Spring Salad with Portobello Mushrooms

It’s not always worth it to reinvent the wheel. My daughter told me she makes this recipe every Shabbos and it is a big hit. So I decided to try it; and she’s right. It’s from What’s Cooking? A Unique Collection of Kosher Recipes ( to purchase go to: http://www.eichlers.com/Product/Books/CookBooks/Bestsellers/What’s-Cooking—A-Unique-Collection-of-Kosher-Recipes-_PK01.html) The rest of the recipes in the cookbook sound pretty good also!

3 Portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons oil
Salt, pepper and paprika
1 package spring salad mix or mesclun
10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/3 cup honey-glazed almonds (I used candied pecans and I don’t crush them as the recipe says)

Dressing:
1/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 clove crushed garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon dry mustard (optional)

Sauté mushrooms in oil with salt, pepper and paprika. Combine with salad greens, cherry tomatoes and almonds. Mix dressing ingredients. Pour on top of salad before serving.

Mango-Chile Chicken

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You have to like spicy to like this dish. Serve over plain white rice. A nice variation for a week night dinner.

½ cup mango chutney
2 teaspoons hot chili-garlic sauce
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons oil
2 small dried hot chili peppers
1-1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
Mango strips for garnish (optional)

Combine chutney, chili-garlic sauce, ginger and garlic in a small bowl; set aside. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add chile peppers and then chicken. Cook until no longer pink. Add red pepper and cook for 1 – 2 minutes longer. Stir in sauce and heat through. Pour over rice and garnish with mango strips, if desired.

Coconut Graham Bars

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This is a decadent dairy dessert involving sweetened condensed milk. Or an after-school treat after a particularly rough day. For more rich recipes, involving sweetened condensed milk, check out this site http://www.eaglebrand.com/recipes/ and don’t forget to try our Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted
2 cups coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or pareve whip
¼ cup butter, cubed
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into thebottom of a greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Combine the coconut and condensed milk and pour over warm crust. Bake for 13 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream or whip, and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Spread over coconut layer. Cool before cutting.

Fennel-Potato Soup

My two favorite flavors combined in 1 soup! This thick soup doesn’t really need anything else to accompany it although a nice green salad is always good. Try this Green Salad with Sweet Tomato Dressing.

2 medium fennel bulbs, chopped
6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 cups pareve or regular chicken broth (from a box or homemade)
1/3 cup margarine
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon caraway seed (optional)
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cups soy milk

In a stockpot, combine the fennel, potatoes and broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Cool slightly and purée with a hand blender. In a small saucepan, melt margarine and whisk in flour, caraway seed (if using) and pepper. Gradually add soy milk, whisking as you go. Stir this mixture into the soup. Reheat but do not boil.

Thai Meatballs

¾ cup bread crumbs
1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3 scallions, minced
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Mix together all ingredients. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Shape meatballs and place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes until completely cooked. Drain off fat. Serve with rice and some cold beer.

For some extra flavor, serve alongside spicy satay sauce adapted from Ina Garten http://www.gourmetkoshercooking.com/2010/06/roasted-chicken-with-satay-sauce/

Sesame Crusted Salmon

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¾ cup bread crumbs
½ cup sesame seeds
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2/3 cup sesame oil
2 tablespoons oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless salmon fillets (about 1-inch thick)

Mix together the bread crumbs, sesame seeds, spices and ¼ cup sesame oil. Heat the other oil in a large skillet over a medium-high heat. Rub about 1 teaspoon of sesame oil on top of each fillet. Press fillets into bread crumb mixture to coal well. Place the breaded salmon, crumb side down, in the skillet and sear for about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn over and do the same on the other side.

Stuffed Flounder Fillets

¼ cup margarine or butter if making it dairy
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ cup each diced celery and carrot
½ cup diced red pepper
1 (8 ounce) package sliced mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste
8 flounder fillets
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (you can leave this out if you want to keep it pareve)
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium skillet, over low-medium heat, melt the margarine. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add celery, carrot and red pepper; sauté until soft – about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, salt and pepper and raise heat slightly. Cook until all the moisture has evaporated. Spoon an equal amount of vegetable mixture onto the center of each fillet and roll up. Place stuffed fish, seam-side down in a rectangular baking pan. Combine cheese (if using), mayonnaise and mustard. Spread this mixture evenly over the fillets. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Bake until fish is lightly browned – about 30 – 40 minutes.

