Summer Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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Summer Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

1 Comment 03 May 2013


This is a perfect summer Shabbat lunch salad (remember to grill your corn on Friday!)

This salad is also a winner for a  Sunday night Mother’s Day barbeque.

Juice of 1 lime

3 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

1 clove garlic crushed

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 pint grape tomatoes cut in halves

1 ripe hass avocado, roughly chopped

2 ears of fresh sweet corn

2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Grill corn over medium heat for 10 to 15 mins.  The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy.  DO NOT OVERCOOK!!  Cut the corn off the cob and scrape the cob with  the back of your knife to get  the juices.  Set aside and let cool.

Add all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Add the tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn.  Mix well  so that everything is coated with the marinade, but be careful not to mash the avocadoes.  Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve.  Bon appetit!

adapted from Jehan Can Cook

How to Grill Corn on the Cob:

It is important to soak the corn in cold water before grilling. Remember to leave the corn husks on, but peel them back first and remove the silk. I usually soak it for 10-20 minutes. Make sure the entire corn ears are covered in the water. This will help prevent premature burning of the husks. If you want to add a little sweetness, you can add sugar to the water.

After soaking the corn on the cob, it is time to season. While there are many different recipes, we will start of with the basic.

Start off by brusing the entire corn with olive oil. We do not recommend butter at this stage, as it will burn the corn.

Add a generous combination of paprika (smoked if you have it), garlic powder, chili poweder, pepper and salt.

Cover the corn back up with the husks, and tie a string around the ends (this will help ‘steam’ the corn while grilling). If you do not have any string, you can use a piece of tin foil, just wrap it wround the end like a rope.

Fire up your girll and place the corn on the cob over indirect heat (not directly over the flame). Turn every 5 minutes to prevent the corn from burning. You will know it’s know when the entire husk looks like it is burnt. Don’t worry, this is what you want.

let the corn rest about 5-10 minutes in the husk, then remove the husks and any excess silk.

Adapted from How to GrillCorn.



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Summer Icebox Cake- Chocolate and Dairy!

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Summer Icebox Cake- Chocolate and Dairy!

4 Comments 03 May 2013

Shirley Mamiye, an NYU Art History student, is also a professional baker who is on top of the dessert trends. She is also one of the few bakers I know that will give out her recipes and NOT LEAVE ANY INGREDIENTS OUT!!!!

If you think that you can stop at one teeny spoon of her icebox cake, then think again! Get ready to burn some calories after indulging!  Enjoy this luscious dessert! Marlene

p.s. You can email Shirley to cater your desserts for your next event- click HERE.

This gorgeous cake is basically made up of layers of stacked, chocolaty cookies and fluffy whipped cream. Placing the cake in the cake into the freezer after its been assembled allows the cookies to soften, creating a melt-in-your-mouth confection perfect for Shavuot!! This wonderful dessert takes some time to make, but each step is simple on its own… and the end result is well worth it!! Enjoy! Shirley

Chocolate Wafers:

  • 2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup+2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 21 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of food processor and pulse several times to mix thoroughly. Cut the butter into about 12 chunks and add them to the bowl. Pulse several times. Combine the milk and vanilla in a small cup. With the processor running, add the milk mixture and continue to process until the mixture clumps around the blade or the sides of the bowl. Transfer the dough to a large bowl or a cutting board and knead a few times to make sure it is evenly blended.

Form the dough into a log about 14 inches long and 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Wrap the log in wax paper or foil and refrigerate until firm, at least one hour, or until needed.

Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut the log of dough into slices a scant 1/4-inch thick (I went thinner, closer to 1/8 of inch. If you’re trying to emulate store-bought wafers, slice as thin as you can, and watch the baking time carefully, as it might be less.) and place them one inch apart on the lined sheets (cookies will spread). Bake, rotating the baking sheet from top to bottom and back to front about halfway through baking, for a total of 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will puff up and deflate; they are done about 1 1/2 minutes after they deflate.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheets on racks, or slide the parchment onto racks to cool completely. These cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks or be frozen for up to two months.

Note: These cookies should crisp as they cool. If they don’t, you’re not baking them long enough — in which case, return them to the oven to reheat and bake a little longer, then cool again.

 

To Assemble:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened cocoa (or chocolate shavings)

In a large bowl, beat cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.

On a flat serving plate, arrange 7 cookies side by side in a circle, keeping 1 cookie in the center.

