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Two Perfect Mishloach Manot Ideas From Gourmet Kosher Cooking

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Two Perfect Mishloach Manot Ideas From Gourmet Kosher Cooking

No Comments 01 January 2012

Thank you Elizabeth Kurtz from Gourmet Kosher Cooking!  I love these two totally different Mishloach Manot themes. One sweet pound cake flavored  with Nutella – package with a coffee mug and some coffee beans for a breakfast style Purim gift, and as for the savory herb flavored oils, try to purchase some fresh Italian bread, Italian pasta, and some gorgeous red beefsteak tomatoes, and wrap it up for an authentic Viva Italia themed mishloach manot! (p.s. make sure your bottles are sterilized before using) Marlene 

 

“On Purim as well as throughout the year, at gourmetkoshercooking.com we love to make and give delicious homemade Mishloach Manot and hostess gifts. Here are two ideas that are both easy, elegant, and always a big hit.”

Sweet Mishloach Manos

Nutella-Swirl Pound Cake (Pareve or Dairy)

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I use the pareve chocolate spread instead of Nutella to make this pareve. Either way it is delicious.

  • 1 ½ cups flour,
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted margarine, or butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 13-ounce jar of Nutella or 13 ounces of Pareve Chocolate spread (the pareve spread may need to be softened in the microwave to spread like nutella does. Heat in 20 second intervals, until spreadable but not cooked)

Preheat the oven to 325. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan or 6 2 x4 inch mini loaf pans with non-stick spray. In a glass measuring cup lightly beat the eggs with the vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk the 1 ½ cups of flour with the baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, using a mixer beat the margarine with the sugar at medium speed until fluffy about 3 minutes. With the mixer at medium-low speed, gradually beat in the egg mixture until incorporated. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed between additions. Continue to beat for 30 seconds longer.

Spread one –third of the batter in the pan, then spread half of the Nutella or chocolate cream on top. Repeat with another third of the batter and the remaining Chocolate cream or Nutella. Top with remaining batter. Lightly swirl the chocolate cream into the batter with a knife. Do not over mix.

Bake the cake for about 1 hour. (Smaller cakes will require about 40 minutes). Cool the cake in the pan for 15 minutes.

Savory Mishloach Manos

Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil

image via readynutrition.com

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs (each 5 inches long)

In small saucepan, combine oil & rosemary. Cook over low heat until a thermometer reaches 180 F, about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool to room temp. Transfer the sprigs to a bottle, then add the oil. Seal and refrigerate up to 1 month

Basil Oil

  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Blanch basil in medium saucepan of boiling water 10 seconds.
Drain. Rinse under cold water. Pat basil dry with paper towels. Transfer to blender. Add oil; puree until smooth. Transfer to small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before using.)

Lemon and Bay Leaf Infused Olive Oil

  • 1 large fresh lemon
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon whole peppercorns

Wash the lemon thoroughly and dry well. Pour the olive oil into a small heavy saucepan. Using a zester and working directly over the pan, remove the zest from the lemon, letting it fall into the oil. Add the bay leaf and peppercorns. Heat the oil over medium-low heat until a candy thermometer reaches 200 degrees. Cook at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Transfer the oil mixture to clean sterilized bottles. Cover and store at room temperature for up to 2 months.

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Salmon with Crushed Pistachios and Grated Lemon Peel

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Salmon with Crushed Pistachios and Grated Lemon Peel

2 Comments 06 December 2011

Welcome to another Monday morning with the question of the day- “What’s for dinner???”

This easy salmon dish is healthy and gourmet too! Try adding it to your your Hanuka menu!

