Winter Salad that Meets the Challenge

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Winter salads can taste a little lackluster, we know. But colder months provide an opportunity to create pairings with dried fruits and nuts that sing differently but still shine in composed salads bursting with warm flavors and colors. Continue reading

Global Gardens Olive Oil Giveaway

Photo: Global Gardens

Photo: Global Gardens

As  we approach the mid-way point during Chanukah week we think it’s high time for a gift for our dedicated readers! 

We’ve partnered with Global Gardens to offer a delectable (and symbolic) gift to one lucky reader who will surely relish these organically grown,  hand harvested, California olive oils from one of our favorite small businesses. These recently harvested, PERFECT FOR Chanukah olive oils are NEVER available in grocery stores. 

Get ready to enter and win this GIVEAWAY! We’re making it super easy since we know how busy you are preparing mounds of sizzling latkes for your crew.  Continue reading

Cheesy Breakfast Latkes Made Easy

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Frozen shredded potatoes are about to make your Chanukah latkes (aka potato pancakes) a whole lot easier. Yes, we used easy and latkes in the same sentence because this shortcut will leave your knuckles intact and your mound of grated potatoes looking bright instead of that dreaded tawny purplish hue.

Ready?   Continue reading

Thanksgiving Recipes We Know You’ll Love

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Did we mention that we’ve been pinning recipes to our Thanksgiving Pinterest board since way before Labor Day?

We’ve included colorful classics and plenty of twists, edited when necessary, for kosher keepers, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free readers.

Consider this YOUR collection.

Just like YOU, we’re regularly seduced by glossy food mags and our creative food blogger friends. So to get the Thanksgiving mix just right, we’re also highlighting some of our readers’ favorites from Thanksgivings past. With over 150 pinned recipes and tips, we think you’ll find plenty of inspiration there. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sides Beyond the Bird

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’re as excited as you are! We know some of you have been pinning recipes since Labor Day. We have, too!

We’re here to help with the basics and beyond by steering you to some of our readers’ favorite past posts and directing you to many of our talented blogging pals’ recipes on our pinterest board here. Watch for our highlights later this week. Continue reading

Apple & Fennel Noodle Kugel

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Melissa Roberts

Noodle kugel usually finds itself alongside the bagels at a Yom Kippur break fast. Kugel, sweetened with fruit and sugar, symbolizes a wish for a sweet year ahead. There are many variations on this theme and the following recipe provides tradition with a twist on the familiar.

A cottage cheese and sour cream base is blended with eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest into a smooth custard, an extra step, but one that lends a creamy base. Next, the kugel is studded with plump golden raisins and apple, a combination with hints of the fall season ahead.

But there’s more. Because apples pair well with fennel, the sugar is whizzed with fennel seed, lacing the kugel with a faint licorice flavor.

Apple & Fennel Noodle Kugel

8-10 servings

Apple & Fennel Noodle Kugel

Dairy noodle kugel (pudding) is a satisfying addition to any brunch buffet. But it is most often associated with a celebratory break-the-fast meal. Decadently creamy and filling, this kugel points to Autumn with the inclusion of apples and fennel.

This recipe was contributed by Melissa Roberts.

This kugel is dairy.

Ingredients

  • 2 Golden Delicious apples (1 lb total)
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 12 ounces dried egg noodles
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more for greasing dish
  • 1 (1 lb) container sour cream
  • 1 (1 lb) container small curd cottage cheese (4% fat)
  • 1 cup 2% or whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • ¾ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350F.
  2. Generously grease a 3 ½ quart shallow (2 inch deep) baking dish with some butter.
  3. Peel apples, halve, and core. Cut each half into thirds, then thinly slice crosswise.
  4. Combine sugar and fennel seed in a food processor. Run machine until fennel breaks down (it won’t be finely ground, but break most of the fennel into pieces and infuse the sugar). Measure out 2 tablespoons and set aside. Leave remaining sugar in machine.
  5. Bring a 5 to 6 quart pot of water to a boil.
  6. Measure out 1 cup boiling water and combine with raisins. Let steep.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to pot, then cook noodles until al dente. Drain in a colander, then return to warm pot and add 3 tablespoons of the butter, tossing until noodles are coated.
  8. Combine sour cream, cottage cheese, milk eggs, vanilla, zest and salt in food processor with fennel sugar.
  9. Process until smooth.
  10. Add to pot with noodles.
  11. Drain raisins (discard water), then stir in sour cream mixture , raisins, and apples with noodles until combined.
  12. Transfer to buttered dish. Dot top with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and sprinkle with reserved fennel sugar.
  13. Cover dish with foil and bake until kugel is beginning to set but still slightly jiggly in center, 45 minutes to 1 hour hour.
  14. Remove foil and continue to bake until top is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
http://kosherlikeme.com/recipes/apple-fennel-noodle-kugel

How to Cure Salmon at Home

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

We’re still swooning over the house cured Alaskan salmon we enjoyed at Moss Cafe in Riverdale, NY a couple of weeks ago (watch for the resto review coming soon). So we think it’s high time we provide you with Chef Jonathan Mendez‘s easy recipe just on time for you to serve it at your break fast after Yom Kippur.

Or just stash it away for the next time you want to make something to really wow your family and guests. Continue reading