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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

6 Comments 10 May 2013

Adapted from Robin Jemal’s holiday recipe kosher cookbook  Dare To Be Different ,
this dairy goat cheese salad with its citrusy dressing will be a major hit with your family and guests.

The toasted sliced almonds and Panko coated goat cheese adds a nice dose of topping crunch that, just for a moment brings back the good old days of  CARVEL chocolate crunch…. BUT getting back to reality, lets all accept the fact that if we were born before 1980- the Carvel topping days are not on the menu anymore, and now we might have to add that daily dose of crunch with a salad that has a sidekick of  sweet  roasted butternut squash and toasted almonds, and a citrusy dressing to top it all off. Recipes like these make it fun to be a grownup!

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula


  • 2 logs of cold goat cheese,
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup panko crumbs mixed with salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch of beets, boiled and cubed
  • 2 cups of sweet potato or butternut squash cubed, mixed with olive oil and salt and roasted till edges are brown.
  • 1 cup toasted almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts/optional
  • 1 bag mesclun lettuce, or baby arugula
  • Citrus Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • salt,pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Slice goat cheese with a sharp knife into rounds and dip into beaten egg and then into seasoned Panko crumbs.
  2. Place on a sprayed baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees till toasty.
  3. Place beets, roasted cubed sweet potato or butternut squash atop greens.
  4. Add toasty goat cheese on top.
  5. Whip dressing ingredients in Cuisinart with sharp blade.
  6. Pour over salad.
  7. Top with toasted walnuts, almonds and/or pumpkin seeds.




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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

No Comments 28 October 2012

We are always on the lookout for a new twist on tradition. If you want  to revive your Hanuka dinner menu, then this recipe is a great one to try!

Photo and recipe printed with permission by Viviane Bauquet Farre

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makes 36 medium latkes

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 12 oz  butternut squash – peeled, seeded and coarsely grated (use medium hand-grater or food processor shredder attachment) (2 3/4 cups)
  • 1 medium leek – white and light green parts only, halved, thoroughly washed and cut crosswise in 1/4” slices (1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs – lightly beaten
  • olive oil for the pan
  • cilantro leaves as garnish
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Step 1: Heat a small, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they turn dark-brown and are fragrant — about 2 minutes — shaking the pan constantly and taking care not to burn the seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Place the butternut squash and leek in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the cumin seeds, flour, salt and pepper. Toss well. Add the eggs and stir until well blended.

Step 3: Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to generously cover the pan. Using a dessert spoon, drop two teaspoons’ worth of batter into the hot oil for each latke. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown. Flip the latkes and sauté for another 2 minutes until golden-brown. (You may have to lower the heat as the pan gets hot: the latkes shouldn’t turn brown too fast and the oil should never come to smoking point.) Transfer to a platter lined with a paper towel. Repeat until the butternut squash mixture has all been used up, adding more oil to the pan as necessary.

Cook’s note: The latkes can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. To re-heat, place on a jellyroll pan and warm in a 400°F preheated oven for 6 to 7 minutes until sizzling and proceed with step 4.

Step 4: Place the latkes on a platter. Spoon a dollop of sour cream on top of each latke. Garnish with a cilantro leaf and serve immediately.

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A Jewish Hostess Hot Pink Accented Spring Themed Table

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A Jewish Hostess Hot Pink Accented Spring Themed Table

4 Comments 10 May 2012

My anonymous (love her like a sister) sister in law recently made a gorgeous spring lunch for her closest relatives, and I just had to share it with all of you. Feast your eyes on this fabulous lunch menu and hot pink accented table top decor. Though she claims that she made up some of the recipes, I am slowly trying to drag all of the secret info out of her, so please bear with me. One recipe that I can share with all of you is the one that I passed on to her, and you can find the recipe for Panko Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds HERE. The rest of the recipes will g-d willing come ASAP!!!

Notice how the HOT PINK placemats and center napkins took center stage and made this table shout, “ITS SPRINGTIME, LADIES!!! EVERYBODY SMILE!!”

Which we absolutely did!!!

As a special bonus HOSTESS tip-

The circular straw  placemats can be purchased at Gracious Home.

If you want a POP of color without spending a fortune, you can purchase these MY DRAP disposable placemats and napkins (in the center of the table pictured below) from Amazon. Usable up to 5 times- you get a lot of bang for your buck!


