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No Pasta “Mac” and Cheese Recipes

 

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Confession time!!  My secret comfort food has always been Fold’s Macaroni and Cheese.  As a teenager I could finish a box and barely feel guilty about it afterwards. At least I made it all by myself.  It doesn’t get easier than mac and cheese out of a box and what is it about bright orange cheese powder that just gets me salivating?

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2 Ways To Flambe for Lag Baomer

 

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Lag Baomer is the 33rd day that we count between Passover and Shavuot.  It is also a day that marks celebration among a time of mourning.  Celebrations typically include bonfires and you can read the full reasons and history here then get lots of fun S’more Recipe Ideas here.   Sometimes bonfires are not as easy to come by especially when you live in a city, so I like to find other ways to light my fire.

This year I am learning to Flambe.  Flambé refers to a cooking method where alcohol is added to a pan of cooked food and then gets set aflame.  Often seen in fancy restaurants and in movies, this technique is actually quite easy to do at home, just follow some basic fire safety rules.  Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen at all times.  Keep a pot lid close by to smother the flame if needed and don’t pour liquor directly from a bottle into the pan.  Now that we have safety out of the way, here are the recipes.


 

Post Passover Chametzfest Desserts

 

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I hear people groan about Passover food, particularly when it comes to desserts. But honestly, back in the day all we had was some aunt’s dry-as-dust sponge cake and two kinds of canned macaroons. In recent years there’s been much more, thanks to those wonderful cooks who created flourless chocolate tortes and mousse-filled Vacherins and so many other choices grandma never could have contemplated. Even the canned macaroons are better now and with many more flavors.

Still, when you can’t use regular flour or yeast, baking powder or cornstarch, our favorite desserts don’t taste the same as they do during the rest of the year. After a week of even the best of Passover sweets, most of us are ready to get back to normal eating. A post-Passover dessert chametzfest as it were.


 

Simple Salmon In 10 Minutes Or Less

 

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The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to preparing salmon, or any fish for that matter, is overcooking. I learned (from a famed Long Island fish monger) when doing research for my first book that if your house starts to smell fishy that means you’ve gone too far. But when you don’t know the proper techniques or how to test for doneness with a degree of certainty, it’s almost impossible not to fall prey to the mistake that will leave you with the dried out, rubbery, tasteless fish (that cost you a pretty penny!).

So follow these flawless and fail proof Simple Salmon techniques for perfection on a plate. When you have the know-how you can then “Dress Up” your Simple Salmon dishes with glazes, sauces and flavorful poaching liquids. Although my grandfather (the gourmet chef I always talk about) taught me that if cooked right, salt (sometimes pepper) and lemon are all most fish need. After testing, tasting and mastering these techniques, I tend to agree.


 

15 Matzo Free Recipes

 

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Pesach (Passover) is upon us!  Welcome to the healthiest religious cleanse world, unless of course you’re like 99.9% of Jews and enjoy your fair share of meats, kugels and pesach cakes (yum?) throughout the week.  Despite the countless seder guests you are likely to have plenty of leftovers to get you through some of chol hamoed, but when those run out and you get sick of the matzo, enjoy these 15 matzo free recipes which make for 3  (or more!) matzo free meals.

 


 

5 Ways To Swap The Mayo with Babaganoush

 

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Mayo is a very popular condiment. Aside from the classic tuna and egg salads made with mayo, many people include it in every sandwich. The fact that it is also parve means even we kosher keepers can include it at every meal and there some people that do.


 

20 Passover Desserts

 

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Passover is really almost here!  After weeks of whistle blowing and whispering to friends about their pesach plans, it is officially the time when I am ready to stop talking about planning and actually start planning.  Passover is one holiday that is definitely not know for dessert, at least not in a positive way.  Usually when a recipe calls for both potato starch and chocolate, some might be a bit wary.  There are actually many options for kosher for Passover desserts, both gebrokts and not.  Below are 20 Passover dessert recipes to satisfy that sweet tooth throughout the whole holiday.


 

5 Passover Dairy Desserts

 

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In my house, we eat 80% vegetarian. I serve lots of vegetables, beans and lentils and of course, plenty of cheese. On Passover, our two seder meals tend to be very meat heavy, and of course, you have to finish the leftovers!  By the time Chol Hamoed comes around, I am more than ready to go back to fish and vegetable dishes and start enjoying some fabulous dairy desserts!


 

My Passover Faves *Giveaway*

 

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Every year at this time I usually put together a list of my favorite Passover recipes for you.  You can find some of my favorite collections from previous years here and here.  This time around I thought to feature some of my favorite recipes from some of my favorite foodie friends – so you can be inspired by the food and folks that inspire me.


 

12 Passover Seder Mains

 

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It feels like Passover is just around the corner!  Conversations always seem to lead to discussions of pesach (Passover) preparations, whether it’s cleaning, menu planning, or figuring out how to configure the house for all of the guests.  While I am not one to give cleaning tips, I would like to offer up the plethora of Pesach recipes here at Joy of Kosher.  If you’re looking for articles with a mix of recipes, check out some of mine from last year (I can’t believe how the time has flown!) including A Trio of Passover Picnic Menus15 Salad Recipes for Passover; 15 Healthy Passover Chicken Recipes; 25 Passover Dessert Recipes; and 101 Passover Recipes.  There are plenty of recipes for many of your menu planning needs, and to add to that below are 12 ideas for main dishes to serve after the seder including meat and vegetarian recipes.

 


 

Passover Make Ahead Breakfasts

 

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Effortless entertaining while often seemingly elusive can actually, easily be achieved with make-ahead meals.


 

18 Wheat Free Passover Recipes

 

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With a little help from our go to Passover ingredient, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, we make sure you don’t miss out on flavor and variety with these delicious wheat free Passover recipes.


 

5 Flavored Matzo Ball Recipes for Passover

 

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For many people matzo ball soup is nostalgic of Passover, the thing people most look forward to (besides the brisket) during the seder.  It’s hard not to love it, the soup, matzo ball and the comforting flavors of the chicken broth.  For those who have never felt that love, or who are looking to re-kindle it, there are a number of way to liven up the classic matzo ball soup.  Below are 5 must-try recipes that will breathe new life into your favorite matzo ball soup recipe.


 

15 Matzo-Free Lunch or Dinner Passover Recipes

 

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It’s not even Purim yet (ok, fine tonight!) and today is a fast day, but I’m sure we’re all starting to think about Pesach (Passover).  Enjoy the baking of hamantashen and the carelessness with which you let the flour crumbs fall, because the cleaning season (or at least the “Oh, yes, definitely starting to clean for Pesach today season) is about to begin.  Many people clean early and don’t eat matzo from Purim until Passover, so to help you plan your next three weeks here are 15 matzo-free meals that work for both lunch and dinner to get you in the mindset for pesach.

 


 

The Secret Pantry Ingredient That Makes Every...

 

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There are quite a few secret pantry ingredients we all like to keep around, one all time favorite is Gold’s Duck Sauce.  It comes in a few flavors including hot and spicy and sweet and sour so you can tweak each recipe as desired.  The duck sauce provides a flavorful coating for any protein source, meat, chicken, fish and even hot dogs.  The texture of the sauce helps keep the food moist and tender and every recipe is quick and easy and absolutely delicious.