What’s New with Kim Kushner

 

 Photo: Kate Sears; Poisson a la Marocaine

Photo: Kate Sears; Poisson a la Marocaine

When a cookbook author launches her intro with a line like “I don’t always love to cook,” her honesty feels like the confession of a delightfully candid friend. Or something we each feel, but probably don’t say, as we face another ___________ (fill in the blank: Monday, weekend, holiday, Shabbat, work week, school week, family dinner….)

It’s this tone of openness that first attracted me to Kim Kushner’s The New Kosher, Simple Recipes to Savor and Share (2015).

Watch for our cookbook give-away later this week! 

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Vegan Temptations by CHLOE.

Chloe Coscarelli Image courtesy of by CHLOE.

Chloe Coscarelli
Image courtesy of by CHLOE.

An omnivore, a kosher keeper and a vegan grad student met for lunch at by CHLOE. on Bleecker St. in NYC on a balmy late Autumn day. Together, we waded through the hipster crowd to savor, critique, and agree that we loved almost everything we tasted at this hotter than hot vegan cafe.

The dishes were so tasty and the variety so enticing, that by CHLOE. just might convince any remaining naysayers that vegans DO indeed, cook and eat well. Continue reading

Marrakesh Chicken for a Crowd

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Marrakesh chicken is a real crowd pleaser. It’s interesting enough to serve for holidays or special dinners. It’s easy enough to serve for casual weekend gatherings, too. We appreciate the load of dried apricots and figs along with warmth inducing cumin and ginger during these  winter months.

Best of all, this dish is best when assembled a day in advance.

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Seasonal Snippet: Jicama Lends Tropical Crunch to Winter Dishes

Photo: Hannah Kaminsky

Photo: Hannah Kaminsky

By Katy Morris

Jicama (pronounced “hee-ka-mah”) has made its way up north to uplift our winter dishes with its welcoming crispness – a perfect textural contrast to all the root veggies we’ve been roasting lately.

And with Chanukah calories having settled into certain, ahem, body parts, it’s the perfect time to switch gears and think about raw, low-cal, seasonal salads. 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.

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Easy Spiced Zucchini Bread

Photo: Robin Selden for Marcia Selden Catering, CT

Photo: Robin Selden for Marcia Selden Catering, CT

We love easy-to-bake recipes that highlight seasonal spices like the heady quad of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and cloves. Once you’ve baked this super moist Spiced Zucchini Bread, your home will carry the warming scents of Autumn for days.

And with Chanukah and family gatherings ramping up next week, that’s a welcoming scent, indeed. 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