Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce

Serves 10

This is from dietician and chef Ellie Krieger. So easy and fresh tasting.
1 (12-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries (about 3 cups), picked over and rinsed
1 cup pure maple syrup
1 medium orange, finely grated to yield 1 tsp. zest, squeezed to yield 1/3 cup juice

Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, and orange juice in a 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, just until the cranberries burst, about 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the zest, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Pumpkin Pilaf

Makes 12 servings

My friend Audi found this tasty and nutritious recipe on the swansonvitamins website. She sometimes adds a splash of coconut milk for an Indian twist.

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup onion, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

2 cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 cup bulger wheat

2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion, pumpkin, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and curry powder. Cook, stirring frequently, for five minutes, or until onion is tender. If mixture starts to stick to the pan, add water as necessary.

Add bulger and cook and stir for two minutes. Stir in broth, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed. Remove bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Fluff with fork before serving.

Green Beans with Soy and Capers

Serves 4, I doubled it

This is an easy vegetable side dish recipe. It works great for Shabbos, Thanksgiving or any time!

12 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
1/4 onion, julienned
2 tablespoons capers, drained
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to broil and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 

Place the green beans on the tray, add the onions, capers, garlic, soy sauce, and vegetable oil over the beans; gently toss to combine. Broil in the oven until the beans are tender, edges are crispy and have absorbed the soy sauce, about 15 minutes. 


Striped Sesame Teriyaki Salmon

The idea of striping the salmon with black and white sesame seeds came from Batsheva, who has a knack for upgrading a recipe’s wow factor. You can also achieve this look with individual salmon slices. As for the salmon, this is not just any teriyaki salmon. It’s by far the best version of teriyaki salmon I’ve tasted.

tip: Serve the teriyaki salmon with

Sesame Teriyaki Pasta (from page 53. of the Chic Made Simple book)

1 large (36 ounces) salmon fillet
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
¼ cup soy sauce
½ cup Dijon mustard
½ cup honey
1 lemon, juiced
5 cloves garlic, minced
Black and white sesame seeds

Place the salmon in an oversized, sealable plastic bag. Combine the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, mustard, honey, lemon juice, and garlic and pour over the salmon. Turn the salmon to coat. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the salmon from the marinade and place on the baking sheet.

Sprinkle the salmon with the black and white sesame seeds in diagonal stripes, alternating with the black and white seeds. Use the dull side of a large knife to help keep the lines even.

Bake for 50 minutes for a large fillet or 35–40 minutes for individual slices. Transfer to a serving platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 6.

Avocados Stuffed with Roasted Vegetable Salad


Serves 4

4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch rounds and rounds cut in 1/2
1 medium zucchini cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ripe avocados
1 lemon, zested and juiced (2 to 3 tablespoons juice and 1 tablespoon zest)
½ cup corn kernals
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped chives
1-tablespoon chopped dill

Mixed greens or arugula.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 

In a large bowl, combine the carrots, zucchini, squash, and red pepper. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spread in 1 layer on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done, set aside to cool.



Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove pit, leaving the skin on. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent avocados from discoloring. 

In a large bowl, mix roasted vegetables, corn, remaining lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and fresh herbs. Taste and season with salt and pepper. 

Place each avocado half on a small bed of mixed greens or arugula, if using. Top each avocado half with a generous serving of the roasted vegetable salad. Sprinkle lemon zest on top and serve.

Broccoli, Grape, and Pastrami Salad

photo by: tasteofhome.com

Serves 12

The take out deli counter always has a bright broccoli salad with craisins and nuts in the case. Here is a twist on that salad. We added balsamic vinegar, and pastrami for a little more zing, and grapes instead of craisins to make it more original.

6 cups broccoli florets
3 green onions, sliced
1 cup diced celery
1 cup green grapes
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 pound pastrami, cooked, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted

In a large salad bowl, combine the broccoli, onions, celery and grapes. In another bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sugar and both vinegars; pour over broccoli mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Stir in pastrami and almonds just before serving.

