Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
3 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups chicken stock
1/3 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken; cook for 4 minutes, browning on all sides. Add cumin, cinnamon, and pepper to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add butternut squash and tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in Chicken Stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 8 minutes. Stir in couscous, salt, and zucchini; cook 5 minutes or until squash is tender. Remove pan from heat. Stir in chopped basil and orange zest.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Serves 6

This is special enough for company and simple enough for a mid-week family dessert. The caramel sauce is just so good and the dates make it a great Rosh Hashanah dessert.

Pudding
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine, room temperature, plus more for pan
1-1/2 cups sifted flour plus more for pan
1-1/2 cups chopped pitted dates (about 6 ounces)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Sauce
1-1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup pareve whipping cream
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted margarine
1 teaspoon brandy (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pareve Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Pudding
Preheat oven to 350 °. Grease a large Bundt pan. Bring dates and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan with tall sides. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will become foamy). Set aside; let cool.

Whisk 1-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat 1/4 cup margarine, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend (mixture will be grainy). Add 1 egg; beat to blend. Add half of flour mixture and half of date mixture; beat to blend. Repeat with remaining 1 egg, flour mixture, and date mixture. Pour batter into Bundt pan.

Bake until a tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 40 –45 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Invert pudding onto rack. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.

Sauce
Bring sugar, pareve cream, and margarine to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in brandy, if using, and vanilla. If preparing sauce ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator. Rewarm gently before using.

Cut cake into wedges. Serve with sauce and whipped cream.

Olive Oil Braised Leeks

photo by Tamar Adler

Serves 4

Another delicious way to serve leeks.

2 pounds leeks (about 5 medium), white and light-green parts only, halved lengthwise
12 small sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dry white wine
Kosher salt

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

Arrange the leek halves cut side down in a snug single layer in a shallow 8-inch square baking dish. Nestle the thyme sprigs among the leeks. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, wine, and 1 tablespoon water and drizzle over the leeks. Sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.

Braise the leeks in the oven until completely tender and easy to pierce with a fork, about 45 minutes. Uncover the dish and continue to braise until the leeks are caramelized, about 15 minutes more. Remove the thyme sprigs and serve the leeks warm or at room temperature.

Romaine Salad with Apples and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Serves 8

6 cups romaine lettuce
2 apples, sliced
¼ cup craisins
2 scallions, sliced
In a large salad bowl, mix lettuce, apples, craisins, and scallions. Add dressing, toss and service.

Dressing:
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Whisk together the vinegar, honey, olive oil, and soy sauce until the honey has dissolved, and the dressing is smooth.

Honey and Ginger Marinated Skirt Steak

Serves 4

Honey adds terrific sweetness to this salty cut of steak. Its great warm or room temperature with horseradish sauce

¼ cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
½ cup canola oil
2 pounds skirt steak

Combine soy sauce, honey, vinegar, garlic, ginger and oil in a container with a tight lid. Shake well. Make diagonal cuts all along the steak on both sides. Place meat in a shallow baking dish and pour marinade over it. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Prepare the grill or grill pan on medium-high heat. Cook the steak about 6 minutes each side. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Conversely, broil for about 3- 5 minutes each side.

Slice steak thinly and serve with horseradish sauce.

Strawberry Orange Honey Sorbet

People often dismiss the recipes on the sides of the package because they presume they are as they were 50 years ago; Pour cream of mushroom soup over chicken and bake. Don’t dismiss them anymore because manufacturers have really worked hard to upgrade and refine these recipes. This one came from a jar of upscale gourmet honey and the flavor combinations really work.

½ cup apple juice
1 pint strawberries, sliced
¼ cup orange juice concentrate, frozen
2 tablespoons orange liqueur, optional
1/3 cup honey

In a blender combine apple juice, strawberries, orange juice, orange liqueur, and honey. Puree until smooth. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, pour puree into a shallow dish and freeze for 1 hour. Remove from freezer and blend again. Refreeze until ready to serve.

Lemon Roasted Potatoes

photo by Hans Gissinger


Serves 12

The combination of lemon and garlic and fingerling potatoes make this potato recipe both fragrant and full of flavor. The dressing is light and the dill is a nice surprise.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
4 pounds unpeeled fingerling potatoes in assorted colors (such as red, white, and purple), rinsed, halved lengthwise
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
24 garlic cloves, sliced

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Spray 2 large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Toss potatoes with 1/2 cup olive oil in large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread potatoes in single layer on baking sheets, dividing equally. Roast 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, dill, and lemon peel in small bowl to blend for dressing. Toss garlic and 2 tablespoons dressing in another small bowl. Divide garlic mixture between baking sheets with potatoes and toss; reverse baking sheets and continue to roast until potatoes are tender and brown around edges, about 15 minutes longer.

