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In the JOK Kitchen with Norene Gilletz **Giveaway**


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Norene Gilletz is the leading author of kosher cookbooks in Canada and the owner of Gourmania Inc. Norene is crazy about food and her world revolves around recipes. She divides her time between work as a freelance food writer, editor, food consultant, cooking teacher and culinary spokesperson.  Norene is passionate about healthy cooking and living, and has expertise in a wide variety of health concerns and special diets. Her motto, “food that’s good for you should taste good,” has been a core principle guiding her culinary career.  Norene’s previous titles include The Food Processor Bible, Norene’s Healthy Kitchen and Healthy Helpings.  Born and raised in Winnipeg, Norene raised her family in Montreal and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She has three children and five grandchildren. Norene received her initial culinary training in her late mother’s kitchen, where she was taught the creative art of recycling leftovers!

1 How would you describe your cooking philosophy?

Food that’s good for you should taste good! I like to lighten up traditional kosher recipes by reducing the fat, calories, carbohydrates and sodium – but taste rules! My recipes call for ingredients that are easily available at most supermarkets and I use my food processor and microwave to speed up food preparation. I believe in food fast, not fast food!

2 Who bought you your first food processor?

I did! In 1973, I saw the first model of the 7-cup Cuisinart food processor at a gift show and was totally in awe when I saw it in action. My first food processor cost me $120 and I spent the first month making puree of dinner! Through trial and error, I became a processor whiz, quickly transforming simple ingredients into mouth-watering meals for family and friends. My machine and I were in constant motion, chopping, grating and pureeing everything edible. I also bought a food processor for my mother who was an extraordinary cook and baker. She used her processor almost every day for 35 years until her mid-nineties.

3 You seem to have a limitless amount of energy, what inspires you?

Food inspires me! I love sharing recipes, cooking techniques and new approaches to traditional dishes with others. Food is a wonderful way to connect with people of all ages, to share food memories, and to create new taste memories. I love to share my culinary knowledge with others and to learn from them as well.

4 Describe your best cooking moment?

My most memorable cooking moment was meeting Julia Child in person at an IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) conference in the early 80’s. I was holding a copy of my cookbook “The Pleasures of your Food Processor” (now out of print and considered collectible) and when Julia asked me what my specialty was, I showed her my cookbook and shyly asked her if she would autograph it. She happily agreed and inscribed it:“Vive la kosher cuisine!”

5 What has changed since the publication of your first food processor book, 30 years ago?

Food processors have evolved tremendously since they were introduced in the 70’s and are much more powerful and versatile today. They now come in a variety of sizes, colors and prices. Accessories and features vary, depending on the brand. Many models come with electronic touchpad controls, making them a snap to wipe clean and so easy to use. Some models come with a dough cycle that works by spinning the steel blade more slowly when kneading yeast dough. Nested bowls offer more options for prepping ingredients and some models include measurement markings and pouring spouts on the bowls. Many models now come with a wide-mouth feed tube to accommodate larger ingredients, so less pre-cutting is required. The slicing disc is adjustable on some newer models, offering 6 different thicknesses with a twist of a dial. The steel blade locks into place so it doesn’t fall out when you empty the bowl and it also prevents leakage from the bottom – amazing! But no matter which brand or model of food processor you own, my updated and revised edition of The NEW Food Processor Bible will help you make maximum use of this fantastic appliance.

Also, there are many new ingredients available today that weren’t available when I wrote the original edition, so I’ve revised the Smart Chart to help my readers use their food processor to process all sorts of ingredients efficiently, from A to Z. I’ve also included nutrient analysis for each recipe to help people make healthier choices, with many lighter and lower sodium options. There are do-ahead steps and freezing and storage information which are extremely helpful for today’s time-starved cooks.

