Pulled Brisket-Topped Latkes

My friend Malkie Hirsch, from Kiss the Kosher Cook, posted this recipe on facebook. She saw it posted on Thenosher.com. All I can say is thank you for sharing this wonderful concept and recipe. Rich and tasty pulled brisket mashed up with crispy fresh latkes. It’s a homerun idea and definitely being served at one or many of my Hanukah meals.

Serves 10

For the brisket:
2-3 pounds brisket
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon freshly grated black pepper
2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1 can beer
1 can ginger ale
1 bottle red wine
4 ounces tomato paste
4 medium carrots, cut into medium size pieces
2 onions, cut into quarters

For the latkes:
12 medium-large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
4 small onions, or 1 medium-large onion, cut into large chunks
4 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
¾ -1 cup flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ tablespoons salt
½ tablespoon pepper, or to taste
Vegetable oil for frying

To make the brisket:

In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and parsley. Spread dry rub on both sides of brisket evenly. Preheat the oven to 300F degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or pot on medium high heat. Sear the brisket on both sides "until the smoke detector goes off." Remove meat and set aside.

Using the remaining oil and "good bits" on the bottom of the pan, sauté carrots and onions, scraping the bottom until the veggies are soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Put the brisket back in the pan, and cover with the bottle of red wine, beer and ginger ale. Place the entire pot with brisket into the oven, and cook for at least 3-4 hours, until meat is completely tender.

When the meat is fork tender, remove the meat and set aside on a large cutting board.

Let the sludge rise to the top of the pot liquid and skim it off. Strain out the carrots and onions and using a food processor, blend them with 1-2 cups of the cooking liquid, then return the blended mixture to the rest of the liquid and simmer to reduce slightly.

On the cutting board using two forks, carefully shred the brisket into small strands. Add 1-2 cups of the pureed cooking liquid to the pulled brisket for additional moisture and flavor.

Serve in a large bowl and allow guests to top latkes, or spoon small amounts of brisket on each latke for a more elegant presentation.

To make the latkes:

Using the shredding attachment of a food processor or a hand grater, coarsely great potatoes, onions and garlic. Place in a large bowl.

Add flour, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until completely combined. Allow to sit 5-10 minutes. Drain excess liquid.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Using your hands, make a small latke patty and squeeze out excess liquid again. Fry for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on wire cooling rack placed on a baking sheet, which you can place in a warm oven until ready to serve.

Maple Ginger Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Excerpted from Gluten Free Around the World by Aviva Kanoff

Yield: 6 servings

4 large sweet potatoes, unpeeled and diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons peeled, chopped fresh ginger
3 tablespoons maple syrup
a pinch of ground cinnamon
a pinch of nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until sweet potatoes are fully coated, then place on a roasting pan and bake until sweet potatoes are soft, about 35-40 minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve immediately.

Beef Tacos

Beef tacos with lettuce cheese and tomato
Excerpted from Gluten Free Around the World by Aviva Kanoff

Yield: 6 servings

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas, warmed
salsa, guacamole and lime juice


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and garlic is golden brown, about 5 minutes, then add beef, salt, cumin, paprika, cracked pepper, and chipotle. Stir until beef is cooked through, about 7-10 minutes.

2. Once beef is cooked, add cilantro or parsley. Serve with warmed tortillas, your favorite salsa, guacamole, and a squeeze of lime.

Dirt Bombs

Dirt Bombs just like a Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut
Makes 12
Like a cinnamon-sugar doughnut in muffin form. You’ve been warned. I found this recipe in Bon Appetit and its delightful.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup (1 stick) margarine or butter, room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup non-dairy creamer or whole milk

Topping and Assembly
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted margarine or butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375°. Coat a standard 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat margarine/butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in egg. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients in 3 additions alternating with non-dairy creamer/milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
Divide batter among muffin cups and bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a tester inserted into center comes out clean, 30–35 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to a wire rack.

Topping and Assembly
Mix sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Working one at a time, dip tops of muffins in melted butter, then cinnamon sugar.

