Kosher Tips

 

Cooking A Whole Brisket Overnight Is Perfection

 

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It took me a long time to love brisket. It’s the kind of meat that can be dry, stringy and hard-to-chew if you don’t cook it right.

My mother-in-law changed my mind. Unlike my mom, who insisted on using the first-cut portion, my mother-in-law clued me in to the second cut, which is more flavorful. Yes, it has a lot of fat but most of it melts away during cooking. Besides, it’s the fat that softens and enriches the meat as it cooks.


 

Uses For Leftover Hamantashen Filling

 

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You have been diligently preparing for Purim making many Hamantashen with many different fillings. Your Shalach Manos baskets need to be filled with assorted treats and your Hamantashen are anticipated additions in your baskets.

Most religious institutions, when preparing for Purim festivities, enlist cadres of cooks to assemble scores of dozens of Hamantashen for their holiday carnivals. Along with the traditional prune (lekvar) and poppy seed (mohn) fillings, apricot, almond, chocolate, strawberry and other fruit flavors have become favorites.  When preparing hundreds or even thousands of Hamantashen at a time, bakers can easily use many different flavors and have no leftovers.


 

3 Cheese Fondue Recipes *Giveaway*

 

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Fondue for two sounds nice, but lately I’ve been doing fondue for five. My kids get so excited when they hear we are having fondue and although we’re talking some serious cheese, I know I will get them to eat their veggies.

Fondue is the perfect family night IN.  Get your kids involved by letting them choose the cheese and their favorite items to dip.  You can all delight in the ooey gooey goodness.  Serve a salad on the side and dinner is served.


 

How To Make The Best Stuffed French Toast

 

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I used to think French toast was made on the stove. Soak the bread, stick it in a skillet, and you’re done, right? Wrong. The thing is that when French toast only gets a few minutes of stove-top cooking, the insides don’t have a chance to properly bake. For truly perfect, cakey insides, you also need the oven. Try it this way and you’ll have a hard time going back!

To take French toast up yet another notch, you can get a stuffed effect by French toasting sandwiches instead of plain slices of bread. Here, I used a combo of  homemade cream cheese and date spread (you can also use store bought) in some and peanut butter and date spread in others. You can do this with basically any sandwich filling, savory included (but if you go that route, replace the sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon with a pinch of salt and pepper and some herbs).


 

Go To Easy Dinner For Hectic Days

 

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Every mom has one: a go-to recipe for hectic days. It may be a casserole, or a one-pot meal, it might even be a main course salad. And of course, we’re always on the lookout for a new go-to recipe because, we get bored eating the same thing all the time.

For the working moms at Oorah, never was such a dish needed than during Oorah Auction season. There’s barely a moment to breathe, let alone cook as we put it all together—the auction that is. This is the major event of our organization, which funds over 49 programs for Jewish children and their families.


 

How To Make Kosher Paella Without a Paella Pan

 

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Paella is one hearty dish! Typically filled to the paella-pan brim with rice, chicken, seafood, spices, vegetables and more. There is no minimum and no maximum to how many ingredients are combined to make a Paella. Since I keep kosher, my paella was a little more tamed. Seafood- outta the dish! In place of the “shrimp” I used incredible sausage. By sautéing the sausage first, my Paella base of flavor was born. Salty, briny and meaty sausage flavor; I’m a fan of that!

Before I continue with the plethora of aromatic ingredients, let me begin by how to cook a paella. Sadly, I do not own a paella pan. I even asked for an extension to write this article so I could buy cute mini paella pans for individually served dishes. Tamar, the wonderful editor at Joy Of Kosher told me “You don’t need to buy a paella pan… how many people will have this in their kitchen’s already? Just use a wok, or a deep frying pan.” Thanks to Tamar, I saved some money, and realized that my good ol’ giant meat frying pan would do the job.


 

Best Uses for Leftover Candy

 

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Can there ever be such a thing as too much candy?  I guess it depends on who you are talking to, but if you find yourself with bags of open candies we have lots of great uses that go beyond popping them in your mouth.  You can separate the candy, make a pretty plate or container to bring over as a hostess gift.  You can serve the candy to your Shabbat guests. The best uses for lots of candy is turning them into fantastic dessert recipe creations.  Here we have 10 recipes to make the best use of your leftover candy.