5 What are some of your favorite dishes?

I love the foods from my childhood, including traditional comfort foods such as kasha with bow ties and lots of fried onions, chicken soup with fluffy matzo balls, old-fashioned hamburgers, chopped herring, crispy potato latkes, potato knishes, meat kreplach, lokshin and vegetable kugels, roasted vegetables of all sorts, grilled, roasted or glazed salmon, homemade roast brisket or stuffed veal roast with natural gravy, Greek or Caesar salad, homemade cinnamon buns with lots of raisins,rugelach, trifle, chocolate pudding, yogurt topped with berries…but not all at the same meal, of course! My favorite foods are different every day, depending on my mood. Oh – and how could I forget about yogurt or ice cream – chocolate mint chip, mango, cherry or blueberry– any kind except ice cream with broken-up cookie pieces!

6 What is your earliest memory of cooking?

I remember watching my mother pull out her stretch dough for knishes and strudel, shaking it like when you stretch a sheet over the bed. The paper-thin dough would cover the entire kitchen table and you could almost read a newspaper through it. My mother never wasted food and taught me the art of recycling leftovers! Her potato knishes were legendary.

7 What advice would you give the busy home cook?

Read, learn, cook! Read cookbooks and food magazines and watch cooking shows on TV when you have a bit of free time. Find a family member to teach you some basic dishes or take a few cooking classes. Learn how to make a few basic recipes that you can prepare quickly and that require little clean-up. Use your food processor – it saves so much time! Soups are so simple – if they’re too thick, add some water, if they’re too watery, simmer them uncovered for a few minutes. Learn how to makea couple of chickendishes (chicken isvery versatile), meatballs and burgers, brisket and fish, some roasted or steamed veggies, assemble a simple casserole or a basic salad, make some simple salad dressings. Make double the recipe whenever possible – cook once, eat twice!It’s perfectly fine to supplement with a store-bought dish when you’re busy. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice if you don’t know how to make something. If a friend or family member offers to help out and bring a dish, say yes!

8 What is your favorite holiday and why?

Probably Chanukah – I love latkes of all sorts! Rosh Hashanah is probably my next favorite holiday. I love when everyone gathers around the holiday table to enjoy kugels, kasha, sweet and sour meatballs, roast brisket with gravy, sesame chicken, roasted vegetables, carrot tsimmis, honey cake and cinnamon twist cookies.

10 With the High Holidays approaching, our thoughts turn to three day Yom Tovs, a houseful of guests and lots of food. Can you share with us some tips and tricks to help us plan ahead?

First, plan your menu. Make several lists – a timeline, a shopping list, and which serving dishes/casseroles to use for each finished dish. Chicken soup can be made in advance and will freeze beautifully. Brisket, meat balls, chicken, tsimmis, kasha and kugels all freeze well or can be made a few days in advance. Honey cake and all sorts of cookies can be made a couple of days ahead of time and also freeze well. Mix up and shape your challahs and freeze them unbaked, then store in freezer bags. The night before, take them out of the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator. Transfer to baking sheets, cover and let rise until double, then glaze and bake. Or buy some things – don’t be a martyr! Roast chicken and kugels can be made in advance and be refrigerated for a few days or frozen. Salads should be made shortly before serving time but salad dressings keep well in the refrigerator several days in advance. Apple cake shouldn’t be made more than a day in advance as it will get a bit soggy. Choose some dishes that can be served at room temperature. Set the table in advance or ask the children to do this task. (I hate to set the table!)

Try to keep the menu colorful, varied and offer a few lighter dishes. Offer some heart-healthy options for those with dietary requirements (e.g., diabetic, lower-sodium, lower-fat and/or vegetarian dishes, nut-free dishes for those with nut allergies). In most of the cookbooks I’ve written, I’ve included information as to whether a dish can be made in advance and if it freezes well, plus many lighter, healthier options.

If you’re lucky enough to be invited out for yom tov, accept the invitation. Happiness is a home-cooked meal, happiness is eating out!

