Baked or Pan Fried Plantains with Guacamole

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Baked or Pan Fried Plantains with Guacamole

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by Ayelet R.

This is the simplest dish but gets the most amazing results. Whenever I make these, the platter cannot leave the kitchen before it needs refilling. This is also a great afternoon snack that keeps the family from munching on sugary sweets before a late dinner.

This is of course a great kosher and vegan recipe for the big Super Bowl event this Sunday February 6!

Plantains have  many health benefits that you may not know. Read on:

  • A well-acclaimed diuretic, plantain is found to be extremely effective against kidney ,bladder and intestine problems.
  • It is  effective against heavy menstrual cycles.
  • Plantain is also used as a vulnerary to treat cuts and wounds. Due to easy accessibility of this wonderful fruit, it can be easily bought and crushed and applied to cuts and wounds for quick relief. Also, since plantain has a high epidermal growth, it can be used to fix damaged tissues, treat bruises and broken bones.
  • Plantain is touted as a wonderful blood cleanser.
  • Plantain, much like its yellow ripe counterpart, is extremely good for skin. Plantain juice can be effectively used to treat sunburn, ulcers, scalds and burns. It is treated as an effective substitute for aloe vera.
  • It is very effective for treating liver sluggishness and inflammation of the digestive tract.
  • Chewing plantain root can offer immediate relief from toothache.
  • Plantain is known to soothe cough reflex andis used to treat asthma, lung infections, and hay fever and any other respiratory disorders that involves mucous congestion.

How to know when a plantain is ready to cook:

Buy plantains as green as possible and allow them to ripen at home near a window.During the winter that can extend to three weeks!  If you want a plantain chip that is not too sweet, (ie. for a guacamole dip) then only allow it to turn yellow. But, if you want a sweeter treat then allow plantains to turn black (the skin will go from green to golden yellow to black). Once they are that ripe, you will know they are super sweet inside.

For this recipe, we recommend the golden yellow color:

  1. Slice Peel 3 plantains, discarding the peel. Cut them diagonally into 1-inch slices.
  2. Spread plantain pieces onto cookie sheet, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees until brown on the outside.

To Fry:

  1. Heat oil in saute pan. Place plantain in oil and fry about one minute, flip, and fry until crisp on both sides.
  2. Dry plantains on a paper towel, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

For Guacamole:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Open avocados and pull out all of the fruit with a spoon.
  2. Lightly mash the avocado with a fork as you add the garlic, lemon juice, and spices. You can adjust the spices to your taste. Fold in the tomato.
  3. To serve, put guacamole in a shallow bowl with plantain slices next to it for dipping.
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An Exotic Asian Passover Table Setting by Suzanne Sasson and Marcy Tbeile

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An Exotic Asian Passover Table Setting by Suzanne Sasson and Marcy Tbeile

1 Comment 02 January 2011

What a gorgeous and original Passover table setting by Suzanne Sasson and Marcy Tbeile of Kitchen Caboodles in Brooklyn, NY! These girls were way ahead of the Passover holiday when they displayed their table setting talents at Table Set Go Fundraiser way back in August, in Deal, New Jersey. Note the hard boiled Passover eggs dyed with Wilton food coloring in water, place cards on an egg written with a gold sharpie pen, water beads filling the vases, bamboo steamers as serving plates, and portable Helen Chen chopsticks. The turquoise color pallet is reminiscent of Egyptian blue Nile water.

GREAT JOB, GIRLS!

 

 

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Passover Weeknight Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

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Passover Weeknight Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

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Weeknight Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

I love bumping in to friends in the supermarkets because I get to finish up my holiday shopping, catch up with all the latest happenings, PLUS grab a great new Passover holiday recipe to two. Thanks, Marnie! 

