Seasonal Cooking

 

What Are Hearts of Palm?

 

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Heart of palm, also called palm heart, aristocrat’s plantar and swamp cabbage, is a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees.

Hearts of palm are vegetables harvested from the soft core of a palm tree. They are extremely popular in Latin American cuisine, and are exported both fresh and canned to other parts of the world. France is the largest importer, with centers of export in several Latin American nations including Puerto Rico and Brazil. Many vegetarians use hearts of palm in their recipes, blending the vegetables to make spreads, eating them plain, or adding them to salads.


 

Homemade Pizza and Focaccia Recipes With...

 

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No matter how you slice it, pizza has gone mainstream and is now one of the most popular fast foods in North America.  Pizza was first made popular in the United States by soldiers who brought the concept back from Italy at the end of World War II. The literal translation for pizza is “pie,” but pizza pie is generally savory, not sweet. Pizza is usually round in shape and is made from crispy, yet tender yeast dough topped with
tomato sauce, grated mozzarella cheese and various toppings such as bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, even anchovies. Different cheeses can be used: goat cheese, feta, Monterey Jack, Swiss and Parmesan.

Gourmet-style pizzas might be topped with shiitake, porcini or Portobello mushrooms, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, capers, salsa, tomato slices, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini slices, fresh or dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme), sliced red onions or leeks, partly cooked eggplant slices, chopped spinach, garlic slivers, blanched broccoli, cauliflower or asparagus, grilled potato slices, green or black olives, even smoked salmon and cream cheese!


 

Light Pasta Recipes

 

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A lot of people would consider it comforting to dig a fork into a bowl of spaghetti covered in hot marinara or cream sauce. I wouldn’t argue! Still, those steamy, filling dishes seem so—winter. In the summer, when produce is so sweet and we’re energized by light, healthy foods, I rather dig my fork and swirl it around, and pick up something…that’s just like these.

 


 

Scrumptious Summer Salads

 

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Beat the summer heat by adding plenty of fresh summer vegetables to your plate. Eating seasonal vegetables is not only convenient, but according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it actually helps your body acclimate better to the current season, since you are eating foods that are
grown in a climate similar to where you live. Eating seasonally also supports local farmers and is easier on the environment, since produce does not have to travel far for you to enjoy it.

During the summer season we become active. We travel, we play outdoor sports and we engage more with the people and activities that are going on around us. This activity is reflected in thriving summer produce, when plants are at their peak, bursting with vital nutrients.
We crave these water-rich vegetables, like crispy green lettuce, juicy cucumbers, succulent marinated asparagus and fresh corn on the cob.


 

Hot Recipes With Wasabi Sauce

 

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Wasabi is a Japanese horseradish typically available as a dry powder we reconstitute to use as a topping for sushi.  It’s strong pungent flavor pairs perfectly in many recipes from vegetables to chicken to fish.  Gold’s, long famous for horseradish, uses their sharp vegetable to make flavorful sauce with just the right bite.  We have prepared a tasty Pan Seared Salmon basted with Gold’s wasabi sauce that everyone will love as well as Hot & Spicy Wings covered in this liquid green gold.

I always look for a way to change the standard Shabbat menu without taking away from the classic elements of a fish, soup, and chicken.  I find that gefilte fish isn’t always a crowd pleaser, yet a fresh piece of salmon tends to have adults and children asking for more.   After continuously eating dairy, dairy, and more dairy during Shavuot, it’s nice to give  yourself a break with a low calorie, yet flavorful appetizer.  Finding a way to get your family to eat healthy can be difficult, but searing the salmon allows the fish to become crisp on the outside, and juicy on the inside.


 

A Perfect Summer Picnic

 

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Nothing says summer like a picnic at the park or at the beach. Grab a basket and pack up some of these delicious light recipes!

I remember my very first beach picnic.  The gorgeous weather and clear sky provided the perfect backdrop for our blanket filled with delicious sandwiches, salads, and other treats. My friend and I high-fived one another; surely, this was a picnic that would go down in history.  But no sooner had the rest of our friends arrived, that we watched in horror as half of our spread disappeared into a huge, errant wave and was dragged out to sea. What remained got ravaged by a gust of briny wind.  We stood by in disbelief as these events unfolded in rapid succession, in the span of only a few minutes.


 

Lamb Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

 

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Spring is officially here and the warm weather is finally coming out to greet us. The birds are chirping, the sound of lawn mowers is filling the neighborhood and the picnic baskets are coming out of hiding. I’ll take any opportunity to eat in my backyard with my family when the sun is shining and it’s always a fun challenge to come up with new recipes to enjoy outdoors. I like recipes I can prepare in advance so there’s no stress as we sit down to eat. I also love side dishes that we can eat cold or room temperature so there are a few items at the table that didn’t come off the barbecue. A little variety is the spice of life, right?!?

Lamb Bacon


 

Chocolate Falafel with Fruit Salad and Parmesan...

 

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This blog post is all about reinventing Israeli cuisine in honor of Jamie making Aliyah. With Yom Ha’atzmeut around the corner, I don’t think there’s a better time to introduce it! When you think about Israeli foods, I think that there is nothing more Israeli then falafel.

Falafel is the quintessential example of Israel itself, not just its cuisine. Its flavors are loud, obnoxious, and loved by all; this dessert rendition is the same. You have the rich fried chocolate falafel balls paired with the fresh and sweet fruit salad and perfectly balanced with the salty parmesan tuile.


 

Easy Asparagus Recipes

 

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Shakespeare didn’t have asparagus in mind when he wrote,

Now is the winter of our discontent


 

Eating In Season – Spring Sides and Salads

 

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Pineapple is great eaten fresh, added to fruit platters or salads, grilled on its own, or cut into tiny chunks with hot pepper for salsa.  Peel pineapple by cutting off both tops. Stand the pineapple on a cutting board. Run your knife along the sides of the pineapple to remove peel completely. You can use a melon baller or edge of potato peeler to remove any remaining parts of the peel.

 


 

Passover Recipes From Down Under

 

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An Aussie Passover.  There is not much difference between American and an Australian Passover recipes, but I am The Aussie Gourmet and these are my favorite Passover recipes.

Passover is a busy holiday for me.  Enjoy some of the most requested Passover dishes from my home to yours.


 

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


 

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.