strips.
7. Transfer potatoes and onions to a large bowl, add egg mixture and heated oil from stovetop, mix very well. Remove any large pieces of potatoes or onions that weren’t processed properly.
8. Remove heated cups from the oven and spoon potato mixture evenly into hot, oiled cups.
9. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour or until the tops look crunchy and sides look golden and browned. Let cool until the glass cups are safe to handle and loosen edges with a knife, unmold and serve on a platter.
TIPS: To make this as a potato kugel pie, bake at 425 degrees in an 8-inch square or 8- or 9-inch round glass baking dish for 1 hour.
Spring Ribbon Salad
Presentation, presentation, presentation — always remember, we eat with our eyes first. It doesn’t take much to create this beautiful spring salad. If you own a vegetable peeler you’re in business.
Makes 6 servings
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons honey
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large cucumber
3 large carrots
1 pint multicolored grape tomatoes, halved
2 cups watercress, cut into 2-inch pieces
Suggested garnishes: pomegranate arils
1. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, shallots, mayonnaise, honey, salt and pepper and whisk well until dressing comes together. Set aside.
2. Using a vegetable peeler, peel cucumber and carrots into long ribbons. Transfer to a large bowl and add tomatoes and watercress. Add dressing and toss lightly to coat well. Serve immediately or refrigerate undressed for up to 1 hour.
7 Layer Matzo Cake
Makes 8 servings
1½ pounds bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 cup sweet red wine or grape juice
7 sheets matzo
Garnish: fresh berries
1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Keep chocolate warm by keeping melted chocolate in a bowl over a bowl of warm water.
2. Place wine in a pan large enough to accommodate a sheet of matzo without breaking it.
3. Soak one piece of matzo for about 30 seconds. Transfer to lined baking sheet and spread a thin layer of chocolate, being sure to cover the edges. Moisten another piece of matzo and this time stack it on top of the matzo with chocolate. Spread more chocolate on the matzo. Repeat until all matzos are moistened and covered in chocolate. Pour remaining chocolate over the top, allowing it to drip down the sides. Spread it with a spatula.
4. Refrigerate to allow chocolate to set up.
5. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with fresh berries.


Passover recipes for the children to prepare

Passover recipes for the children to prepare

Posted on 22 March 2018 by admin

By Tina Wasserman

Here are some easy recipes for Passover that children love to make:
A practical dilemma during Passover is taking one’s lunch to work or school without finding a brown bag filled with egg salad adhering to matzo pieces in the bottom. Here’s my answer: bagels! Made like the classic pate choux dough for cream puffs, these rolls turn out crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Children love to stick an oiled finger in the center and create the hole.
Passover Bagels
2 cups matzo meal
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1. Combine the matzo meal, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl. Bring the oil and water to a boil and add to the matzoh meal mixture all at once. Stir well to combine.
2. Using a wooden spoon or stiff spatula, beat in eggs thoroughly one at a time until each is incorporated into the dough. Let stand for 15 minutes.
3. With oiled hands, scoop up about 2 heaping tablespoons of dough, shape into rolls and place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Grease your forefinger. Insert your finger into the middle of the roll and twirl the roll around on the baking sheet until a hole is formed in the center.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
YIELD: 12 bagels
Married to a man who works every day to reverse food allergies in children, I have learned how stigmatizing and isolating food allergies can be, especially to a child. I have strived to create a recipe that combines the fruits and flavors from much of the diaspora and crunch that we find in a classic nut-filled recipe but without the fear.
Fruit-filled Nut-free Haroset
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
4 large dried Calimyrna figs (about 1/3 cup)
6 pitted medjool dates
1 Honeycrisp or other sweet apple
1 medium-large ripe avocado
1/3 cup dark raisins
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sweet wine or grape juice
1. Combine all of the spices in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Tear the figs and dates into pieces and place in a processor work bowl.
3. Core the apple, but don’t peel, and cut it into 16 pieces. Add these to the figs and dates.
4. Cut avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop out pulp into processor work bowl with the fruit.
5. Add the raisins and sunflower seeds and pulse the mixture until it is coarse. Scrape down sides of work bowl and pulse again until a coarse/smooth mixture is formed.
6. Add 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture and the 2 tablespoons of wine or juice to the mixture and process until a fairly smooth consistency.
7. More liquid may be added if mixture appears too dry.
8. Allow mixture to sit for a few hours to totally absorb the spices. More spice mixture may be added in small amounts if you desire. Mixture can be made days in advance and kept refrigerated.
Yield: 2 cups
If there is a run on matzo farfel in your supermarket, my recipe is probably the reason. This recipe should be a staple in your Passover repertoire. Delicious with milk for breakfast, a healthy snack for school or work and a great treat anytime if you make the delicious chocolate candy recipe below. They are much less expensive than store-bought candies and kids love to make them.
Passover Granola
3 cups matzo farfel
2/3 cup slivered almonds (substitute sunflower seeds or more farfel for nut-free)
½ cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut
2/3 cup pecans, broken into large pieces
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons unsalted butter or parve margarine
1/3 cup wildflower or clover honey
1½ cups chopped dried mixed fruit of your choice including raisins, or 7-ounce bag of dried fruit pieces
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Combine the farfel, almonds, coconut, pecans, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a 3-quart mixing bowl.
3. Melt the butter and honey in a small glass bowl in a microwave for 1 minute until butter is melted and honey is more fluid.
4. Stir the butter mixture into the farfel mixture until all farfel is lightly coated with the butter.
5. Spread mixture over a large jellyroll pan with 1-inch sides and bake for 15 minutes. Half way through baking stir to brown evenly.
6. Remove from oven. Cool slightly and then toss with the dried fruit.
7. When totally cooled, store in a zip lock bag or airtight storage container for all eight days of Passover. If it lasts that long.
Chocolate Granola Treats
1. Melt 8 ounces of Passover chocolate chips and mix them with 1½ or 2 cups prepared granola. Stir to coat well.
2. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper and allow the mounds to firm up before you devour them.


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