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the Kosher-for-Passover recipes
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Storage and Freezer Guide
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and Kugel tip
Cream Tuna Quiche
Mike Mills' Secrets for Moist and Delicious Chicken and Turkey
Tips from France
Here are some
cheesy tips fresh from France:
prevent cheese from drying, spread butter on it before storing.
cheese in an airtight container with a couple of sugar lumps.
This helps to stabilise the humidity.
preserve cheese for a month or so, wrap it in absorbent paper
soaked in vinegar to prevent mould.
the cheese has already become mouldy, cut off the mould with a
knife soaked in vinegar.
This makes a great pareve spread for matzos during
Passover - it's lower in calories, fat and saturated fat.
However, don't use it for baking.
1 cup soft pareve tub margarine
1/2 cup cold water
Process margarine in a food processor until smooth. Add cold water through
the feed tube while the machine is running. Process 2 to 3 minutes, until
* 1 lb margarine (454 to 500 grams/16 ounces) is equivalent to 2 cups (4
* 1/2 lb margarine (227 to 250 grams/8 ounces) is equivalent to 1 cup (2
* 1/4 lb margarine (115 to 125 grams/4 ounces) is equivalent to 1/2 cup (1
* Oil can be substituted in many recipes and is a healthier choice because
hard or stick margarines are high in saturated fat.
* You can usually substitute vegetable oil for baking and olive or vegetable
oil for cooking. There might be a difference in texture in baked goods, but
oil produces a decent and pareve (dairy-free) product that is low in
saturated fat. Safflower oil has a decent taste and is available for Passover use.
Enjoy your red wine without fretting over spills! This trick removes red
wine stains, no matter how old.
Cream Tuna Quiche
recipe was in the original edition of my processor book, but was not
included in The Food Processor Bible edition. (We had to delete some
recipes to make room for 115 new ones!)
has The Food Processor Bible, so we have added the quiche
recipe to our website for her and anyone else who wants the quiche
recipe from the original book. Enjoy...Sour
Cream Tuna Quiche
Salad tip from Elana Setton
For a delicious twist on standard tuna salad, add a generous
tablespoon of curry powder....YUM!
dough tip from Goldie Libman
DO NOT - I repeat
DO NOT - when proofing (rising) dough cover the dough with waxed paper. In
my haste, I reached for the waxed paper instead of a bowl. I placed
the dough on the paper, covered the dough with the paper and put a kitchen
towel over it, and I had a big blob of dough and waxed paper that wouldn't
come off. The whole thing was a mess! Shana Tova!
Thanks for your tip, Goldie! It proves that experience is the best teacher! Parchment paper would work because it doesn't stick at all. I usually put
the yeast dough in a very large bowl, then cover the top of the bowl (not the top of the dough) with plastic wrap to prevent the dough from drying
out. I stopped using a towel because I often don't bake my dough the same day. This works well for me. Sometimes I leave the dough on a well-floured
countertop to rise, covering it with an inverted large glass bowl so I can see when the dough has risen enough.
for Healthier Grilling
Outdoor grilling is very popular
during warm weather. However, it's not always the healthiest way of eating.
Typical barbecue fare usually features hot dogs, burgers, steaks and chicken,
with less emphasis on vegetables and grains. Here are some of Norene's tips for healthier
How do you make Passover
Icing Sugar? What do you do with leftovers? For the answers to these an
other Passover cooking quandaries, visit Tips
for Passover. And to simplify Passover cooking, read Chefs
Select Passover Secrets. Chefs Select parchment paper is Kosher for
and Kugel tip from Sandra Kashetsky
making potato latkes, put a pinch of vitamin C powder into the potato
mixture to keep it white. Good for potato kugel also.
Spatula Trick from Norene:
The removable bottom of a 10" to 12" metal quiche pan can be
used as a giant spatula to transfer any cake from a baking sheet or
spring-form pan base to your serving plate. It is flexible so it can be gently inserted under the meringue, cheesecake or any torte layer to lift and transfer it. Works every time!
to Norene's spatula trick to remove cake (cheesecake) from
spring-form: Before preparing mixture,
remove bottom of spring-form and invert so that groove is facing down, and
smooth part is facing upwards. When ready
to put on plate it will slide off easily. From spicy sally
Paper tips from Norene:
If you wet cooking parchment by dunking it in water, you can mold it around a casserole dish, bowl or dinner plate to become a cover. It doesn't blow
off or fall off during micro-waving.
I also make a pouch by twisting the top of a parchment packet to close it after placing veggies, a chicken breast or a piece of fish on the parchment - no cleanup! Perfect for lazy