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Quick Sweet Potato Soup with Collard Greens and Jasmine RIce

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Quick Sweet Potato Soup with Collard Greens and Jasmine RIce

4 Comments 22 October 2013

Last week I attended a cooking class at the Sephardic Community Center with Peter Berley,  former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen in NYC. His cooking style is based upon the macrobiotic way of eating that was SO popular in the 80′s and 90′s. He now still uses his skills to whip up quick and simple vegetarian meals, and we were so lucky to share some of his recipes and easy healthy  tips in the kitchen.

I especially loved his Sweet Potato Soup, so right after the class, I ran to buy some collard greens (which is supposed to be healthier for your digestive tract than steamed kale, mustard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage- read more about collard greens HERE) and a jalapeño pepper. I already had a some coconut milk sitting in my pantry just begging to meet that can opener. The ginger, sweet potato and spices are regulars in my fridge. Within 20 minutes I had everything chopped and in the soup pot.

I also have a bag of Jasmine Rice has also been sitting on my kitchen shelf, and after hearing that rice may have arsenic leached within, I’ve been staring at it longingly waiting to hear any good news about poison in rice on CNN. Here’s another report link by ABC NEWS, (also please be educated and informed about  possibly avoiding rice cereals for infants). I decided to skip the Jasmine rice addition until the rice companies decide to literally clean up their act.

Anyways, the soup was piping hot within the hour, and it was just in time to be served with my Grilled Miso Salmon.

I hope that you get to try this recipe. It was SO delicious!  I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of  Peter Berley’s cookbook but you can get it on Amazon just in time for the holidays!

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Ingredients for the soup:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium)
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 4 cups)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small jalapeño pepper with seeds, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
1 small bunch collard greens, tough stems removed, and leaves cut in half along the rib, and then crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
1 lime, cut into wedges
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Here is the brand of LITE coconut milk that Peter recommends:

1) In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine the rice, butter, and salt with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Stir the rice once, reduce the heat, and cover the pan. Cook until the water is absorbed and the rice begins to stick on the bottom, about 18 to 20 minutes. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork when ready to serve.
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2) In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and sauté until softened, for 3 to 4 minutes.
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3) Add the sweet potato, garlic, jalapeño, ginger, coriander, and turmeric, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, the coconut milk, and 2 teaspoons of salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
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4) Add the collard greens to the soup and simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add a bit of water if the soup is too thick.
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5) Ladle the soup into 3 or 4 wide soup plates, and top with a spoonful of jasmine rice. Squeeze lime over all and sprinkle with cilantro.

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Juicy Holiday Brick Roast with Pomegranate Honey Glaze

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Juicy Holiday Brick Roast with Pomegranate Honey Glaze

6 Comments 20 August 2013

When I looked online for Rosh Hashanah main course inspiration,  I came across a believe-it-or-not- PORK (!)- recipe- so I whipped up a kosher version and  tested out this juicy brick roast recipe on Shabbat just to make sure it would be a delicious addition to my Rosh Hashanah menu. The aromas that emanate from your oven will have you craving your brick roast at lunchtime. The glaze, when thickened is SO delicious. I’m sure your family will love it.

For those of you who don’t know what brick roast is, it’s also called  French Roast. If you have a hard time finding it, you can email me at marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

Wishing all of my Jewish Hostesses a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Directions:

In a pyrex bowl, make a paste out of:

  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Salt Pepper
  • Dried Thyme

Marinate a 3 lb. brick roast with this mixture overnight in a roaster.

Sear the roast in the oven turning on both sides in the morning.

Add 1 cup of water to the sides of the roaster and cook at 350 degrees for 90 minutes-2 hours.

When tender, take out of the oven, cool, slice, pour juices on top and cook (covered) for another 45 minutes till meat is brown and tender and pulls apart easily. May be frozen at this point.

(Because meat thicknesses and oven heat varies, please use your judgement with cooking times.)