Toss roasted potatoes in large bowl with enough of remaining dressing to coat and serve.

Pomegranate Punch

Serves 12

This is a fun drink to serve on the Rosh Hashanah daytime meals. It’s refreshing and super flavorful.
1-½ cups sugar
1-½ cups water
8 slices fresh, peeled, ginger (about 1/8 inch thick)
2-¼ cups fresh mint
6 cups pomegranate juice
¾ cup apricot nectar
2-½ cups seltzer

Bring sugar, water and ginger to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add mint. And let stand for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.

Stir together mint syrup, pomegranate juice, and nectar in an ice-filled pitcher. Add seltzer. Garnish with more mint.

Wild Mushroom Salad

Serves 4

This salad is for mushroom lovers. I usually make it with chanterelle mushrooms but any combination of wild mushrooms will work as long as they are mostly the more delicate types like shitake. Baby bellas work but do not use portabellos, they are too meaty for this salad.

1 pound chanterelles, brushed clean and trimmed (halved or quartered if large)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsely
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
1 small garlic clove, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh lemon juice

Place mushrooms in a steamer basket and set over a pot filled with 1″ gently simmering water (do not allow water to touch mushrooms). Cover and steam mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a baking sheet and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, whisk oil, parsley, vinegar, Dijon mustard, shallot, and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Add mushrooms; toss to coat evenly. Let marinate for 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired.

Pot Roast with Wild Mushrooms and Fresh Thyme

Serves 6

This is a great meat recipe that can be made a few days ahead of time. You can use a pot roast or a brisket or even a beef chuck roast. The wine and the thyme give it depth and the orange zest gives it a very fresh flavor that is a little sweet.

1 pot roast, brisket, or beef chuck roast (3 1/2 to 4 lbs.)
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
About 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped celery
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped peeled carrots
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 bottle (750 ml.) Merlot or other dry red wine
3 fresh thyme sprigs plus 1 tbsp. chopped leaves
2 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup chopped shallots
2 pounds mixed mushrooms such as chanterelle, trumpet, enoki, cremini, and/or button, rinsed briefly and cut into bite-size pieces
1 teaspoon shredded orange zest

Preheat oven to 325°. Sprinkle roast lightly with salt and pepper; coat generously with flour. Pour oil into a large (at least 6-qt.), heavy ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, turning as needed, until browned all over, about 15 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

Add chopped vegetables to pot and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add broth, wine, thyme sprigs, and beef. Cover and bring to a boil, then transfer pot to oven. Bake until beef is tender when pierced, 3 to 3 1/4 hours, turning roast over once.

Meanwhile, melt margarine in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring often, until liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are beginning to brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Stir in thyme leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer beef to a platter; cover with foil and keep warm in a 200° oven. Pour braising liquid through a strainer into a wide frying pan. Skim off fat. Boil over high heat until reduced by about half, about 20 minutes. Stir in orange zest and salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce into a bowl.

Cut beef into 1/2-in. slices and drizzle with a little sauce. Spoon mushrooms around meat and serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Apple Crostata


Serves 6

I cannot get enough recipes with apples this time of year. This one is best served with a little pareve ice cream or pareve whipped cream. This is a modified recipe from a restaurant called Sea Glass on Cape Cod.

CRUST
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled margarine butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
¼ teaspoon butter extract (optional, this is pareve and made by McCormick)

FILLING
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of fine sea salt
2-1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples (about 5 large), peeled, halved, cored, cut into 1/4″-thick slices (about 7 cups) or use another firm, fresh local apple
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large egg
2 tablespoons raw sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Pareve vanilla ice cream or pareve whipped cream

CRUST
Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor; pulse to blend. Add margarine and butter extract; pulse just until coarse meal forms. Add 1/4 cup ice water; pulse until dough forms clumps, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry. Gather dough into a ball; flatten into a disk. Wrap dough in plastic and chill 1 hour.

DO AHEAD: Crust can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Allow to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften slightly before rolling out.

FILLING
Preheat oven to 400°. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a work surface. Roll out dough disk on parchment paper to 15″ round (some of dough will extend over edges of paper).

Whisk sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Add apples and lemon juice to bowl with sugar mixture; toss to coat apples evenly.

Transfer apples to crust, mounding in center and leaving a 3″ plain border. (Scrape out any juices from bowl and drizzle over apples. Fold crust edges up over outer edges of filling, crimping dough and folding and pleating as needed to fit. Slide crostata and parchment onto a large rimless baking sheet. Crack egg into a small bowl. Using a fork, beat egg just to blend. Brush crust edges with beaten egg, then sprinkle crust with raw sugar.