Herb Marinated Turkey Roast

Serves 6

1 lemon, zest grated
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 to 6 lemons)
Good olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic (6 cloves)
1-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Kosher salt
2 turkey breasts, boneless
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, mustard, and 2 teaspoons salt in a sturdy 1-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the turkey breasts and turn to coat with the marinade. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Marinate the turkey in the refrigerator overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the turkey from the marinade and discard the marinade but leave the herbs that cling to the meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the turkey on all sides until golden brown. Transfer to a roasting pan in the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until the turkey registers 165 degrees F at the thickest part. Transfer the turkey to a platter and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Carve in 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices.

Chicken or Meat Stir-Fry with Vegetables

photo: thechinesecookbook.com


Serves 6

This recipe can be make with chicken or meat and any vegetables of your choice. Make sure to follow the Master Stir-Fry quick tips to ensure perfect stir fry results.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
1 package shiitake mushrooms
2 to 3 carrots, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup onion, diced
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch

In a large skillet, sauté pan or wok, heat the pan over high heat. When smoking, reduce heat to medium-high and add oil.Add the chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, pepper, and onion and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the water chestnuts. In a small bowl, combine broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and cornstarch. Add to chicken mixture and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium to medium-low, and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve over rice.

Asian-Chicken-Salad Lettuce Cups

Makes 12 lettuce cups

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 pounds leftover chicken, skin and bones discarded, meat pulled into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup water chestnuts, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
12 Bibb or iceberg lettuce leaves
1 Hass avocado, peeled and cut into 12 slices
Lime wedges, for serving

In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise with the chili garlic sauce, mustard and sesame oil. Stir in the chicken, water chestnuts and scallions and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the chicken salad into the lettuce cups and top with a slice of avocado. Serve with lime wedges.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundles

2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup soymilk
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup peanut butter
2 cups quick cooking uncooked oatmeal

In a large pot over medium heat, cook sugar, margarine, cocoa, and soymilk until melted together and fully incorporated. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
Add salt, vanilla and peanut butter.
Mix well until peanut butter is dissolved.
Quickly add oatmeal and mix. Drop from spoon onto wax or foil paper. Let cool before eating.

Mango and Black Bean Salad

Serves 6

This is a delicious way for me to sneak more fruit and vegetables into our family dinners. More than a 15-minute side dish, this can be dressed this up by spooning it into a radicchio-leaf cup for a first course, complement the next batch of salmon fillets or steaks off the grill, or taken along on your next picnic.

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 mango, peeled, flesh removed from the pit and cut into 1/2-inch dice (1 generous cup)
1/2 small jicama (about 1/2 pound), peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
½ red pepper, cut into a small dice
1/2 small red onion, cut in 1/2, then into thin slivers (about 1/4 cup)

Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, and cilantro together in a large bowl until blended. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the beans, mango, jicama, red pepper, and onion and toss gently to coat with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve right away or let stand at room temperature for up to 30 minutes. Toss and check the seasoning before serving. 


Green Beans with Lemon and Walnuts


Serves 8

It’s always good to have another easy side dish. This is both easy and good.

1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
1 tablespoon margarine, melted
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup toasted walnuts

Fill a medium pot with 1 in. water, insert a steamer basket, and bring to a boil, covered. Put beans in steamer and cover. Steam until bright green and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. Alternatively, cook covered in the microwave for 3 minutes on high.