Glaze:

  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 4 stems fresh thyme
  • 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 cup  honey

4. Sauté  the shallots in safflower oil over medium heat until they soften. Add the sprigs of rosemary and lemon thyme and continue cooking until the shallots just start to brown. Add the pomegranate juice and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the caramelized bitsand bring to a slow boil. Remove the herb sprigs and add the honey. Bring back to a slow boil over medium heat and continue cooking until the glaze reduces and thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a heat resistant surface. Let cool.

6. Slice into very thin pieces and serve with the thickened glaze drizzled on top.

 

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Lisa’s Juicy Brisket with Deglazed Onion and Wine Sauce

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Lisa’s Juicy Brisket with Deglazed Onion and Wine Sauce

3 Comments 20 August 2013

 

I’ve known Lisa Ades now for about 5 years. When I’m not sitting at my computer blogging for The  Jewish Hostess, or taking care of my family, (and maybe doing a little fun shopping), I have the thrilling  job of working with Lisa as we co-produce a couple of  historical documentaries for The Joseph J. Sitt  Sephardic Heritage Museum.

Besides being a top notch filmmaker, Lisa also cooks gourmet meals for her family.

I’m so glad she found a minute to write up her famous kosher Brisket recipe!

Of course this is a perfect  main course for  your Shabbat and Jewish Holiday menus!

Juicy Brisket with Deglazed Onion and Wine Sauce:

    • Buy a 4-5 pound brisket.
    • Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper and brown it well on both sides in 1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil (canola).
    • Remove brisket and sauté 6 onions, coarsely chopped or thickly sliced.
    • When the onions are lightly browned, add 2-3 minced garlic cloves and sauté for about a minute.
    • Then add ½ can of tomato paste and brown with the onions for a few minutes.
    • Deglaze the pan with about a cup of red wine, scraping up any brown bits, then add a bay leaf and about a quart of chicken stock (the stock should come up to about half way in the pan).  The onions and brisket will give off a lot of liquid.
    • For extra flavor you can add ½ packet of instant onion soup mix. Cover the pan tightly and simmer on a low heat for about 2 hours.  You can also cook the brisket in the oven at about 350.
    • Remove the brisket from the pan and let cool.
    • In the meantime, skim the sauce and then blend the onions and cooking liquid with a hand blender right in the pot or remove to a blender if you want a smooth and thick gravy.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • When the brisket is cool, cut off any fat if you wish and slice against the grain.
    • Nestle the sliced brisket in the gravy, cover and cook for about another hour, until it is very tender.   Total cooking time should be about 3 hours.

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Impressive Baby Lamb Chops for Rosh Hashanah

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Impressive Baby Lamb Chops for Rosh Hashanah

3 Comments 19 August 2013

Rosemary and Garlic Baby Lamb Chops

“I got this kosher recipe from a friend of a friend of a friend…Anyhow I made it for my husband and he said it was the best lamb chop he has ever tasted. You will not believe how delicious this simple recipe is until you make it,  so get to the kitchen and start cooking!” Laura Cohen

Serves 4

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe:

8 Individual Baby Lamb Chops, frenched

Marinade:

1/3 cup Soy Sauce

1/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2 sprigs fresh rosemary

12 garlic cloves

Directions for this Kosher recipe:

Put all the ingredients for the marinade into a blender and pulse until combined. Place lamb chops in a big plastic bag with marinade and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove lamb chops from bag and discard marinade.

Roast in oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees.

Serve immediately.

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Fruity Lamb Tagine for the Jewish Holidays

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Fruity Lamb Tagine for the Jewish Holidays

No Comments 19 August 2013

This is a tantalizing holiday entree as the gooey fruits and honey of this dish evoke the sweetness of a Happy New Year.

A tagine is a dish that is a native and staple of so many North African tables, specifically in the cuisines of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
It looks like a chimney pot with a clay base . The pot is taken off and put aside and an aromatic stew of lamb, or beef, or chicken, or fish with chickpeas and vegetables appears: the stew may also be composed of only vegetables.

