Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gloria Kobrin's Special Apricot Hamentaschen Filling

These are a family favorite--so simple to make--and yet so much tastier than pre-made jam fillings!

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

How to Shape Hamentachen

Getting to Hamentaschen into their traditional triangular shape is actually much easier than it looks Though it may take some practice to get your cookies as uniform as you would like--enjoy the process! No matter how funny looking your trial runs are, they will still taste delicious!

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

Gloria Kobrin's Purim Seudah Menu

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.


Mushroom Ears

Franks in Blankets

Guacamole. Hummus, chips, olives, carrots


Roast Turkey with Gravy & Cranberry Sauce

Moussaka—Veggie Moussaka

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

This is a great last minute soup for which you should be able to scrape together ingredients from your larder!

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.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Last Minute Chicken Dinner--Flavorful & Healthy!

This is a nice, easy recipe for one of those nights when you haven't planned in advance. It's always good to have some flavorful basics in your refrigerator and pantry to add to your protein to make an easy dinner. In this case, onions, garlic, tomato-vegetable juice and Kalamata olives come together to give an exotic feeling to a simple chicken dinner.
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

Hamentaschen Giveaway from & Kosher Cookbook!

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away a tin of their chocolate-covered hamentaschen to one of my readers!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kicking Off a Kosher Cookbook Super Bowl Party

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!




Pita triangles


Sesame chicken fingers

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Franks ‘n Beans

Veggie Franks ‘n Beans

Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Cole Slaw

Chocolate chip cookies


Beer and non-alcoholic beer on ice