Braised Sausages with Apples

¼ cup margarine
3 pounds sausages – an Italian Beef and Italian Turkey combination works well here as does a combination of sweet and hot
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thickly sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Melt margarine in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and brown. Add onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add apples and cook for about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cook over low heat for about 20 minutes.

Chicken with Shallots and Morels

Serves 4

I love this chicken dish. In fact chicken with wine, mushrooms and onions is my favorite combination. Make it for Yom Tov or for any time of the year. It’s a great chicken recipe.

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 (4 pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup minced shallots
1 pound fresh morel mushrooms, sliced
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup low-salt chicken stock
½ cup pareve whipping cream (soymilk can be used but it will not thicken as well)

Melt 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
Season chicken generously with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add shallots and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until they begin to release liquid, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a plate. Add wine to skillet and boil until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Return chicken to a skillet, cover with lid slightly ajar, reduce heat to a medium-low, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter. Return mushrooms to a skillet; add pareve cream. Simmer, uncovered, until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and serve.

Coconut-Jalapeno Chicken

If you like chicken with a kick, this is the dish for you. Serve over rice to soak up the delicious sauce (I could actually skip the chicken and just eat the rice and sauce!)

8 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 jalapenos, chopped
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 (14-ounce) cans coconut milk

Place chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag or plastic container. Mix together olive oil, cumin, pepper, turmeric and cinnamon. Pour over chicken and mix well to coat. Seal bag or container and marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator. Pour into large skillet and cook over medium-high heat – about 5 minutes per side. Remove to 9 x 13-inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In same skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté onion, ginger, jalapeno and garlic over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and coconut milk and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Pour over chicken in pan. Cover and bake for at least half an hour and up to 1-1/2 hours.

Root Beer Bundt Cake

photograph by: Kam King

Serves 10

Bundt cakes are great to have around for guests as dessert, to serve with coffee in the morning or as an extra sweet snack. This one is quick and easy and has an unrecognizable ingredient that adds spice, sweet and richness to the taste.

1 stick unsalted margarine, plus more for the pan
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2-1/2 cups root beer
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
3 large eggs, beaten
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan; tap out the excess flour.

Heat 2 cups root beer, the cocoa powder, chocolate and 1 stick margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat until the margarine melts. Add the granulated and brown sugars and whisk until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Combine 2 cups flour, the baking soda, allspice and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Whisk the eggs into the root beer mixture, then gently fold in the dry ingredients (the batter will be slightly lumpy).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour, rotating the pan halfway through. Transfer to a rack. Gently poke the cake all over with a skewer and pour 1/4 cup root beer over the cake; let cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then invert the cake onto a serving plate and let cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the glaze: Whisk the remaining 1/4 cup root beer, a pinch of salt, the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Drizzle over the cake.

Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

Photograph by: John Autry

Serves 4
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) beef shoulder roast or brick roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine paprika, cinnamon, salt, ginger, red pepper, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Add beef and toss well to coat.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and shallots. Cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add squash, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice.

Did you like this roast recipe? Try this one too, it’s a GKC most popular recipe called Sweet and Savory Brick Roast.

Hanger Steak with Green-Garlic Sauce

Photograph by: Jennifer Marine

Serves 4

Hanger steak is very easy to prepare on the grill or in the grill pan and cooks very quickly. It is extra tasty with a sauce like the green-garlic sauce and is also great on a salad.

2 hanger steaks or 1 skirt steak (1 1/2 pounds total)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons margarine, divided
1 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Sprinkle steaks with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add steaks and cook, turning once, until medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil.

Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon margarine to pan. Add greenonions and garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Pour in broth, wine, and vinegar and cook, stirring to release browned bits, until reduced by two-thirds. Remove from heat and stir in remaining margarine. Season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and serve with sliced steak. Great warm or serve at room temperature.

Want to try another recipe with skirt steak? I like this one, Skirt Steak with Red Wine Glaze.

Apple Ginger Chutney

photo: mixedgreensblog.com

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1-1/2 cups cider vinegar
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
¾ cup golden raisins
¼ cup minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)

In a large saucepan, combine the apples, onion, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins and chili flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro if desired. Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Grilled Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, and Mustard

Photograph by: Susanna Howe

Serves 8

This is a classic lamb dish. Rosemary, garlic and mustard pair very well with lamb and are natural flavor enhancers. I like to serve lamb for special occasion meals like Rosh Hashannah or Succot. I serve it with flowered roasted potatoes. This dish is grilled but an indoor grill pan works well too.

