Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Photo: Todd Coleman


Simply perfect for the fall! Anything with pumpkin is a winner in our home. I love to serve this pumpkin dish for guests, Pumpkin Coconut Bisque.

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted margarine,
softened, plus more for pan
2 cups cake flour, plus more for pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
1/4 cup soymilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans lined with parchment paper cut to fit. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and mace and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat 1/2 cup margarine and brown sugar on medium-high speed until smooth, 1–2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition until smooth. Add half the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add pumpkin and soy milk, and then add remaining dry ingredients; mix until smooth. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and smooth tops with a rubber spatula; bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Unmold cakes and let cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat remaining margarine and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Increase speed to high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.

Place 1 cake on a cake stand and frost the top with 1/3 of the frosting; stack second cake on top and frost top and sides with remaining frosting. Refrigerate cake; let cake sit for 1 hour at room temperature before serving.

Korean Sizzling Beef

photo by Con Poulos


Korean food is often spicy but very flavorful. This dish has all the flavor and only a bit of spice. Reduce the crushed red pepper flakes if you do not like spicier food.

¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons white wine
2 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper (reduce to as little as ½ teaspoon for less spicy flavor)
One 2½- pound beef minute steak or skirt steak, cut across the grain into twenty ¼ inch-thick slices
16 scallions
Vegetable oil for rubbing
Salt

In a large, shallow dish, combine the soy sauce with the sugar, white wine, chopped garlic, toasted sesame oil and crushed red pepper, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the sliced steak and coat thoroughly in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate the steak for at least four hours or overnight.

Light a grill or heat a griddle. Rub the scallions all over with vegetable oil and grill them over high heat, turning once, until the scallions are just softened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt.

Working in batches, grill the steak over high heat until the slices are richly browned and medium-rare, about 30 seconds per side. Transfer the steak to a serving platter and serve with the grilled scallions and steamed rice.

Like Asian inspired food? Try this Mongolian Beef

Apple Enchiladas

3 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1/3 cup margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup water

Toss apples with cinnamon and spoon into center of each tortilla. Roll up and place, seam-side down, in a greased 2-quart or 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Bring margarine, sugar and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes. Pour over the tortillas. Let stand for ½ hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered. Serve warm with (pareve) vanilla ice cream or whip.

Red Leaf and Butter Lettuce Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Pecans

Citrus dressing
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon finely grated lime peel
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
1/2 cup olive oil

salad
1 large head of red leaf lettuce, coarsely torn
1 head of butter lettuce, coarsely torn
1 Granny Smith apple, quartered, cored, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
2/3 cup pecans, toasted

Citrus dressing
Combine vinegar, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, lemon peel, lime peel and orange peel in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Salad
Mix all ingredients in very large bowl. Toss with enough dressing to coat.

Pumpkin Shortcakes with Fruit Filling

photo: weddinginmalibu.com

2-1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
6 tablespoons margarine
1 cup canned pumpkin
2/3 cup pareve whip
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

Filling:
2 tablespoons margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
½ cup apple juice
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
½ cup cranberries

Topping:
1 cup pareve whip
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and nutmeg. Using a fork, cut the margarine into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin, whip and ginger. Sir into the flour mixture until just combined. Drop by ¼-cupfuls onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 25 minutes – until slightly browned and center springs back when pressed lightly.

Prepare the filling by melted the margarine in a large skillet over medium heat. Ad the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, stirring constantly. Add the apple juice, apples and cranberries and cook until the cranberries soften and mixture becomes syrupy – about 10 minutes. Cool. Prepare topping by beating together pareve whip and powder sugar until stiff peaks form.

To assemble, cut the tops off each shortcake. Top with a generous tablespoon of the filling and then the whipped cream. Replace top and serve. (Keep filing and whipped cream in fridge until ready to serve)

Spiced Carrot-Apple Soup with Fresh Mint

Photograph by: Patricia Heal

Serves 6

Sweet and savory. I love this soup in the Succah or for Rosh Hashannah. Its an easy fall soup recipe.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped white onion
1-1/4 pounds carrots, peeled, diced, plus 1 carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise
3-3/4 cups low-salt chicken broth
3/4 cup diced peeled Fuji apple plus 1/2 cup finely diced (for garnish)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
4-1/2 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Coarse kosher salt
Chopped fresh mint

Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 2 minutes. Add all carrots, broth, 3/4 cup apple, and ginger and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove carrot halves and dice finely. Puree soup in batches in blender and return to pan. Mix in apple juice and spices. Season with coarse salt and pepper.
Ladle soup into bowls. Top with finely diced carrot, finely diced apple, and mint.

