Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Soak 1 pound of dried apricots in water for 15 minutes before pureeing them in processor with ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon almond extract.
Note: For nut allergies, you can substitute a splash of cranberry juice for the almond extract.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sprinkle flour on a flat surface. Divide dough in thirds. Take one portion and roll out until it is about 1/8th inch thick. Cut into circles with cookie cutter. Place about 1 teaspoon desired filling towards the top of the circle. Fold over the top and two sides to form a triangle. Pinch corners together and place carefully on cookie sheet. Repeat process until all the dough has been used. Combine scraps and roll again to produce a few more hamantaschen. Before baking, seal corners by pinching them together with water.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Purim is one of my favorite holidays. There are no specific religious restrictions or long hours sitting in the synagogue--the only requirements are to hear Megilat Esther, to share gifts of food/Mishloach Manot, give to the poor/Matanot L'evyonim and to have a festive meal/Seudat Purim.
Just like with Thanksgiving, I go all out with Purim every year, which requires a lot of advance planning and prep-work. To give you a heads up, I'm sharing my menu more than a week in advance.
Franks in Blankets
Guacamole. Hummus, chips, olives, carrots
BUFFET IN PANTRY
Roast Turkey with Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Short Ribs in Orange-Ginger Hoisin Sauce
Roasted Vegetables: asparagus, beets, peppers, yellow squash
Roasted potatoes and red onions
Monday, February 15, 2010
Winter Tomato Soup
serves 8-10 people depending upon portion size
Winter Tomato Soup
2 onions. chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
2 boxes chopped tomatoes
3 bay leaves
1 tsp sugar
grated peel of 1 large orange
8 cups vegetable broth
1/2-1 cup of orange juice
Saute onions, carrots and celery in olive oil until softened.
Add chopped tomatoes, bay leaves, sugar, orange peel and vegetable broth.
Simmer for about 75 minutes, or until all veggies are very soft.
Cool slightly and puree in a blender or food processor.
Gradually add orange juice to thin soup to desired consistency.
Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Delicious served hot or cold.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Even better? It's easy enough for a weeknight, but festive enough for Shabbat!
Last Minute Chicken Dinner
1 pkg. of 3 skinless chicken breasts and 6 skinless legs (any combo of chicken pieces would work)
1 onion, cut into eighths
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 cups tomato or mixed vegetable juice
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
freshly ground pepper
Rinse chicken and pat dry. Place pieces in a single layer in 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan. Scatter onion and garlic over chicken. Pour 2 cups V8 over everything. Use about 3 turns of the pepper mill over the top. Last but not least, scatter about 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives over the chicken. Cover with foil and place in a preheated 375 F. oven. Bake for 45 min. before removing foil. Bake 30 min. more or until chicken is done.
Serve hot with steamed green vegetable and brown rice if desired.
Monday, February 8, 2010
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Nobody in my immediate family has ever truly displayed any interest in watching professional sports--in fact, my children often compete to see who knows least about the sports game at hand. This menu includes a combination of finger foods and tailgater-type eats which will satisfy both those watching the game and the most die-hard non-sports fan!
Sesame chicken fingers
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Franks ‘n Beans
Veggie Franks ‘n Beans
Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
Chocolate chip cookies
Beer and non-alcoholic beer on ice