1 well-trimmed 4-pound piece of lamb, butterflied to even 2-inch thickness (ask the butcher to butterfly it for you).
8 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
1/2 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
Fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh Italian parsley sprigs

Open lamb like book on work surface. Using tip of small knife, make 1/2-inch-deep slits all over lamb. Thinly slice 4 garlic cloves. Insert garlic slices into slits in lamb. Combine remaining 4 garlic cloves, mustard, olive oil, white wine, rosemary, and lemon juice in processor. Blend until coarse puree forms. Spread underside of lamb with half of puree. Place lamb, seasoned side down, in 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Spread remaining puree over top of lamb. Cover lamb with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Let lamb stand at room temperature 2 hours. Coat grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or grill pan. Sprinkle lamb generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill lamb to desired doneness, about 17 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer lamb to cutting board; let rest 10 to 20 minutes.

Thinly slice lamb against grain. Overlap slices on platter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh herb sprigs.

Rainbow Chopped Salad

Photograph by: Kiyoshi Togashi

This is a very easy salad recipe that is nice for Rosh Hashannah because it is beautiful to look at and includes pomegranates and other colorful fruits. You can add figs or dates to include other symbolic foods in the salad.

Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1/2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup hazelnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil

Salad
6 cups chopped romaine hearts
4 cups sliced red cabbage
1 large Fuji apple, halved, cored, diced
1 Asian pear, halved, cored, diced
1 mango, peeled, diced, or 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, seeded, diced
3/4 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

For the dressing
Whisk vinegar, shallot, and honey in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

For the salad
Combine romaine and next 6 ingredients in very large bowl; toss to blend. Add dressing and toss to coat.

Pomegranate-Marinated Lamb with Spices and Couscous

Photograph by: Misha Gravenor

Serves 5

So nice for Yom Tov! Sweet pomegranates with flavorful lamb, its so special for that special meal.

1/2 cup pomegranate molasses (found in most markets, alternatively use pomegranate juice plus 1 tablespoon molasses)
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds lamb chops, cut into 3/4-inch square pieces, bones reserved, or lamb shoulder cubed
1-1/4 cups water, divided
2 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 (10-ounce) box plain couscous
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted margarine
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
3 tablespoons torn basil leaves

Whisk pomegranate molasses (or juice plus molasses), coarsely chopped garlic, olive oil, ground ginger, cinnamon, 1 3/4 teaspoons cumin, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl. Add lamb and toss to coat. Cover and marinate 2 hours at room temperature, or up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Drain, reserving marinade. Pat lamb dry.

Heat heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add meat and bones, if using, and cook until browned, turning occasionally, about 2 minutes total per batch. Return all lamb and bones to skillet. Add reserved marinade and 1/4 cup water. Cover with lid slightly ajar and simmer over medium-low heat until meat is tender, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring remaining 1 cup water and chicken broth to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add couscous and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cumin. Remove saucepan from heat and let stand covered 5 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork, then stir in margarine until melted. Divide couscous among plates and top with lamb, pomegranate seeds, and basil leaves, spooning remaining sauce over lamb.

Chicken, Apple and Curry Soup

8 stalks celery, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 cups chicken broth
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
½ cup rice
1 tablespoon curry
1 cup soy milk
¼ cup flour
2 cups chopped cooked chicken

In a large stock pot, sauté celery, carrots and onion in oil over medium-high heat. Add broth, apple, rice and curry. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy milk and flour. Whisk into soup and stir until smooth and slightly thickened. Stir in chicken and heat through.

Slow Cooker Apple Corned Beef


1 (5-pound) corned beef
1 quart apple juice
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard (can substitute regular if you are stuck)
8 to 10 small red potatoes, scrubbed
4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, halved
½ green cabbage, cut into chunks (you can add more if you crock pot will hold it)

Place all ingredients in crock pot and stir to mix. Cook on low for at least 8 hours – longer if you like.

