Whitefish Guacamole Spices Up Chanukah

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Need some help spicing up your Chanukah dinner celebrations? No problema!

Renowned Chef Julian Medina invites you to venture south of the border for the Festival of Lights this year. Actually, just south of Houston.

Once again, he has combined his Mexican heritage, present-day Jewish practice, and culinary erudition to create an enticing four-course Mexican Chanukah dinner at each of Toloaches and Yerba Buena for a non-traditional yet authentic holiday feast. Continue reading

Sizzling Latke Variations for Chanukah

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Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, however you transliterate it,  it spells L-A-T-K-E  deliciousness for all eight nights of celebration.

Starting with the perfect traditional potato latke (pancake) and winding our way from savory to sweet, we’re providing a range of flavors and ingredients for you to sizzle at home as you celebrate. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Sweet Potatoes & Why We Love Them

Sweet potatoes: NOT the prettiest girls at the market

Sweet potatoes: NOT the prettiest girls at the market

Contributed by Katy Morris

Whipped to creamy perfection and topped with toasted pecans? Roasted and sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon? Perhaps baked into a cupcake and generously frosted?

There are so many ways to enjoy sweet potatoes; it’s hard to choose just one. And given we are in the throes of Thanksgiving menu planning right now, we’re serving up everything you need to know about this highly nutritious but slightly unattractive veggie in this month’s Seasonal SnippetContinue reading

Kosher Kitchensurfing at Home

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Ready to take a break from holiday cooking challenges even before Thanksgiving and eight nights of Chanukah throw those kitchen curve balls at you?  If you’re looking for an effortless alternative, and you already feel relieved as you imagine a professional chef keeping your turkey moist or your latkes crisp, Kitchen Surfing has the answer.

And now there are kosher options. Continue reading

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower “Steak”

The Modern Kosher Kitchen by Ronnie Fein. Photo: Glenn Scott

The Modern Kosher Kitchen by Ronnie Fein. Photo: Glenn Scott

The cruciferous Autumn darling of the season seems to be cauliflower. With the proper prep and seasoning, it’s pretty easy to forget how you felt about this veggie when you were a young’un.  Continue reading

Is this Kosher Chef the Next Top Chef? Consider this Ceviche.

photo: Natalie Woyshner

photo: Natalie Woyshner

Contributed by Katy Morris

How does a non-Jewish, half-Mexican, half-Japanese, treyf-loving chef become the first ever kosher “cheftestant” on one of the most popular TV shows in the country?

I didn’t pick kosher, kosher picked me,” he claims.

Chef Katsuji Tanabe of L.A.’s premiere authentic Mexican kosher restaurant, Mexikosher and recent winner of Food Network’s Chopped, made it through the first round of Top Chef last Wednesday eve. 

On the eve of the premiere, I asked him to Tell Me More. Continue reading

Try Cooking with Tea for Nuanced Flavors

Chicken_Quinoa plateThe chilly temps of Autumn have us sipping steaming cups of hot tea while spending more time looking for new recipe inspirations.  When we started wondering about cooking with tea we consulted local experts and CT friends at  Leaf & Ardor Tea Co. to get the skinny. Continue reading

Soup Dumplings (Kreplach) in Golden Broth

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Contributed by Melissa Roberts

Served on Sukkot, kreplach (soup dumplings) serve a dual purpose. First, for practical purposes and when served in soup, it’s a warming dish when eaten outdoors on a cool autumn night. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: All About Pomegranates

 

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Pomegranates are kind of like the queens of fall.

Not only are they robed in ruby red, filled with jewel-like arils, beautified with a crown-like head and reputed to be high-maintenance to handle, they have been highly prized for centuries by royals, religious icons and spiritual leaders.  They often grace the Rosh HaShanah table Continue reading

Burnt Eggplant with Garlic, Lemon and Pomegranate Seeds

Photo: Shulie Madnick

Photo: Shulie Madnick

When I felt a little short on pomegranate recipes in this season of honey, apples and these seedy beauties, I turned to Shulie Madnick, food writer, blogger and photographer extraordinaire. I knew that she would have something big on unexpected flavor combinations and connected to the upcoming holiday of Rosh HaShanah in some way. Continue reading