Chicken Breasts in Rosemary Apricot Sauce

This is a sweet dish for a sweet New Year. This Rosh Hashannah recipe can be made a day or two ahead of time and reheated before serving.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup dried Turkish apricots, chopped
1/3 cup apple cider
1 (15 ounce) can of apricots in juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts or turkey cutlets, well trimmed
¼ cup shallots
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chili powder
4 teaspoons sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Soak dried apricots in cider until plump. Transfer apricots and cider to blender. Add canned apricots with their liquid, and whirl to puree with some chunks. Set aside.
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat.
Brown chicken breast on both sides, 8 minutes, turning after 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate. Add shallots to pan and cook until lightly browned, 2 minutes. Add broth and juice and scrape up browned bits in pan. Add rosemary, chili powder and sugar. Return chicken to pan and simmer until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve chicken with generous amount of sauce.
Need another great chicken recipe with apricots for Rosh Hashannah? Try this Chicken with Apricots and Mustard.

Grilled Mustard Chicken with Fresh Corn Polenta

photo by Nigel Cox

Serves 6

This chicken recipe is made with mustard which is a natural fit for chicken. It adds flavor without too many calories. The polenta makes the dish extraordinary and more unusual.

Chicken
6 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, pressed
6 large chicken thighs with skin and bones (or other chicken pieces)
Olive oil

Polenta
5 cups water
1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
1-1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 3 large ears)
1/2 cup tofutti cream cheese

Chicken
Whisk onions, mustard, lemon juice, and garlic in medium bowl to blend. Using fingertips and leaving 1 side still attached, loosen skin on each chicken thigh. Lift skin flap on each and fold back. Spoon half of mustard seasoning atop thighs, dividing equally; spread to cover meat. Fold skin flap over to enclose seasoning and secure skin with metal pin. Sprinkle thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. Turn thighs, skin side up, and spread remaining mustard seasoning over skin. Transfer to small baking sheet.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or a grill pan. Brush grill rack generously with olive oil. Grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning chicken occasionally and moving to cooler spot on grill if browning too quickly, 40 to 50 minutes. Alternatively, bake the chicken in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Polenta
Bring 5 cups water to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat. Gradually whisk in polenta, then 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt and sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until polenta is tender, thick, and creamy, whisking often and adjusting heat to maintain gentle simmer, 25 to 30 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook, stirring constantly, until corn is tender, about 5 minutes. Mix in tofutti cream cheese. Season polenta to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon polenta onto serving platter or on to individual plates. Place the chicken on top and serve.

Coffee- Braised Short Ribs with Ancho Chile Glaze

Photograph by Charles Schiller


Serves 6

Coffee is a fantastic meat tenderizer and flavor enhancer. This was a popular dish in my house last winter. It’s great as a part of a Succot meal.

2 tablespoons olive oil
5 pounds 1-inch-thick flanken-style short ribs
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons ancho-chili powder (available in the spice aisle of the in most national markets)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cups strong freshly brewed coffee (not espresso or dark roast)
1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle short ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add ribs to pot and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to platter.

Add onion, red bell pepper, and jalapeño to drippings in pot. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until onion is tender, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic and sauté uncovered 1 minute. Add brown sugar, ancho chile powder, oregano, and cumin; stir 15 seconds. Stir in coffee, tomatoes with juice, and tomato paste. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Return ribs and any juices to pot; bring to boil.

Cover and bake until meat is very tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Spoon fat from surface of sauce. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer ribs to platter. Spoon sauce over and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Thai Apple and Turkey Lettuce Wraps

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 jalapenos, minced
½ red onion, minced
6 scallions, minced
2 tablespoons oil
2 pounds ground turkey or chicken (dark or light, depending on your preference)
½ cup chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Lettuce leaves (butter or iceberg, not romaine)

Toss apple with lemon juice; set aside. Sauté garlic, jalapenos, onion and scallions in oil over medium-high heat until soft. Add turkey or chicken and continue cooking, stirring constantly to break up pieces. When meat is browned, add peanut butter, salt and sugar and heat through. Drain liquid from apple and stir into mixture. Remove from heat and place atop lettuce leaves to serve.

