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Extraordinary Egg Rolls **Giveaway**

 

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Egg roll fanatics, unite!
I crave egg rolls like crazy – especially late at night, smothered in spicy mustard, duck sauce and soy sauce (YES, ALL THREE). There’s a problem, of course. No one wants to run out to the Chinese take-out at 1:00 AM to satisfy Jamie’s cravings; at least no husband, who shall remain nameless, who claims he actually prefers to sleep.
Beef and Mushroom Egg Roll

That’s why I’m excited about the new Gefen Egg Roll Wrappers. Our marriage is secure because Hubby can snooze while I make egg rolls myself right in my own kitchen. I can go classic or creative. Depends on my mood.


 

The Wonder of Wontons

 

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It was my second Rosh Hashanah as a married woman, and I decided that I actually wanted to cook something. If you know my history as Queen of Take-Out, you understand the magnitude of such a decision. At that stage, I was beginning to fill the cooking void in my soul, and I wanted to try something fancy. I made wontons filled with ground meat and dropped them into my chicken soup. So beyond the traditional matzo ball, I thought happily. And I had a good measure of beginner’s luck too, because it actually worked. everyone oohed and ahhed as though I had produced something truly exotic.

Vegetarian Wonton Soup


 

Awesome Asian Noodles

 

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I confess that up to this point in life I have been making lo mein with thin linguine noodles. Well, no more! I now have Gefen Lo-Mein Noodles and another cool new Gefen product, Japanese style noodles. Getting just the right taste and authentic texture in lo mein just became a whole lot easier. Why use Italian pasta for an Asian dish?


 

Snap up Some Snapper

 

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Whenever I hear the words “red snapper,” I think of a sassy fish with attitude. Actually, that’s not so far off. Red Snapper has a faintly nutty flavor and a firm texture, which is great for picking up subtle spices, as well as those in-your-face hot chili sauces! It’s a little pricier than trout or tilapia, but well worth it, if you ask me.

Red Snapper with Asian Noodles is a fabulous, refreshing change from the ho hum fish dinner. And it’s quick too. After you let the fish marinate in a slightly sweet, spicy and citrusy mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic powder, salt and cayenne, you bake it for 15 minutes – and there you have it. Serve with lo-mein noodles spiked with sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice and lightly pickled cukes.


 

Comfort Food – Chinese Style!

 

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Is there any cuisine more traditionally American-Jewish than Chinese food? American Jews have embraced far eastern foods to such an extent that it seems just as natural to run to the Chinese takeout as the kosher deli. Once considered an exotic and rare alternative, today most cities with a significant Jewish population can boast at least one Chinese restaurant.

And why not? I, for one, was born with a penchant for Chinese food. There’s a reason, of course. Legend has it that when my mother was expecting me she had a crazy craving for Chinese food and my father would take her out to the Chinese place every night! It was my favorite food until I was 5; even after I was introduced to other cuisines it remained one of my childhood comfort foods.


 

30 Minute Meal: Mediterranean Baked Trout with...

 

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Trout. The word itself is plaid and sporty, evoking images of anglers standing in pristine waters at break of day. They want to bring home the Big One, a fish worthy of the effort and patience invested in catching it. Have you ever gone trout fishing and experienced that ecstatic rush when you feel a tug at the end of your line? Ok, neither have I.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a nice trout dinner once in a while. Prepared correctly, trout makes an exquisite meal. My grandfather, a”h, was an outstanding gourmet chef, a restaurateur who knew that you don’t need elaborate preparation to create a true gourmet experience. He would buy a rainbow trout fillet (with the skin on) and sprinkle it with some kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and paprika, drizzle it with olive oil and broil it until it was crispy around the edges. That was all! The minute I took my first bite of his wonderful trout, my love affair began with that fish. I’ve loved it ever since and even included that simple recipe in my first cookbook, Quick & Kosher: Recipes From the Bride Who Knew Nothing.


 

Spectacular Salmon

 

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When I was growing up my parents used to only buy salmon steaks.  I didn’t even know salmon fillet existed.  Now salmon is practically everywhere!  From fish displays at the grocery store to restaurant menus and the now ubiquitous sushi counter, you have to swim pretty fast upstream to run away from salmon.  Not only does it taste great, but it is relatively affordable, easy to prepare and a healthy alternative to red meat.

Salmon is a high quality protein source that is low in saturated fat and has the added bonus of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 is one of only 2 essential fatty acids in our diet (along with Omega-6), which means our body cannot produce these fatty acids organically. Omega-3 plays an important role in brain function and structure, as well as bone and nervous system growth and development.  They have also been found to help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, which can decrease risk for heart disease.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help control inflammation, decreasing the risk for diabetes, arthritis, and even some cancers.   The USDA recommends at least 8 ounces of fish per week, equivalent to two standard size servings.   And if you prefer staring at the mirror instead of your dinner plate, you can take additional comfort to know that salmon is good for your skin.