Cabernet Braised Short Ribs with Fall Root Vegetables and Fried Onions

Serves 6

1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon coriander
½ teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 – 6 lbs. bone-in short ribs
1 onion, cut into chunks
2 carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
2 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 ½ cups cabernet sauvignon wine
2 cups beef stock
6 cups assorted vegetables, like parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips), cut into 1-inch dice
2 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup fried onions, like French’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir salt through cinnamon (all spices). Rub spice mixture evenly onto short ribs on all sides. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat, until very hot. Brown on each side, about 8 minutes per side, working in batches. Remove meat from pot. Add remaining canola oil and cook onion, carrot, celery and garlic, about 5 minutes. Add thyme and tomato paste, cook, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes. Return meat to pot, add wine, and beef stock. Add more stock if necessary, until beef is almost covered but not completely submerged. Bring to a simmer, cover and bake in oven until meat is tender about 3 hours.

In a separate roasting pan, toss vegetables with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. During last 45 minutes of cooking, roast vegetables for 45 minutes. When meat is removed from oven, increase oven temperature to 400. Roast vegetables an additional 15-20 minutes.

If desired, puree meat sauce with an immersion blender. Serve meat with vegetables and sauce. Sprinkle with fried onions.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Bensoussan

Serves 6
1 pound fresh carrots, peeled, the ends cut off, cut in halves
1 ½ tablespoons oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic, run through a press
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon hot paprika or cayenne (or to taste)
½ teaspoon tomato paste (optional)
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

Cook the carrots in a pot of boiling water until tender but not mushy, about fifteen minutes. While carrots are boiling, mix remaining ingredients together in a bowl (or plastic container with a lid if you’re planning to store them). When carrots are cooked, drain and cover with cold water to cool. When cool enough to handle, cut into coins and toss with the dressing. If you like you can cut them with one of those wavy knives that create a corrugated texture.

Moroccan Sfeng (Donuts)

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Bensoussan

Serves 10

2 packages dry yeast (about 4 ½ teaspoons)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
7 cups all-purpose flour
Vegetable oil for frying

Dissolve yeast and sugar in the water in a large bowl. When yeast begins to foam, add the salt and flour and knead gently to form a very light, soft dough. (If dough is too wet, add more flour; if too dry, add a little more water.) Cover and let rise for two hours.

Heat two inches of oil in a large frying pan (to about 375 degrees--you can use a candy thermometer to check). Without punching down the dough, pull off small balls of dough, make a generous hole in the center (the surrounding dough will rise and fill in fast during frying). Let rise another 15 minutes and fry in the hot oil (turn doughnuts over when bottom becomes golden). Drain on paper towels; dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve with assorted jams and honey.

Chicken With Olives

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Bensoussan

Serves 6
2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
1 onion, diced
6 cloves of garlic, peeled, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon turmeric
3-4 pounds chicken pieces (bottoms work well, but you can use the whole chicken)
Salt, pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon za’atar (optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 can green olives
½ lemon, cut into about six pieces
¼ cup fresh parsley or cilantro

Saute onion in the oil for a few minutes over medium high heat, until transparent; add garlic. Add the turmeric and blend until the oil is uniformly yellow. Raise the heat slightly and add the chicken pieces, browning them on each side (2-3 minutes a side). As you brown the pieces, sprinkle them with the salt, pepper, cumin, thyme and za’atar.
Now add two cups of water, the tomato paste, the drained olives, and the lemon pieces. Partially cover and simmer over medium-low heat for one hour, until the chicken is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated (add more water if it evaporates too fast and begins to burn). Sprinkle with parley or cilantro and serve over rice or couscous.

Note: If you want to be really authentic, you can use preserved lemon pieces instead of fresh ones.

Fried Eggplant Salad

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Bensoussan

Serves 6
1 large eggplant (long and thin is better than short and fat for this recipe)
Cooking oil
1 red pepper, charred on all sides on the stove, cooled, peeled, and cut into dice
1 clove garlic
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro for garnish
Salt, pepper to taste

Cut the eggplant (unpeeled) into thin slices and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for twenty minutes, then dry any excess moisture with paper towels. Heat oil in a saucepan until piping hot, then fry slices golden brown on both sides, adding more oil as necessary. Mix in remaining ingredients gently and serve.
Variation: Cut eggplant into chunks instead of slices and fry in a deeper pot.

Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

I was born in Redbank, New Jersey, then we moved to Pennsylvania, and then to Rochester, New York. Although I was young and do not remember that much about any of those places, my parents made some wonderful friends there (especially in Rochester), whom they are still in touch with today. Her dear friends, Judy and Richard Columbus now own a home in California and they spend their winters together. Judy recently made it into the local newspaper with her delicious Butternut Squash and Pear Soup recipe. Not only does Judy look great, but her soup is both Thanksgiving-worthy and weeknight worthy too. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and pumpkin seeds to the top for a sweet and crunchy garnish.


Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
By Judy Columbus
Serves 6

2 Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled, cored and chopped
2 tart cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup diced Vidalia or Spanish onions
3 cups or 24 ounces butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1½ tablespoons minced fresh garlic or 1 frozen garlic cube,
½ cup dry white wine
2 (14.5-ounce) cans vegetable or chicken broth
Few sprigs of fresh thyme, discard after cooking
½ teaspoon salt

Place pears and apples in a 2 quart bowl with lemon juice. Cover with water; set aside.
In a large saucepan over medium high heat, add oil. Add onions, sauté until translucent. Add squash, carrots and garlic. Drain liquid from 2 quart bowl and add pears and apples to the squash mixture. Add wine, broth, thyme and salt. Bring soup to a boil, turn down heat and simmer, covered, until squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Transfer soup in batches to a blender; puree until smooth. Serve hot on a chilly winter’s eve or cold on a hot summer’s day.
Tips: Soup may be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen. Serve in soup bowls or mugs. Pour into tall cordial glasses, as a cold shooter. Garnish with a small sprig of savory or thyme.

Pumpkin Tiramisu

Pumpkin Tiramisu Beauty A140728 FW Mastering My Mistakes Nov 2014
Serves 12

One 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups Tofutti cream cheese
2 1/2 cups pareve whipping cream
2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
Two 7-ounce packages dry ladyfingers
Chocolate shavings and candied ginger, for garnish, optional

In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree with the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar. Add the tofutti cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups of the pareve whipping cream. Using an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin mixture at medium speed until soft peaks form; do not overbeat.

In a medium bowl, whisk the brewed coffee with 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar until it’s dissolved. Dip both sides of 6 ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them in a single layer in a 4-quart trifle dish. Spread 1 cup of the pumpkin mousse on top. Repeat the layering 5 more times, ending with a layer of the pumpkin mousse. Cover and refrigerate the tiramisu overnight.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup of whipping cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Dollop the whipped cream over the tiramisu, garnish with shaved chocolate and candied ginger and serve.

Savory Carrot and Apple Soup


Serves 12
4 tablespoons margarine or oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium leek, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
1 medium fennel bulb, cored and chopped
Kosher salt
2 pounds carrots, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds
2 parsnips , peeled and cut in rounds
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
7 gingersnap cookies or 4 full graham crackers, plus ½ teaspoon dried ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
2 thyme sprigs
2 quarts chicken stock
1 cup Tofutti sour cream
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt the margarine. Add the onion, leek, fennel and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, 9 minutes. Add the carrots, parsnip, apple, gingersnaps, curry powder, garlic, ginger and thyme and cook, stirring, until the carrots and celery root soften slightly, 10 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat, stirring, until the vegetables are very tender, 25 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.
With an immersion blender, puree the soup in a blender with the Tofutti sour cream and vinegar until smooth. Reheat the soup if necessary and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, top with toasted pumpkin seeds and serve.