Please try one of these recipes from my book so that you can get more out of your food processor.

Morning Glorious Muffins

Super Roast Brisket


Thirty years after her first very successful food processor cookbook, the revised and updated version shows how the food processor has grown up.  The New Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition retails for $30 and today can be yours for free.

To enter this contest read tell us what you use your food processor for in the comments below.

Must be a US or Canadian Resident 18 or over. Contest Ends October 4th 2011 at 9 am EST. Winner will be chosen by online randomizer from valid entries only.


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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




107 Responses to In the JOK Kitchen with Norene Gilletz **Giveaway**

  1. avatar says: Lena

    I use it for a lot of things but I especially love to use it to finely chop things like onions .. no tears, no onion fingers just finely chopped onions for all you oniony needs :)

  2. avatar says: Mary W

    I try to use the processor for as much as possible. With arthritis in my hands, this machine has been a real bonus for chopping, slicing and mixing. I can whip up all kinds of salads with plenty of sliced ingredients and still feel good. No more tired hands!

  3. avatar says: strandjss

    I use it for a lot of things. Lately I’ve been using it a lot for blending the flax seeds and water for the eggless Challah recipe at this site: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipe/jim-feldman%e2%80%99s-first-eggless-challah/

  4. avatar says: Susan

    I use it to grind the potatoes for kugel. Great time saver!

  5. avatar says: Amy

    I used my food processor for mixing sauces and salad dressings.

  6. avatar says: SarahG

    I have a fairly small one that doubles as a blender, and I use the blender feature much more than the food processor. I guess having to wash all its part is kinda annoying if I just need to chop an onion? I mostly use it to blend dressings or to grate potatoes.

  7. avatar says: Jessica

    I used it to crush oreos for oreo truffles!!! YUM!

  8. I use mine all the time. From mixing cake batter to chopping almonds at passover to making coleslaw. I rarely make a meal which doesn’t include using my food processor. I even have a mini food processor; ideal for chopping an onion or any other little job!

  9. I use it for absolutely everything from Chumous to Norene’s famous chocolate cake. She is amazing.

  10. I use mine to make marinates. I also make pareve Kishka.
    I have been using Norene’s Pleasures of your Processor for years!

  11. I use mine to do all the chopping I can’t be bothered to do by hand.

  12. avatar says: Rachel

    I make challah in the food processor (Norene’s recipe from the Food Processor Bible) since I don’t have a mixer! I also use it for making tuna patties, to grate/slice veggies for salads and many other things!

  13. avatar says: Shaindy

    I use my food processor for slicing (cucumber salad), shredding, grinding and chopping. I have used it occasionally for dough recipes.

  14. I use the food processor for grating veg for salads, lar=tkes, kugels, cheese for all types of dishes – Wait did I say I have three processors (one-meat, one for dairy and one for Pesach) – actually the Pesach one dies last year :( I grind meat for meatballs, holishkes, meatloaf, burgers. I grind beans, grains and veggies for homemade veggie burgers – cakes LOTS of cake batter from the processor. The crepe batter as well as the filling for blinzes.. chopped liver, with liver and the vegetarian variety. mince all types of veg for soups and stews – lets not forget puree the soups to make a dairy free “creme de la variety” of soup (healthier/tasty and no one is the wiser) grind and chop nuts for biscotti (aka Komish) at Pesach – I blend the ingredients for my Mom’s fabulous Lockshin…..chop my dates, nuts, cranberries, prunes for… cranberry conserve, charoset, hamentachen filling……

  15. I use mine for lots of things, but it’s absolutely best for grating ANYTHING and pesto!

  16. avatar says: dvora

    I use my food processor to make potato kugel and dips for Shabbos! And I use it to grate all my fruits and vegetables for recipes.

  17. I never put my food processor away because I use it almost every day for chopping, blending, whipping, mixing, etc..I would be lost without it!