Put beans on a serving plate. Drizzle with margarine and lemon juice. Sprinkle with zest, salt, and walnuts

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Pareve Ricotta Cheese and Olives with Balsamic Glaze

Serves 4 but doubles easily

This chicken is great warm or at room temperature. It works so well with the new Tofutti Pareve Ricotta Cheese. It is great accompanied by garlicky spinach or green beans.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2 lb. total)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces pareve tofutti ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (from 1 large lemon), divided
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1/2 cup flour
6 tablespoons margarine, cut into 6 pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons minced shallots
1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chicken broth

With a boning knife, cut a wide pocket into the thickest part of each chicken breast half, taking care not to cut all the way through. Season the chicken evenly on both sides with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

In a small bowl, mix the tofutti ricotta cheese, olives, and 1 teaspoon each lemon zest and rosemary. Stuff the pockets with the ricotta mixture and pin each shut with two toothpicks. Spread the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the margarine and the oil in a 12-inch heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat until the foam from the butter subsides. Add the chicken and cook, flipping once and adding another 1 tablespoon margarine halfway through cooking, until golden-brown and cooked through (reduce the heat to medium if necessary), 14 to 16 minutes total. Transfer to plates and remove the toothpicks.

While the chicken cooks, melt 1 tablespoon margarine in an 8-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and boil until syrupy, about 3 minutes. Add the broth and boil for 1 minute more. Off the heat, whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons margarine, remaining 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon rosemary. Serve the chicken drizzled with the sauce.

Apple Brown Betty


Serves 10

Apple season is great for sweet and fruity desserts. I love crumbles, crisps and any rustic apple dessert. This one is perfect for Thanksgiving or any Shabbos evening dessert. If you have a warming drawer or a blech, keep it warm until ready to serve.
6 cups cubed challah bread
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Pinch of salt
4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons cold unsalted margarine

Pareve vanilla ice cream or pareve whipped cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the challah on a baking sheet and toast until dry, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then pulse the bread into coarse crumbs in a food processor. Spread one-third of the crumbs in a buttered 9-by-13-inch baking dish in an even layer.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar with the nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest, orange zest and salt. Set aside.
Spread half of the apples over the crumbs in the baking dish and top with half of the sugar mixture. In another bowl, mix the cider with the lemon and orange juices; drizzle over the apples. Cover with another third of the crumbs and the remaining apples and sugar mixture. Cover with the remaining crumbs. Using a sharp knife, shave the margarine as thinly as possible; dot it all over the top.
Bake the apple Betty in the center of the oven for about 1 hour, until the apples are tender and the juices are bubbling; cover the baking dish during the last 15 minutes to prevent the crumbs from getting too dark. Let cool for 30 minutes, then serve with pareve vanilla ice cream or pareve whipped cream.

Yemenite Beef Soup

Serves 8-10

This is a sneak peak recipe from Susie Fishbein’s newest book, Kosher By Design, Cooking Coach. It’s one of Susie’s favorite recipes.

3 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds beef marrow bones
1-½ pounds cubed shell roast or beef stew meat
1 onion, peeled cut into ½ inch dice
6 cloves garlic, sliced
2 teaspoons hawaij, Yemenite spice mixture *
¼ cup tomato paste
3 carrots, peeled, cut into thick rounds
6 cups chicken stock
2 large or 3 small russet potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the marrow bones. Stir, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the beef cubes, cover, and cook for 10 minutes longer, until there is some brown coloring on both the bones and the meat.

Uncover the pot and add the onion and garlic: cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the hawaij. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, coating the meat and bones. Cook for 3 -4 minutes to deepen the tomato flavor. Add the carrots and stock. Cover the pot. Turn the heat to low and cook, simmering for 1 hour. Skim off any foam or fat.

Add the potatoes. Cover and cook for an additional hour.

Discard the bones. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Seared Steak Lettuce Cups


Makes 16 appetizer portions

I love serving appetizers that have a creative presentation and veer from the ordinary. This bon appétit adapted recipe is a colorful, delicious and easy to make. I make it a day ahead of time and assembly it before serving. It was a Yom Tov favorite.

