Gourmet & Kosher

 

Homemade Chutney For Your Friends

 

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When I grill a perfect (and perfectly expensive) steak and I see my husband pouring ketchup onto his plate so he can dip that perfectly grilled steak into it, I am absolutely horrified.

Ditto A-1 Sauce.


 

10 Winter Comfort Food Meals

 

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In the cold of the winter nothing is better then coming home to a warm, hearty and mouthwatering meal. The smell and taste of the various recipes listed are enough to make everyone forget the chill and gloom associated with winter.

Mocha Brownie with Mocah Caramel Center

Mocha Brownie with Mocah Caramel Center


 

4 Quick Family Dinners

 

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The following recipes are great to have on hand for those days when you do not have the time or patience to spend hours in the kitchen preparing dinner.  Some recipes take minutes to prepare but require you to be at home while the food is cooking; making you feel like a slave to the kitchen.  The following recipes are quick to put together and dinner will be on the table in no time yet taste like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen.

spaghetti bolognese


 

Eating in Season – Cauliflower and Sunchokes

 

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Cauliflower is in season right now and we want to help you get more of it. Here are our tips on choosing, cooking and getting the most of this versatile vegetable.

How to select cauliflower: Select cauliflower that is firm and tightly packed and make sure that the heads are purely white with no brown spots.


 

Crisp Winter Salads

 

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Make-your-own-salad bars have sprouted up almost everywhere and introduced the idea that almost anything goes when creating a salad. Vibrant fresh produce doesn’t always come to mind during the winter months. However, surprisingly enough there are amazing seasonal winter produce that can be combined to create crisp, fresh, crowd-pleasing salads.


 

Haute Chocolate – DIY Hot Cocoa

 

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What can be better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day?
A mug of hot chocolate—and make that the haute kind.

Not to be confused with cocoa powder mixed with milk, real hot chocolate is made by melting solid bars of chocolate, preferably a dark variety containing a high percentage of cacao, with cream and milk.


 

Dinner Tonight at June Hersh’s

 

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My children are grown and on their own, so my husband and I eat like it is Friday night almost every night of the week. I’ve been known to roast (and eat) an entire duck for myself, or to braise a 5-pound brisket because it looked too good to leave behind at the butcher’s and we had a yen for a pulled brisket sandwich.

smoky chicken and sausage stew

Smoky Chicken and Sausage Stew


 

The Story of The Killer Cheese

 

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The tradition of eating cheese on Hanukah pre-dates latkes, sufganiyot and other more modern traditions.

The story is the stuff of a Hollywood drama. Judith, a beautiful Jewish woman fed salty cheese to Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians general Holofernes. The cheese made him thirsty and he drank too much wine which caused him to fall into a drunken sleep. Judith cut off his head and the Israelis rallied and attacked the Assyrian armies who then fled.


 

Jeff Nathan Clears His Freezer and Makes a Goat...

 

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This time of year is a bit of a mixed blessing for a foodie like me. It’s great to begin planning all the meals I’ll be serving to family, friends and customers over the next few weeks, but it’s a little daunting, too. After all, we’ve been on a holiday spree for the last couple of months!

This past August, while I was being a glutton in France, my fridge bit the dust. I came home to find what was once a well stocked, fairly organized chilled pantry now just an empty shell awaiting the curb. Rosh Hashanah was first on the feasting calendar. And this was a chance at a fresh start for the upcoming New Year. I was intrigued with the possibilities of it all… should I replace everything that was in there?, would I miss, or even need every last ingredient?, if I hadn’t eaten those watermelon rind pickles by now, shouldn’t I be glad they were gone?


 

5-Ingredient Hors D’oeuvres for 8 Nights

 

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Chanukah and party go hand in hand with one another. Chanukah is an exciting Jewish holiday which calls for eight nights of parties while gathering with family and friends. Now you’ll be able to create the ultimate gourmet party food with no more than five ingredients! What is impressive about the following hors d’oeuvres is how gourmet and complicated they seem, yet how simple and easy they are to make.
 

caramelized onion tart

Caramelized Onion Tart


 

Chanukah Treats

 

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Box ‘em, Bag’em, Eat’em!  Whatever you do with them, they are the perfect Chanukah treat.

Ycan find pastry boxes for your donuts at craft stores or online.  Fill mini boxes with donuts for your guests to take home.


 

Out of Your Gourd – 3 Gourmet Pumpkin...

 

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Pumpkins are not only generous in size, but are laden with vitamins and minerals. Most parts of the pumpkin are edible,
including the shell, flesh, seeds, leaves, flowers, and the delicious oil that is produced when the seeds are ground.
The best pumpkins for culinary uses are small (about 5 pounds). Pumpkins are a cold weather fruit (yes, fruit!) and can be stored for long periods in a cool, dark place. I like to remove the seeds and toast them for snacks and garnishes. I also peel the flesh from the shell and either freeze it or cook it until the water cooks out and I am left with a delicious and healthy puree. I also purchase cans of pumpkin puree and use it in everything from breads, pastas, gnocchi, and pastry items.

crispy pumpkin purses

Crispy Pumpkin Purses


 

A Meaty Breakfast From The Kosher Butcher’s...

 

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Being a butcher, my husband leaves for work really early in the morning. I don’t even hear the alarm go off anymore, in fact the first time I realize it’s the next day is when he kisses me goodbye and I get to smell the hint of aftershave as he leaves for work. So family breakfasts, as typically portrayed on TV shows, don’t quite follow that pattern in our home. More often than not it’s a bowl of cereal or a piece of toast with a cup of Italian blend coffee just before leaving for work. However, it is not uncommon for me to come home on a weekday morning to find one of my children cooking up a ‘boerewors breakfast bonanza’ with all the trimmings!

boerewors muffins

Boerewors Muffins


 

Stuffed Baked Potatoes

 

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Stuffed baked potatoes are a warm, comforting and inexpensive way to get dinner or brunch on the table.  Stuffed baked potatoes can be simple with butter and cheese or as complex as caviar and truffles. They can be served as the DISH or as a side.

How to choose your potato:


 

Grilled Chicken Panini with Olive Pesto Tapenade

 

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The famous steakhouse in LA Shiloh’s, serves an Olive Tapenade with their warm, crusty baguette as soon as you sit down for a meal. This combination almost definitely means you’re mostly full by the time you get the menu. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe from a tradition tapenade to create a pesto fusion. It’s the perfect condiment for any sandwich; especially this grilled chicken panini sandwich.

I like to keep my paninis simple, as they’re more like a convenience food when I prepare them at home. It’s a great way to repurpose leftover chicken into a new meal. Or, you can make your own from scratch using an interesting mix of spices, with paprika and cumin being my favorite. Don’t feel limited, grilled chicken is like a blank canvas, use whatever you’d like to infuse flavor to it.