Tagine is a cooking method which for about an hour effectively steams and braises the meats and vegetables with spices at a relatively low temperature of 325 to 350  degrees so that they are tender, tasty and delectable.

If you cannot fine a tagine pot a roaster does the trick!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder,cubed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion,chopped
  • 1tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger,grated(or may use one frozen cube)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarse pepper
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 lb dried apricots
  • 1/2 lb dried prunes
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat,heat oil, add lamb and brown on all sides. add onion and sauté 5 minutes.
  3. in an oven proof tagine ,casserole, or crock pot, combine lamb,onion,ginger,coriander,salt,pepper saffron and cinnamon stick.
  4. Barely cover with water and bake in oven with cover ajar for 45 minutes.
  5. Remove cover and continue cooking another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cinnamon stick,add dried fruits and honey cook another 20 minutes.remove from oven sprinkle with sesame seeds!
  7. this recipe is best enjoyed over couscous or simple white rice!

Chicken cutlet cubed can be substituted for the lamb if desired!

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Orange Rosemary Garlic Roast Turkey Recipe by Vera Levy

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Orange Rosemary Garlic Roast Turkey Recipe by Vera Levy

No Comments 18 August 2013

 Thank you Vera Levy for sharing this Thanksgiving turkey recipe via Instagram.

I love the combination of flavors and I’m sure it gets even better if it sits in the fridge with the marinade from day before.Dear Hostesses- Comment below with any turkey roasting suggestions! Marlene

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Unbelievable Shabbat Brick Roast with Wine, Cranberry Sauce, and Portobello Mushrooms

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Unbelievable Shabbat Brick Roast with Wine, Cranberry Sauce, and Portobello Mushrooms

13 Comments 13 August 2013

 

Portobello Cranberry and Wine Brick Roast for Shabbat/and or your Rosh Hashanah and Jewish Holiday Menu:

This recipe was inspired by The Kosher Palette Cookbook. The recipe is so easy to put together on a Friday morning for Shabbat.  When the sauce ingredients are simmered together, you would never know that there is a can of cranberry sauce in there- but that coupled with the cooking wine gives it unbelievable flavor! I love when an unexpected guest rings the bell on a Friday afternoon and they say how good the house smells!!! When you make this roast- it will be one of those days!!! If you are more of a brisket  roast hostess, please comment below with brisket roast tips for this recipe.

Please let me know how you like it! Marlene

p.s.- I didnt have time to snap a pic of the finished roast before Shabbat started, but I managed to snap a pic as it was sliding into the oven.

Kosher Brick Roast Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Marsala cooking wine (my sister in law used half Kesser wine and it came out great)
  • 1 cup of Imagine or Passover chicken broth
  • 1 can of whole or jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (my sister in law didn’t have rosemary and it turned out great)
  • One 4 0r 5  lb brick roast
  • 4 portobello mushrooms sliced

Directions for this Shabbat recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk wine, chicken broth, flour, onion, cranberry sauce, in a saucepan and heat on a low flame  until melted and boiling for about 10 minutes.
  3. Rub roast all over with salt, pepper, garlic, and place sliced onion and rosemary on top.
  4. Pour cranberry sauce mixture on top and cover.
  5. Roast for about 1 and one half hours covered and then add half of sliced portobello mushrooms for another half hour.
  6. Cool, slice, and re-heat for 45 minutes to an hour before serving, uncover the last 20 minutes for browning.
  7. Saute the rest of the portobello mushrooms in garlic and top as a garnish before serving.
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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

8 Comments 20 June 2013

 

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I call this “Rosh Hashanah” Honey Chicken, but of course you can use recipe all year round. I devised my own version of this recipe after hunting online for a roasted holiday chicken marinade. Make sure you continually baste and brush with the honey at the end of roasting. You don’t want leathery dry chicken on Rosh Hashanah!

The overnight marinade is also essential for the great flavor boost. I made it last week and I knew it was good when my son’s teenage friend kept forking more chicken pieces over into his plate. I heard him say , “This is great chicken” as he was gobbling it up.

