The symbolic foods of Purim are connected with Haman and Queen Esther. To avoid breaking Kosher dietary laws, Queen Esther lived in the palace on a vegetarian diet. Poppy seeds are symbolic of Queen Esther's three day fast. When she broke her fast at night, she ate only seeds while she prayed to G-d to repeal Haman's decree. Here are some of my favorite Purim treats:
At some point during Pesach preparations, we’ve all tried to convert a main stream recipe into a Pesach one only to discover that we don’t have a clue as to what to substitute for a chometz ingredient. This panic moment is why Eileen Goltz started compiling her excellent LIST OF PESACH SUBSTITUTES:
Chanukah. Chanukah starts December 12th at sundown, when we light the first of 8 candles
Latkes! Sufganiyot! This innovative collection of recipes from culinary mavens Joan Nathan and Paula Shoyer will be sure to impress the guests at your holiday table. Chanukah fare with flair! Read the full article at Jewish Action.
Although potato latkes are a traditional Chanukah treat, why not experiment this year by making latkes with other vegetables? Recipes include: Easy Potato Latkes, Carrot Latkes, and so much more...
Whether you spell it Chanukah or Hannukah, this festive winter holiday is associated with all sorts of latkes, sufganiyot and fried foods to celebrate the miracle of a small amount of oil miraculously lasting for eight days.
Relaunch of Second Helpings Please!, for Act To End Violence Against Women... 49 years and counting!
Book launch Silver Platter May 2015
Relaunch of Second Helpings, Please! Original members of original book (1968)
Norene Gilletz Kitchen food products launch at Metro Lawrence Plaza
Norene and Daniella Silver demo'ing for Silver Platter
Casual pose during cooking demo
Norene and Daniella Silver at Simple To Spectacular book launch November 2016
THE SHABBAT TABLE: GEFILTE FISH – OLD AND NEW TRADITIONS
Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom! Gefilte fish is often served for Shabbat and it is very popular for the High Holidays.
Recipes included: THREE-COLOR GEFILTE FISH LOAF, GEFILTE FISH RING, TEX-MEX GEFILTE FISH, SUPER SALSA [ ... ]
THE SHABBAT TABLE: AWARD-WINNING CHALLAH RECIPES
Each Shabbat, my inbox is flooded with Facebook messages from all over the world. My Facebook group, Norene’s Kitchen!, has 8,000 + members and has grown into a wonderful, close-knit community where recipes, menus, food photos, tips, and cooking videos are shared by members. Of course, no matter what else is on the Shabbat menu, challah always takes centre stage. Whether homemade or store-bought, nothing tastes more like Shabbat than challah.
Recipes included: CHALLAH-APPLE KUGEL, RED CABBAGE SALAD, CHINESE CHICKEN BLINTZES, BLINTZ BATTER [ ... ]
THE SHABBAT TABLE: THE HUNT FOR THE BEST (PASSOVER) BRISKET
Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom! Passover is quickly approaching and as usual, there has been much interest among my readers who are in search of the best brisket recipe.
Jewish chicken soup is traditionally flavoured with dill and the veggies are cooked in large chunks. Some chefs add a piece of turnip, celery root, a few parsnips and/or parsley to the soup. Ultimately, it depends on how your mother made it.
Will You "Bee" My Honey?
Rosh Hashanah is associated with honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. Honey cake and carrot tzimmes are traditional staples, but below are some recipes that will add special sweetness to your yom tov table!
Simanim–Sign Me Up for a Sweet, Healthy New Year!
Rosh Hashanah is usually associated with apples and honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. In our family, honey cake, apple cake or strudel and a carrot tzimmes sweetened with honey are always on the menu. The following are recipes that include some of the special symbolic foods—the simanim—eaten on Rosh Hashanah: fish, pomegranates, carrots, honey, beets, dates, raisins and apples. Enjoy in good health!
Recipes included: BAKED SALMON WITH MUSHROOM STUFFING, NORENE’S POMEGRANATE CHICKEN, NORENE’S ROASTED BEET SALAD, COUSCOUS, MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE, APPLE STRUDEL IN THE ROUND
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Breaking the Fast with a Fast Trip Across the Street, Chicago Style
You think you have a big crowd coming to your house to break the Yom Kippur fast? Not compared to my friend Marsha, you don’t. This September, Marsha and her husband, Brian, along with another couple, will be co-hosting the Ninth Annual Easy Access Break-Fast for the families of her Chicago shul.
Chef’s Table – Hearty Vegetarian Dishes to Serve in the Sukkah
This year, Sukkot takes place in the latter part of October, so unless you live in Australia, chances are the weather will be somewhat chilly. There’s nothing better than serving family and friends a big bowl of nourishing soup or some hearty chili to warm everyone up on those cool fall nights. These hearty, healthy, meat-free recipes are sure to please everyone at your Sukkot table, meat-eaters and vegetarians/vegans alike.
On Simchat Torah, which means “Joy of the Torah,” the last passage in the Torah is read and then immediately the first passage in the Torah is read. Thus, there is an unbroken cycle of reading Judaism’s holiest book, marking the ending and beginning anew of the annual reading cycle of the Torah. Certain recipes have become Simchat Torah traditions.