Ginger Cocoa Biscotti

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Two of my favorite flavors in one cookie!
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
¼ cup soy milk or nondairy creamer
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 cup chopped toasted almonds
Optional: 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves. Whisk together eggs, soy milk and ginger and add to flour mixture. Stir until well combined. Stir in almonds. Divide dough in half and form loaves. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Slice loaves into ½-inch slices and return to oven. Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate.

Fish Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw

From my friend Lee Kushnir

Ingredients:
Tomatillo-Avocado Relish:
2 large tomatillos, husked and rinsed and diced (I used a large, regular tomato)
1 ripe Hass avocado, halved, pitted and diced
1 or 2 jalapenos finely diced (optional)
2 limes, juiced (I used lime juice)
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves

Red Cabbage Slaw:
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons clover honey
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups finely shredded napa cabbage (I used bagged, it was fine)
2 cups finely shredded red cabbage (I used bagged, it was fine)

Fish:
3 (8-ounce) red snapper or mahi mahi fillets (I used 10oz. tilapia…it was delicious)
Canola oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup reserved dressing, from the slaw
8 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas
Cilantro leaves

Directions

For the relish:
Combine the tomatillo, avocado, jalapeno and lime juice in a medium bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil, add cilantro and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

For the slaw:
Put the lemon juice, orange juice, mustard, honey, basil and salt and pepper, to taste, in a blender and blend until smooth. With the motor running, add the oil until emulsified. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing for the fish.
Combine the cabbage in a large bowl; add half of the dressing and toss to coat. Add more dressing and salt and pepper, if needed.

For the fish:
Preheat the grill to high or grill pan over high heat. (I used my regular fry-pan to sauté)
Brush both sides of the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. (I added some lime juice, as well). Grill until golden brown and slightly charred on both sides and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and drizzle the fish with the reserved dressing. Let cool slightly, then using a fork, flake into large pieces.
Grill the tortillas until slightly charred and just warmed through, about 5 seconds per side. Transfer the tortillas on a flat surface and fill the center of each with some of the fish, red slaw, and relish…fold and eat.

The Best Vegetable Soup

The best vegetable soup ever

By Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist and author of “The Food Matters Cookbook”

Serves 10

3/4 cup olive oil, more or less
2 onions, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, peeled and chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch parsley, washed and chopped, thick stems discarded
2 or 3 cabbage leaves, chopped
1 bunch chard, preferably white, washed and chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 to 4 cups cooked white beans, like cannellini, with their liquid if possible

Put about a third of the olive oil in the bottom of a deep pot and turn the heat to medium.

Add half the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften, which takes about 10 minutes.

Add about half of the remaining oil and repeat the process, seasoning with salt and pepper as you go.

Add the remaining oil with the parsley, cabbage and chard and cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is softened but not browned.

Add the tomato paste and stir.

Mash the beans so that they’re about half mashed and half more-or-less whole. Add this mixture to the pot, along with any bean cooking liquid and enough water to make the whole mixture stewy but not watery.

Continue cooking, tasting and adjusting the seasoning as necessary, until all the vegetables are very tender and the soup is hot. Serve hot or warm.

Turkey Meatloaf, Chinese Style

Easy

From our friends, Pam and Melissa at www.projectnursery.com

We all love meatloaf! Using lean ground turkey is much healthier. This is a simple and delicious dish to make for an everyday family meal. If you have a large family or wish to have some left over for sandwiches in the next couple days, you can just double the recipe. Using a 9×12 baking pan. Make a large 11-inches long loaf and bake uncovered for 50 minutes.

1 package lean ground turkey (1-1/4 pounds)
1 scallion, including green top
1 large egg
½ cup plan bread crumbs
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1-1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce*
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
Pam or Canola oil cooking spray

Preparation:
Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop.

In a large bowl, Combine the ground turkey with chopped green onions, egg, bread crumbs, soy sauce, ketchup, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and set aside.

