Today we shine the spotlight on The Kosher Foodies. Identical twins, Jessica and Stephanie, have always loved to cook together and make a mess together. Their syrian background influences their cooking style, but their modern lives bring on new and different flavors for them to experiment with. We are delighted to welcome them today in to the spotlight.
Tell us about your blog and how you got started:
Our blog is The Kosher Foodies, and we started it almost three years ago. We have always loved cooking, baking, and experimenting in the kitchen. We have also both been into photography since our father bought us a digital camera in 2002.
Friends and family would always ask us for recipes and tips, so we decided to write things down, take pictures, and post for all to see. We saw that there were not enough kosher food blogs, and wanted a place to document all our kosher recipes and ideas.
What is your earliest cooking memory?
Stephanie and I have been cooking for as long as we can remember. We used to help stock the freezer by rolling yebra, making kibbe, and scooping mechshe when we were still in elementary school. In high school, we once cooked Shabbat dinner for the whole family and gave our mom a break, and after that have really not stopped in the kitchen.
What is your favorite kitchen implement / utensil / gadget?
I appreciate many of my kitchen gadgets, since growing up we didn't have anything fancy! If you follow our blog, you'll know that our mother does not have a stand mixer or a food processor. I definitely love my Kitchen Aid, and use it often, especially because now I invested in a bunch of attachments.
What's your favorite kosher dish to cook?
My favorite dish to cook is...that's such a hard question, and I definitely go through phases. Right now I'm cooking a lot of cauliflower, mostly because Richie loves it. It's pretty versatile, so we're not getting bored. I'm making it in the form of soup, gratin, steaks, and just simple roasting with salt and pepper. I'm also spending a lot of time baking cakes and cupcakes, probably in anticipation of his first birthday (7/2).
Who is your cooking inspiration?
My cooking inspiration is...I can't say that I have one. I grew up watching cooking shows (back before Food Network was cool), so those original celebrity chefs are pretty special to me. I love Ina Garten's style and simplicity, and Alton Brown for his food knowledge, both history and science. He taught me that anything can be homemade, and I definitely work on that a lot.
Please share a favorite cooking tip or trick with our readers:
A very helpful cooking tip that I always share with people who ask is to always read and reread the recipe before starting it. I have often thought I was ready to cook/bake something, only to realize halfway through that it needed to rest for an hour, or baking took two hours and I only had 45 minutes till dinner. So definitely read the recipe carefully. Also, prepping all your ingredients before starting to cook or bake is key. Makes everything SO much easier.
Which recipes are you sharing with us today?
I'm sharing three very different recipes with you. The first is a simple salad, made with roasted corn and peppers. The second, a classic Syrian soup, and the third, a pasta with veal dish that our grandmother used to make.
The kosher foodies are twin sisters Stephanie and Jessica. They love baking, cooking, and experimenting in their kosher kitchen. Jessica, a grad student and new mom, wants her 10-month old son to make her breakfast in bed for mother's day. Find out more at TheKosherFoodies.
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