Quick & Kosher Cooking

 

Light Recipes For Summer

 

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You all know I was away for Pesach, in Tiberias with Eddie’s Kosher Travel.  Well this Pesach hotel was exactly what I imagine a kosher cruise to be like.  (Since I’ve never been I can’t say for sure, only what I’ve heard.)  We were totally and completely surrounded by great food all day, every day. I haven’t made an appointment with my scale since I returned and really should just excuse myself now and go on a liquid diet. But alas, since that is neither practical nor the healthiest of solutions, I am lightening up my food over the next few weeks so I can actually eat together with my family with these four light recipes for Summer.

Pictured above is a delicious and bright Tropical Slaw.  Beautiful and incredible on its own, this tropical slaw is also superb on fish or chicken.


 

The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Sushi Salad and...

 

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I rarely boast, but I must say there are some things I do well.  Like really well. I am possibly one of the best procrastinators you will ever have the pleasure of meeting.  I know if it came to a vote, I would be elected Queen of Procrastination in a landslide.  I could teach lessons in it, in fact I should, and I know I am rambling — but it’s all part of the plan… You think I’m rambling, but I’m actually procrastinating.

I have just received from my publisher the 455-page copy edited manuscript of my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, coming out this fall.  My editor Cassie sent it with a note that went something like “YOOHOO” –or was it WOOHOO? – “review this and get back to me – this is so exciting.”


 

Creamy Coleslaw Recipe Video

 

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My absolute favorite new recipe – this creamy coleslaw is a versatile beautiful staple at my table. To make it dairy use Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese to make it pareve and kosher for Pesach just eliminate the cream cheese and instead add an additional 1/3 cup of mayo. To make it pareve year round use soy cream cheese or sour cream. Use lemon juice or white or apple cider vinegar and use full fat or light mayo. See? I told you! This easiest and prettiest recipe woks with what you’ve got on hand. And people always, always, always! ask me for the recipe. Enjoy and Happy Passover.

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Temp Tee Cream Cheese Dips Video

 

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Passover Cheesecake Recipe and Linkup

 

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I never feel guilty when I eat cheesecake.  I just convince myself it’s full of protein.  I got that from my mom.  The convincing part, not the cheesecake recipe – you know that.

She once lost weight on a steady diet of almond M&Ms – unfortunately that lucky little occurrence wasn’t passed onto me.


 

Passover Seder Recipes

 

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When it’s time for Shulchan Orech, the meal of the Passover seder, these stove top mains (and roasted sides) make a perfect main course

During Passovers of long ago, the Jews would bring the Pesach sacrifice at the Beit Hamikdash, and then roast and eat the meat for the Seder meal. Today, many of us refrain from roasting meat at the Seder so no one should think that we are trying to replace the Pesach sacrifice. These three Quick & Kosher entrees cook completely immersed in liquid. To complete the main course, we leave the roasting for the veggies.


 

VLOG – Behind the Scenes

 

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So Hubby has been on my back. Not just about cleaning up after myself in the kitchen but about vlogging more. You see the whole thing was his idea.

So I was testing recipes for the Shavuos issue of the Magazine – yes SHAVUOS!!! – and he grabbed the flip cam and started shooting me. I was a little camera shy without my hair and makeup but the steak had non of the same reservations.


 

4 Passover Salad Recipes

 

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I actually look forward to Passover food…really, I do. It’s the one single holiday I actually feel lighter after. I totally embrace the opportunity to eat lots of light fresh food and as always try my hardest not to overdo it – my guests actually thank me for keeping things on the lighter side. Love these cool salads and starters; after tasting them your guests will love you!

cucumber and carrot salad

Balsamic Carrot and Cucumber Ribbon Salad


 

3 Purim Seudah Menus with a Global Taste

 

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Dressing up in costume, eating triangular shaped cookies called hamantaschen, and delivering gift baskets to our friends are all significant parts of the Purim holiday. And although there is no religious significance, a lot of us tend to go all out and match everything—our entire family’s costumes, our gift baskets, and our menu—to a theme.

I’m guilty! Last year, I went Mediterranean-inspired and my whole family dressed the part and delivered the chummos and pita-chip packages you see on Perfect Ideas for Mishloach Manot.   Since we love themes so, I’ve got three themed menus for you—Asian, Spanish, and Italian menus for every course, from starters to dessert. Pick one or mix and match. If you’re really adventurous, make the entire menu and serve the recipes in small tasting party dishes, allowing your guests to straddle the globe as they walk from one side of your dining room to the other.
Whether you’re sporting a sombrero or a kimono this Purim, you’re sure to savor something out-of-this-world.


 

The Salad Course – 4 New Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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I’m big into salads. Super salads. Some people go crazy with dessert buffets, but I let out all my creativity in creating my signature salad course. And why not? Salad is always the first thing to go, and guests don’t feel guilty eating it (but they hate you when you make them taste all the desserts!).
Anything can be called a salad nowadays, and it doesn’t have to start with lettuce. This Purim, I’m including these four new favorites on my table. You’ll love ‘em and no one can accuse you of the same ‘ol salad tricks.

