175 Classic Recipes from the Beloved Baker’s Website
A Review by Norene Gilletz
For Chanukah, I’ve chosen two recipes from Marcy Goldman’s newest cookbook, The Best of Betterbaking.com, 175 Classic Recipes from the Beloved Baker’s Website. This wonderful collection of recipes is based on her popular website, www.betterbaking.com. This appealing cookbook is packed with Marcy’s expert insight into ingredients, equipment and techniques. This is a cookbook you will be sure to use over and over again. Here are two excellent dairy desserts from her book that are sure to bring joy to your table. Mmmm!
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The chanukiyah is lit each of the eight nights of Chanukah, in honour of the miracle of a tiny jar of oil, sufficient to light the menorah for one day, burning for a full eight days. It is traditional to eat foods prepared with oil, such as potato latkes and sufganiyot (Israeli-style donuts filled with jelly).
Dairy dishes such as cheese latkes are also customary. The Jewish heroine Judith helped secure a victory for the Jewish forces by slaying Holofernes, the vicious general of the Greek army. She gave him salty cheese to eat, followed by strong wine to quench his thirst. The wine caused him to fall into a deep sleep. Judith seized the sword of Holofernes and slew him with it. His soldiers fled, resulting in the victory of the Macabees.
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Final stop of the Magical Matzoh Progressive Passover Dinner Tour is Toronto, Canada, in my busy kitchen. Here is a quick and easy recipe from my low-fat, healthy cookbook “MealLeaniYumm!” Not only is this recipe among my personal favourites, but I have received many compliments for from readers near and far.
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Passover is just around the corner, bringing with it the annual challenge of what to prepare for the Seders and everyday Passover meals. The decision of what to serve each year is always a dilemma. I have several friends who are extremely organized. They keep copies of their menus in a special Passover file so they have a record of the dishes that their family and friends enjoy, along with comments like “Uncle Jack loves my sweet and sour meatballs, but cousin Sarah has decided to become a vegetarian!”
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JUDY’S MATZAH SCHALAT
Third stop of the Magical Matzoh Progressive Passover Dinner Tour is Fullerton, California, at the home of Judy Kancigor. Judy is a cookbook author, columnist and cooking teacher. This month, Judy will demonstrate how to make an elegant variation of her Matzah Schalat, a delicious kugel-type pudding, at two upcoming cooking classes. This colourful dish comes from her nostalgic cookbook Melting Pot Memories. If you are interested in genealogy, you’ll love the stories, humour and recipes found in this wonderful book.
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