Leave the Passover Baking to the Experts

Photo: Brian Kennedy for Breads Bakery

Photo: Brian Kennedy for Breads Bakery

I love it when my readers tell me what they need! So when M. phoned to ask where oh where should she buy her Passover desserts, we took the challenge and got to work looking for the best of the best.

For those strictly kosher or not so much, those on the west side or the west coast, we’ve got your  freshly baked, professionally made Passover dessert options covered. Continue reading

Three Fish Recipes for Non- Fish Lovers

Thai Coconut Tilapia courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering

Thai Coconut Tilapia courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering

Contributed by Marcia Selden Catering

We all know someone (heck it could be us) who says they don’t like fish.  Most likely it’s because they say it smells, well… fishy.  These dishes will convert even the staunchest non-fish eaters with these mild and delicious recipes. Continue reading

The New Passover Menu Cookbook Give-Away

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Isn’t it great to get a head start on your holiday prep?

We’re offering one copy of Paula Shoyer’s THE NEW PASSOVER MENU to help you get inspired and think outside of your same ol’ Passover cooking box. Continue reading

Cod Provencal & Dreams of Warmer Days

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Contributed by Melissa Roberts

By now, winter feels endless. Had enough heavy stews and soups already? Even when stuck in winter’s grip, you can bring the warmth of sunnier climes to the table with this one dish fish entree that combines the flavors of Provence. Continue reading

The Perfect Hamantaschen Dough

photo: Shushy Turin-Shine; www.cookinginheels.com

photo: Shushy Turin-Shine; www.cookinginheels.com

It’s a little early, I know. But the weekend is fast approaching and with it comes an opportunity to commit to mastering the most whimsical of all baked goods: Hamantaschen!

So when Sarah Lasry posted a little preview of what I’ll be posting here NEXT week, our friend Shushy over at Cooking in Heels flipped head over her stilettos for this dough. Sarah promises it’s fabulous, even for those of us who have had problems with corners popping open and shapes looking too, well, UN- triangular. Yup, both Sushy and I confess freely to being hamantaschen challenged.

With thanks to Shushy, who stirred up a lot of expectation on her Instagram account (do check out her fabulous blog) and Sarah Lasry, one of my  ”4 Bloggers Dish: Passover” co-authors and go to recipe expert at Patchke Princess, here’s a dairy free (pareve) dough without a bit of margarine.

YAY for coconut oil!

For more ideas on hamantaschen fillings (chocolate and apricot and kid friendly jelly) and doughs (chocolate and anise and peanut butter), click my previous posts here and here.

Be sure to check back for another hamantschen recipe next week. I’m sworn to secrecy but I CAN tell you that it’s time for something savory- and we’ll have it right here for you.

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The Perfect Basic Hamantaschen Dough

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This recipe is courtesy of Sarah Lasry

If you would like to make this dough in advance: wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and keep in fridge. However the dough will be very hard from the coconut oil when you first remove from fridge, so you MUST leave it for a minimum of 2 hours on countertop to get to room temperature before using.

This recipe is non-dairy (pareve)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, room temp.
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 egg, room temp.
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. grated & finely chopped fresh lemon & orange rinds (the peel of about 1 large lemon & orange)
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3-4 tbsp. orange liqueur (I use Cointreau or you can use orange juice)

Instructions

  1. Add the coconut oil and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the whisk attachment, cream the sugar and oil till smooth (about 3 minutes)
  2. Add the egg, vanilla & citrus peel one at a time and whisk until combined.
  3. Slowly add the flour one cup at a time to mixer and whisk some more until a dough starts to form.
  4. Add the salt.
  5. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides.
  6. Add the orange liqueur one tablespoon at a time and mix until the dough comes together easily. The dough should not be sticky but pliable and easily removable from the bowl. (You might need a little more liquid to achieve the desired consistency)
  7. At this point you can roll out the dough and fill with your favorite hamantaschen filling.
  8. Bake in 350 F pre-heated oven for about 13-15 minutes on a paper lined cookie sheet.
  9. The Hamantaschen are done when they a slightly golden at the edges and still soft to the touch.
  10. Remove from tray and let cool entirely on rack.
  11. Your Hamantaschen will be crispy with a little chewy bite.
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Blood Orange Salad Brightens Winter Days

photo courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering

photo courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering

Contributed by Marcia Selden Catering

This colorful citrus salad will brighten even the dreariest mid- winter day. When the forecast calls for snow, this melange of veggies will be a welcome and vibrant addition to your table.   Keep it simple and vegan (pareve) as tangy and fragrant blood oranges Continue reading

Petite Edibles Thrive in Winter

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Contributed by Katy Morris

As we take refuge from the harsh February winds here in Connecticut, it’s difficult to envision what a blooming array of fresh greens in New England looks, smells, and most importantly, tastes like. But we have good news –thanks to Gilbertie’s Certified Organic Petite Edibles Herbs & Greens in Easton, CT.

Here are all the deets on this organic greenhouse grower and on what you should know about microgreens, petites and other superfoods growing indoors right now.

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Seasonal Snippet: Collards & Nutty Pate Wrap

The Stand- Curried almond pate with Gilbertie's pea shoots and red peppers

Contributed by Katy Morris; Photos- Liz Rueven

Collard greens are a staple in southern cuisine, but vegetarians and kosher keepers have generally steered clear of them since they have traditionally been paired with ingredients we don’t eat. Luckily, these nutritious greens have made their way nationwide and into lots of creative vegan and vegetarian dishes (see our vegan and gluten-free Curry Collard Wrap, below).  Bursting with flavor and impressively versatile,  we love collard greens! Continue reading

Petite Shell Tempts with Golden Rugelach

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I heard the temptation before I inhaled it as I rounded the corner of 85th Street on Lexington Ave. in NYC.  Two young Moms clasped each other’s well cloaked arms on a freezing January day and gasped, “Do you smell the butter? We’ve got to get one!”

Indeed the alluring aromas of warm, sweet pastries and strong coffee waft onto the Upper East Side sidewalk outside of Petite Shell, a three week old rugelach, croissant and coffee bar, beckoning anyone who falls hard for flaky pastries filled with irresistible sweet and savory flavors. Continue reading