  18. avatar says: Faith

    I use my food processor for: turning cottage cheese into creamy dip, making crepes, making laundry soap, shredding cheese, and much more. It is one of my favorite gifts ever received.

  19. avatar says: mink

    I don’t use my processor much, except during Pesach when it gets a workout making harosets.

  20. avatar says: Sher

    I use my processor for many things but I’d say for coleslaw the most! Love NG and would love to win her book. Ty for the opportunity!

  21. avatar says: elisa

    I use mine a lot!, pastries, sauces, shreding, slicing, choping, I use it so much, that a while ago I bought a little one to do the small chores.

  22. avatar says: Sarah

    I use it to make hummus.

  23. avatar says: Naomi

    I use it for many, many things: Latkes, challah dough, tuna salad, chummus, charoset, kugel, chopping anything, carrot salad and much more!

  24. avatar says: Lisa

    Among many things, I use my food processor to make homemade, organic sorbet for my little boys – I choose from a variety of fresh fruit, water and sometimes add soya milk. I might even pop a few raw veggies in for added nutrients – my boys don’t notice!

  25. My food processor is parve and I use it for grating potatoes and for slicing vegetables. It is one amazing machine which we bought when we were first married 33 years ago. I also have another food processor for Peasch which is a dynamite tool.

  26. avatar says: sara

    i use my food processor mainly for kugels, and to convert leftover challah into breadcrumbs

  27. avatar says: debra

    I use my food processor for potato kugel every week!!

  28. avatar says: Eve

    I don’t use it as often as I should! I use it to make pesto with fresh basil from the garden.

  29. avatar says: Naomi

    I love it for chopping onions & other vegetables for soup.

  30. avatar says: Esther

    Humus, Potato Kugel, Eggplant Dip from Martha Steward, Levana’s Brisket, Grating Veggies

  31. avatar says: Heather

    I use my food processor for everything, from mixing dough for cookies to soups!

  32. I use the food processor for potato kugel, homemade chumus, carrot cake, coleslaw. The original food processor cookbook is still one of my first and best loved cookbooks. Thanks Noreen!

  33. I use my food processor all the time for chopping and grating. It sits on my kitchen counter and I am constantly reaching for it. I cannot survive a day without it.

  34. avatar says: Sheilah

    Norene is the greatest!! Whenever I need a “special” recipe I call her. Her knowledge about food processors, healthful cooking, is limitless. I have all her books, and they are tattered and torn but I would not part with them.

  35. avatar says: RisaG

    I use my food processor for grinding, making pastes, sauces, cookies, and for slicing vegetables and half-frozen cheese.

  36. avatar says: Rachel

    I use my food processor for everything from salads, to stir fries, from soups to dips to cakes, to smoothies and ice cream… There isn’t much i cant do with my trusty food processor!

  37. avatar says: Marla

    I use my food processor to make vegetarian kishke kugel

  38. avatar says: joanna

    potato kugel and bread crumbs

  39. I use my food processor for many things, but it comes in quite handy for making vegetarian chopped liver and broccoli-cauliflower kugel.

  40. I use my food processor to grate my beets on pesach to make borscht. My hands stay so clean now.

  41. avatar says: kpoll

    I use my food processor for everything Norene taught me to use it! I make kugels, cakes, salads, chopping, doughs, and everything else in her “The Pleasures of your Food Processor” cookbook. Her cooking classes that I took in the ’70s were indispensable. I consider myself very fortunate that she was my teacher.

  42. avatar says: shari

    i use my food processor for everything. From making batter for cakes to whipping cream. I use the grater to grate carrots and onions and cabbage. I make doughs. i love using Norene’s cookbooks. i used it to puree food for my babies. whatever i prepared food, the food processor was on my counter.

  43. avatar says: cindy

    I love crispy latkes but am tired of scraping my knuckles (ouch!) on a grater. Therefore, I use my food processor for making potato latkes….works like a charm.