To Bake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray. Using hands to form the ground turkey mixture into a 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 6-inch long loaf and place onto the baking dish. Bake uncovered in the center of the oven rack at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until an inserted fork comes out clean.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes before remove the meatloaf onto a serving plate and slice them. Serve warm.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes

*Hoisin sauce is a sweet brown sauce made from soybeans. Sold in jars or bottles at the Asian section of most supermarkets. After opening, it can stored for several months in the refrigerator.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Easy

2 pounds, skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 (8 ounce) packages sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced garlic
About 4 tablespoons olive oil
3-1/2 cups chicken broth
1 (16 ounce) package frozen cut green beans
Salt
Pepper
3 cups Minute rice

In a large skillet with a lid, sauté chicken, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until chicken is browned. Add broth, green beans and salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir in rice. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Serves 8.

Mexican Bean Salad

Easy

2/3 cup cider vinegar
¼ cup oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
2 small jalapenos, minced
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Lime wedges
Hot sauce

For dressing, whisk together the cider vinegar, oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper until well combined. Set aside. Combine garbanzo beans, cannellini beans, corn, jalapeno and cilantro and mix well. Toss with beans and cover. Refrigerate overnight (minimum 2 hours). Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with lime wedges and hot sauce, if desired.

Lemon Cookies

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Easy

These are really good; very lemony and, as the icon says, very easy.
1 package Duncan Hines Lemon cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¾ cup coconut
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat together cake mix, eggs, oil and lemon juice until no lumps remain. Stir in coconut. Shape into balls and drop onto ungreased baking sheets (I use silpat mats on top of my baking sheets). Bake for about 7 to 8 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet and then remove to wire rack to finish cooling. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Peanut Noodles with Tofu

Easy

Serves 4 – 6

8 ounces spaghetti
½ cup pareve chicken stock or vegetable stock
1 garlic clove, minced
½ cup old-fashioned peanut butter
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon red chile flakes
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
14-ounce firm tofu, cut into cubes
1 English cucumber, cut into matchsticks
3 green onions, trimmed and thinly slice diagonally
½ cup cilantro leaves
1/3 cup roasted peanuts

Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Heat broth, garlic, peanut butter, sugar, chile flakes, and soy sauce in pasta pot until boiling, stirring often. Add tofu, cucumber and pasta and toss to coat.

Transfer pasta to a serving bowl. Top with onion, cilantro and peanuts.

Asian Lettuce Turkey Wraps

Easy

4 servings
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef or turkey
2-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 scallions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated, cleaned and dried

In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil and saute beef until brown. Stir in ginger, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and hoisin and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanuts. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm wrapped in lettuce cups.

Quick Coq Au Vin

Serves 4
½ kielbasa, coarsely chopped
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
8 ounces large crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, halved
8 large shallots, peeled, halved through root end
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1-1/2 cups dry red wine
1-1/2 cups low-salt chicken broth, divided
4 teaspoons all purpose flour

Preparation
Preheat oven to 300°F. Sauté kielbasa in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl.
Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Add to drippings in skillet. Sauté until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side; transfer to pie dish (reserve skillet). Place in oven to keep warm.
Add mushrooms and shallots to skillet; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Sauté until brown, about 4 minutes. Add garlic; toss 10 seconds. Add wine, 1 1/4 cups broth, kielbasa, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Boil 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place flour in small cup. Add 1/4 cup broth, stirring until smooth.
Add flour mixture to sauce. Cook until sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
Arrange chicken on platter; stir juices from pie dish into sauce and spoon over chicken. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon parsley.

Snickerdoodle Pinwheels

1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup margarine, softened
3 ounces tofutti cream cheese
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-2/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon margarine, melted

Combine 1/3 cup sugar and tablespoon cinnamon and set aside. Beat the ½ cup margarine, tofutti cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Beat in baking powder, egg and vanilla. On a low speed, add flour and mix until completely incorporated. Divide dough in half. Roll half of the dough between pieces of waxed paper to form a 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Brush with half the melted margarine and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up dough jelly-roll style pinch edges to seal. Repeat with remaining dough and roll both logs in the rest of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill – at least 4 and up to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut rolls into ¼-inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let set on cookie sheet 1 minute before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.