Mike and Ike Bejeweled Sugar Cookies

Mike and Ike Bejeweled Sugar Cookies


 

Enjoy The Most Comforting Cup of Coffee

 

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Today was the day. Yesterday was flip flop, cotton shirt, free spirited sunny weather, and today was tights wearing, jacket, rain boots attire. Fall is here and the leaves have magically turned colors overnight and have sprinkled the streets with beautiful Autumn hues. It’s that time of year when I go from cooling down with an ice coffee to warming up to a warm brew that really hits the spot.

Comfort food according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family, or friends.


 

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

 

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If your life is anything like mine your mornings are crazy and getting everyone to sit and eat their breakfast before the bus comes is the worst part of my day.   I know breakfast is important for all of us and in case you missed it you can get some great breakfast tips and cereal advice here.  This year we have tried to implement a schedule, Monday is oatmeal, Tuesday is eggs and Toast, Wednesday is waffles and veggie sausage, Thursday is bagels, and Friday we decide the night before.  Having a schedule has definitely helped, but I still wish I could get more veggies in since none of my kids do well with lunch at school and some days even just toasting a waffle seems to take too long. Oh and did I mention they don’t really do healthy cereal.

What I have discovered is that there are some breakfast ideas you can make the day before and either serve cold or quickly heat in the microwave, the days that I cook ahead I find I have a minute to twiddle my thumbs (yeah right, maybe a minute to put away the laundry).


 

4 Easy Dinner Recipes Using Leftover Rice

 

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Do you ever wonder how rice seems to multiply.  Maybe it is just me, but I can never make the right amount of rice, there is always too much.  Don’t get me started on leftover Chinese take out.  Luckily for you and me I discovered that leftover rice is actually like a surprise present.  You can even stick it in the freezer and take it out later to turn into a whole new dish that practically begs for day old (or even weeks old) rice.

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice


 

Use Your Leftover Brisket For New Meals

 

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I hate wasting food. I hate throwing out leftovers. It’s a hangover from my upbringing. I can still hear my parents’ voice in my head, telling me about the poor starving children in Europe.

Usually there’s no waste at my house though because these days I’m cooking just for two, which means small portions and not much extra. But at holiday time it’s back to mama for my grown daughters and their families, and like most other old-fashioned Jewish mothers, I always cook too much of everything. My kids leave with doggie bags. Still, there’s always plenty of food left in the fridge.


 

10 Ways You Can Use Tomatoes

 

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Don’t you just love tomatoes in the Summer?  Unless you live in Israel (finally, recipes you guys can use all year), the fresh tomatoes during the year often make me forget that I even like tomatoes.  I can usually do okay with grape tomatoes all year, but you can’t do everything with those little guys and when you actually get a fresh juicy red ripe tomato you must find fresh juicy ways to use them.

Here we are sharing 10 fresh ways to use tomatoes that are worth a trip to the Farmer’s market or just might convince you to grow your own next year.


 

5 Recipes That Will Teach You About Prime Rib

 

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The first lesson I learned, marrying into a fourth-generation family of butchers, was that the popular kosher cuts such as Scotch Fillet would never make it onto our table. This cut was ‘for the customers’ and it was not negotiable! In fact, it was very reluctantly, that I was given a Prime Rib roast for this photographic shoot.

Raw Prime Rib


 

Israel Substituion Guide

 

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Editor’s intro:

`A couple weeks ago we posted a Call To Cooks in Israel to help us start this Israel Substitution Guide to help new and old olim adapt recipes with ingredients they can find in Israel.  We had some fantastic responses with lots of tips and advice already in the comments over there.  Based on the questions we got and some of our own, Dvora has compiled this guide to help others.


 

A Shabbat Derby Party

 

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Jewish life is rife with traditions which shape so much of our culture. I often find inspiration in these traditions and weave them into meals for friends and family. On occasion, inspiration comes from unexpected places, as is the case with my Kentucky Derby Shabbat lunch- now a long-standing tradition in my family.

charred asparagus

Charred Asparagus