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08
Jul
11

Mamaliga, Mammelige!


I full well know that Jews were not the first to come up with this cornmeal dish, but among my earliest memories of my youth in Montevideo, Uruguay – from various relatives with Romanian spouses – was the aroma, the taste of Mamaliga (which some pronounced: mammelige)  I full well know that Mamaliga is not even a Yiddish name, yet there was also something very Jewish about the word, at least to my childhood mind, especially so, since my Italian friends’ mothers would call it polenta.

Elizabeth Wolf Cohen, in her Perfect Jewish, gives us the following recipe on page 154:

Romanian Mamaliga with Cheese

Serves 6 – 8
Cornmeal, made from maize  was introduced to Europe from the newly discovered Americas in the 16th century. Known as polenta in Italy, cornmeal became so popular in Romania that it was eaten as a porridge for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fine yellow cornmeal or polenta
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter or pareve margarine
  • 1 cup cottage cheese, drained and strained

Mamaliga, mammelige... polenta?

Directions 
Put the cornmeal and salt into a medium bowl and stir in 1 cup of the cold water and smooth. Bring to a large pan filled with 4 cups of water to a boil over high heat. Gradually pour the the wet cornmeal into the boiling water stirring to prevent any lumps forming. 
Cook stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, over medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes, or until the cornmeal forms a mushy porridge and the water is absorbed.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and the strained cheese. Leave to stand for 1 minute. Stir and spoon into a serving bowl.
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Alternatively cook the cornmeal as above, reducing the water by 1 cup. Stir in only half the margarine and omit the cheese. Pour into a greased 9x5x3,5 inch loaf pan and leave to cool. Refrigerate, covered for 2 – 3 hours, or until firm and chilled.
Run a shar knife around the edges of the pan and unmold on to a cutting board. Cut into thin slices.
Heat the remaining butter in a large, heavy bottom skillet over medium-heat. Working in batches, add the cornmealslices and cook for 2 minutes, or until heated through  and crisp and golden. Carefully turn and cook for 1 minute more. Serve with roasted poultry or stew.
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!
CS
07
Jul
11

The Kosher Scene’s Prix Fixe Special at 18 Restaurant


It’s summer and you don’t feel like cooking every evening, besides the kids are likely in camp and it’s just the two of you at home. Why not let someone else do the cooking and avoid the preparation time and the cleanup? Of course, you want reasonable prices, so… with the lazy days of summer in mind we bring you (starting on July 18th):

18 Restaurant

240 East 81st Street, New York – (212) 517-2400

THE KOSHER SCENE SPECIAL DINNER PREFIX MENU

$32.00 per person, tax and gratuities not included. All wine, beer and alcohol billed separately.
Any item not on the Prefix will be billed separately

May not be used in conjunction with ANY other special

APPETIZER

Combination Platters:

Humus, Babaganuosh, Turkish Salad, Tahini

Mixed Green Salads

Assorted Breads

Photo by: seamlessweb.com

ENTREE

Eighteen Mixed Grill Kebob Special Combo Platter:

Chicken

Beef

Side Dishes: Choice of 2

grilled vegetables

french fries

mashed potatoes

basmati rice

DESSERT

Coffee/tea

Assorted Rugelach or Slice of Cake

Cold beverage (non alcohol) included

The food’s delicious, the price is very reasonable, the portions are generous, the ambiance is elegantly casual, a perfect eatery to take your wife, your date or the family. Go ahead, treat yourself! All of you deserve it. (For this Pris Fixe, please print out the following  .pdf)

18 Restaurant
240 East 81st. Street (map)
New York, NY
Telephone 212.517.2400
www.eighteenrestaurant.com

CS

06
Jul
11

It’s Been an Exciting Week! No Radio Show Tonight


It’s been an exciting week, with the first of my granddaughters getting married to a truly fine young man in Baltimore, this past Monday; my youngest son came in from Yerushalayim for 3 days to surprise both his oldest sister and niece. Yes, gentle reader, it’s been very nice but then at the last moment I had a postponement from my scheduled guest; after frantically trying to find a replacement (to no avail!), I feel compelled to cancel this evening’s broadcast. Next week we will be back however with Paul Bensabat, CEO of The Manischewitz Company.

Meanwhile, why not give a listen to last week’s show? Our guest was Esti Berkowitz of PrimeTimeParenting.com. What is her blog about? Mrs. Berkowitz’ one line description says it best: How I Found Kosher Food, A Husband, and Had Children After 35.

We talked about her blog and its purpose, we also discussed kashrus in Chicago, restaurants, take outs and more. As you will hear, Mrs. Berkowitz was an exciting guest and we’ve already had requests to bring her back.

You might also want to listen to something very different from our usual radio style, Jewish Cuisine and Jewish Culture. We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.

CS

03
Jul
11

And the Runner Up Recipes Are…


We got quite a few interesting recipes and even some nice photos. On Monday past, we posted the winning recipe for our Shavous contest, now we are posting the next best ones.

2nd Runner Up

The following recipe shows that you can make something delicious even if it is easy to prepare…

Baked Blintz

(My daughter in Providence, RI, made this. It was easy to prepare and it was truly delicious! CS)

Ingredients

We usually “Healthify” it by substituting for ingredient in parenthesis. Tastes AMAZING either way.

FILLING:

  • 2 Eggs (or Egg Substitutes)
  • ½ Cup Sugar (or Splenda)
  • 1 lb Cream Cheese
  • 1 lb Cottage Cheese or Farmers Cheese

BATTER:

  • ½ cup Sugar (or Splenda)
  • 2 eggs (or Egg Substitutes)
  • 1 cup Flour (or Whole Wheat Flour)
  • ½ lb melted margarine or butter
  • Pinch Salt
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Directions
  1. Mix Filling – Set aside
  2. Mix Batter
  3. Pour ½ Batter into greased 9” X 13” pan (preferably glass)
  4. Spread Filling over batter
  5. Pour remaining Batter over Filling
  6. Bake 1 hour at 325

Submitted by Evan Rosenhouse LMSW, TX

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1st Runner Up

Macaroni, Tuna and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 oz elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 7 oz can of tuna
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3 teaspoons butter (and more for greasing)
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flower
  • 1 cups of milk
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Photo sent in by: Giora Malinovsky

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Boil a large pan of slightly salted water. Add macaroni and return to boil. Cook for 8-10 minutes until macaroni is al dente. Drain, rinse, then drain thoroughly again.
  3. Heat olive in a skillet and cook the garlic, mushrooms and bell pepper until soft. Add the tuna and oregano, season with salt and pepper and heat through.
  4. Grease an 8 cup oven proof dish with a little butter. Add half the of the cooked macaroni, cover with tuna mixture, then add remaining macaroni.
  5. Melt butter in a pan, add the flour. Cook for 1 minute. Slowly add the milk and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour the sauce over the macaroni. Add the sliced tomatoes on top of the sauce, sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and cheese. Cook in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Submitted by Giora Malinovsky, FL

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy… even if it is no longer Shavuos.

CS

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