Teens don’t lie! (at least not about food…)

Enjoy and Happy New Year! Marlene

Ingredients for Rosh Hashanah Roasted Honey Chicken:

3 chickens cut into 10 pieces each, or you can order 3 packs of chicken legs and thighs separated.(I always order my chicken pieces without the skin.)

Make a paste and marinate overnight:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil (if you buy chicken without the skin, then use more olive oil so it doesn’t dry out.)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary – finely chopped
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic – finely chopped
Glaze:
3/4 cup honey melted in a pot over low flame.
Directions:

1. Rinse chicken and remove excess fat. PAT DRY so that the marinade sticks.

2. Combine paste ingredients, put on kitchen gloves and rub onto all chicken pieces in a large bowl.

3. Slice about 3 large onions and place on the bottom go the roaster. Drizzle safflower oil over the bottom of the roaster.

4.Place chicken pieces on top of onions .Marinate overnight.

5. Cover and cook for one hour at 350. Remember to baste continually.

6. Melt  3/4 cup of honey in a pot and brush  every 15-20 minutes till pieces of chicken slides off the bone and top is brown.

7. Leftover chicken is even better deboned, warmed up, and served the next day for lunch.



 

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

7 Comments 20 June 2013

 

Thank you Mikhayla Bibi for submitting these gorgeous bridal shower pics! Now I’m officially ready to get into the summer wave of entertaining. Not only can we use this Alice in Wonderland theme as bridal inspiration, but of course we can juice up some ideas for serving blue sky desserts and breezy beverages. Note the mason jars for lemonade with the easy to make labels attached with twine, the scooped out mouth watering watermelon, mini lattice apple pies, pops of colorful seating, and more! Enjoy! xoxo

“Hi Marlene,

The theme for the bridal shower was Alice in Wonderland. Set up both inside and outside, the inside table was covered in green grass tablecloth filled with Alice toys, flowers, decks of cards, fun desserts, and a “falling” cake by Keren Greenberg.
As each guest walked into the party, a Polaroid photo was taken of them and hung up on a string crisscrossing over the main table.
Outside, a long white table and a red chair from Artistic Frame. The white table was covered in bright colored platters filled with both food and desserts by Mikhayla Bibi.
Detail had been particularly implemented by Chantelle Bibi who has experience as a set designer and Lauren Bibi, the graphic artist known for her work with Ldecor Design; the watermelon teacup, the Alice in wonderland decks of cards, the pink lemonade in mason jars each tied with their own “Drink Me!” cards, the clock tables, and more.
And it didn’t hurt that, Thank Gd, that it was a beautiful day as we sat in “Aryana’s Wonderland”
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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

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 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

Instructions

  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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Cheesy Mini Spinach Tarts

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Cheesy Mini Spinach Tarts

1 Comment 09 May 2013

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This recipe is the appetizer version of the Sephardic Spanech (spinach) ou b’ Jiben(cheese) in which the spinach mixture is poured into a big pie shell or pyrex and baked.

I love to add these spinach and cheese delicacies to my Shavuot holiday menu every year because I know that adults and kids will gobble them up as they are waiting for the holiday lunch or dinner to be served.

Make sure the butter is softened at room temperature  before making the dough, and use your Cuisinart to whip up the dough in a flash.

p.s.You will always want to have  a batch of these spinach tarts bagged in the freezer for an unexpected guest. Serve with coffee and your brunch menu.

Adapted from the “White Deal Delights Cookbook.”