“Hi Marlene!
Was great to see you earlier in Kosher Corner (otherwise known as my 2nd home…)
Here’s that recipe I was telling you about-sort of a “Weeknight Skillet Chicken & Potatoes”

  • 2-3 large russet potatoes
  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken cutlets, butterflied

(quantities depend on amount desired)

  1. Take chicken & place in a bowl w/ 3 beaten eggs. Generously season egg w/ coarse salt, fine blk pepper, granulated garlic & some paprika
    Let chicken sit in egg for at least 20 mins or even overnight.
  2. Peel potatoes & slice super-thin (I use a mandolin I have especially for the holiday-from Kitchen Caboodles, its an Oxo handheld-an EXCELLENT $12 investment!!) Soak potatoes in cold water.
  3. Take the largest size non-stick frying pan you have-at least a 12″ or 14″.
  4. On med-high flame, place some extra light olive oil to just coat bottom, then start layering potatoes in concentric circles til entire pan is covered.
  5. When you see the potatoes start to get translucent & the edges get some color, start placing chicken cutlets to cover entire layer of potatoes.
  6. Then repeat with another layer of potatoes in concentric circles until all of the chicken is covered.
  7. Sprinkle top layer of potatoes with some coarse salt. After approx 7-10 mins, you can flip to cook top layer. BE CAREFUL! Either invert a plate & slide it back in or you can flip w/ a wide spatula. The bottom layer will be cooked together so it should not come apart.
  8. Cook on this side another 7-10 mins. The longer on the fire, the crispier the potatoes will be.
    If your frying pan does not have a soft handle, you can even finish in a hot oven or under the broiler for a few minutes-just make sure you know the temperature limits of your cookware.
  9. I serve this on a large round platter & slice it “pie” style. The kids LOVE it & serve with a fresh side salad (with my creamy garlic dressing of course!)

Enjoy & wishing you a beautiful holiday!

Marnie Levy”

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Personalized Lingerie Shopping with Jamie Kurland

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Personalized Lingerie Shopping with Jamie Kurland

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Jamie has a loyal following of Jewish women that keep coming back season after season.

Some of the brands that Jamie carries are:

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

4 Comments 02 January 2011

To all of my Jewish Hostesses,

Meet Elizabeth Braha,  Elizabeth is an emerging talent on the interior design scene. She is a graduate from Parson’s School of design.

Her elegance and fresh approach to style is a breath of fresh air.I’m loving her Tony Duquette inspired Purim table. I’m thinking of buying animal print fabric from HERE to use as a tablecloth or napkins…

Keep an eye out for more of Elizabeth’s posts, as she promised me that she will find the time to inspire us in between the baby feedings….Enjoy! Marlene M.

“More is More” Purim 2011

After a hectic day of carpools and diaper changes, I usually find it calming to set a clean and simple table. I typically use a lot of whites of varying textures, along with stainless steel silverware, always some flowers, and occasionally when the timing is right, candles. This calm setting is perfect during the year, but Purim calls for more fun and  pizzaz.

I decided to go on a fantasy shopping spree inspired by one of my favorite designers, Tony Duquette. Duquette was known for his glamorous mix and match approach to decor.  Beauty, not luxury was what he valued, designing homes for many of Hollywood’s leading actors, as well as jewelry for royalty and parties for fabulous friends. He fearlessly layered exotic prints with organic textures such as leaves, feathers, bamboo, and branches, and splashed metallic and bold colors into the mix.

This Purim let’s embrace flamboyance and say goodbye to simplicity, as Tony Duquette said, “More is More”!

While it would be impractical to live so ostentatiously every day, we should all take inspiration from Tony Duquette and use the special day of Purim to rejoice and add some extraordinary splendor to our lives  … if only for one night!

Here are some of my favorite picks for your Tony Duquette inspired Purim table this year!

1- Square ceramic red vases at Pier One Imports $49.

2- Mask at Mardis Gras Costumes $9.99 and up

3- Dahlia placemat at ABC Carpet and Home $8.

4- Tortoise plates by Juane De Chrome at Michael C Fina $156.

5- Leopard plate by Wayland Gregory at Michael C Fina $195.

6- Mask at Anytime Costumes $9.99 and up

7 -Bamboo napkin ring by Dransfield and Ross

8- Coffee pot by Haviland at Michael C Fina $472.

9- Turtle salt and pepper shakers by L’Objet at Vivre $175.

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