Cornbread, Sausage, Cherry, and Pecan Stuffing

Serves 8

¾ cup (1½ sticks) margarine, cut into pieces, divided plus more
¼ cup white wine vinegar
½ cup dried tart cherries
10 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread, dried out overnight
⅓ cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
¼ cup olive oil
1 pound kielbasa, Italian sausage or other sausage, optional
2 medium onions, chopped
4 celery stalks, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
2 large eggs
3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth, divided
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 400°. Grease a shallow 3-qt. baking dish and a sheet of foil. Bring vinegar and 2 tablespoons water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat and add cherries. Let sit until cherries are plump, 15–20 minutes.
Meanwhile, spread out cornbread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden brown, 10–15 minutes. Let cool. Place in a very large bowl.
Drain cherries, reserving soaking liquid, and add cherries to bowl with cornbread (do not mix).
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook kielbasa/sausage, stirring occasionally and breaking into small pieces with a spoon, until browned and cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Transfer to bowl with a slotted spoon.
Add onions and celery to skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until onions are golden brown and soft, 10–12 minutes. Add garlic and sage; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
Reduce heat to medium and cook reserved cherry soaking liquid in skillet, scraping up any browned bits, until almost all evaporated, about 1 minute. Add ½ cup margarine; cook, stirring, until melted. Drizzle over bread mixture.
Whisk eggs and 2 cups stock in a medium bowl; pour over cornbread mixture. Add parsley, season with salt and pepper, and gently toss, adding more stock ¼-cupful at a time as needed (you may not use it all), until combined and cornbread is hydrated. Mix carefully to avoid breaking cornbread into crumbs. Transfer to prepared dish and dot with remaining ¼ cup margarine.
Cover with greased foil; bake until a paring knife inserted into the center comes out hot, 30–35 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450°. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown and crisp, 20–25 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
DO AHEAD: Stuffing can be assembled 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Fruit and Spice Cranberry Sauce

Makes 3 cups

8 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried tart cherries or craisins
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cinnamon stick (about 3 in. long)
1 wide piece lemon peel (about 3 in. long)
1 wide piece orange peel (about 3 in. long)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Put all ingredients and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until cranberries have popped, flavors are developed, and dried fruit has softened, about 30 minutes. Let cool, then spoon into a serving bowl and chill until ready to take to the party (remove citrus peels and cinnamon stick before serving). Can be made up to 2 -3 days ahead of serving.

Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie

Serves 12

1/2 recipe Pie Crust, see recipe below or store-bought

2-1/4 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, such as Garnet (sometimes called "yams")
3 large eggs
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons pareve whipping cream
3 tablespoons melted margarine
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon melted margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Make pastry as directed in a regular 9-in. pie pan. Let cool.

Preheat oven to 375° and make filling: Bake sweet potatoes in a shallow pan until very tender when pierced, 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 hours. Let cool. Scoop flesh into a food processor and purée until smooth. Measure 2 cups; save extra for soup or another use.

Reduce oven to 350°. With a mixer, beat eggs in a large bowl until frothy. Beat in remaining filling ingredients until blended. Pour into crust and spread level. Wrap pie rim with 4 strips of foil.

Bake pie 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together topping ingredients except pecans until smooth. Stir in pecans.

Remove foil from pie. Evenly drop small spoonfuls of pecan mixture in a border around edge of pie. Continue to bake until center jiggles only slightly when shaken gently, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool on a rack at least 2 hours.
Make ahead: Through step 2 or the whole pie, up to 1 day.

Pie crust
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
10 tablespoon cold unsalted margarine, cut into 1/2-in. cubes

In a mixer, beat flour, sugar, and salt on low speed to blend. Add shortening in spoonfuls and beat on low speed until pieces are pea-size, about 1 minute. Add margarine and beat until pieces are pea-size, stopping once to scrape bowl, about 2 1/2 minutes. Gradually drizzle in 5 1/2 tbsp. ice water, beating just until dough comes together, 15 to 30 seconds.

Divide mixture in half and gently gather and press each into a 3/4-in.-thick disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

Unwrap 1 pastry disk and lightly flour pastry, work surface, and rolling pin (save remaining disk for another use). Working from center with short strokes, roll pastry into an even 12-in. circle. As you work, lift pastry using a bench scraper or long metal spatula, and reflour board and pin as needed to keep it from sticking.

Fold pastry in half and open up into a regular 9-in. pie pan, easing it into place without stretching. Using scissors, trim overhang to 1 in.

Roll overhang under itself so it's flush with and sitting on top of rim. Pinch pastry along lip to form an even ridge. Flute ridge. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, 30 to 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400° with a rack in lower third. Line pastry with foil, letting ends come straight up from pan but not over rim. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until crust is golden at edges, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove foil and weights. If needed, bake until center is dry, 2 to 5 more minutes.
Make ahead: For dough, up to 2 days, chilled or 1 month, frozen. For blind-baked crust, up to 1 day, airtight.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions

Serves 6 -8

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 cups thinly sliced sweet onions (from 2 large)
1 medium clove garlic, thinly sliced
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar; more as needed
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1-1/4 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered if large

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.
Heat 2 Tbs. of the olive oil in a 5-quart heavy-duty pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, reduce the heat to medium, and cook without stirring until the onions begin to brown on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and stir with a wooden spatula. Continue to cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot frequently and adjusting the heat as necessary, until the onions are very soft and evenly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the thyme and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, toss the sprouts with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet, stirring once or twice, until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
Toss the Brussels sprouts with the onions. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and vinegar, and serve.