Place crostata in oven and bake until juices in center are thick and bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool for 5 minutes. Run a long, thin knife or offset spatula around edges of crostata to loosen from paper and to prevent it from sticking to the paper. Transfer baking sheet with crostata to a wire rack. Brush apples generously with maple syrup. Let crostata cool.

Cut crostata into wedges. Place wedges on plates and serve with pareve ice cream or pareve whipped cream.

Roasted Dates with Pastrami, Almonds, and Spices

Serves 6

This date recipe is great as a side dish for the simanim. It’s really interesting combination of flavors. The roasting of the dates creates a sweeter taste and wonderful texture.

2 cups pitted dates
3 ounces pastrami, finely diced (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon unsalted margarine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the dates on a small rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven until heated through, about 15 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium heat, cook the pastrami for 3 minutes until warm. Add the almonds and continue cooking until they brown, a few minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute or so. Add the red pepper flakes and stock and bring to a simmer, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the margarine, stirring continuously until the margarine is melted. Stir in the lemon juice and parsley.

Add the dates to the pan and swirl and toss them in the sauce. Divide the cooked dates among 4 to 6 plates and spoon the sauce over them.

Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions

By Chef Joan Nathan for GKC

Serves 8
2 pounds butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup slivered almonds
2 pounds onions, peeled and sliced thinly in rounds
Salt to taste
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 teaspoons plus 1-tablespoon sugar
1-teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup raisins
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the squash, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Add ¼ cup water, cover with aluminum foil, and bake until the squash is very soft, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, and once it’s cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp into a large bowl.

Heat the oil in a large skillet, toss in the almonds, and cook until golden. With a slotted spoon, remove to a plate, and set aside. Sauté the onions in the same pan over medium heat until translucent. Then add salt to taste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, 2 teaspoons of the sugar, the cinnamon, and the raisins, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 more minutes, or until the onions are caramelized.

Gently fold the onions into the squash. Season with pepper and more salt, if necessary, and sprinkle with the remaining parsley, the almonds, and if you wish, the extra tablespoon of sugar. Serve immediately, or make ahead and reheat.

Rosh Hashanah Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples

By Joan Nathan

Serves 6
1 4-pound roasting chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
1-teaspoon cinnamon
1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
1-cup chicken broth
1 1/3 cups white wine
3 apples, cored and cut horizontally into 4 pieces (Fuji apples and granny smith apples)
2 tablespoons sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Season the chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon. Put in a roasting pan with the onion. Pour the chicken broth and wine over the chicken, and roast in the oven for 45 minutes.

After the chicken has been cooking for 45 minutes, surround it with apples sprinkled with the remaining cinnamon and the sugar. Baste with the wine and roast for about 45 more minutes or until the apples are very soft and the chicken is cooked.

Apple Cranberry Strudel


By Pastry Chef Ehud Ezra, Basil Restaurant.

The New Year can be a very busy time of year, with a lot of cooking. This recipe doesn’t take long and doesn’t require a mixer! The outcome is a modern take on traditional strudel. The strudel will amaze your guests with its rustic look and delicious flavor.

Serves 10-12

Ingredients:
8-9 (5 ¼ lbs.) medium apples; a mix of gala, granny smith, and crispy pink; or any mix you can find
1 ½ cups frozen cranberries
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup corn starch
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ginger
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
½ stick of margarine
20 sheets of phyllo dough, 2 sheets for each serving. (Standard Phyllo dough sheets comes in about 24 sheets.)

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Peel and core apples, dice them into approximately ½” cubes. Mix cranberries and lemon juice with apples. Mix dry ingredients with apple mixture. Put this final mixture in a strainer to strain the juice out.

Melt the margarine in the microwave. Gently open and separate phyllo dough sheets, they can tear easily. Take 2 phyllo sheets out of the box and keep them one on top of the other. Place them on your counter or other large surface. Brush the sheet with margarine, don’t go to the edges, and use a thin layer of margarine or the dough will tear. Place 4 tablespoons of apple mixture in the center of the dough. Imagine the dough is in thirds and the mixture is in the center. Fold one side of the dough over the center, then fold the other side over the center. Brush edges of folds with margarine. Next flip the dough over to the other side, and then fold over one side over the center, and the other side over the center. When you are done you have a square package. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the top of the phyllo square. Bake at 350 degrees until it is crispy and golden, about 35-40 minutes.( Varies with every oven.)

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serves well with vanilla ice cream and whip cream.

