Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

5 Comments 01 June 2011

Photo permission of Bridget Ben Dayan

Hi -I really enjoy your website and I have a delicious and easy recipe for a new twist on medias (stuffed artichoke). When I’m in a health conscience mood i bake, other times I sauté. They are really delicious and deceiving, they look like meat every time I make it, I’m asked for the recipe.” Bridget Ben-Dayan

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe:

  • 1 medium eggplant – peeled & chopped
  • 1 box of baby bella mushrooms – chopped
  • 1/3 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  • olive oil to saute
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts (10-12 pcs)
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place frozen artichoke bottoms in a bowl and cover with boiling water,
  3. Add lemon juice to the water.  Leave the artichokes in water until tender.
  4. Saute chopped eggplant in saucepan
  5. When almost soft add in chopped mushrooms and continue to saute until soft.
  6. Puree mixture with hand held mixer, add in breadcrumbs and salt to taste.
  7. Spoon mixture into the artichoke bottoms. (If you find that your mixture is too loose, add more breadcrumbs.)
  8. Fill a small bowl with approx 1/4 c of  breadcrumbs.  Dip filled artichoke, mixture side down into the bowl with breadcrumbs.  Then place artichoke, mixture side down onto greased tray, use oil not spray to insure the desired texture to the top of the artichoke.  Repeat for all of the artichokes, then bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Portobello Pizza Recipe From “Once Around The Pot” The New Congregation Kol Israel Cookbook!

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Portobello Pizza Recipe From “Once Around The Pot” The New Congregation Kol Israel Cookbook!

1 Comment 01 June 2011

Mabrook to Congregation Kol Israel on their much awaited gourmet kosher cookbook that has FINALLY been offered to all Jewish communities as the perfect Shavuot gift! I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to receive a copy of this beautifully designed and kitchen- friendly collection of easy kosher recipes gathered from the finest Sephardic cooks of the Kol Israel Bedford Avenue  Congregation in Brooklyn, New York.

Some of the 301 kosher recipes are: Kibbe Artichoke with Carrots and Celery, Kibbe Torpedos, Light Caesar Dressing, Carmelised Tomato and Olive Tart, Panko Roasted Asparagus,  Pot Roast with Red Wine and Porcini Mushrooms, Sesame Beef Kabobs, Quinoa Stuffed Red Bell Peppers, Low fat Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits, Whole Wheat Apple Cake, Pesach Haystacks, Eggplant Parmesan Stackers, Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce, Bourbon Brisket, Penne with Ricotta Tomatoes and Spinach, and the list goes on…..

“Once Around the Pot” is a unique  Shavuot gift for a Jewish Hostess and even comes with a wooden spoon that adds the perfect touch!

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Portobello Pizza:

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, stemmed and gilled
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 slices part skim mozzarella cheese 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 slices of a ripe tomato
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 T. pine nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place mushrooms on a baking tray, lined with non stick aluminum foil. Coat each mushroom with olive oil spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Top each mushroom with cheese and tomato. Return to oven until cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove from oven and garnish with basil leaves and pine nuts.

 

 

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Olives Stuffed With Creamy Goat Cheese on Top of A Crunchy Rainbow Salad

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Olives Stuffed With Creamy Goat Cheese on Top of A Crunchy Rainbow Salad

3 Comments 01 June 2011

by Charlie Michelle

For a dairy lover like me, Shavuot is one of my favorite holidays to spend in the kitchen. There are a millions different ways to include cheese in your Shavuot meal, but in the interest of our waistlines, I thought a bountiful salad would be the perfect way to celebrate while also tempering the indulgence with a hearty dose of healthiness.

A colorful mix of red and green Tango lettuce makes the bed of this Mediterranean inspired salad.
Nestled among the greens is a lovely blend of vitamin-packed strawberries, bright crisp carrot slivers, spicy red onion, cool julienned cucumber, and heart-healthy kalamata olives, stuffed with creamy, low fat cheese.

The beauty of salads is that they are so very versatile. You can add or subtract ingredients to your taste, adjust quantities, and spruce your salad up with any number of dressings. I used a very basic greek vinaigrette to top mine– olive oil, vinegar, basil and herbs, and a handful of crushed kosher feta.

Shavuot Salad (for 2)
– Four heaping cups of your favorite greens
– A dozen jumbo olives, halved and pitted
– 1 large carrot, shaved
– 1/2 medium cucumber, seeds removed and julienned
– 1 cup medium fresh strawberries, tops removed, quartered
– 1/2 cup kosher goat cheese or a kosher creamy feta cheese
– 1/4 small red onion, slivered

Dressing:
– 1/4 cup high quality olive oil
– 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
– 2 teaspoons dry basil
– 2 teaspoon dry thyme
– 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
– pinch kosher salt
– 3 tablespoons kosher feta or goat cheese, crushed under the blade of a knife

To stuff the olives, simply pinch a piece of creamy feta or goat cheese and roll it into a ball between your fingers. Then pack your little cheeseball into the cut half of each olive.

Making a salad is easy–just toss it all together, or arrange it artfully for presentation.
The dressing is super simple as well. Simply mix everything together in a small bowl and whisk well before drizzling over your salad.