  44. avatar says: Shara

    We don’t use it as much as we should and wish we had the cookbook to help give more ideas! We use it to make breadcrumbs, chummus, latkes, grating all kinds of veggies for dishes.

  45. avatar says: heidi

    I use the food processor to make potato or vegetable latkes.

  46. avatar says: Tanny

    During Pesach almost everything that I serve goes through the food processor at one stage or another! From the knaedelach mixture, to the gefilte fish, the grated carrot, potato and apple kugels, the Pesach bagels, my fabulous grated zucchini kugel, deserts with grated apples,etc – all pass through the processor. My best Pesach investment was the food processor that I bought 30 years ago!

  47. avatar says: Aviva

    I use it to make my favorite potato kugel recipe—-found in Quick and Kosher by Jamie Geller!

  48. avatar says: Chav

    I use mine to make potato kugel or veggie patties. Also to make breadcrumbs.

  49. I would use the food processor for everything in the
    kitchen. I have never had one and have always wanted
    one. Thanks for the great sweep and hope to win :)

  50. avatar says: Beverley

    I’ve used mine for decades, but especially for coleslaw, latkes, and chopped liver. Norene’s cookbooks are all fabulous.

  51. avatar says: Nathalie

    My food processor has always been one of the most important tools in my kitchen, especially since having my two little girls. From first baby purees to really silky soups, I’m happy to say that my girls are healthy and growing wonderfully! I also use it to make a variety of spreads and dips, salad dressings, chopped vegetables for soups and bases. Can you tell I love to cook? Thanks for the opportunity, hope I’m a winner! Shana Tova!

  52. avatar says: Lexiquin

    I don’t have a food processor–yet!

  53. I use my food processor for so many things, from pesto to coleslaw.. bread crumbs, purees, chopping veggies, meat, plus more and even non food products on occasion. :) I couldn’t live without it. It’s one of the most important appliances I have.

  54. I use my food processor for making salsa, soups, and coleslaw.

  55. avatar says: Donna B.

    I use mine for a variety of things, but what I use it for most is chopping/grinding veggies to add to meatloaf mix, pasta salads, soups , stews, etc.

  56. avatar says: Nechama

    It’s my personal sou chef! Chop, slice, dice, grate…

    And I guess it became my fleishig blender too…

  57. I love to make all types of salsas in my food processor! And homemade sauces for chicken and meat.

  58. I use my food processor for slicing/shredding large quatities of veggies, pureeing soups, salad dressings, even making chocolate mousse! I have one for Pesach use also which makes making charoset and grinding all those nuts for cakes and cookies a snap.

  59. I use my food processer to make hummus.

  60. avatar says: Elizabeth

    I bought a food processor for Pesah. Actually it’s my second. I burned out the motor on the first one grinding nuts for my “haroset fest.” We make haroset recipes from around the world (Curacao, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Libya, Ashkenaz etc) to remind us of how Jews celebrate Pesah around the world. Anyway, the food processor always gets a tremendous workout grinding pounds of nuts and dried fruit.

  61. avatar says: Marcia

    Well, besides using it to shred all kinds of veggies for recipes from salads to pies to a variety of latkes, my favorite thing to use it for is pie crust. It always comes out picture perfect.

  62. Pie crust, and coffee since my grinder is broken.

  63. I used mine today to shred leftover cooked steak. I sauteed the shredded meats with oil and onions and made tacos with it.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  64. avatar says: Carylee

    There are 4 different size food processors in my kitchen.
    From the smallest for spice grinding to the largest for bread dough. However, my children’s favorite is for grinding leftover brisket or chicken for BBQ sandwiches.

  65. I use it to chop veggies and make soup, thanks


  67. avatar says: Zehava

    Food processor? The machine that produces the fabulous kugels, blended soups, pates, and dips that characterize my mom’s Shabbos and Yom Tov menus? Or the machine that whirls around chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, chickpeas, and more for healthy and inexpensive yummy food for my twin babies?