For salad:
¼ cup finely chopped English or Persian cucumber
¼ cup sliced scallions
1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Kosher salt to taste

For Steak:
8 ounces skirt steak
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon chili powder
16 Butter or romaine lettuce leaves

Garnish:
2 tablespoons salted roasted peanuts
Asian sweet chili sauce

Combine cucumber, scallions, lime juice, and ginger in a small bowl. Season with kosher salt and set aside. Heat a grill pan or a lightly oiled cast-iron skillet over high heat.
Season steak with salt and chili powder. Grill steak on an outdoor or on a grill pan, turning once, until charred on both sides, about 8 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
Arrange leaves of butter lettuce, romaine, on a large platter. Thinly slice steak against the grain, and then cut slices crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Add steak to cucumber mixture and toss to mix. Season to taste with salt and more lime juice, if desired.
Divide steak salad among lettuce cups; garnish with peanuts. Drizzle with Asian sweet chili sauce.

Peanut Butter Pareve Cheesecake Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Serves 8

At GKC we believe you can never have too many chocolate peanut butter desserts to try. I tested this one for yom tov and it was voted a keeper. I made it and kept it in the freezer for a week until I was ready to serve it. Defrost it in the refrigerator though and be careful about covering the chocolate whipped cream.

Crust:
1-1/4 cups salted pretzels or graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons margarine, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
Or you can use a store-bought graham cracker crust

Filling:
1/2 cup Tofutti cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup pareve whipping cream, whipped
Chocolate Whipped Cream:
3/4 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate
2 cups pareve whipping cream
Chocolate shavings

For the crust: Pulse the pretzels in a food processor until finely ground. In a large bowl, combine the pretzel crumbs, margarine and brown sugar. Mix with your hands. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Cover and refrigerate. 



For the filling: Combine the tofutti cream cheese, peanut butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth. Fold in the pareve whipped cream. Spoon the filling into the pie shell, cover and return to the refrigerator. 



For the chocolate whipped cream: Put the chocolate and pareve whipping cream in the top of a double boiler over medium heat. Whisk until melted. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Once cooled, beat the chocolate cream with a mixer until thick and spreadable (do not overmix). 

Cover the pie with the chocolate whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

Mixed Greens with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette

Serves 8

For the dressing:
¼ cup red or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 small garlic clove, minced
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the salad:
7 cups mixed greens including mesclun lettuce and arugula or any lettuce of your choice
3 scallions, sliced
½ cup craisins
¼ cup toasted walnuts
½ cup sliced red grapes or other fruit such as persimmon or apple

For the dressing: In a blender pulse together vinegar, mustard, honey salt, and garlic. With motor running, slowly drizzle in both oils until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the salad: In a large salad bowl, mix together lettuce, scallions, craisins, walnuts, and grapes. Add dress and toss. Serve immediately.

Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup

Serves 8

Apple season is in full swing on the east coast and I am always on the lookout for new recipes and ideas to use these fresh and delicious apples. This one is best made a few days ahead of time and uses some great seasonal parsnips too.

1 pound (about 3 medium) tart apples that soften easily when cooked, such as Empire, Jonathan, or McIntosh
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoon olive oil
2 large leeks (white and light-green parts only), chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1-1/2 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 medium cloves)
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/3 cup dry white white (not a sweet wine)
2 large parsnips, peeled, quartered lengthwise, cored, and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
4 cups chicken broth
Kosher salt
1/3 cup pareve whipping cream
Freshly ground white pepper
3 tablespoons thinly sliced chives

Cut 1 quarter from one of the apples. Wrap the unpeeled quarter in plastic wrap and reserve. Peel, core, and quarter the rest of the apples. Chop the peeled apples into 1/2-inch pieces and toss with the lemon juice in a medium bowl.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy-duty 4-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the leeks and onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Stir in the ginger, tomato paste, garlic, and curry powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has almost evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the chopped apple, parsnips, and potatoes and stir to coat well. Add the chicken broth and 1-1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium low, partially cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the apples and vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.

With an immersion blender, purée the until completely smooth. Stir in the pareve cream, and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Cut the reserved apple quarter into small dice. Serve the soup sprinkled with the diced apple and chives.

This soup is best made a day or two in advance. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Spicy Moroccan Salmon

Adapted from Bon Appetit – and simplified!