Spread with 1/2 cup whipped cream, making a 7-inch circle. Repeat with remaining cookies and cream, making 11 layers of cookies and ending with a layer of cream (there will be a few cookies left over). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To serve, dust top lightly with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings or sugar flowers

 

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A Mediterranean Style Bar Mitzvah Table Display with a Golden Touch

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A Mediterranean Style Bar Mitzvah Table Display with a Golden Touch

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This past summer, the Morris I Franco Cancer Center sponsored their annual spectacular women’s table decor fundraiser at the home of Millo and Sam Haddad. Several teams of talented women volunteered their time and efforts to create spectacular table setting themes that wowed the hundreds of women who attended the seaside event. One of the incredible tables was set by Diane Azrak Massry, Cheryl Azrak, Annie Azrak and Frieda Azrak. Starting off with a siddur and a bar-mitzvah tallit  that was handcrafted in Israel, the women chose a Bar Mitzvah table theme for their table setting decor display. This Bar Mitzvah table showcased a blend of our mid eastern Jewish tradition with a modern American flair . Homemade  Syrian pastries such as ras-ib-adjweh (date-filled pastry) and graybeh(buttery cookie topped with a pistachio),  reminiscent of a “zeeyada” or festive occasion celebrated in a Syrian Jewish home, were placed delicately atop a golden tray, while mid-eastern patterned gilt   dinnerware and goblets added to the ambiance of the setting. The gold rimmed colored glass liquor cups are antique finds, and the Moroccan style hurricane lamp was borrowed from Parci Parla Home. The final sweet touch was the triple set of  bar-mitzvah teffilin, torah, and tallit cakes cakes that were artfully baked by Violet Fallas. One of the most exciting parts of the day was having Amy Atlas of Amy Atlas Events come judge the table settings of the day. Stay tuned for the rest of the team’s photos! Here is the Chanel themed table that was posted previously, and  click here for the link to Table Set Go from the summer of 2011.

Photos by Morris Gindi Photography.

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The women point out all of the details to judge- Amy Atlas

Diane Massry, Poopa Dweck

 

L to R- Annie Azrak, Amy Atlas, Diane Massry, Frieda Azrak, Cheryl Azrak,

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

4 Comments 03 May 2013

cheescake pops on the right -I made alot of the desserts for this engagement party

 

 

“Hi! Its Shirley from HomeBaked.com , counting down the days till Shavuot . This holiday is definitely one of my personal favorites – so rich in tradition, spirituality, introspection, and of course, outstanding desserts.

Because we traditionally refrain from eating meat on the holiday of Shavuot, we are blessed with the rare opportunity to serve DAIRY desserts after the holiday meals. Being me, I usually plan my family’s Shavuot dessert menu from about three months in advance, as dairy dessert is an extremely exciting thing to me (and not something that I often get to do). This year, I plan to make an authentic mascarpone-filled tiramisu, a strawberry shortcake trifle (with real whipped cream!), a flaky blueberry tart a la mode, and perhaps some buttery, golden, lemon-glazed madeleines a current obsession of mine…

Anyway, I promised myself that I wouldn’t share yet another cheesecake recipe with you as a Shavuot dessert idea. I sometimes wonder if Shavuot could be Shavuot without that rich, sinful cheesecake staring out at you some point in the holiday. However, I am an enormous cheesecake fan, and I do believe that if you are going to indulge, it may as well be on Shavuot. Therefore, I decided to give you my favorite cheesecake recipe with a spin:

Cheesecake Pops !

These adorable little treats are pretty simple to make (in fact, I bet kids would have a blast dipping them in the melted chocolate and sprinkles), can be eaten with minimal guilt (considering you can stop at just one), and will certainly still pay a respectful homage to the traditional cheesecake that I am sure we would all like to let go of for a while.

While there are a bunch of steps involved in this recipe, do not get overwhelmed –  each can be done in stages, and can be spread out across several days.

Cheesecake Pops

Recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor

Makes 30–40 pops

  • 5 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • boiling water as needed
  • thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks
  • 1 lb chocolate (semi-sweet, milk or white), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
(optional- used to thin out the chocolate)
  • assorted decorations: chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips (optional)

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream. Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight. When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety. Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.)

You can also chop up Heath Bars as a delectable topping.

 

Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

So, enjoy your Shavuot, enjoy your cheesecake, be sure to post any questions or comments and I’ll be happy to answer.

All the best,

Shirley Dana

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