  68. avatar says: Amanda

    for pesto and other pureed type foods

  69. avatar says: Carla

    I dust off the food processor for latkes every year, but I’d love to try new recipes for it!

  70. avatar says: monte

    used mine all the time as real time saver

  71. avatar says: Kate S

    I’d use it to make my prized hummus!

  72. avatar says: Karen

    I use mine for just about everything. It’s great for shredding cheese. Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. I use my for chopping things, and to puree parve stuff for recipes. (because my blender is dairy).

  74. I am not the cook in the household my Hubby is and and he makes just about everything with it. I love his Guac and also it makes Taco night so much easier.

  75. I use mine to chop veggies to make homemade vegetables soup.

  76. avatar says: Sarah.a.

    I use my food processor for so many things: grating veggies for salads or latkes, making my broccoli souffle, quiches, pesto, and even challah dough! My mini food processor is great for making homemade mayonnaise, quickly chopping an onion or herbs, making dressings or a quick and smooth dip.
    Healthy helpings is one of my go-to cookbooks, look forward to seeing what’s on offer in this new one!
    Shana tova :)

  77. This was a great article! She really does seem to have alot of energy!

    ***I use my food processor to puree veggies that the kids would normally cry about if they knew I added them to the recipe. I also use it to grind up oatmeal into flour for many recipes and it is the fastest way to get onions and garlic done fast for nearly any cooked recipe!

  78. avatar says: Jen

    I use my food processor to mix the oil back into natural peanut butter! No more messy spill overs :)

  79. avatar says: Samantha

    I use mine to shred cheese and chop up veggies!

  80. avatar says: erma

    I use it to chop veggies

  81. i would use this for chopping veggies especially onions they always make my eyes water

  82. avatar says: Kylie C

    Pie crust, hummus, and grating pounds and pounds of zucchini in the summer.

  83. avatar says: Valeen N

    I use mine for making salsa, but would love to learn how to use it better!

  84. i use it to make soup

  85. For chopping vegetables and juicing too!

  86. I would use mine for salads and for making hash browns;-) Yummy!

  87. avatar says: Storm

    I use it a lot for making soups – it’s a lot faster to get my veggies ready with it.

  88. avatar says: DanV

    I use it for chopping veggies for stews

  89. avatar says: Darcy B

    Now days I mostly use it to make babyfood.

  90. I use my food processor for chopping vegetables and
    for making energy drinks.

  91. I use this for my dad. he eats puree

  92. avatar says: brian e.

    Thanks for the giveaway…we puree homemade soups & sauces, and chop vegetables for pico de gallo.

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  93. avatar says: Donna K

    to chop veggies for salads.

  94. avatar says: dddiva

    My fave thing to make w/my food processor is Mexican pinwheels – it shreds the cheese, chops or slices vegs and blends it all up. :D

  95. avatar says: Vicki D.

    I can’t remember when I used my food processor. I’d love to get this book to show me recipes and how to use mine.

  96. i love mine for making slaw, almond butter, pie crust, cookie dough, pesto, and on and on and on….

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

  97. avatar says: Lynn

    I try and use my processor for any recipe I can get away with! It’s such a time saver! My family is big on cucumber salad..slicing the cucs are so fast! Cookie dough, pie crust dough, chopping veggies, and our all time favourite is the lo-cal Cheese & Spinach Pie which is a regular in our diet! I have worn out your original processor cookbook…the front cover has long fallen off and the pages have notes of family input after each of the recipes I’ve tried.

  98. avatar says: Amomomys

    I use mine for kugel, babaganoush, grating veggies, and whenever I need to process something for a recipe.

  99. For making Tzimmes and zucchini bread!!

  100. I try and use my processor for any recipe I can get away with!

  101. I generally don’t use mine too often … mostly for making apple kugels and pies!
    That brisket sounds divine ;-)

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