WARM FINGERLING POTATO SALAD
You don’t usually serve potato salad because it looks like mush, right? I agree, but here’s the solution! Potato salad goes upscale with this very elegant version. Fingerlings are small, funny-shaped potatoes, but still manage to look exquisite. They’re tasty and the skin is as soft and
delicious as the tender flesh.


 

5 Double Duty Party Hits

 

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Even if there are no appetizers left over (there probably won’t be!), make these dishes again and enjoy them for a weekday meal.

I love dishes that do double duty—served as either a weekday meal, or dressed up as an appetizer with just a little tweak. It’s easy as pie to get
these recipes to work for you in lots of ways…now I just need to figure out how to eat pie as an entrée. We’ll leave that for another time. For now, enjoy these party hits even when the party’s over.


 

The Best Miniature Foods

 

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They became trendy a few years back but I just can’t get over them.  Pulled short ribs, quite like the cupcake, have stolen my heart.  I especially like them slathered in BBQ sauce and piled high on a bun topped with avocado slices or crunchy cabbage salad or crispy fried onions.  As you can see I am quite discriminating.  These mini sliders make me feel better about myself… cause mini foods are perfectly portioned and as my Grandma “Ma” a”h always said… “everything in moderation.”  She was one smart, special, skinny lady.  Although her tastes were more homemade kishka for shabbos and less sliders for the superbowl.   I think she’d be proud that I am turning out food not just eating it.  And come game day I usually care slightly more about the spread than the score BUT now I can save some cals cause the game is on in the middle of the night in Israel.  Guess I’ll have the sliders for breakfast while I read about the highlights.

Get the recipe for Short Rib Sliders.


 

Hearty “Meat” Hummus

 

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So there are some things that I have never before seen in my life that are just so commonplace here.  “Meat” Hummus is one of those things.  Made with ground turkey, chicken or beef my cousin Bracha served it and we all loved it.  Then my sister-in-law Devorah got the recipe from Bracha and she served it and we all loved it again.  Then we were at our friends’ Mordechai and Sara’s for Shalosh Seudos and they spoke about it and we reminisced once more about our love for this new interesting little dish.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (and probably again) that everything is better with hummus.  And hummus is great on it’s own — just had a few spoonfulls while standing and staring into the fridge trying to decide what to make for lunch.  You can make your own hummus with this easy Roasted Garlic Hummus, this easier classic Hummus, and this fancy-schmancy Tri Colored Hummus.


 

Get Your Chocolate Fix

 

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My brother-in-law was ordered by the doc to cut out both white sugar and white flour from his diet.  My sister-in-law, who just had a baby was all too happy to jump on the bandwagon.  It’s so hard to watch what you eat on your own, to feel like you’re the only on in your house committed to healthy living while your better half is eating potato chips in bed (of course I am not at all speaking from experience so don’t read into this).  But when both you and your spouse are on the same page and under doctors orders no less it makes it all that much easier.

So we go to their house one night for din din and she serves popcorn for dessert.  I was like WHAAAAT?  I’m sorry I hear the no sugar thing but you are not serving me something salty for dessert.  I have a sweet tooth that must be satisfied.  Now if you invite me over to your house don’t worry I won’t be so bold and so rude but this is my sis in law – we are super close and I was nice about it and just said – “come on Devorah, talk to me, can this salty snack really satisfy your sweet tooth”?  It’s nosh, it’s snack, no doubt, and I love popcorn but on that day, like so many others (unfortunately) I needed chocolate.  (When I am being careful about my diet I always use this Soy Cinnamon Hot Cocoa as an after dinner trick.)  So she pulls out the food processor and starts to make me/us (really me) Agave Chocolate Shots.  She came up with this to help her and Hubby’s bro when popcorn just won’t cut it.  She had no measurements of course (why would my fabulous sisters’ in law have any complete recipes for me?) so when I tasted it, and I loved it, and dipped my popcorn in it, and told her I would steal it for my site she was so thankful because that would mean I would have to re-test it and come up with exact measurements for all of us.  Each time she made it, it came out different and now I was here to save the day.  See so it wasn’t all bad – she scratched my back and I scratched hers.


 

One Skillet Dinners

 

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Cozy, No-Fuss Family Meals… In One Pan!

To me, there’s nothing worse than having to wash every pot and pan you own after preparing a terrific meal. Give me a good one pan recipe, and I’m your BFF! These five savory recipes were designed to serve four hearty portions using only your average kitchen staple—a 12-inch skillet. Now here’s my little secret: I am the proud, doting owner of an extra-large 13½- x 3-inch (6-quart) sauté pan. This oversized darlin’ allows me to double these recipes so I can serve family and guests in half the time. One great pan = one great meal. Who needs the extra clean-up?