Note: You can freeze this and bake later. If you want to make it crispy again after refrigerating, put it back in oven.

Lamb Marseilles


By Chef Jeff Nathan, Abigaels Restaurant

Yield: 6

SACHET:
6 whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon dry thyme
1 piece star anise
½ bunch fresh parsley stems
3 pounds lamb stew meat, cut to 1” cubes
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
flour, for dredging
4 tablespoons olive oil + 3 tablespoons additional
1 cup onions, diced medium
¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 cup eggplant, diced medium
1 cup carrots, diced medium
8 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
½ cup red wine
½ cup orange juice
2 cups beef stock
1 cup crushed tomatoes
½ cup pitted black olives
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Prepare a double layer of cheesecloth 8” square, or use a sachet bag. Fill the cloth with the black peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, star anise and parsley stems. Tie with butcher twine or the strings of the sachet bag. Set aside.

Season the lamb meat with salt and pepper. Dredge each piece in flour. Brown the cubes of lamb on all sides in a large skillet of hot olive oil. Sear in several batches and do not overcrowd the pan. Transfer the seared meat to an ovenproof casserole.

To the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil, onions, eggplant and carrots. Stir and cook 1 – 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until garlic is lightly golden. Whisk in the flour. Stir and cook 1 – 2 minutes more. Add the herbs de Provence and prepared Sachet. Add the red wine, orange juice, beef stock and crushed tomatoes. Stir and be sure to scrape up the particles stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and pour over the seared lamb meat. Cover.

Place the casserole in a pre-heated 350˚ F. oven. Cook for approximately 1½ – 2 hours or until meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven. Remove and discard the sachet. Add in the olives, fresh rosemary and parsley. Stir and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

Chocolate Pudding Cake


Serves 6

You can never have enough delicious chocolate recipes. This one is easy and delicious served warm. I like to serve it on a cold Succot night with some powdered sugar and whipped cream sprinkled on top.

Pudding Cake:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1-1/4 cups hot water

Other toppings:
Pareve Vanilla or Mint chocolate chip ice cream, for serving
Powdered Sugar
Pareve Whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the cake: Whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk in the non-dairy creamer, margarine and vanilla. Stir together until smooth with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Pour the batter into an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Use an offset spatula to level into pan.

For the topping: Whisk together the sugars and cocoa and sprinkle it evenly over the batter. Pour the hot water over the top, resist the temptation to stir it into the batter.

Bake about 30 minutes, you want the center to bubble and look almost set, almost like an undercooked brownie. Take out of the oven and let stand 15 minutes. Serve in dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Serve with anilla or mint chocolate chip pareve ice cream, powdered sugar, or pareve whipping cream, if desired.

Standing Rib Roast

photo by Edmund Barr

Serves 12

This roast recipe is definitely something to splurge on for Rosh Hashanah. It is easy to make but an expensive cut of meat. It is really worth it though and will be something really special for the Yom Tov meal.

1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves
2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One 5-rib 12- to 13-pound standing rib roast

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small bowl, mix the mustard with the garlic, thyme, pepper and 2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Whisk in the olive oil.

Set the meat, bone side down, in a roasting pan and season it lightly with salt. Roast the meat in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the meat from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350°. Brush the mustard coating all over the top and sides of the meat and roast for about 1 1/2 hours longer, rotating the roasting pan 2 or 3 times for even browning. The meat is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast at the thickest part registers 120° (for medium rare). Transfer the roast to a carving board, cover it loosely with foil and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Set the roast on its side and run a long, sharp knife between the bones and meat; remove the bones and set them aside. Turn the roast right side up. Carve the roast 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and transfer the slices to warmed plates.

Want to try another standing rib roast? I love this one studded with garlic, Standing Rib Roast Studded with Garlic.

Tenderon De Veau Citron Confit

by Chef Jose Meirelles, from Le Marais Restaurant

Serves 4

(Note: This is a special cut of meat from the veal breast, which has along its length a cartilaginous joint that separates the short ribs from the remaining meat. A good butcher can easily separate the short ribs from the remaining meat, which is the ‘tenderon.’)