Serve with a chunk of crusty bread, and you’re all set for a scrumptious Shavuot!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

7 Comments 01 June 2011

Since so many of you sent in such gorgeous seder table pics for our Passover Seder Table Contest, (CLICK HERE ), I decided see what all of my Jewish Hostesses have up their sleeves for Shavuot. Whether you dig up some tabletop surprises in Target and Home Goods, or use your finest delicate china dinner plates, I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOUR SHAVUOT TABLES!! Just be creative and have fun! Its my goal for us all to be able to take a peek into each other’s dining rooms to gain inspiration and learn from each other’s individual talents!!!.

Click HERE for SOME GREAT CENTERPIECE IDEAS!!!

On a similar note, I’d like to bring up the concept of “Hiddur Mitzvah”. Simply put, when we are faced with a simple mitzvah of putting out a holiday table for our family, one in which many berachot are said, and  in which holiday memories will be embedded in our children’s minds for years to come, the concept of beautifying that mitzvah is a huge one.  You’ve probably made the good deed of “Hiddur Mitzvah” without even realizing it. Beautiful sterling kiddush cups,  stunning menorahs and shabbat candles are a prime example.

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Jewish Hostess of the Week Rachel Packer-Mom With an Allergy Free Mission

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Jewish Hostess of the Week Rachel Packer-Mom With an Allergy Free Mission

3 Comments 01 June 2011

 


When I first met Rachel Orenstein Packer, I was SO impressed with  how she turned her son’s allergies into a personal mission to educate herself  about cooking allergy free so that her son could enjoy Jewish holidays and family meals. I LOVE her mantra “When Life Hands You Lemons…Make an Egg-Free Lemon Cake.” I encouraged her to start her own  blog because I know that this is a new hot topic for many moms nowadays. Growing up we really never heard much about children’s allergies, but it seems that the topic is now coming to the forefront in many households.  Not long after meeting Rachel, I discovered that my own teenage son was also allergic to egg and dairy. What a small world! Enjoy Rachel’s recipe and Happy Holidays! Marlene

Please visit Rachel’s blog at Life Is Good Lick the Bowl.

by:Rachel Ornstein Packer

When my son was diagnosed with severe food allergies at three, it literally turned my family’s world upside down. It was a mission I didn’t want or ask for, but I had no choice.  So I rolled up my sleeves and armed myself with knowledge regarding food allergies, forced myself to learn how to bake (something I really didn’t do very well before allergies) and became an advocate/ freelance writer regarding food allergies, recipes and nutrition.

The mission of food allergies is a major focus for her family as it affects many of the decisions they make regarding holidays, school celebrations and vacations.  It’s important to not become consumed by the mission, rather, incorporate it into your life, try to achieve some kind of balance, and don’t forget to truly embrace the moments and simchas that truly deserve our full attention.  When I first started to bake, I felt I needed to prove to everyone that allergy- free food was stellar to its allergy counterparts.  I would spend long hours in the kitchen whipping up desserts to impress those who didn’t even have allergies when all Ari wanted was cupcakes.  In retrospect, that’s what I mean about being consumed by a mission.  I was missing out on time I could have spent with my family.

Balance is something we all strive for as mothers, hostesses, advocates, business professionals etc….  We are multi-tasking so much everyday that sometimes we just forget to relax and just be in the moment.  Perhaps that means letting something go in your schedule because you choose to do something fun with your kids instead, or leave work early to have dinner with the family.

Make the upcoming Shavuot holiday one that is stress free, easy and delicious.  Below is a recipe for Le Petite Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Sauce.  It’s a lovely, light, summer type dessert that is sure to impress without a lot of fuss or baking time.  Enjoy the moment with your family.

Fresh and Creamy Le Petite Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Sauce

Dairy Free and Egg Free

These biscuits are adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking-Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Allergy Free Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (you can use unbleached all purpose instead)
  • 1/3 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 TBSP wheat germ (optional, I use it for a nutritional boost)
  • 1 TBSP SUCANAT ( you can use any type of sugar or eliminate altogether)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup soymilk (use vanilla soymilk if you want a little extra sweetness)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475

Lightly grease a cookie sheet (I line mine with aluminum foil)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, wheat germ and salt.  Use a whisk to fully mix them together.  Add the milk and oil until the dry ingredients are moistened.  It will be very thick and sticky, not like cake batter. Use a regular heaping tablespoon to scoop batter onto the cookie sheet.

The recipe originally yielded 24 smaller sized biscuits.  I doubled the scoop to make them larger as shortcakes.  It should yield 10-12 biscuits depending on how large you want to make them.

Place them at least 1 ½ inches apart and bake until the bottoms are golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Vanilla Sauce

I love this sauce.  It is slightly frothier than regular sauce, but not quite cream. I like it because it has a rich vanilla flavor but isn’t as heavy as whipping cream.  Certainly, you can use any store bought whip topping, and in the case of dairy allergies-there are plenty of good dairy free ones as well.