Serves 6 to 8

8 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons flour
4 (6 to 8-ounce) salmon fillets (skin and bones removed)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3 heaping tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1 serrano chili, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh is better but not absolutely necessary)
2 teaspoons sugar

Garnish: Chopped fresh cilantro

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium high heat. Season fish with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Shake off excess. Add to skillet and cook for about 4 minutes per side – or until golden. Remove to a plate covered with paper towels.

In a food processor, purée garlic, chilies, paprika, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons oil.

Heat remaining 4 tablespoons oil in skillet over low heat. Add garlic-chili mixture. Cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Gently pour in tomato paste and water. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 30 more seconds. Stir in lemon juice and sugar.

Return salmon to pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover pan, reduce heat and simmer until is cooked through – about 12 minutes (I like my fish to be really cooked!). Remove from heat.

Serve warm or a room temperature, topped with the sauce and sprinkled with some fresh cilantro, if desired.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

3 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
3-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 to 10-cup Bundt pan.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar oil and eggs until smooth. Add water, pumpkin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and cloves. Beat on low speed until combined.

Add dry ingredients until just mixed. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes – or until tester inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.

If desired, frost with tofutti cream cheese icing.

White Gazpacho

Serves 6

This is a flavorful cold soup that is a great alternative to the traditional red gazpacho. Green grapes and apples give it sweetness while the stale bread; vinegar and almonds add thickness and richness. I serve it for Succos on a warm day or as an appetizer for Rosh Hashanah.

1 cup stale, ½-inch cubes of challah or country white bread
1 cup white grape juice
1 ¼ cups blanched sliced almonds
1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
1 granny smith apple, peeled and chopped
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 garlic clove
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
3/4 cup soymilk or pareve milk
¼ cup tofutti sour cream
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, soak the bread in the grape juice for 5 minutes, pressing to soften.

Spread almonds in a pie plate and toast for 6 minutes. Cool. Transfer 1 cup of the almonds to a blender. Add the bread, cucumber, apple, grapes, garlic vinegar and olive oil. Puree until smooth. Strain the soup through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on the solids. Whisk in the white vinegar, pareve milk, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

Garnish with remaining almonds and a drizzle of olive oil.

Sweet Corn Salsa

This makes about 6 cups and keeps in the refrigerator for at least 4 weeks. It is more of a relish than a side but it brightens up the plate and adds flavor to everything it touches.

6 cups fresh corn kernels (usually requires 8 to 10 ears corn)
1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup cider vinegar
½ cup sugar
½ small onion, minced
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seed
½ teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Optional: chopped fresh cilantro

In a medium Dutch oven, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are soft – about 20 minutes. Cool and pour into airtight containers. Store in refrigerator. Best served at room temperature. I like to stir in a little fresh cilantro right before serving – depends on your menu and your guests.

Glazed Apple Cake

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar, divided
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup margarine, softened, divided
3 ounces tofutti cream cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup nondairy creamer mixed with 1 teaspoon vinegar
¼ cup apricot preserves
2 teaspoons apple juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch springform pan.
In a medium bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon.
In a small bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
In a mixing bowl, beat remaining ¾ sugar, 6 tablespoons margarine and tofutti cream cheese and light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add flour mixture alternately with nondairy creamer mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.

Pour into prepared pan. Arrange apples over batter. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons margarine and brush over apples. Bake for about 50 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs.

Combine preserves and juice and microwave on high until melted – about 30 seconds. Brush over apples. Cool.

Sweet Potatoes with Meringue

Serves 8
This is pretty easy but it makes a grand entrance.
3 pounds sweet potatoes
¼ cup brown sugar
3 egg whites, room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Bake potatoes for 1 hour. Cool, peel and dice. Toss with brown sugar and spread over bottom of 2-quart baking dish. Cover and bake for 25 minutes.

In the meantime, beat egg whites on high until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat, until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in cinnamon.

Heat broil to high. Carefully spoon meringue over potatoes and toast under broiler, watching carefully to prevent burning. This will take a few minutes tops!