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Cooking with Joy: Healthy Pasta and Vegetables

 

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This week’s dishes are Greek Pasta Salad and Zucchini and Red Peppers. I was trying to figure out how to lend the zucchini side dish to make it a meal. More on that soon, but up first – Greek pasta salad.


 

Cooking with Joy: Creamy Tomato Penne

 

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Part of the excitement of going out to eat is ordering food that you can’t make yourself.


 

Cooking With Joy: Cornbread

 

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After reading Jamie’s intro to this recipe I have my own corn muffin story to tell. When I was younger I would often go to work with my Mom. When I would get hungry my Mom would let me go down to the café that was in the building and get a snack. Well Im sure you figured, I would always get a corn muffin, cut in half and toasted, with a side of butter. It warmed me from the inside out, so good!

So when it came time to do this recipe, I decided to turn it into cornbread muffins! Our annual family Purim Seuda was around the corner, I figured that individual mini muffins would be an easier side then just making a big dish of it. I adjusted the cook time to 15 minutes, down from the original 25. And they came out perfectly!


 

Cooking With Joy: Sweet Potato Casserole

 

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We have never really had sweet potato casserole in the 7 years we have been together. Some people are very familiar with it as a Thanksgiving staple- not us! Although, we do like sweet potatoes in general so this was not a dish that scared us off.


 

Cooking with Joy: Easy Couscous Side

 

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I always notice people asking for quick and easy side dishes. Well this recipe might be exactly what those people are looking for. This recipe took about 7 minutes from start to finish NO JOKE!


 

Cooking with Joy: Challah Kugel

 

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Bread pudding isn’t usually on our repertoire. Hubs doesn’t like sweet sides. He grew up with savory lukshen and potato kugel as standard sides. I grew up with sweet lukshen with fruit and sugar. My mom put raisins in basically everything; his mom doesn’t put raisins in oatmeal (raisin) cookies.

So far I am very happy with the results of my Cooking with Joy expedition. I have gotten to taste new flavors and have learnt that lots of things that you would think are a patchke, take barely any time at all.


 

Cooking With Joy: Pastrami Fry Salad

 

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We love meat and we love salad- so this recipe was perfect for us! One of our new favorite things is Jacks Facon- its sooooooooooooooooooooo good! This salad would be great with Facon or any of your favorite deli fried to perfection.


 

Cooking With Joy – Stuffing and Mushrooms

 

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Today, I was home with my sick 2 year old. She had fever and was up the whole night. I took off from work to stay home, be a good Mommy and take her to the doctor. I was exhausted, but took the “day off” as an opportunity to cook full speed ahead.

I made the Chestnut Challah Stuffing and Hearty Mushrooms. I prepped the stuffing and while it was in the oven I made the mushrooms. Both dishes totally done in an hour.


 

Cooking with Joy: Potatoes

 

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Cooking With Joy: Soups

 

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Hubs and I went away for a long weekend without the kids. While it was thoroughly restful and enjoyable, the minute we picked up the kids from the grandparents, everything became hectic again. Such is life, vacation over, what’s for dinner?


 

Cooking with Joy: Coconut Berry Soup

 

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Coconut Milk is another one of those ingredients that I have only heard of and never tasted. As I opened the first can the scent transported me to a tropical island, imagining myself swinging in a hammock in a warm breeze under a palm tree, now back to reality. I just HAD to taste the milk, since I needed to know what my end product would taste like. It was creamy and not at all sweet with a mild taste of coconut. Since I am not someone who uses coconut often, this was new to me.


 

Cooking With Joy: Shabbos Special

 

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This project is going pretty well and the more I work my way through the book the more encouraged I get. So far I have finished the Appetizers section and am heading towards sides. Not sure how I will continue from here, but this week I have focused on Shabbos food. We are having guests for shabbos lunch, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try these recipes out. Aside from my usual shabbos fair, I made the following things from the cookbook- Deep Dish Kugel, Garlic Ranch dip, Deli Salad, Gefilte fish and even made the Lemon Lovers Chummus again, because it was that good and easy!


 

Cooking with Joy: Tropical Fruit Guacamole and...

 

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Its funny, the Deconstructed Tropical Gaucamole is the “dressed up” version of the dish, but it actually takes less time to prep. So in no time at all you have an upscale fork and knife savory fruit salad! The olive oil with the salt really elevated the simple avacado, mango and pineapple. I piled each on top of eachother, cut through the layers and sopped up the extra salt and oil before hitting my mouth. Really simple and good.


 

Cooking with Joy: Cilantro Corn Cakes

 

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Today was a really busy day for me. We had errands that needed to be taken care of in the morning and then our 5 year old needed to be taken to his swimming lesson. I had exactly an hour in between and knew that the Cilantro Corn Cakes were on the agenda for today. In less then half an hour start to finish these were done!


 

Cooking With Joy: Israeli Appetizers

 

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As promised I am continuing on with the Israeli recipes. This time I made it a meal by combining some very yummy recipes. Eggplant Caviar, Lemon Lovers Chummus and Falafel Poppers.


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