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Moroccan Style Stew with Chickpeas, Butternut Squash and Fire Roasted Tomatoes.

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Moroccan Style Stew with Chickpeas, Butternut Squash and Fire Roasted Tomatoes.

5 Comments 06 November 2011

Thanks Paulina- ! Paulina is one of my favorite gourmet newlyweds…..

“Hey Marlene! I have a great recipe for you, this is my Moroccan style stew with chickpeas butternut squash and fire roasted tomatoes. I made this last week for dinner and served it with grilled chicken and whole wheat couscous. It is a filling and healthy dinner I know you will love! (keep in mind I added my spices without measuring and those measurements should be adjusted to taste) “- Paulina Ashkenazi

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 6 baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12oz can of chickpeas
  • 8 oz can crushed tomatoes (I used ‘Muir Glen organic fire roasted tomatoes’)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth or water

Directions for making this Kosher Recipe

1 . Sauté first 6 ingredients with some salt until soft

2. Add chickpeas, tomatoes and spices until the juices from tomatoes start bubbling

3. Add broth and let simmer for 30 min, if it becomes too thick add more broth/ water

4.  Remove bay leaf and finish with handful of chopped parsley

Serving Instructions

Serve with couscous or rice

Delicious with grilled kosher chicken or fish for a hearty and healthy meal!

Share your great kosher recipes! send them to marlene@thejewishhostess.com!



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Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

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Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

2 Comments 04 February 2011

by Ayelelet R.

We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but there are other fruits out there that help keep us healthy. Butternut squash is actually a fruit; it is actually linked closely with the pumpkin! It is full of heart-healthy vitamins, a lot of fiber, and is a natural way to get folate. Folate is important for women in their child-bearing years, as it prevents birth defects. You will find it added to many baked goods in the supermarket, but natural accumulation of vitamins is always recommended. Luckily, this soup has butternut squash AND apples, so you can feel good about taking seconds (or thirds!) of this soup.

With immersion blenders a staple in everyone’s kitchen these days, it’s become really easy to whip up your favorite pureed vegetable soup. I got the idea to add apples to butternut squash soup from Ina Garten, but decided that her soup was too sweet and needed something to pack some extra punch. Halve the pepper if you are going to serve this soup to kids. Either way, this soup will take your taste buds for a ride!


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large spanish onions (or 4 smaller yellow onions)
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 Macintosh apples
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 clicks of freshly ground pepper (or 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  1. Heat up a large stockpot on medium low flame with the olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile coarsely chop the onion and add it to the stockpot. Let it sit and caramelize on a low flame for about twenty minutes.
  3. Add the carrot and celery (both coarsely chopped) to the pot and let sit another ten minutes. meanwhile, peel the butternut squash and apples, remove all seeds, and cut up into chunks.
  4. Add them to the pot and mix around with the other vegetables.
  5. Add the stock, water, and spices. Bring to a boil and then cover, letting it simmer for about an hour.
  6. At this point, all of the fruits and vegetables should be soft. Turn off the flame, let it cool for a little bit, and then immersion blend everything together. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour the soup into a regular blender or food processor and puree in that. However, you must cool down the soup for a longer period of time if you are going to transfer to a blender otherwise you run the risk of burning yourself!
  7. At this point, I return everything to the pot and taste it. I usually add salt, pepper and thyme until it tastes right to me. I usually add more cayenne pepper until there is enough heat to my liking.  If you like your soup creamier, you can also add 1/2 cup skim milk or soy milk and gently reheat the soup.
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Winter Butternut Squash Tea Cake

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Winter Butternut Squash Tea Cake

No Comments 01 November 2010

“Hi Marlene, I first wanna give u a pat on the back for a great website!!! I just saw ur facebook post about thanksgiving recipes I attached a  link for an amazing cake which can also be made into muffins. I personally never cooked for Thanksgiving but this is definitely a recipe for this time of year. I hope u enjoy it as much as I do. 1 small note I usually double the recipe to get a decent size cake I bake it in a bunt pan” Jacqueline Kapetas

Pureed winter squash, honey and sugar give this tea bread a round, rich sweetness. It’s terrific warm with a little pat of butter for breakfast, snack or even dessert and of course afternoon tea, if you’re so inclined. I didn’t add the ginger, cloves and allspice- a teaspoon of cinnamon can be substituted.