Pareve Pomegranate Cheesecake

photo: tigersandstrawberries.com

½ cup (1 stick) margarine, melted
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup brown sugar
4 (8-ounce) packages tofutti cream cheese
1 cup sugar
¼ cup flour
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups tofutti sour cream
1-1/2 cups pomegranate seeds
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

For sauce:
1 (approximately 15-ounce) bottle pomegranate juice
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together melted margarine, graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar and press into bottom of 10-inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool on wire rack. Reduce oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixer bowl, beat together tofutti cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, eggs and vanilla. Stir in ½ cup tofutti sour cream and fold in ¾ cup pomegranate seeds. Pour over crust. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour. Mix together remaining 1-1/2 cups tofutti sour cream with the ¼ cup sugar and the teaspoon vanilla. Spread over cake and return to oven for 10 more minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before loosening sides. Cool completely and remove sides. Place in refrigerator to chill. To make sauce bring the pomegranate juice to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, gently for about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Whisk into pomegranate juice and cook for about 2 minutes. Cool and chill until ready to serve. To serve sprinkle pomegranate seeds and drizzle sauce over cheesecake.

Cumin-Scented Eggplant

photo by: Misha Gravenor

Great combination of flavors for Rosh Hashannah. Super sweet and savory for a sweet New Year.
5 cups water
2-1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 pounds eggplant (about 2 medium), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 tablespoon (or more) olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced

Pomegranate molasses (for drizzling, alternatively use 1 tablespoon molasses mixed with 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice), optional (it’s delicious without the drizzle too)
2/3 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Stir 5 cups water and 2-1/2 tablespoons kosher salt in large bowl to dissolve salt. Add eggplant slices. Place plate on eggplant to submerge; let soak 1 hour. Drain eggplant; pat dry.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, sauté eggplant until brown in spots and softened, 2 minutes per side. Transfer to large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining eggplant, adding more oil by tablespoonfuls as needed. Arrange eggplant in single layer on baking sheet.
Mix cumin and cayenne. Sprinkle eggplant with cumin mixture. Roast until golden and cooked through, 30 minutes.
Remove eggplant from oven and sprinkle with garlic. Arrange eggplant on platter and drizzle with pomegranate molasses. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and cilantro over. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Pearl Couscous with Fall Vegetables and Caramelized Onions

Photograph by: Rachel Weill

Serves 8

I saw this recipe in the Rachael Ray Magazine in a feature about winter comfort foods. I did a GKC adaptation and eliminated some of the ingredients that were not kosher and the results are terrific. The combination of cinnamon, vegetables, saffron, cumin, and stock give this dish a hearty feel and you do not miss the ingredients that were omitted. Pearl couscous is the same thing as Israeli couscous. It’s a small circle pasta and is great warm or at room temperature. I eat the leftovers all week.

2 medium onions, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon olive oil or margarine
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon honey
Couscous and vegetables
3 to 4 medium carrots
3 medium zucchini
1 jalapeno pepper
4 small turnips
1-1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons olive oil or margarine
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon saffron threads
3/4 teaspoon cumin
2 cinnamon sticks
7 cups reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken stock
2 cups pearl (also sold as Israeli) couscous
About 1 teaspoon harissa* (available in many kosher markets, made by Pereg and other Persian brands. It is spicy and can be omitted.)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Prepare the caramelized onions: Put onions in a large frying pan with 1/2 cup water, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until softened, about 30 minutes. Remove cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and onions are golden. Increase heat to medium-high, add olive oil, and cook, stirring, until deep golden. Meanwhile, soak raisins in hot water 15 minutes and then drain them.

Add cinnamon, salt, pepper, and honey to the onions and then stir in raisins and cook, stirring, until nutty brown, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Prepare the couscous and vegetables: Peel and cut the zucchini (I leave the peel on the zucchini) and carrots into 1 1/2-in. pieces. Halve jalapeno (remove the membranes and seeds). Peel and quarter turnips. Peel and seed squash and cut into 1-in. chunks.

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, the pepper, saffron, cumin, and cinnamon sticks and fry, stirring, 1 minute. Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Add carrots, turnips, and jalapeño and simmer, covered, 15 minutes. Add squash and zucchini and cook, covered, until all vegetables are soft but not falling apart, about 20 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups hot stock from vegetable pot to a 4-qt. saucepan. Add 1 cup water and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, stir in couscous, and cook, covered, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups stock from vegetable pot to a pitcher and stir in harissa to taste.

Spread couscous on a platter, making a well in the center. Using a slotted spoon, arrange vegetables, including cinnamon sticks, in the well; discard jalapeno. Scatter onions on top and sprinkle with cilantro. Moisten the couscous with some stock and strain the rest into a second pitcher. Serve couscous and vegetables with the two stocks (plain and spicy) on the side.

Note: You can make this with one sauce and pour it over the top. Soaked in the juices it is delicious fresh and leftover.