Salmon with Crushed Pistachios and Grated Lemon Peel:

  • 4 salmon fillets or steaks, about 6 ounces each, about 1 1/4 inches thick
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon peel
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons crushed pistachios

Directions
1 Preheat the oven to 475°F.
2 Place the salmon in a baking dish. Mix the olive oil, mustard, and lemon peel and spread this mixture evenly over the surface of the fish.
3 Sprinkle with pepper and scatter the nuts evenly on top. Roast for about 15 minutes, depending on thickness, or until nearly cooked through but still darker in the thickest part of the center.

this recipe is by Ronnie Fein 

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Easy Low fat Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs

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Easy Low fat Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Herbs

1 Comment 12 November 2011

 
 
Recipe Courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Serves 6

Spaghetti squash has a unique texture that shreds into spaghetti-like strands when cooked. In this recipe, the fresh herbs are roasted with the squash and removed before serving, leaving the subtle, fragrant flavor of rosemary and sage.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 large sprigs rosemary
  • 2 large sprigs sage
  • 1 (3- to 5-pound) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 375°F. Pour broth into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Using a knife remove rosemary and sage sprigs  and toss into broth. Arrange squash in dish, hollow sides down, and roast until rind gives easily when pressed and flesh is just tender, 35 to 45 minutes. (Be careful not to overcook squash since it will become too soft and soggy.) Transfer squash to a large plate, hollow sides up, and set aside until cool enough to handle.

Using a fork, scrape squash out of rinds and transfer to a large bowl. Add butter, parsley, salt and pepper and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Per serving (about 11 oz) : 110 calories (40 from fat), 4.5g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 10mg cholesterol, 280mg sodium, 17g total carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 2g protein

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Make Sure You Always Have These Marinated Olives in Your Fridge

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Make Sure You Always Have These Marinated Olives in Your Fridge

No Comments 02 November 2011

Marinated Olives

Italian olive oil, both oil and an oil bottle ...
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The world was not created in one day. So too your Jewish holiday and Shabbat meals. Prepping and cooking in advance is a must when it comes to entertaining for a large bunch. These marinated olives are the perfect appetizer for a scrumptious Shabbat lunch, especially accompanied with Syrian mazza such as lahamagine and kibbe . They are also perfect in the fridge for that unexpected guest.

SERVINGS: Makes 2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds *
  • 2 pounds of green and black olives, assorted (2 1/2 cups)
  • 5 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • Zest strips from 1 orange, cut into fine julienne
  • About 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  • In a small skillet, toast the fennel seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Rinse the olives in a large strainer; drain well. Transfer the olives to a medium bowl. Stir in the toasted fennel seeds, garlic, crushed red pepper and orange zest and add enough olive oil to cover. Let stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours before serving.

Make Ahead

The olives can be refrigerated for up to 10 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Notes:

Fennel Seed has a delicate flavor; light and sweet, similar to anise.

Courtesy of Food and Wine Magazine

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Whole Wheat Apple or Peach Crisp with Granola Crunch Topping

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Whole Wheat Apple or Peach Crisp with Granola Crunch Topping

1 Comment 05 August 2011

This recipe is adapted from Bitayavon- the fabulous new kosher recipe and food magazine . Check it out!!!

The original recipe called for apples but I had tons of ripe peaches that I needed to use up….

I also doubled the Bitayavon recipe for a large Shabbat crowd.

  • 10 ripe peaches, you can add 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  1. Mix the above ingredients with cubed peaches in a bowl.
  2. Bake in a baking dish till soft and bubbly.

Granola Topping:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 6 tbspoons of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of safflower oil
  • 6 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup or more to taste.
  1. Mix above ingredients except for honey or maple syrup  and press into a baking dish.
  2. Bake 15-20 minutes till firm.
  3. Drizzle honey or maple syrup over hot granola crunch.
  4. Serve peaches in individual pretty bowls with granola sprinkled on top.

This is an easy and very healthy, gourmet looking dessert. Try it and let me know if your family liked it as much as mine did!!!

Thank you  Bitayavon for the great recipes!!!!

Keep them coming!!!

Shabbat Shalom!

Did you enter our Shabbat Table Setting Contest yet????

