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Sweet Shabbos Side – Roasted Sweet Potatoes...

 

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Shabbos sides are typically loaded with fat and calories, which is what makes them so yummy, of course.  And we indulge, trying to forget about the guilt this one day of the week.  I’ve even heard people rationalize that since our tradition teaches that every Jew is given a second soul (neshamah yeserah) on Shabbos – presumably to absorb the holiness of the day – it’s ok eat double portions.  After all, we’re eating for two!  Some go so far as to say that the second soul even takes the extra weight away with it as it departs this world.

Somehow, my bathroom scale doesn’t agree.  So the ideal Shabbos side, as far as I’m concerned, is something sweet and luscious, very special for Shabbos, but not loaded with sugar or couched in a pie shell or puff pastry.  Folks, I now present you with the recipe that meets all my criteria and more!


 

Jamie Geller’s 8 Tips for a Fabulous Fall Picnic

 

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Beautiful autumn days are great for hiking, apple picking, visits to the pumpkin patch, and drives in heavily wooded areas to appreciate the magnificent colors of the fall foliage.  It’s the ideal time for a picnic lunch – so do it right!

Here are my 8 Tips for a Fabulous Fall Picnic!


 

Baked Sweet Potato Latkes and Gingered Sour Cream

 

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Prep: 10 min
Total: 30 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings (16 latkes)


 

South of the Border Latkes with Black Bean Topping

 

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Samosa Latkes

 

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Prep: 10 min
Total: 40 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings (16 latkes)


 

Kosher Chilled Salmon with Dijon Dipping Sauce...

 

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Chilled Salmon with Dijon Dipping Sauce

Contributed by: Quick & Kosher, JAMIE GELLER

This dish comes from my good friend Anita. It’s part her invention, part adaptation from Spice and Spirit, the fabulous Lubavitch Women’s Cookbook by Esther Blau, Tzirrel Deitsch and Cherna Light.


 

Root Vegetables: 12 Fabulous Fall Recipes

 

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Today’s star veggies will take us back to the roots of good nutrition.  “Root vegetables” are simply the roots of plants that grow into the ground from the base of the plant stem.  They include potato, sunchoke, yam, beet, carrot, cassava, jicama (also called Mexican turnip, a cousin of the sweet potato), parsnip, radish, rutabaga, turnip, sweet potato, yucca, celeriac, water chestnuts, ginger, garlic, onion, and shallot.

Funny thing about these humble-looking vegetables: historically they were not considered appetizing enough for noble folk.  Only the poor, who would literally dig them out of the ground after other plants were harvested, would eat them.  Like most other things previously considered lower class – like sunshine, exercise, drinking plain water, and eating whole grain bread – we’ve come full circle to view them as the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle!


 

Quick & Kosher Cooking in Season: Autumn...

 

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Like many of you, dear readers, we took our family apple picking on Chol Hamoed Sukkos.  In fact, I’ve become quite the authority on family-friendly orchards in Rockland county.  We went to a special one called The Orchards of Concklin that also had a great number of blow up bouncy toys perfect for my kids’ ages.  Last year’s orchard experience was a bit different – no apple connoisseurs mingling with the natives at this farm.

But like last year, I find myself with a few too many apples.  So the question is how many apple recipes can one family eat?  Last year, I posted my recipe for yummy candy apples.  You can’t go wrong with that.  I plan to make them tonight with the kids when they get home from school.  It really makes you feel like Mom of the Year when you do something like that with the kiddies.  Maybe, like me, you happen to have a ton of apples on hand.


 

Quick & Kosher Lite: Delicate Shabbos Dessert

 

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As promised in the previous post, Adopting a Healthy Kosher Lifestyle, we’re launching this new category with a delicious – yet delicate – dessert recipe. No, really, it is still possible to have great desserts even when you are committed to a healthier lifestyle (at least that’s what I am told). I am not a nutritionist; I don’t even play one on TV and I’m not going to profess to have all the answers. But I do know a tantalizing, lite dessert when I see one. I can assure you that these Orange Ginger Poached Pears satisfy a sweet tooth.

This recipe is perfect since pears are in season.  Try swapping coconut milk ice cream for the soy ice cream – or you can forget the “ice cream”, if you wish (why you would do that, I’ll never understand, but to each their own).


 

Quick & Kosher Cooking in Season: Winter...

 

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Last week, we delighted in a sweet Apple and Cardamom Tart. Today let’s enjoy a savory Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza with Salad.

Yes, yes — I know — the post is called Winter Squash, and that’s because butternut squash is winter squash. In fact, it’s the sweetest winter squash, even though the name suggests a totally different tang. That’s just like the whole squash family – always out to confuse you with devious names. Take zucchini, for example, a squash that doesn’t even fess up to its family name. Then again, if my last name were Squash, I probably wouldn’t admit it either.


 

Quick & Kosher Cooking for Autumn

 

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This summer, I introduced the Quick & Kosher Summer Recipe Series.  The response to these seasonal recipes was so fantastic, I’ve decided to keep the momentum going with Quick & Kosher Cooking for Autumn.  After all, the breezes are cooler, the leaves are turning, and we’re packing up our sukkahs for the year.  OK – some of us are diligently packing away our sukkahs.  The rest of us are nagging a certain someone to get around to it.  The goal is to get the s’chach stashed before the first snow.

Before I whip up a delicious dish in the hopes of incentivizing my workforce to break down that Sukkah (don’t worry, I’ll share that recipe with you in my next post!), here’s a handy dandy – quick but comprehensive – list of Fall Produce to get you up to date:


 

Quick & Kosher Lite: Adopting a Healthy...

 

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Living a Healthy Kosher Lifestyle

I won’t pretend that holiday foods have been kind to my waistline. It would be more accurate to ask “what waistline?” and admit that I’ve succumbed to wearing elastic. And I’m avoiding my scale. Like the plague. I’ve managed to wedge it behind the bathroom door so it’s completely out of sight. I don’t want to know that it exists; it is not my friend.


 

Step-by-Step Easy Kosher Chicken Pastrami Rolls

 

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At Hubby’s request, when company comes I make kosher chicken pastrami rolls. You might think of it as a patchka (total fuss) because you have to roll each one individually – but otherwise, it’s super easy. On a recent Shabbos, we hosted a family that’s special to us – our shadchan (the person who had introduced Hubby and me to each other) with half a dozen of her kids. In their honor, I rolled 16 of these fab chicken pinwheels. Hubby thoughtfully took step-by-step pictures, just for you.

This is not a formal recipe, but I think you’ll be able follow these instructions easily enough:


 

3 Ideas for Superstar Summer Vegetables: Green...

 

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My Great Tastes of Summer recipe series is coming to an end – with just enough time to enjoy the last fleeting moments of warm weather, vacation (if you’re lucky) and calm before the back-to-school/hurry-up-and-cook for yuntif storm. Relax one last time with these 3 great Quick & Kosher recipes.

Italian Zucchini – You don’t have to be an Italian trained chef to whip up this sensational summer side.


 

3 Ways to Amaze with Watermelon

 

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What better way to enjoy the dog days of summer than with sweet and refreshing watermelon! There are so many interesting ways to serve up this juicy and refreshing fruit so the next time you’re pool side with your friends be sure to try one of these super-easy recipes.

Watermelon Mint Salad