Garlicky Green Beans

Serves 8

Kosher salt
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sliced almonds
5 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon margarine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook, stirring once, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over low heat. Add the almonds and cook, stirring, until golden, 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 10 seconds; transfer to a plate.
Add the margarine and cook, stirring, until it begins to brown, 3 minutes. Add the beans and toss to coat. Cook, stirring often, until tender, 4 minutes. Add the lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the beans topped with the almonds.

Sauteed Spinach with Shallots

Serves 6

5 tablespoons unsalted margarine or olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/4 pound spinach (two 10-oz. bags), stemmed and thoroughly washed but not dried
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg, or to taste

Heat the margarine in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, coriander, and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot begins to soften but does not brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high, and begin adding the spinach, a large handful at a time, tossing with tongs, until all the spinach is in the skillet. Cook, tossing frequently, until the spinach is wilted and bright green, about 2 minutes. If a lot of water remains, cook on high heat, until the leaves are coated with margarine but not soupy, another 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

Thanksgiving Recipes 2014


Savory Carrot and Apple Soup
Spinach Salad with Persimmons
Sweet Potato Latke
Curried Leftover Turkey Salad
Quick Thai Pumpkin Soup

Main Dish

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
Roast Turkey with Chestnut-Apple Stuffing
Classic Roast Turkey
Apple Brined Turkey
Roasted Turkey with Smoked Paprika
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Pareve Ricotta Cheese and Olives with Balsamic Glaze
Fall Stew
Perfect Roast Turkey

Side Dish

Cornbread, Sausage, Cherry, and Pecan Stuffing
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions
Sautéed Spinach with Shallots
Garlicky Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes with Sauteed Leeks
Mashed Potatoes with Wasabi
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Ginger
Spinach Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Green Bean Almondine
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Cranberry Pear Relish
Pumpkin Pilaf
Sweet Potato Coconut Crumble
Special Spice Cranberry Relish
Butternut Squash Stuffin Muffins
Baby Winter Squash with Spiced Orange-Currant Stuffing
Roast Turkey with Chestnut-Apple Stuffing
Roasted Turkey Roulade with Sausage Stuffing
Roasted Turkey with Smoked Paprika
Sausage and Apple Kosher Stuffing
Stuffed Chicken with Turkey and Apple-Cranberry Sausage Stuffing
Turkey Pie with Cranberry Thyme Crust
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Ginger
Citrus Cranberry Sauce
Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Chutney
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Marilyn's Stuffing
Provencal Potato Gratin
Smashed Potatoes with Pareve Sour Cream and Chives
Spanish Rice
Wild Rice with Roasted Grapes, Pecans and Sage
Lots of Stuffing Recipes here, Lots of Cranberry Sauces here, Potatoes everyway you can think of here

Pumpkin Tiramisu
Fruit and Spice Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie
Recipe by Paula Shoyer, author of The Holiday Kosher Baker
Pumpkin Doughnuts and Almond and Olive Oil Cake
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Bread Stuffed with Cream Cheese
Easiest Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Bread
Cranberry Apple Sauce
Doughnut Bread Pudding
Olive Oil Cake
Lemon Bars with Cranberries
Pecan Pie Bars
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Pecan Streusel
Apple Blueberry Pie
Apple Pie with Cranberries
Best Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples
Lemon Bars with Cranberries
Olive Oil Cake
Roasted Cranberry Pear Relish
Sweet Potato Coconut Crumble
Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
Cranberry Macadamia Nut Stuffing
Cranberry-Pistachio Paté
Pumpkin Doughnuts
Pumpkin Mousse Pie with Pecan Streusel
Spicy Pumpkin Cake with Maple Glaze

Spanish Rice

Serves 6

We love rice in my family so I had to start creating recipes that used rice in different and unexpected ways. I love the color and flavor in this dish. I often serve it along side a turkey breast so keep it on file for Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner!