Marlene

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Italian Panzanella Salad by Lisa Bailey

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Italian Panzanella Salad by Lisa Bailey

2 Comments 11 July 2011


photo via the passionate cook

 

Thanks Lisa Bailey for sending in this yummy Shabbat Panzanella salad recipe!

Panzanella salad is  from the cuisine of Tuscany, Italy, who have always made innovative uses for their “leftovers”, including their leftover crusty bread. There are many variations for this delicious Panzanella salad, and I also like this version with basil pesto from  the passionate cook. I also did an extra bit of research and added a Panzanella recipe video from Tribeca Grill.
Enjoy Lisa’s recipe! Try it this Shabbat for lunch.

I’m posting  this kosher recipe Monday, July 11 in honor of Lisa’s new addition to the family! Mabrook!

Marlene

Hi Marlene,

I love trying new light salads for saturday lunch in the summer . My favorite is bread salad . It’s so colorful and makes a beautiful presentation!

Ingredients:

  • One loaf Italian bread ,one day old cut into cubes
  •                   Mozzarella cheese (I like the one from Costco)
  •                   A bunch of fresh basil, chopped
  •                   About 2 dozen sun dried tomatoes  in oil chopped
  •                   About 2 dozen grape tomatoes chopped
  •                    1-2  Avocados cut up
  •                    Juice of 3 lemons
  •                    Extra virgin olive oil
  •                    Balsamic vinegar to taste

Directions:

Chop all ingredients and mix. You can add the olive oil as desired.
If you would like it to be pareve leave out the cheese .
Hope you enjoy!

Lisa Bailey

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Pureed Peas with Mint for Your Babies or Grandkids

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Pureed Peas with Mint for Your Babies or Grandkids

No Comments 15 May 2011

Sometimes I wonder what life would have been like if I had a computer when my  kids were growing up.

On one hand, I would have loved reading blogs like Sissy and Marley, from moms that gave me good advice about how to make organic baby food, and  how to add spices to my kids food, and  warn me about what pacifiers had poisons in them like BPAs, Phthalates, and PVCs….

But on the other hand, I can just imagine baby food encrusted on my laptop  as I breast fed and tried to type at the same time, or g-d forbid getting engrossed in a Neiman Marcus online super sale while my toddlers were pulling each other’s hair out….

Fast forward to 2011!

What do you think of this baby food recipe?? Its actually a healthy  recipe for babies who should be enjoying their vegetables. Mint is also said to help toddlers with gassy issues. Why not introduce babies 8 months and older to spices like garlic – minced or powdered,basil, rosemary, dill, oregano, lemon zest, ginger, cinnamon
mint or nutmeg? Of course ask your doctor first, and check out a variety of great baby food cookbooks out there such as this book by Annabel Karmel. Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick and Easy Meals for a Healthy and Happy Baby

If you are a grandma, why not whip up a batch of this gourmet baby food, pour into a sterilized jars, maybe wrap with a little ribbon and drop it off to your daughter or daughter in law’s house?  Here is one healthy baby food recipe to try:

PEA PUREE WITH MINT

Ingredients: Organic Peas {fresh or frozen} + Fresh Mint

Fill a pot with a few inches of water. Place peas in a steamer basket and insert into pot. Bring to a boil. Cover. Steam the peas until tender, about 3 minutes (thawed frozen peas) to 5 minutes (fresh or frozen peas). Remove the basket and allow peas to cool. Reserve the cooking liquid for pureeing. Puree peas and 2 small mint leaves in a food processor until smooth. Thin to desired consistency using reserved liquid.

Kitchen Notes:

Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. Or fill ice cube trays with puree, cover and freeze. Transfer cubes to freezer bags. Label and date. Thaw cubes overnight in refrigerator.

Refrigerate up to 3 days

Freeze up to 3 months

From Sissy and Marley Blog

Image by Marco Ricca

 

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