 

The Tastiness of Tilapia

 

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Today is Tilapia Tuesday – well, at least this week. And yes, I confess to being an unabashedly biased fish lover, which is why this is Fish Week at JoK. Not sure why I chose this week; maybe because the weather is (finally!) beautiful and springy, and I start leaning toward lighter and heart-healthier proteins. I mean, there’s something about frosty winter nights that make a hearty beef dish just perfect. But then warm spring weather blows in, we start heading for lakes and beaches, and suddenly, I’m thinking of fish!

If you’ve never eaten tilapia, you’ve been missing out on a flaky, white delicacy that’s low in fat, low in calories (half the cals of salmon), low in carbs, high in protein and very versatile in recipes. Its mild flavor and light-bodied texture allow it to absorb seasonings and spices very well.


 

30 Minute Meal – Delicious Avocado Stuffed...

 

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As everyone knows, this is official Fish Week. Well, ok, not everybody knows, at least not yet. But here at JoK, we are proud to announce Fish Week. Why? Because I love fish, because it’s healthy, and for the best reason: why not?

Fish is brain food – at least that’s what my Momma says. I think she’s referring to all those omega 3s and essential fatty acids that are supposed to feed your brain all the right things so your children will be brilliant. I could never understand how something called “fatty acids” could be good for you, but I don’t argue with my Momma. Of course, you could go for fish oil, but I say get it directly from the source!


 

Israeli Recipes for Israel Independence Day

 

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Israel’s Independence Day is synonyms with BBQ, known in Hebrew as the “mangal”.  Herds of Israelis (we like to travel in packs), fill up backyards and public parks, set up mobile grill stations, folding tables and chairs, and feast on kebabs (grilled meat patties), shishliks (chicken skewers), hummus, tehini and many other varieties of salads. The holiday itself is the unofficial inauguration of the Israeli grilling season- which lasts throughout the entire summer, which tends to span at least until October.

Unfortunately, twenty-one years of American barbeque left its mark on me, and I still, after nearly eight years of living in Israel, prefer the Yankee kind. I pride myself that I have really been able to assimilate well into the Israeli culture, yet this is one of the last things, along with politeness, that I am unwilling to give up. Last year I took matters into my own hands and had the holiday at my house. My friends were delightfully treated to a do-it-yourself hamburger and hotdog buffet. They loved it-but one year was enough of a divergence from the norm. This year we are back to the mangal.


 

Yom Haatzmaut Recipes

 

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Yom Haatzmaut falls this year on Tuesday May 10 2011. Traditionally Yom Haatzmaut is a day off from work for Israelis, a day to spend with family and celebrate Israel’s Independence Day – this year is Israel’s 63rd birthday!

In honor of this special day we bring you a round up of our Israeli recipes – everything you need for an authentic Israeli feast.


 

Dr Praeger’s Review and **Giveaway**

 

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So I love fast food — and I don’t mean artery-plugging burgers you buy on the run. I literally mean food that is ready fast, in a flash. Jaws drop when I say that the kiddies and Hubby are having one of their favorite dinners: chicken nuggets, and no, I did not make them from scratch! Dunno why that’s so hard for people to believe. I mean, I confess my life to you all on a regular basis.

The fact is that we all need shortcuts sometimes. We all have days when we feel like our hair is on fire and we won’t last another minute, and then some frozen treat or dinner gallops in like a knight in shining armor to save the day. I do feel a whole lot better about myself when I serve my family a frozen finger food from a box that reads no trans fats, or all natural ingredients, low sodium, no preservatives, no artificial flavors, no poison for your loved ones. And that’s where the doc comes in. I relied on Dr. Praeger as an extra set of hands in the kitchen pre- and post-Pesach when I was turning my kitchen upside down and inside out.


 

Cook With Jamie in Brooklyn

 

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Ohr Naava Women’s Torah Center is holding their second Annual Auction on May 11, 2011. It will be a day of special events, including a cooking demonstration with Jamie!

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – from...

 

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Nothing makes a child happier than to do grown-up things. “Let’s surprise Mommy!” is a call no kid can resist. It makes them feel special and gives them a sense of accomplishment to surprise their mom with something they did especially for her on her special day.

Let’s get real. Most of the time, this will not happen with youngsters unless a parent is involved. So nu, it wouldn’t hurt if you gave your hubby a hint or two about what surprises you’d like (and which ones to avoid, if you get my drift.) The kids don’t have to know.


 

Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch

 

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It’s time to celebrate that special woman in your life. You know — the one who gave birth to you, knew just how to apply Band-aids and get-well kisses; put up with your teenage pouting and didn’t even snicker when you wobbled around in your first high heels.

So if you want to give her a day to remember, make a super buffet brunch in her honor! Make it big and festive, boisterous and fun, full of people celebrating your wonderful mom.


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