Curried Lentil Soup

Photograph by Elinor Carucci

Serves 6-8, can be doubled

One of my favorite parts of Succot is serving warm food on cool nights (in NY we always hope the nights are not too cool). And I love serving different types of soup because most Friday evenings my kids want Traditional Chicken Soup. This one is different and very flavorful.

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
2 tablespoons (or more) curry powder
1 cup green lentils (French lentils*** if you can find them)
4-1/4 cups (or more) water, divided
1 (15- to 16-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) margarine
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Note: ***French green lentils are small, dark green, and speckled with black; they can be found at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores. Regular green lentils work well in this too.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils and 4 cups water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, purée chickpeas, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in food processor.
Add chickpea purée and margarine to lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired. Add water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges.

Slimmed Down Corn Pudding

Revised to slim down by my friend Andrea

2 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 egg
1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Almond or soy Milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cans cream style corn
1/2-1 Can of corn kernals, drained

Cream together margarine and sugar. Mix in egg, flour, baking powder until smooth. Add to the rest of the ingredients and pour into a baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Cook in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, uncovered until deep golden brown and set.

Banana Betty in Individual Ramekins


(Makes about 8 – 10)

1½ cups coarsely ground gingersnap cookies or other cookie crumbs (about 6 ounces)
9 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted
2 cups pareve whipping cream
6 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon dark rum (optional but don’t be scared to use it)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas, peeled, and cut into ¼ thick inch rounds
Pareve whipping cream or pareve ice cream to go with them

Mix ground cookies, 3 tablespoons sugar and margarine in medium bowl to blend.

Bring pareve cream to simmer in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk egg yolks and remaining 6 tablespoons sugar in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk hot pareve cream into yolks mixture. Return mixture to saucepan and stir over medium low heat until custard thickens slightly and leaves path on back of a spoon, about 4 minutes. Do not boil! Remove from heat and mix in rum and vanilla.

Place 1 tablespoon cookie mixture in bottom of each of 8 ½ cup ramekins or custard cups. Fan 6 banana slices on top. Pour warm custard over bananas (about ¼ cup each). Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top each with 2 more tablespoons cookie mixture. Place desserts in large roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into pan to come halfway up sides of dishes. Bake until custard is just set in center, about 35 minutes. Serve warm with pareve ice cream or pareve whipping cream. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)

Grilled Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream from Le Marais Restaurant

from Le Marais Restaurant

Serves 8
12 ripe peaches, halved, pitted
Peanut oil as needed
Salt as needed
½ pound of margarine, melted, divided in ½
1 cup of light brown sugar, divided in ½
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, divided in ½
1 cup of granola
Parve vanilla ice cream or peach sorbet

Lightly oil the peach halves, season with salt and then place flesh down on to a hot grill until browned and with good grill marks.
Remove the peaches from the grill and then cut them into quarters and place them into a mixing bowl. Toss them with half of the margarine, brown sugar and cinnamon. Place into a baking dish.
In a separate bowl, toss together the margarine, brown sugar, cinnamon, and granola. Sprinkle the topping over the peaches and then bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Scoop into individual bowls and top with the ice cream or sorbet.

Grilled Ribeye Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Fingerling Potato Salad

Serves 8(normal humans, 4 carnivorous beasts)
2 36 oz. bone in, ribeye steaks
Salt and black pepper
Peanut oil
For the chimichurri sauce:
6 cloves of garlic or 3 T or roasted garlic puree
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 teaspoons sugar
½ cup of cider vinegar
½ cup of chopped fresh mint
½ cup of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
½ cup of chopped fresh basil
¾ cup of extra virgin olive oil
For the fingerling potato salad:
4 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons honey
6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper
4 tablespoons of chopped fresh oregano
30 fingerling potatoes, par boiled in salted water, cooled
1 small red onion, peeled, thinly sliced
1 bunch of watercress