Peanut Butter Pie

photo by Todd Coleman

GKC readers love peanut butter desserts. They are some of our most popular. This one appeared in Saveur magazine and we revised and tested it to make it kosher. It’s like a peanut butter custard pie and is smooth, creamy and delicious.

1½ cups flour
8 tablespoon unsalted margarine, cubed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
5 egg yolks
2 cups soy milk
4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pareve whipping cream
2 tablespoon sugar

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Pulse flour, 6 tablespoons margarine, and ½ teaspoon salt in a food processor until pea-size crumbles form. Add ¼ cup ice-cold water; pulse into dough. Form into a disk; chill for 1 hour. Roll dough until ⅛-inch thick. Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate and trim edges. Prick bottom with a fork, cover with parchment; fill with dried beans and bake for 20 minutes. Remove paper and beans; cook until golden brown, 12–15 minutes. Let cool.

In a bowl, stir confectioners’ sugar and peanut butter until it looks like crumble. Set aside ½ cup of this mixture. Put remaining crumbles sprinkled in the crust.

In a 4-quart saucepan, whisk together remaining salt, brown sugar, cornstarch, yolks, and soy milk. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and then cook until custard thickens, 1–2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining margarine and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Pour custard over crumbles and smooth top. Chill. Beat together remaining vanilla, pareve whipping cream, and sugar to stiff peaks; spread over pie. Sprinkle reserved crumbles on top of pie.

Want to try another great recipe with peanut butter? Try these Double Peanut Butter Cups

Creamy Mushrooms

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine
4 (8-ounce) packages sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon lemon juice
8 scallions, sliced
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup tofutti sour cream
2 cups (fine or medium) Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt ¾ cup margarine. Add mushrooms, lemon juice, scallions and garlic and sauté until tender – about 10 minutes. Whisk in flour until there are no lumps. Remove from heat and stir in tofutti sour cream. Transfer mixture to lightly greased 2-quart casserole. Melt remaining margarine and mix with the Panko and spread over mushroom mixture. Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes.

Sweet Corn Chowder

Photograph by: Todd Coleman

Serves 6-8

Creamy corn chowder is decadent and creamy. The corn adds richness and creaminess. September is still a good time to make anything with corn because many markets are still selling it fresh. Try this Corn Souffle also. It’s great all year round but special in small ramekins in the Succah.

5 cloves garlic
Kosher salt, to taste
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups pumpernickel bread, cut into
3/4″ cubes
Freshly ground black pepper and paprika, to taste
8 tablespoons unsalted margarine
4 ribs celery, minced
1 medium yellow onion, minced
8 cups fresh corn kernels
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock or pareve chicken stock
1 cup pareve whipping cream
1 cup soy milk

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Put 1 clove garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle with salt. Using a knife, mince and scrape garlic against cutting board to form a paste. Transfer garlic paste to a large bowl and whisk in oil. Add pumpernickel cubes, season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and toss to coat; transfer to a baking sheet. Bake, tossing occasionally, until toasted, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl (Alternatively, buy a great flavored crouton).

Heat margarine in a 6-quart pot over medium heat. Mince remaining garlic and add to pot along with celery and onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook, partially covered and stirring often, until vegetables are soft but not browned, 16–18 minutes. Add corn and curry powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until corn is soft and fragrant, 18–20 minutes. Vigorously stir in flour, then add chicken stock, pareve whipping cream, and soy milk; bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 10 minutes. To serve, divide soup between serving bowls and top with croutons.

Braised Chicken with Dates and Moroccan Spices

Photograph by: Kiyoshi Togashi

3-1/2 pounds chicken pieces
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds shallots (about 11 large), peeled
3 cinnamon sticks
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups low-salt chicken broth
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
12 dates, pitted, halved
1/4 cup almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and flour. Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add half of chicken pieces to pot and cook until browned on all sides, turning occasionally, about 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to baking sheet or platter; repeat with remaining chicken. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from pot and discard. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots to pot; sauté until golden, about 6 minutes. Add cinnamon sticks, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne. Stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add broth and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Bring to boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until shallots begin to soften, about 18 minutes. Place chicken pieces atop shallots in pot. Bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until juices run clear when thickest part of drumstick is pierced with knife, about 25 minutes.

Transfer chicken and shallots to platter; tent with foil. Boil juices in pot until slightly thickened. Stir in dates and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer gently until dates are heated through, about 2 minutes. Pour sauce and dates over chicken. Sprinkle with almonds and cilantro, and serve.

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.