INGREDIENTS:
3 ½ pounds veal ‘breast’, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons of Morrocan spices (ground cumin, fennel seeds, coriander, star anise, cayenne pepper)
Pinch of saffron
3 ounces fresh ginger sliced
3 tablespoons of honey
Peel of 1 orange
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 small carrots, finely chopped
8 ounces canned whole tomatoes, drained
1 tablespoon flour
½ cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock or broth
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bouquet garni (fresh parsley, thyme, and bay leaf, tied with a string to use and then remove)
½ preserved lemon, cut into 8 wedges
4 sprigs parsley, finely chopped
1 sprigs mint

EQUIPMENT:
Dutch oven
Tongs
Wooden spoon
Pasta bowl, for serving

TO PREPARE THE VEAL:
Season the veal with salt and pepper and the spice mix. In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over high heat, and, when it is almost smoking, add 2 tablespoons margarine. Add the veal cubes, working in batches if necessary, and brown on all sides. Once the veal has been browned, remove from the pan and set aside.

TO PREPARE THE STEW:
Add the chopped onions and carrots to the pot and cook over medium-high heat until browned. Add the honey. Once the honey is reduced to a liquid add the tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes, then use a wooden spoon to stir in the flour and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with the wooden spoon to dislodge any browned bits. Let the wine reduce by half, then add the chicken stock or broth and bring to a boil. Add the veal, garlic and bouquet garni ginger, saffron, orange peel and reduce to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer for 90 minutes to 2 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. Discard the bouquet garni. Transfer the meat to a serving bowl and strain the sauce over the meat. Garnish with the chopped parsley and mint and serve .

Carrot and Toasted Cumin Salad

Serves 4

This is an interesting combination of sweet carrots and savory toasted cumin. It is flavorful and full of color. It’s a nice side dish or dish for the simanim on Rosh Hashanah.

2 large carrots, peeled
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon plus juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro or mint
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Grate the carrots on a large box grater and put them in a bowl. Put the cumin seeds in a small skillet and toast over medium heat, shaking the skillet frequently until the cumin is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the cumin seeds, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil and chopped cilantro to the carrots and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Sesame Crusted Salmon

photo: Melanie Acevedo

Serves 4 and can be doubled

This salmon recipe is nice enough for company and easy enough to serve as a weekday fish. I serve it as a first course or as the main course in a dairy holiday meal. It’s beautiful on the plate.

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine
1/2 cup pareve chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1 egg white
2 pounds center-cut salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup cooking oil

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, red wine, pareve chicken broth, sugar, ginger, and garlic. In another small bowl, stir together the 2 teaspoons cornstarch and the water.

Whisk together the egg white and the 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Brush the skinless side of the salmon with the egg-white mixture and then dip it into the sesame seeds to coat.

In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Put the salmon in the pan, sesame-seed side down, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, about 3 minutes longer for a 1-inch-thick fillet. Remove.

Pour any oil from the pan. Add the soy-sauce mixture. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring. Whisk in the cornstarch-and-water mixture and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute longer. Serve the salmon with the sauce poured around it.

Salmon Sashimi with Soy and Hot Sesame Oil

photo by Anna Williams


Serves 4 and can be doubled

The original recipe came from Food and Wine magazine. GKC adapted it a bit and it is a bit spicy and delicious. The salmon is cooked with the hot oil so it has a sashimi texture. I tried it with both salmon from the sushi store and fresh salmon with no skin from the fish market. The salmon from the sushi store was cut a little more perfectly so the presentation was picture quality but they are equally delicious. It’s a good fish recipe for the holidays.

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
Twelve 1/8-inch-thick slices of salmon, cut into 2-inch squares (1/4 pound)
One 1/4-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced paper-thin and cut into thin matchsticks (about 24 pieces)
1 tablespoon snipped chives
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1-1/2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
5 scallions

In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce with the lime and orange juices. In a medium bowl, toss the salmon with the remaining 1/4 cup of soy sauce and let stand for 1 minute, then drain. Arrange 3 slices of salmon on each plate and top with the ginger and chives.

In a small saucepan, heat the canola oil with the sesame oil over moderately high heat until smoking, about 2 minutes. Drizzle the hot oil over the salmon pieces. Spoon the soy-citrus sauce on top. Sprinkle with the roasted sesame seeds and cilantro leaves and serve.

As a garnish: Grill or sear the scallions in 1 teaspoon sesame oil until cooked through. Serve on top.

Honeydew and Cantaloupe Granita

These can be served together – for a beautiful presentation – or separately. They are refreshing at the end of the meal with perhaps some cookies on the side or a nice palate cleanser in the middle.

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Honeydew Granita
1 large honeydew, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar

Add all ingredients to food processor and process until puréed. Pour into freezer container and freeze for one hour. Scrape with fork and return to freezer. Repeat every ½ hour until completely frozen (2 to 3 more times). Remove from freezer 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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Cantaloupe Granita
1 large cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons sugar

Follow same instructions as for honeydew granite, substituting cantaloupe for honeydew and lemon juice for lime. Enjoy!