  • ¼-cup soymilk
  • ½-cup canola oil
  • 1-2 TBSP sweetener (I use Florida Crystals)
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch (or potato starch)
  • 1 tsp. good quality vanilla (good quality vanilla makes a big difference in taste)

I have tried making this with a blender, processor and beaters.  The hand beater worked the best.

Combine the soymilk, sweetener, starch, and vanilla and beat until combined.  Slowly drizzle in the oil and continue to beat until the mixture is frothy and slightly thick.

Place in the fridge for roughly an hour or so.  As it gets colder, it thickens slightly.

Assembly

  1. Wash, hull and slice strawberries (You only need 1-2 large to fill the biscuit with extra for the plate)
  2. Make sure the biscuits are cool before splitting them in half.
  3. Place a few strawberry slices on the bottom half of the biscuit and drizzle sauce.
  4. Replace the top of the biscuit and drizzle sauce over the top.  Decorate plate with extra strawberries. Serve immediately.*This sauce is also great for any kind of fruit dipping, or to drizzle over a brownie, or even ice cream.

 

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Need Help with Shavuot Cooking? Call These Top Kosher Bakers and Cooks!

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Having company and no time to cook or bake like a  gourmet for Shavuot?

In my book, being a Jewish Hostess means getting delicious and kosher gourmet food on the table even if you didn’t have time or energy to cook or bake it yourself. The real reason for your beautiful table is to get the family and friends together for Jewish Holidays and family occasions, not to collapse on the couch after everyone leaves.

This Mother’s Day and Shavuot don’t be a slave in the kitchen.

If you live in the New York area, then you are in luck. I’ve chosen some of the best kosher cooks in the neighborhood that you can call for excellent appetizers, dishes, and desserts. All of  the talented women on this list are widely known in the Jewish community for their culinary skills.

Please inquire individually about hashgacha.

Relax and Enjoy! Marlene

Keep checking back as this list is growing daily! add your name to the list! email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

1. Lisa Grazi is famous for her cheesy spinach tarts, kelsonnes, cheese semboosak, and mini pizzas. This dairy  list of delicacies is perfect for Shavuot! Packaged  by the dozen. Buy fresh frozen, and you cook it fresh.

Lisa’s utensils are dairy and dipped.

Call her at (718) 986-3810.

2. Terry Esses has been baking the most delicious healthy whole wheat and spelt lowfat muffins in New York. Flavors include: banana chocolate chip, banana walnut, bran chip, bran nut and raisin, carrot nut raisin, zuchinni nut and cranberry, and corn. (WOW!)

Her utensils are pareve and dipped. For more info please call Terry at  (917) 301- 0006.

3. Mary Sutton and Teri Blanco make the most delicious home made Syrian Twisted Cheese in town. You can order plain twisted cheese, zaatar flavor or with olives.

Cholov Yisroel cheese available upon request.

call Mary-(917) 902-6595 or  Teri (732) 996- 3690

4- Known as the Granola Gal, Esther Sabbagh’s batches of healthy granola are gobbled up by kids and adults 24/7. Ingredients are: Pure maple syrup, whole grain rolled oats, canola oil, hard red whole wheat flour, almonds, pure vanilla extract, and cinnamon. (Yum!) call Esther at (646) 236-3983.

5- Eat Gracefully with Grace Benun

  • Parve lachmagene on whole wheat dough 1 dz.- 20$
  • Parve lachmagene on large Ezekial tortillas 6pc- 20$ tehine – 8$
  • Chummus- 8$
  • Parve yebrah a piece -$1.50
  • Parve specha a piece -$2.00

gracebenun1@gmail.com-

6- Jane Choueka- Click here to email Jane for her delicious:

  • Syrian string cheese
  • cheesy olive balls (which are a semboosak dough made w/cheddar cheese stuffed with an olive)
  • caak dough – just defrost, roll & bake fresh ca-ak!
  • Delicious Homemade Stringcheese –  plain, olive & zatar. Only $8 Each delivered to your home.

Perfect for all your Shavuot  dairy meals! Chalav Yisrael, utensils are dipped .Call Jane at 917-647-1620

Or email janec2000@aol.com

 

7- Esther Chabot’s specialty is mazza.- fried kibbe, meat lahamagine, samboosak, enwarat, empanadas, knishes, chicken nuggets, filla meat triangles, bastelle with meat, and more. She is famous for her crunchy cauliflower and pickled peppers, turnips,celery, carrots, and her mix of pickles. Tehine ,bazergan, and taboule salad also top her list. All orders are freshly made to your customizations! Click HERE to email Esther.

8- Fresh Challah by Frieda and Shelly! $6 each.! Everything spice, plain, sesame, zata, whole wheat, challah rolls, breakaways and our famous sticky buns! (732) 485- 7931. free delivery in Deal, New Jersey

 

9- Delicious dairy, chalav yisroel, or pareve DIPPED Shavuot “Soph’s Famous CheeseQuakes” by Sophia Betesh

Guaranteed to ROCK your world!

Caramel, Chocolate, or Fruit on Top,

– 8 inch and 10 inches available. (917)620-9869

$26-$42.  

 

add your name to the list!

email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

 

 

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