2 tablespoons margarine or oil
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
Pinch salt
Pinch cayenne
Several dashes hot sauce or Srirachi sauce

Melt the margarine in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the rice, onion and green pepper, and saute until the rice is slightly browned and the vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, cayenne and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, then fluff with a fork. If the rice is tender but too soupy, cook uncovered for another 5 minutes. If the rice is dry but not yet tender, add 1/2 cup water, cover and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until the rice is done.

Delicious Oven Baked Chicken Cutlets

Serves 4, Can be doubled

Making tasty oven baked chicken can be challenging. With the addition of a few flavorful seasonings, a healthier version can be really good and guilt-free. I like to keep the leftovers in the refrigerator to use in wraps, sandwiches, and salads for school lunches. I still sometimes make the fried version at times, but this great recipe has become a go-to for that mid-week schnitzel craving.

Cooking spray
2/3 cup panko
1-3/4 ounces (1/3 cup) toasted, skinned hazelnuts, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 thin-cut chicken breast cutlets (about 1 pound)

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Put a wire rack over a large, foil-lined baking sheet; spray the rack with cooking spray.
Toast the panko in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a shallow dish or plate; cool briefly then add the hazelnuts, rosemary, garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper.
Combine the mayonnaise and mustard in a second shallow dish. Coat the chicken in the mayonnaise mixture and then the panko mixture, and then transfer to the prepared rack. Mist the chicken lightly with cooking spray and bake until just cooked through, 13 to 15 minutes.

One Pot Fish with Tomatoes and Potatoes

Still a little tired of cooking and feeling like you need to lighten up? I am. This week has been a week of fish, lots of salad, and smaller meals. I cannot believe we are even hungry, but we are. This dish was hit. Super simple and flavorful and even my non-fish lovers enjoyed it. I made it without the potatoes and served it over brown rice.

Serves 6

3 Yukon potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra
3/4 pound white fish fillets, such as flounder, tilapia, and cod
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 yellow onion, sliced
3 Roma tomatoes, cut in chunks
1/2 cup good quality black olives, pitted and sliced in half

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Boil the potato slices in salted water until they are not quite completely cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Grease baking dish or Dutch oven with the olive oil and place the fish in the dish.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, thyme, soy sauce, lemon, salt, and pepper. Add the onion, tomatoes, olives, and potatoes. Toss gently to coat.

Pour the vinaigrette and vegetables over the fish. Bake in oven until fish is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Brownies

Makes 16 bars

1 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
½ cup flour
½ cup non-dairy creamer or soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup margarine
½ cup cocoa
1 2/3 cups chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped or other nut of your choice
2 cups mini marshmallows
½ cup toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, egg, flour, non-dairy creamer, and vanilla and set aside.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt margarine. Add cocoa and whisk to combine. Add cocoa mixture to sugar/flour mixture and whisk to combine. Spread mixture into greased pan.

Bake for 20 minutes or until base is set.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts. Return pan to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes or until chips start to melt. With offset spatula spread melted chocolate a little bit.

Remove from oven and sprinkle marshmallows and toasted coconut over melted chocolate. Press them lightly with your hands to help them adhere to the chocolate. Cool completely.

Cut into 2 x 2 inch bars.

Tip: It is easiest to remove the whole slab of brownies from the pan and then cut them with a sharp knife on a cutting board. Do not drag the knife across the whole bar; it will pull the marshmallows away from the brownies.

Roasted Za’atar Chicken

Serves 6

1 (4 pounds) chicken, cut in 1/8’s or 2 small
2 red onions, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sumac
1 ½ teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chicken broth or water
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons za'atar spice
¼ cup pine nuts or almonds, toasted

Mix chicken, onions, garlic, lemon, sumac, allspice, cinnamon, broth, and ¼ cup oil in a zip-lock plastic bag. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well so that chicken is coated with all ingredients. Marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place chicken and all of marinade in a large roasting pan, spooning any remaining marinade over and around chicken. Sprinkle with za'atar. Roast in oven until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 50 – 60 minutes.

Serve chicken with onions and lemons and pan juices.