Being that this big, fat ol’ chunk of bovine flesh that has been in the refrigerator for a long time, it is chilled to the bone. Pull them out of the refrigerator and leave them on the counter for about an hour before cooking time and let them come up to room temperature.
For the chimichurri sauce, put all of the ingredients into the blender and then run until it is a well combined yet coarsely textured sauce.
For the potato salad, whisk together both of the mustards, the honey, vinegar, and the oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Slice the potatoes into bite size pieces and then place them into a bowl with the red onion, watercress and the oregano. Toss with the dressing and serve.
This piece of meat is just too thick to be finished on your grill, so have your oven ready at 400 degrees. Season all sides of the meat generously with salt and black pepper.
If at this point your grill is not hot and well seasoned, you just have not been paying attention to a word that I have said for the past hour and you then deserve to have your gorgeous and expensive beef stick to your grill.
Put the meat on the grill and leave it alone for about 5 minutes. Then turn it the 180 degrees for the diamond marking. Don’t play with your meat, this is the most common mistake made by home grillers. Continue this on both sides until you have a nice browned char on both sides.
Put the charred meat onto the oven for about 12 minutes. This should get you that perfect rare to medium rare that this meat is so deserving of. Above medium rare? Hang your head in shame, you have disgraced the steer and made their existence meaningless.
Allow the meat to rest for at least 10 minutes before you cut into it. Present a cutting board with these glorious cuts of beef and you wielding your sharp carving knife like a samurai warrior. Your guests will be thoroughly awed, and isn’t that why we invite guests over in the first place?

Grilled Yellowfin Tuna with Cold Soba Noodles in Peanut Sauce from Le Marais Restaurant

from Le Marais Restaurant

Serves 8 servings
2 ½ lbs of Sushi Grade Yellowfin Tuna, cut into 1” steaks
Oil for grilling
Salt and black pepper
1 ½ cups of peanut butter
½ cup of coconut milk
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce or 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
3 cloves grated fresh garlic
1 ½ tablespoons grated fresh ginger
½ cup of rough chopped cilantro
2 packages of soba noodles
¼ cup of snow peas, julienned
¼ cup of peeled carrots, julienned
¼ cup of celery, julienned
¼ cup of scallions, chopped
½ cup of chopped cilantro or basil
½ cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half
White sesame seeds for garnishing

Not only can this be prepared in advance, I encourage it. Cook the noodles as per the manufacturer’s instructions. When they are cooked, drain them and then shock them with cold water. You need to stop the cooking process by removing all of the heat. Place the noodles in a bowl and put them on the side.
For the sauce, place into a large bowl the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, lime juice, soy sauce, hot sauce, garlic and ginger. Whisk together until the sauce forms and is smooth. Add the cilantro.
Into the noodles, add all of the cut vegetables and then enough sauce to generously coat them. Reserve any extra sauce to be used as a sauce for the tuna.
Place into the refrigerator and allow to chill while preparing the tuna.
Have your grill well seasoned and hot before placing the tuna on to the grill.
Lightly oil the fish on both sides and then season with the salt and pepper.
Place the fish on to your grill and let it sit for about 1 to 1 ½ minutes. Then rotate the fish 180 degrees and let it sit for another minute. This will create the desired diamond pattern. Flip over and repeat the process. The fish should be on the grill no longer than 5-6 minutes maximum. If you like your tuna well done, than turn around and leave my class now for I am not very happy with you and you shouldn’t be eating tuna anyway.
Put the tuna on to a cutting board and slice it. Serve the warn tuna with the chilled noodle salad. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the tuna.

Charred Vidalia Onion Salad from Le Marais Restaurant

from Le Marais Restaurant

Serves 8
6 Vidalia onions, peeled and sliced into ½ inch slices
2 cups of mixed colored cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
Salt and black pepper
¾ cups of extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for grilling
¼ of Balsamic vinegar, plus extra for grilling
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of chopped mint
1 tablespoon of chopped basil
2 cups of arugula leaves

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard and the vinegar. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking, this will form an emulsion. Instead of a whisk, a blender will do the job equally as well (just be sure to rinse out the margaritas). Season with the salt and pepper and place on the side for later use.
Season the onion slices with salt and black pepper. Drizzle the slices liberally with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Onto your hot and seasoned grill, place the onions in a single layer on the grill. The onions should begin to caramelize and be ready for flipping in about 3 minutes. Don’t fiddle with the onions, let them be. Once they have caramelized, use a spatula and flip them over. Grill for another 3-4 minutes. They should be well caramelized on both sides and softened. Put the cooked onions aside, and repeat the process until they are all grilled.
While still warm from the grill, toss the onions with the herbs, arugula and the dressing. Serve immediately.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup


2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 small red chile, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 bay leaf
1 (28 ounce) can pumpkin or a 2 pound fresh pumpkin, peeled, seeded and diced
2 ½ cups vegetable stock

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the ginger, chile, cilantro, bay leaf, and pumpkin and cook for another 3 minutes.

Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, skim any foam from the surface. If using fresh pumpkin, reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. For canned pumpkin, just simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and take out the bay leaf, and let cool a little.

Transfer the soup into a food processor or with an immersion blender, process until smooth. Return the mixture to the pan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Reheat gently, stirring. Remove from the heat and pour into warmed soup bowls. Garnish each one with a swirl of pareve cream or pareve tofutti sour cream.

Italian Tomato, Bean and Bread Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium red onions, coarsely chopped
3 carrots, sliced
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 14 ounce canned cannellini beans, or other small white bean, drained and rinsed
1 14-ounce can chopped tomatoes
2 ½ cups vegetable stock or pareve chicken stock
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
1 pound Tuscan kale or Savoy cabbage, trimmed, washed, and sliced
1 small day old ciabatta loaf, challah bread, or baguette, torn into small pieces
Salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onions, carrots and celery for 10 -1 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook for an additional 1 -2 minutes, until the vegetables are golden and caramelized.

Add the beans to the pan and pour in the tomatoes. Add enough of the stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the parsley and Tuscan kale and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Stir in the bread and add a little more stock, if needed. The soup should be thick.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Ladle into warmed serving bowls and serve hot, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Zucchini Soup

From our friend Yael
½ cup onion, chopped (1 medium)
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cups chicken stock (real or pareve)
6 zucchinis, chopped in chunks
½ teaspoon dill
1 ½ teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 large potato, peeled and chopped

Heat oil in large sauté pan. Add onions, zucchinis, and potato and sauté until soft. Add other ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. When cool, use an immersion blender or a food processor to blend until smooth. Doubles and freezes well.

Baked Apples


1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
6 Gala apples, rinsed
1/2 cup apple cider
3 tablespoons margarine, cut into pats
1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions
In a large bowl, mix together cherries, sugar, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg. Put aside.

With a melon scooper, core apples to hollow out the middle. Do not go all the way through. Fill each apple core with dry cherry mixture.

Pour apple cider into casserole dish and place apples right side up. Place a pat of margarine on apple hole filled with mixture. Drizzle maple syrup on top of all the apples. Bake for 50 minutes.

Garlic, Black Bean and Sausage Soup

This soup is easy to throw together when you just can’t face the kitchen a minute longer!
1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, depending on your preference
1 onion, chopped
3 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon fennel seed, chopped
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
2 cups beef broth
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons oregano
Dash cayenne
Tofutti sour cream
Avocado
Cilantro

In a medium-large stock pot, sauté sausage, onion, garlic and fennel for about 10 minutes. Add a drop of oil if necessary to keep from sticking. Drain fat. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about ½ hour. If desired garnish with a dollop of tofutti sour cream, some slices of avocado and a sprig of cilantro.

Oven-Fried Chicken


Easy
4 eggs, beaten
4 cups panko
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne
2 chickens, cut in 1/8th’s
¾ to 1 cup canola oil

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place rimmed nonstick baking sheet on lower rack of oven. Place the eggs in one bowl, the panko in one bowl, and the flour mixed with garlic and cayenne in a third bowl. Dredge chicken in flour, then egg and then panko. Pour the oil onto the baking sheet and roll the chicken pieces in it. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Three Layer Brownies


1 cup quick-cooking oats
¾ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup margarine, melted
1 egg
¾ cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
¼ cup nondairy creamer
¼ cup margarine, melted
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup chopped walnuts (leave out on Rosh Hashannah)
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons margarine
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 – 2 tablespoons hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the oats, ¾ cup flour, brown sugar and baking soda. Mix in the ½ cup melted margarine. Pat into bottom of 9 x 9-inch square pan. Bake for 10 minutes. In the meantime, beat together the egg, sugar, 23 cup flour, nondairy creamer, 1 ounce melted chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla and the baking powder until smooth. Fold in walnuts and spread over baked layer in pan. Bake for an additional 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack. For top, microwave together the 1 ounce chocolate and the 2 tablespoons margarine. Stir until smooth; then stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough hot water to enable pouring. Spread over brownies. Cool completely on wire rack.

Mashed Potatoes

2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
1/3 cup non-dairy creamer
1/3 cup tofutti cream cheese
2 tablespoons margarine
1-2 teaspoons salt

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over a high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork. Drain completely and mash, adding non-dairy creamer, tofutti cream cheese, margarine and salt as you go.