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 13 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup semolina (smead) flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Spinach Cheese Topping:

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. safflower oil
  • 3 1/2  boxes frozen chopped spinach or 1 1/2 bags frozen chopped spinach
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups low fat mozzarella cheese (or muenster cheese if you really want it extra cheesy).
  • dash of white pepper
  • sesame seeds, chopped pimiento (optional topping)

Directions:

  1. Combine flour, smead(semolina flour), and salt in Cuisinart
  2. Using Cuisinart, gradually add butter, then warm water slowly
  3. Squeeze excess water from spinach.
  4. Saute onion tilll soft, add  spinach and salt
  5. Add eggs,  cheese and pepper
  6. Mix well, adjust seasonings to taste
  7. Line baking sheets with wax paper if you are preparing to freeze.
  8. Line with parchment paper if you are ready to bake
  9. Roll dough into evenly shaped balls
  10. Dip in sesame seeds (optional)
  11. Flatten balls, and flute edges
  12. Place a tsp. of spinach mixture inside each flattened circle
  13. Flute edges.
  14. (you can flute edges and then add mixture- whatever works for you!)
  15. Freeze and then bag or bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

ready for the freezer

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Easy Diet Zucchini Pizza Slices

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Easy Diet Zucchini Pizza Slices

No Comments 06 May 2013

 

Easy Diet Zucchini Pizza Slices

My daughter Joy created this easy diet pizza recipe and shared it on @thejewishhostess Instagram in a snap.

Directiions:

  1. Slice zucchini in thin rounds and bake on a sprayed parchment for 20 minutes.
  2. Slide out of the oven and spoon marina sauce on top of each one.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded low fat cheese and oregano. Bake at 350 degrees till cheese is melted and toasty.
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Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

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Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

2 Comments 05 May 2013

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Way back in the days when my grandparents resided in Syria, there was no such thing as  a huge slab of meat for the entire family,  so the women had to stretch a pound of meat by grinding and mixing it with short grain rice (faster cooking time), salt, allspice, and cinnamon.  They would stuff this “hashu” filling into the  vegetables that were bought in the local souk in the city. Of course the vegetables were laboriously  scooped upon arrival home. Fruits, vegetables and poultry from the Aleppo region were know to be organic and  extra tasty, and the former residents will passionately attest to it. I will never forget the pride of one of the women that we interviewed for the Sephardic Heritage Museum project when she said, “You haven’t even tasted a CHERRY until you’ve tasted one from Aleppo!” Fortunately, our grandparents brought the memories of the flavors of their native land, and adapted them to our American menu. I’m not actually sure if they made eggplant rollups back in Syria, but I’m sure that they stuffed their  baby eggplants with “hashu”. For a more detailed post on how to make hashu click HERE.

I really enjoy making eggplant rollups for the holidays when one meal rolls into the next because you can just pull it out of the freezer to defrost in the morning and pop into the oven a couple of hours before serving.

If you do freeze in advance, then just remember to defrost and add a little water to the edges of the pyrex before cooking!

 

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Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

Eggplant Rollups with Hashu (Meat) and Rice Filling

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lbs chop meat
  • 1/3 cup short grain rice(per lb of chop meat)
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • garlic salt
  • oregano
  • 2 uniform long eggplants/sliced into long thin slices

Instructions

    Eggplant:
  1. Brush each eggplant slice with safflower oil and place on a baking tray.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
  3. Hashu meat filling:
  4. Mix chop meat, rice, spices and water together with cooking gloves till consistency of wet play dough.
  5. Take each long slice of eggplact and place 2-3 tablespoons of meat at the edge.
  6. Roll up each eggplant slice into a finger sized rollup and place on a pyrex one by one.
  7. Pour a can of tomato sauce over the legnth of each row of rollups.
  8. Sprinkle with garlic salt and oregano.
  9. Bake at 350 for an hour or more (cover for and hour- then uncover for about 20 minutes) till bubbly.
  10. Lefortover "hashu" can be made into torpedo shaped balls and frozen on a cookie sheet for later use.
  11. Can be thrown on top of chicken or any roast, or cholent before cooking.

Notes

May be frozen in advance. Make sure to defrost before cooking- add some water to the edges before cooking.

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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.



  • The Minimalist: Crunchy Grilled Corn (nytimes.com)
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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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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

P.S. Don’t forget to check out HomeBaked.com for any dessert needs!

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