Sara Finkel’s latest cookbook, The Complete Yom Tov Cookbook: Winning Recipes for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkos (Targum), includes delectable, well-planned menus for every festive celebration, from Rosh Hashanah to Simchat Torah.
Recipes includes: CHALLAH-APPLE KUGEL, RED CABBAGE SALAD, CHINESE CHICKEN BLINTZES, BLINTZ BATTER [ ... ]
Cooking Demo at Fruit of the Land - Tabbouleh Salad
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Simple Elegance: Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results
Introducing Simple Elegance, a new wholesome and family-friendly cookbook by Daniella Silver in collaboration with Norene Gilletz. Please take a look at the Sneak Peak below
Daniella Silver, author of the bestselling The Silver Platter: Simple to Spectacular, once again teams up with Norene Gilletz -- the acclaimed “matriarch of kosher cooking” -- to bring to our tables a whole new level of elegance. Simple Elegance offers Daniella’s tens of thousands of fans food that is as beautiful to look at as it is healthy to eat. The food is magnificent – and, surprisingly, oh-so-simple to prepare.
So what is the secret of “simple elegance?” It’s not about dozens of hard-to-find ingredients, pricey equipment, and instructions that you need tutorials to follow. It’s simply about paying attention to the small details – an unusual garnish, an unexpected ingredient, a touch of flair in presentation. A little thought, a little imagination, and a lot of caring – and you’ve created a stunning dish, in less time than you would have believed possible. From creative appetizers through gorgeous main dishes and show-stopping desserts – all the recipes feature accessible ingredients, easy to follow instructions, make-ahead and freezing tips, nutritional analysis, and mouth-watering photographs to ignite your imagination.
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SIMPLE ELEGANCE contains over 160 recipes and each one includes Norene’s Notes, techniques, tips and advice from cooking guru, Norene Gilletz. All recipes have indications whether it’s freezer-friendly for make-ahead cooking, kosher for Passover, gluten-free, and full nutritional analysis. From Appetizers, Soups and Salads to Fish, Poultry, Meat, Dairy, Sides and Desserts, recipes include:
-Zucchini Dill Soup
-Pomegranate and Persimmon Salad
-Roast Turkey with Strawberry Pineapple Salsa
-Roasted Vegetables with Terra Chips
-Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes
-Asian-Flavored Miami Ribs
-Spiced Beef with Roasted Butternut Squash
-Quinoa Pizza Ramekins
-Israeli Couscous Salad with Asparagus and Olives
-Classic Potato Latkes with Assorted Toppings
-Chocolate Dipped Pineapples
-Salted Chocolate Ganache Tart
-Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake
Try these delicious recipes this holiday season.
Recipe(s) may be reprinted with the following credit:
Recipe(s) from THE SILVER PLATTER SIMPLE ELEGANCE: Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results
By Daniella Silver and Norene Gilletz
Maple Cinnamon Chicken meat • gluten-free • freezes well • yields 4-6 servings
When the sugar and spice of this simple chicken dish start to caramelize, a heavenly aroma floats through the house. Ground cinnamon adds unexpected warmth, and cinnamon sticks add a simple touch of elegance.
1 Chicken (about 3 lb/1.4 kg),cut into eighths 2-3 large sweet potatoes, trimmed, halved, thinly sliced into half-moons (do not peel) 3 shallots, trimmed and halved 3-4 cinnamon sticks
freshly ground black pepper 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp dried thyme 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1/4 cup water
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large roasting pan with nonstick spray.
2. Trim and discard excess fat from chicken pieces. Arrange chicken in a single layer, skin-side up, in roasting pan. Add sweet potatoes, shallots, and cinnamon sticks, tucking them between and around chicken pieces. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and thyme. Stir well. Sprinkle mixture evenly over chicken and vegetables. Drizzle with maple syrup.
4. Add water to baking dish, being careful not to drizzle it over the seasoned chicken and vegetables.
5. Bake, uncovered, basting occasionally, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until juices run clear and chicken is glazed and golden. Transfer to a serving platter.
• Variation: Add 8-9 Medjool dates, halved and pitted, with vegetables.
• Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants, including beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. The deeper the orange, the higher the beta-carotene content is. Sweet potatoes have a medium glycemic index (GI). One medium sweet potato contains about 6.6 grams fiber.
3 eggs 1 1/4 cups sugar 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups orange juice 2 1/2 cups flour ( or gluten-free flour with xanthan gum) 1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (no need to thaw) 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs with sugar, oil, and vanilla on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes, until light.
3. Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually blend in orange juice.
4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until combined. Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.
5. Divide batter evenly between prepared loaf pans; spread evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.
6. Allow loaves to cool for 20 minutes. Invert onto serving platters.
• Muffin Variation: In Step 5, scoop batter into muffin pans coated with nonstick spray or lined with paper liners until ¾-full. Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes. Yields 18-24 muffins.
• Frozen cranberries don’t need to be thawed. Just rinse and pat them dry with paper towels before folding them into the batter
14 November 2016
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