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup squash puree, (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice and cloves in a medium bowl until combined.
  3. Beat squash puree, sugar, honey and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in egg and egg white. Turn off the mixer, add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until combined. Scrape into the prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake the bread until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes more. Serve warm.


  • Make Ahead Tip: Tightly wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 6 months. Unwrap and thaw on a wire rack at room temperature for 4 hours.
  • Tip: To make your own squash puree, halve and seed one medium acorn or butternut squash. Place, cut-side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven until soft, about 50 minutes. Cool, then scrape out the flesh with a fork. Or simply use frozen (thawed) or canned squash puree. Find frozen squash puree near other vegetables in the freezer section and canned squash near the canned pumpkin.

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Chick Peas, Squash and Lentils Slow Cooked for Shabbat

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Chick Peas, Squash and Lentils Slow Cooked for Shabbat

No Comments 14 October 2010

Magic Mill 6 Quart

Revised from Eating Well .

This easy, hot vegetarian dish smelled and tasted so good that it’s going to be a repeat  this week.

Put  all the ingredients in the slow cooker on high at 11 am on Friday morning and it will be perfect for Shabbat!

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  • 3/4 cup dried chickpeas
  • 2 1/2 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron,
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup lime juice


Soak chickpeas in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, use the quick-soak method: Place beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.) Drain when ready to use.

Combine the soaked chickpeas, squash, carrots, onion, lentils, broth, tomato paste, ginger, cumin, salt, saffron and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker.

Put on the lid and cook on low until the chickpeas are tender and the lentils have begun to break down, 5 to 6 1/2 hours.

Stir in lime juice.

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Morrocan Couscous

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Morrocan Couscous

3 Comments 19 September 2010

Moroccan My Socks! Israeli Couscous Stuffed Acorn Squash

by Charlie Michelle

My husband, who is in the Army, just came home for a family emergency. After indulging together with two weeks of rich desserts and sugary sweets, I’m definitely in the mood for something a bit healthier, eh? My waistband is begging for something not filled with cream and sugar, so last night, I made a completely vegan, kosher pareve dinner. And it tastes AMAZING! At less than 400 calories per serving, you just can’t go wrong.

We had acorn squash, filled with a Moroccan couscous stuffing. The flavor is rich and hearty, but fresh. Acorn squash is in season, and with the fluctuations in temperature a lot of us are getting lately, this dish works well for both winter and spring weather.

If you’ve never had acorn squash, you’ll love it. It is reminiscent of brown sugar; sweet and soft, tasting a little like sweet potatoes or butternut squash. In other words– Total yum.

Israeli couscous is used in this recipe and can be found in most groceries, but if you can’t find it, you can always use regular couscous, quinoa, or rice. As with all my recipes, feel free to make this your own–experiment with different vegetables, beans, spices, and flavors.

What you’ll need for four servings:

– 2 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
– 1 tablespoon olive oil, mixed with 2 teaspoons brown suga-2 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 clove garlic, crushed
– 2 medium carrot, diced
– 2 stalk celery, diced
– 1 cup canned black beans, drained
– 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
– 4 teaspoons ground cumin
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 2 cup vegetable broth
– 1 cup Israeli couscous




Brush your acorn squash halves with your oil/brown sugar mix and place face-down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Pop into an oven preheated to 350 degrees F and roast until fork tender. I hate to give times, since ovens vary so widely. Mine took about 40 minutes. They were done by the time I finished the filling.

In a wide, deep skillet or saucepan, saute your carrots, celery and garlic in the olive oil until tender.

Add your cranberries or raisins, vegetable broth, and raw couscous. Stir and simmer over medium heat until couscous is fluffy and tender. Add your cumin and seasoning to taste. See how easy this is? I know!

Save your black beans for last. They’re delicate and already cooked, so further cooking will just turn them to mush. Stir everything together until well heated through.

Your squashes should be done by now. If you want to, brush with a little more sugar/oil before filling. Scoop the filling generously into the squash halves. Everyone loves stuffing, so don’t be stingy. Plus, you’ll have a lot to go around.

Serve it up hot and steamy. I served mine with steamed asian veggies in a light herb sauce. The husband went wild. He went back for seconds and then finished our son’s. I’d call that one sweet, spicy success!

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